“You are a leader if you’re able to make people walk with you. Otherwise, you’re just taking a walk.”
–Sofia Rivas Herrera, Supply Chain Now Livestream Audience Member
“If it works for Cold Chain, it’ll work for your chain.”
–Jeffrey Miller, Supply Chain Now Livestream Audience Member
In this episode of Supply Chain Now, Scott and Greg share the top stories in supply chain for the week from the Supply Chain Buzz livestream. They cover stories about cold chain, imports, and more!
Intro – Amanda Luton (00:05):
It’s time for supply chain. Now broadcasting live from the supply chain capital of the country. Atlanta, Georgia heard around the world, supply chain. Now spotlights the best in all things, supply chain, the people, the technologies, the best practices and the critical issues of the day. And now here are your hosts.
Scott Luton (00:30):
That was an abbreviated swoosh. I believe Greg. Good afternoon. How are you doing? I didn’t even see it, but darn it. I love that thing. Can we do that again? We don’t have to go out, but we can just swish again. We will check in with the production team, but I think they were, they were cutting some, some waste and some money out of the budget. I think for this week’s, it’s all about efficiency and risk mitigation and supply chain. That is right. I like that by the way. Hey, now we’re on now. We’re own and we’re live and it is a supply chain bus Scott Luton, Greg white with you here on supply chain. Now welcome to today’s live stream. So Greg big weekend, a big week of news last week when it comes to business and supply chain looking forward to diving into all of that.
Scott Luton (01:20):
No, no, no feature guests today. But, uh, we did add featured guests, our audience, our featured guests. Now that is true. That is true. And Victor and Leandro have already said a low, so hope, hope, hopefully this finds both of you well via LinkedIn. Great to have you here. Um, so quick program programming before we get started here today, today we published this week in business history, which is own its own channel, but it hit the main supply chain. Now channel today, Greg and we tackled retail and radio retail, Marshall field of Marshall fields, fame. Wow. And Coco Chanel of, you know, the founder of Chanel, which has pretty interesting backstory there, especially if you’re kind of new to the world of fashion. Like I am, I know you’re not, but I am. She has a fascinating backstory and then be sure just in case I then own the radio side.
Scott Luton (02:22):
Uh, we dove into arguably the first commercial radio station in the States and there’s several claims there, but we covered, WWJ not 50 am in Detroit. That’s the first radio station. Well, it’s got, it’s got a claim in Katie K out of Pittsburgh has a claim in the San Francisco station. Um, and then the L the iconic Motown records, uh, because this week, uh, in history, they hit their first number one, uh, in terms of a Motown single of course, a hundred and over a 80 where to follow. But we talked about Barry Gordy jr. And you know, that one of a kind record label,
Greg White (03:06):
A connection there between Motown, right. Detroit Motown and, and muscle Shoals, Alabama. So I don’t know if everybody knows this, but they had this group down there called the Swampers and they played not only what you would expect, the kind of Leonard Skinner, uh, Dwayne, or, um, um, Homeland brothers type stuff and that sort of thing. But they were also the backing band for Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye, all kinds of Motown. It was amazing. The gifts that these folks have. There’s actually a, uh, there’s actually a, uh, I think Netflix or prime show on, on muscle Shoals. It’s fascinating to watch.
Scott Luton (03:56):
It really is the backstory and some of the details that don’t always make it out into everyone’s, uh, functioning knowledge of, of these bands and these record labels. And, and, you know, for that matter, the fashion industry, the radio industry, you name it. So it was a neat,
Greg White (04:11):
Neat episode. And that’s awesome. I haven’t gotten to listen to that one though. I know it went up in our secret private channel last night, but I didn’t get, I didn’t get to preview it.
Scott Luton (04:24):
All right. So want to say hello to Jeffrey Miller, Jeff, uh, your ears were burning earlier today.
Greg White (04:30):
We’ll talk about cold chain. That’s right. That’s right,
Scott Luton (04:36):
Bob. Good to see you here as well. I think I saw Pierre. Pierre is tuned in from Noonan home of Yamaha and many others. So Pierre hope this finds you well. And Chris Barnes, of course, supply chain is boring. The apex coach. Good old Chris Barnes. Chris hope this finds you. Well, my friend. Okay. So with no further ado, Greg, one more note, we should say ramming notes. Yeah. Supply chain. Now of course you can, if you enjoy today’s live stream, you can check out supply chain. Now you can check out tequila, sunrise. You can check out this week in business history and supply chain is boring and we’ve got it all conveniently in the show notes of the life.
Greg White (05:20):
That’s right. We do all this for you.
Scott Luton (05:23):
All right. So it looks like
Greg White (05:25):
No about you. People let’s talk about us
Scott Luton (05:30):
And hello, Anne from Norway. Great to have you tuned in via LinkedIn log. Okay. So this review came in and we’ve been really grateful. There’s been some interesting reviews and comments may have, of course, we get lots of feedback. Uh, Didi here who showered remain nameless, I reckon says, quote, Scott and Greg are the absolute best at what they do. Always something new and engaging the listen to their understanding of the industry makes the world of supply chain truly interesting
Greg White (06:00):
With each episode, DD sharks. Really thank you.
Scott Luton (06:06):
That makes our day, uh, for sure,
Greg White (06:10):
Our chief marketing officer makes us brag on ourselves. That’s right. Okay.
