Blue Ridge CEO Jim Byrnes Named a 2018 Food Logistics Champion

ATLANTA, GA March 21, 2018 –Blue Ridge CEO Jim Byrnes has been named a 2018 Food Logistics Champion as one of the “Rock Stars of the Supply Chain.” Jim will be profiled with the other honorees in the March 2018 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at

Blue Ridge supply chain solutions help food distributors reduce costs and assure product availability to customers without creating a costly inventory surplus. Leading progressive food and beverage distributors including Georgia Crown Distributing Company, Hardies Fresh Foods, Martignetti, Rhee Brothers, Suisan Company and United Distributors all joined the Blue Ridge customer roster in 2017.

“Blue Ridge is committing to helping our food distribution customers create a more foreseeable future—to spot and plan for changes in customer demand before they happen,” said Byrnes.

Suisan Company, a broadline food distributor located in Hilo, Hawaii selected Blue Ridge to help improve its service levels:

“We looked at several demand forecasting systems before selecting Blue Ridge. Blue Ridge had the most complete solution to support our business needs, and to help us achieve our service level goals. Our team is excited and looking forward to utilizing the new software.” Mark Oishi, Director of Purchasing, Suisan Company, Ltd.

The cloud-based Blue Ridge supply chain platform is purpose-built for the retail and distribution industries. The all-in-one system unifies demand and supply planning, replenishment, inventory optimization, and analytics into one system, providing visibility into the entire supply chain.

The Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain recognizes influential individuals in the food industry whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped and attained milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity and innovation through the global food supply chain.

Blue Ridge will host BLUEPrint 2018 in Atlanta on April 22 –24 at the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta™.  BLUEPrint is a hands-on annual conference for supply chain leaders, managers and users of Blue Ridge solutions.

About Blue RIdge

Blue Ridge Supply Chain Planning and Price Optimization solutions empower distributors and retailers to tap into undiscovered margin through enterprise-wide inventory intelligence, automation and synchronization. Blue Ridge uniquely combines demand forecasting with pricing strategy, so that businesses can proactively understand the unpredictable and allocate the right inventory – right-priced across the entire mix – to accelerate top- and bottom-line results. In a world where the only constant is change, Blue Ridge provides more certainty, more speed, and more assurance – so companies can see the why behind the buy, and respond faster to the unexpected. That’s why major retailers and distributors rely on Blue Ridge for a more foreseeable future. For more information, go to