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Let's Talk Supply Chain is not your average supply chain podcast. We feature not just the top of the industry, but also diverse voices from within the community, new innovations and the disrupters making waves in the industry. Don’t listen to the same ol' same ol', be sparked by new ideas and fresh perspectives only on Let's Talk Supply Chain.
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Apr 29, 2019

Welcome back Lets Talk listeners!

Traditionally Supply Chain has been viewed as a cost centre because the majority of a business' cost are associated with sourcing, procurement, transportation, distribution and last mile. That view is changing and supply chain professionals are now viewing it as an investment centre but that doesn't mean we stop trying to keep the costs down.

How do you do keep the costs in check? Some are diligent internally, some are so cash rich it gets over looked and most keep the company in check by hiring the experts like Spend Management Experts.

In this episode, Melissa Runge, VP of analytical solutions takes us on a journey of collaboration, winning together in the spend column, why your company needs to partner with someone like SME and how Spend Management Experts keeps your customer experience in mind and that is what sets them apart from their competition.

Questions I Ask:

  • Who is Spend Management Experts and what do you do? [0:34]
  • Why should someone work with a company like Spend Management Experts? [2:10]
  • Can you talk about the companies you are looking to work with? [3:45]
  • How can Spend Management Experts look out for their best interests? [3:45]
  • Is it just small parcel? [6:02]
  • Why don’t you give us a real life example of how you have helped a customer? [7:12]
  • What is cost of service and why does it matter alongside the margins and profitability? [12:19]
  • What would you say is your differentiator? How are you different form your competitors? [16:15]
  • What are your thoughts about the future of logistics and supply chain? [19:00]
  • Give us snapshot into Spend Management Experts. What’s next? [19:00]
  • What are you seeing with that as an impact on freight spend? [20:35]

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How Spend Management Experts optimize supply chain costs. [0:55]
  • Challenges Spend Management Experts face. [4:10]
  • Limiting operational dysfunctions and improving customer experience. [4:30]
  • The importance of cost of service. [12:40]
  • Taking a deeper look into clients data and providing visibility. [17:45]
  • The future of supply chain and Spend Management Experts. [19:30]
Apr 22, 2019

Welcome back Lets Talk listeners!

The industry is bursting with new ideas, new innovation and start ups seem to be popping up everywhere. But, what exactly does it mean to be a supply chain start up?

Supply Chain is a Trillion dollar industry, that is complex, intoxicating, fascinating and has been stuck in the traditional. Most can see the need the need for change, some vets are looking to change the way we do business and some newcomers are looking to change the world but what are the key ingredients to finding success as a start up in supply chain.

In this episode, Nino Lo Lacono, a tech entrepreneur from Italy is here to talk about creating new and disruptive innovations in supply chain. Nino and I will talk about the challenges of starting a business in supply chain, suggestions of how to navigate, The importance of negotiation and passion, as well as the future of supply chain. Share this episode with other supply chain professionals, your teams and your colleagues!

Questions I Ask:

  • Why don’t you tell us about your journey in supply chain? [0:35]
  • How did you get started? [0:35]
  • What have you done in the space? [0:35]
  • What was it like to be a start up in supply chain? [3:50]
  • How did you find fundraising for your project? [5:32]
  • What advice would you give to supply chain startups today? [7:05]
  • Is negotiation a skill we need in supply chain? What are your secrets to a good negotiation? [9:37]
  • Where do you see the use cases for IOT in supply chain or more specifically in last mile delivery? [13:00]
  • Can you talk about how different it is to work in supply chain in Italy vs other parts of the world? [16:06]
  • From a corporate stand point, what did you learn from the supply chain stand point? [18:32]
  • What is your crazy prediction for the future of supply chain? [19:53]
  • What’s your take on block chain? [20:57]
  • What is next for Nino? [21:54]

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Providing a memorable experience. [2:15]
  • Mass of emerging technologies. [3:37]
  • Challenges of starting a business in this industry. [4:10]
  • Three main suggestions for startups moving in this field today. [7:20]
  • Showing your passion fearlessly. [11:22]
  • Importance of negotiation and what you can do to be a good negotiator. [9:40]
  • The differences in supply chain around the world. [16:10]
  • The future of supply chain. [20:00]

 

Apr 15, 2019

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Welcome back Lets Talk listeners!

What if I told you something BIG was coming to the supply chain community, something that would bring together real people talking about real supply chain topics?

Today, I am revealing one of the secret projects I have been working on for my YouTube channel called "The SC, Supply Chain TV". It is a cross between "The View" and "Sportscenter" where we will debate the hot topics in supply chain today.

