3 Lessons from Gold and Silver Pawn: This… is Supply Chain, This… is Pawn Stars

Published August 27th, 2014 by CJ Wehlage 0 Comments

3 Lessons from Gold and Silver Pawn This is Supply Chain. This is Pawn StarsIf you read my prior blog, “Storage Wars rescues supply chain ignominy”, you would have seen my garage after I moved from Boston to San Diego. Every box we collected for 16 years, stuffed in the Boston attic. And now, in San Diego, the only place to put it was the garage. Well, here’s the updated picture of my garage. I used the supply chain ERP “shedding” theory to innovate and clear out my garage.

Just like shedding ERP when building a planning system of record, when I shed my garage, I was able to find cool side benefits. I found an “item” dating back to 1910, Carnegie, Pennsylvania. My grandfather passed it down to my uncle, who passed it down to me. It’s a piece of baseball history from the Pittsburgh area. I’ll tell you in a minute why I cannot say what the item is.

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Posted in General News, Sales and operations planning (S&OP), Supply chain management


Case Study: How Nimble Storage’s Focus on Inventory Management Improved Visibility and Planning Cycle Times

Published August 25th, 2014 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

Nimble Storage Inventory ManagementOne of the biggest challenges facing data storage companies is demands from enterprises for better performance and protection of their data.

Recently, I had the chance to chat with Stacey Cornelius, vice president of operations at Nimble.

Nimble Storage is a provider of flash-optimized data storage solutions with a powerful support model, unique in their industry. The company has a commitment to deliver the highest level of support and customer satisfaction with around-the-clock resources and four hour onsite parts replacement service.

Stacey spoke about how as their install base grew, the company faced challenges getting visibility into its more than 70 global inventory hubs and spare parts depots for its service parts planning business. Nimble was using a spreadsheet-based process to manage its service parts planning business. Data was imported and copied from a variety of sources and some of the key data was maintained only in Excel spreadsheets.

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Posted in Demand management, General News, Sales and operations planning (S&OP), Supply chain management


Remembering: Compromise. Confessions of a Supply Chain Dropout by Laura Dionne, TriQuint at Kinexions

Published August 21st, 2014 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

Compromise. Confessions of a Supply Chain Dropout by Laura Dionne TriQuint at Kinexions

Like I’ve mentioned in my last couple of Thursday blogs, we are starting to gear up for this year’s Kinexions (our annual training & user conference). A few weeks ago I began to reminisce about our fun customer videos from past conferences and I decided to create a blog series to share. So, on this ‘Throw Back Thursday’, I would like to share this video of Laura Dionne, director worldwide operations planning, presenting “Compromise. Confessions of a Supply Chain Dropout”.

In this video hear Laura Dionne, JP Swanson and Guenter Schmidt speak about their experience with RapidResponse – it’s not only educational, but fun too. Please check it out!

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Posted in General News, Supply chain comedy, Supply chain management


We Proudly Accept the ALS #IceBucketChallenge: 10 Things You Should Know About ALS

Published August 20th, 2014 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

Kinaxis ice bucket challenge

If you walked the halls of Kinaxis headquarters today at lunch you may have noticed plenty of folks that were dripping wet. Here’s why.

After being nominated for the ALS ice bucket challenge, we proudly accepted! We are happy to bring awareness to ALS and the fight against it. We are also going to make a $1000.00 donation to the ALS Association. Next, we would like to nominate our partner GT Nexus, our customers First Solar as well as Flexera Software to this challenge, which is to be completed in the next 24 hours. Check out our video!

The Ice Bucket Challenge is awesome because it is raising money for ALS. Here’s 10 things you should know about this diease:

  1. ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which is a rapidly progressive neuromuscular disease:
  • Motor nerve cells die
  • Voluntary muscles degenerate
  • The senses are unimpaired and the intellect may remain unaffected[1]
  1. Every 90 minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with ALS
  2. The incidence rate is nearly identical for ALS and MS (2 per 100,000)
  3. More than a dozen different familial genetic mutations have been linked to onset, however, the vast majority of ALS is considered sporadic with the exact cause(s) unknown
  4. ALS is also considered by most to be a heterogeneous disorder, with site of onset, progression rates and overall survival varying dramatically from patient to patient

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The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains

Published August 18th, 2014 by CJ Wehlage 2 Comments

Next great disruption coming to supply chainsWhat would you say is the next great disruption coming to our supply chain world?

