Ottawa, Canada, (PRWEB) May 23, 2007
Kinaxis™ Inc., the global leader in Response Management solutions providing visibility and coordinated response to change for manufacturing and fulfillment organizations, today announced that Kerry Zuber, director of consulting services, recently recorded an interview with Better Process Podcast to discuss the synergies between lean manufacturing initiatives and Response Management.
Ken Rayment of Better Process Podcast, a daily manufacturing news show, interviewed Zuber to discuss the challenges of implementing lean in a globally distributed and fast-changing environment. In the approximate 10-minute podcast, Rayment, the show's host, speaks with Zuber about traditional lean approaches to improving manufacturing operations and the impact that demand volatility and outsourcing have on these initiatives.
According to Zuber, "Outsourcing has rendered impractical the 'line of sight' systems that have made lean so successful." He explains that, "while lean traditionally utilizes a sequential process to move inventory based on demand, today's volatile demand and outsourced supply chains require systems that enable these processes to operate at the moment of demand change by evaluating requirements across the entire supply network. Response Management solutions are specifically focused on achieving this result."
Combing lean manufacturing processes with Response Management gives manufacturers a unique advantage in dealing with today's realities, allowing companies to respond to sudden shifts in demand while ensuring lean operations.
Listen to this interview
Kinaxis delivers an on-demand Response Management service for visibility and coordination to drive rapid response to constant change across global supply networks, resulting in breakthroughs in customer service and operating performance. Kinaxis RapidResponse combines multi-enterprise visibility, collaborative "what-if" analysis and rapid decision support to empower front-line staff at brand owners and manufacturers to take quick and effective action when faced with constant changes in demand, supply and product. Global leaders such as Casio, Honeywell, Jabil, Raytheon, Solectron and Benchmark Electronics use Kinaxis RapidResponse to empower their supply networks with superior responsiveness and gain competitive advantage. For more information, visit the Kinaxis web site at http://www.kinaxis.com or the company's blog at blog.kinaxis.com.