Supply Chain Now
Episode 1283

The companies out there that are watching these [labor] negotiations, all I can say is be prepared to pay.

-Tandreia Bellamy

Episode Summary

The Buzz is Supply Chain Now’s regular Monday livestream, held at 12 noon ET each week. This show focuses on some of the leading stories from global supply chain and global business, always with special guests – the most important of which is the live audience!

In this week’s episode of The Buzz, hosts Scott Luton and Tandreia Bellamy discuss:

  • The ongoing labor negotiations at the East Coast and Gulf Coast ports in the US
  • How to prep your supply chains for a successful peak season
  • The growing trend of smart warehousing and the utilization of AI
  • And so much more!

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:03):

Welcome to Supply Chain. Now the voice of global supply chain supply chain now focuses on the best in the business for our worldwide audience, the people, the technologies, the best practices, and today’s critical issues, the challenges and opportunities. Stay tuned to hear from Those Making Global Business Happen right here on supply chain now.

Scott Luton (00:32):

Hey. Hey, good morning, good afternoon, good evening, wherever you may be, Scott Luton and the one and only Tania Bellamy here with you on Supply Chain. Now, welcome to today’s live stream, Tania, how are you doing today?

Tandreia Bellamy (00:43):

I’m great. I always enjoy spending time with

Scott Luton (00:46):

You. Oh, absolutely. And you know what? We hear it from our audience as well. They enjoy your perspective and expertise each and every show, and we’re delighted you’re here, Tania. Four, as folks know, it’s the buzz where every Monday at 12 in Eastern time, we discuss a variety of news developments across global supply chain and business. Now, hey, to keep it real, usually we are indeed live. However, today we’re prerecorded because we had an in-person event. We had to be out to, they hit the same time Tan. Andrea, it’s best just to be transparent and to keep it real with our audience out there, right?

Tandreia Bellamy (01:19):

Absolutely, absolutely.

Scott Luton (01:20):

But with that said, you’ll probably find a couple of our team members, namely Amanda and Catherine, who are the production muscle behind the scenes to help keep us running. They may be in the comments, so we look forward to your perspective. And along that line, we’ve got some great stories to get into here today, tantra, we’re going to be talking about the ongoing labor talks of the East Coast and the Gulf ports we’re going to be talking about for you shippers out there, we’ve got some great tips for better handling peak season. It’s almost upon us and a couple of interesting trends going on in the warehousing world and a lot, lot more tantra. What is out of all those topics And then some, we’ve got a little update from Anthony, your neck of the woods. We’ll touch on in a second. What’s one thing you’re looking most forward to talking about here on the buzz today?

Tandreia Bellamy (02:03):

The warehouse and trends being in supply chain and really loving all of the advancements that are going on. Definitely talking about warehousing trends.

Scott Luton (02:13):

That’s right. And I’m sure you have seen quite the evolution given your journey, so look forward to diving more into that in just a second. But hey, two things before we get going. So we’d love to get your take in the comments, give us your take on the stories, your opinion, what you’re seeing, you name it. And whether you’re tuned in via LinkedIn, YouTube X, Facebook, Twitch, it’s a lot. No matter whatever your platform of choice, let us know what you think and if you enjoy the show today, we’d love for you to share it with a friend in your network. They’ll be glad you did. Okay, tantra, I am excited. We’ve got four stories we’ll get to in a second, but we’ve got a couple of items to talk about on the front end and we’re going to lead off with my favorite. I’m going to pop up this image here. Sheer delight. Congratulations to Anthony for graduating from Middle Tennessee State University. He’s a pilot and I think this is what this image here, if you’re tuned in via LinkedIn or YouTube or can see it, this is his graduation flight, is that right? Tan Andrea?

Tandreia Bellamy (03:09):

That is correct. Love, love, love. MTSU. And as a part of the program, each graduating pilot gets to take a family member up for a flight. So it was just he and I grind around Murfreesboro and the surrounding areas. He took me over to campus. So being able to get literally a bird’s eye view of the campus was super cool, but just spending time with him and his element was great.

Scott Luton (03:37):

Oh, that is awesome. I cannot wait to catch up more and learn more. We were talking earlier this week off camera, so to speak, about the H if I said that right, logistics effort when it came to celebrating graduation up there at Murfreesboro, that was quite a feat. You pulled off Tan Andrea.

