Supply Chain Now Radio
Episode 267

Episode Summary

Chris Barnes, Greg White, and Scott Luton come together to discuss Supply Chain News from 2019 on Episode 267.

Episode Transcript

[00:00:05] It’s time for Supply Chain Now Radio. Broadcasting live from the 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 morning, Scott Luton here with you on Supply chain. Now welcome back to the show. Well, this episode, this can be chock full of key takeaways from 2019 from a supply chain point of view as well as some key things look for in 2020. It will be featuring Chris Barnes, Greg White and myself in a recorded live from a CSICOP Atlanta roundtable event in the recent weeks. So stay tuned for what promises to be a very lively discussion on a quick programing note. Like all of our series on Supply chain now you can find our replays on a wide variety of channels Apple podcasts, soundcloud, youtube really wherever else podcast from. As always, we’d love to have you subscribe so you don’t miss anything. And now join us for this very lively conversation with Chris Gregg myself. Five, four, three, two, one.


[00:01:23] All right. So let’s talk about some of Chris Barnes key takeaways from 2013. Think about, you know, obviously professional development, innovation, technology and some of the goings on, obviously, 2019 when it comes to transportation. Terrible. Very rough year. Yeah, but what sticks out when when you go when you when we look back on 2019, a couple of years from now. Chris, what what’s going to stick out?


[00:01:46] Well, one thing I learned was always go second.


[00:01:49] So that’s the lesson.


[00:01:55] And that’s the lesson of when everything goes lie in 2020, 2020. I like to think about that when they.


[00:02:03] Well, obviously, the big a big factor was the I don’t like to keep talking about Amazon and every Supply chain discussion, but it’s hard not to. That was really the urbanization of warehousing. Yeah. Or the micro warehousing kind of came up with some new terms where not only the the the one Peel’s, which are the owners of the warehouses are being more strategic. But when private equity and hedge funds start investing billions of dollars in owning Industrial property, that sends a big message in terms of what what’s going on in the Logistics Froome.


[00:02:34] It’s right. And also one of the observations you made last year, about half way through the year, is that you heard the term White House being uttered out of the White House. Yeah. Supply chain Jain and that’s a yeah.


[00:02:45] That gets back out to where we are. We the collective we as a supply chain professionals is it’s just a great place to be. The job market’s great. The the notoriety is big. I mean being supply chain professional these days is can get you up to up to supply chain in terms of her up the food chain and careers corp.’s chief supply chain officers, whatever they are. And that’s really that’s really had a big impact. So I’m seeing things, whether it’s NPR, the Sunday morning shows where I can say at least weekly something someone’s going to mentioned supply chain and in their discussion that’s probably the first year 2019 is probably the first year that you heard somebody outside of the industry.


[00:03:22] Yeah. I mean, ah, I can recall anyway, somebody outside the industry talking about supply chain when the White House was talking about it, when consumers I saw somebody tweeting about the supply chain. They were they were upset. They were tweeting, too. I don’t know, Shopify. Sorry. No, I’m not. Yeah. Somebody some e-commerce companies, you know, complaining about the customer service. I haven’t got my thing. What’s wrong with your supply chain? When I saw that tweet, I was like, wow. Yeah, well, you know, things have changed. Things that changed. Humors even know what Supply chain is.


[00:03:52] I think one of the things that has helped that there’s a variety of light that’s being shown owned to the industry. And I think one of the things that is maybe raising the awareness is there’s been a ton of talk about infrastructure. Right. And the infrastructure upgrades we need, at least in this country, if not elsewhere. Definitely elsewhere, certainly elsewhere. But here, you know, interstate system, you name it, we have a lot of challenges related to infrastructure. And of course, who uses that infrastructure to get consumers the goods they want to rise or one day. So I think that and to your point, Greg, I think that as e-commerce has continued to as we all know, we knew it would grow and take a greater and greater share of the retail market. We believe we’ve talked of this for all three of us. Consumers are starting and have been for a while connecting the dots of what enables that to happen, not just Ford, but also the return side. And what has enabled returns to be incredibly too easy probably in this day and age.


[00:04:56] Yeah. Another key theme out of 19 was. Exactly. Not only people, but executives talking about sustainability. I’m seeing that more in CEO presentations or discussions around the stock market. They actually bring up sustainability in their strategy around sustainability, in their discussions club and an ethical supply chain net.