I’ve heard some common themes, such as weather, political changes, even war. Those are potential, and somewhat out of our control. However, there’s one great disruption already occurring, which has yet to truly “touch” supply chain. It’s the consumer. And, WOW! how they ever already impacted retail and brand marketing.

I watched a TED Talk video by Philip Evans, from Boston Consulting Group and shuddered to think that all our traditional fulfillment and inventory models can be drastically transformed by the “consumer”.

Philip Evans shares how today’s consumer is sharing a colossal amount of data to come to a buying decision. Some people call this “Big Data”. Others consider how this “data” is used, and use the term “Omni-Channel” or “Internet of Things”. Google wrote a great book, ZMOT, or Zero Moment of Truth.

ZMOT the next great disruption coming to supply chainsThis is the point where a consumer looks across all the channels in the market, using multiple devices to search reviews, ratings, styles and prices. That’s before the P&G First and Second Moments of Truth. They trust other online reviews over the brand. This is how they’ve drawn the ZMOT challenge.

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Posted in Demand management, General News, Supply chain management, Supply chain risk management


An Open Confession – Please Don’t Fire Me, I Promise to Learn Laugh Share and Connect on the Supply Chain Expert Community

Published August 14th, 2014 by Bill DuBois 0 Comments

Before I start let me confess something. I am not a social media guy. I only go on Facebook to see my latest invitations to play Candy Crush and I still think a Twitter is 3 hits away from a no-hitter. However the idea of an online community seemed a bit more appealing since it was all about a group of people with a common interest sharing information on that topic. Obviously one community I pay attention to is the Supply Chain Expert community powered by Kinaxis. That leads me to the second part of my confession. I haven’t been on the community for a little while. Recently I was doing a demonstration of the Dashboard capabilities in RapidResponse. One participant asked about authoring Dashboards and I suggested they visit the Supply Chain Expert Community to check out a short video on authoring dashboards. The third part of my confession is that I had not seen the video for myself. I knew it was there but after making the recommendation I thought I should see it firsthand. The final part of my confession is that I had been taking the content of the community for granted.

The first thing I took for granted is that anyone can get to the dozens of training videos, for free, without having to be a Kinaxis customer. The video I suggested on authoring Dashboards was only one of many. If you look at the 6 menu items below, 5 are open to anyone. Only the support is closed to customers because it deals with specific customer data and use cases.

supply chain expert community header

If you look at the Content section you’ll see everything from ways to better utilize RapidRepsonse to information of key Supply Chain topics and strategies. Sorry, it’s lacking a bit on motivational quotes and links to the latest celebrity wardrobe malfunctions. Notice I’m only in as a guest and still have access to everything from blog posts, discussions and videos.

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Posted in General News, Supply chain collaboration, Supply chain comedy, Supply chain management


Gaining full visibility of supply and demand: How Agilent Technologies Measures Up

Published August 14th, 2014 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

Gaining full visibility of supply and demand - How Agilent Technologies Measures Up

Here at Kinaxis, we are starting to gear up for this year’s Kinexions (our annual training & user conference). A few weeks ago I began to reminisce about our fun customer videos from past conferences and I decided to create a series of blog posts to share. So, on this ‘Throw Back Thursday’, I would like to share this video of Ethan Hunt, “Gaining full visibility of supply and demand: How Agilent Technologies Measures Up”.

Ethan Hunt, supply chain consultant with Agilent Technologies, talks about the challenges his company faces in gaining full visibility of supply and demand, and in dealing with increasing supply-chain volatility.

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Streamlined Sales and Operations Planning: A Konica Minolta Case Study

Published August 13th, 2014 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

Konica Minolta logoToday we have a great customer, Konica Minolta, that recently allowed us to write up their sales and operations planning story that I think has merit in sharing.

At Konica Minolta, the IT Equipment Business team was struggling to get a quick and comprehensive view of the global supply chain network. This Japanese consumer electronics company didn’t have visibility into the impact of supply and demand changes on the business. As well, attaining agility and alignment across the supply chain was difficult.

Here’s a quote from Noboru Ota, Manager of SCM Planning, Konica Minolta on how they doing today:

“By integrating five systems into one, we gained a distinct advantage because multiple problems are solved by one product. We have the advantage of being able to streamline the operations. S&OP analysis has successfully changed from a weekly to a daily basis and now reflects the actual results, so the data is dramatically more accurate.”

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Posted in General News, Products, Sales and operations planning (S&OP), Supply chain management