Scott Luton (06:14):
That’s right. And we get in trouble if we don’t. So,
Greg White (06:18):
Scott Luton (06:18):
I also want to say low to Mervyn to AA professor Mohib is here on the live stream with us.
Greg White (06:26):
Um, and safety.
Scott Luton (06:28):
It says hello from Dubai. So great to have you here with us. And of course, Stephanie
Greg White (06:33):
And Stephan, are you worried about him
Scott Luton (06:38):
Steph? And hopefully you can stick around to the end
Greg White (06:41):
Cause we’ve got a picture all. Alright, so
Scott Luton (06:45):
Greg, with no further ado, we’re going to dive into some of the top headlines in supply chain. How about that?
Greg White (06:50):
That’s a great idea. Is that that is what we’re here for today,
Scott Luton (06:54):
To my knowledge, to my knowledge. Um, all right. So
Greg White (06:58):
Two cards, that’s it.
Scott Luton (07:00):
In our first story here, the manufacturing
Greg White (07:03):
Industry get to work. Yeah.
Scott Luton (07:07):
The manufacturing industry gained in July. Of course. It still has a long way to go though. Uh, the federal reserve reported last Friday, the industry production Rose 3% in July. That’s the third straight month. Yeah.
Greg White (07:20):
Hey, that’s something
Scott Luton (07:23):
After a couple of steep declines in March and April, of course, those declines related to COVID-19 and Hey, the 3% gain beat the street, uh, who had projected a 2.7% increase that’s that’s good. Um, couple of data nuggets in the overall increase. First off manufacturing output in particular improved in July, the largest increase in industrial production. The sector was automotive and mining production, which includes all end gas of all things also is up after five months of decline, all good news, but in the bigger picture, got a lot more, make it up and do the current production index is 8.4% lower than pre pandemic levels in February. And that’s best pre-print pandemic here in the States. Um, an analyst concerns also still linger. They’re worried about less than brisk demand automotive in the months ahead. So the rate of ketchup will be a little bit slower than what a lot of folks would like to see. And as we all know, the continued struggles in the aerospace industry doesn’t help anybody. So, uh, Greg, some early thoughts that come to mind here with this, this news,
Greg White (08:34):
Well, this is a theme we have seen pretty much since may. Well, and we’re fortunate to see that we’re coming off such a disastrous April and may, that we could only hope that it, that, that we started to see ourselves climbing out of this. And fortunately we have, um, we’re going to talk in another article kind of similar type results, but you know, the good news is, and I think we’ve talked about this in some previous shows this at least portends a V-shaped recovery, meaning relatively deep drop, but fairly rapid recovery, or it could be a w meaning up, down or down, up, down up again, but it looks, it’s looking pretty good. Um, you know, there’s good reason to believe that this is sustainable. As people start to get back to work here in the States and they are doing so in dramatic fashion.
Greg White (09:32):
That’s right. That is right. In fact, we’ve got an upcoming podcast we’re going to be recording in, uh, I think later this week about, uh, kind of that return to the office and some labor law issues to be, uh, to be aware of. So more to come on that, Hey, let’s say hello. Let’s let’s take a few comments here. So Mervin says, Hey, he’s ready for you to start giving away there’s tequila, sunrise. T-shirts Greg. Yeah, we gotta get those. We gotta get those printed, but you’re right. It is time to do that. Alright, I’m on it. Marvin. I’m on
Scott Luton (10:06):
You Elena says hello from Paula
Greg White (10:09):
First time here. Let’s see what kind of magic you guys do here. Now. That is an interesting comment. Greg does all the magic. I’m just here to wash dishes and take the trash out Elaina. So, but bring down the gauntlet. That’s right. Hey, um, Poland, what talk about interesting economies. I mean, even prior to, um, even prior to, uh, the pandemic and everything, Poland was on the rise. I mean, one of the leaders in Eastern Europe, so, you know, back just a few years ago, we were seeing a ton of uplift in that marketplace. So that’s making several of my friends here. Happy. Yeah. So great to have you here. You will. Lena, Angie, Rena Reno nine one one says, sign me up for that. T-shirt Greg. So, Hey, you got some pressure building. We got some demand and these tequila sunrise, t-shirts, we’re going to have to give the customer what they want.
Greg White (11:04):
The toughest thing is to decide on the color of t-shirt because it doesn’t seem sensible for it to be a gray or black t-shirt. And I’m trying to find just the right blend. I really like these kind of silky feeling t-shirts and finding that in orange is really tough. All right. So, Hey, uh, so we’re, we’re full of good news here today. So one last comment here on this first store, before we hit story, number two is according to advisor perspectives, and, and this was kind of a in conjunction with that first article from market watch, you know, they’re, they’ve been tracking their, what they call the big four indicator since the last, since the great recession 2009. Right? And so if you look at employment, you look at industrial production, which is what we just talked about, right? That’s up 3%. You look at real sales and real income and
Scott Luton (11:54):
The good news here. And I’ll, I’ll point this out to everybody, and we’re not gonna dive deep into this odd chart, but I think this is good news. So for the first time, since August, 2019, uh, we’ve had three months where all the big four indicators are in the green, there is growth. Now you could, on one hand, the glass half empty, you might say, well that’s because eight March and April, you know, fell off the cliff. That’s right. However, I would point out that this shows a steady recovery and that is good news. There’s, nothing’s guaranteed in the months to come. We’ve got, as, as analysts talked about no shortage of challenges. And that’s just a couple, but this is good news. And hopefully we’ll keep getting a lot more of that in the weeks to come. Right, Greg?
