Supply Chain Now
Episode 1295

We need to evolve how we work. We've been working the nine to five, five days a week since about 1901, and I think it's time for us to think about it a little differently.

-Kim Reuter

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 Kim Reuter dig into the top supply chain news and stories. Together they discuss:

  • Amazon’s new market cap
  • Top takeaways from POLITICO’s supply chain event
  • How a small manufacturer made a 4-day workweek make sense
  • The next big food and beverage trends
  • And so much more!

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:03):

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Scott Luton (00:32):

Hey, good morning, good afternoon, good evening, wherever you may be. Scott Luton and Kim Reuter with you here on Supply Chain. Now welcome to today’s live stream, Kim. How you doing today?

Kim Reuter (00:41):

I’m doing great. How are

Scott Luton (00:42):

You? I’m doing wonderful. Wonderful. I’m about to melt away in all the heat we’re having, right? But hey, it could be a lot worse, Kim. It could be a lot worse, right? It could

Kim Reuter (00:52):

Be worse. We got a hurricane down south. It could be a lot worse,

Scott Luton (00:55):

No doubt. And hey, kidding, aside to all those potentially impacted by Hurricane Beryl thoughts and prayers your way? Hopefully it’s one of those. Take a hard right turn or left turn and go away from all civilization, everybody.

(01:07):

Yep. Kim, great to see you here today. We’ve got a wonderful show teed up. It’s the buzz folks. Every Monday, 12 New Eastern Time we discuss of variety news and developments across global supply chain, global business. We’ve got some great stories to get into and Kim is uniquely positioned to speak to some of those, for example, how Amazon’s gearing up to battle with tmu and Sheen. Get ready folks. We got some top takeaways from a recent Politico supply chain discussion on critical infrastructure and stay tuned for how one manufacturing company has been embracing a four day workweek. What are the pros? What are the cons? And are more companies going to be joining them? We’ll see. Buckle up and get ready. Kim, we’ve got a lot to get into today. Which topic, out of all those are you most excited to speak to? Well,

Kim Reuter (01:49):

Obviously the Amazon topic because we have history there, but also I think Politico got some very interesting points that are going to lead to a great conversation.

Scott Luton (01:58):

I agree with you, I agree with you. Two things folks, before we get into and get things going in earnest. Number one, hey, give us your take in the comments whether you’re tuned in via LinkedIn, YouTube X, Facebook, Twitch, no matter, let us know what you think. Just like here, Nana, who is saying hello to Scott and Kim via LinkedIn. Great to see you Nana. Of course, T squared holds down a fort for us on YouTube saying bring on the nourishment in a half. Good to see you T squared as always. So number one, give us your take in the comments. Number two, if you enjoy today’s show, we’d love for you to share it with your friends, your network, you name it, they’ll be glad you did. Okay, Kim, before we dive into all four stories, we’ve got a couple resources that we want to share with folks. Resources are good things, right? Resources are great things. So we’re going to start with the US Bank Freight Payment Index for first quarter 2024. So folks, we are barreling along the second quarter edition of this quarterly resource will be released here in AM mere weeks, and it really does a good job of sharing insights related to the domestic freight market and it’s free. Kim. Hey, I love good free resources. You can’t beat ’em with a stick can you?

Kim Reuter (03:07):

It’s a great resource. We did an episode with this a couple of months ago and fantastic information. It really gives any retailer, anybody who’s in the importing manufacturing distribution, a good view of what’s going on in the market. And let’s be honest, things have gotten a little squirrely lately, so any information you can get is going to be very valuable.

Scott Luton (03:27):

That is right and we’re dropping the link there in the chat where folks, you’re one click away from signing up once you sign up, you don’t have to do it again. You get ’em all each quarter. And like Kim mentioned, you can join in into our quarterly conversations. Kim and Tevin Taylor, join me and Bobby from US Bank. I take Kim and Tevin knocked it out as a great exchange as we dove into the first quarter. You don’t want to miss that kind of stuff. So sign up and check it out. So Kim, moving right along too. With that said, which we dropped over the weekend, now we had some fun with some of our favorite places to eat in Atlanta and Ken, I’m going to put you on spot heads up. I’m going to put you on spot asking one of your favorite places to eat in Atlanta as you come through.