[00:05:15] Right. I mean, you know, sustainability in and of itself. To me, I’m starting to think about sustainability is not just environmental sustainability, but true end to end sustainability. The supply chain and for supply chain to be sustainable. It has to be transparent. Right. You have to you have to predict protect the provenance and the chain of custody of the product. You have to you have to be environmentally sustainable and you have to eliminate bad practices, unfair trade practices. Right. Slavery. I mean, some products are still they are still produced with slavery. Can you believe that that still exists in today’s world?


[00:05:58] So, Greg, that’s supply chain is so boring. Let me tell you how boring it. Yeah. Yeah. Tell us why. Wait. Siplon, we call back to you. That is so boring.


[00:06:05] We call that the triple bottom line. That’s how you’re measuring. So you’re measuring both of social performance as well as environmental and the profit side.


[00:06:13] Well, look at accrues to the it accrues to the value of your brand and your share. Shareholder value in a positive and a negative way. And it’s not just you. And I think it’s appropriate that now consumers are holding brands responsible for all of their supply chain the vendors that they do that they do business with. Right. And because who has more power over those vendors and how they do their business than then the brand or the merchant? Not I mean, I can tell you, as a former merchandiser and a retailer, you can get a get a vendor to do just about anything. If you just ask. And if you just ask him not to use slave labor or, you know, or child labor or underpaid labor. I mean, you know, I think there’s a you know, there’s a a new awakening to this. And I think it’s largely brought to us by the younger generations. But it’s so valuable and so long, long time coming.


[00:07:14] All right. So what I want to ask you both about that, Mitt. More comment around health care supply chain. And then I want to ask you about Asia and a forward look of the asset making 2020. And Chris, there’s there’s lots of several things that drive e-commerce. But of course, warehousing and fulfillment is what helps make that happen, to want to only get your your kind of forward looking snapshot snapshot on that. But before, do I think one of the other trends that continues to emerge that that’s being leverage more and more is supply chain for global health care. Right. So the last Atlanta Supply chain awards in March twenty nineteen, we recognized as a global health task force right now. Carla Johnson. Yeah. Was the is the supply chain manager for their truck. Global Truck Homeware co-managed Inish. Right. And you know, we all know what’s really intriguing to me is in that case, Supply chain is literally saving people’s eyesight and getting the medication they need to very remote parts of the globe to make sure we’re preventing an illness that gosh, can you imagine losing your eyesight simply because of lack of access or lack of health care or lack of ability to get what you need? So I think we’re going to see more, more stories. Obviously, U.P.S. being the first there drone program to be the first to get the federal sort of certification flight. Ford and U.P.S., all the technology that’s under that premier banner. I think 2020 is going continue to see more, more prevalent use. And I think probably creative use of supply chain in health care. Any thoughts before we switch gears and talk A on I mean, where else?


[00:09:03] Yeah. I mean, I think, look, health care is and probably should be the driving force of supply chain. And yet it’s I think and we talked about this with some folks at UBS. It’s under reported Undern exposed. Right. Because there are so many things that go into a supply chain when you’re talking about life saving products. Right. And we talked you know, we mentioned it just a couple of minutes ago, a product, product provenance. Right.


[00:09:32] Making sure you’ve got the right product because it at that time, I hear that I’m like, no need to cool it. It’s a really cool word, provenance.


[00:09:40] I learned it big. I learned it before I even started Blue Ridge. I was doing consulting with a company called Henry Shine, who has a very advanced supply chain in the health care industry. And provenance was a big issue. So there were in the day and I’m sure there still is this concern of diverting. And then. The concern of of counterfeit goods and provenance and chain of custody were ways to thought to battle that chain of custody is important, right to know who had this product. If it was to be refrigerated, did it remain refrigerated? Ryder if it was to be frozen or whatever? Those are all important parts of it. And those are so important in health care supply chain that they have driven down to things like food, supply chain provenance and chain of custody. Hated the frozen goods remain frozen. Right. Did we shoot nitrogen over the.


[00:10:33] Probably exposing a dirty little secret of produce. But where we shooting at nitrogen over the produce while we were flying it from Chile or Peru or wherever, you know. So, I mean, there there are all kinds of things in health care supply chain that kind of trickle down to other to other industries and supply chain.


