In this special episode of the Supply Chain Buzz, Scott Luton and Greg White look forward to 2020 and all that’s in store for Supply Chain Now Radio.
Hey, everybody, Scott Luton with Supply Chain Now Radio and my dear colleague Greg White.
[00:00:44] Good to see everybody.
[00:00:46] I won’t forget that again, Greg. Thanks. So we as we wrap up or get close to wrapping up to 20 19 here at Supply Chain Now Radio, we are so thankful and grateful for all the support and the advocates and their listeners and our sponsors, you name it, that’s made this year a resounding success, but equally as important. Greg, we’re excited about twenty twenty, right?
[00:01:11] Yeah, we got a lot going on.
[00:01:15] I see big things on the horizon generally for supply chain and for commerce in general as well. Absolutely. So we’re starting a number, a new series, right? We’re starting Logistics with a purpose with our friends at Vector Global Logistics. And by the time this plays, that first episode may be out. All right.
[00:01:38] Absolutely. In fact, you and I both are enjoying the fruits of the first episode where we brawled. Right. Mike Mahina, thanks to Enrica. That’s right. Thanks, Enrique and Adrian over Vector Global Logistics, our partners for that series. Logistics with a purpose and how to get Millgate conversation that we’ll be releasing really soon about all the really neat that they’re serving industry. They’re serving farmers globally, all while producing some some high quality coffee that that we’re enjoying is fueling this episode this morning. So stay tuned for that Repat podcast. But in the bigger sense, speaking of that series, what did you find different? What’s what do you think can be so unique about this Logistics with a purpose series?
[00:02:23] Greg, you know what? What I really like is that it? It’s a subtle, maybe not so subtle challenge to companies to make giving back part of their business model at Vector, right. They donate to various causes for every single container that they ship. So the US operation contributes food to villages in Africa. The Mexico operation contributes to kids in need. And thus the and operation contributes to kids in need for every single container that they ship. It’s a great way to to create accountability for yourself. And it’s also really easy to do every, you know, every container, every dollar. Pick a pick a metric and just tie your contributions to that and make it part of your business model.
[00:03:13] You know, I’m with you. And there was so much it was just that was the first episode with Throbbed Works, dawg. But right. Ton of passion in the room. That vector is a they take your culture very seriously as Greg. Yeah. And you know, with passion, you know, you’re in great content. So looking forward to our listeners giving us feedback on that new series and I should micro-mini Mike Mannino sorry.
[00:03:41] Mike Meniere’s personal story is really, really inspiring as well. I mean, how he came to feel led to do what he’s doing with Thrive Farmers and Thrive Works is, you know, it’s a great it’s a great hour for a person.
[00:03:56] Yeah, inspiration. So on this little snippet that we’re doing here today, we’re in cover five developments for twenty twenty. And the first one is that Logistics with a purpose series right to do thanks to our partners over at Vector Global Logistics. So what is the second big development, Greg, that we’re excited about for 2020?
[00:04:16] The U.S. Bank Free Payment Index. So we’re partnering with U.S. Bank and quarterly people probably already know or hopefully they know about the fact that they’re releasing this freight payment index quarterly that talks about the amount of shipments and the spend on those shipments each quarter and what that indicates in terms of impact on the industry, the economy. So they’ve got a fellow named Bob Costello who comments on that when that comes out. And now we’ll be doing that and live streaming that on Supply Chain Now Radio. So pretty exciting development. It’s a great indicator of what’s going on in the market. And as we know, there’s been a lot going on in the market this year. It’s good to have this out there for our listeners and viewers and allow them to hear it right away right when the information drops. They don’t have to look to page 48 of pick your favorite industry mag. They can see it right when it happens here. The commentary directly from Bob or other representatives at U.S. Bank and understand where things stand in the industry.