(04:07):

Okay? So think about that. We hit some news including how the aviation industry is tackling the ongoing perma crisis landscape, if y’all heard of that term Perma Crisis because disruption just doesn’t end. It’s the state we stay in permanently. We also offered some great resources, including a really neat ebook from our friends at OMP entitled the CSEO Guide to Green Planning. So check that out. Our almost weekly newsletter, we bake in a little flexibility for us there and we are dropping the link right there in the chat. You one click away, y’all check that out. Alright, so Kim, your comment whether it is one of your favorite places through Atlanta, which by the way the Optimist and Nuevo Laredo was two of our favorites that we put in there. Kim, when you pass through Atlanta, is there a place you love more than others?

Kim Reuter (04:53):

I’m going to be honest with you, when I passed through Atlanta, it’s the airport. I have not been to downtown Atlanta in a long time.

Scott Luton (05:00):

Okay, alright, we’re going to change that

Kim Reuter (05:01):

Fortunately. Hopefully we’ll change that soon. But yeah,

Scott Luton (05:05):

So folks, another one we dropped there, the Crescent City kitchen, the south city kitchen, kind of the midtown area, y’all check that out. And Kim, we really enjoyed speaking of one of the resources we put in there. We put in resources from OMP Omnia partners and many others. But on the OMP, you and I had a great live stream last week really focused on how we can help supply chain organizations make more progress to answer the sustainability imperative. How cool is that conversation and that guide they shared with us?

Kim Reuter (05:33):

It was a great conversation, a great guide as we talked about during that webinar is that start with the low hanging fruit, move up the tree in just having a more efficient supply chain, you will automatically be more sustainable and don’t forget about returns. That was the other big takeaway.

Scott Luton (05:50):

That is right. The returns are getting a little bit more attention, they need a lot more attention. So get ready folks. Alright, Kim, good stuff. Good stuff. Hey, really quick T squared says bring on the nourishment, which S is established tagline. Preferably though they say a chicken box and a half and half with extra lemonade. Yes, that’s my Baltimore sensibilities coming through. Kim, you’re laughing as if you know what he’s referring to.

Kim Reuter (06:14):

Yeah, so I spent some time in Baltimore, so yes, I understand this.

Scott Luton (06:19):

Oh, good stuff. Always good to have you here. T squared and Mattias via YouTube. What are we talking about? Well, folks, Mattias, we’re talking about all things business and global supply chain. Today we’re talking about a little e-commerce, talking about critical infrastructure and even some food and beverage trends. So we’d love to get your comments throughout today’s live session. Okay, one more quick tip folks. I’m a huge YouTube fan. I enjoy a lot of my content on there, a lot of variety of channels. You can find supply chain now conveniently on YouTube. You could even check out replays that conversation Kim and I were just talking about. So check it out and add it to some of your faves. So Kim, we got a lot to get into and we’re starting. We’re not saving the best for last. We’re going to start perhaps with the best here today and we’re going to dive right into this story here.

(07:04):

Interesting story from our friends at Retail Dive focused on Amazon reaching a market cap of $2 trillion and rumored plans in the works for Amazon to target better compete with Temu and Sheen, which if y’all haven’t seen those growth numbers, very interesting. As I mentioned, Kim, our oldest loves Sheen in particular. I’m going to get her voice of the customer on a future show, but back to this article, only a handful of companies have ever reached a market cap that big and it comes just ahead of Amazon’s 30th birthday, at least measured by the day it incorporated. Some of those in the media are reporting that Amazon plans that open up a budget storefront of sorts to better compete against some of the fast growing upstarts like tmu and Sheen. By the way, mark your calendars as prom day. Were run from midnight on July 16th through July 17th. But back to this story of growth and continuing to find new ways to compete. Kim, as a past member on the Amazon team, what’s your take here?