Tandreia Bellamy (03:55):

It was amazing. It was wonderful. I had a beautiful home that I had rented out five bedrooms and a ton of space for my 30 plus guests that I cooked for and hosted for them to come and celebrate my son and that was amazing.

Scott Luton (04:14):

Well, special congrats to you and the whole family. Of course, Anthony, we really enjoyed our sit down with you and him probably back probably about four or five months ago, and I cannot wait to see the heights, no pun intended that his career is going to take off too. So looking forward to reconnecting with Anthony soon. So congrats. And as I’m getting a text here, it’s Herculean. I was told I added an extra syllable or two, so it happens folks. It happens. Alright, talking about, well, this isn’t going to be nearly as good as the good news that was, but I did want to share one of my most recent Friday morning messages focused on good news. I attended Tandra, a great event hosted by our friend over at Reuters. It was supply chain USA 2024 right here in Atlanta. I had an outstanding panel session and a really cool fireside chat.


And one of the key takeaways out of many, I came away with my 17 pages notes, but on the key ones was how are we managing the digital talent imperative? And we’ve all heard a lot about the talent gaps. There’s so many different ones when it comes to the global industry, but certainly global supply chain, but in particular in this age of digital transformation, how are we not only bringing new digital talent into the organization, but equally as important, how are we upskilling our current workforce so they can find new ways to achieving success and play a critical role in the digital transformations that are taking place out in the industry. Any thoughts there? Tan, Andrea,

Tandreia Bellamy (05:40):

It’s just like when we talked about the need for vocational education, getting our young people involved early so that we’re not having to constantly retrain, get ’em involved, get ’em engaged, do more relevant types of things in high school, early in college so you not only get ’em engaged, but we retain them so that we have an abundance of talent instead of a scarcity of talent.

Scott Luton (06:09):

That’s right. Well said. Got to get ’em when they’re young and they’ve got questions and you can help open up new windows of opportunity rather than them relying on the old assumptions and the old traditional pathways. I love that comment. Tan, you and I have been out in schools talking supply chain, it’s been a few years, but we’re going to have to crank that back out. I’ll tell you, there’s a few things in this life as getting really powerful questions about supply chain and jobs and opportunities from a fourth grader. It really is remarkable.

Tandreia Bellamy (06:39):

Yes. Pick that curiosity early.

Scott Luton (06:41):

Yeah, that’s right. Okay, good stuff there folks. Lots more good news to come. Hey, really quick. Speaking of making things convenient for folks, I want to make sure, if you haven’t already, make sure you track down supply chain now on YouTube we’re getting close to 10,000 subscribers and a lot of times if you’re on the move, if you’re working out, if you’re driving, if you don’t have a great connection, maybe with your podcast player of choice, it’s easy to pop on to YouTube and check out all of our programming. So y’all check that out. Okay, tantra, we got a lot to get into today. You ready to go? Let’s

Tandreia Bellamy (07:17):


Scott Luton (07:17):

Alright, one more thing I want to touch on before we get into news. And that is for many of our new listeners, they may not know of your incredible background tantra because you’ve been moving mountains out in industry and global supply chain for about 30 years, including a really successful career at UPS where you moved into the executive suite, especially when it comes to supply chain engineering. And I think it’s really important for that context when we start diving into news stories and trends and supply chain issues, folks to know that these are practitioners having these conversations. Your thoughts there, Kendra?

Tandreia Bellamy (07:48):

You’re absolutely right. I had the privilege of being with UPS for over 30 years, started in the small pack, watched the growth and implementation of technology at how much it changed the business there and then moved to our supply chain solutions business unit and saying today, watching how warehousing, which is why that warehousing conversation is so intriguing for me, watching how warehousing change from everything being manual to how we can implement technology to make things much more accurate and much more efficient.

Scott Luton (08:23):

Love that tan. And next time you’re with us, I didn’t have time. I had reached out and invited you when we first met probably, gosh, 10 or 12 years ago to sit in on some panels and stuff and I had a couple snapshots somewhere of the fun we had getting you to share your expertise. I’ll track that down for our next show. How’s that sound? Tantra?

Tandreia Bellamy (08:40):

Sounds great, Scott.

