Supply Chain Now Radio
Episode 205

Episode Summary

In this episode, Scott Luton and Greg White welcome Jon Cox to Supply Chain Now Radio at the SC Logistics Tech Talk.

Episode Transcript

[00:00:05] It’s time for Supply Chain Now Radio. Broadcasting live Supply chain capital of the country, Atlanta, Georgia. Supply Chain Now Radio spotlights the best in all things supply chain the people, the technology, the best practices and the critical issues of the day. And now here are your hosts.

 

[00:00:29] Good afternoon, Scott Luton here with you, love on Supply Chain Now Radio. Welcome back to the show. We’re not in land today. We’re broadcasting live from the South Carolina Fall Logistics Tech Talk event in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. Here at the Guilliani Center, we continue this coverage in partnership with the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. And as we’ve seen throughout these conversations thus far and we’ll see more here today. This event really highlights some of the leading innovative companies that are driving the Logistics industry in the general business environment. Ford and the state of South Carolina. Quick programing like all of our series on Supply Chain Now Radio. You can find our replays on a wide variety of channels Apple podcasts, SoundCloud, YouTube, wherever else you get your podcast from. As always, we look. We’d love to have you subscribe to Don’t see thing. So you could hear MacOS agreeing with that statement on all these innovative conversations here in the background. Greg White serial supply chain tech entrepreneur and trusted advisor and board member. Greg, how you doing?

 

[00:01:29] I’m doing great. It’s great to be here. It is inspiring to see this. I mean, we sit down with a lot of organizations and events and government entities, and it’s really interesting. Two times in a row we’re two for two. Right. We have seen real momentum, real desire to help and real ability to deliver here in this state. They’re making stuff happen. Agreed. And when you save two for two, you’re referencing the last of Videgaray I A-G. SCAC and Automator. Yeah.

 

[00:02:01] Yeah. Which was really neat. There’s so much automotive driving in the driven industry, no pun intended, taking place in the state. And then we’re back roughly three weeks later where we’re kind of focused on, well, Logistics tech supply chain freight. Tick, tick, tick, tick on the right on the big enterprise level. But also some of the startups that are here are some of the early stage companies that are really offering next generation technology solutions. So, yeah. But here today on this episode, we’re welcoming in one of the leaders in industry where what well-recognized global brand DHL Supply chain we welcome and John Cox, director of Solutions Design with the organization. John. How you doing? Doing great. Happy to be here. We are, too. We hated that. Understood. You gave a keynote earlier today. I heard it went really well. Some of the folks said that they had to pull you off the state and too many Q&A.

 

[00:02:52] That’s exactly right. Yeah, I know. We had we had a great response from the crowd, which is always good to see. Right. We had I gave a presentation about innovation. We had somebody from my real estate solutions team up there were making a lot of investment in South Carolina. So, yeah, got it. Got a good, good reaction to the crowded room today. So it’s good to have that right.

 

[00:03:13] So speaking of the big investment in South Carolina, DHL came out with news not too long ago about a huge new, I think, 100 million dollar distribution investment. Tell us more about that.

 

[00:03:25] Yeah. Actually, it’s it’s pretty exciting. It’s in St. George, South Carolina is the location. It’s approximate to it’s 26 and ninety five for those overlap. Ten nice strategic location for us and our customers. It’s I believe 2 million square feet totals what the planned development is. We’ve got part of that I think is is ready go for a customer. Right.

 

[00:03:50] But this is one of those, you know, kind of buy it before he needed type of a situation. Right. So we’re always that’s part of our real estate strategies. We want to be looking a few years out. You know, what’s the next area that we need to invest in? And so years ago, we had done that upstate in South Carolina. Right. So we’ve got 4 4 distribution centers. We run up in the I-85 corridor. Right. And so we’re looking to expand our presence. Right. There’s a lot of interest in, you know, and you talk about the automotive sector and talk about engineering and manufacturing in the state of South Carolina. It’s a it’s a it’s a growth opportunity for us here in North America.

 

[00:04:29] This is our next campus area, 125 acres, DHL commerce part, as you mentioned, the St George. Three new buildings, huge facility. And I miss this when I’ve heard the news first a few months back, it’s gonna be complete it quick. It’s got to be completed by first quarter 2020. That’s playing now. So we’ve seen time at DHS. No, absolutely not. So let’s talk more about. I think most folks are familiar with DHL, DHL, supply chain. Yeah. One. Yeah. Yeah. Liegghio Supply chain is one of the offerings of this Scoble enterprise. You could tell us more about the show Supply chain and then tell us more about your role within it. Yeah, absolutely.