Kim Reuter (07:58):

So shocking that Amazon just continues to just dominate in all spaces. Everything that they do, they’re massively successful. We know that a lot of the success that we’re seeing with Amazon now is really AWS. The retail business is still strong, but AWS is carrying a lot of that revenue and that profitability for the company. And in the retail and e-commerce space, Amazon’s always doing something innovative. If you’re not already familiar, Amazon’s been doing Amazon basics and sort of their own brands of home decor, household products including fashion. So it makes sense for them to sort of spotlight on something they’ve already been doing to try to compete with those other markets. And I’m hoping that when Amazon does this, they take some sort of the sustainability and ecological factors and to play when they do this because I would love to see them not just jump into fast fashion and not address some of the negativities about it. So we’ll see what happens with it. But Amazon’s got more in store, there is more coming.

Scott Luton (08:54):

There is undoubtedly, and take it from Kim who’s spent time on that innovative organization there in Amazon. And just as we all know as practitioners, they certainly are a super competitor and it’s just amazing all the stories that roll out there. Kim, it just so happens that I placed an Amazon order this morning before I came on.

Kim Reuter (09:14):

Did you get it yet?

Scott Luton (09:15):

No. Well that’s a perfect, I know you’re kidding, but that’s a perfect question to ask because I love that option where you can combine items so they can make one trip to your home and sometimes use less packaging. And I try to preach that, not holier than thou, but I try to share that a lot, right? Because I think a lot of folks will place that order. They’ll want everything as quick as you can and the tremendous opportunity we have as consumers, do you really need that pair of socks like same day or overnight? No. If you just create a little bit of slack, I’m not making a consumer voice any less important than what should be, but we have active choices we can make as consumers to help, right? To help. And just because we can get it in two to four hours doesn’t mean we should get it in two to four hours. Your thoughts there, Kim?

Kim Reuter (10:03):

Yeah, there’s training of the consumer that needs to happen, right? Because we spent over 10 years training consumers to be like, I want it now no matter what. I want to have the retail experience on e-commerce, which means I’m walking out the door with it in my bag and we need to get as close to that as possible. Well we’ve seen the outcome of that, right? We have logistics companies growing out of the woodwork. Amazon is doing their own logistics now Walmart is doing their own logistics now Target is doing their own logistics. Now we didn’t take into effect that convenience comes at a price, right? And we’re starting to see the impact on the environment, curry it, fast fashion, things like that. So it’s interesting to see Amazon again be at the forefront of how do we bring that back a little bit? The service is still available to you if you need it, but to give the consumer options and I think there’s a very smart way for them to approach it.

Scott Luton (10:53):

Agreed, Kim. And one last point before we move on. I think everybody in supply chain loves talking about Amazon. At least that’s been the case since we started supply chain now it really is. It gives you plenty to talk about. But a year or so ago, maybe a little bit longer, we reported on Amazon’s efforts to use less corrugated and I haven’t seen any of the latest data. They had some early initial wins, but what I can say again as a consumer is it looks like the packaging sizes have generally been more accurate since they rolled that out from what I can tell. Any quick thoughts there Kim?

Kim Reuter (11:23):

So a couple things. One more accurate. They’re using more manufacturer packaging. There’s no need to over package something. You have the option not to over package something. They will ask you, can we ship it to you and shippers packaging if it’s not for a birthday gift for your child, you can probably save some money and some corrugate with that thing. So there are ways for you to continue to still engage with Amazon, but do your part. And so they’ve done a better job with that. You can choose not to have overpackaging, which makes a big difference. And then I think you’ll also notice that Amazon’s been embracing the mailer pouch as we call it, a lot more. That’s

Scott Luton (11:54):

Right, that’s right. Interesting stuff as always. Appreciate that Kim. And folks, y’all check out the read from the folks. I think it was over at retail. Do check it out. Okay, Kim, from there we are going, we mentioned this interesting Politico article. Now folks you may know Politico, it’s a leading political news site. You may read its articles. That’s one of my faves over the years. It recently hosted an in-person event that featured a mix of government, public and private sector leaders discussing the topic of securing America’s supply chain for critical infrastructure. Now one quick comment. When you think of critical infrastructure, don’t only think about the power grid, right? I know we’ve got a nuclear power site there, but think of water, right? Think of access to information. Think highways and byways really expand. Think frankly stadiums where lots of folks are at. All of that is critical infrastructure.