Scott Luton (08:41):

Okay. Alright, now folks, let’s get into the first news story and we’re going to be focused in on what’s going on in terms of the ongoing negotiations that are taking place again in the East Coast and Gulf Coast ports here in the us and this comes from our friends at supply chain folks. There’s a lots and lots at stake. So lemme unpack and then we’re going to get Tanger to comment here. So the current six year contract for workers between the International Longshore Men’s Association, the ILA and the United States Maritime Alliance, the US mx, we love our acronyms in global supply chain. So those groups and with their relationship with a variety of east and Gulf coast ports, right? Well, all that’s set to expire on September 30th. Now if a deal isn’t reached, of course a potential strike would set off an extraordinary new round of disruptions for many, many supply chains out there.


Some say that a handful of companies are already rerouting their shipments back to west coast ports here in the US to avoid any possible impact, but that’s a bit murky to determine because some volume had already started to shift for other reasons such as the Red Sea attacks, the Panama Canal, water level issues and many, many more. Interestingly enough, if you recall it was last year that the West coast ports here in the us well they were the ones negotiating their next labor contract. So cycles of life that fuels the global supply chain engine. ria, your thoughts on what’s playing out at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports?

Tandreia Bellamy (10:10):

Well, the first thing is this just shows how incredibly important it is to stay connected. There’s so many things now that affect supply chains, a lot of things that you just really didn’t take into consideration before. The other thing for this east coast negotiation is there have been a lot of big wins by big labor last year. So as they’re negotiating, they need to be really prepared to pay. And those big wins have happened across multiple industries. You look at the United Auto Workers and the big raises they got the writer’s strike. I mean it was very public and they got one of the biggest wage concessions that they had in decades. But secondarily, some protection from AI and more residual payments for reruns and street. So not all of the concessions are just and wages. Kaiser healthcare workers there, they won protection against outsourcing as well as a boost in pay. And I know UPS part-timers got definitely their largest wage increase and forever added an additional holiday, which is pretty costly. They agreed to put air conditioning and the vehicles. So the companies out there that are watching these negotiations, all I can say is be prepared to pay,

Scott Luton (11:37):

Be prepared to pay. You heard it from Ra Bellamy here today. It’s been the last three years. It feels like it’s been the ongoing year of the workforce to all those gains that you’re talking about. And I love how you also spoke about, particularly in the southeast where the UAW, they had a big win at Volkswagen’s, Chattanooga plant I believe. And that is paving the way for basically a new southern campaign where I think they’ve targeted dozens of new plants to unionize. And of course that’ll be an interesting factor, one of many as it plays into what’s going on at the ports and the critical workforce there. So Tania, here’s the, I was going to say billion dollar question, but with inflation it could be a trillion dollar question. Will a deal get done before September 30th?

Tandreia Bellamy (12:19):

I think it will. The cost and ramifications and we’ve had so many disruptions, so like you said, red Sea and what that’s doing paramount. So I don’t think we can really afford that type of major, major disruption in the supply chain because you think about all of the other things to go with it imbalances and inventory imbalances and containers imbalances and where the ships are located, which can then create more if runs to get ’em back, which just adds cost. And then the economy has been high level of uncertainty and we really can’t afford to add more to it. Ah,

Scott Luton (12:59):

I’m with you. I’m with you. So I’m going to take all of what you said, completely agree with you, and I’m going to put an emphatic point on the end a deal, and this is my take, my bold, fearless, not bold, maybe a little bit. Fearless prediction is that a deal is going to be done by September 30th and if we’re not making enough progress, I think government will get involved and certainly help bring the sides together, make it happen because to Tan’s point, otherwise it is major, major disruption on top of all the normal and abnormal disruption that is already shaking industry. So good stuff there. Alright, so tantra, I want to move right along and touch on a related topic because right around the corner is peak season. Now I’ll get your take here in a second, but I want to tee this up if I could.


So of course I’m referring to what traditionally has been one of the busiest times of the year for businesses and their supply chains, especially in the us It has traditionally ran from say mid August through about Thanksgiving, but for years now as shoppers have spread out their buying patterns, peak season has been stretched and spread out a bit too. And following peak season, we get into the new year and that’s when a tidal wave of returns will be hitting a growing tidal wave. Some legit, but also some growing fraudulent problem when it comes to fraudulent returns will make up part of that tidal wave. In fact, the National Retail Federation has estimated that almost 14% of all returns were fraudulent in 2023 costing retailers over a hundred billion dollars. Goodness gracious. But for our Ford supply chains, Tania, when it comes to peak season and if you had the captive audience of our shippers out there in our audience, what are some ways that you would suggest that they better mitigate peak season 2024

Tandreia Bellamy (14:37):

