Supply Chain Now Episode 358

Episode Summary

On this episode of Supply Chain Now, Scott and Greg cover the top news in supply chain for the week of May 11th.

Episode Transcript

Scott Luton (00:00:01):

Well want to get whiteboard. All right. Hey Scott, Luton and Greg white here with you on supply chain. Now welcome to today’s live stream where it’s all about the supply chain buzz, right Greg? It is all about blockchain buzz. After I accidentally hit the a button on my surface pencil and brought up the white board. Now it’s all about the supply chain buzz. Let’s talk about what’s important in supply chain now. That’s right, and that’s what this series is all about, right? We’re, we’re today we’ve got four stories teed up, recent developments, important developments and we’re going to walk through that based on some other great reporting and then give you our take on what, what may be the most important things to know about these developments. So all about supply chain buzz. So stay tuned as we like to say for a very informative, lively, interactive discussion where we will incorporate our audience as well.

Scott Luton (00:00:54):

Or our aim is singular. We’re looking to increase your supply chain leadership IQ, right, Greg? Indeed. All right. So before we get started, a quick programming, if you liked the live stream, be sure to check out our podcast wherever you get your podcasts from today. We published our third episode, third installment of a four episode series with Sarah Barnes Humphrey, right? Yeah. Um, we were talking about talent. That’s right, right. We have the live stream last week where we reviewed the first couple episodes and previewed the coming episodes. This is one of those that we previewed and as Sarah said, she posted on LinkedIn. I don’t know if you got a chance to see it, Scott. She said she may or may not have slightly challenged HR professionals and we know we had a lively and and Frank conversation. You know, we all have room for improvement and certainly for not challenging folks and we’re not having the conversations we need to move the industry forward.

Scott Luton (00:01:52):

So, Hey, real quick, before we talk about this day in history, when, uh, uh, give a shout out to some folks, Kathy Maura Robertson, uh, who, uh, is following along to some degree on LinkedIn. I bet she is conducting some analysis. And if you haven’t checked out the logistics trends and insights, they’ve got a great newsletter shock full of industry insights. So looking forward to Kathy’s going to be on that future of supply chain, uh, panel event. Uh, this coming Thursday, Greg Kathy is doing research and under her voice she’s about to say has always the Greg though I always read, I love that she’s even listening to us. I just feel, I feel like we’ve made it when Kathy’s at least listening to it. All right. Brian Bird song a ups or is tuned in via LinkedIn live in a ups has been doing a lot of great things during these challenging times.

Scott Luton (00:02:44):

Joseph Valentino, uh, it’s Valentine’s day. Every day I think is either Joseph or our friend Tom said that, uh, and Kyle Reeves who has been really active both in the live stream on social media, uh, great to have all of you as, as today’s supply chain. But so with no further ado, let’s make it worth their while. Tell me a little bit about this day in history this day in history. It is already May 11th. So on this date, Greg, in 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the United States as the 32nd state land of 10,000 lakes. But what I hear there’s a lot more than 10,000 lakes. Yeah. So this picture here, so this is one of the landmarks in Minnesota. Uh, believe it or not, this is a Minnesota. It’s on Lake superior. This is the split rock lighthouse. It’s on the North shore of Lake superior in silver Bay, Minnesota.

Scott Luton (00:03:38):

This was completed in 1910, five years after a spat, uh, where a storm clean 29 ships. Well, uh, in 1905 and much to some people’s surprise, perhaps there’s still a ton of shipping activity on the great lakes. Uh, over 160 million tons of cargo in fact, are still moved through the region that supports 329,000 jobs in the U S and Canada. Does that, uh, does that sound about right to you Greg? It’s an impressive number. I don’t know the numbers, but having lived up there, I lived in Detroit for a while as a kid. And then having worked with a lot of companies up there, Wausau paper and mills, fleet farm and quality farm and fleet, um, I’ve been all over the great lakes up there. And of course they go out and they, so many of them connect with the Hudson river and that’s how so many, um, how so many, uh, bits of goods get to the Midwest.

Scott Luton (00:04:36):

Right? That’s right. That’s right. Of course. Chicago’s into the great supply chain city. Yup. Um, alright, so Sylvia, speaking of, of harbors and, and, uh, see cargo shipping, Sylvia says greetings from Charleston where they’ve seen a lot of growth in that port as well, and deepening, uh, and our friend memory, uh, one of the, of our livestream thought leaders, really man time is it in South Africa? Sorry, series. About to tell me. Actually it is 6:05 PM in case you’re wondering, six Oh five today. Thank you. Memory for working late. That’s right. And she says hello from Johannesburg. So great to have you back memory. All right, so driving right along, see if I’ve got our graphic teed up here. So also, uh, so AI of course, is all the rage these days, right? It’s going to be more prevalent in 2020 than ever before. Uh, on this date in 1997, deep blue defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch.

Scott Luton (00:05:34):

So the IBM supercomputer, the every, everybody, especially if you grew up in the nineties, you knew what deep blue was. It wasn’t just a rock and roll group. Uh, it became the first device to beat a world champion chess player in classic match format. So a little black little backstory there. Deep blue loss to Kasparov in 1996, but the IBM team came in and they really up the ante and rebuilt the computer. In fact, unofficially it was known as deeper blue for the rematch in 97 and it came back, uh, armed to the teeth and beat Gary Kasparov and he was done to please there. There was a lot of images. This one came from, from Reuters of the match itself, but there’s lots of images. Where were mr Kasparov was not happy, but the robots are coming. The robots are coming. They’re already here, right? Greg,

Greg White (00:06:24):

one of the greatest minds of the planet ever. And certainly the greatest chess player of his time, at the very least, maybe ever, um, kind of a John Henry story, if you think about it, Scott, right? John Henry and the steam engine, yep. Driving spikes on the railroad. And you know, this, this happened over 20 years ago. So those of you clinging to your spreadsheets and manual processes and paperwork,

Scott Luton (00:06:52):

let it go. That’s right.

Greg White (00:06:55):

Much, much smarter than, and more, more trained, highly trained at his gifts than any of us have been. Um, and he eventually lost to the machine.

