Kinaxis Corporation

Kinaxis Corporation

August 04, 2009 07:30 ET

Kinaxis Launches Supply Chain Expert Community

Manufacturing and supply chain management professionals convene online to learn, share and connect with industry colleagues

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 4, 2009) -

News Facts:

- Kinaxis has launched a new online community, offering supply chain professionals, industry analysts, consultants, media and others a central place to interact in an environment designed for the needs and interests of this industry group.

- The Supply Chain Expert Community is free and open to the public and serves as a social platform for three core functions:

- Learning: a place to ask questions and research supply chain related information

- Sharing: a place to share experiences and invite colleagues to join supply chain discussions

- Connecting: a place to meet and network with other like-minded supply chain professionals

What's in the Community?

- The Supply Chain Expert Community features three main areas of content:

Manufacturing Industries

- This sub-community is a place for manufacturing and supply chain professionals to ask a question or make a suggestion in the discussion forums; upload an interesting video or document; post an opinion to the blog.

- The centerpiece of this section is 'Manufacturing Central?, a news aggregator that compiles relevant headlines from the industry's top global online news sources. It's an efficient way to keep up to date and can present many news pieces ripe for debate on the discussion boards.

- Join the discussions happening now, or start one of your own...for example:

- How sustainable is sustainable manufacturing?

Kinaxis RapidResponse

- This section provides information related to RapidResponse, the on-demand supply chain management service from Kinaxis.

- This is the new home for the RapidResponse knowledge base, discussion forums and customer support center. The community offers new resources and functions to enhance support to the Kinaxis client base and further engage them to share best practices and discuss their product innovation ideas.

- While certain areas in this section are only available to customers, various discussions and resources can be publicly accessed for an up close look into the RapidResponse product experience.

Entertainment:

- And because we can't be serious all the time, supply chain professionals seeking an entertaining break from the stress of their day can view comical videos and enjoy amusing stories that bring out the lighter side of supply chain.

- This fun section currently houses three sets of supply chain-themed comedy videos and there are opportunities for community members to add their own humorous material, comment on existing content and share their own ideas for future episodes.

Why Join?

- You are a supply chain practitioner looking for perspectives from others facing similar challenges

- You are a supply chain consultant wanting to offer insight and advice

- You are an editor or blogger looking for fodder on hot topics and practitioner opinions

- You are an industry analyst looking for an audience to poll on a particular research question

- You are an IT or supply chain manager researching technology solutions

- You are a RapidResponse user looking for best-practices and new ways to leverage the service

- Overall, you know the value and enjoyment networking groups can offer and are looking for a tailored community for your particular areas of interest.

Where can I join?

- Anyone can navigate the community and view its content by simply visiting the site: http://community.kinaxis.com

- To contribute to the community (rate content, create documents, add comments) users must self-register.

Quotes, attributable to Douglas Colbeth, CEO of Kinaxis:

"Kinaxis is at the forefront of producing valued industry resources, as proven by our 21stcenturysupplychain.com blog blog, the launch of the 'Manufacturing Central' news aggregator, and our ever-growing contributions to LinkedIn groups and other forums. The community is a natural extension of our corporate mission to find innovative ways to engage the marketplace and offer real value to our supply chain audience."

"Every day, supply chain professionals face new challenges and difficult decisions. We set up the Supply Chain Expert Community so these professionals can tap into the vast knowledge base of their peers. This community can act as a sounding board for ideas and opinions and a place to share tips, techniques and supply chain best practices."

"We anticipate this site growing more and more robust as supply chain professionals discover the benefit of sharing their experiences and resources there. We hope this site will be a 'go-to' resource for those who eat, sleep and breathe supply chains."

About Kinaxis:

Kinaxis(TM) helps manufacturers manage increasing business complexity and achieve operations performance breakthroughs with its proven solution for demand and supply chain planning, monitoring and response. Kinaxis RapidResponse is an on-demand service that enables collective risk tradeoff and response to change by empowering front-line decision makers with integrated tools for supply chain visibility, demand management, supply management, sales and operations planning (S&OP) and supply chain risk management. Global leaders such as Casio, Jabil, Qualcomm, and Raytheon are realizing superior customer satisfaction and a competitive advantage with RapidResponse. For more information, visit www.kinaxis.com or the Kinaxis blog at www.21stcenturysupplychain.com.

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