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Now displaying: February, 2021
Feb 22, 2021

Today I’m talking to Lean Staffing Solutions, one of Inc. Magazines ‘Top 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies.’

Providing satellite offices in South America, Lean Staffing makes scaling easy, providing you with the best team to improve your processes and lower your operational costs. With the right combination of talent, culture and price, and with solutions across staffing, tech, marketing and sales, Lean Staffing are going from strength to strength in the market.

I’m joined by Trey Griggs, Vice President of Lean Sales, to talk about exactly what they do, how their model works and the benefits to be found in broadening your reach through nearshore staffing services.

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[08.08] An introduction to Trey and his take on how the pandemic has altered the culture of sales.

[09.49] How Lean Staffing was founded, and its growth journey.

“Customers started asking for more and more services… specifically when it comes to tech and sales.”

[13.10] A closer look at exactly what Lean Staffing Solutions do.

“We help companies take care of entry level positions at a fraction of the cost - and with better quality.”

[16.27] Why Colombia is the perfect match for the US when you’re looking to expand.

“The three critical components are time zone, language and culture.”

[19.03] Exactly what businesses, like freight forwarders and brokers, need from Lean Staffing Solutions.

“Companies need quality workers with great attitude and work ethics, who don’t kill the bottom line.”

[20.21] How Lean Staffing Solutions facilitate hiring and training workforces for their customers.

[24.21] Why Lean Tech was recently listed by Analytics Insight Magazine as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative RPA Companies – and exactly why logistics companies need them.

“For the majority of customers in transportation, their technology is fragmented and they’re not talking to each other.”

[28.28] Trey’s reflections on the post-pandemic workforce.

[33.17] A real life case study of how Lean Solutions helped a customer to save time and ultimately secure new contracts and increase revenue.

[36.21] From continuing to build on customer relationships to developing new technology, the future for Lean Staffing Solutions.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

Head over to Lean Staffing Solutions website to find out more and discover how they could help you too.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Feb 15, 2021

Today I’m joined by one of Canada’s top sustainability professionals. In her role as Head of Sustainable Impact at HP Canada, Frances Edmonds is responsible for driving business from sustainability leadership and, focusing on Canada’s sustainable procurement practices, she’s working to change how Canada buys.

Frances has founded sustainability and environmental education programs, given TedX talks and sits on sustainability boards – this award-winning woman is truly using her platform to change the world.

Today we’ll be talking about her long-standing career, her passion for sustainability, why it’s so important – and the changes we can all start making in our businesses right now.

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[08.11] Frances’s background, and her journey to sustainability.

[09.42] Frances’s role at HP, and her responsibilities both internally and externally.

“We realised that not many businesses are going to try and become a leader in sustainability because there’s no recognition for that in the marketplace – we’re in a capitalist system.”

[12.21] From external recognition to thinking big, the key sustainability strategies and goals at HP.

“In Canada, we have less than 20 companies who have set a science based target for carbon reduction, in the decade of climate action.”

[14.06] Practical ways businesses can begin their own sustainability journeys.

“The fastest way to green your business is to buy from one that’s already green.”

[16.27] HP’s commitment to a circular economy and a services vs goods approach; how these strategies help extend the shelf life of technology; and how consumers are responding.

[24.00] The environmental impact of supply chain, and the importance of carbon literacy.

“Sustainability is the golden thread that ties all of the pieces together.”

[29.07] Frances’s WWF programs and the positive impact of volunteering and setting personal sustainability goals.

[36.48] How Frances has seen the industry’s approach to sustainability change.

[39.14] Some key tools and resources.

[40.23] Future sustainability trends to watch out for.

“Transparency is a key component of sustainability leadership.”

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

Explore HP’s sustainable impact on their website or head over to LinkedIn to connect with Frances and find out more.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Feb 8, 2021

Logistics Titans really pride themselves on delivering forward-thinking, results-driven solutions for their customers. As the largest specialized and asset-based carrier in the US, they cast a wide net and empower their clients with new possibilities, locations and accessibility. And as a business, Logistics Titans believe in being bold, brave and impactful; so much so, they were named after powerhouses of Greek mythology.

Working mainly across healthcare, technology and retail, their combination of award-winning customer service, 250 project warehouse locations and leading logistics technology makes them true industry titans.

Wes Struebing, the Founder & President at Logistics Titans, was on the show in July last year and he’s back today to talk specifically about the last mile – the challenges, how it's linked to customer experience, and exactly how the team at Logistics Titans are using new technology to elevate their service.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[07.26] A reminder of exactly what Logistics Titans do.

[09.05] Automation and rapid business growth – what Logistics Titans have been up to since we last spoke.

“I was so fortunate that my existing business had done so well, that it afforded me the opportunity to purchase four other companies!”

[10.29] A closer look at Logistics Titan’s new business acquisitions, and the process of merging businesses.

[13.41] Some of the key challenges in the last mile right now.

[16.58] How Logistics Titans continued to support the final mile through the height of the pandemic.

“We diligently followed the CDC guidelines – and we enforced it through our WIPOD technology.”

[22.59] Exactly how the last mile is connected to customer experience.

“I’ve been in the final mile business for a long time, and only within the last few years has the real desire for final mile prominence come to light.”

[25.36] A look at Logistics Titans proprietary end to end software solutions that help provide visibility and success for their customers.

[26.55] A real life example of how Logistics Titans helped a key customer reduce error and drive sales.

[30.13] How the importance of the last mile will to continue to grow in the coming years.

“We’re all waiting to see what the new normal is going to look like – but the creation for last mile delivery demand is going to continue to soar.”

[32.05] From new certification to controlled growth, what 2021 is going to bring for Logistics Titans.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

Head over to Logistics Titan’s website to find out more and discover how they could help you too.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Feb 1, 2021

For today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain, I’m joined by Isabel Tapia. From Mexico, she’s currently the Head of Ford of Mexico’s Indirect Purchasing department, leading a team with an annual spend of just shy of 2 billion USD.

An experienced procurement executive with a long history in the automotive industry, she’s an expert in Supply Chain Management, sourcing and team growth and development.

Today Isabel will be talking to us about her roots in engineering, her passion for procurement and her words of wisdom as a successful woman in a male-dominated industry.

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[07.38] Isabel’s background and her long-standing interest in engineering.

[10.17] Isabel’s current role at Ford.

[11.33] Her 16 year career with Ford and what makes them such a good company to work for.

“Ford is a great company: I’ve always felt comfortable, supported and challenged.”

[13.19] A reflection on what’s changed over the course of Isabel’s career so far.

“The automotive industry is in constant evolution.”

[15.36] A closer look at the impact of the pandemic and the increasingly important role of technology.

[17.44] Isabel’s surprising experience of working in, what is assumed to be, the male-dominated automotive industry.

"I can say that amazing women in my industry have already carved that path. So I’m coming into a work environment that’s already open."

[20.17] The importance of good female leaders and role models.

[23.01] The path ahead for women in typically male-centered environments.

"It will not happen by chance – you need to go and pursue the opportunities, and if you need help, you need to use your voice."

[25.29] The story of how, and why, Isabel found her voice so early in life.

[27.59] What Isabel has learned about herself on her journey so far.

[29.11] Isabel’s words of wisdom for the next generation.

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

Head over to LinkedIn to connect with Isabel and find out more.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

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