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Maersk Upgrades to JDA Cloud-Based WMS to Manage ‘Complex Warehouse Operations’

Expanding its warehousing and distribution services, global container shipping company A.P. Moeller-Maersk is extending its end-to-end container logistics services with JDA Software Inc.’s Warehouse Management solutions.

The move is part of Maersk’s ongoing focus on digital technologies that aim to make its customers’ complex supply chains easier to navigate. Maersk Warehousing and Distribution already provides customers the benefits of an end-to-end delivery network and greater flexibility through a wide range of logistics solutions in strategically located warehouses, as well as the latest processes and systems for cost effective distribution networks.

The addition of JDA’s cloud-based solutions will expand the range and flexibility of Maersk’s delivery services. JDA’s state-of-the-art warehouse management system will help Maersk customers improve warehousing processes and efficiency, while lowering inventory costs. It will also help Maersk customers balance the need for on-time delivery with the desire for cost-effective distribution.

“Digital is no longer just a buzzword,” said Henning Goldman, global head of warehousing and distribution at Maersk. “Today it is unlocking tremendous value for our logistics and warehouse customers in terms of simplification and better performance. JDA’s deep expertise and leading innovation are already creating competitive advantages for its customers. The addition of these exciting solutions to our portfolio is going to help Maersk continue offering our customers truly unique, end-to-end solutions.”

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Maersk said getting inventory to the right location and at the right time often depends on networks with multiple suppliers and carriers. Digital solutions can provide visibility throughout the supply chain to improve on-time performance by coordinating the schedules of several carriers to adapt to real-world disruptions such as adverse weather, for example. They can also simplify complex transactions between different players and sites with different operating conditions.

“Maersk is continuing to lead the industry’s digital transformation,” said Johan Reventberg, president of EMEA at JDA. “Deploying JDA Warehouse Management, a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)-based model in the cloud will unlock complete, end-to-end visibility so Maersk can easily manage complex warehouse operations across myriad customer environments.”

Maersk will initially deploy JDA Warehouse Management in Europe, at Gothenburg, Sweden, and in the U.S., at Newark, N.J., and Santa Fe, N.M., in the fourth quarter, and will use these sites to build the template for the global rollout across Maersk warehouse facilities.

As the global leader in shipping services, Maersk operates in 130 countries and employs roughly 76,000 people.