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Infographic: Supply Chain Risks: Big or Small, Plan For Them All

Supply chain risks come in many forms - from large-scale, unpredictable natural disasters to issues arising from day-to-day business activities. You can't have a plan in place for every different supply chain disruption that could potentially come your way. But you can take a proactive approach to risk management that ensures you are prepared to recognize, assess and respond to any type of supply chain disruption.

In this infographic, learn all about supply chain risks and the competencies needed to minimize their impact to your business.

S&OP for Business Orchestration: Four Requirements for Making the Transformation

By Kinaxis

Traditional S&OP, as a serial piece-process, has proven to lead to ineffective and inefficient planning cycles that drive less than maximized value for the enterprise. As a result, a different interpretation and expectation for S&OP is emerging that entails better goals and broader competencies. In this paper, learn more about:

  • Acknowledging and Adapting to Plan Variance
  • Real Time “What-if” for Tradeoff Analysis
  • Financial Impact Analysis to Drive Profitable Decisions
  • An Information Layer for End-to-End Process Enablement

An Integrated Approach to Project Management: Modeling projects and the supply chain together in one environment

By Kinaxis

This paper describes an integrated approach to project management, which enables an organization to:

  • model all their projects and their entire supply chain together in one environment;
  • model the payment terms, penalty and bonus clauses of a contract to fully reflect the impact a project schedule will have on expected cash-flow;
  • perform 'what-if' simulation to enable project planners and sponsors to understand the implications of various project planning scenarios under consideration (such as allocating more resources to one project versus another or mitigating the impact of a supply disruption).

Supply Chain Risk Management: Knowing the Risks — Mitigating and Responding for Success

By Kinaxis

The last few years have seen significant events around the world that have only heightened the awareness of how detrimental risk can be to the business. This has caused supply chain risk management to become front and center in organizations' minds. But the question is… are we looking at risk in the right way?

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An Integrated Approach to Global Capacity Management for Automotive Manufacturers

By Kinaxis

Globalization of the supply chain, constrained supply and uneven demand necessitate that global automotive manufacturers align capacity with projected demand on a global basis.

Unfortunately for most automotive manufacturers, their processes and systems aren't able to meet this challenge. Their supply chain continues to get more complex, but is currently planned and managed by disparate regional systems. These silos of information make it impossible to plan and manage their global supply chain dynamically in response to updated demand forecasts and capacity constraints. And those that leverage optimization-based planning systems on a local level are finding that this approach is not feasible at the global level.

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Moving Beyond Supply Chain Visibility to Multi-Enterprise Orchestration: Virtual Vertical Integration & Supplier Collaboration Combined

By Kinaxis

The loss of supply chain visibility as a result of outsourcing manufacturing operations is of real concern to OEMs. But it's the subsequent loss of control over the coordination of activities across the multi-tier supply chain that is creating the most risk and chaos for brand owners.

A tactical exchange of data node-by-node through the global supply chain is no longer sufficient to achieve true collaboration between brand owners and suppliers in today's volatile business environment. What is required is a holistic, end-to-end supply chain planning and response management system, where everyone can understand the consequences of decisions up and down the supply chain.

Miles Ahead: The "miles ahead" vision of integrated supply chain planning and response management

By Kinaxis

"One of the greatest fallacies when talking about planning is the belief that each part of the planning process is unique and therefore can be adequately performed in isolation. I don't believe that was ever really true, but it certainly isn't so in today's complex and volatile world.

"In reality, planning is a continuum, and each stage should be feeding the next and being informed by the previous. And with the volatility in today's business environment, the planning process should be a continuous one, no longer only performed on a fixed schedule. This is particularly pertinent when it comes to the demand and supply chain operations of a company."

Trevor Miles is a Kinaxis thought leader and is a regular contributor to the 21st Century Supply Chain Blog. In this ebook you will find excerpts and links to resources and content that Trevor has contributed over time on many relevant sub-themes supporting his vision of an integrated supply chain.

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Supply Chain Response Management: It's Time to Embrace Volatility

By IndustryWeek

Better supply and demand planning outcomes means better business and operations performance, which is ultimately about the financials. Within a fairly narrow window of opportunity, improving agility by using supply chain response management tools can have an impact on both the top and bottom line. Adjusting and responding to changes as well as customer inquiries can mean the difference between losing business or winning a new customer. The ability to make faster and more profitable decisions enhances margins both internally and across the supply chain network. It's hard to find fault with that.

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