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Now displaying: April, 2021
Apr 26, 2021

Today I’m thrilled to be joined by Throughput Inc., a company who believe that when operations, business and investors run smoother, workers, communities, society and the environment benefit – a truly refreshing approach.

And with Throughput software, your business benefits from a single source of truth to take accurate data-driven decisions and drive sustainable growth and profitability. Striving to create resilient and unifying supply chains, Throughput’s holistic and insight-driven software unlocks operations agility and efficiency, to meet unpredictable customer demands, while creating uninterrupted flow of materials through supply chain networks.

Today Ali Raza, founder and CEO at Throughput Inc., joins me to chat all about exactly what Throughput does, the importance of visibility, harnessing the power of AI and the future of effective supply chains.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[07.25] Ali’s background and his journey across industries and countries to eventually found Throughput.

“We can prepare better, by having a more global perspective.”

[10.13] A closer look at Throughput: its foundations, what it does and how it helps its customers.

“Why don’t we have technologies today that help us get into the analytics on the operations side to make the right decisions, and scale it?”

[18.26] Ali’s reflections on visibility and what it means to Throughput, and to supply chain as a whole.

“Everyone’s connecting all the data and saying ‘look at the visibility, now you can see everything’ – but visibility isn’t the same thing as flow.”

[24.09] How Throughput software ‘puts global industrial operations on autopilot.’

“Most businesses make or move stuff so ultimately there’s an output problem, a demand problem and a financial problem. And if you can tie all three of those together and run it in synchrony, you have an autopilot system.”

[26.10] Throughput’s recent classification as a ‘top 10 highly disruptive supply chain start-up’ and why innovation comes from real-world experience and problems, not just from new technology.

[29.57] A closer look at Throughput’s ideal client.

[33.10] A key case study and exactly how Throughput’s software helps its customers.

"When you have better material flow, you unlock hidden capacity."

[36.23] The future for Throughput and Ali’s predictions for what the next few years might hold for the industry.

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

Head over to Throughput’s website now to find out more and discover how they could help you too. You can also connect with Throughput and keep up to date with the latest over on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Apr 19, 2021

Welcome to a very special episode of Let’s Talk Supply Chain! Today’s host is Jonathan Kempe, the CEO & Founder of Verifai, an Australian company with a global presence, that uses technology to increase supply chain security, visibility and transparency. And his esteemed guest is: Sarah Barnes-Humphrey!

Sarah is not only the founder and host of Let’s Talk Supply Chain. She is also the co-founder and CEO of new technology start-up, Shipz Inc. Shipz is an award-wining freight marketplace that is working to simplify the complexity often found in logistics; the platform closes the gap between shippers and forwarders, creating an accessible, affordable and hassle-free logistics solution for all.

Today Sarah tells Jonathan all about her background, how she came to found Shipz, all the positives the platform is bringing to the market and what the future might bring for international shipping.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[05.29] An introduction to Sarah and what she loves about international shipping.

[07.08] Sarah’s journey in supply chain and how she came to found Shipz.

[12.42] A closer look at exactly what Shipz does, and the problems it solves for both mid-market shippers and freight providers.

“For a shipper, it takes 101 hours, 40 emails and 20 phone calls just to get a shipment quoted and booked.”

[19.19] How collaboration, visibility, sustainability and data form part of the long-term Shipz roadmap.

“Collaboration is the future of business – and it’s at the forefront of everything I do. Winning together is my philosophy.”

[21.42] Sarah’s reflections on launching Shipz against the backdrop of the pandemic.

“You have to try, you have to test, you have to see what’s going to stick with the customer – from marketing messages to product.”

[26.21] The role that platforms like Shipz can play in minimizing disruption and bringing efficiencies to day-to-day business.

“In some tech, we’re actually getting ahead of our customers: we’ve got to meet them where they are. We’ve got to take what they’re doing and make it easier for them.”

[30.10] A profile of Shipz’ ideal customer.

[31.30] How the Shipz features are laser-targeted to customer needs, and the positive feedback Sarah has seen so far.

[37.06] Sarah’s reflections on what the next few years will hold for supply chain and international shipping.

[41.15] Why Shipz is a signatory of the Neptune Declaration, and the importance of paying attention to industry welfare issues.

[44.16] The future for Shipz.

“We’re going to continue to listen to our customers, and build features based on their feedback.”

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

Head over to Shipz’ website to find out more and sign up for a FREE trial now.

