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Now displaying: May, 2021
May 31, 2021

Today I’m really excited to be joined by LifeCycle Revive, Canada’s first polypropylene PPE waste recycler, diverting from landfill by reclaiming non-contaminated medical waste from Ontario's hospitals and reprocessing it into raw materials to create all kinds of new products.

With a focus on healthcare, manufacturing and retail, LifeCycle Revive is dedicated to creating real environmental and economic change and transforming Canada’s sustainability programs.

Today Andy Straisfeld, VP of Business Development at Lifecycle Revive, joins me to chat all about Lifecycle Revive, what they do, the importance of a circular economy, and the impact of COVID on the industry’s sustainability plans.

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[06.14] How and why LifeCycle Revive was founded.

“We’re not here to make a profit off the environment – this is a sustainability project.”

[08.26] A closer look at how the process works.

[12.56] How LifeCycle Revive works with its customers, to best suit their needs and work most efficiently towards their sustainability end goal.

[19.38] The impact of COVID on PPE use and the innovation and commitment to change that is emerging from the crisis.

“Our box can fit 1,500 masks and in a popular spot, like a mall, hospital or college, it could fill up within 2 days.”

[25.51] The circular economy and why there’s ‘gold in garbage.’

“If we tackle the issues of that garbage, reclaim from the landfills, not only will we create an economic powerhouse, we’ll give people green jobs and take care of our society.”

[30.38] A closer look at LifeCycle Revive’s ideal customer.

[31.44] A key customer case study, showing how LifeCycle Revive transformed one hospital's approach to their waste.

[35.03] Andy’s reflections on what the next few years might bring when it comes to the industry’s approach to waste and sustainability.

“It’s all about the landfill – why do we send stuff there, do we actually need to? Recycling generates business, economy: it’s the right thing to do.”

[37.14] The future for LifeCycle Revive.

“We’re so excited that we’re part of the solution, not the problem.”

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

Head over to LifeCycle Revive’s website now to find out more and discover how they could help you too. You can also connect with LifeCycle Revive and keep up to date with the latest over on LinkedIn or you can connect with Andy.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

May 24, 2021

Today is an extra special episode, since we’re celebrating a big milestone. Back in 2016, a male co-host and I started a podcast called “Two Babes Talk Supply Chain.” But over time, things evolved. My co-host left the show, and when I launched the women in supply chain series, I realized there were quite a few people who weren’t too keen on the name…!

So in April 2018 I re-branded the show (within a week, which I still can’t quite believe!). Let’s Talk Supply Chain was born – and I haven’t looked back.

This is the 200th episode, as Let’s Talk Supply Chain, and last month we celebrated our three year anniversary. Wow! The last three years have been filled with opportunities and conversations I could’ve only dreamed of. There have been so many highs and lows; times where I've doubted myself and times where I felt like I could take on the world! And it's safe to say I've learnt a lot about the industry, and myself, along the way.

“I’m proud of myself for persevering; I’m proud of the ideas I’ve taken and run with; I’m proud of myself for not giving up.”

And for the last year, I’ve grown some amazing connections – mostly virtual – and brought together a group of talented, smart and supportive people that have changed my life for the better.

And that group includes the incredible Sarah Scudder, Brian Glick, Alison Cusack, Madison Mobley, Larry Leung, Lisa Fenton, Akshay Dodeja, Angie Reno, Jonathan Kempe and Audrey Ross.

In this episode, you’ll get a sneak peek into the banter, conversations and love that happens on our not-to-be-missed weekly happy hours. We’ve shared ideas, celebrated 40th birthdays, worked together, helped each other through lockdown and spurred each other on to do better, day after day.

Today, they’ll be sharing stories, their favourite memories of me, asking me questions and so much more. So grab your tissues (it gets emotional!) and join my friends and I on this very special trip down memory lane as we celebrate Let’s Talk Supply Chain’s 200th episode.

Sarah x

Sarah is so approachable and engaging; helpful in reaching out and proving support, and a lot of times we don’t see that in a business setting.” Akshay

“Sarah is so welcoming. She’s created a loving group of people; micro and macro pods of inclusivity… where you can show up as yourself.” Alison.

“Sarah has an ability to make people feel seen, and I’m so thankful for that.” Madison

May 17, 2021

Today I’m really excited to be joined by ProGlove, an innovative German engineering company who are bringing award-winning wearable technology to industry. Combining precision engineering and big data analytics with a focus on the human worker, their technology is reducing costs, redefining efficiency and improving health and safety.

ProGlove takes a truly human-centric approach to innovation, shaping the future of smart wearables for industry 4.0. From picking and inventory management through to packing and track and trace, ProGlove technology allows your business to ensure accuracy, speed and safety at every point of a products journey. And, gives you the visibility and data you need to accelerate your supply chain, lower costs and improve customer satisfaction.

Today Ilhan Kolko, Chief Product Officer at ProGlove, joins me to chat all about ProGlove, what they do, their refreshing person-led approach and the future of IoT technology.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[06.40] How and why ProGlove was founded, and the fascinating journey to where it is now.

[08.28] A closer look at ProGlove, what it does and how it helps its customers.

[10.29] Wearable vs traditional technology, and the benefit of ProGlove solutions.

“We anonymise the data as soon as it leaves the worker, so it’s now about the process, not about the worker.”

[13.36] What the ProGlove device looks like, how it’s tested and a brief history of wearable technologies.

“We balance the user delight, the technical side and the ruggedness and durability of the product.”

