May 17, 2020

Oracle: creating future-ready intelligent supply chains

Risk Management
Georgia Wilson
4 min
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Supply Chain Digital takes a look at how Oracle is helping organisations make their supply chain management future ready.

In supply chains of the futur...

Supply Chain Digital takes a look at how Oracle is helping organisations make their supply chain management future ready.

In supply chains of the future, traditional organisations are facing increased process and operational complexity. In order to combat the challenges of Increased buyer expectations, shorter product life cycles, new and changing regulations, trade volatility and fluctuating demand, Oracle details the six essential strategies for supply chain management.

1 Visibility

Cloud applications that are future ready can provide end-to-end visibility throughout an organisation from buyers to supply, providing the ability to adopt a demand driven business model, to anticipate opportunities and mitigate risks.

Oracle reports a 35% increase in customer satisfaction with SCM improved visibility.

2 Agility

Anticipating and quick reactions to market changes while having the ability to make continuous and dynamic, real-time decisions, helps organisations maintain a competitive edge. 

Oracle reports a 40% faster order cycle time with SCM.

3 Collaborative innovation 

Early decision making can make or break a product. It is important to make sure product development teams are optimising designs to streamline supply, manufacturing and operations.

Oracle reports an 82% increase in on-time delivery.

4 Aligning business goals

Integrating corporate business planning, with sales and operations planning, as well as integrating financial budgeting and forecasting systems with operations, will achieve informed strategic decisions to achieve a balance of supply and demand that aligns with business goals.

Oracle reports a 20% increase in profitability.

5 Sustainability 

Using real-time analysis can help organisations reduce inefficiencies, minimise energy waste, increase ‘recycle-reuse-refurbish’ and optimise transportation

Oracle reports a 45% reduction in cases of missing inventory, damaged materials or expired materials.

6 Reliability

Embedding advanced technologies and implementing processes will ensure continuous adoption, improvements and ensure manufacturing operations are synchronised.

Oracle reports a 35% increase in customer satisfaction.


To help companies achieve these six strategies, Oracle offers a variety of supply chain management products and solutions for the automotive, communication, healthcare, high technology, industrial manufacturing and retail consumer goods industries.

Oracle’s supply chain management products include:

Supply chain planning - this technology includes demand management as well as  supply, sales and operations planning.

Logistics - this technology product offers transportation, global trade and warehouse management.

Industry management - Oracle’s inventory management technology is a cloud based comprehensive visibility and management tool for material flows, warehouse work, and product costs in the supply chain.

Order management - Oracle’s order management cloud platform is for order management, price management, configurator, and global order promising.

Procurement - Oracle’s procurement cloud platform helps its users with sourcing, contracting, procure-to-pay, and supplier management.

Product lifecycle management - Oracle’s cloud based product lifecycle management technology provides innovation management, product development, quality management, configurator modeling, and product master data management.

Manufacturing - Oracle manufacturing, aims to simplify shop floor execution, optimise real-time decisions, and controls quality and cost.

Maintenance - allows the optimisation of maintenance schedules and improved operational efficiencies to reduce cost and risk.

Intelligent track and trace - this technology enables multi-tier visibility across supply chains, as well as the ability to record transactions and products.

Internet of things - Oracle’s use of the internet of things (IoT) provides production monitoring, asset monitoring, fleet monitoring, connected workers and monitoring for connected assets.

In memory cost management - in-memory cost management allows organisations to run analysis on their cost, margins and profitability.

Product master data management - Oracle’s product data hub gives organisations the platform to rapidly commercialise, govern, and publish product master data.

Supply chain collaboration and visibility  - Oracle's cloud based platform allows users to collaborate with suppliers, with increased visability within the supply chain.

AI apps for supply chain and manufacturing - this technology provides machine learning and artificially intelligent technology for supply chain and manufacturing industries.

Service logistics - via a cloud based platform, Oracle’s service logistics technology connects supply chains to customers and field services for a complete enterprise service solution.

To discover more about Oracle’s supply chain management services, click here!

For more information on procurement, supply chain and logistics topics - please take a look at the latest edition of Supply Chain Digital magazine.

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Aug 5, 2021

Accenture Acquires SCM Software Firm Blue Horseshoe

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Accenture acquires supply chain management specialist Blue Horseshoe, expanding the scale and capabilities of its Supply Chain & Operations group

Accenture has announced its acquisition of Blue Horseshoe, a US-based supply chain management software provider and consultancy firm. 

Upon completion, Blue Horseshoe’s 349 professionals will join Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations group, expanding the professional services group’s capabilities to create more interconnected and resilient supply chains for clients. 

“To be competitive, companies need to transform their supply chains to deliver the innovative and hyper-personalised products, services and experiences that are in high demand—and fulfilment is core to that transformation,” said Renato Scaff, Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations North America lead. “Blue Horseshoe’s deep fulfilment consulting experience and methodologies support Accenture’s vision for building customer-centric, resilient and responsible supply chains that benefit people, society and the planet.”

Who are Blue Horseshoe? 

  • Founded: 2001
  • CEO: Chris Cason
  • Employees: 349
  • Offices: 4 in USA, 1 in Amsterdam, 1 in Estonia
  • Key customers: Lids, Pabst Brewing Co., Half Price Books, Britax, Major Brands

Founded in 2001 in Indiana, USA, Blue Horseshoe now operates from six offices across the US and Europe. The company provides cloud-based solutions for supply chain management, ERP, warehouse management and transportation management systems, including its own Supply Chain Cloud platform, as well as Oracle NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management as a Microsoft Inner Circle Partner. 

Blue Horseshoe specialises in fulfilment and distribution solutions, with expertise in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and retail distribution industries. Over the past 20 years, the company has improved around 700 supply chains, including those of leading companies such as fashion retailer Lids, cosmetics company Regis Corporation, Pabst Brewing Co., and family-owned bookstore chain Half Price Books. 

“For two decades, we’ve worked with clients to build connectedness, efficiency and automation across their enterprise and supply chain operations,” said Chris Cason, CEO, Blue Horseshoe. “As part of Accenture, we will bring increased scale and combined expertise to help clients put in place next generation supply chain and fulfillment strategies that meet customer expectations and support business growth.”

Accenture's acquisition of Blue Horseshoe is subject to customary closing conditions.

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