12 May 2021

Supply Chain Planning Solutions Critical for Customers in Post-Pandemic World

Tommy See
Blue Yonder

Managing supply chain disruptions and building resiliency is the priority for many companies in a post-pandemic world. Over the past year, we have seen the impact of supply chain shocks from the U.S.-China trade war and the COVID-19 pandemic to the more recent Suez Canal blockage; these shocks place pressure on companies to quickly pivot short-term plans while also addressing long-term supply chain network strategies. Per our understanding, this current landscape of uncertainty and change is reflected in the latest 2021 Gartner “Critical Capabilities for Supply Chain Planning (SCP) Solutions” report [1].

As companies aim to increase their maturity levels to improve resilience, agility, and to uncover areas for growth, what should supply chain leaders prioritize? This report provides an in-depth evaluation, offering supply chain leaders a resource to guide their SCP technology decisions and highlighting opportunities for improvements over the next five years.

The Gartner Critical Capabilities for SCP Solutions report evaluated 18 vendors, benchmarking them across five use cases and 15 key capabilities that relate to various stages of Gartner’s supply chain maturity model. Blue Yonder was recognized for its Luminate™ Planning solutions portfolio, covering all aspects of SCP, from demand planning through manufacturing scheduling, S&OP, and network design.

Blue Yonder highlights include:

  • Received highest score in four out of five use cases across Gartner’s supply chain maturity model, which includes Demand Planning, Supply Planning, E2E Enterprise Planning, and E2E Multi-enterprise Planning use cases.
  • Ranked second for digital planning use case.
  • Ranked amongst Top 3 across all 15 critical capabilities, resulting in the highest two scores across the five Use Cases.
  • In addition, Blue Yonder was named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SCP, positioned highest on its Ability to Execute [2].

We believe our strong showing in demand planning, supply planning, E2E enterprise planning, E2E multi-enterprise planning, and digital planning use cases combined with our AI/ML maturity reflects our ability to support companies across all stages of Gartner’s supply chain maturity model.

In today’s era of uncertainty and change, we believe Blue Yonder’s Luminate Planning solutions portfolio bridges the gap between demand and supply planning and provides a collaborative and connected platform for companies to gain better visibility and control of the end-to-end supply chain.

To learn more, download the 2021 Gartner Critical Capabilities report for supply chain planning solutions.


[1] Gartner, “Critical Capabilities for Supply Chain Planning Solutions,” Tim Payne, Amber Salley, John Christoffersen, Pia Orup Lund, 24 February 2021.

[2] Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning Solutions,” Amber Salley, Tim Payne, Pia Orup Lund, 22 February 2021.

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