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RedPrairie buys JDA Software for $1.9B

RedPrairie, a maker of business software, on Thursday said that it had agreed to buy Scottsdale-based JDA Software Group Inc., a maker of supply-chain management software, for about $1.9 billion in cash.

RedPrairie, a privately held company based near Atlanta, is paying $45 per share for JDA Software.

Shares of JDA jumped $6.65, or 17 percent, to $44.80 in afternoon trading, indicating that investors expect the deal to go through at the agreed-upon price.

The price was a 33 percent premium to JDA’s stock price on Oct. 26, the day before rumors of the deal started leaking out, RedPrairie said, and 16 percent above JDA’s all-time high.

The companies expect the deal to close by the end of the year.

The combined company will have annual revenue of more than $1 billion and will be led by Hanish Brewer, the CEO of JDA. The CEO of RedPrairie, Michael Mayoras, will stay on the board.

“JDA’s heritage of pioneering market-leading supply chain planning, merchandising and pricing solutions is a perfect strategic fit with RedPrairie’s heritage in warehousing, workforce management, store operations and e-commerce,” the companies said.

Separately, JDA reported third-quarter net income of $11.1 million or 26 cents per diluted share, down 34 percent from $18.3 million, or 43 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2011.

Revenue was $164.5 million, down 5 percent from a year ago.

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JDA Software Announces Release Of JDA Shelf-Connected Cloud

JDA Software Group, Inc. announced the release of JDA Shelf-Connected Cloud, a revolutionary new solution that offers the unparalleled scale needed to connect manufacturers’ supply chains to the retail shelf.

JDA Shelf-Connected Cloud is designed to help supplier and retailer trading partners effectively collaborate at the shelf level to improve on-shelf availability, remove unnecessary inventory across enterprises and set new strategies that leverage cost savings across the entire value chain. Trading partners that collaborate using this new paradigm will be able to offer their joint consumers a new level of competitive pricing by connecting their supply chains.

In a shelf-connected supply chain, suppliers collaborate with their distribution and retail customers to plan an optimal product assortment and planogram for each store or store cluster, then develop and synchronize their demand and inventory replenishment plans driven by consumer sales. This framework integrates a supplier’s planning and execution processes with a retailer’s planning and execution processes to better align all processes with consumer demand. By having a view of the cross-enterprise supply chain flows, partners can develop strategies that consider the cost savings across enterprises and leverage it to deliver more value and innovation to their consumers.

Suppliers can collaborate with retailers to create a time-phased retail order plan. Many large retailers today still struggle with developing or completing accurate, bottom-up time-phased order plans that are driven from shelf sell-through. So, suppliers who leverage a shelf-connected solution can strategically elevate their partnership levels with retailers. Benefits of the solution include the ability to:

  • Scale to the shelf-level
  • Deliver fast time to value by leveraging the cloud
  • Quickly see the effects of assortment, space and supply chain strategies and their impact on performance and financial results
  • Deliver a collaboration platform to drive efficiencies across enterprises and their inter-connected supply chains
  • Align the people, processes and tools necessary to focus attention on the critical few actions that will drive significant and immediate results
  • Develop optimal supply chain, promotion and pricing plans driven from shelf-level demand signals

As part of the comprehensive JDA Shelf-Connected Cloud solution suite, JDA Software today also announced the release of JDA Collaborative Shelf Planning & Analytics. Suppliers managing sell-through at the shelf must be equipped to handle the associated exponential increase in planning intersections and decisions. JDA’s supply chain planning architecture is unique in its proven ability to scale to meet the challenges of driving decisions from the shelf. JDA Collaborative Shelf Planning & Analytics enables companies to manage and transform mountains of data into actionable information. This solution drives visibility and enables analytics such as out-of-stock detection, sell-through analysis and inventory performance directly from the shelf.

“In today’s ultra-competitive markets, the ability to manage products across multiple channels and the entire product lifecycle becomes essential to maintaining profitability and competitiveness,” said Fred Baumann, vice president, industry strategies, JDA Software. “By leveraging shelf-connected supply chain practices, trading partners become aligned on not just the next order, but on the larger horizon of orders. The insights associated with these activities are leveraged by both the supplier and retailer to drive higher consumer satisfaction in a mutually beneficial and profitable way.”

For more information about how companies can become more consumer- and shelf-centric with end-to-end supply chain collaboration visit www.jda.com/solutions/shelf-connected-cloud or email info@jda.com for more information.

