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Panasonic and Blue Yonder extend strategic partnership 20 May 2020

Panasonic makes 20% strategic equity investment to accelerate activities in Japan

Panasonic is making an equity investment in Blue Yonder via a secondary sale of shares, that values Blue Yonder at an enterprise value of US$5.5 billion. It builds upon a strong strategic relationship between the two companies, including a joint venture in Japan announced in April 2019. Panasonic will have a 20.0% minority ownership stake and one seat on the Board of Directors of Blue Yonder.

The expanded partnership between Panasonic and Blue Yonder will accelerate the promise of the Autonomous Supply Chain. Harnessing the edge via the Internet of Things (IoT), Blue Yonder’s platform utilises machine learning to drive faster, more context-aware business decisions — all to deliver autonomous outcomes.

Blue Yonder and Panasonic will combine resources and work closely with partner companies in Japan to fuel growth by selling Blue Yonder’s Luminate solutions and bringing forth new, jointly-developed solutions on the Blue Yonder Luminate Platform that enhance customers’ capabilities for supply and demand forecasting, inventory and labour optimisation, and streamlining business operations.

Blue Yonder’s global customers include many of the leading brands in manufacturing, retail and logistics, including Best Buy, BP, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, DHL, Lowes, Mercedes Benz, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, Unilever, and Walmart. At the core of Blue Yonder’s solutions is its end-to-end Luminate Platform, which delivers seamless digital fulfilment experiences through AI-powered supply/demand planning and execution orchestration.

New Mountain Capital and funds managed by Blackstone continue to be majority shareholders. New Mountain retains a majority of its original investment and Blackstone continues to hold its full investment in Blue Yonder. Both shareholders remain fully committed to supporting Blue Yonder’s strategic vision.