“The Supply Chain Authority” October Edition:

“The Supply Chain Authority” October Edition:

“The Supply Chain Authority” October Edition:

Kathmandu Clothing Successful MS Dynamics AX Implementation, Cengage Learning Distribution Center Tour, CSCMP National Conference, and AXUG Summit in St. Louis


Blue Horseshoe (@bhsolutions), a leading supply chain solutions firm, continues their monthly video blog with the release of the October edition of “The Supply Chain Authority”.  This month we discuss the successful Microsoft Dynamics AX (@MSFTDynamics) implementation at Kathmandu; our site tour of the distribution operations at long-time Blue Horseshoe partner Cengage Learning (@CengageLearning); our participation at the CSCMP National Conference in San Antonio (@cscmpconference); and our leadership position at the Dynamics AX User Group Annual Summit (#axugsummit) in St. Louis.

Kathmandu (@KathmanduANZ) is a leading retailer of quality clothing and equipment for travel and adventure in New Zealand and Australia.  With 87 retail stores across Australia, 47 in New Zealand, and 5 in the UK, Kathmandu is poised to expand further in the UK and US in the coming years.  Earlier this year they began shipments to the US for their on-line web orders. Their distribution operations in Melbourne, Australia and Christchurch, New Zealand went live on October 13 with MS Dynamics AX 2012. Included in the implementation was the Warehousing for AX (WAX) and Transportation for AX (TRAX) from Blue Horseshoe.

Our second feature this month summarizes our video tour of operations at the Cengage Learning facility in Northern Kentucky.  Blue Horseshoe and Cengage have enjoyed a partnership for nearly two decades having collaborated on distribution facility designs and systems implementations in Kentucky, Canada, England, Mexico, and South America. Rich Eby, Vice President of Global Distribution provides a brief comment summarizing our efforts.  A more complete video of our tour is available at our website www.bhsolutions.com .

We also review our participation at two recent trade shows.  First was the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) National Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  Jim Butler (@TheSCAuthority) was moderator for a round table discussion on “Sustainability & Risk in the Supply Chain”. Included on the panel were Ryan Kelly, Sr. VP Strategy, Marketing & Recycling Services for Genco; Lance Miller, Manager of Operations for Wegmans; Jane Hart, Global Sustainability Leader, Health Care for Kimberly-Clark; and Chris Weber, Sr. Consultant for Supply Chain Sustainability for Kimberly-Clark. Participants discussed the general requirements of a sustainable supply chain and the increased interest in environmental and economic responsibility.

Second was a summary of our leadership position at the Dynamics AX User Group Annual Summit (#axugsummit) in St. Louis where Blue Horseshoe was a Platinum Sponsor.  A number of representatives from Blue Horseshoe were involved in a variety of presentations on topics ranging from Advanced WMS, TMS, Fleet & Logistics Execution to Issues with AX Retail.  Justin Carter (@DAXDude) was on a 5 member panel of AX authorities during the extremely popular “Challenge the Experts” roundtable discussion. Attendees enjoy this fast-moving roundtable where the Microsoft Dynamics AX MVPs field all questions from the audience.

Check out this months Supply Chain Authority for more details on these topics as well as some previews for next month’s blog.  The video can be seen at http://youtu.be/2j_m1xhzw4g.

About Blue Horseshoe

Blue Horseshoe is a privately held solution services firm based in North America; providing expert management & strategy consulting, system design, implementation, and optimization, and distribution design services to Fortune 500 and mid-market businesses throughout the world.  We assess business needs and apply world-class business applications to improve profitability and increase efficiency.

Blue Horseshoe was founded in 2001 and its headquarters are located in Carmel, Indiana. Additional office locations include Charlotte, North Carolina, Columbus, Ohio and Denver, Colorado.

Blue Horseshoe Strategy Division is a management consulting firm that has been providing expert supply chain consulting solutions to Fortune 500 and mid-market businesses throughout the world since 1983.  For more about Blue Horseshoe Strategy Division, visit www.bhsolutions.com.

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