Scott Luton (00:07:05):

So that’s a great point there. Great point, Greg. Uh, real quick, Nathan has been to Duluth, Minnesota, beautiful place. Nathan is tuned in via LinkedIn, uh, live today. Uh, Michael [inaudible]. Ms Cindy, I may have gotten that wrong, Michael, but, uh, glad to have you. Greetings from Kenya. Michael, great to have you here. And let’s see here. One, I think we got one more story for today in history. It’s always fascinating to take a look back, right? So today, uh, in 1998, a French mint produced the first coins of Europe’s single currency, the Euro. Wow. So do you happen to know and, and, and you know what I meant at Google this, this morning before we went live, I checked it out yesterday. Do you happen to know the current exchange rate of the U S dollar to the European Euro? Hey, Siri, Siri to the rescue.

Scott Luton (00:07:59):

So yesterday it was a dollar was your was worth about a dollar and 8 cents. You’re a dollar Euro. Yeah, that’s right. Wow. That was yesterday. So I’m not sure what the rates are today, but interesting enough. All right, so also May 11th is celebrated as national technology day in India, which, believe it or not, that national day in India is tied to a five successful nuclear tests that took place in 1998 where the, you know, the, the holiday traces its history to Vietnam. It’s Vietnam human rights day, which dates back to 1994. And with all that being said, Greg, let’s dive into the buds. What’s your thing?

Greg White (00:08:43):

Let’s do that. Um, yeah, let’s talk about PMI. So we’re not going to open with good news folks, but Hey, sometimes you gotta face the hard truths, right? Right, right. And I think it’s important for us to know where we stand, uh, as we go through, uh, these, this difficult, uh, time. So forgive me while I look down a little bit at my notes here, but, uh, the PMI contracted 7.6 percentage points. This is from March to April to 41.5%. The lowest indicator in the manufacturing sector or of, uh, of, uh, manufacturing contraction. Um, since 2009. This is the only way the PMI has put out by the Institute for supply management. Formerly the, uh, the, um, I can’t remember what the name of the organization was before, but it merged with another. Um, so remember PMI over 50% means growth under 50% means, uh, decline, right?

Greg White (00:09:47):

So new orders posted a a 15.1% declined to 27.1%. Again, lowest reading since 2008. And the largest one month drop recorded since 1950. One case, I don’t know, that was almost 70 years ago. I can do that. I mean, when you put it in that perspective, that’s pretty substantial. Also, remember that in 1951, we were coming off production from, uh, transitioning from the war effort to building all kinds of cars and bikes and buildings and whatnot for people coming back from the war effort to get back to work. So there was a, there was a different, completely different reason for that drop then and, and not as negative and indicator to the economy as it as it is now. Yeah. Um, so, you know, obviously there’s been a big drop here in Scott. Thank you. Has added this, uh, graphic here that shows the dip in China, the lighter blue and then, and then ultimately the dip that has followed areas following in the States.

Greg White (00:10:59):

So whether we’ll see that level of depth, we reported on the depth of the dip in China some weeks back. Um, but this is the bullwhip effect, right? This is the effect of demand declining, production declining, and then of course, supply, uh, declining on the backside of that. So we’re starting to see some impacts of the, of the bullwhip effect there. Um, you know, some of the, some of the, some segments did actually increase food and beverage and paper products. Um, we’re the only ones out of 18 manufacturing industries that ism tracks that showed growth in April. So, um, memory says that Greg, you are a encyclopedia of information. Some might say a font of useless knowledge. I studied

Scott Luton (00:11:54):

history and what was your favorite? And so I’m sure we both use encyclopedias back in the day before the internet was around. For us it was encyclopedia Britannica. I think my grandparents gave us a couple of additions of that. What did you use grownup?

Greg White (00:12:09):

It was encyclopedia Britannica. So when I was a kid, we all lived, my parents, grandparents and great grandparents all lived on three houses on two lots in Wichita, Kansas. And all that stuff was in one house. Cause I mean we weren’t wealthy so we often pooled our money to buy stuff and it always wound up in my great grandparents house. And so we did have an encyclopedia Britannica

Scott Luton (00:12:35):

along to the whole family. Love that. Which being an air come door to door and sell it to you, the air capital of the world, Wichita, Kansas. Good stuff there. 19, 17 South Washington in case you’re wondering, you can drive by and see my homestead. Alright, so anything else related to this first story, uh, that you, you want to share?

Greg White (00:12:57):

I think, I think the indicators are showing that we can expect a continued downward trend for, for a period of time. The truth is, in my opinion, I always like to qualify that, that we will start to see, uh, this come out once as the restrictions on this seismic societal disruption. Thank you again, um, to Brad Jacobs for that term. Um, as we start to see the, the restrictions easing and people getting back to commerce in, um, in the various States and municipalities as they start to bring industry back online, I can tell you here in Georgia, um, and particularly on Saturday, it, uh, you know, as we were driving around, uh, my wife said this looks like any other Saturday, you know, traffic and transport and parking lots, um, are starting to fill up. Interesting and different. Everyone is wearing masks and everyone is maintaining social distance. And I think, and I applaud them for that, but it’s interesting to see how commerce can come back and frankly, I think the retailers in, you know, in Georgia, at least the ones that I’ve seen, they’re doing the right thing, restaurants and whatnot. So anyway, we, we won’t see this turnaround until we’ve turned the economy back on.

Scott Luton (00:14:23):

Yup. Great point. Hey, want to shout out to a couple of folks. So Claudia freed is tuned in via LinkedIn live. Goodness. It feels like we’re alone out here. If we don’t have Cathy Robertson, we don’t have memory and we don’t have Claudia. That’s right. Good, good point. Uh, so Claudia, I hope you’re doing well. Also. Joseph Maretta who’s with technologies, he’s an active participant and yeah, going back to Joseph, uh, Valentine, I didn’t pick this up on the first couple of shows he joined us for. He is in the world of logistics. So Joseph, here’s a challenge for you. I would love to get, you know, that’s a, I’m speaking of challenging components of global supply chain right now. Reverse logistics and returns processing. You know, that’s always complex, right? But in this environment, uh, it’s even more complex. So we’d love to get your insights there.

