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Now displaying: January, 2020
Jan 27, 2020

Anthony is the president and CEO of UNA, a dynamic group that works with procurement managers, business owners and executives to save money, time and effort. How? Through Collaboration, partnerships, software and strategy.

Una offers a consolidated approach to procurement with a mission is to support sourcing and procurement heros in the supply chain industry. They’re all about collaboration, a top down approach and an emphasis on culture. They believe in empowering and giving a voice to professionals by acting on accurate and well analyzed data. As an example, just one of the ways Una gets involved is by helping professionals negotiate solid contracts and develop key relationships with suppliers.

How are they so successful? They understand that their solution is not a fit for everybody. They position themselves more as a dietitian rather than a broker - meaning they assess the problem, procure the trust and work with their partners in a solution driven environment based strictly on what works best in their structure. What does it look like to work with Una? Tune into the episode to find out, as they share some amazing stories. Anthony believes that this industry is heavily untapped - Una's future is focused on getting the word out and building more relationships with customers who share their core values

In this episode we discuss:

  • [1.50] Una unique perspective of Procurement
  • [7.13] Biggest challenges facing procurement professionals in 2020
  • [17.15] Why collaborate with Una?
  • [28.39] Working with Procurement and Sourcing Hero's
  • [32.20] The Future is NOW

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Jan 20, 2020

Today we have a special treat: Last week I joined Daniel Stanton, Mr Supply Chain on his Linkedin page to do a Live about our 10 ten social media tips and today, we are releasing the recording to our community as well! Daniel is a top influencer in the global supply chain community: the author of Supply Chain for Dummies, publisher of 10 supply chain courses on LinkedIn Live and over 35,000 followers on LinkedIn!

In our live we discuss top social media tips for professionals in the supply chain industry. Why care about social media? Social media is a great way to build a professional network. It’s also an amazing way to learn more about your industry, as well as share what you know yourself. And of course, if you do it well, it’s a lot of fun.

When getting started with social media, it’s important to pick a platform where you feel the most comfortable. This could be Twitter for engaging conversations, or LinkedIn for B2B communication. Daniel emphasizes the importance of finding your tribe and building a network of like-minded individuals. Sarah shares some tips when it comes to engaging with others online, and Daniel tells us how we can encourage others to engage in conversations. The episode ends with an explanation from Daniel on why social media is a part of building and navigating your professional journey. At the end of the day you get out of it what you put into it.

In this episode we discuss:

  • [5.02] Why social media is important
  • [6.37] How to choose platforms and find your tribe
  • [18.54] Engaging with others on social media
  • [31.54] How to curate content and find your voice
  • [41.17] Using LinkedIn Learning and LinkedIn Live
  • [49.29] Integrating social media in your career journey

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Jan 13, 2020

Rebecca is Vice President of customer success at E2open, the largest software and information provider for the shipping industry. They’re already connected to over 100,000 supply entities, 35,000 shippers across 177 countries and perform 8 billion transactions per year. In other words, they know what they’re doing when it comes to supply chain and they help to unleash business potential in every company they work with.

Rebecca explains that companies in 2020 should focus on embedding technology and AI, and learn how to leverage real time channel data. Instead of just following the trends and buzzwords, companies should put an emphasis on understanding the best way to leverage technology, since it’s not a one size fits all solution. This means understanding what to do with data and how to use it appropriately.

Another issue that will be affecting supply chains globally is Brexit. E2open offers a unique solution called “Brexit ready in one day” that prepares companies for the potential impacts of Brexit. What makes E2open different is their large network and the fact that they’ve been managing data for two decades. Thanks to this, they are well equipped to enable convergence and unite supply chain - whether it’s with an SME or a huge conglomerate.

In this episode we discuss:

  • [2.47] Why customer success is important
  • [7.33] What should companies focus on in 2020
  • [12.07] 24 hours to Brexit ready
  • [20.41] What makes e2open different
  • [25.30] What are some supply chain challenges

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Jan 6, 2020

Holly got into logistics like many of us: by accident. After the 2008 financial crash she moved to Texas and was offered a chance to work in supply chain. Although she’d always worked in media and had a marketing degree, once she “drank the juice” she got hooked on the logistics industry, and has been working in supply chain sales ever since.

As a woman in supply chain she’s grateful to society for enabling a social environment that boosted her career. She’s learnt how to earn respect, push her own limits and combine her passions (branding and marketing) into her career. Most of all, she’s worked on combining the right and left side of her brain, to foster more creativity when working on solutions for a changing demand.

On top of dealing with a fast paced and demanding job, Holly is a single Mom and works remotely. But she’s managed to keep a balance and enjoys a successful personal life. How? She says by remembering her priorities, having a strong support network and doing some serious planning. She makes the time she has with her son extra special and makes sure to have a dedicated office for work to keep disciplined with her time. She is living proof that you can have a successful career and home life - just take it easy on yourself too!

In this episode we discuss:

  • [0.31] Hooked on Supply Chain
  • [5.03] Women in Sales
  • [14.00] Why changing demand requires more creativity
  • [17.26] Working as a single parent in supply chain
  • [26.20] How she manages working remotely

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