Blue Yonder has been named a finalist in the 2018 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards Retail category. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.
The CEO of Blue Yonder, Uwe Weiss, said:
“We are delighted that our pioneering work in AI for the Retail industry has been recognized by a leading industry expert such as Microsoft. AI can significantly help the retail industry as it transforms and evolves (as is now vitally needed of the sector) so it can better align to, deliver increased value for and ultimately meet the new and rapidly changing demands of its customers, and we are glad to be at the forefront of this innovation. Working together with Microsoft has always been crucial in delivering transformative solutions for our clients, and we are honored to be recognized for the work we have delivered for our retail clients in the past twelve months.”
Who do the awards go to?
This year, Microsoft acknowledged partners in 39 categories celebrating each of the solution areas, industries and many more. The award finalists and winners were selected from more than 2,600 nominations collected from 115 different countries worldwide based on their commitment to customers, their solution’s impact on the market and exemplary use of Microsoft technologies.
The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.
“We are honored to recognize Blue Yonder as a Microsoft Country Partner of the Year. Blue Yonder has distinguished itself as a top partner, exemplifying the remarkable expertise and innovation we see in our Microsoft partner community to deliver transformative solutions.”
Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp.
Blue Yonder's work with Microsoft
Blue Yonder’s AI-based solution is based on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform which means that the solution can easily and smoothly scale up to predict the customer demand and make millions of replenishment decisions for major retailers. The flexibility of Microsoft Azure also enables Blue Yonder to deploy its solution on top of a retailer’s legacy systems. This significantly reduces capital expenditure and the time it takes to scale up the solution, increasing the speed of delivery and enabling Blue Yonder to deliver decisions to retailers immediately.
Blue Yonder’s AI-based algorithm takes retailers internal data, such as sales figures, customer footfall and promotions, and analyses that alongside external data such as weather patterns and events like football matches to produce a granular prediction of customer demand. In addition, it automates the replenishment process, taking decisions on behalf of the retailer to eliminate the burden of manual intervention in the replenishment process and enable retailers to devote more of their staffing resources to improving the customer experience.
A word from our CEO
“Our alignment with Microsoft has been a critical factor in our successful deployment with major retailers across the world. Being named a finalist in Microsoft’s Partner of the Year Awards demonstrates the value and the strength of our collaboration, and we are looking forward to deepen the relationship with continued innovation and collaboration globally to jointly support more retail clients at a time they need us acting together as strong partners with them.”
Uwe Weiss, CEO, Blue Yonder