Scott Luton (00:15:09):

Just a Valentine, a couple of observations from what’s going on in the reverse logistics space. That’d be great. Alright, so let’s keep driving this next story. So, um, this is the question on so many people’s mind. Insert product here, right? Toilet paper, paper towels. That’s right. Yeah. So Greg, this comes to us from, uh, Sharon Turlock over at the wall street journal. Uh, so what do big foot Lochness monster, accurate forecasts and disinfectant wipes all have in common? Nobody’s ever seen them. They’re all rumored to exist. That’s right. Right. So, uh, kidding aside, I think, you know, most of the country here in the States, at least we have seen, you know, toilet paper. Being able to find that a little bit easier, we can even find some hand sanitizer more at least than you could, you know, a month or so ago. Not always, but, but more than, than what you could, what little while back.

Scott Luton (00:16:06):

But this infect wipes still have been really tough to find. So why exactly is that? So in this great article from the wall street journal, um, you know, they identify as, as any of our listeners may, uh, connect with from our previous shows, demand is still a huge juggernaut, right? So take a look at Clorox, one of the leading manufacturers of disinfecting wipes in the industry. The company has increased production of disinfectant products by a whopping 40%. That’s massive given their footprint. But sales of the same products have increased to five times the normal level at times during this panic pandemic environment. So according to Nielsen, right, it’s the same a hundred percent. I mean, it’s unbelievable, right? That is an unbelievable uplift. Yep. So according to Nielsen, the same folks that measure all kinds of things, including television ratings, USLS of disinfect, disinfected wipes were up 140%, 146% for the eight week period that ended March 25th, 2020.

Scott Luton (00:17:11):

So even when, to your point earlier, we’re seeing some little bit sense of normal normalcy kind of creep back in. Still wipes are going off the charts and really we can expect that probably four months. Come on that in just a second. So that level of demand, whether it’s solar paper, whether it’s wipes or whether it’s it’s meat or anything else that’s really difficult to plan for, especially in industries that typically this demand comes out of nowhere, right? It’s not tied to anything you could forecast for, you know, six months ago, even a year ago. So this article here references Clorox CFOs, Kevin Jacobson who says, quote, we’re shipping canisters of wipes every day to our customers and within 30 to 45 minutes they’re gone from the shelves. The demand has outstripped what anybody could have imagined in a quote that comes from the chief financial officer’s office.

Scott Luton (00:18:06):

So Baton until that paper, right? Cause that was all the rage and they’re still getting some questions in some markets, haven’t quite seen as much consistency as others, but you know, we’re seeing less Horton, right? Because every American seems like it’s already filled up their garage, so they can’t take on anymore. It seems like at least. And the major manufacturers also, uh, the production gains have started to help address these gaps as well. Hand sanitizers, as we’ve talked about, that’s become a little bit more available. We’ve seen a lot of companies come into and start making hand sanitizer. Right. That’s helped.

Greg White (00:18:41):

Scott, I’m talking to, um, one of the owners at granddaddy Mims. Um, who is, is doing that, I’m talking to one of them tonight. So it’ll be interesting to hear what they, you know, what they are experiencing in terms of, of shifting their production like that. By the way, real quick shout out to anyone who’s in the wine and spirits industry when demand is up over 40%. Some of them are sacrificing, fulfilling that demand to help fulfill the need for these kinds of essential products. And that is, that’s a big move if you think about it. That is a give forward moment.

Scott Luton (00:19:21):

Great point. Great point. So why are wipes so challenging? So, so a couple of points here. So first off, of course you’ve got to source the fabric, but, but more challenging, you’ve got to mix a fabric with this specific chemical mix that meets EPA standards for what can be promoted as effective for knocking out SARS cov two which is what is the evidently is the virus that causes COBIT 19 so if you’re going to promote certain things that these disinfectant wipes or anything else that’s disinfected can promote, you’ve got to meet those certain guidelines. So they had to change their formula then, uh, I, I’m sure, and, and recently

Greg White (00:20:00):

there was no SARS Cove too, right? It’s, it’s a, it’s a new virus. Yep. So they’ve act, so part of their production shift is not only been to increase volume, but to change their formula as well.

Scott Luton (00:20:12):

Well, you know, I speak from years and years of failing chemistry class to be able to completely not be able to answer your question related to that, Greg, but I’m sure there’s folks out there that’s for sure. Right? That’s right. Um, so yeah, that’s a great question. Had they had to update their, the chemical formula so that it could address COBIT 19. I don’t know. It’s a great question. Um, back to demand though. The arts, this article talks about how prior to the pandemic environment, only about half of American households at least really use and purchase disinfecting wipes. So not only of course with the massive change, uh, which is also reflected in sales, not only are those households buying a lot more, but you had a lot of new customers come into the mix. Right? And that’s again, challenging to forecast. So

Greg White (00:21:03):

well it also changes the dynamic of production, the lines, the lines for toilet paper because it’s a commodity. The lines for milk, eggs, bread, butter, whatnot. They are already built for high speed, high volume,

Scott Luton (00:21:18):

the, the

Greg White (00:21:19):

production lines for products like this, they’re are not built for that high level of volume. And it does put a strain on a production capacity to have to try to produce at that level. And ordinarily that growth would come over months or years, not days.

Scott Luton (00:21:35):

Great point. And that’s where we’re going. So what is Clorox? One of the leading manufacturers of disinfected wipes. What are they doing about it? Well, they’re doing a lot about it and kudos to the whole Clorox team and our manufacturing team or supply chain team. Of course, they were one of our award winners with the Atlanta supply chain awards back in March before the world changed. But four things in particular. Number one, they’re running plants 24, seven to increase production, you know, 40%. Clearly they’re using third party manufacturers to help increase inventory. They’re ceasing production of some lines that aren’t as relevant during these pandemic, uh, uh, times that we live in to gain that capacity for more disinfectant wipes. And fourthly, in the bigger picture, this, this is one of the most interesting things about articles that I found at least, you know, a toilet paper.

