On eating pie, and other reasons why Pi Day is good for supply chain 

DanielleMcNeil Taylor

Happy Pi Day! On eating pie, and other reasons why Pi Day is good for supply chain What a great day. You have to love a special day where eating all the pie you want is acceptable, the math jokes are endless, and there are always some clever shirts, memes and memory contests to keep you entertained for weeks.

Not only that, as I see the tweet count climb on Twitter, it is clear that Pi Day isn’t just for mathematicians, engineers and scientists anymore. It has expanded to the masses and can serve as a fun way to get people talking and engaging in STEM conversations.

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AI and humans: Planning supply chains together

TeresaChiykowski

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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Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part three)

RichardCushing

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part three)In part one and part two of “Regaining control: Inventory management best practices”, we talked about controlling inventory, before being able to competently manage inventory.

Here in part three, we’ll explore what other important supply chain inventory management best practices.

This time around, we make specific recommendations on units of measure, the importance of repacking and resealing, and value of dedicating time to cycle counts.

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Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part two)

RichardCushing

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part two)

In part one of “Regaining control: Inventory management best practices,” Kinaxis guest blogger Richard Cushing talked about the fundamentals of controlling inventory and why it’s vital to have before being able to competently manage inventory.

With that in mind, Cushing outlines additional inventory management best practices in part two of his four part series.

From part numbers and labeling to being strategic about the location of your warehouses, getting organized will help you better manage your assets and regain control of your supply chain.

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George Jetson and the case for modern supply chain planning

MikeMcAllister

eBook | The path to modern supply chain planning

As a supply chain planner of a certain vintage, you remember The Jetsons and likely recall George working for Mr. Spacely at Spacely Space Sprockets. While we can’t be sure what kind of supply chain planning system Mr. Spacely had in place to produce his sprockets, The Jetsons’ well-documented ability to predict the future – from large format flatscreen televisions to video conferencing and robot vacuums – provides a key indicator.

We’re betting Mr. Spacely was all-in on taking a modern, collaborative approach to supply chain planning.

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How vehicle customization will drive the supply chain of the future

DustinMattison

How vehicle customization will drive the supply chain of the futureI recently had the opportunity to sit down with Farhan Mirza, President of BAFF Consultants Inc., to discuss vehicle customization by original equipment manufacturer (OEM) automakers and its impact on the supply chain of the future.

Mirza notes that customization is a significant market trend and believes the entire supply chain will require transformation as the customization of vehicles becomes a mainstream approach to production.

In the interview, Mirza introduces some of the supply chain challenges which will need to be addressed to reap the profit potential.

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Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part one)

RichardCushing

Inventory management best practices - part oneIt happens to be axiomatic that you cannot manage your inventory if you do not control your inventory.

Many times, I have been told, “Our people just don’t trust the numbers they see in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Everything has to be double-checked.”

Usually, this statement is followed by some negative comment about the ERP system being unreliable.

After digging around a bit, more of the true picture emerges. The numbers (read: quantities) in the ERP system aren’t reliable because, while the company is busy “managing” its inventory, it has pretty much neglected the matter of “controlling” their inventory.

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How Kinaxis certification proves its worth

JoeCannata

How Kinaxis certification proves its worthSince the launch of the Kinaxis Certification Program in January 2016, we’ve steadily grown our certified user base. That base includes our technical employees, partners and customers, all of whom have worked to fortify and validate their RapidResponse skills in functionality, authoring and administration.

Why Kinaxis certification?

One question I often hear is, “Why should I get a Kinaxis certification?” It is no secret that having well trained, certified RapidResponse practitioners on staff means you have demonstrated the discipline to learn and master various aspects of RapidResponse, and can employ best practices. For a customer, they are able to derive the maximum value from their investment in a RapidResponse deployment. For employees and partners, it means staying at the top of their area of expertise.

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