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May 29, 2022

We’re continuing to put the spotlight on our incredible family of Let’s Talk Supply Chain live shows, bringing you special guests and exclusive content that you don’t want to miss.

Last week, we featured First Things First, with Mercado in episode 262 and Coming In Hot, with Abby Baird in episode 264. And now it’s Sarah’s turn with Thoughts and Coffee.

Known as "The Best 30-Minutes on a Tuesday", this weekly show brings you the hottest supply chain topics currently brewing in the industry, every Tuesday at 10am EST.

In this episode, Sarah is joined by special guest Brad Blomstrom, Chief Financial Officer at Emerge, to talk about increasing corporate social responsibility through procurement, 2022 supply chain predictions – and to share the best-kept secret for better vendor relationships.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[08.27] Sarah recaps on recent episodes, and shares what’s new with Let’s Talk Supply Chain, Blended and the LTSC family of live shows.

[11.43] An introduction to special guest Brad Blomstrom and his role at Emerge.

[13.59] Sarah and Brad chat about the poll of the week: do you drink coffee?

[17.48] Sarah reveals the topic of her Monthly Hustle newsletter, podcast tips and tricks.

“Smile, have fun, speak to what you know... and it’s usually a pretty good conversation.”

[20.08] Sarah and Brad discuss the first of three trending supply chain articles: supply chain predictions for 2022, and the growing investment in delivery technology.

“To procure capacity inside your network and get goods shipped on time, shippers need a solution like Emerge to be able to manage those capacity relationships in real time.”

[27.38] Sarah and Brad chat about the white paper released by Emerge and Reuters all about enhancing relationships in logistics through data and collaboration.

“You need to get use out of your data… previously, there’s been a lot of unstructured, single-purpose data that sits in a silo - and people lose a lot of the value that comes out of monitoring and utilizing the insights that come from their normal behavior.”

[32.01] Sarah and Brad reflect on the third and final article of the episode, focusing on the importance of procurement to CSR initiatives.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

You can connect with Brad over on LinkedIn.

If you want to find out more about Emerge, why not check out episode 243, where George Abernathy chats all about the company: what they do; bringing accountability to logistics; and why it’s so important to bring all the industry players together in order to build positive and mutually beneficial networks.

Watch the full episode here!

You can find previous episodes of Thoughts and Coffee over on the live show page, or you can check out other Let’s Talk Supply Chain podcasts HERE.

May 26, 2022

This is the fourth and final episode of our mini-series in partnership with Quickbase.

Last week in Episode 3, “Connect,” I was joined by Jacob MacIntrye to explore the complex world of construction; the challenges of keeping projects on time and budget, amidst supply chain and labor disruption; the importance of building stakeholder trust; and exactly how Quickbase can equip your team with real-time information to streamline processes, ensure compliance and improve communication.

Today in Episode 4, “Level Up,” I’m joined for the second time this series by Peter Rifken. We’ll be discussing the ins and outs of complex project management; explaining how you can level up information to leadership, so you can make the best decisions for your operations; and exactly how Quickbase can help.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[01.54] The landscape of project management in a post-COVID environment: how companies are working, and how a focus on this area can help businesses to thrive in this period of recovery.

“You’re seeing a lot of new technology in the project management space… but a lot of the themes are still the same. You’re still going to find people working in silos, with whatever tool they’re working in – and, a lot of the times, in tools that aren’t customized for their workflows.”

[03.58] The increasing complexity in project management, and some of the main challenges involved in trying to keep quickly moving parts on track.

“A lot of the challenges with project management is bringing all of those pieces together, and making sure that all your business partners can collaborate around that same information.”

[05.52] Supplier diversity – why you need to make it a project in itself, and how to manage complexity and adjust processes to set yourself up for success.

[11.13] Why visibility means different things to different people, and how businesses can make that visibility meaningful and actionable.

“Visibility always starts with a conversation of ‘who are my stakeholders?’ and that visibility will be different depending on where in the business you’re having that conversation.”

[13.33] A closer look at Quickbase’s Project Management Software, what it does and how it helps to address key industry challenges.

[16.40] The importance of customizable solutions in helping to level up a business’s project management success.

“When you don’t customize, it means you’re now conforming to a process that was defined for you, with some assumptions... Any time you make somebody change how they work to match how your tool works, you’re adding an inefficiency.”

[22.04] Leadership priorities, and how visibility and integration within project management can help them make better strategic decisions.

