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Now displaying: July, 2022
Jul 24, 2022

Today I’m joined by Unilog, the customer-focused experts in the design and management of global supply chains.

Unilog specializes in global fulfilment and mission-critical logistics services. Their flexible, customized supply chain solutions, based on best practices and expertise, work seamlessly with internal client operations to ensure time-definite delivery wherever and whenever necessary.

With offices around the world, Unilog support their clients’ needs anywhere, anytime, by utilizing advanced technology coupled with the best team, leading 3PLs & service providers.

Today Osi Tagger, CEO at Unilog, joins me to chat all about the company: what they do; the importance of creating achievable solutions; embracing a culture of diversity; and how a focus on logistic capabilities can achieve a competitive advantage.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[08.01] An overview of Unilog – what they do, their 5PL structure and how they help their customers – and why they can’t be put into a box.

“We are a multi enterprise supply chain business network.”

[12.07] A closer look at Unilog’s Supply Chain as a Service offering and how it can facilitate global fulfilment for customers, to help them scale quickly and easily and meet their SLA's.

“If you ask our clients, ‘where is your warehouse?’ they have no idea – they don’t care, because that’s not what they’re buying. In order to grow their business, they want to deliver their promise to their market and we support them – this is global fulfilment for us. This is why they buy supply chain as a service.”

[15.52] Unilog’s service parts supply chain, the evolving challenges around inventory and distribution, and why it’s so important to put a focus on helping businesses to fulfil their promises to their end consumers.

[19.16] The five cornerstones on which Unilog was founded, and how they translate to digitization, visibility and real-time supply chain control tower capabilities.

“Visibility for the sake of visibility is just another pile of data. What are you going to do with that? That’s what we solve in many ways.”

[26.18] The importance of flexible and customizable solutions when it comes to creating agile supply chains, and why Excel continues to stick around.

[29.56] Why Unilog focus on creating feasible and achievable supply chain solutions for businesses.

[32.42] Why companies who place an emphasis on logistics capabilities can achieve a competitive advantage.

“We ask our clients, ‘what’s the plan – new products, new markets, new services?’ Once we understand what our customers want, we design what they need.”

[34.32] Osi’s ethos and passion for women’s empowerment and creating a diverse team; how it helps Unilog to thrive and drive strategic partnerships; and why more companies should be embracing this way of working.

“What is dynamic integration? It’s not just IT. It’s people!”

[38.37] The ideal client for Unilog.

[40.26] A case study, showing how Unilog’s Supply Chain as a Service solution helped one key customer to grow over 170% and scale globally at speed.

[42.53] The future for Unilog.

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

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

If you enjoyed this episode, why not check out episode 275 featuring Amani Radman, another woman who's passionate about bringing diversity and logistics together. Or, read our profile on supply chain and procurement executive and thought leader Carine Toure Yemitia, where she talks all about women building confidence and visibility across the global supply chain community.

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Jul 20, 2022

It’s episode 22 of Blended: I’m joined by another fantastic panel of guests and, today, we’re tackling another tricky issue – tokenism. Tokenism is a relatively new idea – the term was only coined in the late 70’s – but we are hearing it more and more as the conversations around diversity and inclusion grow. And, when issues like this arise, that can potentially derail the really good DEI work that so many people are doing, we have a responsibility to address it and get it out in the open – which is one of our favorite things to do on Blended!

Today, our guests will be exploring exactly what tokenism means; sharing their personal experiences; and discussing how we can start to tackle tokenism in the workplace.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[00.54] Introductions to our Blended panelists.

  • Gennifer – Founder/Executive Director at TransNewYork
  • Clarecia – Chief Consultant at Global Compass Consulting Services Inc
  • Breanne – Growth Coordinator at Let's Talk Supply Chain

[06.20] The group discusses tokenism: what it means to them, and how it fits into diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Being reactive vs proactive
  • Issues with awareness days
  • Box ticking
  • What’s visible to the public vs what’s behind closed doors
  • Having a seat at the table, but not a voice
  • Accountability
  • What are businesses actually doing to change hearts and minds, and help educate?
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Incorporating DEI into value systems and business norms, not one-offs

“Tokenism is being included but not being included – it’s about being included in spaces, only because someone wants to tick a box.” Clarecia

[27.37] The group share their personal experiences of tokenism, and the impact those experiences had on both themselves and their communities.