 

[00:05:08] So dematic supply chain. Yeah, she mentioned we’re a division of Deutsche Post, DHL, Dutch Post, DHL being a 60 billion dollar company present in 200 countries across the globe. We’ve got four divisions, so Parcel E Commerce, DHL Globe before adding DHL Supply chain. And then I think a lot of people are most familiar probably with the DHL Express business here in the States. But then worldwide. Right, that’s those are the trucks you see out on the road. Right. And so our division is the contract logistics division of DHL. We’re the world’s leading contract logistics company. And here in North America, we are the largest operator of warehouse space. So I think we’re about 2x our competition while an operating warehouse space. So I would never guess that. Yeah. So we’ve got we’ve got a very large presence in the warehousing side. We also run I think we run about 15 hundred power units in our dedicated fleet. So we’ve got a lot of dedicated fleets, mostly auto aftermarket delivery. But then we also have we’re in all verticals. Their fleets, retail delivery. We are running, you know, for for various alcohol distributors are running shadow operations. So we’ve got a pretty broad scope even within the transportation. We also manage about a billion and half of freight under management for a variety of customers. So before.

 

[00:06:29] So currently you as director of Solutions Design, we’ll talk more about what you do in that role. But let’s go backwards a little bit. Yeah, flipping things around Sheer. Tell us more about, you know, your professional journey and kind of what led to where you put what you do now.

 

[00:06:42] Yeah. No. Great question. So I went to college at Ohio State.

 

[00:06:47] I was getting a business degree there and I didn’t really know exactly what to do. And so I I met with an advisor who introduced me to. They had a good Logistics program and says, I guess it sounds pretty interesting. Right. And so got a degree and Logistics management and got my first job at a college just doing load planning and track and trace. And I thought, you know, maybe I don’t know exactly what to do. Right. So it just kind of like you really just you get your feet wet. Right. But then I actually came to work for it was then called Excel 0 7. And I was involved with. We had a final mile delivery company division of DHL of Excel at the time called Excel Direct. And we did furniture and appliance, white glove delivery. And I ran their centralized writing team. And that was a very interesting right. Those those very unique, you know, and I was it wasn’t my first job. It was all it was it was tire manufacturers inbound. Oh, yeah. This was going into people’s houses. Totally different situation. Right. So got exposed to a lot of stuff within Excel. Right. So I moved into the solutions design team not long after that. And I think what’s really exciting about our department is we get to touch so much of the organization. Right. And so in my role, you know, we have our are areas of expertise across our different verticals within DHL Supply chain. But, you know, I’m touching all sorts of different operations, different projects. Right. And so to me, I love I love the fast paced nature of Logistics and supply chain. I love that, you know, there’s a lot of interesting challenges out there. Right. I’m I’m drawn to problem solving. And I think there’s there’s an infinite amount that in this in this industry. Right.

 

[00:08:34] So so let’s talk about. Yes. Some of the challenges out there. This next question is, what’s what’s on your radar more than others right now? I mean, what are what are you hearing about where you spend your time? What do your customers care most about?

 

[00:08:46] Yeah. So, you know, from again, solutions designed were about two thirds of our work is on new business. Right. So were we’re always looking for what’s going to make us attractive in the marketplace.

 

[00:08:57] Right. And so that’s been, you know, innovation, broadly speaking. Right. But trying to find, you know, whether it’s an autonomous solution within the four walls. Right. To whether we’re talking about an HGV solution or a collaborative robotics. Right. What’s something that, you know, has a good return on investment for us? Because you guys keep mind within within our space. You were on, you know, three to five year contracts typically. Right. So we need to be cognizant of the upfront investment. Right. And be able to recoup that investment not just for us, but for our customers. And yeah. But now that the costs technology is coming down, you’re seeing a lot more things in play and customers want to see that innovation. Right. So for us, it’s changed from you know, we’ve been a little hesitant on innovation in the past. Now we’re all in right now. Everybody in the organization has has ownership over being thinking about, you know, things that are out there in the marketplace. So we can bring in whether to robotics vendor or something we can develop in-house. Right. And so the culture has really. Changed to one where innovation comes first. Right. And so I think that’s that’s been a big change that I’ve seen over the years. You know, what keeps me up, though, is being a, you know, kind of thinking what’s next? Right. And so there’s a lot of buzz out there. Right, whether it’s blockchain or autonomous vehicles or, you know, autonomous M-80 or, you know, drones, whatever it is, there’s a lot of buzz words out there. What is going to be that next impactful thing that’s going to differentiate DHL in the marketplace? And so, you know, we get a lot of teams working on this. Right. That’s that’s where a lot of my attention goes a bit.

