Posts categorized as 'Supply Chain Events'

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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‘Win the Moment’ at Kinexions ’19

BillDuBois

“Delay of supply chain, that’s a penalty. Roughing the supplier, that’s two minutes. Excessive use of inventory, you’re out of the game!”

As you’ll find out in the video below, egregious supply chain planning tactics don’t go unpenalized under my watchful eye.

But the truth is, in my role as a supply chain referee, I don’t want to put anyone in the supply chain sin bin. In fact, it’s my job at Kinexions ’19 to help keep you out of the box and on the supply chain ice where you’re most valuable to your organization.

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Digital supply chain transformation: What was once disruption is now strategy

AlexaCheater

The debate over whether technology is required to run supply chains is over. It has been for a while now. In the next five years, we’ll see more innovation than the last century, and that’s staying a lot given in those 100 years we put a man on the moon, invented aerosol spray cans and saw the world revolutionized by personal computers, the internet and mobile phones.

Looking around on day two of the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, AZ I see evidence of the world’s past innovation everywhere. From the phones and tablets in fellow attendees’ hands to the wireless earbuds and smart watches they’re wearing to the very screens presentations are being shown on. Innovation is everywhere. It’s inescapable. Even in the confines of your Excel-driven supply chain.

As Amber Salley and James Lisica, senior director analysts for Gartner, so poignantly put it during their keynote presentation on converging the physical and digital supply chains—if you’re still operating on the back of an Excel spreadsheet, it’s time for a reality check.

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

AlexaCheater

“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

LeahMcGuire

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

BillDuBois

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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Managing the healthcare supply chain for better patient outcomes

MikeMcAllister

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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