Scott Luton (00:22:27):

We know anyone that knows supply chain knows that was just a temporary demand. That demand wasn’t going to be around for 50 years. So it did not make sense for these paper manufacturers to go out and invest in massive new lines or new plants because it was temporary demand. Right. Well, uh, on the other hand, Clorox believes this demand for their products for disinfection disinfectant wipes for some reason that’s just not rolling right off the tongue here today. Yeah, it’s hard. That’s right. They’re predicting this demand is going to hang around for months to come based on how some of our cleaning behaviors are going to be changing. So they are, they are investing in new production lines as they expect that demand to remain high. So, you know, interesting. The differences between products, between consumer products, between the different manufacturing rules of thumb. And I’ll tell you again, Clorox, it, uh, they are making it happen, no pun intended. So Greg, what was your, uh, tell us what, what are you thinking here?

Greg White (00:23:33):

Well, I mean, I think we need to talk to Rick McDonald, VP of ops at Clorox, right. Um, who we’ve had on the show before. I’d be interested to see what they’re doing. I, I hope they’re trying to solve the proximate problem

Scott Luton (00:23:46):

before they try to solve the longer term problem. And I sense that they are, but this is a dramatic shift in a product. Again that didn’t have that level of demand. And by the way, um, the issues with supply, sustainable supply, uh, at least at retail for toilet paper and paper towels continue to exist. Yep. Um, and I’m going to give all consumers a tip here and that is a tip that I received from my local Publix grocery store chain manager here in, in Cobb County, Georgia. People are asking the store employees when the truck with particular products arrives and trying to meet the truck at the store, which is why those goods are running out in such a short period of time. Additionally, the manual processes in most grocery store chains, not Costco necessarily, but in most grocery store chains, they don’t know what they have in inventory. Their systems don’t yet capture that. And they also don’t, in many cases, at least in the States, and this will be a literally foreign concept for anyone, most anyone outside of the States because in Europe and Asian and the rest of the Americas, by the way, retailers, grocery retailers do know what they have and they do have automated systems. But because we don’t have automated systems, it’s in my head how much I’m going to adapt to this. Right. To go back to the Gary Kasparov and deep blue.

Scott Luton (00:25:22):

Alright. So, uh, I want to give a couple of so good, good points there. Absolutely Greg. And there’s so many different ways. It’s tough to dive into a story like this that impacts a global sector of our, uh, consumer goods in 10 minutes or less. But I want to give a quick shout out to a couple of folks. You know, you can’t talk about the air capital of the world without having gone, isn’t he? When I was thinking about people that we should have, we should be seeing out there in the world. Mohave is out there. So yes, and Mohib says air capital, world converging point of global supply chain to take their maiden flights. My most favorite place in the world. So great to have you here. Where this once again, pro professor Mohit. Um, all right, so Nathan, Greg, you started to share some of the substitute things you can use.

Scott Luton (00:26:11):

Nathan also comes in. Nathan Sparks, I believe, and says, here’s a substitute. You can create a home during the disinfecting wipes shortage, ketorolac, cut of, cut a roll of paper towels in half and add rubbing alcohol and dish detergent to the container. It’s also more sustainable as you are reusing the container. Good stuff there from Nathan. Felicia, our our one of our dear friends, Felicia with the reverse logistics association says you can also use water and Clorox at a ratio of five to one water to Clorox of Felicia. Hope you, Tony and the RLA team are doing well. Looking forward to reconnect.

Greg White (00:26:51):

[inaudible] and Nathan were awake during chemistry.

Scott Luton (00:26:54):

I applaud them for that. Unlike me, chemistry never was my strong suit. Uh, and also, uh, Mohave says good to joints at supply chain now and get my weekly dosage of supply chain, buzz, entertainment and happiness. Hey, all right, let’s see. We’re going to keep on driving. Uh, and so memory, uh, Amanda, if you’d grab me. OK, great. It’s coming. All right. We’ve got a couple of comments and questions from the audience that will get up on the visual here momentarily. But let’s go back to story number three, if my graphics will work here. All right, so in store number three, we’re talking to potential new factories in here in the U S right? Correct.

Greg White (00:27:37):

Yeah. So, um, we, you know, one of the big topics coming out of this is the need to reshore or near-shore or you know, we’ve heard a lot about China plus one or China plus two in terms of production options and sourcing options or two-plus China, whatever somebody’s philosophy is. But this is, um, this to me is good news. It is an active collaboration between companies like Intel who have long since been trying to bring both their capital and their production back into the States and Washington to start to make that happen. We’ve talked in previous episodes, I’ll get back to the specific about the chip makers, but we’ve talked in previous episodes about how we used to produce a lot of our medicines in the States, in Puerto Rico specifically. Um, our, I’m going to say 51st state. I hope all my friends in Puerto Rico take that the right way.

Greg White (00:28:36):

Um, but, um, we, the capabilities, the, um, regulations and the, um, incentives that existed for a period of time, they lapsed and a lot of companies moved from Puerto Rico. Um, but the capacity and the skills still exist in Puerto Rico to be able to do that. This is another example of where they’re trying to, and I think they should use Puerto Rico as a model by the way here. But this is another opportunity where Intel and the department of defense are in discussions to improve domestic sourcing for microelectronics and other related technology. So that’s, um, from William Moss, uh, from the department of defense. So, um, there, there are other companies, not just American companies, Taiwan semiconductor manufacturing, TMS, TSMC, um, had already been in talks with the department of commerce about building a factory, but hadn’t made a final decision yet. So again, in an effort to, um, to at least broaden our sourcing and manufacturing capabilities, this is a good indicator. Government is a slow moving and slow turning ship, right? Glacially slow. We want them, as we’ve said in previous episodes, not to rush to any kind of solution. It’s never good when government rushes anywhere. Um, but we want, but it’s good to see that they have started trying to solve this problem. Another thing that we have seen among companies as well is not only trying to survive this seismic societal disruption, but also to plan for this and other risk potential or even disruptions that that could be coming in the future.

