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2019 Kinaxis Supply Chain Innovation Forum drives strong interest in Japan

KaoriEnami

2019 Kinaxis Supply Chain Innovation Forum drives strong interest in JapanWith more than 200 applications for just 100 available seats, it would be an understatement to say that interest was strong in the 2019 Kinaxis Supply Chain Innovation Forum, held recently in Tokyo, Japan.

Kinaxis Japan invited Yoshinobu Ueno, Professor of Graduate School of Engineering, Kanazawa Institute of Technology and CEO of Valuegrid Institute Co., to present the forum’s keynote. Entitled “Understanding the Leadership Required of Management in Supply Chain Innovation Through Case Studies,” the talk covered management leadership and how it can help drive supply chain innovation.

Following this, Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., which recently introduced Kinaxis’ RapidResponse® platform into it’s operations, profiled a series of initiatives at the company that utilize RapidResponse to drive growth in overseas markets.

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Golf and the art of supply chain improvement

AlisonCrawford

Golf and the art of supply chain improvement

I’ll admit it, I am a not a great golfer. Even though I can now drive the ball well, two years ago I could barely make contact. Like every golfer, my short game needs work and more often than not I’m happy to just get the ball on the green, never mind close to the pin.

If I actually manage to sink a putt there may or may not be some enthusiastic dancing on the green much to the embarrassment of the rest of my foursome. But the general trajectory of my game is one of improvement. The lesson I’ve learned is to study my performance and make adjustments to be a better golfer every time I go out.

There are some clear parallels between golf and supply chain improvement if you stop and think about them.

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

MerandaPowers

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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[On-Demand Webinar] Architecting Intelligent Supply Chains

MerandaPowers

On-Demand Webinar | Architecting Intelligent Supply ChainsIf you’re reading this, it’s highly likely you’re living the supply chain life. And if you’re living the supply chain life, it’s likely that you have come to the same realization we have – that operating a supply chain ‘as usual’ isn’t cutting it anymore.

That’s because business as usual simply isn’t as usual as it used to be. With constant global volatility impacting the sourcing and delivery of product to your customers, something has got to give. Supply chains have to evolve to something better, to something different – into more intelligent supply chains. Find out how in this on-demand webinar.

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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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Enterprise resource planning or best of breed, what is best for IT?

ChristinaChristensen

Enterprise resource planning or best of breed, what is best for IT?The creative contention over enterprise resource planning (ERP) vs. best of breed (BoB) has become age-old; however, key considerations weighting the equation have changed with the rise of the cloud, better integration tools, and more focus on the impact network solutions have on business transformation and end user satisfaction.

The pendulum is swinging in favor of BoB as these considerations continue to eliminate the preconceived advantages of getting all of your planning tools from your ERP vendor.

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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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