[00:05:26] So very you know, it’s a outstanding opportunity to put your pulse on the market. You know, if you’re supply chain professional listening to this, you get just how big of a portion the Logistics and transportation spend is of a supply chain. And you know why it’s so important to monitor that and know where we’re going and know where we are today and know where we’re going. But, you know, if you’re not in Supply chain, that might be news to you. And that’s fine. We all don’t know. We don’t know. But that that’s why these freight payment indexes that U.S. bank puts out are so helpful. That’s why also you see so much analysis on freight spend, on transportation, because it is still the backbone of the global supply chain.
[00:06:10] It is. And it’s a bit in flux. I mean, look, we’ve seen some carriers go down. In 2019. Over. But nobody really knows what either the economy or the industry holds for 2020. It’s an election year in the States. There’s a lot going on globally. And I think, you know, it’s it’s good. It’s going to be good for people to be able to get firsthand instantaneous knowledge of where we stand and where that makes it appear that we’re going, right?
[00:06:38] Absolutely. And to your first point you made there, almost 800 transportation firms went out of business through the third quarter of twenty nineteen. Very challenging time. So hopefully 2020. There’s a lot of mat mixed and we’ve covered it. And so we’ve spoken to a variety of experts that are much better at being economists than I am. I respect your ability to be economist, Greg. But there’s a lot of economists, there’s a lot of mixed views on what’s going to take place in 2020. So but but regardless, this this our coverage of the freight payment index will be a big part of giving our listeners a sense of what to expect and where to go in and how things are going transpire from a shipping spend. OK. So that’s the second big development for 2020 that we’re really excited about. Thirdly, Greg, so, you know, when we first started doing an ad building series at Supply Chain Now Radio to really diversify our thought leadership and what we cover because, you know, the global inin supply chain space, there’s so much you could cover in an out podcast, just you don’t have enough time. So. Unfortunately, one things we learned is that we weren’t doing a great job offering diverse speakers bureau for lack of a better word. Right. Yeah, we had a very monolithic. If you looked at all of our guests through through a hundred episodes or so. Unfortunately, we didn’t do a good job offering a lot of diverse thought leadership. So one of the things and when we put a few things in place to try to address this and there’s still a we’re still on a journey. But one things we did that really worked well and resonated and got a lot of feedback on is creating this full access series. Yeah. Spotlights women, exceptional leaders, first off, but exceptional leaders that happen to be women across industry. And Gregg added that that’s really resonated with you as well. Right.
[00:08:42] I have three daughters. Right. And so it is it’s particularly important to me. But also, I have a mother and a wife, and that’s important as well. So. Yeah, and so can we talk about Cindy and Hurley Lu? Yeah. So Cindy Longo, who is vise president of the Supply chain Practice at Cap Gemini, has stepped up and Cap Gemini is going to sponsor that series. They’re going to sponsor five or so episodes of that series.
[00:09:13] And we’re going to talk to some of the really prominent and well-known, you know, leaders in the industry.
[00:09:23] We’re aiming pretty high and and looking looking forward to, you know, the common phrase. If you if you can see, you can be at. Right. We’re trying to enable people to be able to see that there is an opportunity, despite the, you know, the issues and the hurdles in place right now. But like many people have, if you if you battle through it, there isn’t a great opportunity for success. I think back to a number of our guests, previous guests on full access who’ve gone through tremendous trials and tribulations. Andrea Bellamy, Susan Clark and Tanya Allen, you know, come particularly to mind. But, you know, those are those have been great series and great stories about getting to leadership, not just from the standpoint of being a female in Supply chain or the technology world, but also some of them are you know, they come from from harsh home conditions in term in terms of both their home life or their even their country that they’re from. So it was a great opportunity. It’s a great opportunity to see people really succeed through the through troubles and tribulations slightly versus they love it. And Cindy is you know, she’s first of all, she is a. Great example of a leader herself. She’ll be our first episode. So people get to know her. She’s gonna help us co-host this thing as we do it.
[00:11:00] She’s going to help us find no guests for the show. We have our own ideas and she’s gonna help us find some additional. So I’m excited about it. Yeah.