[25.08] The challenges of labor allocation during project planning, and how Quickbases’s solution can help businesses to address the wider staffing challenges happening in the industry.

“I can’t tell you the amount of people I’ve spoken with that actually quit jobs because their leadership didn’t invest in modern technology – especially with younger generations coming out of school, it’s just an expectation.”

[28.35] The growing importance of material management.

[30.52] A look at how Quickbase works with construction brands to help build trusted connections and systems to bring all stakeholders successfully together.

[34.39] What the future holds for project management, and for Quickbase.

[36.25] Peter’s key takeaways from today’s discussion.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

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

If you missed them, why not check out episode 1, featuring Peter Rifken, and episode 2, featuring Alex Pederson, of our Quickbase mini-series.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

May 22, 2022

Today I’m joined by Mark Raffan, serial entrepreneur, procurement veteran and expert in negotiation, influence, and persuasion.

He’s the founder of Negotiations Ninja – designed to improve performance with training and improve results with coaching, the company develops and delivers engaging negotiation training to world-class procurement and sales teams.

Mark is also the founder and host of the Negotiations Ninja Podcast, the number one negotiations podcast in the world, in which he interviews negotiation, sales, and procurement thought leaders and shares the tools, strategies and tactics you need to succeed.

Today Mark joins me to chat all about Negotiations Ninja: what they do; the importance of negotiation in supply chain; procurement and supply chain collaboration; and his top tips for navigating a post-pandemic work environment.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[06.48] The landscape of negotiation, why it’s so important and how it fits into supply chain.

“We’re living in such a strange time when it comes to supply chain shortages, blockages, inflationary environments… and without good negotiation skills, it’s really hard for us to get deals that make sense for our organization.”

[11.29] Collaboration, and who needs to come together to achieve negotiation success.

“Get people from supply chain and procurement together, we already have a really great relationship… and we need to rely on each other a little bit more.”

[13.59] An overview of Negotiations Ninja – what they do, and how they help their customers.

“The objective for our negotiations is ‘get a good deal’ – but most of us don’t even know what a good deal actually means, because we haven’t defined it.”

[17.39] Mark’s background, and the career journey that led him to negotiation.

[19.32] Navigating a post-pandemic work environment, how things have changed and Mark’s top tips for managing digital negotiations.

[27.13] The benefits of working with Negotiations Ninja, and a closer look at their services.

[30.12] An example of how Negotiations Ninja typically works with a customer, and how quickly that business can see significant ROI.

“You’re going to see a massive risk reduction, you’re going to start seeing cost management… but more than that, it starts to teach people how to think strategically about their relationships.”

[32.50] The ideal client for Negotiations Ninja.

[33.56] A snapshot of Mark’s Procurement Fundamentals program.

[35.36] The future for Negotiations Ninja.

[36.44] Mark’s one key takeaway from today’s discussion.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

Head over to Negotiations Ninja’s website now to listen to the podcast, find out more and discover how they could help you too. You can also connect with Negotiations Ninja and keep up to date with the latest over on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or you can connect with Mark on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

May 18, 2022

This is the third episode of our mini-series in partnership with Quickbase.

Last week in Episode 2, “Control,” I was joined by Alex Pederson to talk all about the solar industry. We discussed the increasing importance of generating renewable energy sources; the challenges of ensuring efficiency and connectivity, whilst meeting high demand; the power of low-code development in complex industries; and exactly how Quickbase can centralize scattered workflows to help scale your operations quickly, safely and securely.

Today in Episode 3, “Connect,” I’m joined by Jacob MacIntrye to explore the complex world of construction; the challenges of keeping projects on time and budget, amidst supply chain and labor disruption; the importance of building stakeholder trust; and exactly how Quickbase can equip your team with real-time information to streamline processes, ensure compliance and improve communication.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[02.05] An introduction to Jacob, his background and experience in the construction industry.

“With that job comes a lot of software… whether you like it or not – and a lot of folks don’t like it!”

[03.24] How Jacob discovered Quickbase, why he decided to join them, and his passion for combining his industry experience with Quickbase technology to help others.

“Difficulties in the supply chain come down to difficulties in the communication – when you want to track pipe, what you’re really wanting to do is track the information and communication between the parties.”

[08.56] From supply of materials to rising costs, a closer look at the challenges the construction industry is facing right now.

[12.20] The impact of fines and compliance violations, and Jacob’s thoughts on how the industry could start to better predict project delays.

