Nike Inc. has entered a strategic partnership with LLamasoft, Inc., to co-develop supply chain solutions that offer both logistics and environmental benefits. Nike has been a customer of Michigan-based LLamasoft for two years. Today's announcement of a formal commercial relationship, in addition to a minority investment from NIKE, signals the intent to leverage the strengths of both companies to co-develop new solutions for international supply chain efficiency.
and sustainability are core to Nike Inc.'s operations and this new
partnership with LLamasoft represents unique opportunities in both of
these areas," says Hans Van Alebeek, Nike's Vice President of Global
Operations & Technology. "Through working with LLamasoft as a
customer, we recognized the potential to collaborate on innovative
supply chain solutions that offer real time logistics benefits and the
potential to positively impact our efforts around carbon reduction."
chain design is a vital business process for companies with a global
footprint, as organizations work to balance factors including cost,
service and environmental impact in an unpredictable global marketplace.
By leveraging the LLamasoft software platform, Nike expects to drive
efficiencies through its supply chain and significantly reduce the
associated carbon footprint.
Donald Hicks, CEO of LLamasoft, said
the relationship with Nike will enable the company to accelerate the
development of new technology. "This partnership allows us to build on
our work with Nike faster and more collaboratively than ever before. We
admire Nike's leadership and we're excited to work together to define
new levels of performance in global supply chain design."