[00:11:11] You know, Cap Gemini. Obviously, they’re up. They’re leading a huge global initiatives in Supply chain to do to tap into Cyndi’s experience or expertise. And really, her passion is an outstanding element, an added dynamic to the show. But, you know, we’ve got gotta go back to something shared there, because if we’ve had one piece of feedback from all of the outstanding female leaders that we’ve interact with, both be on the show and just just, you know, out being in our network, it’s that what you what you shared? They need to see it. There’s there’s such a demand to see the top female leaders so that it communicates to your daughters. To my daughters, to you. Ah, ah, ah. A little girls in grade school that it can be done if they can aspire and reach the top levels of industry. At the top levels of government, top levels of anything. They need to see it. And we’ve heard that if we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard a thousand times. So we’re trying to act on that and and bake that into our series.
[00:12:18] Well, look, we we both and I think a lot of people believe strongly that to get better decisions, to get to more effective solutions, you have to have diversity of thought that, you know, I say this often in episodes when you talk about a I.
[00:12:36] Right. We talk about artificial intelligence. They don’t say throw smarter brains at it. They say for a more brains added. Right. Three people in the room with diverse points of view and diverse upbringings, diverse trials and tribulations. They bring better solutions than one person in the room or two people in there in a room that look remarkably similar. Right. Right. With similar upbringings and that sort of thing. So, look, it’s just it’s just the nature of things. And it’s time. It’s well past time. But, you know, we’re we’re lucky to have a platform where we can advocate for this strongly and hopefully raise awareness and not just awareness, but raise action. Right. Deeds, not words, says my good friend Scott Luton.
[00:13:28] Well, and I blatantly stole that from our friends over at Vetlanta.
[00:13:31] Yeah, yeah. Lloyd Knight says it also. Right. Exactly. So there are no new jokes. Scott only new audiences.
[00:13:40] So I like that. It makes you feel great. I stole that from a guy who was a comedian. All right.
[00:13:47] So recap real quick. Develop. Number one was the Logistics with a purpose. That new series, Vector Global Logistics. Number Two was our new partnership with US Bank A diving into their quarterly freight payment index, which we’re excited about. And number three, Cap Gemini’s involvement and us. Yeah, we’re full access series and having Cindy who Lu leads their supply chain practice practice having her and her insights as a regular part of that is gonna be it’s gonna take that series to a whole new level. So excited about that. Now. Number four of five is something folks have probably heard us talk about this quite a bit. We’re in year two of the Atlanta Supply chain awards. Oh, yeah. With a group of outstanding partners. And in twenty nineteen we found that the first year where the whole aim was simple is to celebrate Supply chain success across the land in Supply chain Ryder. They have some kind of presence in metro Atlanta and you’re one was a smashing success. Thanks to all the partnerships and thanks to how the market helped resonate with the market. So we’re building in year two, right Greg?
[00:15:02] Yeah. You know, new were first of all, we’re going to have more people there. Half again, more so more attendees. It’s going to be tied to Moto X. This year actually occurring at the Georgia World Congress Center where motets happen. It’s gonna be on March 10th. And, you know, a slew of nominations in already. And we’re looking for more. By the way, don’t be shy. Nominate your own your own company if you feel strongly about it. Right. Tell us a good story.
[00:15:35] You know, we’re really looking to reward and award companies that are either in Atlanta or have a presence in Atlanta, do business in Atlanta that are doing great things in Supply chain.
[00:15:48] And and, you know, I’m I think we’re both honored to have Christian Fisher, the CEO of president and CEO of of Georgia Pacific B are our keynote speaker. And Sharon Cooper, who is unbelievable, B, R and C, she’s going to be you know, it would take you an hour to just talk about her bio. My suggestion is you just go to last fly change awards dot com and read it. It’s fascinating. Amazing. And she’s still doing great things here in Atlanta to help enable business and business people as well. So. And then, you know, you know, obviously we’ve got some some great sponsors. I think we’re going to hear about another big one later today. I believe so. By the time this publishes, we will have already.
[00:16:42] So we may have to add it at a note at the end of.