Greg White (12:42):
Yeah. Again, you know, I can’t, I can’t say this enough people, people can probably hear it enough, but I still can’t say it enough. And that is we have to acknowledge that the reason for this precipitous drop was self-inflicted right. That the pandemic did not stop the economy. The governments of the world stopped the economy because they locked us down now of course prudently. So right. But there’s, there, there, the fundamental, uh, impacts on the economy have not changed that dramatically. When you take out the impact of the pandemic, the seismic societal disruption. I love saying that Brad, Jacob coined that phrase, um, you see you, when you take that out, then, you know, the economy was, and it appears to be coming back to be growing relatively steadily. Yeah, that’s right. Good. This is a another point in that regard. So it’s interesting. So Scott and I don’t collaborate on the articles that we pick here.
Greg White (13:45):
I picked of course, something that impacts retail. He picks something that impacts manufacturing. Um, but this is a really good article again, by our friends at supply chain, dive, Matt Leonard is getting up there with Emma because Grove in my opinion, um, as a great reporter, now, a big part of this article is about the port of LA. It’s very port of LA centric. And they interviewed the general manager, whoever runs the port. Um, but the macro data that, uh, this shows is really, really important. So U S again, we’re talking about port of LA mostly, but U S ocean bound imports. Um, we’re up 4.4% year over year. Um, but up 16% from June, uh, you know, the prior month. So there’s a couple of reasons why that distinction is necessary. And we’ve gone into that. It’s only up slightly year over year, but it’s up a pile over June because again, because of the seismic societal disruption.
Greg White (14:53):
So, uh, you know, just a quick, some more quick stats for you. I don’t have fancy charts like Scott does. Um, but, but may was down ocean imports, uh, seaborne imports were down 30% year over year, and that was the trough for seaborne imports in case anyone knows, you know, the ports were started shutting down. Um, there are a couple of other things that a couple of other dynamics that we’ll go into here in a second, but really what, uh, what it appears is that this is the brands, you know, uh, brands and retailers playing a little bit of ketchup, or a lot of ketchup as demand returns due to relieving lockdown restrictions. You might also recall this is a well, you might also recall that ocean carriers were intentionally limiting capacity until very recently to drive up rates. So they have successfully driven up rates, and now they’re willing to ship because they’re getting enough money to make the shipments profitable.
Greg White (16:01):
Even with this bump in, in July, total volume is down 15% from 2019. Again, this is just seaborne shipments. Um, and I think this, this indicates recovery as we were talking about with manufacturing, but even in RF says that, uh, the expect imports down 10% year over year overall for the whole year. So, um, and some interesting, some other interesting tips. So let me check, let me throw this at you. The increases aren’t universal, and one of these is surprising. So just a couple of examples. Home furnishings are up 13% appliances up 34%. So home appliances are up imports are up 34% heavy machinery down 22%, not surprising, right? That’s, you know, that’s a Kubota tractors and things like that, right. Um, but this one surprised me building materials dropped 7%. Hm. Considering that construction has not stopped. And in some cases accelerated, that was a little bit surprising to me.
Greg White (17:13):
So, but still look demand is going to be dependent on consumers. Um, and right now, as we all know, trying to predict what we are going to do next is, is really, really difficult. Totally great. Toilet paper shortage seems like an issue of the past, but, um, the great deodorant depression, uh, is I would say all that unpredictable, and I’m gonna encourage you people to, to, to practice good hygiene, right by deodorant deodorant sales are down like 30%. Wow. You know, today federal aid has been keeping the economy aloft, right. We had the $600 a week, um, unemployment buffering, and that has gone away. And there’s no deal in sight on a, on a secondary agreement. So that’s a little bit difficult. Now, the good news is the absence of that aid has driven people back to work. Most of them at higher wages than the augmented unemployment benefits.
Greg White (18:21):
Um, and that’s good because people work, people can afford to spend money and get this. So we interviewed and we’ll be publishing a, a, uh, an interview with John gold, the, uh, VP of supply chain and customs policy at national retail Federation. He said this, the more Congress, the more Congress does to put spending money in consumer’s pockets and provide businesses with liquidity. The sooner we can get back to normal, not a huge fan. I love Jonathan gold. First of all, I’m not a huge fan of continuing to put money in consumer’s pockets from the government. Um, but we do need to help businesses with liquidity that doesn’t have to mean giveaways. That could be short term loans. That could be longterm loans. Um, but you know, um, businesses are borrowing at an incredible rate right now, those that aren’t going out of business. In fact, 26 major retailers have gone bankrupt this year.