To everything as early as you possibly can with the labor uncertainty that we spoke of with what we’ve seen, how international events can impact supply chains. The earlier you can do things to whether that’s getting your inventory in place, early marketing and having sales of your retailers to get customers to buy early, whatever you can do to pull your peak season forward will give you some assurances against some of these uncertainties, especially the economic uncertain, we’re going to be hitting the main part of election season right at the buying peak season, which can create other uncertainty. So if you can get your consumers to consume early to get their products from you early, I think it would just really help the situation

Scott Luton (15:27):

That is right. And I’ll tell you one thing we may agree on. I am looking forward to election season as much as I am getting six cavities filled on the same day Tan Andrea,

Tandreia Bellamy (15:37):


Scott Luton (15:38):


Tandreia Bellamy (15:39):

Agree? I agree, I agree. Hey, another plus with getting things done early is avoiding all of those peak season surcharges.

Scott Luton (15:47):

Oh, that’s a big one. That’s a big one. So if you can pull it forward, get ahead of the Joneses, and it sounds like to me, not only will you have less issues, you may be able to pay and mitigate extra costs a little better and certainly your team will have more time to handle any of the unexpected things that comes along, whether it’s peak season or non peak season. That’s what happens in the global supply chain. This is up there tan. One more thing I want to add in. We’ve long have amplified thought leadership and challenges, but also innovations in the reverse logistics and the returns management space. Partnering with our friend Tony Sheroda over at the Reverse Logistics Association. Stay tuned. We’ve got some really cool new episodes coming up soon. And folks, if you haven’t, you’re a business leader that’s been so focused on forward supply chain and especially if you’re in retail and some of the other sectors that really deal with returns.


Hey, now’s time, shine a big old flashlight and find new ways of doing things better. The technologies and the new ideas and innovations in that space is changing the game that’s good for consumers, it’s good for our planet and many, many other aspects of global supply chain. All right, Tania Bellamy, the next place we want to go here. So we’ve talked about the port negotiations, we’ve talked about peak season. Now I want to dive into a lot of folks know that we dive into analysis of the domestic freight market about every quarter and we’ve got a show that talks through the US Bank Freight Payment Index now about a month or so ago and pop this up here, we dove into the latest release, which covered first quarter 2024. And again, this focuses on the US freight market, right? And I love personally, we’ve been doing this for probably four or five, maybe even six years.


I love all the transportation and economic insights and data that these reports from the US Bank team, what they cover, right? And folks, it’s easy to get your own copy three, copy that of the freight payment index every quarter. You can click on You’ll see there, if you’re watching us, you’ll see where not only they cover coast to coast, but they dive into five separate regions, which has some common elements to the freight market, but also has some very unique elements to the freight market. So check that out from our friends over at US Bank and ria, looking forward to getting you to join me on some of those upcoming shows. But on the first quarter, 2024 that came out a month or month and some change ago, what’s the key takeaway or two that you took from that report?

Tandreia Bellamy (18:12):

It was really interesting to look at the fact that both shipments and revenues were down. Something that’s really good for us, gas prices were down year over year, but from the standpoint that also took away some of the fuel surcharges. So it had a positive impact on the cost of doing business, but a negative impact on revenues. And that’s not really something you can mitigate for retail overall grew minimally. But I was really surprised because sarcastically, I thought e-commerce would’ve been down since more companies are making people go in office and you can’t just shop all day

Scott Luton (18:53):

Long, right?

Tandreia Bellamy (18:54):

However, first quarter year over year e-commerce was up. So there’s something else that’s driving these shipments and it may just be just part of how business has changed because as long as e-commerce is continuing to grow, shipment sizes are smaller, you’re not having massive amounts of inventory that’s going to retail establishments, which would absolutely impact freight, whether we account for all the time so we know whether it’s going to occur. So there has to be some other underlying causes of what’s causing both shipments and revenues to be down.

Scott Luton (19:33):

Good stuff there. Tantra, speaking of those e-commerce numbers you referenced, you ever wonder, I think Rh Macy was the founder of Macy’s, right? Way 102 hundred years ago, whatever it was. I wonder what they would think today knowing that their targeted customers walk around with access to buying from their stores every single hour, right? It’s like foot traffic staying in your store 24 7. It’s really, it is fascinating. And of course one element of e-commerce that you were mentioning, of course mobile commerce, e-commerce is also growing dramatically because it’s just that convenient these days. Andrea, any other thoughts there in terms of just the ease of which we can spend money these days?