[00:16:48] So, yeah, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate what’s going on in Atlanta. The Supply chain City. You’re welcome. Ben Harris and Metro Atlanta Chamber. Look, you know, I’ve been saying this for years. I’ve had this discussion in the technology community in Atlanta. This city needs to be recognized for Supply chain. We’re recognized for fintech. We’re recognized for health care tech. We need to be recognized. My original position was for supply chain tech, but just supply chain in general. Yeah, right. We have we have the confluence of three of the of the busiest interstates in America right here in Atlanta. We have tons of warehousing, lots of physical infrastructure and physical operations in terms of Logistics and supply chain Technical mathematic. We’ve got Georgia Tech. You know, the premier Supply chain University in the world. I would argue and that and a great incubation system, both Veha ATDC and Georgia Tech and other incubators around town. So it’s it’s a great environment and it’s, you know, it’s time to celebrate.
[00:17:59] Absolutely. And it’s tough to. We’ve had so much support. You know, we can’t think everybody enough here recently, though, to top back to the third development with full access. One of the recent developments we’ve had with the Supply chain Awards is we have partnered with women in manufacturing in their Georgia chapter. Know any organization, national organization that is so much great work of engaging and creating awareness of women in manufacturing and and also bringing in other women that may not have the awareness of what takes place in manufacturing the careers and opportunities. But anyway, working with women, we have created a new award that we’re calling the in the in Inclusive Leadership Excellence Award. We’re basically we’re recognized organizations that have successfully not just engaged women in their workforce, especially at leadership levels. Also, they’re they’re well-represented with an organization and they’ve got profession village programs that are providing opportunities for women to advance into top tiers of leadership and. Fantastic. Really excited about that. It just it was the latest development in a string in the last few weeks. But Atlanta Supply chain awards dot com to nominate register to attend the sponsor. And we should also mention Moad X. Moad X is free to attend. We’re so thankful that they’re hosting and supporting our event. Motet Huge. Yeah. Thirty five thousand of your closest friends and supply chain neighbors come Trident has been here, says the largest supply chain trade show in the western hemisphere. So Modoc show dot.com learn more MDX to come. That brings us to that was a first for that brings us to the fifth development that we’ve already kicked off really here late at the end of twenty nineteen, but will spill over into 0:40 and tell us about that Greg.
[00:19:56] Yeah. So that’s Gardner right. We’re working with Mike Griswald for on a series we’re calling Supply chain today and tomorrow. Right. We get on that, right. Yeah. Good. So Mike Griswald, grizzled industry veteran from retail and Supply chain and now VFP research analyst at Gartner. You know, we’ve known him for a long time. He was the analysts that I most try to impress when I was in in technology. He is a very knowledgeable individual, both from the standpoint of being an analyst today, but also having been a practitioner for, I’m going to say years so as not to put it years on him. But it might be that he’s so knowledgeable. He’s very down to earth. Great analyst, great practitioner, great golfer. Don’t play him for money. I’m not kidding. And and a fantastic basketball coach of a of a girls basketball team in Boise, Idaho. So passionate about. Yes. And very knowledgeable in that as well. But look, he knows what you need to know, whether you’re a realtor or a realtor, whether you’re a retailer, a man, even if you’re a realtor, actually ask Port Richmond. That’s right. If you’re if you’re a supply chain realtor, you do need to know what he knows. Real estate, retail, manufacturing, distribution, whether you’re a technology provider or a services provider. These are the kind of this is the kind of knowledge that you need to have. You can find out what’s going on in the industry, what are the needs that need to be met to help you direct your services and products. If you’re on the other side of the equation, you can find out who the reliable and good service providers and technology providers are. So if you have an initiative, you know who to consider and just generally his view on people and processes as well, because none of those solutions survive. If you don’t have good processes and you don’t have buy-in and good training and good people to execute those. So we’re gonna talk a lot about those things and a lot about very timely subjects in that series. I’m excited about it too.
