Polaris embarks on supply chain transformation, selects JDA as partner
Polaris, one of the world’s largest powersports companies, has embarked on a multi-phase supply chain transformation initiative and has selected JDA Software Group, Inc. as its “supply chain backbone”.
As part of enabling Polaris’ strategic Retail Flow Management (RFM) vision, Polaris has selected JDA for a multi-phase approach, beginning with an enterprise sales, inventory and operations planning (SIOP) model as the foundation from which Polaris can continue to leverage its supply chain as a strategic asset.
“An end-to-end digitalised supply chain is crucial to satisfy customer demand and drive increased engagement,” said Kirk Kroft, vice president, information services, global operations & supply chain, Polaris.
“JDA’s breadth, depth and commitment to Polaris’s success will help us improve efficiency and better leverage the best team in powersports.”
Polaris has selected a broad range of JDA technologies, including Sales & Operations Planning, Enterprise Supply Planning, and Demand and JDA Inventory Optimisation.
Polaris will also leverage end-to-end JDA Services, including JDA Cloud, JDA Consulting, JDA Education and JDA Implementation Services to ensure a seamless deployment.
Polaris said it selected JDA because of its strong reputation in the industry, commitment to a strategic relationship, and ability to enable Polaris to shorten its supply chain and increase speed to market, and help create a superb customer experience.
In a release, Polaris said it will use JDA to enable a holistic, integrated set of demand, supply and inventory processes that support bottom-up sales and operations planning processes. “This evolution results in better decision making, and balances Polaris’ needs across business support and profit centres,” it added.
Puneet Saxena, group vice president, supply chain planning, JDA, commented: “Becoming more customer-centric is a common theme for our customers as they embark on their digital supply chain transformations.
“Digitalisation goes hand-in-hand with customer-centricity as a catalyst to not only drive company growth, but to deliver superior customer experiences and sharpen competitive advantage.
“We look forward to embarking on this supply chain transformation with Polaris over the next several years as this multi-phased strategic deployment gets underway.”
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