  • Differences between generations
  • Leadership
  • The makeup of C Suite
  • Commitment to change
  • Listening to understand
  • Appreciating others' experiences, not just treating them as a problem to be solved
  • Sense of belonging

“It’s hard to break down those walls of, not only people using tokenism on me, but me not wanting to feel like I’m projecting tokenism onto somebody else.” Gennifer

[51.03] The panel summarizes their ideas on how organizations can successfully avoid tokenism, and they sum up their thoughts from today’s discussion.

“I would love to see more accountability, more showcasing year round; understanding that everyone, whether it’s for pride or black history month, it’s not a box that everyone fits into… you need to be thinking about everyone as an individual and as unique.” Breanne

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

You can connect with Gennifer and Clarecia on Instagram. For Breanne, you can shoot her an email at: breanne@letstalksupplychain.com.

If you found this episode interesting, you might enjoy Episode 21, Boost Your Bottom Line: Why You Should Be Retaining Diverse Talent or Episode 9, Handling Diversity in Business: Is there a right or wrong answer?

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Jul 17, 2022

Today I’m joined by Jonathan Kempe, CEO and founder of Verifai and host of Let’s Talk Supply Chain AsiaPac, to talk all about the landscape of supply chain and the current disruptions; digital media industry trends; the labor gap between companies and workers; and the role of technology within the industry. We also share a very exciting announcement!

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:

 

[08.01] From inflation to changing consumer behavior, Jonathan and Sarah discuss the state of the industry and the new – and ongoing – disruptions.

“We’ve had a continual period of disruption, and all of the people involved in making supply chains function have barely been able to take a breath.”

[15.58] Jonathan and Sarah take a closer look at evolving media trends and the increasing importance of digital content.

“We’ve been able to see how a digital transformation can really make a difference in the life of a company.”

[20.42] Jonathan reflects on the experience of franchising Let’s Talk Supply Chain, and what LTSC AsiaPac means to him.

[26.20] Jonathan shares his thoughts on the growing importance of technology in supply chain, and how it touches everything from innovation to recruitment.

“Technology infused into a skillset for an industry professional is an important aspect.”

“With increasing scale, we’re going to have to think of smarter ways to do this better – and technology gives us those options.

[31.33] Sarah and Jonathan share their big announcement!

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

Find out more about Shipz or connect with Jonathan on LinkedIn.

If you enjoyed this episode, why not check out episode 206, where we announced the AsiaPac franchise, or join the conversation for even more industry trends over on LTSC AsiaPac.

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Jul 10, 2022

Today I’m joined by NYSHEX, a leading shipping technology company that is creating reliable ocean shipping through effective digital contracts.

NYSHEX was built to restore trust and reliability in global trade. As the leader in two-way committed contracts, their neutral exchange unites shippers and carriers with a predictable, efficient, and accountable system for global commerce.

Today Gordon Downes, co-founder and CEO at NYSHEX, joins me to chat all about the company: what they do; the current challenges faced by the shipping industry; the importance of collaborative relationships; and how improving supply chain reliability will revolutionize the industry.

 

IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS OCEAN SHIPPING AND:

 

[06.22] Gordon’s journey, from working across the world for Maersk to co-founding NYSHEX, and what he learned along the way.

“I started to question – ‘why is the ship full, why do we have to roll these customers?’ And you start to realize, quite quickly, that in our industry - even though contracts get signed and agreements are made - the practice is not to take them as seriously.”

[12.08] A closer look at the landscape of the shipping industry, how it’s changed since NYSHEX was founded, and the current challenges.

“People were telling me ‘this will never work – people are too stuck in their ways! It’s such an old, legacy industry’… but through the pandemic, and even prior, the mindset of the industry was starting to change.”

