Posts categorized as 'Best practices'

Throwback Thursday: Excel and supply chain planning

BillDuBois

Throwback Thursday: Excel and Supply Chain PlanningIt’s appropriate that I’m reading Nucleus Research’s piece “Beyond Excel in Supply Chain Planning” on a Thursday.

I’m having a throwback Thursday moment as it was back in 2013 I made the case for Excel in a blog post titled, “Hey software bullies, stop picking on Excel.”

In my blog I observed that Excel was picking up the analytical gaps found in ERP systems. And as Seth Lippincott points out in the Nucleus Research piece, the flexibility and familiarity continue to drive the use of Excel.

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Kinaxis Certification Program introduces digital badges

JoeCannata

Kinaxis Certification Program introduces digital badgesWe live in a world where social media presence is on a steep rise, skill validation and verification is reaching new heights, and building your own brand is critical.

To keep pace with the expectations of a credentialed workforce, Kinaxis is pleased to introduce digital badges to our certified base.

Knowledge, skills and abilities are the currency in the modern economy for interactions between organizations and their employees, partners and customers. To augment our existing certification program, Kinaxis will join the many technology giants that already use digital badges as a way of recognizing achievements.

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Big Ideas in Supply Chain | Lippert Components: Unexpected Benefits of Kinaxis

SarahHarkins

Watch Big Ideas in Supply Chain with Lippert ComponentsIn any given year, your company manages a variety of risks that threaten to jeopardize your supply chain operations.

In 2018, Lippert Components had acquired multiple businesses, and it was projected to continue growing in 2019. It was a stellar year for the company, but this growth also brought challenges. Lippert Components had to integrate its new acquisitions into its existing reporting practices.

At the same time, its global supply chain was facing new tariffs. Luckily, Lippert Components’ supply chain planners turned the company’s risks into opportunities…

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Introducing our inaugural guide to concurrent planning

JohnSicard

Download our guide Thinking Differently About Supply Chain Planning: The Case for ConcurrencyA transformation is taking place. Political landscapes shift overnight, global trade is constantly changing, consumers demand increasingly personalized service and smaller day-to-day challenges hit without warning. If your job is supply chain management, how on earth do you plan for the unplannable?

At Kinaxis, we devote our time to the innovative technologies, processes and methods that help our customers and partners navigate the changing landscape of supply chain planning. Forecasting specific disruptions has become increasingly futile, but if you set your business up to deal with the process of disruption you’ll be set up for success.

Today we’re releasing a new guide to help you in this process: Thinking Differently About Supply Chain Planning: The Case for Concurrency

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Big Ideas in Supply Chain | Keysight Technologies: Risk recovery after a natural disaster

SarahHarkins

Watch our newest Big Ideas in Supply Chain Imagine that three natural disasters hit your global supply chain within three years. For Keysight Technologies, this isn’t a hypothetical scenario. Between 2015 and 2016, earthquakes in Japan and explosions at a container storage station in China affected parts of the company’s supply chain. Then in 2017, the Tubbs wildfire burned down two structures at the company’s headquarters and damaged others.

What could have been a series of business fiascos was not. The company had continuity and disaster recovery plans in place, and supply chain employees routinely ran drills to prepare for potential issues.

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Introducing our new video series, Big Ideas in Supply Chain

SarahHarkins

We’re launching a new video series today called Big Ideas in Supply Chain. It’s our way of sharing the best solutions we’ve encountered in our work with thought leaders, customers and partners.

Each video in this series focuses on a weighty issue in supply chain, like change management or risk recovery. But these videos aren’t just an overview of common challenges — they have the potential to transform your work.

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Supply chain hangover: how to avoid software deployment mishaps

SarahHarkins

Supply chain hangover: how to avoid software deployment mishapsSome Canadians aren’t cheering this patio season – because their cups are empty. Ontario residents, brewers and unions shared their complaints on social media after a June update to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s (LCBO) warehouse management software left alcohol in warehouses instead of on store shelves. The LCBO won’t be hurt by the interruption since it’s the only liquor retailer in Ontario. But few companies have such an advantage in the market.

Here are three lessons to keep in mind before updating your supply chain planning software…

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Toward a more effective supply chain

RichardCushing

The Path to Modern Supply Chain Planning – Why the Shift from Siloed to Collaborative Is Worth the JourneyIn its recent e-book, The Path to Modern Supply Chain Planning – Why the Shift from Siloed to Collaborative Is Worth the Journey, Kinaxis identifies the warning signs of ineffective planning as follows:

  1. Siloed thinking
  2. Disconnected execution
  3. Lack of executive focus
  4. Poor system performance

Of course, these symptoms or signs of ineffective planning are true for supply chains. But they are also true for almost everything else that goes on in the enterprise. Let’s look at them from the bottom up.

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