Tandreia Bellamy (20:15):

Oh my. Now when we talk about getting kids involved early, they have figured that one out, even my 5-year-old great niece will tell me, just order it for me. Just order it for me, Gigi, just get for me. So that is, we saw the explosive nature of it during Covid. That convenience factor has everybody hooked. I know earlier you talked about the fraud and reverse logistics companies have made it so easy to overorder and return that that is almost a natural outgrowth of

Scott Luton (20:56):

It. That’s right.

Tandreia Bellamy (20:56):

You don’t even have to have boxes down. You just walk up to someplace as simple as Whole Foods, hand them a barcode and the merchandise and away it goes. So that is something, and again, we’re going to talk more about warehousing trends, but I’m hoping that’s something that maybe AI can help mitigate as we move

Scott Luton (21:15):

Forward. I’m with you Andrea, and I am in the minority of folks, I’ll be willing to pay a return fee, right? Because the interesting dynamic in my opinion is we’ve made it so much easier to order and also return stuff as you were talking about, right? That’s become long for years the Amazon effect in terms of the expectation consumers have. But the flip side of that, because sustainability is also in demand, making big tangible gains when it comes to sustainability is also in demand. And we almost can’t have it both ways because as we return stuff and we do so much of that, all of us do collectively, we’re just building that Todd wave of impact on the reverse side and the return side and there’s so much to be gained there. So I’m hoping like you tan Andrea, that modern technology, be it AI or more innovative and forward-looking business practices when it comes to better containing the challenge that returns thatt wave of returns every year in January and really big throughout what that poses for global business. So we’ll see. I’m optimistic. Are you tan, Andrea? I’m optimistic.

Tandreia Bellamy (22:25):

I’m optimistic because you’re optimistic Scott.

Scott Luton (22:29):

Okay, so we’re optimistic, but we got to have outcomes and we’ve got to see some movement to be the data, so we’ll see. All right, so let’s move right along. Well, we started with the best and maybe we’re wrapping with the best. Maybe it’s nice. Best bookends, tantra. So we’re going to be talking about the warehousing sector in our final story here today. I’m going to pop this up here. So we’re going to talk about a couple of trends that tantra you seeing in just a moment. But in light of challenges such as labor market, especially the technology movement, particularly in the warehousing world, has been off and running for years. In fact, according to dimension market research, the global smart warehousing market is exploding Today it’s estimated to be a 21.9 billion market and it’s projected to grow to a 77, almost a $78 billion market by 2032, less than eight years away. How about that? And when it comes to specific tech trends and warehousing, this Forbes article we’ve got popped up here, that points to enhanced visualization, also augmented reality and wearables, which has been a trend. Both of those have been trends for quite some time. But tantra, I’d love to take, I can’t imagine how many warehouses you have been in and out of throughout your career optimizing how the performance and how work gets done. What’s a couple of trends you’d like to point to here?

Tandreia Bellamy (23:46):

I really enjoyed this article because with the visualization, it involves going in and optimizing the data, allowing the data to help with forecasting, which will help you with operations planning, helping you to better maintain efficiency, hoping you to improve your accuracy. Having AI embedded into WMSs can make a huge operational improvement. Also, tracking is so important, knowing where your merchandise is, being able to keep track of inventory when you get into the healthcare segment. Serialization now in some cases is down to the unit. That is a lot of information to keep track of ensuring that you don’t have any excursions with things, hitting expiration dates and being able to have that embedded in the WMS can make just a tremendous difference in your bottom line because you can reduce waste considerably. The second technology that you were talking about with the AR and the wearable tech automated reality can really help, especially as we continue to talk about workforce shortages.


It can significantly reduce your training curve if you’re doing things like having to maintain machines, having instructions and checklists to be right there either on an iPad or on smart glasses so that your team can see as well as read exactly what needs to be done. Again, makes a huge difference. Wearable tech, whether it’s exoskeletons, which we got to see and motives to help reduce the fatigue on the body. Wearable techs with scannable wearable tech that again can guide your eye directly to the piece that needs to be picked. You’re looking at making warehouses more fisher, more accurate, reducing fatigue, which improves safety and reduces injury. But then when you look at these two technologies, they’re both so much less expensive and so much easier to implement than trying to outfit a warehouse. With an A SRS automated storage and retrieval system, you can go in and now find technologies that are specific to the issues that you’re having and your warehouse.