(12:44):

Now there’s four key takeaways, Kim, from this discussion as identified by Politico, let’s see the first one, hackers remain a serious threat to US critical networks. Well I think most of us would say duh, right? But hey, I’m still going to talk about it for the three folks out there that don’t get that yet. That’s okay. Secondly, the US is on path to hit the target for 155 millimeter shell production goals. Now, just in case you’re not aware, there’s been lots of conversations around the US and NATO’s ability to keep those artillery shells and that supply chain going not only for Ukraine and their efforts against the Russian invasion, but to protect stockpiles that we have across nato. So it seems like there’s good news there. Thirdly, again, no surprise anybody, the workforce remains a limiting factor many ways. Fourth, the red tape sometimes gets in the way of domestic sourcing. Now, Kim, with those four items, the key takeaways from the political event in mind, pick one and give us your thoughts on that.

Kim Reuter (13:39):

Number four really stuck with me. Were limiting our ability to source raw materials in this country, which limit our ability to have our own manufacturing and buy American and all of those things. But when we lay on top of that, the fact that we are putting additional tariffs and taxes on the raw materials that we import from, especially countries like China, we really put ourselves on a really tough position in order for us manufacturing to be successful. You can’t source it for a good price. It’s very expensive for us to get it here in the United States. Something has got to give. We have got to commit to manufacturing the United States and we have to make the appropriate moves to make that happen.

Scott Luton (14:18):

Well said, Kim. I completely agree. And just like it’s been leaving our shores for decades, we’re not going to overnight it in terms of the rebuild, right? Yes, it’s going to take some time. And like you called out a dedicated effort between the private public and the government sectors. A couple of quick things. Let’s see the workforce, we’re going to talk on the workforce in just a second, but folks, we’re all keeping our eyes on that potential dock worker strike in the east and the Gulf Coast ports. The last strike there was 1977. So my math is challenging, Kim, that’s, let’s see, 30, 37, no, no, no, 47 years, 47 years.

(14:54):

I should know. I should know that I was a child of the seventies. Anyway, 47 years. The current contract there expires at the end of September. Okay? Also, Kim touched on the red tape. I would add the rare earth metals, big constraints. There has been lots of conversation of how we can loosen that so we can lessen that dependence, especially on China. And then on a related note, the nuclear energy sector, kind of like the image we shared here, which shouldn’t be too startling, believe it or not. That is renewable energy and the US is far behind many other places around the world in terms of leveraging nuclear energy. But this might be why Kim. So plant Vogel here in Georgia, right? Nuclear plant recently completed a big expansion. It was launched in 2009. It was supposed to cost 14 billion and be done in 2017. Any guesses, Kim, what the final cost was and when it was finished?

Kim Reuter (15:46):

I can’t even,

Scott Luton (15:48):

You’re laughing because you know what the answer’s going to look like and it’s sad. Us Americans know what’s coming. It costs $30 billion more than twice. It’s one thing if it costs 15 bucks and okay, it ends up costing you 30 because you buy a few extra beers or something. But you’re talking about 14 billion and you more than double and it was finished seven years late. It was finished in 2024 versus 2017. Now one last thought on critical infrastructure, and Kim, I welcome your comments here, but from EV to all of our data centers to think of everything you plug in and have to recharge the electrical power grid, they’re already projecting when certain states will be hitting the limit unless new plants are built nuclear, solar, otherwise, I mean we’re going to be hitting over the next decade or two. I think there’s going to be some real eye openings, especially if we cannot find a way to do it to expand and invest more efficiently and somewhat on target. Kim, your quick thoughts there?

