3 Award Nominations that Prove Our AI is Delivering Real Value

IN General — 16 August, 2017

In the new retail landscape, the power of AI to extract value cannot be underestimated, and the global retail industry is recognizing this in many ways – not least, through its industry awards. Three respected UK organizations - the IGD, Retail Week, and Computing.co.uk –are all championing Blue Yonder’s achievements as examples of AI excellence in…

Building Robust AI Systems – Part II

IN General — 02 August, 2017

Building a robust Artificial Intelligence (AI) system is a challenging task: The previous blog post covered many of the more technical aspects from data handling and storage, dealing with data quality, deploying AI models and operational excellence. The technical setup to calculate billions of predictions that deliver optimal decisions needs to be…

Power to the People: why Man + Machine Learning = Maximum Productivity

IN Machine Learning — 24 July, 2017

We live in a world where people like to pitch man against machine. But isn’t the truth that humans should be working with technology to drive a more efficient future?

The Promise of Artificial Intelligence & the Reality of Super-Human Performance

Watson, Einstein, Leonardo. These names were chosen as product names for Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based technology. These names are not random choices – they are names associated with brilliant and creative minds, reflecting the aspirations these products have. These exceptional figures are extremely individual and have had such a profound…

The New Retail Balance Sheet: Why Data is an Asset – and How to Value It

The call to utilize big data is more than five years old now, and retailers are well aware of the huge commercial value in acting on insight. However, the narrative surrounding how to act on this insight hasn’t evolved in that time – and it needs to.

Building Robust AI Systems – Part I

“What's the first thought that comes to mind when you think of Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Perhaps it’s a scene from a science fiction movie? Or – more realistically – AlphaGo, developed by the Google owned company DeepMind that learned to beat the best players at the complex game of Go? Perhaps you wonder about job security? MIT Technology Review

Smarter Working: Why AI Empowers the Retail Workforce

There are some pretty frightening statistics out there about the future of the retail workforce. According to the British Retail Consortium there could be 900,000 fewer roles in the industry by 2025, while Deloitte believes that a third of all jobs in the UK are at risk of automation.

My Metric is Better Than Yours – Optimizing Business Decisions with AI

P. Sondergaard, Senior VP at Gartner famously said: “Algorithms are where the real value lies”. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are reshaping entire industry sectors and verticals, creating the foundation of the next industrial revolution.

Waste Away: How New Replenishment Models Are Reducing Shrink

In grocery retail, waste is no longer the inevitable consequence of making sure customers always get what they want. Increasingly, retailers are recognising the myriad ways to mitigate waste – with many different motivations pushing them to adopt new models and techniques that reduce shrink.

How to win the grocery war one customer at a time

When companies do big acquisitions, it is often the customer who is the last to be considered. The digisphere is buzzing with commentary on the Amazon purchase of Whole Foods and what this means for retail once the eponymous pureplay got seriously into bricks and mortar. And it can’t be much fun to be any large US grocer watching your share price…