Posts categorized as 'Future of supply chain'

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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Expanded RapidResponse capabilities are here!


Expanded RapidResponse capabilities are here!Ask more of your planning platform. Kinaxis® has expanded its RapidResponse® platform. Now you can leverage the power of the world’s only concurrent planning platform to create custom planning applications, and extend the functionality of any planning application (custom or existing) running on RapidResponse with the ability to build your own embedded algorithms or connect external ones.

Developing apps and algorithms is quick and affordable because you’re not starting from scratch. Development happens on top of the solid foundations of a trusted and secure platform boosted by decades of productized supply chain expertise. Tap into our patented database technology, best-in-class speed, scalability and synchronization across the supply chain network.

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Impacting the supply chain talent pipeline by expanding academic outreach

PollyMitchell Guthrie

Impacting the supply chain talent pipeline by expanding academic outreachTalent is top of mind for most executives as fuel for the future – but it is approaching a crisis in the supply chain world.

For the past four years, hiring qualified supply chain workers has been cited as the biggest company challenge in the annual survey conducted by MHI and Deloitte Consulting.

As older workers retire, a new crop must be hired and gain experience to replenish the gap, but the supply chain employee of the future requires digital skill sets that are in high demand across all industries. This hiring landscape means that attracting and retaining new talent is harder than ever.

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Want to hire the next generation? It’s time for a software update.


Ninety-one percent of Gen Z-ers say that a company’s technological sophistication would affect their decision to work there.Move over, Millennials. Generation Z is entering the workforce this year.

The first members of the cohort, born between 1997 and 2012, are ready to be wooed by recruiters, but they aren’t impressed by the free food, ping pong tables and start-up style workspaces that once wowed Millennials.

Instead, they want something simpler: state-of-the-art workplace technology. Nowhere is this more important than in the supply chain.

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Drone delivery coming soon to a supply chain near you


Drone delivery coming soon to a supply chain near youThe concept of a drone was not something we gave much thought to just a few years ago—except for the applications of the military-related operations, much less drones in supply chains as product delivery mechanisms. But now, the day-to-day use of drones is a reality as they are being used for many purposes, from consumer recreational use to media, and from industrial to institutional applications.

For example, streaming companies are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, to capture live events for sports, political rallies and concerts. Some governments use them to keep an eye on the wildlife in geographically remote areas, while some others utilize different variations of those devices for border patrol and other domains of law enforcement.

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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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[On-Demand Webinar] Architecting Intelligent Supply Chains


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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What the women’s World Cup taught me about building a supply chain planning team


I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a soccer fan. But, watching the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup was both exciting and eye opening.

These athletes are at the top of their game and embody excellence in their sport. It’s clear the team invested a lot of time, money, heart and soul to integrate so well, anticipate each other’s actions and achieve that level of performance.

This got me thinking about supply chain excellence and raised the question, “How do you achieve excellence when you’re not always working as one team, on one plan?”

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