LLamasoft Acquires South African Supply Chain Software

ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor-based supply chain design software developer LLamasoft said this week that it had acquired the supply chain software division of Barloworld Ltd., an industrial brand management company based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The companies said the acquisition does not cover Barloworld’s key territories in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, where the two companies will work in partnership.

The companies also launched a partnership intended to bring LLamasoft’s supply chain design software and services to improve the innovation and efficiencies through the supply chain operations of Barloworld customers worldwide.

“This acquisition and strategic partnership further solidifies LLamasoft’s standing as the global leader in supply chain design software and solutions,” said Don Hicks, LLamasoft president and CEO. “LLamasoft and Barloworld will offer unprecedented logistics and technology solutions to customers throughout Africa and the Middle East.”

Added Richard Forrest, CEO of the Barloworld supply chain software division: “Joining LLamasoft provides exciting opportunities for both our customers and staff. We will form part of a larger supply chain design community driving innovation, deeper domain expertise and knowledge sharing across a variety of supply chain planning platforms. This in turn creates diverse career growth for our staff and more value to our clients and global business partners.”

The deal includes Barloworld’s CAST product, which allows users to shape the performance of their logistics and supply networks. See http://www.barloworldscs.com/smart-suite/cast/. And, it includes Barloworld’s OPTIMIZA product, which allows users to build and measure an optimal demand, supply and inventory plan. More at http://www.barloworldscs.com/smart-suite/optimiza/. The deal also includes an unspecified number of Barloworld employees who will be joining LLamasoft.

More at http://www.llamasoft.com.

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