Today’s episode is a little bit different from the norm. As always, I’m joined by a special guest, but it won’t be to bring you a business profile or the kind of interview you’re used to! Instead, my guest Jonathan Kempe, founder and CEO at Verifai, and I will be making a very special announcement, and sharing the ins and outs of our exciting news with you.
We’ve been working on this quietly behind the scenes for a while, paddling against the COVID tide, and I’m incredibly proud that we can finally launch this next stage of our LTSC journey. And make no mistake, there is a lot more on the horizon!
[07.49] Jonathan and Sarah make a big announcement!
[10.38] Jonathan discusses the potential he sees in the opportunity and in the LTSC brand.
“There’s a need in supply chain for clarity, for collaboration – because supply chains can be so chaotic, we need to work together... and those things are possible when we have a platform to facilitate those conversations.”
[14.11] Despite the difficulties of the past year, Jonathan reflects on why now is the right time to embrace something new.
“Someone famously said that crises bring opportunity, and I really believe that. There’s two ways to look at the world – pessimistically, or you can see the glimmers of hope and see the chance to change the narrative.”
[16.56] How Jonathan plans to use LTSC Asiapac to connect the community.
[19.55] The growth, and power, of digital marketing.
"It has the ability to be really transformational, really quickly.”
[25.46] A closer look at the Asiapac region.
“Typically, there hasn’t been a unified voice across that area.”
[27.57] How Jonathan plans to bring his own unique brand to LTSC Asiapac.
[32.45] Jonathan’s passion for stories and how people’s unique journeys can inspire the community.
[35.45] The launch of LTSC Asiapac.
[37.19] The future for Let’s Talk Supply Chain.
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Today I’m super excited to be joined by Knichel Logistics, a woman owned and operated intermodal marketing company specializing in intermodal, LTL, FTL, and specialty services.
Knichel Logistics is on a mission to be the best third party logistics provider in the industry. Since its inception, its earned a reputation in the transportation industry as a reliable and valuable provider with a dedicated, experienced staff. And the team strive to build and maintain lasting relationships with their carriers so that, with their help, they can provide their customers with the smoothest transportation experience possible.
Today Kristy Knichel, Owner and President at Knichel Logistics, joins me to chat all about her company, what they do, their unique family-oriented approach and the numerous benefits of working with a certified woman-owned and operated business.
[06.37] Kristy talks about her journey in logistics, working her way up in the family business.
“Even if you don’t have a college degree, you can still be successful if you put the time and effort in, work hard and learn.”
[10.45] Kristy reflects on taking over from her Father, and the changes she implemented to make Knichel Logistics the business it is today.
“My number one goal was changing the culture and making it a place where people wanted to come to work – even though it’s a challenging environment!”
[15.23] A closer look at the different solutions that Knichel Logistics offer and the kinds of challenges each is suited to solving.
[20.01] The benefits of engaging in strategic partnerships and the power of collaboration.
“In the past you would never talk to a competitor. Now, it’s: who can I talk to, how can I help you, how can you help me? And that has been one of the most exciting things for me: it truly does work, and it’s beneficial.”
[24.00] The challenges thrown up by COVID, and the changes the industry will continue to make.
“There’s a lot of companies out there that are going to have to change the way they do business… But as challenging as it’s been, it’s opened up a lot of opportunities.”
[28.23] The benefits of working with a certified WBE/WOSB supplier, and why businesses should be paying attention to supplier diversity.
[31.15] Kristy discusses the many awards and recognitions she and her business have achieved, and what makes Knichel Logistics so special.
[35.06] A closer look at Knichel Logistics’ ideal customer.
“I like to take risks and help people get to the next level, because if no one gives them a chance, they’re never going to get there.”
[37.12] A case study showing how Knichel Logistics thought outside the box and delivered a fresh solution for a key client.
[40.15] The future for Knichel Logistics.
Head over to Knichel Logistics’ website now to find out more and discover how they could help you too. You can also connect with Knichel Logistics and keep up to date with the latest over on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, or you can connect with Kristy on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.
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Today I’m thrilled to be joined by Ware2Go, a dynamic company who are changing the landscape of warehousing, fulfilment, and supply chain, by connecting businesses of all sizes to enterprise-grade capabilities and assets that help them compete on previously impossible levels.
