JDA’s Vision for an Autonomous Supply Chain on Display at JDA FocusConnect 2018

JDA’s annual EMEA customer conference In Barcelona features world-class speakers such as BP, Clarks and PepsiCo; topics focus on AI-led retail planning/merchandising, digital supply chain planning, workforce management and execution and end-to-end business transformation

Scottsdale, Ariz. October 05, 2018

JDA Software, Inc. today announced its keynote speakers and customer presenters for JDA FocusConnect 2018, scheduled for November 6-8 at the W Hotel Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. More than 500 delegates across retail, manufacturing, wholesale distribution and logistics industries will gather at JDA’s annual customer conference for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Over the course of three days, JDA’s world-class customer thought leaders will discuss their supply chain strategies and how it creates competitive advantages for their businesses. JDA FocusConnect is sponsored by more than two dozen companies including Microsoft (Diamond), Athena Retail and dunnhumby and IBM (Platinum).

JDA FocusConnect 2018 will articulate JDA’s vision for the Autonomous Supply ChainTM and how some of the world’s most admired companies are reimagining their business strategies to create competitive advantage by leveraging digital edge technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). With Blue Yonder now  part of JDA, organizations of all kinds can harness the power of AI/ML intelligence to streamline their supply chains, make more profitable business decisions, and deliver optimized customer experiences

“Today’s modern, digital supply chain is evolving to be self-learning, self-directing and autonomous. Now more than ever, companies have an array of technologies like AI, ML and IoT at their fingertips, which JDA is using to shorten their supply chains, make smarter, faster business decisions and accelerate new areas of growth,” said Johan Reventberg, president, EMEA, JDA. “Today’s consumers expect unparalleled personalization and immediacy and JDA is uniquely capable of helping our clients bring those traits to market in their products and services. JDA FocusConnect will highlight customers who are driving digital transformation and running the top, modern supply chains. We look forward to the best FocusConnect yet, where the intelligent edge will meet the supply chain through our global customers and partners.”

Attendees will benefit from dozens of customer success stories from leaders including Alshaya, Heineken, Infineon, Lenzing, Mars, Mercedes Benz, M&S, PepsiCo around topics such as category management, intelligent fulfillment, end-to-end business transformation, Integrated Business Planning (IBP), S&OP and many more.

JDA FocusConnect 2018 will feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Florian Huettl, VP, Sales Forecast and Distribution, Renault Group and Jean-François Salles, Alliance Global Director – Supply Chain, Renault-Nissan Alliance: Florian and Jean-Francois will speak about their radical approach to S&OP and IBP in a digital world.
  • Peter Kramer, Director of Planning and Operations, Clarks: Peter will speak about Clarks’ digital end-to-end omni-channel transformation journey with JDA.
  • Professor Michael Feindt, Founder and Chief Science Officer, Blue Yonder, a JDA company: Professor Michael Feindt is the founder and brains behind Blue Yonder, which enables retailers to automate complex decisions across the entire value chain. Dr. Feindt will discuss how AI and ML accelerates smart supply chains and delivers automated, profitable business decisions.
  • Rhid Tinkler, IT Director, BP: Rhid He will speak about achieving store operations excellence – and the BP retail transformation journey.

JDA’s CEO Girish Rishi and Desikan Madhavanur, Chief Development Officer, will also share keynote discussions on the journey towards the Autonomous Supply Chain and how JDA’s solutions portfolio is evolving to become self-learning, self-directing and autonomous.

JDA will also host a bevy of interactive workshops, masterclass innovation sessions and Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings during FocusConnect. New this year, the JDA “Diversity Drives Innovation” workshop will take a fresh look at the people that drive competitive advantage and the impact of diversity on supply chain success. In addition, networking events, SIG sessions and a central innovation zone will provide ample opportunities for knowledge sharing and peer networking during the conference.

Additional Resources:

  • Learn more about JDA FocusConnect 2018 including:
  • Register for the “Diversity Drives Innovation” workshop here
  • Check out the SIG meetings being held at JDA FocusConnect on November 7 at 8:00 a.m. including:

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About JDA Software, Inc.

JDA Software is the leading supply chain software provider powering today’s digital transformations. We help companies optimize delivery to customers by enabling them to predict and shape demand, fulfill faster and more intelligently, and improve customer experiences and loyalty.  More than 4,000 global customers use our unmatched end-to-end software and SaaS solutions to unify and shorten their supply chains, increase speed of execution, and profitably deliver to their customers.  Our world-class client roster includes 75 of the top 100 retailers, 77 of the top 100 consumer goods companies, and 8 of the top 10 global 3PLs.  Running JDA, you can plan to deliverwww.jda.com


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