Posts categorized as 'Industries'

Around the curve: 2020 automotive industry predictions


With the pace of change in the automotive industry as of late, making any predictions seems a bold move. It’s hard to imagine what the next twelve months and beyond hold for an industry facing seemingly non-stop innovation. But in 2020, I expect we’ll see this pace of innovation continue. Here are a few predictions for the year ahead.

The electric age accelerates

As the millennial and Gen Z cohorts continue to become more of the buying market (by 2020 they will make up 64% of the world’s population according to Forbes), their preferences will only further dictate where the industry leans. With electric options becoming more affordable (see models like the Nissan Leaf), the continued growth of electric vehicles is likely to rise as this play into the buying preferences of these generations. In order to maintain relevant, or gain relevancy, with that share of the market, automotive leaders will continue to invest and innovate in electric vehicles.

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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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Airport logistics and the concurrent planning truth behind baggage handling


Airport logistics and the truth behind baggage handling

Travelling is my ultimate passion. Even when it’s just a quick trip, setting up a routine in a different city or country helps me to think out-of-the-box as different cultures can have very different aspects of daily living.

Walking in the streets of a new city is a perfect workout for my brain as it helps me quickly become familiar with my surroundings and have the full experience.

I’ve been travelling as much as I can, wherever possible.

I have to say though, if you like travelling, you have to like being in airports and you must be willing to deal with the complex services structure it provides — which starts and ends with your baggage.

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Steering innovation: The importance of agile decision-making in the auto industry


The automotive industry is in the midst of unprecedented change driven by a trifecta of emerging technology, rapidly evolving consumption preferences and dramatically shifting business landscapes. All three drivers combine to further complicate the already complex and high-volume vehicle supply chain – and the supplier sub-chains that feed into it. The need for flexibility, agility and resilience in the supply chain has never been greater.

So how are automotive leaders overcoming these challenges? They are leveraging the right technology at the right time, focusing on three key areas: scalability, intelligence and concurrency.

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Introducing our new video series, Big Ideas in Supply Chain


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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Digital transformation in the life sciences supply chain – show me the data


Digital transformation in the life sciences supply chain – Vas NarasimhanThe life sciences supply chain starts with a miracle

Is there a more challenging industry than life sciences? In a recent Forbes interview on why it’s so hard to bring tech into pharma, Vas Narasimhan, Chief Executive Officer of Novartis AG pointed out that only one in twenty drugs make it out of clinical trials.

One in twenty. A rate that hasn’t increased in over a decade. The only thing that has increased are the costs. Everything we talk about in supply chain starts with discovering that product you can market and sell. For those in consumer-packaged goods, it’s safe to say we’re fairly knowledgeable about our customers and target markets.

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Managing the healthcare supply chain for better patient outcomes


LogiMed USA 2019 San Diego California, healthcare supply chainLogiMed USA 2019 panel discussion focuses on meeting expectations in the age of The Amazon Effect

Recently we had the opportunity to attend the only event that brings together the entire end-to-end healthcare supply chain, LogiMed USA 2019, in San Diego, California.

During the session entitled “Integrating better customer service strategies throughout the supply chain,” Kinaxis Vice President of Industry Strategy Raj Aiyar weighed in on the impact the right technology can have on the supply chain when it comes to meeting customer expectations in 2019 and beyond.

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Lessons in product transition and supply constraints, via adidas


One of the scary supply chain campfire stories I like to tell is of the CEO who stands in front of Wall Street to explain a revenue miss due to lack of visibility into the inner workings of its supply chain. A real-life version of which was recently lived by adidas.

During its annual earnings call, adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted explained to investors that the company’s slow sales growth in North America was attributed to supply issues as the company expands from high-end products into a mid-price range. According to Rorsted the volume increased faster than anticipated, and they didn’t respond quickly enough to the demand signal.

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