Greg White (19:22):
And something like 300,000 small businesses, depending on your definition have folded this years, just to give you an idea. So the need for business liquidity is definite there. Um, look, we can see, we’ve seen, and we’re going to continue to see. And as Scott said later this week, we’re going to talk about how people can safely get back to work. Um, and actually I had a meeting in person Scott on Friday with, uh, bill Gibson, the CEO of a company called the Pasco warehouse management. Let’s just call it a fulfillment application. Um, and he had people begging to get back in the office. He literally had to, he had to, because they needed to do some production or some construction. He had to actually get about 50 people to go back home and work from home. And I wonder, and I put this question to the audience. I wonder if Pete, some people, many people are itching to get back to the office office, but getting people back to work is going to be sufficient to get the economy to rebound. There’s nothing foundationally. I’m no economist, but there’s nothing foundationally different other than the epidemic that impacts all right,
Scott Luton (20:35):
Comments here. And we’re going to start, uh, with Jeffrey Miller. So Jeff says, Hey, I missed how Greg set up the data, but it is possible that a portion of the construction material decrease is logistics related because he says lumber, shortages abound good stuff.
Greg White (20:53):
True. And we can’t move aluminum either. Cause there’s such a shortage of that as well. So that’s a good point. Yup.
Scott Luton (20:59):
Say hello to Tim Ingram. Who’s also tuned in, I think, via LinkedIn. And so a Sophia Sophia, I like your glass half full approach here. Cause she says, as, as Greg was talking about uterine cells down, she says at least oral hygiene product sales are up Greg. So
Greg White (21:17):
That is a good way of looking at it. Sophia. Yes.
Scott Luton (21:22):
Stephan has a different take on construction industry. Um, he says, he’s got to object to your surprise there’s numbers in his neighborhood. They were building a whole new neighborhood behind his house
Greg White (21:34):
House. Provat hit, they finished building their houses that were already started, but not a single more house more. Okay. That’s interesting. That’s different than what I’m seeing here in Atlanta.
Scott Luton (21:46):
All right. And Chris says, though, he agrees with you, but he’s as surprised as you are, especially given how do it yourself. That whole industry is booming, which we talked about last week, uh, on the heels of home Depot’s expansion from a supply chain footprint standpoint.
Greg White (22:01):
Those is no slouch. They’re expanding as well. That was a neat story to see. Um, and I think that’s
Scott Luton (22:08):
Most of the commentary there, so good stuff there. Um, so to the question in the headline that peak come early or supply chains making up for lost time, which is it
Greg White (22:20):
Neither. I think it’s definitely making up for lost time. It’s definitely that. Yeah. That’s a good point. I didn’t answer that question, right. That’s a, that’s one of those click bait headlines, but, um, yeah, it, I wouldn’t say that it is definitely that the peak is not going to be peak of normal. NRF has already said they expect peak to be down 14% from last year. So, um, I think people are going to be and should be prudently, cautious about spending, um, for the holidays. Um, I would encourage you to, I would encourage people to do that spend wisely.
Scott Luton (23:01):
Alright. So let’s move on to something.
Greg White (23:02):
My goodness. T-shirt and that’s it. Yeah. That should be your stocking stuff for everybody. Um,
Scott Luton (23:10):
All right. So we promise you plenty of good news on this on today’s episode of supply chain buzz, and here’s more of it. So this is a really neat story. Came across that we came across, at least our desk could be a Forbes, uh, and here’s the gist of it and, and check out the article because there’s a lot more behind it, but, but, uh, here’s the reader’s digest version. So five high schoolers had noticed a problem last lunch
Greg White (23:34):
Year or last school year, sorry that their teachers didn’t have time for lunch,
Scott Luton (23:39):
Surprise anybody. I remember my teachers grading papers and stuff during lunch, right? And the current delivery, as we all know are pretty expensive. You get, you get a couple of sandwiches that run your 50 bucks. It seems like. Um, so the five teenagers, these five brilliant teenagers built a food delivery program and that meant they offered it to the school 80 to 80 teachers signed up for this food delivery program. So again, for context, this is spring 2020. So think that’s when COVID-19 here in the States, as we all know, really began to increase. One of the innovative teenagers had a family member that was a doctor on the front lines in Atlanta. So of course, firsthand as COVID-19 is ramping up, they’re getting, you know, firsthand news of how the shortage of PPE, right? Right. So right away, these incredible kids shut their food delivery program down, sorry, teachers, but they focus on bigger need.
Scott Luton (24:38):
And that’s how, how do we get healthcare professionals that PPE they need? So after making a few successful coordinated deliveries with this newly tweaked a software program, they saw greater opportunity. And right then and there project pair link was born Aguilar. It’s just first name to protect the innocent and the innovative, our Aguilar was CEO. Seth became COO. All right. So the software that they had initially built to deliver food was found to be really helpful in mapping routes for PPE pickup and delivery and that matching process. Right? So to add scale to their platform so they can help more people project Powerlink partnering with this nonprofit here in town called Atlanta beats COVID they partner with Georgia tech and MIT professors, some of the best smartest around the Coca Cola company and ups all, all partnered. And one of the key thrusts here was to find those individuals or organizations with three D printers and get them into the fight, right.
Scott Luton (25:42):
Increasing supply. Right. And then of course the other tough hurdle is you got to coordinate pickup and delivery to those most in need. So it’s evolved. And this powerful platform that’s really, um, democratizing and distributing the supply chain serving PPE, but they want to do more, uh, applying their technology to hurricanes and other emergencies says Aguilar, the CEO quote, our longterm goal is to be a disaster relief replacement. We want to create a new technology to fight issues, open AI for disasters. We want to do that in a lot more places than just PPE in quote, what a neat story Greg and I don’t know about you, but what were you doing as a junior and senior in high school?