[18.34] ProGlove’s integrated technology and how it brings connectivity, visibility and analytics together to improve workflow.

“The promise of making this a human-centered, user-friendly product led us to the path of building connectivity software around it.”

[23.42] The process of integrating ProGlove technology into your business, and the commitment that comes along with it.

[25.01] ProGlove’s unique approach to combining people and technology.

“It’s not a competition – it’s a collaboration.”

[28.08] How ProGlove’s human-centric approach translates to their own workforce.

[30.46] A closer look at ProGlove’s ideal customer.

[32.12] A real-life example of how ProGlove’s technology helps its customers.

“With a handheld scanner, it takes at least 6 seconds to scan an item; now imagine you’re scanning a thousand parts per shift.”

[36.58] What the future might hold for wearable technology, and for ProGlove.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

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

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

May 10, 2021

Today I’m honored to be joined by Bid Ops, a cutting edge company with supplier diversity and sourcing collaboration at their heart, who deliver strategic sourcing software powered by AI.

Using intelligent price recommendations and dynamic benchmarks, Bid Ops AI helps procurement teams overcome complexity to secure optimal commercial terms with top suppliers. Combining strategic sourcing and collaboration with supplier management and diversity, and even automated negotiations, the Bid Ops platform helps you to skip the back and forth and choose the right supplier, at the best price, quicker and smarter.

Today Edmund Zagorin, founder and CEO at Bid Ops Inc., joins me to chat all about his journey in strategic sourcing, how he came to found Bid Ops, exactly what the company does to help its customers and the role of AI in the future of technology.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[05.38] Edmund’s background and his journey from a degree in Philosophy, International Affairs & Public Policy to a career as a procurement entrepreneur.

“Once I began to see how procurement was transforming digitally, and the speed of that transformation, that was where the experience I had as an undergrad studying social movements really clicked.”

[09.49] A closer look at Bid Ops, what it does and how it helps its customers.

“When you use recommended pricing… you actually get, not just faster process velocity, but there’s more clarity, trust and collaboration in the process, and that corresponds with cost savings.”

[13.49] Bid Ops automated negotiations, and Edmund's reflections on digital transformation and the evolution of procurement.

[19.55] The recent drive in supplier diversity, and how the Bid Ops platform makes it quick and easy for businesses to build their own supplier diversity program, track it and report it.

[26.27] Bid Ops commitment to integration and the changing technology behind it.

[30.01] The ideal customer for Bid Ops.

“Our ideal client is a procurement team that has more work than it has people!”

[31.49] A real life case study of how the Bid Ops platform saved a key customer significant time and money, resulting in board-level recognition.

[34.39] Edmund’s advice for supply chain entrepreneurs and start-ups.

“There’s never been a better time to innovate in supply chain and procurement than right now.”

[36.30] The future for Bid Ops.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

Head over to Bid Ops website now to find out more and discover how they could help you too. You can also connect with Bid Ops and keep up to date with the latest over on LinkedIn.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

May 3, 2021

In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain, I’m joined by Madison Mobley: a woman who’s shaking things up in supply chain, through her advocacy and passion for diversity and inclusion within the industry.

Having steadily climbed the ranks in the business areas of sales, customer management and HR at Dell and Proctor & Gamble, Madison decided to follow her heart – and when she joined Fairmarkit, a procurement tech start-up, in 2020, everything changed. Quickly spotting her unique combination of passion and talent, Fairmarkit believed in Madison’s potential to change the industry, supporting her external ambassadorship roles and recently appointing her Head of Belonging, Inclusion, & Culture.

Today Madison will be talking to us about her career so far, her passion for procurement and why honest and open conversations around diversity and inclusion are key. And she’ll be sharing her experiences and words of advice with us all.

SHOW SPONSOR:

Apex Logistics are proud to sponsor Let’s Talk Supply Chain’s Women in Supply Chain podcast and blog series. Our leadership team actively works to empower an industry as diverse as our workforce with a focus on inclusion, and we’re passionate about promoting the voices of women leaders to drive visibility around their achievements. Find out more over on the Apex Logistics website.

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[07.00] Madison’s background, and her journey from a sociology degree, with ambition to become a journalist, to a career in tech sales.

“I joined EMC’s tech sales boot camp – and the rest is history!”

[10.58] How the experiences and opportunities for growth that Madison gained at Dell shaped her career.

“Those years fuelled my appetite for well-roundedness. I was empowered to learn a lot.”

[13.40] How Madison ensured she stood out in the workplace, and her words of advice for being your authentic self.

“More than anything else, knowing yourself and knowing where you feel most comfortable bringing everything that you are – those are the spaces that you’re meant to grow in and influence others.”

[16.19] Why Madison made the jump from big business to tech start up.

[20.24] What Madison loves about supply chain.

“I can’t say how much I wish I had been exposed to the art of supply chain fresh out of school – my perspective on business would have evolved so much quicker.”

[23.38] Madison’s new role as Head of Belonging, Inclusion, & Culture at Fairmarkit.

[26.52] Madison’s experiences of racism and homophobia, her reflections on privilege and why she’s so passionate about advocating, and making space for, underrepresented voices.

[32.45] Madison’s short and longer term goals for diversity and inclusion within the industry.

[36.02] Why Madison chose to join the Let’s Talk Supply Chain family.

[40.12] What the future holds for Madison.

“I’m arms wide open to whatever is meant for me.”

[42.26] Madison’s words of advice for all the girls and women following in her footsteps.

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

You can connect with Madison over on LinkedIn or head over to Fairmarkit’s website to find out more.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

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