Spring 2022 has been busy for Supply Chain Movers & Shakers! To help you catch up on what you missed, we’ve pulled together a summary of the Best of the Best TEKTOK episodes for Spring 2022 with links to help you eliminate the noise and get the information and inspiration you need to replace risky inventory with valuable insights.
EP 33, Supply Chain Basics Every Businessperson Needs to Know
EP 39, What You Missed at the Gartner Supply Chain Symposium 2022
EP 37, Framing Your Business Case for Digital Supply Chain Investments
EP 35, Replenishment is the Cornerstone of Business Profitability with Christine Chidoub
EP 40, Leveraging S&OP to Drive Customer Collaboration and Business Transformation at Plastic Packaging Technologies with Angie Taylor
Welcome to TEKTOK digital supply chain podcast, where we will help you eliminate the noise and focus on the information and inspiration that you need to transform your business impact supply chain success and enable you to replace risky inventory with valuable insights. Join your TEKTOK, host Karin Bursa, the 2020 supply chain pro to no of the year with more than 25 years of supply chain and technology expertise and the scars to prove it Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Join the conversation, share your insights and learn how to harness technology innovations to drive tangible business results. Buckle up it’ time for TEKTOK powered by Supply Chain Now.
Karin Bursa (01:04):
Okay. Welcome back. Supply chain mirrors and shakers Karin Bursa here and I am your host for tech talk, the digital supply chain podcast. I am so glad that you have tuned in today. You know, spring 2022 has been really busy for you. Supply chain movers and shakers. I know I have heard from you and to help you catch up on what you missed. We have pulled together a summary of the best of the best TEKTOK episodes for spring 2022. All right. And if you check the show notes, you are gonna be able to go straight to those episode links and hear more about each of those topics. So again, this is our very first best of the best TEKTOK episodes for spring 2022. And we have got the links in place that are gonna help you eliminate the noise and get the information and inspiration.
Karin Bursa (01:59):
You need to replace that risky inventory with valuable insights, you know, as supply team movers and shakers expectations around the value supply chains deliver those expectations are simply accelerating despite the on growing volatility, the disruptions, the gridlock, uh, that is coming at us from global conflict product shortages, talent constraints, uh, changing channels, changing product mix. And of course the lingering impacts from the global pandemic. You know, in my role as a supply chain technology industry advisor, I’ve got the opportunity to put my more than 25 years of supply chain expertise into action. As I work with a variety of practitioners, industry, visionaries, academia, students, investors, and of course technology providers. So let’s just say it has been busy, busy, busy. Yes. That was three busys this spring. I know you are feeling it too. And I’m hoping that you’ve been able to carve out a little vacation time as well, because you need that to get re-energized because let’s face it.
Karin Bursa (03:25):
The focus on supply chain performance is not going away. We’ve got our position on center stage. Let’s use it to get the recognition that each and every one of you deserve for the great work you’re doing. So for that reason, we have pulled together a synopsis of some of the best of the best TEKTOK episodes from spring 2022. Think of this as your spark notes for TEKTOK, um, and be sure to check out the show notes, because those are gonna have all the direct links for you to the episodes that get mentioned here. And I have to tell you it was hard. Um, I wanted to include every episode, but then it wouldn’t be the best of the best. Uh, so we have carved out five episodes that I’m gonna highlight for you here and layer them together. And I think it’s really gonna make sense to you, um, on why some of those episodes are really important.
Karin Bursa (04:23):
So let’s get started. The first recommendation is, um, the episode called supply chain basics. Every business person needs to know. Now I keep a list of questions that I get asked most often, um, whether I’m advising executive leadership teams or working with new hires or students that are getting ready to graduate from college and, um, seeking jobs in the marketplace or interested investors. And this particular episode, this was episode number 33, and it’s called the supply chain basics. Every business person needs to know. So that episode covers some of those hot topics, not all of them. In fact, I’ve got an even longer list of them now, thanks to all of you who have listened to the episode and reached out, because I will tell you that this particular episode, it was surprising. We got so much feedback that came in, uh, about the value of this episode and additional topics that many of you would like me to cover in future basics, uh, episodes.