[16.42] An overview of NYSHEX – what they do, and how they help their customers – and exactly how NYSHEX benefits ocean shippers.

“The average contract fulfilment rate – and this is data from pre-pandemic, it’s got worse during the pandemic – is about 65%. We’re seeing fulfilment rates through our application of around 98%.”

[23.45] The impact of NYSHEX’s benefits on shippers, and on the industry.

[27.11] A look at the integration and onboarding process for shippers.

[31.18] How NYSHEX works for carriers and the benefits the product brings.

[38.19] The ideal client for NYSHEX.

“Collaboration and trust is paramount… so, for us, it’s the shippers and carriers who really have the intention to make good on the terms of their agreements with their customers, because not everyone is like that.”

[41.12] A case study, showing how NYSHEX helped one key customer ‘save Halloween.’

[44.56] The future for NYSHEX, and for the ocean shipping and industry at-large.

“Coming out of the pandemic, as bumpy and disruptive as it’s been, it’s going to result in a much more robust, more resilient shipping and logistics industry, coupled with the supply chain that runs on top.”

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RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

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

If you enjoyed this episode, why not listen to 185: Chart a Course for Shipping Success, featuring Alison Cusack of Cusack and Co, or check out our live show, No Bullshipping with Hope White.

Check out our other podcasts HERE.

Jul 3, 2022

In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain, I’m joined Amani Radman: an amazing woman on two very special missions. To provide reliable, cost-effective transportation services through her own logistics brand; and, to champion the power of diversity in supply chain.

Born in Somalia, Amani moved to the US and achieved a degree in supply logistics, management and leadership from Portland State University before going on to establish a successful corporate career. Having gained extensive experience across supplier management, business process and operations, Amani went on to found her own business, Malao Logistics, Minnesota’s premier logistics company specializing in freight brokerage and transportation services.

Today Amani will be talking to us about her career so far; moving out of the corporate world to found her own business; taking a family approach to logistics; and the importance of diversity in industry. Plus, she’ll be sharing her experiences as a woman in supply chain, 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:

 

[08.37] Amani’s background growing up in Somalia, and her brave decision to move to the USA to start a new life at age 18.

[10.32] How Amani found supply chain, and why she’s so passionate about it.

“Coming from Somalia, I want to be able to connect the dots… and what is the best way to do that? With logistics, because there’s always transport.”

[13.25] Amani’s experience at global outdoor brand Columbia Sportswear Company, and how the woman-led business inspired her.

“Coming from a male-dominated company, all the leadership… everybody was a woman!... It really showed me what it is to be a woman in supply chain, and how to take it to the next level.”

[15.47] Amani’s previous role at Boeing, the importance of supplier diversity and how businesses should approach it.

“Think of it like a mentorship program… the more you mentor us, the more we get bigger and the more we can support you – you can literally customize us the way you want to!”

[20.35] The differences between corporate and small business, and why Amani made the decision to start her own company, Malao Logistics.

“In corporate, things move so slow… and the supply chain doesn’t wait!”

[23.09] A closer look at Malao, what they do, and how they help their customers.

[25.21] Some of the challenges Amani has faced whilst establishing Malao Logistics.

“The hardest part is being accepted in the community… I know the journey is hard, but I have to do this for all the women… I want to be the woman they look up to and say ‘well she did it, why can’t I?’”

[27.22] Amani’s experiences at large industry events, particularly as a woman who wears a head scarf.

[32.56] How Amani found, and embraced, her voice, and her advice for others.

“Don’t give up on your dreams, because if you give up on yourself, don’t expect anyone else to believe in you.”

[36.47] The future for Amani, and for Malao Logistics.

[38.42] Amani’s final words of wisdom for the women following in her footsteps.

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:

 

You can connect with Amani over on LinkedIn.

If you'd like to hear more from Amani, check out Episode 20 of Blended – DEI in the Workplace – Not Just The Smart Thing To Do, But The Right Thing To Do. And if you want to find out more about another incredible woman building her own logistics firm, check out Episode 205, where Kristy Knichel reflects on her journey and the numerous benefits of working with a certified woman-owned and operated business.

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