I write on the heels of the nationwide elections in the United States. A passionate citizenry exercised its right to advocate for issues important to them and the candidates who they believe the nation, the state, the local government would be best seated with. Yes, it was contentious at times, but I believe our union only gets stronger over the long term with an engaged electorate. To that point, more people than ever before voted. Elections in America do impact beyond our national boundaries, and people around the world have taken a keen interest. 

As associates of Blue Yonder, we are stronger with our diverse opinions and participation in the electoral process. We will always be a non-partisan company that operates on the principles of meritocracy. We will always welcome and work with all associates who exercise their varying viewpoints in their local communities. 

With the elections behind us, let us separate policy from politics and look at opportunities ahead:

  1. Technology is playing a pivotal role at the time of a pandemic. Imagine the pandemic without e-commerce, without cloud-enabling fulfillment, and the ability to map and act on real-time inventory feeds. Blue Yonder’s Moonshot of the pursuit of an autonomous supply chain is understood by everyone today. 
  2. The global tariff regime coupled with the taut supply chain linkages that left little redundancy in the system are making our customers re-envision what fulfillment looks like. Automated, agile, and responsive supply chain systems are increasingly a competitive advantage. 
  3. Our global presence across our regions, in strategically placed design centers and centers of excellence, has provided business continuity for our company. The strength of a global operating model for a company of our scale has been underscored. 

The process of voting and the elections are behind us. One of the local candidates I voted for won. Another local candidate lost by a small margin. Yes, I am disappointed for the one who lost. But I will not let my difference of opinion hold me back from supporting the elected representatives and engaging when required. 

I borrow from the preamble to the United States Constitution which reads: We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. I have always found the phrase “to form a more perfect union,” particularly appealing. It assumes a strive for a better union, a more effective system, and yearning for a greater tomorrow. Those words inspire me. Those words perhaps could apply to the running of our company as well. 

In our representative views of the polity, we are stronger and in our diversity of representation more resilient. As we look at the next four years, our opportunities for the company, and our professional and personal growth, far exceed the challenges we face. 

At Blue Yonder, let us be relentlessly optimistic and do what we do best: innovate, and make our customers and associates successful. 

Girish Rishi is Chief Executive Officer of Blue Yonder. Girish was appointed CEO of Blue Yonder in January 2017. During Girish’s leadership tenure Blue Yonder has launched a portfolio on the cloud that utilizes machine learning and insights from the intelligent edge.