“The planners need better tools: a lot of times you’ll find them just tracking things in spreadsheets. They’ve got their major systems but the only other thing they have are spreadsheets, so there’s nothing in the middle to give that robust connection.”

[16.10] A closer look at Quickbase’s Construction Management Software, what it does and how it helps to address key industry challenges.

[19.47] The types of customer that Quickbase works with.

“We’ve been around a long time, so we have owner-operators that have 10 employees, and we work with half of the fortune 100 - we have a huge range of customers that need that flexible middle.”

[21.41] The complexity of documentation and data management, and how Quickbase achieves the balance of being flexible, but also robust enough to house and manage complex, ever-changing data in a secure and easy to use way.

“When people get nervous about where their data goes, I always remind them ‘well, it’s all going into Excel right now!’ … People are taking data out of their ERP, dumping it into Excel and sharing it with people – that’s not secure or governed in any way, but people seem to overlook that!”

[25.11] Quickbase’s approach to trust and collaboration, and the importance of building long-term relationships.

[27.41] A customer case study detailing how Quickbase software was able to connect multiple stakeholders to achieve project success.

[30.46] The next steps for working with Quickbase, or giving their software a try.

[31.57] Jacob’s thoughts on where he sees the most challenge and opportunity in the future, as the construction industry continues to grow.

“The planning and sourcing of materials is only going to get more difficult – the pandemic gave us a window into how interconnected our world is and the big challenges there aren’t over.”

[35.30] Jacob’s key takeaway when it comes to the importance of connecting people, workflows and materials when it comes to project success.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

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

If you missed it, check out episode 1 of our Quickbase mini-series, in which Peter Rifkin takes a closer look at people: the workers on the front line of the industry right now; the challenges; the opportunities; and exactly how Quickbase can optimize and automate to connect people and workflow together.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

May 17, 2022

It’s episode 20 of Blended: I’m joined by another fantastic panel of guests and we’re talking about the business benefits of DEI. Previously on the show, we’ve talked to underrepresented groups and specific communities – whether it be women, people of color, trans folks – and, as part of our discussions, we’ve heard them passionately share their stories and illustrate why, of course, they’re such an integral part of successful teams. So we thought it was time to really put a focus on that and dedicate a whole show to the importance of embracing DEI in your business.

Today, our guests will be exploring what DEI means to them; sharing their own personal experiences; reflecting on issues such as creating safe spaces, ongoing education and authenticity; and discussing the importance of supplier diversity.

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[00.49] Introductions to our Blended panelists.

“DEI encompasses the relationship, philosophy and culture of acknowledging, embracing, supporting and accepting those of all racial, sexual, gender, religious and socio-economic backgrounds (among other differentiators).” Gennifer

  • Shay – Senior Event Manager at S&P Global
  • Asheley – Director of Customer Success at Flowspace
  • Gennifer – Founder/Executive Director at TransNewYork
  • Amani – Director Of Operations at Malao Logistics

[06.41] The group discusses DEI: what it means; why it’s important; the challenges; and real-life examples of who’s doing it right and who’s doing it wrong.

“Companies that adapt their strategies and their policies around the different groups of people they have working in their organization and don’t treat it just like a blanket initiative, and really get down into the details of who their people are and what challenges they face... that’s when you can really look at whether your environment is inclusive or not.” Shay

  • Creating the right environment and culture
  • Accepting people for who they are
  • Representation
  • Burden of tokenism
  • Impact of Gen Z
  • Education and training
  • Budgets and investment
  • Advocacy and mentorship
  • Creating safe spaces
  • Celebrating awareness days and months, and finding the right balance
  • Intention and authenticity
  • Consistency

“It’s not about just the [awareness] month – because I’m going to be black every single day, not just in February!” Asheley

[01.10.21] The panel takes a closer look at both the obstacles and benefits of supplier diversity.

  • Increasing customer demand for diversity
  • Barriers for small businesses, eg extended payment terms, expensive tables at events etc
  • Making it equitable

[01.20.19] The group sum-up their learnings from today’s discussion.

“It’s a way of living, it’s a collective thing. If I want people to know my culture, I also need to show my culture… if I know my team isn’t super aware, it’s also my job to educate.” Amani

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

You can connect with Shay, Asheley, Gennifer and Amani over on LinkedIn.

