Dallas’ One Network Enterprises Acquired for $839M by Arizona-Based Blue Yonder

One Network's solutions help everyone from Tom Thumb to the U.S. Navy gain end-to-end visibility and control over their supply chains. Founder and chairman Greg Brady says the company's acquisition by Blue Yonder will form "a backbone" of the "new supply chain of the future."

Dallas-based supply chain tech firm One Network Enterprises has been acquired by an Arizona digital supply chain transformation company in a deal valued at around $839 million.

The acquisition by Scottsdale-based Blue Yonder will enable it to tap into One Network’s innovative platform and Digital Supply Chain Network, which is “leveraged by over 150,000 trading partners,” Blue Yonder said, adding that the $839 million deal is “subject to adjustments.”

Founded in 2002, One Network is a leading global provider of intelligent control towers, which provide end-to-end visibility and control over a company’s supply chain. Its solutions “give supply chain managers and executives end-to-end visibility and control with one data model and one truth, from raw material to last-mile delivery,” according to the company.

One Network’s solutions are powered by NEO, its machine learning and intelligent agent technology, which enable “seamless planning and execution across inbound supply, outbound order fulfillment, and logistics, matching demand with available supply in real-time.”

One Network’s founder: supply chains continue to be ‘overwhelmed’

Greg Brady, One Network’s founder and chairman, served as the company’s CEO from 2002 to 2021. He says supply chains “continue to be fragmented and overwhelmed with disruptions.”

“What’s needed is a unified platform that enables multi-tier orchestration, planning, and collaboration that accelerates processes with autonomous and semi-autonomous decision-making and execution across trading partners,” Brady added in a statement. “This is the next step to creating a resilient and collaborative supply chain.”

Brady called Blue Yonder’s portfolio “the most complete” in the industry, spanning from planning to execution. “Coupled with our network and multi-enterprise, multi-tier platform, we’re poised to form a backbone of this new supply chain of the future,” he said.

Addressing supply chains’ growing complexity amid global risks

Blue Yonder CEO Duncan Angove aims to help address the growing complexity of supply chains through the One Network acquisition.

“Supply chains have become more complex, and as more and more companies reduce risk by diversifying sourcing of products globally, there’s an increased demand for the sharing of information and resources across the whole value chain.” Angove said in a statement. “This, along with increased disruptions and geopolitical risks, have put the pressure on organizations to build more resilient and robust supply chains.”

“Combined with One Network’s capabilities, Blue Yonder will establish itself as a leading supply chain solutions company that can offer a unified, end-to-end supply chain ecosystem that’s resilient enough to withstand today’s challenges, and synthesized with innovative, future-focused technologies,” Angove added.

Per the two companies, One Network’s network and Blue Yonder’s supply chain capabilities will create an ecosystem that:

  • Offers real-time, multi-enterprise optimization, orchestration, and collaboration both inside and outside an organization—across multi-tiers from customers to carriers to suppliers to the suppliers’ suppliers.
  • Allows customers to move from the order planning phase to the fulfillment phase instantly, eliminating the time gap that normally occurs from entering the order to beginning the physical fulfillment. Customers can also tap into a more complete and actionable data set across the multi-enterprise ecosystem by setting up alerts, benefiting from automation, and leveraging generative artificial intelligence.
  • Provides real-time visibility across the supply chain, allowing customers to take immediate action via upstream and downstream collaboration.
  • Unifies disparate data silos, enabling a holistic, executive-level view into the entire supply chain—resulting in the ability to automatically optimize and execute through prescriptive real-time decision-making technology.

One Network’s clients range from Tom Thumb to the U.S. Navy

[Photo via One Network Enterprises]

One Network’s customers include PepsiCo, Tom Thumb, Albertson’s, Aldi, Bayer Crop Sciences, Telstra, XPOLogistics, and others as distant as Ghana’s Ministry of Health.

Another big client is the U.S. Department of Defense.

Since 2008, One Network has supported multiple DOD agencies, including the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. In October 2020, the Air Force awarded One Network a $62 million contract to configure and model new master data management business processes. One month later, the company signed a $43 million contract to modernize and streamline the Navy’s entire operational supply chain.

Caps off a $1 billion shopping spree by Blue Yonder since Q4 2023

Closing is slated for “Q2 or Q3 2024,” the companies said. When the deal is completed, it will mark around $1 billion in M&A investments by Blue Yonder covering three acquisitions since Q4 2023, including Blue Yonder’s acquisition of flexis—which offers factory planning, sequencing, and slotting capabilities—and Doddle, which offers returns management and reverse logistics solutions.

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