Posts by Mike McAllister

Managing the healthcare supply chain for better patient outcomes

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LogiMed USA 2019 San Diego California, healthcare supply chainLogiMed USA 2019 panel discussion focuses on meeting expectations in the age of The Amazon Effect

Recently we had the opportunity to attend the only event that brings together the entire end-to-end healthcare supply chain, LogiMed USA 2019, in San Diego, California.

During the session entitled “Integrating better customer service strategies throughout the supply chain,” Kinaxis Vice President of Industry Strategy Raj Aiyar weighed in on the impact the right technology can have on the supply chain when it comes to meeting customer expectations in 2019 and beyond.

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George Jetson and the case for modern supply chain planning

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eBook | The path to modern supply chain planning

As a supply chain planner of a certain vintage, you remember The Jetsons and likely recall George working for Mr. Spacely at Spacely Space Sprockets. While we can’t be sure what kind of supply chain planning system Mr. Spacely had in place to produce his sprockets, The Jetsons’ well-documented ability to predict the future – from large format flatscreen televisions to video conferencing and robot vacuums – provides a key indicator.

We’re betting Mr. Spacely was all-in on taking a modern, collaborative approach to supply chain planning.

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To do: Prepare supply chain for natural disaster

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To do: Prepare supply chain for natural disaster“It will never happen to my supply chain,” said the first planner.

“We’ll sort it out when the time comes,” said the second planner.

Perhaps these fictional quotes resonate a familiar refrain. After all, on the list of things to do when managing your supply chain on a daily basis, ‘prepare for natural disaster’ likely sits far down the list, somewhere between ‘submit expenses’ and ‘organize file folders.’ I totally get it.

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Webinar: Supply chain strategies to combat a brave new trade world

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Webinar: Supply chain strategies to combat a brave new trade worldAldous Huxley had it right — it truly is a brave new world, and it is especially so when it comes to tariffs and trade. And for organizations with even moderately complex multinational supply chains, the mounting challenges are the most significant that they’ve faced to date. A fresh set of supply chain strategies are need, the quicker the better.

In addition to dealing with a forever multiplying list of SKUs driven by market demand, the trend toward engaging contract manufacturers continues to grow, and an ever-expanding list of commerce channels is making supply chain management more challenging by the hour. Combine this with an uncertain trade environment with unprecedented market volatility and the impact of ongoing legal, regulatory and taxation changes, and you have a perfect supply chain storm brewing.

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Nucleus Research positions Kinaxis in Leaders’ quadrant of Control Tower Technology Value Matrix for 2018

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Download the Nucleus Research Control Tower Technology Value Matrix for 2018
Nucleus Research just released its Control Tower Technology Value Matrix for 2018, assessing the state of the control tower market and provides an overview of 13 vendors based on a combination of functionality and usability.

Nucleus Research recognizes that real-time visibility remains the ultimate goal for the majority of companies and notes that the ability to connect planning with execution is one of the key drivers to success. The report also references how vendors are delivering tools that help organizations automate the more laborious tasks, allowing more time strategic decision making.

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[On-demand webinar] Paving the way for digital transformation in the automotive supply chain

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[On-demand webinar] Digital transformation for the automotive supply chainContrary to popular belief, the Ford Motor Company did not invent the assembly line.

But in 1913, Henry Ford did revolutionize it by adding a conveyor system to move the cars along the line, reducing the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to less than three.

Fast forward to present day to find the headlights of the electric car peeking around the nearest corner, with autonomous driving technology trailing not far behind. This fundamental shift in the automotive industry, when paired with the alternative energy expectations of the modern automobile consumer, brings the industry to an inflection point not entirely unlike the one Ford ushered in with the advent of mass production.

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Independent research reveals how organizations can succeed in a brave new tariff-driven trade world

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Ventana Whitepaper - Winning in the New Era of TradeIt sounds ominous, but it’s a brave new tariff-driven trade world out there – a reality senior executives whose organizations operate global supply chains are coming to grips with.

Navigating the latest tariffs, and the resulting ripple effects on currencies along with fluctuations in labor costs make it increasingly difficult for companies managing complex multinational supply chains to make effective sourcing, purchasing and production decisions fast enough to stay competitive.

And by staying competitive, we’re talking about the bottom line. Because at the end of the day, that’s how corporate leadership is measured.

According to Ventana Research in a report commissioned by Kinaxis, only 35 percent of companies with more than 1000 employees say they’re able to react quickly to changing marketing conditions – an astonishingly low number.

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Influential management thinker Adam Grant revealed as Kinexions ’18 featured keynote

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Adam Grant

As the calendar turns to October, two things come immediately to mind. Pumpkin spice and Kinexions ’18. While we cannot unequivocally guarantee Kinexions ’18 will be a pumpkin spice free zone (after all, there are venues at the Gaylord Hotel at which one may procure hot, caffeinated, assumingly seasonally themed beverages), we can let you in on the identity of secret keynote speaker we’ve kept under wraps until now — Adam Grant.

You’ll likely recognize Adam.

After all, Adam’s TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 12 million times, and he’s been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and in Fortune’s 40 under 40.

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