Having selected Blue Yonder last year to digitally transform its end-to-end supply chain and retail operations, Asda, one of Britain’s leading retailers with a unique position in the market, is continuing its retail transformation journey with Blue Yonder by selecting Luminate Commerce solutions to modernise its order management capabilities. Asda will also partner with Bringg, a Blue Yonder technology alliance partner and the leading delivery and fulfilment cloud platform, to make each element of the supply chain seamless, connected and orchestrated.
Asda consists of supercentres, superstores, and smaller supermarkets. The retailer also runs petrol filling stations and Asda Living stores, which offer its popular George clothing and home merchandise lines. The company employs more than 140,000 colleagues serving more than 16 million customers who shop in its stores and online weekly.
With Blue Yonder’s order management (OMS) microservices, Asda will be able to:
- Process orders faster to improve the customer experience.
- Provide customers with real-time inventory visibility from the beginning of the shopping experience, as well as pre-sourcing fulfilment options.
- Connect with the entire supply chain, considering the capacity to fulfil demand across any channel, at any time.
- Provide dynamic slotting options to the end customer for both home deliveries and pickup in-store.
“Omni-channel is at the heart of our strategy and customer proposition, where we want to provide a great customer experience and a seamless user journey. We have been extremely impressed by Blue Yonder’s OMS microservices, which we will deploy across our grocery, clothing and general merchandise segments,” said Carl Dawson, chief information officer, Asda.
Blue Yonder’s flexible OMS microservices, powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence, will help Asda optimise the entire click-to-deliver journey, starting with an engaging customer experience through efficient order fulfilment. With Bringg, Asda will be able to optimize its last-mile operations to deliver on-time to meet customer expectations. The combination will support Asda’s home delivery service, click and collect proposition, as well as new channels such as express commerce platforms.
“Asda is leading a game-changing retail transformation focused on customer centricity, from first to last mile,” said Gael Ramaen, vice president, commerce, Blue Yonder. “We are very excited to extend our relationship with Asda into an area where we are connecting e-commerce with a true omni-channel landscape. Our modern OMS microservices are engineered to scale, perform and operate under the highest volumes seen on the market. Our OMS microservices, SaaS native, API-first components leverage the latest technology and engineering to speed up our clients’ transformations. We believe that this will help Asda to continue to modernize its business and invest in customer proposition.”
“The challenges and complexities of faster, more convenient and on-demand order orchestration, delivery and fulfilment are grand,” said Nikolai Avrutov, vice president Alliances, Bringg. “In order to achieve game-changing capabilities on these fronts, retailers need their technology vendors to work closely together and to relentlessly raise the bar for its mutual customers through tight collaboration and strategic co-innovation. We are proud to be doing just that with Blue Yonder for Asda.”