Greg White (26:30):
I am not at Liberty to say that, but I can assure you, it was not this I was on. I was entrepreneurial. Let’s just put it that way. Um, so another thing that I found was not only did they deploy this technology, but they even tweaked their methodology in the middle of it. So when they started making, um, face masks, not masks, uh, when they started, uh, issuing orders to people with three D printers and some of these people were individuals, um, they were making the, um, face fields, right? And they discovered that making one face shield at a time wasted, too much material and took too long. So they created, uh, they created a, um, a pattern so that they could make eight or 12 at a time and, and meet the same, do that, do more in the same amount of time. So even that was really interesting.
Greg White (27:26):
The important thing to think about here is the low. They are focusing on local supply chains, right? They want to find the people in Atlanta to solve the problem for Atlanta in new Orleans to solve the problem for a hurricane in new Orleans, right in new Bern, uh, North Carolina, when a, when a hurricane comes to shore there or whatever. So that’s the magic here, the routing, um, that’s, you know, that’s a pretty standard stuff. That’s cool that they’ve incorporated that into it. So they’re reading traffic and, and optimizing routing into that, but connecting to local people who can solve the problem that is, that is old fashioned supply chain. I mean, that’s, that’s me going next door to the farmer who has great tomatoes and right saying, Hey, can I get some of those tomatoes? So, uh, that, that will be really, really key. And the other thing is, think about it in the instance of a physical disaster, like a hurricane, which as you can tell, we have pay a lot of attention to here in the Southeast. They could figure out where the goods could come from, because they’ll know the area that has been damaged or impacted by the, by the event. So
Scott Luton (28:43):
I put there a couple of comments from our audience here. Robert Busey says, Hey, teachers are number two on the important scale, just on their family.
Greg White (28:52):
Right timing. There was that their school closed. So they didn’t have to do any disservice to the teachers when, when all of this sort of came around. But yeah, that’s, that is important. And these kids go to a very good school.
Scott Luton (29:07):
That’s right. Tim Ingram, back to the question of what you were doing as a junior and senior, he says, I don’t remember, but I was working two jobs, mowing lawns and managing a shoe store at 17. I was busy, man, Tim, you were an overachiever, undoubtedly that’s good stuff there. And great business lessons at an early age, running a store at 17 Mervyn says, kudos. These guys understand their good intentions that demand the usefulness, but how long would this demand last? Isn’t that a question? Yeah. I would agree with you. I think it’s interesting to see how they diversify the applications effectively. We all know that, you know, we’re moving in a hurricane. I’m not sure exactly when hurricane season starts, but we’re certainly in a thunderstorm and tornado season and we’ve got hurricane season coming up so I could see a variety of applications. One things I didn’t mention in my notes
Greg White (29:58):
Is that they’re great. They’re coordinating, or they’re getting inputs with viral virologists, you know,
Scott Luton (30:04):
Folks that can predictively look at a pandemic viruses and pandemic like, um, situations and baking that into some of their, um, their AI. So I think it’s, it’s fascinating.
Greg White (30:18):
Great to, to, um, Mervyn’s question. How long will demand last your take? Well, you know, the point is these are still high school students, so they don’t really need a sustainable business model. Right. Um, but if they can put this technology in the hands of someone, maybe it’s the red cross or somebody like that who can undertake this kind of coordination that would be game changing, but he’s right. They need to get it into the hands of those organizations that deal with these kinds of things, right. United way. Um, you know, doctors without borders, um, red cross salvation army, whoever gets involved in these kinds of issues, because that’s the point they’ve made a facilitating technology to improve the, the process of getting necessary items to people in need in an acute crisis. Typically. So
Scott Luton (31:19):
Jeffery Miller said that their supply chain locavores and Lacovara sorry, sorry. Uh, Chris says, what is that? Can you define? He said, people who buy food and then Brown it locally, I guess. Uh, and he says that, um, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, look, Avara, I’ll let you say that,
Greg White (31:39):
Greg. Yeah, he means like, like herbivore. Got it.
Scott Luton (31:46):
Oh man. Alright. So Jeff, I’ll tell you, we’re going to have to get him a M
Greg White (31:50):
A side gig, hit him in mind.
Scott Luton (31:54):
Alright. So what a great story again, uplifting.
Greg White (31:57):
Yeah, good news. You got these, these five sharp young people
Scott Luton (32:02):
That saw a need and saw people hurting let’s face it and, and figured out how to direct their talents towards helping, not just helping, you know, cause they had a couple of successful deliveries and then it had the vision and have the desire and, and
Greg White (32:15):
Go bigger and help more people. So I love the story and
Scott Luton (32:19):
We wish them all the best and it’s kind of cool to see that Atlanta connection. Okay. So, uh, in this final story here on the bus, we’re talking about cold chain, cold chain, as most of our folks in the audience will know is exploding, hottest thing. Uh, as crazy as that might sound in global supply, one of them at least, and, uh, interesting as we were on social media earlier today, Greg, we were, we were publishing some notes about the coaching industry and Jeff Miller in the comments, uh, shared a quote that I think he had coined a few years back saying that if it works for cold chain, it will work for your chain. And, and he was really speaking in a humorous way. He was speaking to the complexities that coal chain presents when you’re trying to protect certain temperatures as you’re moving things around the world.