Scott Luton (00:30:33):

Well put. Um, well hopefully, you know, we’ll see. And going back to the China plus one comment you made, I had a fascinating conversation with a friend of mine that’s really tuned into central and South America and, and the manufact and all the industry down there. And he was talking about how there’s a conversation brewing about how, while we know a lot of the production activities are gonna stay somewhere in Asia, you know, for those that may leave China and may go to, you know, Vietnam or someones other countries over there. But he was making the case for bringing some of that industry to central and South America. Absolutely. Which is, which is an, you know, that near shoring, uh, uh, a theme that we’ve all heard about because let’s face it, some of it just isn’t, uh, it’s not a good fit for the mix as you’ve spoken to at length of the labor and workforce available here in the States. So, right. It’s going to be really interesting to see as different industries, geographic markets around the world, look to vie for a piece of any of the pod that is going to be shifted to, you know, out of China. So a lot, a lot more to come on this, right?

Greg White (00:31:41):

Well, yeah, I mean, just to be clear, by the way, Samsung already has a chip manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas and the government is working with them. Department of commerce, I believe. Let me check that. Us officials, sorry, is all they say, but they’re working with them to expand that capability. And those discussions are ongoing. But if you think about it, um, Canada, Mexico, lots of the South American countries do have really educated and really capable workforces. Um, I don’t know how anyone knows this, but Claudia freed, my friend knows I’m a huge fan of Argentina, a lot of off, uh, off shoring, I guess if you could even call it that. It’s a long drive, but you can drive to Argentina. Um, but a lot of the outsourcing of, of um, technology development occurs in Argentina and in Chile and in, in other countries around, uh, South America, Brazil.

Greg White (00:32:39):

Well, right. So there are opportunities right here in our part of the world to, to do those that, you know, to do those kinds of things. If we can’t make the economics work here in the States, we can at least be associated with friendlier and closer sourcing partners. Yep. Great points there. A lot more to come. Speaking of Claudia, that’s, so going back to some of the things we’re talking about earlier about, uh, transportation schedules kind of being reevaluate, reevaluated and reworked. She weighed in that big lots is not revealing their delivery schedule, although folks are looking to buy garden furniture, which they’ve put on sale. Hey, you moved point Claudia because, uh, Costco, my wife is very diligent and she learned the trick from the folks at Publix and um, she went to the store and said, when is it toilet paper and paper towels coming in.

Greg White (00:33:38):

And they said, we don’t know what is on our trucks until they arrive. Wow. That’s, I mean, I’m an old time retailer. Lots of people know that I worked for an auto parts chain in the early to mid nineties. And even then we knew what was on the trucks. We knew everything that was on the shelf. So it’s not because the technological capability hasn’t existed for over two decades. Right. It’s because they have chosen not to use it. And that is something that I’m certain Costco is a great organization. They’re very highly advanced in a lot of ways. That’s something that they have to be looking to resolve. They must be, if you think about companies planning to do things, I got to believe that. Grocery store chains. Um, and you know, we’ve talked a little bit with Mike Griswold about this. I’ve got to believe that grocery store chains are looking to automate, um, stock status, what they, what they know they hold in the stores and how they fulfill those stores.

Greg White (00:34:41):

They’ve got to be looking to automate that. And Costco likewise, yeah. Into, into what’s coming is crucial. Yep. Great point. And I’m sure visibility will be a big part of our webinar with Mike Griswold of Gartner on May 27th more, more to come on that momentarily. Hey, going back a little bit further. So memory weighed in when we’re talking about the disinfectant wipes and as we’ve seen a lot of new product, new from new people, new new companies flood into the market, she says, Hey, is there any form of regulation to ensure that the sanitizer manufacturers are actually selling standardized sanitizers? Opportunists are popping up and riding the demand wave. You’re right. And just like we’ve all seen the stories of certain, um, lack of quality and defective PPE equipment, which unfortunately is a huge safety issue. Right. Um, I’m not sure what the, uh, EPA and other similar regulatory agencies

Scott Luton (00:35:38):

are doing because Greg, to your point, they’re trying to act fast and move fast to meet the demand, meet the demand and the need. And I can respect that. However, in any agency’s efforts to move fast, what’s getting in under the radar? I don’t know. That’s a great, great point there for memory. I think, look, we again, some weeks ago we started talking about sourcing relationships, B2B sourcing relationships. I would argue that the same applies B to C and that is if you don’t have a relationship with, with a company, haven’t had one in the past, you have no reason to trust them now, particularly if they are a popup, if you will, um, who’s just, who’s just come into the market now. It’s very possible that the government is trying to keep up. It’s unlikely however, that they are able to. Yep. Claudia just shared, and I think she may be referring to Unilever here, but UL is making specs available for free.

Scott Luton (00:36:38):

I’m assuming she’s underwriters laboratories, people who make sure stuff is safe, at least, at least here in the States. Greg, you are an encyclopedia of information. Holy cow. There’s not an acronym you do not know cause stuff. Claudia, thanks for sharing. Cause I don’t remember what the TNI is in logistics T and I for Kathy. So trends and insights, trends and insights, we should just call it that. Hey Claudia, if you can, uh, if you can share the link to the news story or to the underwriter’s laboratory and, and that’d be good for folks to know. Alright. It may not apply to South Africa where memory is button. They probably have a similar, um, a similar agency. Great point. Alright, so diving back into our final story here, uh, on, on the supply chain bus. So, you know, we’ve spoken to a wide variety of industry leaders and a lot of them have spoken to just how tough it is to manage plants and this new environment where you’ve got to protect the workforce and really entirely new ways.

Scott Luton (00:37:46):

Right? So in this article that comes from Jim Miller over at supply chain DOB, a lot of the constantly moving pieces are identified in this ongoing effort to protect the workforce. So let’s keep this simple because there’s a ton of issues here, but let’s start with the technology side first and the app technology applications first. So we all would love to have a vaccine rolled out in the weeks ahead, right? And make things a little bit easier and allow us to eliminate large part of threat. That’s not going to happen. In fact, JP Gander a VP and principal analyst over at Forrester says that that’s just not going to be the case. He says, quote, people need to think outside the box a little bit and use innovation to overcome this. We’re unlikely to have a vaccine anytime soon. And millions of frontline workers need to keep the world moving.

