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What is concurrent planning?

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by Alexa Cheater There are lots of organizations that claim to have reinvented supply chain planning. They say they simplify planning by aligning different supply chain processes or functions. There’s just one problem: None have truly reached their goal. None really do concurrent planning.

Drone delivery coming soon to a supply chain near you

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by Ilyas Kucukcay The concept of a drone was not something we gave much thought too just a few years ago—except for the applications of the military-related operations, much less drones in supply chains as product delivery mechanisms.

Impacting the supply chain talent pipeline by expanding academic outreach

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by Polly Mitchell Guthrie Talent is top of mind for most executives as fuel for the future – but it is approaching a crisis in the supply chain world.

Supply chain gender gap the topic of focus at MIT event

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by Leah McGuire 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.

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

What could you do with a faster, more effective supply chain?

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by Alexa Cheater How concurrent planning can help you take back your time. Stop being a slave to your supply chain and take back your time! Don’t wait around for your supply chain to catch up to the speed of life.

Toward a more effective supply chain

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by Richard Cushing In its recent e-book, The Path to Modern Supply Chain Planning – Why the Shift from Siloed to Collaborative Is Worth the Journey , Kinaxis identifies the warning signs of ineffective planning as follows: Siloed thinking. Disconnected execution. Lack of executive focus.

Stranger supply chain things: Capacity planning lessons from Stranger Things

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by Mike McAllister Courtesy of the Science Museum of Minnesota/Netflix. As a teenager in the 80s, it probably comes as no surprise I relate heavily to every cultural reference in Stranger Things.

Want to hire the next generation? It’s time for a software update.

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by Sarah Harkins Move over, Millennials. Generation Z is entering the workforce this year.

Six pieces of out-of-this world supply chain advice from astronaut Chris Hadfield

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by Alexa Cheater Mesmerizing. Motivating. Magical. That’s how best to describe the experience of hearing famed Canadian astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station (ISS) Chris Hadfield address the crowd at Kinexions, our annual user and training conference.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part four)

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by Richard Cushing In part one of my inventory management best practices series I argue that inventory cannot be managed until it is controlled, and present the notion our general willingness to apportion blame upon unreliable data from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems is misplaced.

Supply chain planning – Does it makes dollars and cents to get it all from one vendor?

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by Bill DuBois. Full disclosure: I work for a best-of-breed supply chain planning vendor so I will do my best to take an unbiased approach as I provide my opinions on how to solve the challenges of planning today’s supply chains with all its complexity and volatility.

10 must ask supply chain data security questions

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by Alexa Cheater When it comes to cyber safety, your supply chain could be your biggest weakness. Approximately 80% of data breaches originate from within the supply chain, and the financial impact of a breach could do more than destroy your bottom line.

Golf and the art of supply chain improvement

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by Alison Crawford. 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.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part two)

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by Richard Cushing. In part one of “Regaining control: Inventory management best practices” , we talked about controlling inventory, before being able to competently manage inventory.

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

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by Sarah Harkins Imagine that three natural disasters hit your global supply chain within three years. For Keysight Technologies, this isn’t a hypothetical scenario.

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Supply chain hangover: how to avoid software deployment mishaps

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by Sarah Harkins Some Canadians aren’t cheering this patio season – because their cups are empty.

To do: Prepare supply chain for natural disaster

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by Mike McAllister “It will never happen to my supply chain,” said the first planner. “We’ll We’ll sort it out when the time comes,” said the second planner. Perhaps these fictional quotes resonate a familiar refrain.

How To Improve Your Shipper-Carrier Relationship

Understanding supply chain dimensions to maximize ROI

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by Richard Cushing To improve supply chain management and to maximize the return on inventory investment, it’s imperative to understand the supply chain dimensions that help define how your inventory is consumed.

‘Win the Moment’ at Kinexions ’19

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by Bill DuBois “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!”

Enterprise resource planning or best of breed, what is best for IT?

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Retail supply chain management and the rise of fast fashion

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by Ilyas Kucukcay From the incredible pace of turnover in style trends to the excess waste it produces, today’s fast fashion phenomenon is a controversial topic on many fronts.

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Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

Does supply chain’s image need to catch up with the times?

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by Bill DuBois This guest post comes to us from Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting , a boutique recruitment firm specializing in Supply Chain Management. It’s our perpetual hobby horse here at Argentus that Supply Chain needs to be doing more as a field to attract young people.

[On-demand webinar] From siloed to synchronized: The rise of the network planner

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by Meranda Powers Two years ago we wondered whether supply chain planners might one day be called network planners: “Much like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), there is still a lot of hype about the network planner.

An executive’s guide to AI in supply chain management

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by Alexa Cheater Faster, smarter, more profitable supply chain decisions.

Cross-border geoblocking and the supply chain’s last mile

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by Dustin Mattison. I recently spoke with Robert Thiemann , the Founder of BPM-Lux and Advisor of BPM, Logistics & Transport to discuss recent changes in cross-border geoblocking regulations in Europe and the implications for consumers and sellers.

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Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Apparel and footwear: At what point is missed sales better than excess inventory?

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by Harish Iyer. In adidas’s recent earnings call, CEO Kasper Rorsted warned that adidas would miss its 2019 growth target because its supply chain was unable to meet the huge demand for its mid-priced apparel, especially in North America.

Supply chain risks: The knowable unknowns that can hurt your supply chain!

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha CSX, one of the only two railroad operators in the USA that handles nearly all the shipments that move by train east of the Mississippi River has been experiencing serious challenges since the month of May.

[On-demand webinar] How to stop planning in the dark

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by Alexa Cheater Stop making decisions in the dark. Some things are better in the dark. Fireworks. Watching a movie. Robbing a bank. Supply chain planning isn’t one of them. So why do so many companies still plan that way?

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Coming soon to a supply chain near you: 8 big digital disruptors

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by Alexa Cheater Every day it seems as if one company or another is touting they’ve just released the next big thing—that new device that will change your life.

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

Gamification ideas in business: Your way to a more efficient supply chain

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by Emily Hunt Simply put, gamification involves the application of game design elements in a business setting.