[00:10:53] Let’s get more visibility. It’s as high as sagacity. It is time. I mean, it’s it’s time for it to. The markets demand it. Consumer demand and that transparency and visibility into how things get here, regardless of what sector critics comments. Yeah. Just quick, we’ll say that word again.


[00:11:07] Provenance, provenance. When you say that, I think Muppets say it again.


[00:11:11] Provan on Amarna, provenance that none at the proper evidence.


[00:11:17] I’ll start out again. I was in my clothes. There’s gotta be some folks saying revenants. What is the provenance? What does a Muppet is going to? AUDIENCE MEMBER Woody Allen. It’s actually a guy and especially that spiel because that feels like the 70s when I was a little kid. I think that was actually on Laugh-In. Also. That’s right. It probably meant I could be away game and a provenance. However, I think if they were triggering I.V.F. What was the collection? Sorry. Yeah.


[00:11:44] So now, you know, the the.


[00:11:48] Well he he was touching on on bitching. Bitcoin will be blockchain. Blockchain. Yeah. That’s where it’s gonna when you talk about traceability and you know. Course. What happened. Jenny custody. That’s that’s a tie and then we end up about that. Yeah. That’s still kind of being talked about.


[00:12:03] Yeah. Do we all agree that blockchain is not a cliché flavor to money? It is a transformational force in global supply chain. I think the concept is that we’re gonna see how it’s going to be applied or who’s gonna. I’m gonna make sure it gets flat. Yeah. No, no. Good. I’m going to. I mean, if somebody else doesn’t.


[00:12:21] I think there are a lot of companies out there trying. Ironically, although I guess we could argue this is health care supply chain. Ironically, the cannabis market, because of the regulations around the product, they require a tremendous amount of providence and then and and chain of custody of affirmation. And I can’t see a way to do that without blockchain. Okay. Because I mean, the reason I say that is that, you know, you guys know, I’m I’m on the board of a company that does tech in that industry. So what I’ve seen is that these companies kind of go in and out of being in compliance. That’s a nice way of saying sometimes they’re breaking the law and they’re just plain old drug dealers and other times they are legit dispensaries. And the only way to stop that because. And part of that is because of the costs. I don’t want to just throw it out there like they’re doing it willy nilly. The cost of taxes are excessive in that industry. And it and it motivates people to go that way when they need cash. They go off the grid. But we have to we have to solve two problems. Obviously, taxes are too high. But let’s let’s take that aside to keep these companies legit. I think blockchain is the sole solution that can do that. OK. Right.


[00:13:35] Let go, Chris. Quick thoughts before I went. I want to get to warehousing.


[00:13:38] So, you know, I was going to say, let’s just transition right into that. I see that as I think you get to talk about 2019, the future.


[00:13:44] I bring it back. Okay. I live in agreement and OK, we’re going to loop back to 2009.


[00:13:48] So, again, you know, we’ve seen here and obviously here in the Atlanta area as we’re here at a SC Competes Atlanta roundtable event about set to interview three Supply chain leaders here in Atlanta, a huge Logistics up. Talk about Supply chain single out. But Casher are warehouses and distribution centers, fulfillment centers throughout the metro Atlanta area for a variety of reasons. But what what are you looking for, 2020? You know, I loved your tagline, Chris. Saving the world when a warehouse, warehouse or housing is your forte.


[00:14:20] That is that’s my part of the supply chain these days. Yeah. As I kicked off, I think it’s gonna be the continuation of that micro warehouse and concept where a million square feet, facilities and economies of scale are going to kind of go the go the way of lean, you know. Yeah, it’s good to have those four staples type of product, but the commodity type of products are going to have to be stored in. What I’m seeing is a market container in a parking garage downtown and you pay 20 bucks a day to have that spot and that’s your warehouse and get booted. Don’t get told every night. Yeah. So those types of things are going on where you have these, you know, New York City, Atlanta, wherever, Chicago, San Francisco and those highly dense areas. Right. You need those many. Daryl warehouse is going on right there. Then the urbanization of warehouses as well. Re gentrifying the old buildings, sorting it close to city centers.


[00:15:07] Yeah, but the product close to the e-commerce users, right?