Scott Luton (00:38:35):

Must be proactive in quote, good stuff there. So the article sites, one technology practice in particular that’s already in place. So the wearables, you know, that alert or buzz when they get, when folks may, maybe they get close to close to each other or equally as important to close to dangerous areas or equipment. Right. And, and these facilities, uh, the article cites a Canadian company known as proxy P R O X X X. X. I was cited as already producing this type of equipment. Additionally, a company known as halo is producing similar equipment, but their equipment has a built in ability to offer contact tracing. And there’s a lot of different opinions on this, this notion of contact tracing. But in this case, if an employee gets a virus, you can go back and figure out who else was exposed. So that the first half of this article, you know, putting it in the bucket of the technology that’s already out there and spend is being used and being developed and being ramped up in terms of production.

Scott Luton (00:39:42):

But that opens up the second bucket. Right. And that is employee privacy. Right? Right. Did you know, Greg, I didn’t know this, but did you know that the under the Americans with disabilities act, the ADA certain data is protected. In fact, Bob Nichols, who’s cited in the article, a partner in attorney with Bracewell LLP says that under the ADA quote, you can’t monitor health conditions or biometric conditions of your workforce in quote. And Nichols does say that that may change just like it did in March when the U S equal employment opportunity commission allowed allowed employers to begin measuring body temperature, which was a, again, that’s true. ADA. I that. Hmm. Uh, so that begs the question, just how far will all of this this movement go? Cause you know, uh, Amazon took some flack not too long ago. In fact, we covered it here on the buzz, I believe, where a patent that they had filed went public that allowed for wearable buzzers to communicate picking errors or productivity lapses to the employee.

Scott Luton (00:40:52):

And there was a lot of hubbub over that. Lots of moving pieces here. Undoubtedly a lot of tough decisions that have gotta be made by a bunch of smart people all around this ever evolving and moving debate. But you know, keeping it simple, this is the North star. We’ve got to protect the supply chain workforce and take care of the folks that keep the global economy moving and keep, keep us consumers with stuff full in the pantries and things we need. Right? We do, you know, a lot of what you’re referring to is, is covered in some part by HIPAA. H I P a here in the States, which means your medical

Greg White (00:41:34):

records are your own and you must give permission for anyone to access those. I could see this being tied into that somehow. So early on I worked with a company called Henry shine, um, which is a big healthcare distributor. Um, and at the time they had human health care. Now not as much dental, they have dental, but um, at the time they had medical health care entities as well. And that was a major issue that that right to privacy of your own body is really, really important. And what is, what you must sacrifice for the greater good of humankind is going to be a long drawn out debate at the same time. Anything that you consent to, to, um, expose to anyone you know, or any entity, of course you have the right to do that as well. And, and like, um, GDPR which is a European, you know, sharing of your personal web data basically, let’s just say, um, you have the right to determine what of that you want to share and for a particular time periods. So perhaps there’s a way to solve it in a similar fashion.

Scott Luton (00:42:52):

Yeah, a lot more is going to be a lot more folks are gonna weigh in here. We’re going to see some precedents be made and some lines in the sand certainly be drawn. Uh, it’s fascinating to see just how far technology has evolved and that’s, that’s a good thing, right? Because we have options that we can, uh, innovative options that we can apply to take care of this, this very valuable workforce that are, that look, these men and women are extremely courageous. They’re, they’re jumping into their truck cabs. They’re picking things that fulfillment centers, the rise of e-commerce, which was taking place long before this pandemic environment is on steroids now. And these folks are still that they’re going into these meat plants, which we’ve seen some, you know, be taken offline because of some of this, the spread or these, these are folks that are just so critical to keep protecting the psyche of global consumers and, and all the more reason to make sure we protect the workforce. Can I say,

Greg White (00:43:47):

well, I think we need to put this in some sort of perspective. And, and that is, um, there are a lot of other illnesses out there that could have a similar effect. For instance, in, in the States. Okay. Since March one, 4.88, 2 million people have been tested for Covin 19 and about 17% of those people have ha have actually, um, have actually had a positive test. So remember, the tests here in the States are limited to people with, with a sufficient, at least right now with a sufficient number of symptoms through to be suspected to have Cove at 19. And even those people, only 17% of them have coven 19, that means 83% of them have something else that approximates the conditions, the symptoms of Colvin 19. So it’s not as if, if you don’t have at 19, you’re necessarily healthy. Right, right. I think we should be equally as concerned about things like pneumonia and things like that, which are commonly pneumonia and flu. Even the common cold, which is also a Corona virus, are commonly transmitted through the workplace. And we adjust, started to reach a point where people were saying, if you’re sick, stay home. Right. And now, now that we have that recognition in the workplace, this or some semblance of this gives us the ability to protect those who are healthy and also identify maybe only for that person, those who are ill so that they don’t further contaminate themselves or the rest of the workforce.

Scott Luton (00:45:38):

Yeah. That’s just part of protecting the workforce, Scott. Yeah. Yep. Well, you know what’s also interesting, w w we didn’t teed up today and they will teed up for next week, uh, related to the vaccine. You know when that is eventually, I think Johnson Johnson has been taking the lead on that and they’ve had some early breakthroughs. But when that’s ready, we’re just like, we’re still struggling to get enough tests available. We need a lot more needles. [inaudible] there was a story floating across the, uh, the wire this weekend, I think, uh, our good friend down in Florida, uh, uh, mr Ben, uh, I think he was reporting he picked up on it because it’s not just going to be a, um, a magic wand that poof, everybody’s immunized. There’s a process, a big process, and it’s going to be a huge demand. So lots of stuff to track here. Right?

Greg White (00:46:28):

Well, I, for one, I’m not waiting for, for a, um, you know, for a medical solution. We haven’t cured the common cold. Yup. Also a Corona virus. We haven’t cured the flu and the flu, um, mutates every year. We still haven’t eliminated pneumonia. So I don’t think there’s any reason to necessarily believe that we will cure this. I think we all hope so, but I think we’ve all got to face the possibility that that may not happen in this might be something that we live with for a long, long time. And as I said, it’s 17% of the illnesses that, that mimic the kind of symptoms that Corona virus does. So there is clearly a lot more out there that we need to be concerned about. And somehow we were living with those things threatening us as well. So we’ve got to start to in our mind, um, think about life beyond this lockdown without right. Without a cure or, or antidote or, you know, whatever. Sorry. Alright. I think we need to start thinking about that possibility and what you’ve just described there is, is a helping hand for all of those illnesses that allow us to get back to work and to remain more healthy because a lot of people die of pneumonia every year. More have died this year of pneumonia, um, at least in the States by a good measure than have died of coven 19. Yep.

