Posts categorized as 'Supply Chain Events'

Breaking down doors for the marginalized in supply chain management. Highlights from Kinexions ’18 day two.

AlexaCheater

Megan Smith - Kinexions '18Less than 15 percent of supply chain executives are female. Even fewer are women of color. That’s a sad state of affairs, and desperately needs to change. So how is it that with so many strong, courageous, talented women, so few have found a way to break through the glass ceiling?

Kristen LeBaron, Director of Supply Chain at Lippert Components, Heather Mason, Inventory Program Manager at Applied Materials, Tonia Chu, Global Business Process Owner at Sanofi Genzyme and Pamela Passman, a member of the Kinaxis Board of Directors, shed some light during the Women in Supply Chain Breakfast on day two of Kinexions ’18, our annual user and training conference.

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Unparalleled customer affinity on full display at Kinexions ’18

HarishIyer

Kinexions '18

It’s a month since I joined Kinaxis, and what a month it’s been! I’ve seen my fellow Kinaxisians (I think I just made up a new term – or not – but I’m using it) in action, I’ve seen the product in action, and most importantly, I’ve seen our customers in action.

Our annual customer conference Kinexions was the best capstone I could’ve hoped for at the 30-day mark, because I haven’t seen customers show such passion for a solutions provider in my 20+ years in this industry. On my flight back home last night after Kinexions, I found some time to reflect, and here it is:

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What matters next for supply chain management? An insider’s look at day one of Kinexions ’18.

AlexaCheater

Kinexions '18It’s not about the future. It’s about what’s beyond it. And when it comes to what matters next for supply chains and supply chain management, it’s all about two things: digital, and the people enabling it.

Hundreds of supply chain managers, planners, executives and experts gathered in National Harbor, MD on October 16 for the kickoff of Kinexions ’18, our annual user and training conference, to learn how to digitize, transform and revolutionize their supply chains.

The opening keynote presentations didn’t disappoint.

“We’re well on the journey to digitization,” said Kinaxis CEO John Sicard. A poignant reminder that despite all the hype recently, many of the ‘latest innovations’ people are screaming about have actually been around and available in products like Kinaxis RapidResponse® for years. But despite the differences between us – country, industry, age, gender and role – we’re all asking the same question. What comes next?

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Influential management thinker Adam Grant revealed as Kinexions ’18 featured keynote

MikeMcAllister

Adam Grant

As the calendar turns to October, two things come immediately to mind. Pumpkin spice and Kinexions ’18. While we cannot unequivocally guarantee Kinexions ’18 will be a pumpkin spice free zone (after all, there are venues at the Gaylord Hotel at which one may procure hot, caffeinated, assumingly seasonally themed beverages), we can let you in on the identity of secret keynote speaker we’ve kept under wraps until now — Adam Grant.

You’ll likely recognize Adam.

After all, Adam’s TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 12 million times, and he’s been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and in Fortune’s 40 under 40.

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Celebrating and Encouraging Women in Supply Chain

MikeMcAllister

Women in Supply ChainBy APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE

Since 2012, The Manufacturing Institute has celebrated women in manufacturing with its STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards, which recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies. This April marked the sixth STEP Ahead Awards, and, once again, APICS was proud to co-sponsor the event.

STEP Ahead is a national honor that identifies the best women in manufacturing, including supply chain, and further encourages women to mentor and support the next generation of female talent to pursue these promising and fulfilling careers. On the evening of the event, STEP Ahead recognized 100 Honorees and 30 Emerging Leaders at a gala in Washington, D.C.

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Themes from the 2018 SCM World Leaders Forum

Dr. MadhavDurbha

SCM World Leaders Forum - Photo via SCMWorld.com

“Thick data” vs big data, the power of the supply chain profession, and cybersecurity

I just returned from a very inspiring 2018 SCM World Leaders Forum in London. While I attend several supply chain conferences in any given year, SCM World is a favorite of mine for a couple of reasons.

For one, this is a power-packed forum with the who’s who of supply chain in attendance. The executives in charge of supply chains for some of the most admirable companies from around the world were in attendance. With approximately 200 professionals in attendance the event is rather exclusive, which provides plenty of one-on-one networking opportunities.

Here are the major themes from the forum:

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Takeaways from the 2018 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Dr. MadhavDurbha

Dana Stiffler - Gartner Supply Chain Executive ConferenceSupply chain insights from leading industry experts

Supply chain skills in high demand, digital twins, disruptive technologies, and other takeaways from the 2018 Gartner supply chain conference

I just returned from the highly engaging and inspiring Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. With more than 2200 supply chain professionals in attendance, the event had a very good representation across practitioners, technology providers, and consultants.

Here are some key takeaways from the Gartner supply chain event:

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Taking a Self-Healing Supply Chain Stance on day one at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

MikeMcAllister

The Self-Healing Supply Chain Register. Meet. Greet. That’s always a solid day one at any conference.

If you’re lucky (and not too jet lagged), you’ll sneak in an early session or two, and you might even find time for cocktail that evening.

To add a bit of extra zing to day one at this year’s Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, AZ, Kinaxis announced the launch of the Self-Healing Supply Chain™ to improve supply chain performance and keep it operating in top health, automatically closing the gap between design and actual results.

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