Scott Luton (33:11):
So, um, let’s talk about this last story here, Greg. So companies on the move lineage logistics as reported by Morgan Ford over at supply chain dive, uh, lineage lineage logistics has recently acquired Ontario refrigerated services just last month is their first move into Canada, but it is not their first move, right? This is lineage logistics, 10th acquisition in the last 18 months. Holy cow. So as this article States cold warehousing space was already in demand prior to the pandemic. So then as you add on eCommerce and online grocery store orders, which have both, of course continued to increase, it’s all accelerated the need for more and more cold chain. So in the months ahead, think of as the vaccine months ahead a year from now, whatever, whenever that timing is as a vaccine is rolled out on a massive scale. You know, we’re not talking about your, your enrolled at the latest pair of Nike Jordans.
Scott Luton (34:14):
You know, this is going to be a massive project. So the vaccine of course is going to need to be temperature controlled. And that’s only going to further accelerant serve as an accelerant for growth in demand and the coaching industry amongst other things. So other major players in this industry, you know, so lineage logistics gets the spotlight to here today, but Americold logistics has been growing a good bit. United States, cold storage, agro merchants, group, LLC, and many others, but really neat to see, I would argue Greg, despite all the gains and, and the criticality that cold chain provides, um, uh, business world, you don’t, it doesn’t get as much PR and spotlight is many other components of supply chain, at least not in my view. What what’s your take?
Greg White (35:03):
Yeah, I agree. I mean, you know, mostly those trucks with refrigerators on them, they go by unnoticed just like any other truck. Um, and the truth is there aren’t a lot of cold chain warehouses on main street. So it does kind of, uh, fade into the background. But the truth is it is a very complex business. I mean, one of our first clients at, at blue Ridge was a company called Burris logistics still around, have been around forever. And they used to love to, um, torture me by showing me their, um, dry goods, uh, cold freezer. Sub-Zero they really love to take me into subzero freezer, but the point that that makes is how complex it is. Um, because you know, let’s just take frozen it, you know, if you, if you don’t manage ice cream really well, all you’ve got is a bucket of sweet cream.
Greg White (35:59):
So, so if it is, there are a ton of requirements on it. It’s very expensive to do. Um, just the power that’s required to run. One of these facilities is astounding and it, yeah, it’s, it’s an important part of things, especially during this time because people were pantry stuffing, not just with dry goods, but a lot with frozen goods, right? Sales of frozen pizzas and other frozen goods went up dramatically. So while I think it’s a Rite of passage in the, in the American Southeast to have, uh, a second freezer somewhere in the basement, under the part of the house, a stock up, uh, you know, a lot of hunting for that matter, well, leverage those freezers, but certainly products. Um, and then one of the comments you’re talking about, some of the dynamics that can be really complex and cold chain workforce, uh, the conditions in these places, there’s some added dangers and, and things you’ve got to manage, um, uh, frostbite frostbite, but also slippery equipment, right.
Greg White (37:03):
And slippery racking and some other conditions. So, um, but anyway, regardless it is a, it is own the move, the industry and several companies within it. And Chris references that America logistics right based here in Atlanta spot and city, so good stuff there. Um, also want to give a quick shout out. I believe Chris jolly, uh, has a freight podcast if I’m, I believe so. And then he’s here with us on the lab for him. So Chris, hopefully this finds you well. And I agree with you that is, can you imagine the wiring, uh, as I, as I look to incorporate all those operations and the footprint and you name it. So I, I worked for a company that was on big time acquisition, front. They did 50 acquisitions in three years or something like that. And it was hectic, unbelievably hectic, because you’ve always got some company in some stage of being integrated from a data business process management personnel, um, branding, all of those, all of those standpoints. It is a significant effort. So they must my guess. And this is purely a guess. There must be some private equity backing there that has made this a strategic play. And they’ve used lineage as the vehicle to do that, to consolidate the market a bit excellent perspective that only Greg white, at least on this live stream can share. I love that Greg, but Ben, Gordon’s not watching you probably know and be able to refute me immediately. Um, Jeff
Scott Luton (38:36):
Ads, transit time, inventory control, product quality, pedigree security, all of these key supply chain characteristics are amplified and cold chain and stuff there, Jeffrey. Okay. We’re going to keep driving and, and, uh, Chris says, thanks for the shout out. You bet, Chris. Um, great to have you here with us here today. All right. So let’s talk about supply chain insiders, Greg. Yeah, so we launched just probably two, three months ago. Um, and, and, you know, like with any new offering, what we’re trying to best engage our audience and kind of give them a different channel to engage in and share perspective on. And here recently, Stephan who’s part of, I think, still part of live stream share. Uh, and I’ll only call it a little bit of it to share with our audience, but it was all about servant leadership. And he had had a couple of epiphanies in recent years about servant leadership.