Karin Bursa (05:40):
So, um, tune in, listen to this one, thank you so much for your feedback on the episode of supply chain basics. Um, and let me make some recommendations to you. Um, I had several people tell me that they shared this particular episode with other coworkers that are not in the supply chain team or in the supply chain roles. And it was really beneficial for them. It gave them a good baseline and understanding of some of the capabilities. And I even had a few of you tell me that you did in fact, share it with family and friends, trying to help them understand the work that you do every day and why the work can be so challenging. Uh, and I do think many of the topics that we cover in that particular episode, again, that’s episode number 33 on supply chain basics. Every business person needs to know.
Karin Bursa (06:37):
Uh, so check it out and be sure to share it with, um, with your coworkers and even some members of your, uh, family and friends as well. Okay. Right on the heels of that is an episode that is what you missed at the Gartner supply chain symposium. So remember, we’re trying to help you get the highlights of what’s, uh, been covered here on TEKTOK in spring 2022. And this conference, this Gartner conference is built as the world’s most important gathering of chief supply chain officers and supply chain executives. The event was in person and by the way, it was oversubscribed, meaning that attendance far exceeded expectations for this face to face event. The event itself had more than 140 sessions over the course of three days, 140 sessions. So there’s no way any one person could, um, could attend all of those sessions. But I carve out in this recap episode.
Karin Bursa (07:45):
So that’s episode number 39, and it’s called what you missed at the Gartner supply chain symposium. Um, I carved out some of the highlights, some of the key themes, um, insights from a couple of the different Gartner analysts that were presenting sessions at the event, as well as some of the survey responses on priorities for supply chain transformation. So I’d really love you to give that a listen, um, and it is really poised to help you position your business for what we’re looking at called the great acceleration. So when the economy, uh, starts gaining even more momentum in the marketplace in this episode, I also highlighted a couple of practitioner delivered sessions, um, of note is one that was delivered by, uh, Livia Kendi, Kona from Diagio. So drinks, giant Diagio. And what I loved about this particular, uh, case study on transformation is that is it has happened over this last two years.
Karin Bursa (08:51):
So it is in the midst of all of the disruption. It dealt with topics like shortages in supply and changes to product mix and market channel as well. And the team at Aggio has been able to deliver an impressive 20% single year growth rate that’s right, 20%, not just double digits, but 20% growth despite shifting channels, despite constraint supplies, despite talent constraints in the marketplace. So, um, so take a listen to that epi episode again, tech talk episode 39, what you missed at the Gartner supply chain symposium, couple of other, uh, practitioner sessions are highlighted in that particular TEKTOK episode as well. So, um, good mix of analyst points of view, practitioner points of view. Uh, I hope you get a lot of value out of that. So number three, um, on the best of the best for spring of 2022 here on tech talk, um, is, you know, so we we’ve talked about some basics.
Karin Bursa (10:05):
I’ve talked about priorities as Gartner sees it and recommendations, and I want you to look at that and compare it with what your business has prioritized. Um, and then I want you to think about your business case. So episode number 37 is framing your business case for digital supply chain investments. So that’s episode number 37. So as you look at your initiatives coming up here in fall and winter, um, and into, uh, the next year, I want you to look at some of those recommendations on framing, your business case and, uh, and benchmarking your performance. Um, I got personally, I got several thank you emails after this particular episode, uh, published, uh, saying that it really helped them, uh, clear out the clutter, narrow down some of the key performance metrics to focus on and put together a very coherent, uh, business case that helped them get the investment that they were looking for, uh, for the next step in supply chain transformation.
Karin Bursa (11:16):
So hopefully you will get the same inspiration from that particular event that cuz the reality is that estimating the potential return on investment from deploying a new digital supply chain solution can be really difficult. Um, the, the number one reason why it’s difficult to predict the impact you might have, might be a little surprising. I’m not gonna tell you what it is. You’ll have to take a listen, uh, to the particular episode, but Ross assured that my more than 25 years of supply chain experience, um, and working with nearly a thousand companies during that, um, amount of time, uh, we rolled all of that in and tried to simplify and help you frame, uh, what some of those key performance indicators should be as well as some ranges you could expect for improvements, um, as a part of your business case. So, uh, take a, listen again, episode 37, framing your business case for digital supply team improvements or investments.