In this episode, you will get to know Audrey Ross and Leah Goold-Haws my co-hosts for the show and then we will be joined by a different guest each episode. We are setting the stage for the first episode due out the end of April and giving you a sneak peak into what to expect from the show! They may also just give us their half crazy, counter-intuitive prediction for what the next 5 years in the industry will look like!

Questions I Ask:

  • Leah, why don’t you tell us who you are, what you do and why you want to debate the hot topics with me on The Trade Squad? [0:30]
  • Audrey, why don’t you give us an overview of The Trade Squad and who you are and what you do?[1:29]
  • Why don’t you tell us about your journey? [2:44]
  • What did your path look like, Leah? [5:25]
  • Why do you think it’s so important to have a show like The Trade Squad? [10:00]
  • What do you think are some of the biggest challenges in supply chain today that we should be covering? [14:33]
  • What about supply chain professionals. How can we support the community with a show like this? [18:45]
  • What is your crazy-intuitive, half-mad prediction for the next five years in the industry? [24:05]

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • A little bit about Leah and Audrey. [0:45]
  • How Audrey got into supply chain and why it’s a passion. [2:56]
  • How Leah got to where she is. [5:39]
  • Supply chain is a critical element when it comes to fulfilling foreign customer engagement. [7:45]
  • Identifying trends in global trade. [9:10]
  • Looking at the skills people need when stepping into the supply chain field. [17:30]

 

Apr 14, 2019

Hello Listeners!

This is the last Exclusive from TPM 2019, in this brief episode I am asking Peder Winther, Global Head of OceanFreight at Panalpina your most pressing questions that you sent to me on Linkedin back in February.

Find out what he thinks of Uber Freight and Flexport and how freight forwarders are looking at innovation in the industry.

Enjoy!

Apr 8, 2019

Welcome back Lets Talk listeners!

There are a lot of new innovations and platforms to help you with various supply chain functions but where do you start and how do you find the right one for your team?

Mercado Labs is shining light into the dark corners of supply chain, their platform speaks "fluent import"' and has been designed by International trade experts for supply chain professionals and their teams.

In this episode, I am speaking to Rob about his new venture called Mercado Labs and we will take you on a journey of leading innovation, bringing sourcing, procurement and logistics together in a collaborative environment and what you should consider when looking to partner with a new innovative platform like Mercado Labs. Find out more about how to find the right solution and platform for your organization.

Questions I Ask:

  • Why don’t you tell us about Mercado Labs? [0:25]
  • I think that you have a bit of an analogy when it comes to this. Can you tell us a little bit about that? [1:21]
  • Can you explain bringing light to the dark parts of supply chain? [4:42]
  • What part of supply chain are you focusing on rather than regulatory and compliance? [11:54]
  • Can you give us a real life example of how you have helped a customer? [13:39]
  • Why did you choose a SAAS model? [20:09]
  • Let’s talk about all the different platforms out there. [22:19]
  • What does the future look like for Mercado Labs? [27:06]

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The Uber analogy. [1:49]
  • Doing things on the front end that is in compliance to be more efficient. [8:40]
  • Focus on international supply chain. [12:10]
  • Accessibility and ease of a SAAS model. [20:30]
  • The roadmap for Mercado Labs [27:40]
Apr 7, 2019

Hello Listeners!

You asked and John answered!

I recently caught up with John McCauley, VP of Transportation and Logistics at Cargill, a global player in the shipping industry at TPM 2019 to ask him your questions!

Back in February you posted the questions you would have if you had 5 minutes with a VP of a large BCO, pay attention because your question might have been asked!

Enjoy!

Apr 1, 2019

Welcome back Lets Talk listeners!

"What do you mean exactly?" is a very powerful question when you are trying to find your voice and gain the knowledge you need to succeed. In my newest Women in Supply Chain Episode you will meet Denise MacDonell, CTO at Flash Global and a powerhouse woman in the industry who believes that this question will contribute to your success.

It takes a lot of self discipline and flexing that muscle to find your voice in technology and supply chain, so  besides asking questions Denise did exactly that and to this day flexing her discipline muscle also helps with work life balance and keeping her on track.

Join me in this episode to learn more about the Denises' journey to success, how she found her voice, real life struggles and how she overcame them, how Denise keeps from getting overwhelmed  by doing mental health checks and so much more! In part 17 of my Women in Supply Chain series, you will laugh, learn and be inspired throughout this episode.

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