Speaker 3 (00:48:05):

Alright. So Nathan, uh, Nathan Sparks own LinkedIn, says a quote, privacy and safety tradeoffs. Shirley will bring important ethics issues that legal and corporate compliance groups will need to address. So yeah, back to Costco visibility, he continues, I suspect they are not telling their employees delivery info. So to limit risk and compromise behavior within the store, employees and customers. Good stuff there. Uh, and memory, uh, along the lines of things that may be overlooked right now. She says another disease being overlooked right now is to uh, to work closest. Yeah. Excellent. That’s an excellent point. Yeah. All right. So, um, a lot, a lot, a lot of stories going on here today. Busy time and supply chain. As always, Claudia. Um, looks like Claudia and Amanda just found the link for the, uh, underwriter laboratories information. So they put that in the LinkedIn feed. Are you going to be putting that?

Speaker 3 (00:49:03):

Okay. Becka hit all of our, all five social feeds. So good stuff there. Alright, so moving right along, we’ve got some interesting events coming up, right, right, yes. And a lot more fun than talking about this stuff, right? Well, you know, necessary, but not that much fun really. It is. Well it is necessary. And you know, there’s, there’s a lot of, a lot of information out there, a lot of smart people on all sides of this ongoing discussion and, and it’s, you know, it’s still unprecedented, right. And, um, there are folks hurting economically, which is really important for us to think about and there’s folks hurting from a healthcare standpoint. And so we just, you know, weigh in and report what we see and then kind of give you our spin. So, but to your point, this was a lot more fun. Alright, so coming up again, one of our, uh, 0.5% of our content is supply chain trivia night where we’re trying to give folks an Avenue to the stress and, and reconnect with some of their, uh, supply chain practitioners globally. So our next round to which you don’t have to be if you didn’t have to be a part of the first one to participate in this next year, the new game, it’s a new world. It is May 3rd,

Greg White (00:50:23):

you don’t have to have watched season one to watch season two. It’s not like the Sopranos or Ozar.

Speaker 3 (00:50:28):

You hop right in. That’s right. May 13th, 4:00 PM Eastern daylight time supply chain trivia night. Join us, come win and take our money. I think we’re first prize gets 200 bucks. Again, $200 gift card. This gentlemen here, Greg, tell us about the current champ.

Greg White (00:50:46):

Dimitrios is sort of like a, um, a WWE fighter with a mask on. So he played the whole game as mr inventory and then only revealed himself in the last moments after he overtook the virtually wire to wire leader. Uh, Chris Gaffney, who is chief supply chain officer, Coca-Cola. I know you’re coming back, Chris. Um, and after he overtook Angie Reno and Sarah Barnes, Humphrey and Peter Heflin and a number Jonathan Townsley and another, uh, uh, an Claudia as a matter of fact of other strong contenders. So I feel like there might be a little bit of a grudge match effect here and I know that there are people coming after Demetrius.

Speaker 3 (00:51:32):

Yes. Uh, all right, so join us May 13th, 4:00 PM Eastern daylight time. We have got, we’re, we’re coming out bigger and better so we’re not going to be moving as fast. We had a challenge with the delay since it was a live stream. So we’re gonna slow down a bit and have a few less questions but have plenty of time for folks to answer the question. So register you don’t have to, but it helps if you register cause we’re gonna be sending out some instructions, uh, the day before, uh, at supply chain I, radio.com. Now, real quick, Greg, we need to recognize a member of our team but also has who has her own entrepreneurial venture called made the balloon. So Michelle Bartlett Yarborough weighs in. Good, good reminder to remember the other issues are going on. So absolutely Michelle. But you know, she is celebrating a two year anniversary of her, of her entrepreneurial venture, made the bloom today.

Speaker 3 (00:52:25):

Whoa. Uh, in this day in history. That’s right. That’s a good point. So from all of us, Michelle, we’ve been collaborating from MODEC a lot of other projects, initiatives. You’re a, you bring so much to the table and congrats on your business. That continues to grow, uh, made the bloom, makes. Let’s make sure we get a link. Um, so we can share that with folks. Okay. So we’ve got two other, uh, quick resources that are coming up. We want to make sure are front and center for any of our listeners. Uh, the first is, so have you had a chance to even think about the upcoming challenge that will be the 2020 hurricane season? Is that, I mean that was not on my radar until I reconnected with risk, pulse and resilience three 60,

Greg White (00:53:13):

you know, we’re piling one ordinary dis disruption on top of an a completely unexpected and frankly self-inflicted disruption. And we

Speaker 3 (00:53:26):

have used and so many other people have used the term unprecedented, right? This is undoubtedly unprecedented. Um, I think from my perspective, the benefit that we have here is this is something we expect in the Southeastern us and the Gulf coast every year. So we are equipped to deal with it. And by the way, I think the provisions that government and retailers and distribution and, and um, and consumers as well have made for this season are a great model for the possibility of other significant seismic disruptions. So, um, but yeah, these two companies, risk, pulse and resilience, three 60, they’ve been in the forefront. We actually met with David Schilling furred they got it. Their chairman, uh, mode X the last trade show to go on. That’s right. Um, and, and he had, uh, led a panel there and continues to lead the fore in terms of helping people to understand the risk.

Speaker 3 (00:54:35):

And, uh, both of these companies, they are the technology behind so many of the technologies out there that help predict disruptions in the supply chain. Um, and, and this is a valuable service that they’re offering. And I’m thankful to them for, for sharing this out there. These are basically the weather channel in a way of, of supply chain. That’s right. Thousands and thousands of data points that they, that their team has crunched and overlayed that across the, uh, busiest and most vital seaports and airports to help provide some proactive, uh, data and insights that global supply chain leaders and practitioners really need to consider. Cause this, as Greg mentioned, this is going to be a very unique, uh, tropical season. So check out that webinar they’ve got coming up on May 14th, just a couple of days from now. 11:00 AM Eastern time. Good stuff there. And you know, we make it easy.

