Posts by Nazli Erdogus

What does GDPR mean for your supply chain?


How to Prepare for the EU’s New GDPR Data Protection Rules – KinaxisThe EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in personal data privacy regulation in 20 years. It’s aimed at tech giants and small and medium enterprises alike.

As we count down the days until the GDPR enters into force on May 25, it’s important to recognize how your supply chain is affected and how it can become GDPR compliant.

What is GDPR and how will it impact my supply chain?

I’d like to take this opportunity to point out a few critical issues that will have a direct impact on your business and supply chain.

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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Your Supply Chain


carbon footprint represented by leavesTop negotiators from countries around the world recently came together to form the final draft of the Paris agreement on climate change. All eyes were on the group taking part in the two-week long conference, where discussions centered on decisions crucial to the planet’s sustainability for future generations and us.

Although not enforceable at this point, it’s still a big step toward acting on this critical issue. With the stakes so high, I thought it was important to reiterate several key points and promote awareness on what individuals and businesses can do to contribute to global sustainability at a collective level.

As individuals, there are lots of things we can do to help preserve our world and reduce our own carbon footprint. A wide range of options as simple as installing a smart thermostat, to controlling food waste, driving fuel efficient or hybrid/electric cars, or taking part in ride sharing are all ways we can do our part.

For businesses though, options and impact are much larger, particularly when it comes to implantation across the entire supply chain.

With demand patterns so volatile and competition in markets so intense, there is often less chance for businesses to consider what’s best to help our world while they also focus on trying to achieve other corporate level targets.

As an example, you could have a last minute order that needs to be delivered within a short time period, or you could have a disruption that will force you to change the type of transportation you originally planned. You could even see your forecast for your new product is way lower than what the market is demanding (hopefully you are using RapidResponse for your stat forecast!). However the change occurs, you have to act fast and recognize impact before it’s too late. And you need to consider the environmental impact of that change.

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Biomanufacturing closely tied with supply chain


With regards to the continuous efforts in pharmaceutical industry, we certainly see a great improvement in the US, California and how much the 632% increase in employment between years 2006 – 2011 has brought substantial growth to the sector.

Some of the main reasons of this improvement between R&D to prescription phases are due to the investments for enhanced technologies used in R&D, effective manufacturing techniques, and certainly the efforts towards a more efficient supply chain management. The latter one, supply chain management actually goes hand in hand with manufacturing, even though we don`t get to hear a lot about its importance.

I greatly enjoy following new trends and hearing about recent developments in industries. I was in San Diego at the Biomanufacturing Summit last week and had great conversations with people from different pharmaceutical companies, had the opportunity to view the industry trends, hear about some pain points, and even discovered beer making process as part of a facility tour (you wonder how this is related to pharmaceuticals? Well, after all, beer manufacturing is just another type of fermentation!).

It`s always amazing to see how manufacturing follows a common path among different industries. At the conference, I kept seeing in the workshops the terms lean, agile, kaizen, 6S, Toyota Production System. As much as these terms can be more applicable towards a manufacturing environment, I really liked to see that the pharmaceutical companies are trying to apply the best practices both from each other and from different environments. This can be limited to the manufacturing technologies today, but will certainly extend to other areas like supply chain. Having said that, referring to my previous statement about manufacturing being hand in hand with supply chain, some of the information – mostly where pain points are today – I captured from the conference below proves how valid this is:

  • Cost and speed are still today`s challenge.
  • Speed generally becomes an issue from development to the marketing of the product.
  • Cost opportunity is very much volume driven, which is derived from an accurate estimate of demand forecast.

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How do you collaborate? A look at supplier collaboration


I love to get my hands on new devices and applications that can be used in the workplace. With so much access to technology today that allows workers to be in constant contact with colleagues, you would think that collaboration would be easier than ever. But, recently, I read an article arguing that there is increasing demand for more face-to-face communication in organizations. Of course, face time with colleagues is not always possible for businesses for multiple reasons, including time constraints and the high cost of travel.

According to a survey of over 1,000 U.S. employees, conducted by Kelton Global, people were asked how they prefer to collaborate and surprisingly 72% of respondents answered in person, 23% answered online and 5% answered via phone or video conference. In addition, nearly two in five employed Americans feel there is not enough collaboration in their workplace. There definitely seems to be a gap here. So while reading these articles, I said to myself – wait a minute, I know that we can help facilitate better collaboration in the workplace, as least for supply chain professionals!

This research takes me to our annual user conference, Kinexions, which was held a few weeks ago in Scottsdale, Arizona where our customers, partners and prospects got together to hear about recent developments in RapidResponse and our customers shared their stories of successful RapidResponse deployments. We also had something unique at this conference: we were able to show ‘supplier collaboration’ in RapidResponse. This feature enables an efficient and effective process between buyers and suppliers. Using RapidResponse, enterprises have direct supplier interaction with automated B2B data exchanges for a number of different situations.

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Statistical Modeling in Supply Chain Continued: When should we incorporate uncertainty into project schedule estimates?


A few weeks ago, Trevor Miles wrote a blog series entitled, “Truth, Lies, and Statistical Modeling in Supply Chain: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. In it, he discusses how companies often model manufacturing and supply chain systems using deterministic models, when in fact everything around us is stochastic. I thought it’d be important […]

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