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Blue Yonder Group, Inc.
FormerlyJDA Software
IndustrySupply chain management, manufacturing planning, retail planning and operations
Founded1985 (as JDA)
FoundersJames Donald Armstrong
Frederick M. Pakis
HeadquartersScottsdale, Arizona
Area served
Key people
Duncan Angove (CEO)

Nathalie Carruthers (CHRO)
Sue Savage (CFO)

Derek Butts (CSO)
RevenueIncrease $1.1 Billion(2021)[1]
Number of employees
5,500 (February 2021)

Blue Yonder (formerly JDA Software Group) is an American software and consultancy company owned by multinational conglomerate Panasonic. Blue Yonder provides supply chain management, manufacturing planning, retail planning, store operations and category management offerings[2] headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company has more than 3,000 corporate customers in the manufacturing, distribution, transportation, retail and services industries.[3] Companies acquired over time include Yantriks, Blue Yonder, RedPrairie, i2 Technologies, Manugistics, E3, Intactix, and Arthur.[4]


In 1985, James Donald Armstrong and Frederick M. Pakis formed the US-based JDA Software, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. After signing a contract with a Phoenix-based automotive retailer in 1987, all eight JDA employees relocated to headquarters in Arizona. After 10 years of operation as a privately held firm, JDA went public on March 15, 1996.

In 2006, JDA acquired Manugistics Group Inc., a Rockville, MD developer and provider of supply chain management solutions for over $200 million.[5][6]

On November 5, 2009, JDA announced its intent to acquire i2 Technologies, a Dallas-based provider of supply chain management software.[7] The acquisition was completed in January 2010. In June 2010, Dillard's Department Stores won a $246 million judgment against i2, claiming damages from use of two supply chain management systems. JDA announced efforts to reduce or reverse this judgment, noting Dillard's still used the software and had done so since 2000.[8] The case was settled in 2011.[9]

On August 8, 2016, JDA was reported to be exploring its sale to Honeywell International Inc.[10] The sale was challenged on August 16, 2016 by The Blackstone Group, giving an alternative to JDA by offering a financing plan.[11]

On January 30, 2017, Girish Rishi succeeded Bal Dail as CEO.[12]

On July 2, 2018, JDA announced an agreement to acquire Blue Yonder GmbH.[13] The acquisition was completed on August 7, 2018.[14]

On February 11, 2020, JDA announced that it was renaming itself to Blue Yonder, Inc.[15] On July 23, Blue Yonder announced the acquisition of Yantriks.[16]

On April 21, 2021, Panasonic announced that it had agreed to acquire Blue Yonder.[17] The acquisition was closed on September 17, 2021.[18]

In February 2022, CEO Rishi stepped down.[19] In July 2022, Duncan Angove was announced as the new CEO.[20]

As of 2022, Blue Yonder has filed for ipo.[21]


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  2. ^ "About Us" (Press release).
  3. ^ "Blue Yonder Fact Sheet" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-02-28.
  4. ^ "Panasonic and Blue Yonder Extend Strategic Partnership to Accelerate the Autonomous Supply Chain". Media Center. 2020-05-20. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  5. ^ "JDA Software plans to acquire Manugistics for $211 million". Material Handling and Logistics. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  6. ^ "JDA Software Completes Manugistics Acquisition". Supply&Demand Chain Executive. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  7. ^ "JDA Software set to buy i2 Technologies – again" (Press release). Phoenix Business Journal. November 5, 2009.
  8. ^ Dignan, Larry. "Dillard's wins $246 million in damages vs. JDA, i2". ZDNet. Retrieved 2021-03-26.
  9. ^ "In The Dillard's/JDA Software Settlement, Details Of Sleazy Vendor Practices Come Out". Retrieved 2021-03-26.
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Honeywell explores acquisition of JDA Software". Reuters. Reuters. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Blackstone challenges Honeywell with JDA financing plan". Reuters. Reuters. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  12. ^ "JDA's Bal Dail Passes CEO Reins to Girish Rishi to Fuel Next Phase of Growth". JDA (Press release). JDA. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  13. ^ "JDA Software to Acquire Blue Yonder". (Press release).
  14. ^ "JDA Completes Acquisition of Blue Yonder". (Press release).
  15. ^ "JDA Software to rename itself to BlueYonder". (Press release).
  16. ^ "Blue Yonder is pleased to announce the acquisition of Yantriks". 23 July 2020.
  17. ^ "Panasonic Accelerates the Autonomous Supply Chain with Acquisition of Blue Yonder". Media Center. 2021-04-23. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  18. ^ "Panasonic Completes Acquisition of Blue Yonder". Business Wire. 2021-09-17. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  19. ^ "Rishi, who sold Blue Yonder to Panasonic, stepping down as CEO". Freight Waves. February 7, 2022. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  20. ^ "Blue Yonder Names Duncan Angove as CEO". Business Wire. July 11, 2022. Retrieved July 11, 2022.
  21. ^ "Panasonic Considers US IPO for Blue Yonder Software Arm". 11 May 2022.