Kim Reuter (16:43):

Yeah, our infrastructure, all of our infrastructure is so far behind. We didn’t even talk about logistics infrastructure. How did we not talk about logistics infrastructure, but our rail systems, I mean everything we have to invest. This is also keeping us from being competitive for controlling all of our own costs, doing our own manufacturing, not having a strong logistics infrastructure in our country is limiting us on so many factors. You can go to Europe and you can get across Europe by train in three days. It doesn’t cost much. It’s readily available to everybody here. It’s not even available. It is kind of, but you got to jump a couple different trains and it’s rather expensive. And so that I think we have to focus on logistics, infrastructure, all of this electric and EV and all that is super interesting. But we really even haven’t nailed the basic

Scott Luton (17:36):

Yet, Kim. Well said. And I’ll tell you back on those trains, I saw an infographic somewhere in the last month or so and it showed the European train network and how robust it was. And then it showed the US train and it was like you wonder if Evens a light is on here in the States? But yeah,

Kim Reuter (17:53):

Only four lines,

Scott Luton (17:55):

Right? Great call out there. Great call out Kim, the logistics infrastructure. It needs a shot or two or seven in the arm. Alright, let’s move along to our next story here. We’re going to be talking about the workforce, right? That was one of the four key takeaways from that private, public and governmental conversation we were touched on a second ago and we’re going to talk more about it here. So plenty of organizations across industry are struggling to recruit and retain talent. So as manufacturing dive reports here, one small manufacturer has embraced a four day work week to help its current team get more production done in a manner that works for them. Now, the Society for Human Resource Management, also known as SH RM, says that 2023 data shows that 9% of companies have implemented a four day work week. Now the company featured here in this article, not the picture, but the article is the machine AAU manufacturing company.

(18:43):

It’s a contract manufacturing business that focuses on machine shop services, think machine parts and small assemblies, right? Small team of nine employees. And the CEO, Matthew Boucher, I think is his last name, said that they routinely were having to work on Saturdays overtime, get everything done, and they made a switch to longer days on four days a week. So now they work 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM four days a week. And so far they’ve been able to boost weekly sales per payroll dollar by 50%. The company’s also saved money and time when it comes to things like equipment startup and shut down time and a little tougher to measure, but the team is happier and loves the three day weekends every week. Now, the change has presented a few challenges too though, such as no deliveries on Fridays, which machine a source customers have had to get used to a bit. Now some experts point out that a four day work week may present unique challenges to process manufacturers in particular as they look to shut down things after four days of production and they got to better manage that so you don’t lose product especially in Whip. Now, regardless, when it comes to talent, a four day workweek proves pretty popular as shown by a variety of recent surveys, which means it could be used as a recruiting tool. Now Kim, your thoughts on the four day workweek,

Kim Reuter (19:53):

We need to evolve how we work. So the nine to five, five days a week, I think that was Ford that came up with that and that supported manufacturing of the automobile. And so we’ve been working that way since 1901 about, and I think it’s time for us to think about it a little differently, but one of the things companies have found when they’ve tried to do flexible work weeks, you still need people to come together, especially manufacturing. Not everybody can just do whatever they want whenever they want to do it. So having a four day work week, having everybody get on that same schedule, I think is going to be key for anybody who wants to do that, which means everybody’s going to have to agree on Friday or Monday or whatever it’s going to be. But those models work really well. The models I see that are not working well are when everybody gets to pick which four days they’re going to be in the office. So we need to evolve, but we need to do it in a slightly smarter way than we’ve been doing it.

