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Now displaying: July, 2021
Jul 20, 2021

We are finding that a lot of supply chain software takes a lot of time for on boarding and our guest today is here to tell us about their solution that can be implemented in days! Thats right Chris from Right Sized inventory is here to tell us all about how they make that happen and what they are doing for warehouses everywhere,

Chris is the Vice President of Right Sized Inventory, an optimization software that helps companies eliminate inventory imbalances through real life simulations. By gathering the correct data all in one place, RSI helps companies get started with predictive analytics and supply chain optimization.

With safety stock being questioned these days because of Covid and organizations are looking at different solutions to help diversify their inventory such as just in case instead of just in time, Chris tells us how his clients are using the data RSI provides them with differently, and they are seeing requests they have never seen before.

The unique selling point with RSI is that they help companies manage their inventory more efficiently at an affordable price. How? They use their own patented technology that gathers and synthesizes data in a couple of hours. By using their software, clients are able to manage their inventory surplus and excess, helping them save them millions of dollars as well as improve customer service levels.

Since RSI is affordable and based on tech, they are able to work with companies of all sizes. Using one real life example, Chris explains how they decreased a client’s inventory levels by 20% and helped them save over 6 million dollars. With the Covid-19 pandemic, they are still able to help businesses prepare for when demand increases and any other what-if scenarios. For the future, RSI is focusing on growing their organic approach, partnering up with consulting firms and embedding their patented technology into their systems.

In this episode we discuss:

  • [0.40] The story behind RSI
  • [5.30] Data and real life simulation
  • [14.53 manage your inventory
  • [19.12] decrease inventory levels by 20%
  • [24.20] The future is collaboration

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Jul 19, 2021

Today I’m pleased to be joined by Skill Dynamics, an exciting and people-focused company on a mission to provide high impact digital training programs that upskill and effectively prepare corporate employees for everything required to excel in their role.

Skill Dynamics offers expert, practical e-learning solutions for procurement and supply chain teams. Their real-world role-based programs, delivered with a customized and collaborative approach, have been rolled out to over 300,000 students to date. And with offices in the US, Europe, Middle East and China, and over 520 blue chip clients, they’re making a real impact on core training worldwide.

Today David Rajakovich, CEO at Skill Dynamics, joins me to chat all about the company; what they do; the impact of the COVID crisis on staff training, procurement and ecommerce; and the power of digital.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[06.10] Exactly what Skill Dynamics does.

“We’re laser focused on raising the performance of corporate learners.”

[07.48] Skill Dynamics' recent re-brand, and the power of good marketing.

[11.03] Role based learning – what it means, how it differs from more traditional styles of learning, and the benefits.

“We work closely with clients to determine which roles need to achieve higher or lower targeted competence levels across the spectrum of procurement and supply chain skills.”

[15.42] How Skill Dynamics work with their customers to develop the best learning solutions.

[18.14] David’s background in the army, how it informed his career and helped him to create the original R&D department at Skill Dynamics.

“My time in the army taught me about leadership – and I would argue that leadership is a necessary pre-condition to delivering innovation.”

[21.24] Why Skill Dynamics chose to focus on online training right from the company’s inception back in 2011.

“From early on, we knew that the quality of classroom training is highly variable.”

[24.49] COVID, and its impact on corporate training.

“Given the disruption we’ve seen from COVID, Brexit and other trends, procurement and supply chain are squarely in the corporate spotlight – and those that have high performing teams… will gain a strategic advantage.”

[26.41] Key industry challenges and trends.

“The big trends around supply chain are risk and resilience.”

[31.07] Skill Dynamics’ ideal client.

[34.40] A customer case study: how Skill Dynamics deliver ongoing strategic value for a core client.

[39.37] The future for Skill Dynamics.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

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

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Jul 12, 2021

Today I’m excited to be joined by EasyMile, a truly innovative and forward-thinking global business, which provides software and complete solutions for driverless mobility and goods transportation.

EasyMile's driverless technology is at the core of award-winning solutions for mobility, intralogistics and more. With quality delivery and real-world deployments, their certified, expert software is bringing autonomous vehicles around the world, in over 300 locations and more than 30 countries, to life.

Today Joseph Holmes, Director of Sales at EasyMile, joins me to chat all about the company, what they do, the amazing technology behind their solutions and the role autonomous vehicles will play in the future of the industry, and the world.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[06.46] Joseph shares the story of how EasyMile was founded and the company's key milestones.

“Our CEO experienced congestion and pollution… he wanted to reclaim the cities.”

[10.44] Exactly what EasyMile does.

“By heart, we’re a software company. We work in tandem, with leading OEM’s and manufacturers, to bring what we both do best together, in order to produce automated vehicles.”