[00:22:27] We just released the first episode would also that we talked with him about we’ll continue talking with him about because it’s if you’re a football fan, you love your top twenty five, your supply chain. You’ve got to be intrigued with Gartner’s top 25 supply chain that they produce every year. And Mike lead zet now this episode which is available, you know Supply Chain Now Radio BCom just to check it out exept said 2:41. He talks about some of the changes for the twenty twenty top twenty five Supply chain rankings, and it really you know, it’s such a. It will. It’s Gardiner. You can get expert analysis, but there’s so much to learn, even if, you know, a lot of it is focused out of the public companies and large companies. But it really gives you some insights on where we’re headed and when. One of the big things, Greg, I think we learned from the first episode was how they’re baking in the CSR component.
[00:23:23] Yeah. Maureen right to the social responsibility in to qualifying and ranking in the top twenty five. Yep. And. So they don’t get very agreed.
[00:23:36] You know, we just we wrapped it with our our buddy Tony Sciarrotta with the reverse Logistics reverse Logistics Association, of course, their mantra, they’re about sustainability. So that’s it was welcome news for him. And looking forward to seeing the continued content that comes out from that series with Mike Griswald, BP. BP analyst with Gartner.
[00:24:00] Hey, before we wrap, can I tease with a still in development, but your honorable mention new offering. So we’re going to we’re going to start an international series as well. So we have a host for that and you all are going to love them. And it’s gonna be a really good perspective on international supply chain from people in the international community. So study your foreign languages. It could come at you in any language. Truth be told, we speak. We speak English in forty one and forty one countries. So. But really gonna be great to include the whole global perspective on supply chain, especially as economies and and countries become more borderless over time. Right.
[00:24:53] Yeah. Great point. And what you’re alluding to, there were 41 countries as we as we do kind of move to close here today. So as we talked about earlier, we’re continue to look for ways to diversify what we cover and where we cover it and who is whose analysis we’re featuring. And so part of that is to really from a global standpoint, we want to truly be a voice of the global India and Supply chain industry and bring you the stories that, you know, don’t just transpire here in Atlanta. We love doing business in Atlanta and we’ll always be partial. But we want to cover the West Coast. We want to cover Europe. We want to bring you stories from South America and so on. With all that said, we’ve been diversifying the content and and really trying to get as creative as possible to bring the developments and stories, innovations to our audience. We’ve seen a lot of feedback, including from us Sheer metric standpoint. We’re requested over 6 mean that plays lightly to, as Regie mentioned, the. Speaking English in 41 countries via third parties. We found that we are podcasts have hit business podcast leadership charts in 41 countries and 2019 alone. And we’re rural, you know, as entrepreneurs. Real proud that the content that you worked really hard to create and the people you look to engage in thought leadership, you work hard to pull out of them. It resonates with the marketplace and hopefully all that lands right way. You know, we are very humble about where we are and what we’ve done and where we’re headed.
[00:26:25] But, you know, as God’s very humble well, people are less humble. Well, you know what?
[00:26:33] As as everyone probably watching this can appreciate, everyone looks at their metrics these days. That’s why there’s so much data at your fingertips and even the podcasting space. Digital media space, where sometimes these reindeer games being played is so important to make sure that the voice of the customer is front and center.
[00:26:53] And we’re serving our audience. Right. And we want to make sure that we’re staying on top of that, that we’re delivering the kind of content that our audience wants.
[00:27:01] Yeah, well put, as always. So, you know, we should as we close here, let’s I want to recognize just a few of our sponsors that have been there from from day one that we’re really excited of the effective syndicate. We this year we had the coach’s corner that really resonated. We had a lot of interaction between Bo Gruver. Effective syndicate is outstanding people and process consulting firm and Bo is all about passion. Bo’s got it in spades. Yeah. And he also is willing, Gregg, which I loved to put him put himself out there, you know, spoke to market. Hey, bring me your your toughest questions. And we have entomb in basically a lot of podcasts, so.
[00:27:45] So, hey, if not, I’d like to highlight one of the things that they’re doing that I would find valuable if I was trying to solve some problems.