Karin Bursa (12:31):
Um, and then number four on the list of the best of the best for spring 2022 on TEKTOK. Um, actually these next two are really good. Um, and bring that practitioner point of view into play that I love to highlight so much. Um, the first is episode number 35 in this particular episode, um, is called replenishment is the cornerstone of business profitability. So episode 35 replenishment is the cornerstone of business profitability. And this is with my guest, Christine Shadu former vice president of global value chain optimization with Ralph Lauren. Um, and she will make you laugh. Um, I’m just gonna tell you, get, get ready, you’ll learn something, but you’re gonna chuckle, uh, a couple of times as well. When you listen into that particular episode, you know, replenishment is an area within the supply chain that offers significant competitive advantage, especially in areas like consumer goods and retail businesses, you know, in its simplest form.
Karin Bursa (13:45):
Replenishment is the process of resupply for products that have been consumed or sold and replenishment. As we look at this on a recurring basis, it, it is really an opportunity to look at, uh, future product needs, certainly demand seasonal elements that are gonna influence that, um, your time phase needs of inventory that are gonna help you produce or source more cost effectively, um, and bring all of those into play, to avoid stockouts, um, a and replenishment in its own, right? These are proven products that get used or consumed, um, and reused and reordered. So these are some of your staples in your product portfolio, and there’s a number of complexities that go into calculating optimal replenishment, uh, numbers and timing. Uh, and that’s gonna be based on your current inventory levels, your lead times, production lead times, your targeted service level by customer or channel, um, things like minimum order, quantities, shipping and delivery, uh, frequency and, and a multitude of others.
Karin Bursa (15:06):
But it also offers a really, really, um, great opportunity around automation, right? So when we do things repeatedly and systematically, um, our digital supply chain solutions can get smarter over time. We need to leverage that and look at it for, for opportunities, uh, for automation and acceleration. So check out what Christine Shado shared with us in this particular information packed episode that’s episode number 35 for TEKTOK. All right, if you are a supply chain mover in shaker that subscribes and follows TEKTOK, then you know, I am a strong proponent of sales and operations planning. I’m a believer and it is a pivotal business process. And one that is going to lead to really tangible results and greater collaboration within your business, but also throughout your global network. So that includes your important or key customers, your key suppliers. We want to extend that horizon and visibility to incorporate both key demand aspects, key customers, as well as key supply side, right, where, where we wanna eliminate as much supplier, um, variability as possible as well.
Karin Bursa (16:39):
So since I believe that actions speak louder than words, uh, TEKTOK episode number 40 that’s four, zero is all about sales and operations planning. In fact, it is called leveraging S and O P to drive customer collaboration and business transformation. And we’ve done that, um, from a point of view from plastic packaging technologies, it is a must. You’re gonna hear directly from S O P expert. Uh, Angie Taylor. She is the chief commercial officer and vice president with plastic packaging technologies. And Angie brings just a wealth of very practical experience to the conversation. And she has led transformation teams, uh, where she is today, which is plastic packaging technologies, um, at a leading consumer brands, company Vista outdoor and, uh, transformation initiative at gear for sports, which is a division of HAES brands. So, uh, Angie Taylor has a real talent for bringing people, process technology data together to run the business more efficiently and effectively.
Karin Bursa (17:59):
And I love that her title, uh, with plastic packaging is chief commercial officer because, you know, I think the business is supply chain, right? It’s how do we fulfill customer needs in our marketplace? And, um, and, and I think that that title just gives you a feel for how important, um, supply chain performance overall is for plastic packaging, uh, technologies company as well. So I think you’ll get inspired when you hear what Angie Taylor has to say. So that is my fifth recommendation. So let me go back through those, uh, for you just really quickly, um, on, on what those recommendations are. And again, I’m kind of building for you from some of the basics to prioritization, to techniques, um, that you may wanna just kind of brush up on and hear what we have shared with TEKTOK over spring 2022. So that first recommendation was episode 33, and that is supply chain basics that every business person needs to know.
