JDA acquired inventory replenishment market leader E3 in September of 2001. Approximately half of E3’s customers were non-retail, accelerating JDA’s Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR) initiative and gaining key market presence in the wholesale distribution industry, an area JDA targeted for strategic growth.
E3 Corporation, the privately-held global leader of inventory optimization systems was founded in 1980 by Anders Herlitz and had offices in 12 cities around the world. With retail, wholesale distribution and manufacturing customers in 20 countries at the time of JDA’s acquisition, E3 helped to maximize its customers’ inventory decisions with automated ordering and replenishment systems. With the acquisition, JDA executed on its strategy to broaden its solution offerings, industry coverage and market share. Major E3 customers included Ace Hardware, Eckerd Drug, Staples, Best Buy and MGM.
JDA’s market-leading solutions for replenishment and allocation continue to lead the industry in replenishment and allocation optimization with significant new innovations for managing a comprehensive and synchronized view of demand and managing global sourcing programs. In addition, new innovation to the former E3 solution suite is ongoing, building upon its advanced capabilities and previous enhancements to enable customers to achieve success through increased margins, reduced inventory levels and quick recovery of lost sales.
In July 2007, JDA announced inherent integration with JDA Demand that provides JDA users with world-class forecasting capabilities leveraged from JDA’s 2006 acquisition of Manugistics. The integration offered customers new capabilities that complement their E3 solutions such as the availability of new forecasting algorithms, advanced promotional forecasting and event planning, aggregate forecast functionality above the item/location level with top-down, bottom-up forecast reconciliation, as well as advanced demand decomposition capabilities.
Additional new capabilities also addressed global sourcing and distribution in a multi-echelon distribution network. Companies rapidly expanding their import business are challenged with creating optimal purchasing, developing inventory safety stock strategies and defining inventory flow plans. Designed specifically for JDA Advanced Warehouse Replenishment, this capability offers companies the ability to gain more value from their JDA investment by taking advantage of better pricing and freight efficiencies through order consolidations. JDA also introduced a breakthrough technique for slow/erratic item forecasting in 2008, reflecting JDA’s commitment to providing innovative, best-in-class solutions to solve customers’ business challenges.