ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 7, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Blue Ridge announced today the release of the company's innovative Cloud supply chain planning collaboration solution aimed at accelerating the gains that retailers and suppliers achieve by sharing supply and demand plans. The leading provider of Cloud Supply Chain Planning and Analytics technology will debut the new collaboration solution at the 2015 NRF Big Show at booth #3856.

Drawing on past industry experience as well as feedback from analysts and current customers, Blue Ridge recognized that while the benefits of retailer-supplier collaboration can be great, they are often difficult to obtain due to the effort required by both parties to share accurate data.

The Blue Ridge Supply Planning solution simplifies collaborative processes by enabling the retailer to plug-in calendar driven supplier constraints that are compared nightly to the Blue Ridge industry leading joined, time-phased order projections. The result is that orders to the supplier stay within their capacity thresholds without sacrificing service. The benefits for both parties are better service, better top line and bottom line and most importantly, happy consumers.

Having worked for a major retail chain and consulted for many others, Rod Daugherty, Vice President of Product Strategy at Blue Ridge, has seen the obstacles to a successful retail-supplier collaboration initiative, "Traditionally, collaboration initiatives have proven difficult, largely due to the time-intensive effort required. Retailers and suppliers simply don't have the time for multiple sit downs and discussions." Daugherty continued, "The beauty of our new collaboration solution is how easy it is for retailers to optimize inventory plans taking into account supplier capacity constraints. The system automatically adjusts store orders, while considering economics, so profit and service are never jeopardized."

This solution also accounts for holiday closures that cause supply chain disruptions, from single-day holidays to longer closures like Chinese New Year, and ensures that orders are adjusted appropriately and profitably to ensure sustained consumer service.

Blue Ridge plans to showcase the end-to-end collaboration solution at NRF 'Retail's Big Show' in New York City at the Javits Convention Center from January 11 to 13. The team will be stationed at booth #3856 on Level 3 of the convention center. To schedule a one-on-one appointment contact Blue Ridge directly here.

About Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Cloud supply chain planning and analytics solutions provide next-level visibility and precision in demand forecasting, planning and replenishment to retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. By optimizing product availability, inventory, and logistics costs, these companies increase cash flow by 50% or more and improve sales by double-digits, while stabilizing or even reducing inventory up to 30%. Blue Ridge demand-driven solutions can be implemented in as little as 90 days and scaled to the most complex supply chains. For more information, visit:

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