Ware2Go offers a nationwide network of certified warehouses and technology to streamline fulfilment across sales channels for a fully scalable and on-demand solution, making 1-2 day delivery easy and affordable for everyone.
Today Steve Denton, CEO at Ware2Go, joins me to chat all about Ware2Go, what they do, how customer buying habits are driving innovation in the industry and the future of integrated, flexible and data-driven supply chains.
[06.00] Steve talks about his incredible journey through the industry, incorporating marketing, ecommerce and supply chain, and how he came to Ware2Go.
“I spent 20 years helping companies sell their products online, and the first half of my career helping them to distribute them… so the Ware2Go opportunity was a fascinating place to bring together my entire career.”
[11.03] A closer look at Ware2Go, and how they help their customers.
“Similar to Uber or Airbnb, we connect merchants who have products to sell with a network of warehouses and stitch them all together with one common technology platform.”
[13.14] Steve reflects on the new trend of micro warehousing.
[15.02] The easy process of working with Ware2Go.
[16.26] The importance of flexibility, and how customers can use Ware2Go’s footprint to flex their own offering.
“The labor pool is probably the more difficult thing to manage than the capacity.”
[21.54] How supply chain disruption, forecasting issues and a shift from ‘just in time’ to ‘just in case’ are impacting Ware2Go and their customers.
[26.11] The rise of ecommerce, changing customer buying habits and high expectations, and their impact.
“If you can meet those demands of transparency, delivery speed, reliability and easy returns... you’re going to position yourself to win.”
[29.37] Ware2Go’s ideal client.
[32.12] Steve presents case studies of how Ware2Go helped two key customers pivot at critical times for their businesses.
[37.16] Steve’s predictions for what the next few years might bring for warehousing, fulfilment and supply chain.
[41.35] The future for Ware2Go.
“Ultimately, we want to level the playing field so that merchants of all sizes can compete, and win, in the world of commerce.”
Head over to Ware2Go’s website now to find out more and discover how they could help you too. You can also connect with Ware2Go and keep up to date with the latest over on LinkedIn or Twitter, or you can connect with Stephen on LinkedIn or Twitter.
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In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain, I’m joined by Susan Walsh: the self-confessed Mistress of Data who uses her expertise in spend data classification, supplier normalisation, and taxonomy customisation to help procurement and data teams across the industry to work more effectively.
After working in sales and customer account management for big names like Philips and Colgate Palmolive, Susan discovered a passion, and talent, for data. And, having held management positions in various companies, she eventually decided to go it alone. Susan founded The Classification Guru in 2017 and now brings clarity and accuracy to data and procurement; helping teams work more effectively and efficiently by cleaning up their dirty data.
Today Susan will be talking to us about her career so far, her passion for data, how the industry’s approach to data has changed over the years; and she’ll be sharing her words of advice for all of the up and coming women following in her footsteps.
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.
[07.42] Susan’s background, and the varied career history that led her to her passion.
“I’m envious of those people who’ve always known what they wanted to do, because I’ve never known.”
[16.49] The ups and downs of growing The Classification Guru over the last four years.
[21.00] The role of digital marketing in Susan’s success.
“Work with what you’re comfortable with… and don’t do what you think other people want you to do or say or be – just be yourself.”
[25.47] Why Susan’s positive approach and free spirit was sometimes at odds with male-oriented work environments.
“I’ve never felt, even growing up, that there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do, or that I was restricted because of who I am.”
[29.28] The turning point in Susan’s career that helped her find her voice.
“When I found what I really loved, and I had the self-belief and self-confidence, then I felt ‘you can’t take me down, I know I’m good.’ ”
[32.31] The pitfalls of managing data, and why you need to make sure data always has its COAT on.
“There’s a massive misconception that you can buy some off the shelf software that will fix all of your data problems and you don’t have to do a thing… Automation can help to a point, but it would be naïve to think it can solve all your problems.”
[38.50] What Susan has learned about herself over the course of her journey so far.
[40.30] Susan’s words of advice for the girls and women looking to follow in her footsteps.
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