Scott Luton (20:43):

I love that, Kim. And it’s not a standard fit for everybody, especially for, I mean this was a smaller manufacturer in this kind of case study that manufacturing dive reported on. Imagine a plant a hundred times the size, right? Exactly. Would’ve to take probably a more nuanced approach to that, but nevertheless, it is fascinating. I love how you point out when the five Day Workweek was established forever and a day ago, and I think a lot of us are trained in our brain Monday through Friday, and then we got two days, Dolly

Kim Reuter (21:13):

Wrote a song about it nine to five,

Scott Luton (21:16):

Right? Oh, Dolly Parton. Love it. What’s a buzz without the Dolly Parton reference, right? I love how this company has leaned into a new way of doing things that especially in this case, seems to benefit at least early on, the team members, especially in this day and age where you’re competing fiercely for talent and you’re battling fiercely to not just keep talent on the organization but keep them happy and fulfilled. And that’s a big part of the challenge, right, Kim?

Kim Reuter (21:43):

And attracting new talent. I think that’s the other piece that we have to look at too. I was talking to some people recently that made a shift from saying, Hey, we require all of our new employees to relocate to our headquarters. And the reason they did that was because they couldn’t track young talent. They didn’t want to move or they couldn’t get the right amount of talent or the talent wouldn’t stay. That was the other thing too. The talent would come, they would cash in. So yeah, in order to attract new talent and maintain that talent, everybody’s going to have to think about something differently.

Scott Luton (22:12):

That is right. Excellent point. Alright, so folks, y’all check out this Read from our Friends at Manufacturing Dive and let us know what you think. And by the way, if you work in a four day a week operation, manufacturing or otherwise, let us know what you think. We’d love to get your feedback there. Okay, Kim, we’re going to have a little fun with this last story here. Look at this. Look at the picture alone. The picture alone kind of gives you something to talk about. All right, so let’s talk about what some of the next food and beverage trends might be. So CNBC shared some of the key takeaways from the annual Summer Fancy Foods show in New York City. That kind of reminds me of the, oh, Amanda and Catherine behind the scenes got them. Help me out here. The office back in that TV show had a Finer Things Club, I think was the name of it.

(22:59):

It wasn’t a Fancy Things Club, it was a Finer Things club. Alright, so this is the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. So this show is hosted by the Specialty Food Association and it’s developed a bit of a track record when it comes to spotlighting what’s next in the food industry. So Kim, I’m going to share a couple of these things they’ve identified as potential trends. I would love to get your take here. So first off, honey is everywhere. Yes, the stuff that bees make, it’s everywhere in food and drinks, you name it. Honey soda. Honey licorice. Some of these products were showcased at this food show. Tinned Fish. We were talking about this pre-show, Kim, not the canned tuna of yesterday year. Like my dear grandmother, Hazel Rutland would make not canned TI guess it was canned salmon. Salmon patties with not that stuff though.

(23:40):

This is new flavors, new seafood varieties, new packaging. How about as we’re showing here, if you’re watching this, the Antarctic krill meat, canned krill meat. How about that for new stuff? Similarly, fish on the go is a trend trying to make fish easier to eat. I’ve noticed, of course some tuna packets. I’ve been more prevalent in recent years. And creative Charing, I say that right, charcuterie. So it’s instead of the boring pork and beef, how about elk, venison, bison cured meat on the charcuterie board. So Kim, out of all of that, what sounds best to you?

Kim Reuter (24:17):

The honey sounds best, but obviously have to talk about the seafood a little bit. But just on the honey mark for a minute, there was a little Italian guy who makes, he’s not a little, he is actually a tall Italian guy. But anyway, Nino makes pizza here out of his pizza truck. Fabulous. Makes all his own dough. And he has a pizza that is pepperoni with hot honey that he puts on it, which is very good. Interesting. But I had never had honey on a pizza before. I had Nino’s hot honey pepperoni pizza.

Scott Luton (24:41):

All right, so Nino’s hot honey pepperoni pizza, we’re going to have to order one of those and do an online livestream taste test,

Kim Reuter (24:49):

A online order. The DoorDash is going to be a while, but you could try it. But the seafood is ship. We’re interesting. That tinned fish, right? Of all things that is hitting the market, this kind of struck me the most. It brings me back to my grandfather and my father who used to eat a lot of sardines because they felt like they had nutritional value, which I think they do. But yeah, it’s very interesting that we’re getting into the tinned meats and as we’re discussing kind of pre-show, I think it’s related to the charcuterie because this is where people are putting their tinned and fishes and also smoked fish has been around for a long time. We’ve been eating locks forever, green cheese and locks. So I’m always glad to see seafood at the forefront. Would always love to see it refresh, but I’ll take tinned.

