Software Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: JDAS), The Supply Chain Company®,
today highlighted its continued momentum in the Europe, Middle East and
Africa (EMEA) region, spurred by a strong performance in 2011. Despite
unsettled European business conditions, a volatile global financial
market, and evolving consumer spending habits, JDA has achieved
significant milestones that include increased adoption of JDA solutions,
new alliance agreements, and the opening of a new office in Moscow.
Over the last year, JDA has witnessed rapid adoption of its supply chain
solutions across EMEA, adding more than 60 new customers and expanding
its supply chain solution footprint with existing customers. Recent wins
and existing customers within the EMEA region include organizations such
as Dohle Handelsgruppe, Fromageries Bel, Gloria Jeans, Lenta,
Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works, Marks & Spencer, Metro Cash & Carry
Germany, Poundland Limited, Shoprite Checkers (PTY) Ltd., Tata Steel
Europe, Woolworths South Africa, and X5.
Supply Chain Challenges in EMEA
Supply chain challenges in the EMEA region are best understood when
analyzed in the context of the retail and manufacturing industries and
their impact on each other. The retail industry is undergoing a major
transformation, driven by macro-economic factors as well as the newly
empowered consumer profile. The new consumer has more knowledge than
ever before, is demonstrating different buying behaviors, and is
constantly connected through multiple channels such as online, social
media and mobile devices.
Manufacturers are challenged to respond to demand volatility driven by a
consumer that they do not always have direct contact with. Their
constant battle is to profitably balance volatile demand with uncertain
supply. Moreover, the supply base for these manufacturing companies has
moved toward low-cost supply countries, complicating the uncertainty
they must contend with.
"Retailers and manufacturers are grappling with how to sustain operating
margins while driving revenue growth in the face of inflationary
pressure on operating and sourcing costs, and deflationary pressure
brought on by consumer expectations," said Razat Gaurav, senior vice
president, Europe, Middle East, Africa, JDA Software. "The result is
an economic climate that is providing the impetus for shareholders and
executive boards to drive supply chain transformations within their
organizations now. This time of economic uncertainty is also a time for
driving change in organizations so that they come through this
challenging time stronger than ever before."
A video featuring Razat Gaurav describing the emerging challenges and
opportunities faced by Russian businesses from a supply chain
perspective can be view by clicking
New Russian Office
In January 2012, JDA opened 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
"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," said Gaurav.
Upcoming EMEA Events
JDA is hosting a series of JDA Innovation Forums across the EMEA region
where attendees will be able to learn the latest business trends and
best practices from leading companies and gain industry insights into
consumer connected supply chain. For more information on these and other
JDA events, click here.
"Last year was a fantastic year for JDA in EMEA as we continued to see
tremendous interest and demand throughout the region," said Gaurav,
who credits the company's employees and its alliance associates
with the success in the region. "EMEA continues to represent an area of
significant growth for the company. This region features many
organizations that are looking for the best way to transform their
supply chain processes, and we believe we have the right combination of
industry-leading knowledge, solutions and services to meet this growing
demand and accelerate JDA's momentum in EMEA."
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About JDA Software Group, Inc.
Software Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: JDAS), The Supply Chain Company®,
is the leading provider of innovative supply chain management,
merchandising and pricing excellence solutions worldwide. JDA empowers
more than 6,000 companies of all sizes to make optimal decisions that
improve profitability and achieve real results in the discrete and
process manufacturing, wholesale distribution, transportation, retail
and services industries. With an integrated solutions offering that
spans the entire supply chain from materials to the consumer, JDA
leverages the powerful heritage and knowledge capital of acquired market
leaders including i2 Technologies®, Manugistics®,
E3®, Intactix® and Arthur®. JDA's
multiple service options, delivered via the JDA® Private
Cloud, provide customers with flexible configurations, rapid
time-to-value, lower total cost of ownership and 24/7 functional and
technical support and expertise. To learn more, visit www.jda.com
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