Scott Luton (39:28):
And I want to share this with our audience today. Uh, so this is again from supply chain insiders and I’m sure Amanda and clay can share how to, how to join our insider’s group. He says, quote, I learned that leadership is not about being the smartest guy in the room. On the contrary. It is about assembling your personal Avengers, like that word, each an expert in their area. The leader’s responsibility is to equip your team with the tools, hardware software. And most importantly, he says education that they need to reach their full. And yes, sometimes that means that one of your teammates might surpass you, which I would see as the ultimate Testament to servant leadership in quote, I enjoyed the whole exchange, him and their fide in the insiders had a great back and forth. They shared some really neat things from their personal journey, but, you know, I’m, I’ve always been infatuated Greg with this, with the notion and the concept of real servant leadership.
Scott Luton (40:29):
And so this really stood out to me, your, your, uh, your thoughts on Stephen’s perspective, Greg, uh, I’m a huge fan of the whole concept of servant leadership, and you can still follow the founder of the whole concept, um, on social media, probably on LinkedIn as well. But I like this discussion. I would love it if folks would chime in on this. And let me also just a little bit, uh, because I just had a phone call with Stephen last week and he’s not even in supply chain right now, but seeking to be. And that was what we were talking about was, you know, kind of assessing his gifts and superpowers and how, you know, what he might do in supply chain. Um, one very driven, uh, major studier, um, and, and loves, loves data and analytics and that sort of thing. So he’ll, and any has a financial background, which is perfect. You know, we see Scott so many people, I mean, and this is really the point not to embarrass Stephan, but this is really the point.
Greg White (41:35):
Um, we see so many people coming to industry from other areas of the business, because it is so encompassing as Jeff and others have talked about today. It is so all encompassing of so many things that impact the business. And, you know, I keep going back to Dominic’s, Winkle’s no product, no program. And that is true, whether it’s a charitable program or it’s a for-profit program, if your business is to create and move or sell goods, then you know, that supply chain is the greatest impact on your business. So anyway, um, I really appreciate, uh, really appreciated his approach when we talked clearly his knowledge is a great fit for supply chain. He’s just got, uh, and he’s, he’s got a job now. So I don’t look, I don’t think he’s looking boss. He is passionate about
Scott Luton (42:31):
Global supply chain and clearly he’s learning and adding to the skillset since tool belt. So I admire that. Well, it’s important for all of us, regardless of where we are in our, in our journey to con that continuous learning is so critical, especially in this day and age where the rate of change is, is faster than ever before. So, um, all right. So you just said one of our favorite phrases from, from a episode this year, which Dominick twinkle said, who, uh,
Greg White (42:56):
She’s all about helping, um,
Scott Luton (42:59):
Uh, the world and their healthcare needs, right? She works in Africa right now.
Greg White (43:05):
That’s right. Talking to her about, yeah.
Scott Luton (43:07):
So no program, our, our, um, uh, no product, no programs is what she said. Well, one of my simple phrases I’ve liked forever is very similar to the blockchain makes it happen. Right? We used to have this little, this little saying on our, um,
Greg White (43:22):
Scott Luton (43:24):
At supply chain days at Georgia tech, uh, because really as consumers, the great thing now is consumers are figuring out, okay,
Greg White (43:32):
As we’ve said, timelessly, you know, how
Scott Luton (43:35):
They can get how they can get things in, in a day or even two days, big, small, uh, cold, hot, you know, you name it. And, and one of the greatest silver linings about all of this is that they’re making these connections. They’re starting to understand exactly what makes things happen. And, you know, it’s global supply chain that touches everything. So it’s a special time to be serving this industry. And it’s a special time to, to see consumers that you’re related to, or that you, uh, go to church with rebel bows with kind of have these Eureka moments and it dawns on them exactly what all this means.
Greg White (44:13):
Oh, been telling me for two decades. Yeah. I think, you know, um, you know, one of the things to recognize is, is that the ubiquity of it, it is now an impact on your brand image, not just that thing that happens in the back, right. Are those dusty places we call warehouses or whatever. Now it is, first of all, warehouses are much cleaner now. And, and, um, now it is part of your identity. It can actually define your identity from how well you, how well you perform financially to how well you serve the customer experience to your support for sustainability, the environment, fair trade, all of those things that can impact your, your corporate brand identity.
Scott Luton (45:01):
Well put, well put. And, uh, so about supply chain now, insiders, that’s a LinkedIn private group. I think we’ve already dropped the links in the comments. We welcome you all to join. And once you join, get involved, um, uh, share your perspective, pose your questions. We’ve got, we’ve got a pending question from, um, uh, Rushdie, I believe is his name about supply chain certification. So I’m open that, that Chris Barnes, I’m a call you out. Chris hopefully weighs in because Chris knows that stuff more than, than most. Uh, so, um, all right. So one of the interesting things, Greg, that, um, that kind of piggyback in what we were just talking about, how, um, educating consumers and, and broadening the tent that is global supply chain is such an important thing, especially when it comes to talent pipeline coming into industry, as it comes to solving problems, you name it. Uh, so those reasons are some of the reasons why we are launching new series, including tequila, sunrise, which comes from the supply chain tech and the entrepreneurial and the into venture and M and a kind of niche, um, which is different than all of our other content this week in business history is very, very different. It’s, uh, for history dorks, like, like myself, uh, which, you know, kind of wants to know the story behind the story. And, you know, it’s all about broadening this tent to really make sure folks can connect things
Greg White (46:27):
Back to global supply chain. So what’s coming up,
Scott Luton (46:31):
Uh, Greg, uh, with tequila, sunrise, what’s next?