[00:27:54] And that is they’ve got this traction concept where not only do they train you on, let’s say, Six Sigma more better processes generally, but then they help you implement those and they kind of work themselves out of a job by getting your people to a higher level of confidence. I always love that model. Look, when I started consulting ages ago and I mean ages ago, that was a model that I really enjoyed. Because you know what? One of Bo’s passions is to make sure that he actually delivers sustainable results to his his clients. And I think that’s so, so important. All right. The model that he’s using, I can verify it works, so.
[00:28:37] Absolutely. And so you’re Talentstream has been their friend from the beginning. Apex Atlanta Supplychainrealestate.com. Greg mentioned the word Richmond earlier. What a standing resource that brings that specialized view of your real estate needs from a supply chain Logistics manufacturing standpoint, war does excellent work. He and his team and then probably, you know, we both looked at each other.
[00:29:04] Supply chain real estate. Really? There’s a business for that. I mean, I mean, we’ve both been in the industry for a long time. To think about the fact that there is somebody who specializes in finding you that next warehouse or distribution center or whatever depot, whatever it is. You know, it’s one of those. Why didn’t I think of that? Why did you know? Why didn’t I know that that exists? But it it’s really good to have that level of specialization. And Ward is as much maybe more a study Europe supply chain than he really is real estate. I mean, you know, what we’ve learned from talking to him is that he gets really engaged in learning about real estate and it helps him be more effective in doing what he’s doing as a as a realtor. So interesting approach for sure.
[00:29:52] And then we should also recognize Verusen, which is an outstanding todeath, were based here in Atlanta. We’ve talked about Vector Global Logistics and then we’ve talked about the reverse Logistics Association, looking forward to their cover, their conference in February. And finally, Spend Management Experts, which, you know, we’ve talked about freight in and controlling spend in general is doing a lot of great work helping organizations really optimize or supply chain performance. So I think I don’t think we missed anybody thus far.
[00:30:26] It’s get back to him later. I did.
[00:30:31] Well, we are really excited when we think our listeners and our supporters and our advocates, you know, this is this is absolutely a journey of deliberate passion. I mean, this is the folks we sit down with. These are stories that have got to be heard. You know, Greg mentioned some of the personal journeys through adversity that that full accessors covers. And, you know, every episode and every interview is not the same. But when you when you sit down, someone that’s overcome some of the trials and the challenges that some of these folks have, some these leaders have overcome. Hopefully it inspires our audience as much as inspires us. So with that said, Greg, any final words before we we wrap?
[00:31:18] 2019. A wild, wacky up and down year overall.
[00:31:25] Great. And we all made it through and I think it’s great to look back on it. Right. And think about how what you liked about it, what you’d like to change into the coming year. Join us and share the journey of some of these folks that we’re talking to. You’re going to learn a lot. And I learn a lot in every episode. So you’re going to learn a lot. And, you know, if you’ve got something you’d like to see from us, let us know. Soundoff Really?
[00:32:01] All right, so Malcolm ALK about me and note that I did ProPurchaser.com. Oh, right. Great partner of ours in the procurement practices space. So check them out. ProPurchaser.com outstanding resource.
[00:32:15] Thank you, Malcolm.
[00:32:16] As always, he’s always saved us from putting our foot in our mouth. Ray really enjoyed this great, great loved her work together, along with all the folks on the team. Amanda and Clay and Jessica and Chris and Kelly and Michelle and all of the folks that played a part. 2020’s is is bright for the industry. There’s not a better time to be involved in global and then supply chain. And it’s also very bright for our business because of the folks that come on and want to share their their thoughts and best practices and insight. So thanks for all the support and we will see y’all in 2020, if not sooner.
[00:32:55] Thanks, Greg. All right. Take care.
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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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Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise
When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring
Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.
Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Host of TEKTOK
If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.
With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host, 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.
Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business. Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.
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.
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.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
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.
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.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Host, 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.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
Host, 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.
Host, Supply Chain Now
The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
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.
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.