Speaker 3 (00:55:31):

We’ve included the direct link to register, which it is a complimentary webinar, but you still have to register. We’ve put that in the show notes of each of the, uh, if you’re, if you’re listening to us on Facebook, uh, on YouTube or on LinkedIn, you can register directly from this, uh, the show notes. Okay. And then Greg, moving right along. One final resource to share with folks is our webinar we have with Mike Rosewall with Gardner on May 27th, which is going to be a little bit broader, right? Right. Where each year they come out with the Gartner supply chain top 25 rankings where they crunched data on about 300 global enterprises. And their key takeaways and common threads from all of this exhaustive research always is very informational and actionable for business leaders of just about any type business,

Greg White (00:56:24):

right? It is. And look, if you listen to us all the time, and so many of you do, don’t miss it. Uh, there’s so much we need to learn to help better supply chain to, to solve or prevent the issues that we’re facing right now. And, um, and as I always say, Mike is a practitioner first. He’s an analyst. Second, he has, I think we’ve agreed to say over two decades of experience, um, a lot of information and of course he’s dedicated his life now to researching and improve and assessing and improving supply chains for, um, particularly retail company, but companies, uh, brand companies of all sorts. Yeah, they have, um, they have an enhanced, um, corporate responsibility metric, um, environmental and societal governance, ESG that they’ve, they’ve tagged it. That is even a greater standard than typical what’s called CSR. And that goes into the supply chain, top 25 and we expect a significant shuffling of the top 25 because of that this year, some companies, um, will score fairly high and some may score nothing at all depending on, I mean, these are high high standards of ethicality and sustainability and supply chain.

Greg White (00:57:51):

Yep. I’ll come into you by Mike Griswold who always delivers, as Greg mentioned, the guy, just a, um, uh, a walking him, a Greg walking encyclopedias of insights and best practices and uh, perspective. Okay. So that’s May 27th a few weeks out, uh, at 12 noon Eastern daylight time. So join us for that. You can find that direct link on this, uh, livestream or@supplychainatradio.com. All right, Greg, uh, we covered a lot. I, I should have 58 minutes and 24 seconds. That’s right. Um, you know, what’s, as we close here and thanks to all of the audience for weighing in and, and the questions and the insights that comments, um, really that’s what makes these live streams so rewarding for Greg and I and the whole team here. Uh, but Greg, if there’s one or two things that folks really need to and reader’s digest version really needs to focus on and take away from this at least this edition of the supply chain buzz, what would that be?

Greg White (00:58:53):

I think we all need to face the fact that whether we feel comfortable doing it or not, we are going to get back to business. So we need to figure out a way to get comfortable with that. We need to be explicit with our employers and business partners, uh, in, in what we determined as comfort in terms of redoing, in terms of renewing business. We all have to acknowledge that if we, that particularly here in the States, every single penny that is being doled out to accompany here in the States is not coming from your fellow taxpayers. It’s not coming from your U S government. It’s coming directly from China buying us bonds and the trillions and trillions of dollars of additional debt that we are taking. We are literally taking directly from China and we need to acknowledge and start to figure out how to solve that problem because having China more over our head is not going to bode well for us in the future.

Speaker 3 (00:59:56):

Yeah, great point. You know, uh, along somewhat along those lines, I think we as supply chain leaders and business leaders, you know, uh, we’ve got the look and start to put our own what’s coming next, right? There’s no shortage of challenges. We’re just talking about hurricane season. It is so difficult and that, and we get it. It’s so difficult to start thinking about that when we’re still, you know, world. That’s right. But we’ve got to do it. We’ve got to take our medicine, no pun intended, um, because organizations, uh, and the markets we better off if we can really jump into proactively, you know, some of the challenges we know around the corner so that we can be better prepared for the challenges that we don’t know are right around the corner. So, um, and hopefully these resources that were, we just walked through. The trivia game is a look that’s for camaraderie and kindred spirits and, and distress, uh, distressing activities. But the webinars do offer a great avenues for proactively looking at, um, you know, what’s just around that proverbial corner. So, um, there’s no time like the present, right?

Greg White (01:01:04):

Scott, you a quote, you made a quote some weeks back. If your job is to eat frogs, eat your frogs in the morning, get it, eat, do it first thing and get it over with this culture. Part of the culture of supply chain has been to sort of kick the can down the road. That’s a U S term for not deal with hard problems, kick the can down the road on risk management, on single sourcing, on sourcing through unfriendly, um, empires, whatever you want to call them. And, and one of the things I would encourage people to do is starting right now, right on whatever it is, eat your frogs in the morning, stop kicking the can down the road, whatever you call it, wherever you’re from, start recognizing where you’re doing that. And start ending that practice right now.

Speaker 3 (01:01:56):

Good stuff. And with that, we’re going to close. Hey, thanks for tuning in today for the supply chain buzz. If there’s something you’re looking for, uh, at supply chain now, radio.com you can’t quite find it. Or if there’s something that we share today and you can’t quite find it, shoot a note to amanda@supplychainirregular.com she can also help you if you’re interested in the supply chain now platform. So check that out. Uh, you know, Hey, uh, there are certainly absolutely and sooner than we know, brighter days. Line ahead. Thanks for joining us here on supply chain. Now on behalf of Greg white and Scott lewd and our whole team, hope you have a wonderful week ahead and we’ll see you next time here on supply chain. Now. Thanks for buddy.

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Kim Winter

Host, Supply Chain Now

The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.

He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.

A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).

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Adrian Purtill

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Adrian Purtill serves as Business Development Manager at Vector Global Logistics, where he consults with importers and exporters in various industries to match their specific shipping requirements with the most effective supply chain solutions. Vector Global Logistics is an asset-free, multi-modal logistics company that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for our clients. Our highly trained and professional team is committed to providing creative and effective solutions, always exceeding our customer’s expectations and fostering long-term relationships. With more than 20+ years of experience in both strategy consulting and logistics, Vector Global Logistics is your best choice to proactively minimize costs while having an exceptional service level.

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Kevin Brown

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Vicki White

Controller

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

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Allison Giddens

Host

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

Host

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

Host

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

Host

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

Host

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

Host

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

Host

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

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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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