Scott Luton (25:31):

So I want you to establish, Kim, you do a ton of work in the seafood industry, right?

Kim Reuter (25:35):

I do, I do. Yeah. I help a lot of the Virginia watermen and selling their products and figuring out who they are and what their brands are and all that good stuff. So hoping everybody makes

Scott Luton (25:45):

Money, that’s good. If you’re in the industry, got questions, reach out to Kim. I think you’d have a fascinating conversation. Let’s see here. Double checking my bases here. Amanda, behind the scenes says, Hey, I want to go to that trade show. Catherine says, she’s helping me with my pronunciation. Charcuterie. Thank you Catherine. I got to break it down phonetically. Kim,

Kim Reuter (26:07):

If she could have done little pictures of animals, they might’ve been a little

Scott Luton (26:10):

Right. Break it way on back. That’s right. Let’s see here. Alright, so folks, we dropped the link to the article. Y’all check it out. I think this is Amanda. My favorite new coffee is a lavender honey latte. And she is not a big fan of flavored coffee. She says, how about that? Hey, Larry Klein, great to see you here. LK says he’s having venison from Fort Moore, Fort lunch today as a matter of fact. Okay, Amanda says she likes tin fish trend too. She saw it on a TikTok several months ago, and I have to admit, I bought some tins of smoked oysters and sardines and hot sauce to try. Now Kim, I’m hoping if that is Amanda, that she’s trying those things outside and not inside because I can only imagine how they may linger far after that. The meal is enjoyed, right? It

Kim Reuter (26:52):

Sticks with you for sure.

Scott Luton (26:54):

Edgar’s tuned in, I believe from Mexico. Great to see you Edgar. Be a LinkedIn. Let us know what food trend or beverage trend that you’re fascinated by. And then Larry Klein says, smoked mullet is the best smoked fish. Kim, I can’t say I’ve ever had smoked mullet.

Kim Reuter (27:08):

It is very good. It’s oily. So any oily fishes are always good smoked, but yeah, I had no idea. Right up there is hurting.

Scott Luton (27:14):

Alright, A lot of good stuff here. A lot of good stuff. And we’ll see. The reason I like kind of talking about some of these food trends and beverage trends, Kim, because some of ’em kind of die after the trade show and never pick up steam and then others really go bonkers. And then you’ve got the supply chain organization behind that. Got to figure out how to stand up the operation and meet that demand, right? Kim

Kim Reuter (27:34):

Ale. Scale, scale, scale, scale. Yep,

Scott Luton (27:36):

That’s right. T squared says chicken fingers, fried salmon fries and jalapeno poppers are on deck. Must be up for lunch today, man. How about that T squared? Love it. Okay folks, we have been efficient today on the buzz again every Monday at 12 in Eastern time. You can find us here talking about some of the leading news stories and takes from across global business. And Kim loved your perspective here today, but also enjoyed your article that you published I think to LinkedIn, which as we kind of get closer and closer peak season, it’s focused on flow, right? So I got to ask you, and I think we’re actually, we’re going to drop your article here, that article from Kim right here. So you’re one click away folks, I’ll check it out. So what are you writing about next, Kim?

Kim Reuter (28:20):

So flow’s a big part of it. We’re going to continue that conversation around flow. But what do companies need to start thinking about for peak season? We’re seeing in the market some of the covid behaviors are happening. Again, unpredictability in the supply chain, unpredictable ocean freight market. We’ve got some pending ILA conversations that are going to happen. We’ll get huge impacts on some of the ports. So the next one is going to be what do you need to be doing? And it’s going to evolve looking very far into the future.

