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Now displaying: November, 2021
Nov 29, 2021

Today I'm joined by C3 Solutions, a global leader specializing in powerful yard management and software solutions.

Nov 29, 2021

Today I’m joined by Shifl, a dynamic software company who are reimagining freight forwarding, by bringing you one piece of software that coordinates your entire global supply chain.

Shifl is dedicated to bringing an outdated industry into the 21st century, with its one-stop platform designed to bring efficiency, creativity and connectivity to shipping. Founded in 2019, Shifl already has offices in China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Georgia.

Today Shabsie Levy, founder and CEO at Shifl, joins me to chat all about the company: what they do; the importance of collaboration and visibility in supply chain; and the future of freight forwarding.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[07.13] The journey that led Shabsie to found Shifl in 2019.

“I was really into programming and software… and so, with my eyes, looking at the industry the way it was, every step of the way I was able to see an opportunity.”

[09.25] A closer look at the Shifl platform – what it does and how it helps its customers.

“We started it, from the ground up, based on our imagination of how this industry could look in a few years from now.”

[18.34] Shipping costs, the impact of rate changes during COVID disruption and how Shifl supports its customers.

[24.34] The technical and collaborative sides of integrating the Shifl platform into your systems.

“Logistics is a puzzle – there are so many parties involved and, traditionally, the industry isn’t used to having those integrations.”

[30.56] How Shifl caters to both smaller and larger customers, but why their approach is always the same.

“As much as we’re going to be automating and progressing into the digital age, in our industry, that personal touch is critical.”

[35.10] How customers can benefit from using the Shifl platform.

[39.29] The future for Shifl.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

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

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Nov 22, 2021

Today’s episode is a little different to usual. Instead of putting the spotlight onto an industry brand, I’m joined by special guest Brian Glick, founder and CEO at Chain.io and good friend, to talk about a timely topic in supply chain.

We talk all about what to do when times get tough in supply chain, just like they are right now! We discuss the importance of data; the power of collaboration; and why you should be putting more focus on sustainability in your business. Plus, Brian shares his insights on getting back to basics, refocusing on process and remembering that being good at execution is a core competence that can set you apart from the competition.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[07.04] Reflections on 2021.

“We’ve all learned that there are no simple solutions to singular problems in supply chain.”

[11.00] Despite disruption, why now is the right time to get back to basics with our businesses.

“You can’t sprint a marathon, and you can only sustain the bad or broken business processes for so long before you’re just going to collapse.”

[15.12] How we can start to identify the quick wins within our businesses - key areas to simplify and optimize that will make a big difference.

“There are low hanging fruit. The thing I like about document automation, for example, is that you don’t have to get your extended supply chain to come along on the journey with you.”

[17.21] The importance of data and making the most of data partners and tools.

“You don’t have to do it all yourself anymore.”

[23.32] Sustainability in business and supply chain, and why it integrates more easily than you might think.

[28.18] The power of collaboration and connectivity; plus how, and why, Brian created a collaborative ethos at his business, Chain.io.

“Opening up and elevating your conversations to everyone who’s in your value network and exposing them to data… creates opportunity that you didn’t even think about.”

[36.48] The future for supply chain.

“We need to settle into the fact that we don’t live in the same world we lived in five years ago.”

[39.23] Final words of encouragement for how can we all not just survive, but thrive, during and after this period of disruption.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

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

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Nov 15, 2021

Today I’m joined by Caleb Nelson a leader at Sifted, a leading software platform that is using logistics intelligence to bring your business data-powered insights – so you can make smarter shipping decisions.

Sifted is the number one logistics data-science platform that empowers shippers to make smart, data-powered business decisions, and ultimately save money. Originally founded in 2005, Sifted merged with VeriShip in 2020, and the combination created a new model for managing transportation spend — one that brings together the power of self-service technology and transportation data science to help shippers navigate an increasingly complex shipping environment.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[06.25] An overview of what Sifted does, and how it helps its customers.

“It’s a very cool model, and it’s unique… shippers are looking for ways to be more nimble and make smarter decisions.”

[08.07] An explanation of Logistics Intelligence and the role it plays in the Sifted platform.

“Shippers are overwhelmed with data, but they’re stuck in Excel hell!”

[10.21] A closer look at Sifted’s core solutions, what do they do and the challenges they address for customers.

