Posts categorized as 'Innovation'

Introducing our inaugural guide to concurrent planning


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


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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From supply chain survival to leader: How you can follow Lenovo’s lead and find success during an acquisition


“Stand up if you know what it’s like to live through an acquisition, or if you’ve experienced a crisis at your company at some point in time.”

That was how Ben Massie, Vice President of E2E Supply Chain Execution at Lenovo, kicked off his presentation at the 2019 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Nearly everyone in the room was standing—myself included.

Massie’s story centered on his journey from IBM to Lenovo during the acquisition of System X—a seven-year process from sale to hyper growth.

There were layoffs. A lot of them. A revolving door of mangers. Seven in sixteen months. And a shift in culture that put the emphasis solely on the bottom line.

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Supply chain gender gap the topic of focus at MIT event


Leah McGuire, Kerry Currier and Francini Ortiz at the 2019 MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics Women in Supply Chain Summit, where the gender gap in supply chain was the topic of focus.

Joined by Kinaxis colleagues Kerry Currier and Francini Ortiz on a crisp, sunny morning at the end of March, we marveled at the cool light display of Converse shoes in the lobby of the Converse building in downtown Boston as we checked in as attendees and panelists to the inaugural MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics Women in Supply Chain Summit, where an examination of the gender gap in supply chain was a central topic.

The two-day event brought together 60+ women and men from 27 companies across North America to discuss topics in four areas related to women in supply chain: balance, filling the talent gap, mentorship, sponsorship & networking, and leading global teams. Katie Date and her team did a wonderful job of getting the right mix of time for panels, group discussion and networking to make the event extremely valuable and insightful.

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Examining LogiPharma 2019 – Top 3 symptoms you caught the life sciences supply chain bug


Examining LogiPharma 2019 – Top 3 symptoms you caught the life sciences supply chain bug

With LogiPharma 2019 in the books, a big congratulations goes out to all the organizers, speakers, vendors and attendees for a successful event. LogiPharma 2019 featured a strong lineup of speakers and life sciences supply chain industry experts who delivered valuable and relevant content, spurring attendees to participate with passion while host (and former Premiership Rugby match official) David Kurk injected a good dose of energy and humor to keep things moving.

Most impressive at this event was the content — and we’re not talking about skin deep, stick out your tongue and say “ah” level content. Speakers went deeper on their respective topics than a colonoscopy, which by the way, if you are around 50 years old and you haven’t done so, you really should get a colonoscopy, because symptoms can go unnoticed.

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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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AI and humans: Planning supply chains together


On-Demand Webinar: AI and humans: Planning supply chains togetherArtificial intelligence (AI) isn’t just reserved for sci-fi movies anymore – supercomputers going rogue on humans and launching them into deep outer space. AI is creeping into our everyday lives – at work, home and play. Enterprises who are able to harness AI’s full potential will likely thrive into the future while those that don’t will be left behind.

What will the rise of AI mean for the supply chain? Will AI assume full control while the human element is shown the exit? Quite the opposite. AI will play an important role in the planning process, but so will humans.

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