Scott Luton (28:48):

I love it. I love it as far as we can see in the future, right? We’ll take every single day that we can look at and get out in front of the future. So Kim, if folks want to reach out and talk about that peak season or being able to look in the future and kind of predict what’s coming so we can be better prepared, or if they want to talk seafood with you or they want to talk supply chain with you, how can folks connect with

Kim Reuter (29:10):

You? Again, hit me up on LinkedIn. That’s the best place to find me. I love to talk about supply chain, always available for that.

Scott Luton (29:16):

Wonderful. So y’all do that. Kim Reuter, you’ll find her right on LinkedIn and always a pleasure here on the Buzz and on many of other shows. Always enjoy your take and your expertise here. The demand is growing. The demand is growing for the buzz. Demand is growing for all the perspective we had here in the comments here today. T squared says the best trend is breakfast.

(29:38):

It’s good to make time for breakfast, I got to say I don’t do it every day, but Kim, one of the favorite things we love to do is me and my son Ben, try to grab Saturday morning breakfast as often as we can. Little local place around the corner, locally owned, love it. Try to spend some dollars there. So we’ll see if we can’t make that happen this coming weekend. Alright folks that does it for the buzz. Check out the articles we dropped in there. Check out with that said some of the resources we shared on the front end. Make sure you connect with Kim and check out her most recent article focused on flow. Really appreciate y’all being here today and all the comments we couldn’t get to. But most importantly, thanks for being a part of our global community, our global audience. I would challenge you though one thing, take one thing that Kim dropped here today or take something that we shared, gave you some market intel Act on it, right? Deeds not words. And with all that said, on behalf of the end supply chain now, team Scott Luden challenging you, do good, give forward, be the change that’s needed, and we’ll see you next time. Right back here at Supply Chain now. Thanks everybody.

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Kim Reuter

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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. 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).

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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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Nick Roemer

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.

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Allison Giddens

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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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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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Tandreia Bellamy

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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

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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

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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

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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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Sofia Rivas Herrera

Host

Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey University, class 2019. Upon graduation she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (GCLOG) 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. Former Data Analyst within the airport industry in Latin America at Pacific Airport Group, performing benchmarking reports and predictive analysis of future market behavior.

Currently working as Sr. Staffing Analyst within the S&OP team in Mexico at the biggest ecommerce company in Latin America: Mercado Libre. Responsible for workforce forecasting and planning through the analysis of demand, productivity, capacity, cost & time constraints. Sofia self identifies as Supply Chain Ambassador, sharing her passion for the field in her daily life. She has been recognized as upcoming thought leader in the field and invited to participate in several podcasts (Freight Path Podcast, Supply Chain Revolution Podcast, Let’s Talk Supply Chain, Industrificados) to discuss topics such as digital transformation, automation and future skillsets for supply chain professionals.

She is a frequent featured guest at Supply Chain Now and appointed co-host for their new series Supply Chain Now en Español. Global Ambassador for ISCEAs Sustainable Supply Chain Professional Certification (CSSCP) and keynote speaker at World Supply Chain Forum 2021 by ISCEA Indonesia.

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Karin Bursa

Host

Karin Bursa is the 2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year and the Host of the TEKTOK Digital Supply Chain Podcast powered by Supply Chain Now. 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 1,000 customers transform their businesses and share their success stories. Today, she helps B2B technology companies introduce new products, capture customer success and grow global revenue, market share and profitability. In addition to her recognition as the 2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year, Karin has also been recognized as a 2019 and 2018 Supply Chain Pro to Know, 2009 Technology Marketing Executive of the Year and a 2008 Women in Technology Finalist. 

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Vin Vashishta

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Vin Vashishta is the author of ‘From Data To Profit’ (Wiley 2023). It’s the playbook for monetizing data and AI. Vin is the Founder of V-Squared and built the business from client 1 to one of the world’s oldest data and AI consulting firms. His background combines nearly 30 years in strategy, leadership, software engineering, and applied machine learning.

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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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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
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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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Constantine Limberakis

Host

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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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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Vicki White

Controller

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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