May 17, 2020

Kinaxis: Supply Chain Planning Management

Sean Galea-Pace
3 min
Kinaxis: Supply Chain Planning
Headquartered in Canada, Kinaxis is a supply chain management and sales and operations (S&OP) planning firm.

Kinaxis serves several different indus...

Headquartered in Canada, Kinaxis is a supply chain management and sales and operations (S&OP) planning firm.

Kinaxis serves several different industries such as: aerospace and defence, high-tech and electronics, automotive, industrial, consumer products and life sciences. The company offers functionality with cross-industry supply chain innovation and transforms the way companies operate their supply chains.

Through its configurable supply chain planning and S&OP cloud-based solutions, Kinaxis offers:

  • A supply chain planning technology and technique gap in the marketplace.

  • Enables customers to decrease risk, reduce costs and make decisions 100x faster.

  • Can deliver ROI in considerable less time than other enterprise software systems.

Kinaxis’ solutions

Using a single planning platform, Kinaxis streamlines processes, breaks down silos and allows for supply chain planning across all areas of the supply chain. 

Kinaxis brings people, processes and data into alignment. Its concurrent planning technique takes customers beyond the disconnected cascaded processes of the past to manage today’s supply chain effectively. 

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Kinaxis provides:

Sales and Operations Planning - Evaluate options and trade-offs, collaborate on and demonstrate a S&OP plan that is linked with corporate financial goals.

Demand planning - Create an insightful consensus demand plan which combines historical statistical forecast with a range of forecast streams with input from all stakeholders.

Inventory planning - Work out optimal inventory strategies and policies that support required customer service levels across all areas of the supply chain.

Supply planning - Align supply plans with demands at all levels including distribution and suppliers. Determine gaps and work with other functional areas to avoid excess and other shortage conditions.

Capacity planning - Model constraints and fine-tune capacity throughout the supply chain with visibility and flexibility to respond to conditions on an ongoing basis.

Machine learning - Close the gap between expected and real-world supply chain performance. Get alerts on high-impact exceptions.

Kinaxis offers RapidRepsonse - the world’s only concurrent planning platform. The platform allows complexity to be easily managed, silos to be decreased and disconnected processes to be taken away. Kinaxis’ cloud-based platform is purpose-built for planning using patented in-memory database technology that isn’t available anywhere else. RapidResponse can be used to run on one of several supply chain planning applications and associated core planning algorithms. 

What makes Kinaxis’ technology stand out?

  • Synchronisation 

  • Smart collaboration

  • Augmented intelligence

  • Practical innovation

  • What-next scenarios

  • Planning and execution alignment

  • Personalised experience

  • Flexible maturity and scalability

For more information on Kinaxis, click here!

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Aug 5, 2021

Accenture Acquires SCM Software Firm Blue Horseshoe

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Accenture acquires supply chain management specialist Blue Horseshoe, expanding the scale and capabilities of its Supply Chain & Operations group

Accenture has announced its acquisition of Blue Horseshoe, a US-based supply chain management software provider and consultancy firm. 

Upon completion, Blue Horseshoe’s 349 professionals will join Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations group, expanding the professional services group’s capabilities to create more interconnected and resilient supply chains for clients. 

“To be competitive, companies need to transform their supply chains to deliver the innovative and hyper-personalised products, services and experiences that are in high demand—and fulfilment is core to that transformation,” said Renato Scaff, Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations North America lead. “Blue Horseshoe’s deep fulfilment consulting experience and methodologies support Accenture’s vision for building customer-centric, resilient and responsible supply chains that benefit people, society and the planet.”

Who are Blue Horseshoe? 

  • Founded: 2001
  • CEO: Chris Cason
  • Employees: 349
  • Offices: 4 in USA, 1 in Amsterdam, 1 in Estonia
  • Key customers: Lids, Pabst Brewing Co., Half Price Books, Britax, Major Brands


Founded in 2001 in Indiana, USA, Blue Horseshoe now operates from six offices across the US and Europe. The company provides cloud-based solutions for supply chain management, ERP, warehouse management and transportation management systems, including its own Supply Chain Cloud platform, as well as Oracle NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management as a Microsoft Inner Circle Partner. 


Blue Horseshoe specialises in fulfilment and distribution solutions, with expertise in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and retail distribution industries. Over the past 20 years, the company has improved around 700 supply chains, including those of leading companies such as fashion retailer Lids, cosmetics company Regis Corporation, Pabst Brewing Co., and family-owned bookstore chain Half Price Books. 

“For two decades, we’ve worked with clients to build connectedness, efficiency and automation across their enterprise and supply chain operations,” said Chris Cason, CEO, Blue Horseshoe. “As part of Accenture, we will bring increased scale and combined expertise to help clients put in place next generation supply chain and fulfillment strategies that meet customer expectations and support business growth.”

Accenture's acquisition of Blue Horseshoe is subject to customary closing conditions.

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