[00:15:10] Yes, I’m calling that edge distribution. Edge edge distribution. So there’s this concept called edge computing where you put servers and servers and data hubs physically close to people so that so that the data gets to their their computer microseconds faster. And this is not a dissimilar concept. It’s putting the product where the customers are so that it’s easier to distribute to them quickly, because I think people look, last year we were talking about two days. By the end of the year, we were talking about one day and same day and now we’re talking about hours. Yeah, in terms of delivery time. If we’re gonna get there, we’re gonna have to do what you’re talking about.


[00:15:50] Right now, I’m waiting for the point to order something from Amazon. And they sent me an email. Say it’s already in your basement.


[00:15:54] Yeah. So that’s what we’re storing. Right. Right. Hey, you need this. You just get a delivery. You need you need this one. Yeah.


[00:16:01] And a carry on off EFT is some some guests that we’ve had. Is the company’s like stored or laser. You know, it’s almost like the not the uber of warehousing but it’s going to like you need something for a month. Some people don’t need warehouses for two years. They just need it for short term.


[00:16:17] That’s right. Or they just need a tiny, tiny portion of one. And there’s plenty of excess capacity out there because of the proliferation of of warehouse facilities in the market.


[00:16:26] My vision is as well on the warehousing technology side. I can see a company getting smart enough to say buy our warehouse management system and oh, by the way, we’ve got warehouses you can use it in. So kind of blending of those. I’ve always thought of it as the inverse, but I hadn’t thought about it that way. That could happen to be out of the right. It’s a whole new industry there.


[00:16:44] All right. So we’ve got to kind of bring things to a close and then we don’t weigh in.


[00:16:47] I have to. And they have got time to keep doing that. And then we’ve got. Do we have to go to commercial? Yes, we have commercial hedging.


[00:16:57] So you want to weigh in on 2020, especially from a standpoint you can’t go anywhere without hearing that two letter acronym is Excite. And I make sure that. Yeah. I mean, it is it’s enabling small business and large business, single entrepreneurs and massive seems to save so much time, get so much more done.


[00:17:19] Yeah. Well he’s. Yes, I agree. Let me let me wrap up on this talk, this micro warehousing thought and expand on it a little bit, because one of the things that I’ve seen in 2019 and I know we will see more in 2020 is the rise of what I’m calling the ACA as opposed to FBA, the anyone but Amazon class of Solutions. It’s companies like Stored, it’s companies like Vink Ylem who are e-commerce platforms. It’s it’s three P L’s. It’s you know, it’s radio. It’s Shopify. It’s geek plus. Right. It’s companies like that that are allowing you to simulate virtually everything that Amazon can do for you without being saddled with the burden of Amazon. Because what Amazon is doing is de-motivating a lot of their merchants and they need an option. And so I see the rise of this class. I’ve heard the noise from the from the merchants who who are on the Amazon platform. And sure, they’d like to stay there. But I think they’d like to be less reliant on Amazon so they can take some of the physical Logistics, they can take some of the other capabilities away from that and simply use Amazon as a marketplace. So I see that class, the anyone but Amazon class on a getting together right. Integrating stored with Vink Ellerman stored with with, you know, various and sundry other products, Shopify and things like that.


[00:18:40] So that you’ve got an option at least an option. Right. And anyway, I see that that’s starting to accelerate in 2020. You know, and I look, I’m a big believer in the way that we have been taught. Forecasting our entire lives is wrong. So let me just put that out there. And the reason that we end the comments just blew up. The reason that the reason that we’ve been taught it wrong is because the data that was available for forecasting when forecasting was conceived in many of the forecasting techniques that are used in Supply chain today were were actually designed in the late eighteen hundreds or early nineteen hundred. So that should give you some perspective. Right. They’ve been adapted over time, but there’s still foundationally the same as back then. And that’s because the data that was available wasn’t as robust as we have today. And now we have this incredibly robust amount of data and vast, vast amounts of data and instantaneous data, not Riina 90 days limit data. It’s. And what that data allows us to do is it allows us to forecast the consumer and the influencers on the consumer or customer. If you’re if you’re let’s say you’re your customer is a is a brand or it’s a retailer or a distributor or something like that, you can you can also semi simulate and forecast that.


