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Supply chain planning – Does it makes dollars and cents to get it all from one vendor?

BillDuBois

Supply chain planning – Does it makes dollars and cents to get it all from one vendor?

Full disclosure: I work for a best-of-breed supply chain planning vendor so I will do my best to take an unbiased approach as I provide my opinions on how to solve the challenges of planning today’s supply chains with all its complexity and volatility.

I’ll be honest, it would be great to get everything from one supply chain software vendor. One negotiation, one price list, one number to call if by some chance something went wrong. At first glance is seems like a practical, straightforward approach. I can understand why IT organizations would want to limit the number of vendors they need to deal with. But do the economics work out?

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Kinaxis named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation

DanielleMcNeil Taylor

Kinaxis named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of DifferentiationWe’re pleased to share news of Gartner’s most recent research, the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation.

On the strength of feedback from our customer community, Kinaxis has been named a Leader for the third consecutive time, which we believe validates our holistic approach to supply chain planning, which connects customer data, processes and people across the entire network.

According to Gartner, a sales and operations planning (S&OP) Systems of Differentiation (SOD) “is a software solution that helps to enable a Stage 4, or possibly higher, maturity S&OP process,”1 enabling unique company processes or industry-specific capabilities.

Gartner recommends the solution include each of the following 13 key capabilities, each of which Kinaxis recognized as a Leader:

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

TeresaChiykowski

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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Autonomous car technology and the Self-Healing Supply Chain

JonathanLofton

autonomous car technology, self-healing supply chain, supply chain automationI recently rented a car featuring steering assist and intelligent cruise control. Now, I’m used to driver assist technologies as my vehicle has blind spot warning and front and rear collision warning, and braking. My wife’s car has a heads-up display as well as steering wheel vibration when you stray onto the lane lines, but when driving this rental, I felt the car was actually steering itself back into the lane when it drifted astray.

Since I wasn’t familiar with this feeling, I was compelled to try several different things to see how the car would respond. If I made the car move to the left side of the lane, would the automatic correction over-steer so that I would drift to the right? Designed as a “hands-on” driver assist system rather than a “self-driving” feature for use in both heavy and flowing traffic situations, the car did self-correct and did so continuously as I experimented with the feature.

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Indiana Jones and the supply chain bullwhip effect

JoeCannata

Indiana Jones and the supply chain bullwhip effectAccording to the European Journal of Operational Research, the term ‘bullwhip effect’ was first coined by Procter & Gamble (P&G) in the 1990s in reference to the order variance amplification phenomenon observed between P&G and its suppliers.”

A small shift in customer demand essentially cracks the whip, and the further a supplier is from the demand, the more significant the impact, which inevitably leads to increasing swings in inventory for suppliers.

This question of demand management led me to wonder if any bullwhip manufacturer or supplier ever ran into a situation that caused them to experience the bullwhip effect in their own supply chains.

How ironic would that be?

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How demand planning can quench our thirst for beer

MikeMcAllister

World Cup and hot summer combine to create beer bottle shortage for German brewers

On the heels of a carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage in the UK that caused some breweries to ration beer production, Germany’s long, hot summer and the revelry surrounding the World Cup have combined with suboptimal demand forecasting to create a significant shortage of beer bottles, causing breweries large and small to plea to customers to return their empties.

Case in point: Germany’s Moritz Fiege

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Don’t let incorrect design assumptions affect supply chain performance

AlexaCheater

Don’t let incorrect design assumptions affect supply chain performanceWouldn’t it be nice if your supply chain actually performed the way you designed it to? That doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. Supply chain perfection just got one step closer with the Self-Healing Supply Chain and its ability to improve supply chain design assumptions.

Supply chains are complex and full of inter-dependencies. A problem in one area can wreak widespread havoc on others. Suppliers who are always late or one market consuming all available supply for globally required parts can destroy your ability to meet customer demands.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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The Self-Healing Supply Chain Webinar: The state of the art and its prospects for the future

MikeMcAllister

Josh Greenbaum & Trevor Miles | The Self-Healing Supply Chain WebinarThe future of supply chain planning has arrived

The notion of a supply chain that heals itself sounds futuristic. Mix in notions such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and you’re not entirely wrong. But unlike that flying car the Jetsons promised we would have by now, the self-healing supply chain is real.

Having already proven its value for companies like Schneider Electric and MSD (also known as Merck & Co., Inc. in the US and Canada), the Self-Healing Supply ChainTM is forcing us to re-imagine what’s possible when it comes to supply chain planning.

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