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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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Nov 25, 2019

Want some superpowers? Today Howard Berg - The World's Fastest Reader, shares how he gained his title and his mind-boggling super powers of speed reading and speed learning. He now wants to teach the world his skills, so in todays episode he shares how others can learn and read quickly just like him - and even tests Sarah.

Howard has read over 30,000 books and reveals that just by reading for one hour a day, you can read a book every few days. That translates into 100 new business skills every year. With that kind of information, you can learn more about your industry, start a new business or teach others what you learn - the sky really is the limit. Want to learn how? Howard gives us his top three tips to increase speed learning, which includes reading faster, improving comprehension and doing memory drills. He practices on Sarah, and see how suddenly she’s able to recall an entire list of objects!

These skills are immensely useful when it comes to business. Howard identifies five main pillars to reading a business book efficiently, and how his method got students to pass CLEP test with just one week of studying. You may earn a superpower just by listening to this episode…!

In this episode we discuss:

  • [1.26] How Howard became the World's Fastest Reader
  • [6.00] Why we read slowly
  • [9.20] Top 3 tips to increase speed learning
  • [20.58] learn quicker, 5 components to reading business books
  • [28.10] Why comprehension is so important

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Nov 18, 2019

Today you are in for a great discussion! Irina Rosca is here as guest host and she is back to interview an old friend, Graham from BorderBuddy! Graham and Irina chat about what’s happening to the retail industry, some interesting trends they are noticing and how Amazon is altering supply chain.

One of the trends that Graham watches closely is bankruptcies like Forever 21, Doomsayers are saying that a combination of Amazon and a change in consumer habits means retailers are at high risk of closing down. Graham takes a look at bankruptcies to see how they are affecting the supply chain industry, it is hard for service providers to take a hit like that so we all have a responsibility to each other to do what we can to stay competitive. We’re living in a busy world, where time is of the essence, so if your product is not sold online, bye bye. Retailers are still catching up, which is difficult when Amazon owns every part of the supply chain process and offers same day delivery.

But Graham isn’t so pessimistic. Although retailers are closing down, consumers are still buying. Sales aren’t changing, they are simply moving - people are buying products somewhere else. Retail is not for the faint of heart. Graham’s advice to retailers is to keep control of manufacturing and marketing. Start with your customer and work your way backwards, and make sure you control as much of your product as possible. At the end of the day, there are tons of people who benefit from store closures, and you could be one of them.

In this episode we discuss:

  • [0.56] What’s happening to retail
  • [3.02] Trends in the market
  • [10.14] How to compete with Amazon
  • [25.59] Why consumer habits are changing
  • [34.14] Advice to retailers

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Nov 11, 2019

If you havent heard of Ashcroft Terminal, you will not forget them after today's interview. They are changing the game for inland ports everywhere and upping the bar to where you will want to get to know them. Kleo Landucci, changemaker and Chief Commercial & Corporate Affars officer of Ashcroft Terminal show us how they are a company that provides transportation logistics in a unique geographical position: it’s an inland port at a junction of the CP and CN rail lines in Western Canada.

Kleo’s father had a vision to turn a specific piece of land into a container business in 1999, and Kleo joined in 2004 from the financial sector. The last 2 years have been very active for Ashcroft Terminal: they have taken on a Giant and turned it into a solid partnership and joint venture. They recently sold 60% of their company to PSA International, The largest Port operator that shipped 81 million containers in 2018 and will help establish Ashcroft as a big player in this space.

Planning for 2020? Consider what an inland port can do for you and how it can positively impact your business. First of all, rail traffic is much more efficient than truck traffic, both in time and cost. Second of all, railroads could be part of Canada’s climate change solution. 300 trucks on the road equates to one train - this drastically decreases carbon emissions.Third of all, it’s very likely that future generations of supply chain will need to include railroads in their company strategies, listen to the full episode to find out more and why Ashcroft is uniquely positioned to offer many shippers the chance to ‘jump ship’ to railroads.

In this episode we discuss:

  • [1.04] David vs Goliath, the story behind the partnership
  • [4.38] The little inland port that could
  • [13.46] Kleo’s touch
  • [15.25] How inland ports impact supply chain
  • [28.05] rail vs truck, consider the consequences

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Nov 4, 2019

THE WISC SERIES IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY HULFT

Nicole is back! In today’s episode Sarah chats with Nicole Vernkidt who was originally on the show back in season 1. Nicole own theomx.com and is changing the face of procurement with her experience in both manufacturing and supply chain. Nicole grew up in a family business, and was exposed to a business environment from a very young age.

As a young woman in business and a start up looking for investment, Nicole was faced with certain challenges such as dealing with a credibility gap and not being able to relate so much to older, male investors. But as she says herself, when you decide to do things differently and expose yourself to the business world, you’ll face challenges one way or another. She also admits that there have been some advantages to being a woman, and that at the end of the day the most important is that gut feeling that you’re doing what you know you’re meant to be doing.

To all supply chain leaders, Nicole says make sure to get involved ahead of time. Supply chain now needs to be part of strategic decisions and needs to be there to be able to secure innovative resources and partners. This means understanding the most up to date technologies and being able to bring creativity to the forefront of decision making. Technology will always be a part of the solution, so make sure you prioritize learning the basics.

In this episode we discuss:

  • [5.24] From manufacturing to procurement
  • [15.12] Lets get out of our own way!
  • [23.38] Give us the highlights
  • [28.35] Just do it, but practice first
  • [30.49] Pay attention leaders

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