Posts categorized as 'Best practices'

Riding smoothly over bumpy terrain: Managing tariffs in the automotive supply chain


Riding smoothly over bumpy terrain: Managing tariffs in the automotive supply chain

The uncertainty around tariffs and trade wars has left many supply chain professionals feeling confused and overwhelmed. What is going to be imposed and when? How is this going to impact my organization? What costs are we going to incur and how can we manage them? Can we shift sourcing strategies and what impact will that have on my network? But before we make any major moves, what’s really going to happen and when?

In the automotive industry, the imposition of new tariffs can have major cost implications. Given the complexity of automotive supply chains, OEMs are dealing with thousands of parts and thousands of supplies to deliver a finished product. This can mean that key suppliers are based in regions where steep tariffs would be applied, or that the production process of a component could cross borders multiple times before becoming a finished part, being hit with a tariff at each crossing.

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Artificial Intelligence – sifting through the hype and the promise for forecasting

PollyMitchell Guthrie

Today I sat through a full day of talks at the International Institute of Forecasters Foresight Practitioner Conference, which was focused on the topic of “Artificial Intelligence—The Hype and the Promise for Forecasting and Planning.” There was lots of skepticism (and humor) about the hype, along with some use cases of promising results.

Different speakers attempted to define artificial intelligence (AI), with most citing machine learning as a subset of AI. I see very little true AI yet implemented, so I prefer to use the term machine learning, but for the purpose of this post I’ll refer to it as AI/ML.

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Five signs its time for supply chain transformation


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In spring, the flowers bloom. In fall, the leaves change. Some transformations follow a convention, but in supply chain that’s rarely the case. How do you know when it’s time for a shift? This was the question Kinaxis CEO John Sicard posed to three panelists at a Gartner conference earlier this year.

Leaders from Bose, Boston Scientific and ON Semiconductor shared key lessons from their supply chain transformations, including what led them to consider change. Check out the video and read their comments below. If these stories sound familiar, it might be time for your supply chain to change too…

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Managing demand, tariffs and sustainability: Top three automotive industry takeaways from Kinexions ‘19


Kinexions '19 main stage

Recently, over 500 supply chain professionals descended upon Orlando, Florida for a few days of awesome sessions, training courses and networking. It was Kinexions ‘19! Being a fairly new member of Kinaxis, this was my first Kinexions and I was excited to see what it was all about. With attendees from all over the world and across multiple industries, the type of discussions underway were diverse. It was great to hear so much buzz around the automotive industry and how original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers alike leverage Kinaxis technology to “Win the Moment!” Here are my top three auto industry takeaways.

1. It’s time to get a handle on your demand

Demand accuracy is a challenge most any supply chain professional laments over. In the automotive industry, it’s incredibly difficult to wrap your arms around it, especially with new considerations like more vehicle personalization and a shortened product life cycle entering the fray…

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There’s no crying in supply chain… and other lessons from Kinexions ‘19


There’s no crying in supply chain… and other lessons from Kinexions ‘19

There’s no crying in supply chain. Except when there is. Working in this industry is tough. The challenges are large. The pressure to cut costs, improve efficiency and keep customers happy even more so. Despite all that, this past week at Kinexions ’19 in Orlando, Florida, I was reminded once again how enriching, inspiring and fun (yes, fun!) working in this industry can be.

The annual conference held by Kinaxis for its users and supply chain innovators is always a highlight for me. For the past five years, I’ve had the privilege of connecting with customers, prospects and partners at this event. Understanding their triumphs and tribulations. Sharing in their passion and joy. Witnessing year-over-year how they do things with our software, and within their supply chains, I never dreamed possible.

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Throwback Thursday: Excel and supply chain planning


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


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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[On-demand webinar] From siloed to synchronized: The rise of the network planner


The rise of the network plannerTwo years ago we wondered whether supply chain planners might one day be called network planners:

“Much like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), there is still a lot of hype about the network planner. Will it be something that we evolve to as part of supply chain transformations, or will it be out of necessity and a need to manage the new supply chain planning landscape?”

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