Aug 13, 2020

Blue Yonder helps Escort Group digitally transform

Blue Yonder
Technology
supply chain
Digital Transformation
Georgia Wilson
3 min
Leading provider of digital supply chain solutions - Blue Yonder - helps Escort Group digitally transform its supply chain operations
Leading provider of digital supply chain solutions - Blue Yonder - helps Escort Group digitally transform its supply chain operations...

Based in India, Escorts Group is a leading engineering conglomerate founded in 1960. In partnership with Blue Yonder, the conglomerate has created an autonomous and integrated supply chain.

As part of the partnership, Escorts Group has implemented Blue Yonder’s Luminate Planning solutions portfolio for its agricultural machinery business. To integrate the solutions portfolio, Blue Yonder’s partner Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) conducted the integration for the project.

The partnership forms a part of Escorts Group’s strategic digital transformation program. The company chose to implement Luminate Planning in its operations, to create an agile supply chain, as well as unlocking working capital from its inventories.

As a result the solutions portfolio provides accurate inventory visibility for the company, as well as associated data transparency, inventory optimisation and performance management. This ensures that the right product gets to the right place when it should.

Being a pioneer of farm mechanisation for the agriculture machinery businesses in India, Escorts Group is committed to enhancing India's agricultural productivity, as well as adding value to the life of farmers.

“We started with two major goals in our mind: first to operate with minimum inventory and secondly, to produce exactly to customer demand. We selected Blue Yonder as we believe they are the best in this field. Their Luminate Planning is helping us build an efficient and responsive supply chain management solution at Escorts,” commented Anil Kakkar, CIO & Group IT Head, Escorts Group.

Those involved in the project selection and implementation included: Escorts’ Shenu Agarwal, CEO; Ashwani Malik, Chief of Technology & Materials; and Anil Kakkar, CIO.

The powerfully set of solutions provider by Blue Yonder’s Luminate Planning portfolio, provides Escorts Group with continuous insights into its supply chain, allowing for smarter and more actionable business decisions. 

“With more than 800 customer touchpoints on its agricultural machinery side, Escorts needed to digitally transform its supply chain to meet the growing needs of its customers. With an agile supply chain that can predict disruptions and proactively pivot its response, Escorts now has end-to-end visibility into its planning and can pivot to meet any challenges and demands,” commented Vishal Dhawan, vice president, APAC sales, Blue Yonder.

About Blue Yonder

Founded in 1985, Blue yonder strives to help organisations around the world modernise their supply chain, by harnessing the cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning technology.

“Built to fulfill customer demand with immediacy, personalisation, and convenience, our solutions orchestrate and optimise inventory and labor from end-to-end in real-time, while creating amazing customer experiences,” states Blue Yonder.

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Jun 14, 2021

Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR

CDW
NASCAR
3 min
CDW is a leading provider of information technology solutions, optimized business workflow and data capture systems for the auto racing company.

The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.” 

NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well. 

2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer. 

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