JDA Software is to buy AI solutions provider Blue Yonder in a move that will enable it to further integrate intelligent data and insights to enable more profitable, autonomous supply chain decisions.

Blue Yonder, which is based in based in Karlsruhe, Germany and used by German e-commerce giant Otto Group, enables companies to automate complex decisions.

JDA says it now intends to embed new levels of actionable intelligence across all areas of its software, from retail/supply chain planning, to execution, to labour management and through to omni-channel delivery.

In turn, the deal will help Blue Yonder to accelerate its growth, invest more resources to development and deliver more innovation to customers at scale.

Blue Yonder founder, former CERN physicist and KIT professor Dr Michael Feindt will provide ongoing leadership to both companies, and CEO Uwe Weiss will join JDA's operating committee.

JDA's acquisition of Blue Yonder is expected to close in August, subject to competition agency approval.

"Major digital transformation of supply chains is underway and the ability to quickly access intelligent, actionable data and insights will determine the future winners and losers," says JDA CEO Girish Rishi.

While Weiss adds: "With JDA's global scope and reach, we have a terrific opportunity to drive the use of our AI solutions throughout the world's largest and most complex supply chains."