To outsource or not outsource…that is the question

CarolMcIntosh

There is an interesting article in Supply Chain Digest about bringing back offshore work.  Some companies are rethinking their global product strategies. The article mentions the rising costs in China, the threat to intellectual property and the need for more flexibility. In my experience working with US companies, this is not yet a trend. Companies […]

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Yo Ho Ho and a bag of cement?

JohnWesterveld

A relatively glib title for what is actually a deadly problem.  I read an article this week in SupplyChainBrain.com about pirates.  (No, I haven’t been spending too much time watching the Pirates of the Caribbean.)  What I’m talking about are modern pirates.  Unlike traditional pirates, today’s pirates don’t want the cargo…in most cases they don’t […]

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Who are the Kinaxis bloggers? 5 questions with Bill Dubois

LoriSmith
  • by Lori Smith
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Closing out our “behind the blogger” series, here is the last of our Friday five-question interviews – this time with Bill Dubois, business consultant for Kinaxis, and host of the Late Late Supply Chain Show. Where did you grow up? Born in Philadelphia, raised just outside Ottawa in a town called Arnprior, still growing up. Favorite book, movie […]

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Social media in supply chain collaboration

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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With the rise of the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China – we hear so much about manufacturing outsourcing and off-shoring. Of course with wage increases in these countries, ever relatively cheaper manufacturing countries such as Vietnam are being sought. Even in industries such as automotive, where outsourcing is less prevalent, the portion of the […]

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Really unusually uncertain

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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For me one of the pleasures of being on vacation, as I was last week, is to read different newspapers and learn a bit about the local economy and politics.  While not quite as “local” as I would have liked, I happened upon the Caribbean version of the Miami Herald and was fortunate enough to […]

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Electronics component shortages affect many industries

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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It is always a pleasure to read Bob Ferrari’s Supply Chain Matters blog. He addressed parts/component shortages, a topic that we are seeing across our customers in a recent post titled, “Parts Shortages Noted in the Mainstream Press- Are you actively educating senior management?” Bob observes that: The WSJ article, From Snowmobiles to Cellphones, a Scramble […]

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S&OP – capitalizing on events while others lose

JohnWesterveld

IndustryWeek had an interesting article this morning; “Five things Manufacturers should be able to do with S&OP data”.  I don’t necessarily agree with the focus on data. Companies that have a robust S&OP process have a number of factors that make them successful; Excellent data (I agree this is critical, but doesn’t provide for successful […]

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Who are the Kinaxis Bloggers? 5 questions with John Sicard

LoriSmith
  • by Lori Smith
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Continuing with our ‘behind the blogger’ series, here is this week’s edition of our Friday five-question interview.  Under the spotlight is our very own John Sicard, executive vice president, marketing, development and service operations for Kinaxis.  Where did you grow up? My father was Air Force Military, so we moved around a lot – seems every […]

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