There are lots of ways you can connect with Shipz, to find out what the team are up to: follow Shipz on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Apr 12, 2021

Today I’m super excited to welcome TopRank Marketing, a business that has earned a reputation as a first-choice digital marketing agency for major brands including McKesson, Dell and LinkedIn. Serving companies in the B2B technology, healthcare and servtopices industries, as well as B2C companies operating online, over the past 20 years they’ve developed some tried and tested insights and methodologies for tackling the most difficult digital marketing and PR challenges.

Established back in 2001, TopRank’s talented team of smart, creative and results-focused digital marketing professionals, work alongside their clients to achieve common goals and solve business challenges. Through a combination of content marketing, SEO, influencer marketing and social media marketing expertise, they deliver impressive results.

Today Susan Misukanis, Founder and President at TopRank Marketing, joins me to chat all about what TopRank do, how B2B marketing has changed, why it’s so important, and what the future is going to bring for the industry.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[07.09] Susan’s background and how she came to found TopRank Marketing 20 years ago.

[09.03] A closer look at TopRank, what they do and how they help their customers.

“Our focus is to help B2B clients to guide their buying customer’s journey.”

[11.46] How marketing has changed over the years, particularly in the B2B space.

[15.41] A closer look at B2B influencer campaigns: what are they and what are the benefits you could see from running them.

“You can beat your chest and say ‘my product is the best.’ Or, you could partner with smart thinkers like influencers and bring visionary stories to the market to increase your reach to a wider audience.”

[20.55] Embracing change and the mindset you need to harness the power of marketing.

“The change is not that profound! It doesn’t have to be scary, just stick to the fundamentals.”

[22.26] The ups and downs of businesses investment in, and approach towards, marketing.

[26.00] Susan’s words of advice for developing a strong marketing strategy.

“Any kind of business has a profound story. It’s how you perceive what you do and make your story profound – be deliberate about how you craft that story. ”

[28.31] Why TopRank’s ideal client is more about mindset than size.

[31.36] TopRank’s perspective on success and how they work with clients to deliver personalized results.

[34.30] Susan’s reflections on what the future might hold for B2B marketing.

[37.08] The future for TopRank Marketing.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

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

Connect with Susan on LinkedIn and follow TopRank on LinkedIn too.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Apr 5, 2021

In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain, I’m joined by Lora Cecere. She’s had an impressively long-standing and diverse career, working in software, marketing and research for some big industry names from Proctor & Gamble to Kraft, before breaking away and starting her own firm, Supply Chain Insights, in 2012.

Through Supply Chain Insights, Lora works with supply chain leaders to take teams to higher levels of excellence. With research in her veins, Lora’s firm focuses on the changing face of enterprise technologies, paving new directions in building thought-leading supply chain research. And as if that didn’t keep her busy enough, Lora is also the author of popular blog ‘Supply Chain Shaman,’ a columnist for several industry publications and the author of two books (to date!)

Today Lora will be talking to us about her incredible career so far, her passion for research, the creativity and connection she finds through writing and the future of supply chain.

 

SHOW SPONSOR:

This Women in Supply Chain feature was made possible by our sponsor, Apex Logistics. Apex Logistics International Inc is deeply rooted in diversity and culture, led by our own “Woman in Supply Chain” CEO, Elsie Qian; these values are why we partnered with Let’s Talk Supply Chain for the Women in Supply Chain series. Apex is recognized as one of the fastest-growing Top 25 airfreight forwarders in the world, with a network of over 2500 global employees in more than 70 countries.

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[05.56] Lora’s background, her major career transitions and the journey that brought her to where she is now.

“I hope that, when I retire, people will say ‘she told it like it is, we believed in her and she was independent.’ ”

[09.59] How Lora came to found Supply Chain Insights.

[13.49] From personal creativity to helping others, Lora reflects on her passion for writing.

“The whole process of writing is fascinating to me – and that learning is a journey that never ends.”

[20.49] Lora’s varied experiences as a woman in a male dominated industry.

“I probably wouldn’t be Lora Cecere in the role I am now if Proctor and Gamble hadn’t been so inclusive in diversity.”

[26.51] Lora’s take on how the industry has changed over the years, and her predictions for future trends.

“The definition of the office, and the meeting, will be totally different. We can constantly evolve how we work.”

[31.18] Lora’s reflections on what a woman’s voice truly is, and the three different ways she discovered her own.

[37.30] From travelling less to her ongoing contributions to the industry, what the future holds for Lora.

[39.29] Lora’s words of wisdom for the next generation of women in supply chain.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

There are so many ways you can follow or connect with Lora: LinkedIn, LinkedIn Influencer, Twitter. Check out her blog, or read her writing over on Forbes.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

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