Can you get too Lean?

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
  • Published

Without a doubt, Lean Manufacturing has been a transformative idea that has its genesis in the Toyota Production System.  Many companies have been able to reduce inventories and reduce order-to-delivery times simultaneously.  There is nothing new in this statement. What is interesting is an article in Business Week discussing how Deere & Co is struggling […]

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Will companies think differently after suffering the consequences of Eyjafjallajokull?

CarolMcIntosh

There has been much written about Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano. It certainly has had a significant impact on the global supply chain. One would need a very good crystal ball to predict this unplanned event, but it certainly exposes the vulnerability of distributed networks. Here’s the big question:  Will companies think differently after suffering the consequences […]

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Excel doesn’t excel in all cases…

MoniqueRupert

I recently read a blog post titled “Beware Supply Chain Excel Users—YOU are DOOMED!!!!” by Khudsiya Quadri of TEC.  I completely agree with the author that there is a big risk to SCM Professionals who rely too heavily on Excel.  There are all the reasons listed in the article such as  lack of collaboration, visibility, control […]

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I am adamant that good decisions can be made without perfect data

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
  • Published

Tom Wailgum over at CIO.com wrote a blog titled “Supply Chain Data: Real-Time Speed Is Seductive and Dangerous” in which he quotes from an Aberdeen report by Nari Viswanathan and Viktoriya Sadlovska.  Tom writes about the adoption of real-time data that “Before any company hits the accelerator, it would be wise to ensure that the […]

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An imminent threat to Western brand owners

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
  • Published

It is always good to have one’s ideas validated.  It is fantastic when the validation comes from no less than the Economist.  I wrote a blog  in June 2009 titled “Recession or Reset?” in which I explored what the new normal would look like after the recession.  It is always easier to analyze, and a […]

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3D TV – Technical marvel, Forecasting puzzle

JohnWesterveld

Image by Getty Images via Daylife 3D TVs were the big story at the CES show in January and  now I’m starting to see them show up at Best Buy.    While I tend to be in the early majority of the technology adoption curve, I don’t think I’ll be buying a 3D TV any time […]

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Guess who won BtoB Magazine’s 2010 Social Media award alongside Cisco?

JohnSicard
  • by John Sicard
  • Published

Please forgive the self-promotion but we wanted to share some exciting news that we are quite proud of. BtoB Magazine‘s inaugural 2010 Social Media Award recently recognized Kinaxis for our use of social media. And we are in great company being honored alongside Cisco Systems and Microsoft Corp. in the category of Best Integrated Campaign […]

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Top ten signs your S&OP process is in trouble – a little supply chain humor

BillDuBois
  • by Bill DuBois
  • Published

There seems to be a great deal of content posted recently on the subject of S&OP.  Analysts are writing about it, providing great information on where Sales and Operations Planning has been and where it is heading. There have been conferences which have been very well attended. This kind of activity indicates that there is […]

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