 

[00:10:32] You’re trying to predict sort of the next big thing.

 

[00:10:35] Daryl. Yeah, exactly. So and in our role, that’s I mean, the organizations look in solutions designed to help lead that. Right. And so our group is you know, we got it. We you know, we tend a lot of industry conferences. We go and meet with vendors and we hear what’s going on. You know, hear what’s new in upcoming. Right. And we’ve introduced some innovations to the business through that. Right. So, you know, whether it’s going to mutex or pro-GM ad or what have you. Right. Go to the big industry conferences, meet every beit’s there and, you know, try to find an application for a specific customer when the time’s right.

 

[00:11:09] So when you win, you must spend a lot of time talking to your customers as well. Right. To understand the issues that they’re having. Is there anything that you’re seeing that people are shouting?

 

[00:11:20] Yeah. People want faster. They weren’t flexible. Right. They were in flex, flex, faster, flexible, responsive. Right. Cause think about it. That’s that’s where their business is going. Yeah. I mean, everybody you know, people talk about the Amazon effect know almost ad nauseum. Right. But, you know, that’s that’s where everybody’s mindset is definitely in retail. But even in, you know, the consumer packaged goods companies thinking about this. Right. You know, order sizes are getting smaller. Right. So you got to think about what’s that due to a warehouse profile. Right. You know, what’s my labor going to look like? Even our existing operations, we’re seeing you, you know, just quicker. SLA is about, you know, processing orders through the warehouse on the transportation front. Right. It’s all about visibility. Right. I want to be able to be, you know, nor my freight that be responsive. If you know, if something happens in transit, how can I recover that shipment? Right. So, you know, that’s and that’s the pressure that our customers are facing from their customers. Right.

 

[00:12:14] You know, that’s that’s our role as a third party logistics provider to, you know, to take care of that for for our customers.

 

[00:12:21] A ton of pressure out there. Yeah, ton of pressure. Well, so how can folks learn more about you clearly are out. You mentioned mutex and pro-GM out. Yeah. Yeah.

 

[00:12:32] Just we’ve got people at a lot of industry conferences. Right.

 

[00:12:35] So, you know, we were just had we had a contingent added to the S&P a few weeks ago. Right. Yep, absolutely.

 

[00:12:43] You know, we’re we’re at most of the major conferences. We’ve got a booth will usually have some folks who are speaking. Right. Obviously, a website, DHL, dot.coms, great place to go. You know, we’re all over LinkedIn as well. Right. So you look for me, you can look for my colleagues.

 

[00:12:59] Right. So mutex in Atlanta. Yes. In March, we’re gonna be there as well. In fact, mutex is hosting our 2020 Atlanta Supply chain. It works as much as we like Charleston. And what is going on here? We’re also proud of what goes on from my Indians. Yeah. It’s Tamplin in Atlanta. So are you gonna be at mutex in March?

 

[00:13:16] I don’t believe I. I don’t know. I don’t know. Yeah. So I might I might see you there. I was. It was that eye for transport in Atlanta over some of you work.

 

[00:13:23] Yeah. So I think I saw you guys this booth. Yeah. Yeah. So yeah, I think you guys may have met with the Manjeet Singh. Yes.

 

[00:13:30] Our party. Yeah. Yeah. I work a lot with Manjeet. John, were you also at Jumpstart?

 

[00:13:36] Yeah. Let’s anywhere. Yes, I was. Okay. Absolutely. And also a manager.

 

[00:13:40] Yes. We interviewed Manjeet Own. That was one of our earliest trade shows we covered in person. Yeah. And he gave a great interview. Yeah. Faceand certainly was a big part of innovation. Technology worked very closely with his team and he’s sharp. Yeah. Okay. So I got to ask you, that took office question. How state. Yes. They look an awful dominant. Yes, they are. So you got a big game and we’re gonna date ourselves. But they got a big game against Wisconsin coming up this weekend. Guess what? And to also taught back in locally is that the quarterback that transfer from you just just feels it to high school.