[00:19:59] But because the data is available, we need to think about changing forecasting an A.I. is the vehicle that does that. OK. I can take all those inputs like a human being can and interpret that to say, hey, Billy, Bob is going to buy a new coffee filter because, you know, every month he comes in or, you know, this person came in and and refilled their prescription 30 days ago, 30 days have gone by. It’s time they’re about to come in again. Right. Sure. Your product is in your basement because we anticipated that you were going to need it, right? Yeah. And and I can actually do that. I mean, if you think about it all, artificial intelligence is is human intelligence accelerated? It’s repeatable. It can ingest a lot more data. It thinks and learns like we do. It just does it so much faster. It’s not even as black boxy as some of the other technologies that we’ve used in Supply chain. It’s actually explainable. OK. It has curiosity. Right. It goes and tries this and runs into a wall and then it tries down the hallway and realizes that this is an artificial natural curiosity.


[00:21:09] It’s not strange. It really is. And, you know, there’s a guy, Danny Longa, who’s I would argue is one of the most influential people in A.I.. He makes gaming and his company provides gaming tools. And he said that curiosity is the most important accelerant of learning in artificial intelligence, because curiosity has you try things. OK. And if you think about it, how did little kids I mean, think about we stop learning at such a high rate as we get older, but little kids earn it, learn at a very high rate because they’re curious and they hit an impediment and they try it again and they learn. I can’t get past that impediment. Let’s go around it. So A.I. is critical to a lot of what we’re doing. It’s a big thing. It’s 120. It’s a huge thing already. It’s already being used. Theme for totally theme. Well, yeah, I mean, it’s ah I would argue it’s already a big theme. I would argue that it’s already being used. I think it needs to be advanced. And I think people need to cease to think of it as as an extension of the old ways of forecasting in a new way to do that.


[00:22:14] Here’s a change. The biggest reason why I think 2020 is going to bigger is because Asia is no longer for the folks that understand programing, programing and coding and technology. It is being, as we know, we’ve talked about lots shows democratized. And when something becomes for the people and and folks like me that are non-techies and use it and embrace it, you get more comfortable with it and then you plot and all Portsea business. And that’s why I believe 2020 is it is going to be the theme twin for a lot of our programing.


[00:22:45] Well, education it is. Yeah. Oh, sorry. OK, long time. Yes, both. Well, I forgot his question, but it sounded good. The answer is yeah. Yeah. You know what on that?


[00:22:55] From an education theme, I met my daughters in university. Now she’s studying computer science. And I think in in five to 10 years, to your point, democratization of computers, I think computer programing is gonna be a fundamental class even at the elementary school level. I think we like reading, writing, arithmetic and computers because it’s so prevalent in society.


[00:23:14] I think we’re not far from I say not far. I mean, it could be decades, but we’re not we’re in in the age where we could see computer programing becoming automated. Enter, enter. And artificial intelligence is the vehicle to do it because let’s face it. But you have to understand just logic. You just have to learn what is the problem you’re trying to solve and what’s the best way to solve it.


[00:23:37] So so we got to wrap because we got our first interview right around the corner on this has been Chris Barnes Greg White and yours truly Scott Luton talking about kind of some of the things we whatever we want to talk about, look kind of. That’s pretty accurate. But the Muppets look back on twenty nineteen and give 20/20 what’s to come. So be sure to check out all of our podcast wherever you’re podcast from, including Supply chain. Now Radio’s Dick Kosmo. Be sure to subscribe. Check us out on YouTube. Do subscribe and we wish you a wonderful start to 2020. Thanks buddy.


[00:24:11] And into provenance. Provenance.

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Chris Barnes is a supply chain guru, the APICS Coach, and the host of Supply Chain is Boring on Supply Chain Now.  He holds a B.S., Industrial Engineering and Economics Minor, from Bradley University, an MBA in Industrial Psychology with Honors from the University of West Florida.  He holds CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS, one of the few in the world. Barnes is a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education certificate courses. Barnes is a supply chain advocate, visionary, and frequent podcaster and blogger at Barnes has over 27 years of experience developing and managing multiple client, engineering consulting, strategic planning and operational improvement projects in supply chain management. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn and reach out to him via email at:


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Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics.  He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.

