Is Your Supply Chain Glass Half Full?


 Is Your Supply Chain Glass Half Full? The staff at Kinaxis is just back from another successful annual user conference, Kinexions. There were plenty of great presentations and breakout sessions. Of course, as with any Kinaxis event, there was also a bit of fun to be had with many supply chain jokes being tossed around. A colleague of mine, Mike McGuire and I had a “glass half full” conversation and it didn’t take long to come up with a list of supply chain, “is the glass half full” one liners.

Of course everyone knows the optimist says the “glass is half full” and the pessimist says the, “glass is half empty.” But what do those in supply chain have to say?

Demand Planner – Historically the glass was full. Although there is currently less, our statistical calculations show that we should order 10 more glasses.

Sales – We need 3 more kegs.

Marketing – Isn’t that the nicest glass you’ve ever seen.

Buyer – I ordered another drink but it got delayed in customs.

Engineer – Let me redesign the glass so it’s full again.

Inventory Control – Based on the Reorder Point we need to order another drink when the glass is ¼ full. Or is that ¾ empty?

CFO – Good news, our carrying costs have decreased by 50 percent.

Operations – Who drank half my beer? That’s alright, I have another one in my desk.

IT – Your request to fill your glass is being reviewed. We’re currently short resources but should be able to fill your glass in 2 years after we finish our phase one ERP project.

CEO – Our shareholders should be happy that demand has increased by 50%. Orders are strong at half a glass and with the introduction of our new jug we expect sales to increase by more than 3 kegs.

Let us know if you have any other supply chain, “is the glass half full” one liners!



Bill DuBois has enjoyed over 20 years with Kinaxis in a number of roles including his current position as Director of Product and Marketing Content. Prior to his move to Marketing, Bill was a Senior Business Consultant providing pre-sales support to the Kinaxis Sales Team. This included developing and delivering “stand-out” product demonstrations, delivering ROI analysis and conducting pilot projects for prospective customers. Prior to joining Kinaxis, Bill gained 12 years of manufacturing, supply chain and lean experience while with Boeing of Canada. Bill is APICS CPIM certified. And as a qualified APICS instructor, Bill has developed and delivered APICS courses in material planning, master scheduling, capacity management and just-in-time. Bill has also developed and delivered Lean education and training packages for all levels of personnel. Bill studied Electronics Technology at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Bill is also the host of our home-grown Stevie Award Winning Late Late Supply Chain Show. The Late Late Supply Chain Show videos can be found on the Just for Laughs section of the Supply Chain Expert Community. With top-ten list in hand, Bill keys up his late show antics appealing to a broad base of supply chain professionals — those who can laugh at the chaos of their daily lives. Bill has won the plaudits of critics — all one of them – and has proven himself in the ratings — first in Late Late Supply Chain shows! And Bill won’t stop until “this order has been filled.” Check him out for yourself!

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