If you found this episode interesting, you might enjoy Episode 1,What’s In A Word or Episode 7, Equality vs Diversity: What’s The Difference?.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

May 15, 2022

We are absolutely loving showcasing our incredible range of live shows! Last month, in episode 257, we put the spotlight on Action Items with Dyci Sfregola. Last week in episode 262, it was Mercado’s turn with their show, First Things First. And, today, we’re bringing you Coming In Hot, with Abby Baird.

The industry is always changing, so what’s in store for the next generation of supply chain professionals? Supply chain management student, Abby, brings her passion and enthusiasm for the future of supply chain every fourth Thursday at 12.30pm EST.

In this episode, Abby is joined by special guest Lydia O'Neal, supply chain and logistics reporter at The Wall Street Journal, to talk all about the memefication of supply chain; how supply chain management is being shared; and the popularization of the industry.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[07.43] An introduction to special guest Lydia O'Neal, her background and how she transitioned to reporting on supply chain.

[10.20] How Lydia came to write Sorry, the Global Supply Chain Ate My Homework, and her thoughts on the memefication of supply chain.

“I’ve heard, anecdotally, that professors are seeing more interest from younger students, even in high school!”

[13.23] How the memeifcation of supply chain, and the increase in supply chain content on social media, has impacted people and businesses.

“Another effect of this has been the visibility of all the people, the workers in the warehouses, the truckers and on cargo ships, because it’s previously been this invisible magic of your stuff getting to your door.”

[15.36] Lydia’s reflections on whether the newfound popularity of supply chain in social media is actually helping to teach people what supply chain really is.

[18.09] The value to be found in greater supply chain exposure and increased knowledge.

“It’s great to bring in a more diverse workforce, in management especially – I hear over and over again that this is the domain of old white guys… so to go on TikTok and find young women explaining it… it’s great!”

[20.12] How fresh supply chain content is moving away from jargon and a business-heavy approach towards making the topic fun and engaging.

“The over-arching goal was to make it fun!”

[22.29] How new supply chain content is reaching such a broad audience.

“It’s exploded and people have appropriated it into their own jokes.”

[25.42] The opportunity for businesses to use the memefication of supply chain to their advantage, particularly when it comes to customer expectation and experience.

[29.41] Lydia’s thoughts on whether increased memeification impacts supply chain professionals in their day-to-day roles.

[31.39] What Lydia has learned, what excites her about supply chain and her future.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

You can connect with Abby or Lydia over on LinkedIn, or check out Lydia's article, Sorry, the Global Supply Chain Ate My Homework.

You can find previous episodes of Coming In Hot with Abby Baird over on YouTube, on our live show page, or you can check out other Let’s Talk Supply Chain podcasts HERE.

May 11, 2022

This is the second episode of our mini-series in partnership with Quickbase.

Last week in Episode 1,  I was joined by Peter Rifken to take a closer look at people. We talked about the workers on the front line of the industry right now, the challenges, the opportunities, and exactly how Quickbase can optimize and automate to connect people and workflow together.

Today,  I’m joined by Alex Pederson to talk all about the solar industry. We’ll be discussing the increasing importance of generating renewable energy sources, the challenges of ensuring efficiency and connectivity, while meeting high demand, the power of low-code development in complex industries, and exactly how Quickbase can centralize scattered workflows to help scale your operations quickly, safely and securely.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[01.46] An introduction to Alex, his background and role at Quickbase.

“I ran into Quickbase… and it blew my mind – how customizable it was, how flexible the platform was and what you could do with it.”

[03.05] A snapshot of the main challenges facing the solar industry right now.

[05.23] The huge range of stakeholders involved in solar projects, how they have typically been connecting and the positive impact of collaboration and bridging those gaps.

“Most of the time, customers are emailing an Excel doc back and forth, or even shooting text messages.”

[07.24] The popularity of Excel, and how we get people out of spreadsheets.

“If you’re using Excel, you’re going to absolutely love using Quickbase – it’s a very easy transition over and… you now have that ability to customize roles and permissions, governance, dashboards… everything that’s important for you and your role.”

[11.03] A closer look at Quickbase’s Solar Management Software, how the solution can benefit solar brands, and address their key challenges.

“Wherever there are gaps in your current process, that’s where Quickbase can fit in and be that agility layer.”

[14.09] Keeping on top of the moving parts in complex solar projects.

“It really comes down to making sure you have the correct data... then you’re able to start to see trends and make predictions.”

[17.00] How to better predict project delays, amidst industry-wide disruption, and improve communication.