 

[00:14:17] Yeah. Daughters looking on. Yeah. Yeah, yeah. Is this the year? Could be. Yeah. So here’s my take on it. This is the most complete state team I think I’ve ever seen.

 

[00:14:29] You know, I in this good I I’m thirty seven years old so I remember very fondly the ninety five team that really kind of laid an egg against Michigan and then against fate Manning in the in the Citrus Bowl. But you know, I think this is compared to the national title teams that we’ve had. Yeah. Every bit as good as one of those teams. So yeah. Just some fields has been incredible as a as a first year Sciarrotta for us. And then you got Jake Dobbins, master Teague in the backfield. Feel pretty good about our chances. I bet you are. We’ll see. We’ve got a. Well, we got a big one this Saturday against Wisconsin, they got a pretty tough team and they’re going to be angry.

 

[00:15:02] Yes, they are. Yeah. Well, we’ll see. Well, fascinating. I appreciate you think to have Supply chain live like yourself come out and engage and be big at these events. Sharing best practices, sharing what you’re learning and really supporting the rest of the players industry. You know, a lot of the startups that are here. Yeah. Which is important. You know. Yeah. Making connections between the big players and the startups and all points in between.

 

[00:15:30] So I love meeting with the startups. Be honest with the I mean, you know, in DHL, you know, we’ve got a massive corporation where you get a different culture and you meet these startups. I mean, just the the the visionaries who are running those companies, the passion began. Yeah. You’ve learned so much from those companies just from having a conversation. Right. Whether or not you end up doing business with them. They’re thinking about things in a different way. And I think it’s healthy to be around those folks.

 

[00:15:55] Absolutely. Well-put. So big. Thanks, John. Kyra. To render solutions designed with DHL Supply chain, check them out online or at it, be a social media or at some of the events are out there and are all. And they got an army of d.h Ellers that are out there. Yeah. Making driving industry forward. So big. Thanks for your time, John. Absolutely. OK. So to our audience. Thanks for listening and tuning in on this episode here at the South Carolina Fall Logistics Tech Talk event. Stay tuned. We continue our coverage and of course, be sure to check us out on Apple podcast, SoundCloud, YouTube, wherever else you get your podcast from. Find past interviews, upcoming events and more at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com, including a new blog we’re launching just last week. So on behalf of Greg White, Scott Luton and the entire Supply Chain Now Radio gang, this is well said. This is Scott Luton going to say it twice, say faces. This is Greg Gates Scott Luton. Tune in at 10:00 tonight. One more time, but have a wonderful day. And we will see you next time on Supply Chain Now Radio. Thanks everybody.

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Jon Cox serves as Director Solutions Design with DHL Supply Chain. He has more than fifteen years of experience in the supply chain and logistics industry with roles in operations and solutions engineering. Jon has a combined 10 years of experience at DHL Supply Chain. He is currently responsible for leading solutions design across the DHL Supply Chain transportation products as well as researching transportation innovations for deployment in new customer solutions. Jon’s past experience includes white glove delivery services and parcel network design. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University; BS and MBA. Learn more about DHL Supply Chain: https://www.logistics.dhl/us-en/home/our-divisions/supply-chain.html

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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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Allie Krasinski

Marketing Coordinator

Allie is currently completing a degree in marketing with a certificate in entrepreneurship at the University of Georgia. She got her social media start through an internship with Shred, a personal training app, and she’s been hooked ever since. She works to optimize our following base while assisting the team with content creation, influencer outreach and other marketing endeavors. Allie can’t wait to keep growing alongside Supply Chain Now.

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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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Natalie Dutton

Marketing Coordinator

Natalie is currently pursuing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing and a certificate in new media at the University of Georgia. If there’s one thing she’s learned at the Terry College of Business, it’s that the supply chain is a dynamic, unifying force that’s essential to any business. Natalie helps to amplify the voices of the supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting with media management, content creation and communications.

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Ben Harris

Host

Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.

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Page Siplon

Host, The Freight Insider

Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).

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Page Siplon

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kristi Porteris 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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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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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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Scott W. Luton

Founder & CEO, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now, Veteran Voices, This Week in Business History

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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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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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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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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Alex Bramley

Sales Support Intern

Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.

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