“A lot of customers focus externally when they can be making more cost-saving adjustments internally by focusing on what’s happening in the four corners of their own business – and it’s all in the data.”

[15.40] The Sifted Score – how it works, and the benefits of addressing a business’s overall shipping health.

[23.39] Why the merger between Sifted and VeriShip came about, and how it’s boosted the company’s overall offering.

“It’s the perfect marriage between personnel and technology, with a client base that absolutely needs it.”

[26.01] The current state of shipping, and how disruptions like COVID have impacted logistics digitization.shipp

“One thing that is consistent in transportation is change.”

[31.55] What the next year or so will bring for the shipping industry.

[33.27] Sifted’s ideal customer.

[34.38] Client case study: how Sifted helped a key customer make $2.5 million in cost savings across their ‘undesirable’ shipments.

[38.01] The future for Sifted.

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

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

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Nov 10, 2021

Today I’m joined by Logixboard, your one-stop customer engagement platform that helps your customers be more efficient and have more visibility into their processes.

Julian Alvarez, Chief Executive Officer at Logixboard, joins me to chat all about the company: what they do; their passion for their customers, for industry trends and the latest tech; and the current challenges in supply chain.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

[05.55] Julian's entrepreneurial journey.

[09.45] An overview of what Logixboard does and how it helps its customers.

“We are a white-labeled shipping visibility software.”

[13.29] A closer at look at Logixboard's platform, and the challenges it helps to solve for customers.

“We're really trying to provide them that track-and-trace and visibility data... How do we help tell this entire story of the lifecyle of shipment?"

[22.38] Julian and Logixboard's approach to mindset.

“Having a mindset that data is an asset is ultra critical.”

[33.23] Logixboard's ideal customer.

[35.28] A case study for Logixboard.

[39.00] The future for Logixboard.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

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

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Nov 1, 2021

In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain, I’m joined by Donna Wilczek: innovator, business leader, tech strategist and inventor.

Donna is a SaaS technology executive who, over the course of her 20 year career, has worked at major names like IBM and Accenture. As well as currently serving as the senior vice president of product strategy and innovation at Coupa Software and on the board of Optimizely, a digital experience platform, Donna is also an inventor and technology innovator.

Today Donna will be talking to us about her career so far; her passion for tech; her innovative spirit and talent for invention; and she’ll be sharing her experiences as a woman in the industry, and her words of advice for all of the women following in her footsteps.

 

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:

[05.35] Donna’s background and how her natural curiosity and interest in continuous improvement led her to a career in tech.

“I was able to join the field at a really interesting time of change… I loved the notion that we would be creating a new frontier and trying to figure it out.”

[07.11] How Donna’s early career and experiences at IT brands like Accenture and IBM fuelled her curiosity; and how the industry has changed.

“When I joined Coupa, the company was fully 100% cloud, and even 10 years ago, that was a very difficult conversation to have with IT organizations!”

[09.59] Donna’s role as senior vice president of Product Strategy and Innovation at Coupa.

“We think ‘how would it work, if we were able to do anything!’ And that is the most thrilling part of my role. We’re not limited by anything, other than our creativity and imagination.”

[12.07] Why diversity and inclusion is so important in the workplace.

“We have a saying at Coupa: ‘none of us is as smart as all of us!’”

[13.28] How Coupa has changed over the last 10 years, Donna’s pride and excitement in playing a part in helping them to scale and go public – and why it’s important to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

[16.40] Donna’s new role as a board member at Optimizely, a closer look at what they do and the key trends of responsive experimentation and personalization.

“Optimizely is a recognition that the customer experience is now a digital experience.”

[19.07] How Donna came to secure a board position, and her advice for other’s looking to explore a similar position.

[22.55] Donna’s talent for invention, why it’s important for her to nurture her creative side and how she supports other’s in gaining their own patents and protecting their work.

“The patents from my history show that I was able to take something, look at it differently and then do something special with it.”

[26.25]  Donna’s experiences as a woman in the industry, and how she helps to echo minority voices.

[30.41] The mentors that have helped to inspire and support Donna throughout her career.

[31.26] What the future holds for Donna, and for innovation and collaboration at Coupa.

[33.13] Donna’s words of advice to all of the women following in her footsteps.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

You can connect with Donna over on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

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