[18.05] The importance of control and custom solutions when it comes to efficiency and scaling at speed.

“If you think about needing a software that fits for your project, or fitting your projects in to a software, there’s a difference between the two.”

[19.00] How Quickbase software has helped customers save weeks on their installation times, and what we can learn from other countries, like Africa, that are running successful solar programs.

[21.15] The sustainability trends to look out for, and the future of solar technology.

[22.42]  Alex’s key takeaway around the importance of control when it comes to efficiency, productivity and simplifying complex processes.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

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

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

May 9, 2022

Today we’re featuring one of our amazing live shows on Let's Talk Supply Chain. Last month in episode 257, we put the spotlight on Action Items with Dyci Sfregola and now it’s the turn of First Things First with Mercado!

We live in a consumer driven world. $2.5T worth of products are imported annually, representing 15% of U.S. GDP. It’s time companies become fully connected to the people who make and move our products, and look for ways to improve the way we plan, buy, and move them around the world. Join Mercado CEO Rob Garrison and special guests every second Tuesday of the month at 12pm ET as they explore the future of the supply chain in 2022 and beyond.

And this episode is all about the first, and last, mile.

Rob is joined by special guest Edward Hertzman, Executive Vice President at Fairchild Media and Founder and President of Sourcing Journal, to talk all about ensuring you have a first mile strategy; the growing importance of traceability; building more equal supplier relationships; and the evolution of the modern first mile industry.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[06.16] The “fastest five” – from carrier profits to a furniture brand building its own vessel, Rob takes a look at five standout industry headlines.

[11.59] An introduction to special guest Edward Hertzman, his background and how he came to found Sourcing Journal.

[14.57] Rob and Edward discuss how, and why, the final mile has evolved so quickly, whilst the first mile has remained arguably static; Amazon’s role in these changes; the importance of an integrated strategy; and the impact of COVID .

“When you talk about the last mile, Amazon has completely changed the game… they made that part of the shopping experience.”

“We can no longer take our upstream, first mile relationships for granted and we need a strategy – it’s not one or the other, it’s the first mile, middle mile and last mile.”

[22.33] A closer look at sourcing, tier two and three suppliers and the importance of traceability.

“We have a regulatory responsibility to make sure we know where our products are being made.”

[26.37] Edward’s thoughts on whether the first mile is an opportunity for businesses to do some good, and better tackle their commitments to people and planet.

“We need to think about how we can share risk – it can’t just be that the retailers win and the factories lose.”

[31.57] Rob’s reflections on the ‘modern first mile industry.’

“We’re due for the next evolution of this industry.”

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

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

Discover trending industry news over on Sourcing Journal’s website, or connect with Edward over on LinkedIn.

You can find previous episodes of First Things First with Mercado over on the live show page, or you can check out other Let’s Talk Supply Chain podcasts HERE.

May 4, 2022

This is the first episode in our brand new four-part mini-series in partnership with Quickbase.

Quickbase helps customers see, connect and control complex projects that reshape our world. Whether it’s raising a skyscraper or coordinating vaccine rollouts, the no-code software platform allows business users to custom-fit solutions to the way they work – using information from across the systems they already have.

Today in Episode 1, See, we’ll be taking a closer look at people: the workers on the front line of the industry right now; the challenges; the opportunities; and exactly how Quickbase can optimize and automate to connect people and workflow together.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[02.01] A reminder of who Quickbase are and what they do; and an update on what’s changed since they were last on the show.

[04.01] From labor shortages to staff retention, the main challenges that businesses are facing when it comes to front-line workers, and how those challenges have changed from just a couple of years ago.

“Frontline workers are having challenges, and the folks that are trying to hire, retain, train and continuously upskill those workers are also having a huge challenge… COVID has put a huge spotlight on the need to improve some of the processes that are touching turnover.”

[06.51] Compliance, how job site safety has changed dramatically since COVID, and the key priorities in the area right now.

“COVID has thrown a shocker at all of us and said ‘hey, you need to be able to adapt to rules, regulations and requirements that never existed’ – and you may not have a tool to track these 10 new requirements, or capture the information you didn’t capture before.”

[10.14] Connectivity, and why it’s so important to change the way we think about data in order to get our teams out of Excel.

“People will always gravitate towards the path of least resistance to solve their problems.”

[13.50] A closer look at the Quickbase software, and how it’s designed with front-line workers in mind.

