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Now displaying: August, 2021
Aug 30, 2021

Today I’m joined by SourceDay, a leading tech company who believes that supplier collaboration is the first mile of your supply chain – optimize that, and you can stop misses at the source.

SourceDay’s cloud solution digitally transforms collaboration between buyers and suppliers. Pulling together RFQ, Purchase Order, and AP Collaboration with quality control, the SourceDay platform allows business to manage their direct spend more efficiently, providing line-item detail that delivers big picture results.

Today Tom Kieley, CEO & Co-founder at SourceDay, joins me to chat all about the company; what they do; the impact of COVID disruption on productivity; and the importance of collaboration, visibility and good data in facilitating strong relationships between buyers and suppliers.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[06.40] How and why SourceDay was founded, and the story behind the name.

“The number one thing that was killing business day in, day out was their suppliers and ability to communicate, collaborate and share – in real time – the misses that were inevitably going to happen.”

[10.28] Exactly what SourceDay does to help its customers.

“Constant change is really the only constant in the supply chain – and SourceDay helps bridge that gap.”

[12.23] A closer look at the modules within the SourceDay platform.

“Most companies spend millions on automating sales processes, ensuring they can sell faster... But the problem they’ve left unanswered is, how do you deliver those promises to your customers at the lowest cost and highest quality possible?”

[20.11] SourceDay’s ERP compatibility and easy integration.

[22.36] Why SourceDay’s supplier-centric product development has been key to its ethos of collaboration, from day one.

[25.26] How everyday disruptions affect spend and PO accuracy – and the impact of COVID.

 “Buyers are the unsung heroes of an organization – nothing happens if parts don’t show up!”

[28.13] Why COVID has helped to drive a mindset shift when it comes to key trends like visibility, collaboration, technology and supply chain transformation.

[29.58] A closer look at SourceDay’s ideal customer.

[31.47] A key case study: how SourceDay saved a customer millions in repeat supplier misses, ultimately paying for itself in less than 3 months.

[34.33] The future for SourceDay.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

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

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Aug 23, 2021

Today I’m excited to be joined by Sarah Scudder, President & CRO at Real Sourcing Network and a superstar in the packaging space, who is helping to change the way we think about how the products we sell, and use, are packaged.

Packaging is a really important topic, because so much of our economy is based around consumption – an average consumer in the western world will handle more than 50 packaged products or items every single day! – and so the conversations around issues like the air miles of those products, the labor practices and of course, sustainability, are key.

Today Sarah joins me to chat all about single vs multi-use plastics, recycling vs reusing, innovations in the packaging space, and the impact more sustainable packaging can have on both business and the environment.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[06.51] The truth about fossil-based plastic production.

“99% of plastics are made from oil and/or natural gas: so the greater the demand for plastic packaging, the greater the need for fossil fuels.”

[09.18] A closer look at the technicalities around recycling – the different rules and regulations, lack of machinery, lack of consumer understanding and the profitability of used plastics.

“Consumers don’t know how to properly dispose of their plastic packaging, so they simply don’t – they throw it in the trash.”

[13.08] Six ways companies can quickly pivot towards greater sustainability in their packaging – without spending a fortune.

[19.41] How to choose the right packaging for your business.

“All plastic is not bad… multi-use plastic can actually be more sustainable than other types of paper packaging.”

[22.27] How recyclable packaging is driving competitive advantage, particularly with Gen Z consumers, and the brands who are setting good examples.

“If you make that investment… you need to make sure you partner with marketing to leverage that messaging.”

[28.32] New innovations in packaging materials, including IKEA’s mushroom packaging.

[32.16] The ‘resin identification code’ on your plastics – how to identify it, what it means and how it can help consumers to recycle more effectively.

[36.17] Sarah’s top tips for making your packaging lighter.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

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

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Aug 16, 2021

Today I’m excited to be joined by 1-Stop: a trailblazer in port logistics solutions, that is working with communities across the world to lead the way in supply chain innovation, building products that continue to enhance productivity and make life easier.

Established in Sydney in 2002, 1-Stop is a world leader in developing innovative solutions for the global port community. Working closely with industry operators, its suite of tailored and integrated products has been developed to help streamline operations, enhance efficiency and optimize productivity throughout the supply chain. With the aim to deliver efficiency gains for all, 1-Stops’s customers include shipping lines, port and terminal operators, freight forwarders, customs brokers, 3PLs, trucking companies, rail operators, importers and exporters.

Today Michael Bouari, CEO at 1-Stop, joins me to chat all about the company; what they do; some of the biggest challenges facing the global port community right now; and the innovations we should expect in the coming years.

Aug 9, 2021

Today I’m thrilled to be joined by a giant in business spend management; a company that is looking to unify supply chain, procurement, payments and treasury in one smart and seamless platform, Coupa.

Founded in 2006, Coupa is the cloud platform for business spend management, empowering companies around the world with the visibility and control they need to spend smarter and safer. In partnership with the Business Spend Management (BSM) Community, Coupa is constantly co-creating new and unique capabilities that deliver transparency, efficiency, actionable insights and solutions to customers, partners and suppliers, so they can understand and manage their spending.

Today Matt Tichon, Vice President of Industry Strategy at Coupa Software, joins me to chat all about the company; what they do; the impact of COVID on supply chain resiliency; and why innovation, collaboration and visibility are the keys to business success.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[3.34] A brief background on Coupa and Matt.

[05.55] How Matt compares Camaro's to supply chain.

[9.05] Coupa's key areas and how help their clients understand efficiencies.

“We allow companies to experiment... Instead of making a gut feel with a little bit of data, we can take a whole lot of data and say, 'what happens if?' and we test these things out.”

[12.26] The value of Digital Supply Chain Twin and how it can be a competitive advantage.

[16.25] Matt's thoughts on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science.

“The question is, what do you do with your insights once you have them? 85% of data science projects fail. The trick is understanding to start with the end in mind.”

[20.00] How different execution systems all come together.

“It is magic when you do this right! The value unlocks are massive and it's not hard! I want the whole world to know that this is possible and it's easy to do, and we'll hold your hand getting there. You're going to be amazed so just come on this journey!”

[23:36] Matt on Coupa's "War Gaming" concept.

“It's understanding different plays and what your supply chain will look like while your competitors haven't even thought of what to do yet.”

[29.02] Coupa's perspective on nurturing resilience during and after COVID.

[32.30] An ideal customer for Coupa.

“For food, once you get to 500 million dollars or more in revenue, they start to exhaust their team's abilities and they come knocking on our door. Outside of food, 1 billion dollars and above.”

[36.00] A case study for Coupa

[40.53] The future for Coupa and Matt

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

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

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Aug 2, 2021

In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain, I’m joined by Ana Lucia Alonzo: a powerhouse supply chainer, who has held impressive leadership roles at major global consumer brands.

After gaining a degree in industrial engineering and an MBA at INCAE Business School in her home nation of Guatemala, Ana Lucia dived feet first into a career in supply chain. Her career has taken her around the world and seen her climb the ranks of supply chain leadership in huge brands like Chiquita. Ana Lucia is now bringing together everything she’s learned so far as VP of global supply chain at Starbucks.

Today Ana Lucia will be talking to us about her career so far, her take on COVID demand and disruption, the importance of brands embracing sustainability; and she’ll be sharing her words of advice for all of the women following in her footsteps.

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