Here on the 21st Century Supply Chain Blog we pride ourselves on providing you, our devoted readers, with educational, engaging, and entertaining articles related to the supply chain industry. My job is to make sure we’re providing you with amazing content that’ll keep you coming back for more. While I do write some of the blogs myself, I’m still a relative newbie when it comes to the ins and outs of supply chain, so more often than not, I call upon the vast pool of experts I have at my disposal thanks to the fantastic team here at Kinaxis. Most of the time people are happy to help by writing an article. But sometimes, every so often, I get a litany of excuses as to why they just can’t. I thought it’d be fun to share the top three excuses from Kinaxis staff on why they haven’t gotten me that blog they promised. #3 – The Supply Chain Ate My Submission Yes, supply chains are intricate beasts responsible for getting virtually everything from somewhere to somewhere else. Yes, I suppose this does include peer-to-peer electronic messaging data transmission (aka email). But no, I do not believe they are capable of eating the email you just sent me containing your blog. While it is possible for emails to vanish (who hasn’t experienced that), the likelihood that our crack IT team here at Kinaxis couldn’t somehow retrieve it is slim. So instead of spinning me this tall tale to buy yourself a little more time (isn’t that what you were really after?), just fess up and tell the truth. A) You were too busy, or B) You were really, really way too busy. It’s ok, I understand. #2 – My Logistics Plan Failed So No New Ideas Were Delivered I get it. Coming up with great content can be hard. I struggle with it almost daily. But is it really as hard as solving the supply chain challenges of a customer with multiple disparate ERP systems operating in a highly-volatile environment in an organization that’s full of silos? No, I didn’t think so. If you can problem solve that, you can certainly find a solution to a lack of ideas. From that one sentence alone I can think of a number of them: how best to handle operating within multiple ERP systems; ways to more effectively manage supply chains in volatile environments; can organizational silos derail your supply chain. Plus, there’s always Google! #1 – Kinexions is Coming! Kinexions is Coming! Yes, here at Kinaxis that saying really is akin to Chicken Little’s famous phrase, ‘the sky is falling.’ Kinexions, our annual training and user conference, is literally right around the corner and that means it’s all hands on deck. The tension is almost palpable as everyone (myself included) scrambles to get all those important last minute pieces into place. This is the one excuse on the list I’ll accept without question – but only until November 7!