For instance, if you’re having a problem with damages, you’re having a problem with shortages, you’re having a problem with overages, there’s technology out there like towers that you can put on dock doors that can actually read the barcodes that’s on boxes if it’s inbound and internet that into the inventory. If it’s outbound and decremented from inventory, it records the product as is either coming in or coming out. So if you need proof of what you received or what you set out, there are technologies that you can go out and get that are scalable, that are much easier to implement. That can be actually issues specific to what issues you’re having in your warehouse. The future for technology and automation and warehousing is incredibly bright. And the numbers that you spoke to, were bearing that out.

Scott Luton (27:04):

That’s right. That is right, man. I can see we need to have a warehousing multi-hour series RIA that tap into all of your work and expertise in the area. No wonder you’re excited about our fourth topic here today. I love what you pointed out there from the bottom line impact to the safety of our workforce, which I’m so thankful that there’s a lot more attention since the pandemic being applied to that, enabling our workforce to be more productive and also save time so they can focus it on more valuable parts, more fulfilling work as well. All of that we’ve talked about a lot. It comes automation. And one other thing that’s not necessarily new, but I think it’s really cool and I think it’ll be even more important moving forward, going back to our e-commerce conversation, is these automated warehouses and the growth that we were talking about earlier, it’s going to enable many companies to be closer to their customers because there’s not always an opportunity, especially if you look at the Atlanta Metro, Atlanta real estate market and many others.


You can’t always afford a multi-billion square foot warehouse. Can we ria? Right? Especially if you want to be close to these urban centers, but there may be smaller, much, much, much smaller areas available where if you go in there automation first, right? You can really make great use of space really close to your customers and then you plug in analytics and you get more proactive and predictive about when certain orders will hit. Goodness gracious, you’ve got quite the recipe for modern e-commerce supported by modern supply chain approach. So that’s what’s been going on for years now, Tania, I wish I thought of that first though, don’t we? Both years ago?

Tandreia Bellamy (28:36):


Scott Luton (28:38):

But we digress. All right, so tan development, I really enjoy your perspective throughout all the stories we’ve tackled here today. I’m really looking forward to you joining me much more often as we continue co-hosting more here. We got some great shows in the works, but I want to make sure Tantra folks can find you and connect with you. Maybe they want to compare thoughts on one of the issues we’ve talked about here today. Maybe don’t bring you in and maybe have you as a keynote, maybe they want to learn the latest 5K that you have ran and defeated. I need to learn that from you too. Anyway, how can folks connect with you? Bella?

Tandreia Bellamy (29:12):

LinkedIn is the best place. I’m active on LinkedIn. We can connect, we can exchange information, and then if we need to do something a little bit differently, like meet up in person and it’d be a great way to start.

Scott Luton (29:23):

That is right. So folks find Tantra and Bella over on LinkedIn and be sure to connect. So a pleasure. But before we wrap here today, big congrats to Anthony. I cannot wait to see where he goes next in his journey. Looking forward to maybe the three of us getting back together and interviewing once again real soon, tantra. That would

Tandreia Bellamy (29:43):

Be great. Would love. Love to do

Scott Luton (29:45):

That. That’s right. Alright, well big thanks to Tantra Bellamy for joining me here today. Big thanks again to Catherine and Amanda behind the scenes, helping to make production happen each and every show. Most importantly, big thanks to all of our audience out there around the globe. Y’all are exactly why we do what we do. Thanks for all the feedback and the comments and suggestions as we continue to shape our programming in 2024 and beyond. Big thanks for joining us here on the bus. So here’s the deal then folks. The onus is now on you. Take just one of the many brilliant pieces of expertise that Ria dropped here on us today. Take one and put it in action. Your teams are craving a better way and goodness knows innovation everywhere you look these days of changing how business gets done. So with all that said, I’m going to behalf the entire team here at Supply Chain now, Scott Luden, challenging you to do good, to give forward and to be the change, and we’ll see you next time right back here at Supply Chain now. Thanks everybody.

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Katherine Hintz

Creative Director, Producer, Host

Katherine Hintz, MBA is a marketing professional 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.

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Kim Reuter


From humble beginnings working the import docks, representing Fortune 500 giants, Ford, Michelin Tire, and Black & Decker; to Amazon technology patent holder and Nordstrom Change Leader, Kimberly Reuter has designed, implemented, and optimized best-in-class, highly scalable global logistics and retail operations all over the world. Kimberly’s ability to set strategic vision supported by bomb-proof processes, built on decades of hands-on experience, has elevated her to legendary status. Sought after by her peers and executives for her intellectual capital and keen insights, Kimberly is a thought leader in the retail logistics industry.

