Posts by Teresa Chiykowski

New advisory report highlights benefits of concurrent planning

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Advisory report: Concurrent planning in a period of business uncertainty

In its January 2019 Research Advisory report, 2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group advised supply chain management teams to prepare for continued higher levels of global supply chain risk, complexity and overall uncertainty. At the same time, organizations must be prepared to meet industry needs for increased digital transformation and highlights benefits of concurrent planning in this period of business uncertainty.

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AI and humans: Planning supply chains together

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On-Demand Webinar: AI and humans: Planning supply chains togetherArtificial intelligence (AI) isn’t just reserved for sci-fi movies anymore – supercomputers going rogue on humans and launching them into deep outer space. AI is creeping into our everyday lives – at work, home and play. Enterprises who are able to harness AI’s full potential will likely thrive into the future while those that don’t will be left behind.

What will the rise of AI mean for the supply chain? Will AI assume full control while the human element is shown the exit? Quite the opposite. AI will play an important role in the planning process, but so will humans.

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The perfect gift this holiday season? How about The Ultimate S&OP toolkit?

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The ultimate S&OP toolkitThe biggest toy sellers (Target, Walmart, JCPenney and Amazon) have announced their picks for the hottest toys of the year. Coming in at number 1 are Pomsies – animatronic, interactive pets that kids can take anywhere. Let’s hope supply chains are doing their thing by producing enough of these cuddly critters to meet demand so the world doesn’t have to deal with another Cabbage Patch Kid-like debacle.

So now that the kids are taken care of, what’s on your wish list? If you’re looking for that something special, why not consider the ultimate S&OP toolkit?

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Kinexions ’18: A supply chain event that always delivers more

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Kinexions18“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” — Charles Darwin

Well said, Mr. Darwin. As the world changes around us, so must the supply chain. That’s why we invite RapidResponse users to join us from October 14-17, 2018 for Kinexions ’18 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

With a focus on supply chain digitization, transformation and revolution, Kinexions promises to be the premier event for the RapidResponse user community, including customers, partners and prospects.

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2018: The Winter Olympics, a royal wedding, space exploration and, of course, big supply chain planning events

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2018 eventsAs we bid farewell to 2017 and usher in a new year, what can we expect to see in 2018?

As per usual, folks will flock to the gym in record numbers to burn off those extra holiday pounds and then, all too soon, workouts will become a distant memory (These are “January people” according to an article in the Huffington Post).  I know this to be fact because I am a January people.

This year will also see athletes from around the globe gather in Pyeongchang, South Korea to go for gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics. “Royals” fans will be glued to their TVs and personal devices to watch Prince Harry wed actress Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in England. In November, space travel enthusiasts will follow the launch of NASA’s InSight as it embarks on a journey to the “Red Planet” – Mars.

But wait, there’s more.

When it comes to big events in 2018, let’s not forget about the world of supply chain planning. There are some cool events in 2018 you might want to check out. Here are just a few at a glance.

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Only a few sleeps until Kinexions ’17 – a supply chain conference to make connections

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kinexions-supply-chain-conference-connectionsNext week, people will gather together in Orlando for Kinexions ’17 for the premier annual event for our RapidResponse® user community. I’m no prognosticator, but what I can say is Kinexions promises to be a great time for learning, networking and seeing what’s next for RapidResponse.

Henry Ford once said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” It’s a good quote (most of Henry’s are) in that it describes the RapidResponse journey. Together, our Kinaxis team, partners and customers are succeeding in revolutionizing supply chain planning. And one of the best ways to see it in action is at Kinexions ’17.

This year, customers are coming out in record numbers to present their RapidResponse success stories on the mainstage, in breakout sessions and as members on a panel. I’ve already given you a sneak peek into some of the inspiring stories our customers will share, including Merck, DJO and AMD. We’re also pleased to welcome Jabil, Palo Alto Networks, Qualcomm, Micron and Ford.

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Countdown to Kinexions ’17: FOMO and supply chain stories that inspire

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Recently, I was asked to write an email with a FOMO theme. Admittedly I had no clue what this meant (maybe it’s an age thing?). Then my mind wandered to the gutter because it starts with the letter “F.” Then I asked Mr. Google who never lets me down – and he didn’t.

FOMO is short form for “Fear of missing out.” It’s really the fear that if you miss a party or event you will miss out on something great. Well, speaking of events and something great, that’s exactly what Kinexions ’17 promises to be. Hey, on that note, check out this little snippet!

If you read my last blog post, you know that Kinexions is the premier supply chain conference event for our RapidResponse® user community. It’s two jam-packed days of networking, inspiring keynotes, informative general sessions and a variety of breakouts delivered by customers, product experts and partners. This year, Kinexions takes place Oct. 10 and 11 in Orlando, Fla. And, thankfully, it’s all systems go – despite Irma’s recent visit.

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Countdown to Kinexions ’17: Supply chain stories that inspire

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Supply chain conferenceIt’s hard to believe that Kinexions ‘17 is only a few weeks away. Time flies – just like astronaut Chris Hadfield, who will be joining us as our keynote speaker on the Kinexions mainstage in Orlando this year.

For those of you who missed my last blog post, Kinexions is the premier annual event for our RapidResponse® user community, including customers and prospects. The supply chain conference offers two full days of networking, inspiring keynotes, informative general sessions and a variety of breakouts delivered by customers, product experts and partners.

Last post, I touched on the top five reasons to attend the conference:

  1. Supply chain stories that inspire
  2. Out-of-this-world keynote speakers
  3. Network. Network.
  4. Fun, exercise and a touch of Supertramp
  5. More opportunities for RapidResponse learning

Today, I’d like to dig a little deeper into reason #1: supply chain stories that inspire.

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