[12.16] A closer look at how the technology works.

[17.03] The importance of safety.

“Safety is at the forefront of everything we do... and it’s the outcome of strict processes and well informed employees.”

[21.18] An overview of EasyMile’s key vehicle solutions, including the EZ10: the most deployed autonomous shuttle in the world.

“The EZ10 is essentially that ideal first and last mile connectivity vehicle.”

[28.07] EasyMile’s unique approach to implementation and training.

“In order for us to be sustainable, we need to ensure we train the end client to work with, and maintain, our products. We’re committed to having as light a footprint as possible.”

[33.33] The ideal client for EasyMile.

[35.56] Joseph shares a case study, detailing how Easymile created major efficiencies and achieved ROI in only 18 months for a key customer.

[39.24] The future for EasyMile, and for autonomous vehicles.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

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

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Jul 12, 2021

Today I’m excited to be joined by EasyMile, a truly innovative and forward-thinking global business, which provides software and complete solutions for driverless mobility and goods transportation.

EasyMile's driverless technology is at the core of award-winning solutions for mobility, intralogistics and more. With quality delivery and real-world deployments, their certified, expert software is bringing autonomous vehicles around the world, in over 300 locations and more than 30 countries, to life.

Today Joseph Holmes, Director of Sales at EasyMile, joins me to chat all about the company, what they do, the amazing technology behind their solutions and the role autonomous vehicles will play in the future of the industry, and the world.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[06.46] Joseph shares the story of how EasyMile was founded and the company's key milestones.

“Our CEO experienced congestion and pollution… he wanted to reclaim the cities.”

[10.44] Exactly what EasyMile does.

“By heart, we’re a software company. We work in tandem, with leading OEM’s and manufacturers, to bring what we both do best together, in order to produce automated vehicles.”

[12.16] A closer look at how the technology works.

[17.03] The importance of safety.

“Safety is at the forefront of everything we do... and it’s the outcome of strict processes and well informed employees.”

[21.18] An overview of EasyMile’s key vehicle solutions, including the EZ10: the most deployed autonomous shuttle in the world.

“The EZ10 is essentially that ideal first and last mile connectivity vehicle.”

[28.07] EasyMile’s unique approach to implementation and training.

“In order for us to be sustainable, we need to ensure we train the end client to work with, and maintain, our products. We’re committed to having as light a footprint as possible.”

[33.33] The ideal client for EasyMile.

[35.56] Joseph shares a case study, detailing how Easymile created major efficiencies and achieved ROI in only 18 months for a key customer.

[39.24] The future for EasyMile, and for autonomous vehicles.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

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

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Jul 5, 2021

In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain, I’m joined by Shana Zheng: a strategic, entrepreneurial and customer-obsessed product and business leader.

After working as an analyst at huge names like JP Morgan and Disney, Shana went on to co-found her own company, successfully raising over $1.8 million from Google Ventures. And after subsequent roles at brands including GoFundMe, Shana moved across to the world of supply chain and has never looked back. She’s now Associate Director of Product Management, International Supply Chain at Wayfair, managing logistics execution, product vision, strategy and execution of transportation management for international freight forwarding.

Today Shana will be talking to us about her career so far, her entrepreneurial spirit, her passion for working with charities; and she’ll be sharing her words of advice for all of the up-and-coming women following in her footsteps.

 

SHOW SPONSOR:

Apex Logistics is 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:

[05.24] Shana’s background, and the mentality, instilled in childhood, that kept driving her forward.

“As an immigrant, work ethic was always part of my upbringing.”

[11.24] How Shana found supply chain.

[15.10] A closer look at Shana’s current role at Wayfair.

[16.15] Shana’s passion for customer satisfaction, and the changes she’s seen during the pandemic.

“The customers’ needs are changing – it's so important to understand your customer and the environment they’re operating in.”

[19.42] How Shana’s entrepreneurial spirit weaves together with her corporate side.

“By nature, I’m curious: I’m always looking to learn and grow. And, as an entrepreneur, you’re nimble – you’re constantly morphing, trying to figure things out.”

[22.18] Shana’s passion for working with charities.

[25.49] Shana’s experience as a woman in a male-dominated industry.

“The more senior you get, the fewer women you see - especially in tech. So, as a minority, I’ve always had to speak louder and speak more.”

[27.20] How Shana found her voice.

[29.49] Shana reflects on what’s she’s learned on her journey so far.

“You can do anything you want to, but you have to put your mind to it and do the work.”

[31.13] Shana’s advice for the next generation.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

You can connect with Shana over on LinkedIn.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

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