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Kristi Porter

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.

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Sofia Rivas Herrera

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.

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Demo Perez

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.

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Kim Winter

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., 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).

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Adrian Purtill

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.

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Kevin Brown

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.

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

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.

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Vicki White


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.

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Allison Giddens


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.

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Billy Taylor


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.

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Tandreia Bellamy


Tandreia Bellamy retired as the Vice President of Industrial Engineering for UPS Supply Chain Solutions which included the Global Logistics, Global Freight Forwarding and UPS Freight business units. She was responsible for operations strategy and planning, asset management, forecasting, and technology tool development to optimize sustainable efficiency while driving world class service.

Tandreia held similar positions at the business unit level for Global Logistics and Global Freight forwarding. As the leader of the Global Logistics engineering function, she directed all industrial engineering activies related to distribution, service parts logistics (post-sales support), and mail innovations (low cost, light weight shipping partnership with the USPS). Between these roles Tandreia helped to establish the Advanced Technology Group which was formed to research and develop cutting edge solutions focused on reducing reliance on manual labor.

Tandreia began her career in 1986 as a part-time hourly manual package handling employee. She spent the great majority of her career in the small package business unit which is responsible for the pick-up, sort, transport and delivery of packages domestically. She held various positions in Industrial Engineering, Marketing, Inside and On-road operations in Central Florida before transferring to Atlanta for a position in Corporate Product Development and Corporate Industrial Engineering. Tandreia later held IE leadership roles in Nebraska, Minnesota and Chicago. In her final role in small package she was an IE VP responsible for all aspects of IE, technology support and quality for the 25 states on the western half of the country.
Tandreia is currently a Director for the University of Central Florida (UCF) Foundation Board and also serves on their Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Previously Tandreia served on the Executive Advisory Board for Virginia Tech’s IE Department and the Association for Supply Chain Management. She served on the Board of Trustees for ChildServ (a Chicago child and family services non-profit) and also served on the Texas A&M and Tuskegee Engineering Advisory Boards. In 2006 she was named Business Advisor of the Year by INROADS, in 2009 she was recognized as a Technology All-Star at the Women of Color in STEM conference and in 2019 she honored as a UCF Distinguished Aluma by the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems.

Tandreia holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Systems from UCF. Her greatest accomplishment, however, is being the proud mother of two college students, Ruby (24) and Anthony (22).

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Marty Parker


Marty Parker serves as both the CEO & Founder of Adæpt Advising and an award-winning Senior Lecturer (Teaching Professor) in Supply Chain and Operations Management at the University of Georgia. He has 30 years of experience as a COO, CMO, CSO (Chief Strategy Officer), VP of Operations, VP of Marketing and Process Engineer. He founded and leads UGA’s Supply Chain Advisory Board, serves as the Academic Director of UGA’s Leaders Academy, and serves on multiple company advisory boards including the Trucking Profitability Strategies Conference, Zion Solutions Group and Carlton Creative Company.

Marty enjoys helping people and companies be successful. Through UGA, Marty is passionate about his students, helping them network and find internships and jobs. He does this through several hundred one-on-one zoom meetings each year with his students and former students. Through Adæpt Advising, Marty has organized an excellent team of affiliates that he works with to help companies grow and succeed. He does this by helping c-suite executives improve their skills, develop better leaders, engage their workforce, improve processes, and develop strategic plans with detailed action steps and financial targets. Marty believes that excellence in supply chain management comes from the understanding the intersection of leadership, culture, and technology, working across all parts of the organization to meet customer needs, maximize profit and minimize costs.

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Laura Lopez

Marketing Coordinator

Laura Lopez serves as our Supply Chain Now Marketing Coordinator. She graduated from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Mexico with a degree in marketing. Laura loves everything digital because she sees the potential it holds for companies in the marketing industry. Her passion for creativity and thinking outside the box led her to pursue a career in marketing. With experience in fields like accounting, digital marketing, and restaurants, she clearly enjoys taking on challenges. Laura lives the best of both worlds - you'll either catch her hanging out with her friends soaking up the sun in Mexico or flying out to visit her family in California!

