Merchants Market Group Implements Blue Ridge Supply Chain Planning Technology

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (BUSINESS WIRE), April 20, 2016

Merchant Market Group Logo Blue Ridge GlobalBlue Ridge, a global leader in cloud demand forecasting, planning, replenishment, allocation and analytics, today announced Merchants Market Group will implement Blue Ridge Supply Chain Planning. Merchants, a leading food service distributor to the Caribbean, will implement the supply chain planning and optimization technology to provide accurate prediction of seasonal demand patterns, automatic analysis and precise timing of required inventory levels to increase customer service performance.

 Quote startWe’re happy to have Merchants join the Blue Ridge family. They are a forward-thinking, global, multi-echelon food service distributor with a team that has already streamlined many of their supply chain complexities.Quote end

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Extreme seasonal demand patterns are one of the biggest challenges we face. Ensuring we can continue to meet and exceed customer requirements and service goals despite seasonal challenges and other complexities is key to our continued success,” said Craig Knowles, general manager at Merchants Export, a division of Merchants Market Group. “Blue Ridge technology will help ensure product availability for our customers by automating and synchronizing our demand planning and replenishment across a multi-echelon network of distribution centers.”

Merchants saw significant value in the ability of Blue Ridge to accurately forecast demand of their intense seasonal patterns and precisely align inventory levels at every distribution center. The more precise alignment of inventory with demand will ensure that Merchants meets customer requirements in the most cost-effective manner possible. Additionally, the technology will enable Merchants to quickly and efficiently evaluate the economics of forward buy opportunities to improve profitability.

“Blue Ridge’s holistic technology for forecasting and advanced order projection capabilities will allow us to profitably execute supply chain operations by achieving our service goals with the most cost-effective inventory investment possible,” continued Knowles.

Blue Ridge leadership believes the team at Merchants Market Group is poised for greater success. “We’re happy to have Merchants join the Blue Ridge family. They are a forward-thinking, global, multi-echelon food service distributor with a team that has already streamlined many of their supply chain complexities,” stated Greg White, CEO of Blue Ridge. White continued, “We believe Merchants will capitalize on the unprecedented precision of our supply chain planning technology, and help the company achieve even higher sales, inventory turns and service levels.”

About Merchants Market Group

Merchants Market Group (MMG) provides food service distribution in the Leeward and US Virgin Islands, and has long term partnerships with distributors in the British Virgin Islands that provides foodservice distribution in their markets. MMG has unsurpassed experience, size and coverage, with its unique integrated supply network, originating from the Port of Palm Beach in Florida.  Merchants provides services including: on island warehousing, refrigerated delivery, chain distribution, ship chandelling, third-party logistics, British Virgin Islands affiliates, Florida buying office with bonded Foreign Trade Zone warehousing and consolidation, and USDA Export Inspection. For more information, visit http://merchantsmarket.com

About Blue RIdge

Blue Ridge supply chain solutions are the most accurate way for retailers and distributors to spot changes in customer demand before they happen. Traditional forecasting and planning solutions weren’t designed to keep up with today’s increasingly unpredictable consumer behavior. 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 www.blueridgeglobal.com