Karin Bursa (19:11):
Um, look forward to hearing your feedback on that one. I have to tell you, I was really surprised by how many people reached out and said they got tremendous value, uh, from that session and were able to share it and simplify, you know, um, and put some context around what they’re doing day in, day out. Also, if you like that topic, feel free to message me through LinkedIn or, um, through email and tell me additional aspects of supply chain basics you’d like me to cover. Uh, so we’ll, we’ll bring those into a future episode as well. So the second recommendation was really to give you a feel for what’s happening in the broader industry. And that was episode number 39. This is what you missed at the Gartner supply chain symposium. So this is the north American symposium just happened in June and they’ve actually, um, will do the same symposium with, with much of the same content is gonna execute here, um, in a couple of months in the UK.
Karin Bursa (20:20):
So there’ll be another opportunity there. I think some of the practitioner sessions will be different, but much of the analyst, uh, point of view, and the research point of view is all gonna be the same. So some really good, uh, recaps there from that particular, uh, TEKTOK podcast, the other was, uh, episode 37. So this is the one about framing your business case for digital supply chain investments. So, uh, take a look at, at the recommendations for a shorter list of key performance indicators and some ranges, some expectations that you can consider as part of your improvement, uh, business case, and then two areas of focus. Um, the first one we discussed was replenishment. Uh, so that was episode number 35 replenishment is the cornerstone of business profitability. And that was with our guest Christine todo, the former vice president and global value chain optimization executive with Ralph Lauren and then finally sales and operations planning, or really, uh, looking at, um, leveraging sales and operations planning to drive customer collaboration and business transformation.
Karin Bursa (21:41):
And that was with plastic packaging technology, executive, Angie Taylor. So I hope that short list, those cliff notes are gonna help you kind of pick and choose a couple of the episodes that you missed. Take a listen, let me know your thoughts and thank you so much for joining us today on TEKTOK, where our goal is to help you eliminate the noise and focus on the information and inspiration you need to transform your business and replace risky inventory with valuable insights. We’ll see you next time on tech talk powered by supply chain. Now hi supply team now.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
Sales Support Intern
Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.
Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more. In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.
Director of Communications and Executive Producer
Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys. She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.
Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.
Host, Supply Chain Now
The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.
She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.
Social Media Manager
My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.
Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.
Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.
Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.
Business Development Manager
Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
Vice President, Production
Amanda is a production and marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amanda currently manages, produces, and develops modern digital content for Supply Chain Now and their clients. Amanda has previously served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah, and founded and managed her own successful digital marketing firm, Magnolia Marketing Group. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now production team, you can find Amanda in the kitchen, reading, listening to podcasts, or enjoying time with family.
Constantine Limberakis is a thought leader in the area of procurement and supply management. He has over 20 years of international experience, playing strategic roles in a wide spectrum of organizations related to analyst advisory, consulting, product marketing, product development, and market research. Throughout his career, he's been passionate about engaging global business leaders and the broader analyst and technology community with strategic content, speaking engagements, podcasts, research, webinars, and industry articles.Constantine holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing / Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
Director of Sales
Tyler Ward serves as Supply Chain Now's Director of Sales. Born and raised in Mid-Atlantic, Tyler is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his degree in Communications. After college, he made his way to the beautiful state of Oregon, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.
With over a decade of experience in sales, Tyler has a proven track record of exceeding targets and leading high-performing teams. He credits his success to his ability to communicate effectively with customers and team members alike, as well as his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.
When he's not closing deals, you can find Tyler on the links or cheering on his favorite football and basketball teams. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling back to Ocean City, Maryland, his favorite place!
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring
Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.
Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Principal & CMO, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise
When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
Founder, CEO, & Host
As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.
From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.