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Jake Barr


An acknowledged industry leader, Jake Barr now serves as CEO for BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting, providing support to a cross section of Fortune 500 companies such as Cargill, Caterpillar, Colgate, Dow/Dupont, Firmenich, 3M, Merck, Bayer/Monsanto, Newell Brands, Kimberly Clark, Nestle, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Sanofi, Estee Lauder and Coty among others. He's also devoted time to engagements in public health sector work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At P&G, he managed the breakthrough delivery of an E2E (End to End) Planning Transformation effort, creating control towers which now manage the daily business globally. He is recognized as the architect for P&G’s demand driven supply chain strategy – referenced as a “Consumer Driven Supply Chain” transformation. Jake began his career with P&G in Finance in Risk Analysis and then moved into Operations. He has experience in building supply network capability globally through leadership assignments in Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East. He currently serves as a Research Associate for MIT; a member of Supply Chain Industry Advisory Council; Member of Gartner’s Supply Chain Think Tank; Consumer Goods “League of Leaders“; and a recipient of the 2015 - 2021 Supply Chain “Pro’s to Know” Award. He has been recognized as a University of Kentucky Fellow.

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Marcia Williams


Marcia Williams, Managing Partner of USM Supply Chain, has 18 years of experience in Supply Chain, with expertise in optimizing Supply Chain-Finance Planning (S&OP/ IBP) at Large Fast-Growing CPGs for greater profitability and improved cash flows. Marcia has helped mid-sized and large companies including Lindt Chocolates, Hershey, and Coty. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a degree in Accounting from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay (South America). Marcia is also a Forbes Council Contributor based out of New York, and author of the book series Supply Chains with Maria in storytelling style. A recent speaker’s engagement is Marcia TEDx Talk: TEDxMSU - How Supply Chain Impacts You: A Transformational Journey.

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Luisa Garcia

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Luisa Garcia is a passionate Marketer from Lagos de Moreno based in Aguascalientes. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico. She specializes in brand development at any stage, believing that a brand is more than just a name or image—it’s an unforgettable experience. Her expertise helps brands achieve their dreams and aspirations, making a lasting impact. Currently working at Vector Global Logistics in the Marketing team and as podcast coordinator of Logistics With Purpose®. Luisa believes that purpose-driven decisions will impact results that make a difference in the world.

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Astrid Aubert

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Astrid Aubert was born in Guadalajara, she is 39 years old and has had the opportunity to live in many places. She studied communication and her professional career has been in Trade Marketing for global companies such as Pepsico and Mars. She currently works as Marketing Director Mexico for Vector Global Logistics. She is responsible for internal communications and marketing strategy development for the logistics industry. She is a mother of two girls, married and lives in Monterrey. She defines herself as a creative and innovative person, and enjoys traveling and cooking a lot.

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Constantine Limberakis


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.

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Scott W. Luton

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.

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Greg White

Principal & Host

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.

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Chris Barnes

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.

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Tyler Ward

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!

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Kevin L. Jackson

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 CiscoMicrosoft, 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 UniversityO’Reilly MediaLinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight.  Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems EngineeringCarrier 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.

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Enrique Alvarez

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.

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Kelly Barner

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’.

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Mary Kate Soliva

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.

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Amanda Luton

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.

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Clay Phillips

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.

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

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.

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Chantel King

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.

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

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.

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Katherine Hintz

Director, Customer Experience

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.

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Mary Kate Love

Chief of Staff & Host

Mary Kate Love is currently the VP of marketing at Supply Chain Now focused on brand strategy and audience + revenue growth. Mary Kate’s career is a testament to her versatility and innovative spirit: she has experience in start-ups, venture capital, and building innovation initiatives from the ground up: she previously helped lead the build-out of the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific and before that, MxD (Manufacturing times Digital): the Department of Defense’s digital manufacturing innovation center. Mary Kate has a passion for taking complicated ideas and turning them into reality: she was one of the first team members at MxD and the first team member at the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific.

Mary Kate dedicates her extra time to education and mentorship: she was one of the founding Board Members for Women Influence Chicago and led an initiative for a city-wide job shadow day for young women across Chicago tech companies and was previously on the Board of Directors at St. Laurence High School in Chicago, Young Irish Fellowship Board and the UN Committee for Women. Mary Kate is the founder of National Supply Chain Day and enjoys co-hosting podcasts at Supply Chain Now. Mary Kate is from the south side of Chicago, a mom of two baby boys, and an avid 16-inch softball player. She holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

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.

Donna Krache

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.

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