"The challenge we see most often is that no team is exactly like the last one… they really need a combination of technology that is safe, secure and robust, but can then be moulded like Play Doh for the front line environment, that allows for both starting fast, and then scaling.”

[17.45] Peter’s reflections around automation, how to get the most out of it, and how that works with Quickbase.

“It’s dangerous to want to jump full steam ahead into automation… it needs to be coupled with strategy.”

[23.31] Process improvement, and how you can achieve a healthy full circle model built around Quickbase.

“Momentum is what starts to change culture.”

[29.22] The impact on your business and bottom line when you successfully pull the threads of good data, transparency, collaboration and process improvement together.

[32.44] A case study looking at how Quickbase helped a key customer to bridge systems and achieve connectivity and visibility, without impacting legacy systems.

[36.17] What businesses need to consider and prioritize when it comes to people, and the changes we can expect to see from Quickbase in the future.

“As a business, are you stepping back to reassess how work can be done in a post COVID time?”

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

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

If you want to dive deeper into what Quickbase is all about, why not listen to episode 224, where Peter Rifken, Principal Solutions Consultant at Quickbase, chats all about the company: what they do; the importance of operational agility; and the power to be found in unlocking the potential of your people. You can also read Peter's blog, where he talks about how to eliminate disconnected teams and increase supply chain visibility.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

May 1, 2022

In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain, I’m joined by experienced and strategic logistics operations professional, Maggie Petrovic.

A business and communications graduate, Maggie honed her skills at global third-party logistics provider Coyote Logistics, gaining deep knowledge and experience across operations, sales, strategy and customer experience. As a leader at Emerge, she’s helping to save shippers time and money by operationalizing game-changing products.

Today Maggie will be talking to us about her career so far; her talent for operations strategy; the excitement of start-up culture; and Mom guilt. Plus, she’ll be sharing her experiences as a woman in the industry, as well as her words of advice for all of the women following in her footsteps.

 

SHOW SPONSOR:

 

This Women in Supply Chain feature was made possible by our sponsor, Emerge. As a company focused on empowering and growing meaningful supply chain relationships, Emerge is proud to sponsor Women in Supply Chain. Through its freight procurement platform, Emerge offers solutions that enhance the spot and contract procurement process, enabling shippers and carriers to make more strategic decisions.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[06.24] Maggie’s background, her field hockey college scholarship, and her reflections on how a sporting mindset correlates so well with business, and supply chain.

[14.02] How Maggie went from a Business and Communications degree to a successful career in supply chain.

“It sounded interesting… it was an industry that was growing after the recession and not shrinking… I got an offer from Coyote Logistics, and never looked back!”

[16.32] Maggie’s time at Coyote Logistics, learning on the job, and the experience she gained from having a ‘just say yes’ mentality.

“When I think about the roles and opportunities that stick out, it was really just me saying yes to anything and everything that was going to give me an opportunity to learn more and put me out of my comfort zone.”

[18.28] Maggie’s experience of living and working in Europe, and what she learned.

[21.15] Maggie’s role as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Emerge.

“I truly believe that what we’re doing at Emerge is game changing – we’re building products that the industry really needs”

[22.12] The impact of COVID on procurement, and the resulting trends and learnings.

[24.02] Maggie’s experience of Mom guilt, and how she balances work and motherhood.

“I certainly had Mom guilt going back to work after maternity leave. I thought: ‘my baby is so small, how can I leave her all day’? and that was so hard.”

[26.39] Why Maggie loves the culture and benefits that come from working in a start-up, and her experiences, as a woman, of working in those environments.

“Start-ups can be extremely lucrative and awesome opportunities for everyone. At a start-up, you have better access to having a seat at the table, having your voice heard and ideas implemented.”

[29.30] How saying yes and trying something new in business helped Maggie to find her voice and grow in confidence.

[31.35] Maggie’s work ethic, the difference between advocates and mentors and why it’s important to have both.

[34.16] What the future holds for Maggie, and for Emerge.

[34.53] Maggie’s words of advice for all of the women following in her footsteps.

 

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You can connect with Maggie over on LinkedIn.

If you enjoyed finding out more about female leaders at Emerge, why not check out episode 255, where I'm joined by Mardi Tegmeyer, Customer Success Manager at Emerge. And if you're interested in hearing more about balancing motherhood with a successful career - and why we need to talk about it - head over to episode 234 to hear what Anne Robinson has to say.

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