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Vicki White


Vicki has a long history of rising to challenges and keeping things up and running. First, she supported her family’s multi-million dollar business as controller for 12 years, beginning at the age of 17. Then, she worked as an office manager and controller for a wholesale food broker. But her biggest feat? Serving as the chief executive officer of her household, while her entrepreneur husband travelled the world extensively. She fed, nurtured, chaperoned, and chauffeured three daughters all while running a newsletter publishing business and remaining active in her community as a Stephen’s Minister, Sunday school teacher, school volunteer, licensed realtor and POA Board president (a title she holds to this day). A force to be reckoned with in the office, you might think twice before you meet Vicki on the tennis court! When she’s not keeping the books balanced at Supply Chain Now or playing tennis matches, you can find Vicki spending time with her husband Greg, her 4 fur babies, gardening, cleaning (yes, she loves to clean!) and learning new things.

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Allison Giddens


Allison Krache Giddens has been with Win-Tech, a veteran-owned small business and aerospace precision machine shop, for 15 years, recently buying the company from her mentor and Win-Tech’s Founder, Dennis Winslow. She and her business partner, John Hudson now serve as Co-Presidents, leading the 33-year old company through the pandemic.

She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University, a Masters in Manufacturing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Certificate of Finance from the University of Georgia. She also holds certificates in Google Analytics, event planning, and Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard online. Allison founded the Georgia Chapter of Women in Manufacturing and currently serves as Treasurer. She serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation Board as its Secretary, the liveSAFE Resources Board of Directors as Resource Development Co-Chair, and on the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association Board as Membership Chair and is also a member of Cobb Executive Women. She is on the Board for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Northwest Area Councils. Allison runs The Dave Krache Foundation, a non-profit that helps pay sports fees for local kids in need.

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Billy Taylor


Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.

An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.

A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.

A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning.  He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.

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Tandreia Bellamy


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

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

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

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

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Marty Parker


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

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

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Laura Lopez

Marketing Coordinator

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

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Jake Barr


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

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Marcia Williams


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

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Luisa Garcia

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Astrid Aubert

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Constantine Limberakis


Constantine Limberakis is a thought leader in the area of procurement and supply management. He has over 20 years of international experience, playing strategic roles in a wide spectrum of organizations related to analyst advisory, consulting, product marketing, product development, and market research.Throughout his career, he's been passionate about engaging global business leaders and the broader analyst and technology community with strategic content, speaking engagements, podcasts, research, webinars, and industry articles.Constantine holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing / Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Scott W. Luton

Founder, CEO, & Host

As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.

From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.

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Greg White

Principal & Host

When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.

Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.

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Chris Barnes

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring

Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.

Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.

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Tyler Ward

Director of Sales

Tyler Ward serves as Supply Chain Now's Director of Sales. Born and raised in Mid-Atlantic, Tyler is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his degree in Communications. After college, he made his way to the beautiful state of Oregon, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

With over a decade of experience in sales, Tyler has a proven track record of exceeding targets and leading high-performing teams. He credits his success to his ability to communicate effectively with customers and team members alike, as well as his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.

When he's not closing deals, you can find Tyler on the links or cheering on his favorite football and basketball teams. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling back to Ocean City, Maryland, his favorite place!

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Kevin L. Jackson

Host of Digital Transformers

Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog.  He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community.  Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include CiscoMicrosoft, Citrix and IBM.  Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane UniversityO’Reilly MediaLinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight.  Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems EngineeringCarrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.

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Enrique Alvarez

Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español

Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.

He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.

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Kelly Barner

Host of Dial P for Procurement

Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.

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Mary Kate Soliva

Host, Veteran Voices

Mary Kate Soliva is a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.

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Amanda Luton

Vice President, Production

Amanda is a production and marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amanda currently manages, produces, and develops modern digital content for Supply Chain Now and their clients. Amanda has previously served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah, and founded and managed her own successful digital marketing firm, Magnolia Marketing Group. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now production team, you can find Amanda in the kitchen, reading, listening to podcasts, or enjoying time with family.

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Clay Phillips

Business Development Manager

Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.

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Chantel King

Social Media Manager

My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.

Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.

Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.

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Katherine Hintz

Director, Customer Experience

Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.

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Mary Kate Love

Chief of Staff & Host

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

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

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more.  In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.

Donna Krache

Director of Communications and Executive Producer

Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys.  She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.

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