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JDA Software Announces Release of JDA 3D

JDA Software Group, Inc. announced the release of JDA 3D, an integrated category optimization and three dimensional (3D) virtualization solution that provides true consumer-driven collaboration and visibility that is faster, less expensive, more interactive and incorporates the consumer’s point of view. Powered by Red Dot Square, JDA 3D transforms space and floor planning solutions into a smart, interactive photo-realistic world.

When combined with JDA’s industry-leading space and assortment optimization solutions, JDA 3D delivers powerful new collaboration capabilities to support the retailer/manufacturer range finalization process. It drives innovation and creativity in real time, transforming presentation tools into collaboration environments and connecting retailers and manufacturers at the product, shelf, aisle and store.

“JDA 3D represents a paradigm shift for retailers and their suppliers,” said Scott Welty, vice president, retail industry strategy, JDA Software. “With empowered, knowledgeable, and connected consumers driving changes in the market, successful companies must anticipate and exceed consumer expectations and overcome challenges presented by ineffective tools to support collaborative interpretation. JDA 3D supports interactive supplier and retailer collaboration that improves speed to market, increases space productivity, leverages shopper insights to optimize merchandising decisions, and delivers actionable execution while integrating data and visuals in an interactive virtual world.”

“Suppliers, brand manufacturers or distributors now have a much more effective collaboration platform on which they can develop and validate innovative ways to inspire consumer purchases in a retail store,” said Danny Halim, vice president, consumer products industry strategy, JDA Software. “This 3D virtual reality platform can translate promotion and merchandising ideas in the context of the entire store, enabling them to identify opportunities to guide consumers along the path to purchase from the moment they enter the store. This is especially significant for existing JDA customers who can now benefit from the integrated offering of the 3D visualization technology and the category management capabilities that they already have in place from JDA.”

JDA 3D is a plug-in to the existing JDA Category Management suite, integrated with Red Dot Square’s Smart Suite to offer interactive, consumer-driven 3D collaboration to help suppliers, brand manufacturers or distributors achieve the following benefits:

  • Reduce time and costs by eliminating test and mock-up research stores.
  • Increase flexibility through the ability to test multiple scenarios with real-time, collaborative “on the fly” adaptation.
  • Improve speed to market by increasing the immediacy of test results prior to market deployment.
  • Improve confidence with 3D visualizations that bring ideas to life and enable virtual real-life point-of-view interpretations.
  • The flexibility of JDA 3D allows design, store, and marketing concepts to be developed and positioned in different store environments, creating a powerful collaborative tool for retailers and suppliers to co-develop cost effectively. Further cost savings can also be realized through Virtual Merchandising, which removes the need to build ranges on mock fixtures for different store formats and sizes. Shopper data can be easily visualized using JDA 3D to enhance decision making on ranges and layouts.

 

“JDA 3D makes floor plans, merchandise plans and marketing plans come alive in a rich visual world,” said Mark Edwards, chairman and founder, Red Dot Square. “With the data from JDA’s space and category management solutions and the engaging shopper and activation experience from Red Dot Square’s Smart Suite, we’ve created something that is very powerful for the retailer, manufacturer, and shopper together.”

For more information on JDA Software Group, visit JDA’s website at jda.com.

JDA Software Opens In Moscow

JDA Software Opens First Office In Russia

JDA Software announced the recent opening of its first office in the Russian Federation to meet the growing demand for its supply chain and retail solutions and services in the region.

Located in Moscow, the office serves JDA customers and prospects in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) including Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Belarus. These areas were previously served by JDA representatives outside of Russia in cooperation with JDA alliance associates in the Russian federation. JDA Software will continue to work closely with strategic alliance associates in the Russian federation going forward.

“With continued economic growth in the Russian market, companies across retail and manufacturing sectors in Russia are facing unprecedented supply chain challenges,” said Razat Gaurav, senior vice president, Europe, Middle East, Africa, JDA Software. “With the knowledge gained from our 6,000 supply chain customers globally, combined with the local expertise of our JDA associates, we are excited to work together with our strategic alliance associates to create supply chain efficiencies in the Russian market.”

JDA Software enters the Russian market with a strong existing customer base including X5, Gloria Jeans, MMK, and many other retail and manufacturing companies in Russia.

JDA is hosting an Innovation Forum on April 3 at the Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow where attendees can learn the latest business trends and best practices from leading retail and manufacturing companies. Attendees can gain industry insights into topics such as consumer-connected supply chain, assortment management, sales and operations planning, and strategies for reducing freight spend while improving delivery performance.

For more information on JDA Software, visit JDA’s website at jda.com.