Greg White (46:35):
Yeah. So, um, we’re going to start having actual guests. So, uh, I mentioned Ben Gordon who’s with Cambridge capital who funds a lot of tech, uh, not just tech, but a lot of supply chain companies, Colton Griffin, who’s the CEO of flourish, um, which is a, uh, a track and trace supply chain. Technology has a great pedigree coming from Manhattan associates, which most people will know. Um, and they’re in the cannabis industry. So that one will be fun to talk about. And then a slew of other, uh, people that we’re gonna, we’re gonna start getting, we’re gonna, you know, we’ve done a lot of education. We’ve done a lot of notification of the deals that are happening and companies that are making it and not making it in some cases, but we’re also, we also want to get, allow the, to hear
Scott Luton (47:30):
From firsthand from the mouths of the people who are doing it every single day. So they don’t have to listen to smooth jazz voice. Although I could listen to that. I think most people could so good stuff there love the new series. A, I believe were eight episodes instead of benign. So it will be nine. Yeah. Okay. Thursday will be episode nine. So check it out. What’s that hard to believe it is hard to believe, but you can check out tequila, sunrise, wherever you get your podcasts from. We’ll take a few comments from the audience that a lot of chatter about servant leadership here. And I want to share a couple of these, um, AA says, Hey, wow, that’s depth talking about Stephen’s commentary. Uh, in his 10 years of teaching in the university, I was very happy to find three talents who have surpassed everything I’ve taught.
Scott Luton (48:23):
They are award-winning supply chain management leaders. And examples love to hear that AA and great to have you here today with us. So Jeffrey says his favorite saying from his days leading supply, a supply chain ideas lab for big consultancy quote, the supply chain is the business in quote like that. Jeff really good point on that, um, in distribution and often in retail, unless they own their own real estate inventory is the largest asset in the entire business. So it is significantly impactful. Yup. Agreed, good point. There. Sophia might have perhaps a quote of the day. Good one here, regardless. Sophia says you are a leader. If you are able to make people walk with you, otherwise you’re just taking a walk.
Scott Luton (49:21):
Well, it is well said. All right. So Chris, uh, as he was responding to Stephan, so we’ve talked about supply chain is boring, which is another one of our series here at supply chain now. And I want to share his comment here because he talks about the next episode of supply chain is boring with Greg Cronin. Uh, in part two, he discusses how supply chain is a great fit for nontraditional professionals. And he specifically mentioned business and financial analyst that is going to be a home run episode. What’s the legs there. That’s pretty impressive. Yup, absolutely. So y’all check out these new series this week in business history, which published today is all about Marshall field, the, the really a pioneer and innovator, uh, uh, business person. Well, before his time, you may have heard the phrase. The customer’s always right. He scorn that phrase.
Scott Luton (50:16):
Um, uh, he was amongst the first, if not the first retailer to give money back, regardless of what the reason was, he offered he one of the first retailers to put cafes in the stores in Chicago, the main store, so that consumers didn’t have to leave and grab lunch and come back. I mean, really an innovator fascinating store. We talked about Marshall fields. We talked about, Oh, coach Chanel, which the non-fashion Easter in may. We learned a lot about that, that backstory there. We learned about WMS. That’d be a J in Detroit. And of course, as we sit on the front end, Motown Motown records, fascinating backstory there you can share at this week in business history. All right, Greg, we are making we’re really efficient today. I got 1251. Yeah.
Greg White (51:07):
People get to a lunch early, I guess. Right? Absolutely got one more thing. Okay.
Scott Luton (51:12):
Greg, tell us, let’s talk about this webinar. We’ve got coming up this Wednesday.
Greg White (51:17):
Yeah. Well, Kelly Barner and rod Scherchen are going to talk about what supply chains need to do to adapt after. Well, probably by the time we do this, it’s going to be while you’re coming out of, of the depths of COVID-19, we’ve already talked about some of the recovery that’s under undergoing. So if you’re struggling as the economy, as the supply chain, as the new normal, I had to say it as it, as it starts to occur, this would be great to tune into and get some tips. I agreed. It’s going to be a good one. A couple of comments here. We’ll start with [inaudible].
Scott Luton (51:56):
He says, Greg, I want to feel more of that. Listen up finger in your podcast. I love it. When you are connected,
Greg White (52:04):
You know, it’s funny. He says that when I do that, listen up, I’m always, I’m always wondering what somebody who’s seen that video for the first time is doing, you know, are they going, why is that guy pointing at me and commanding me to listen to his show?
Scott Luton (52:20):
It’s mesmerizing, Greg, Chris agrees. He agrees with us. He says, Sophia’s comment is the best of the show. Good stuff there. Alright. So we’ve talked about the webinar. Uh, folks were really joy, the feedback and the engagement that all of y’all bring to whether it’s our live stream or social or some of the feedback we get
Greg White (52:43):
Podcasts. Some of the events we do. Yeah.
Scott Luton (52:45):
Keep it coming, you know, tell us, yeah. Tell us what you want to see, what gets under reported and under covered in global supply chain. Let us tell us what you think. Uh, you can check us out. Yeah. Supply chain now rated.com or Gregg. If they can’t find what they’re looking for, what should they do?
Greg White (53:04):
They should do what we do, which is call Amanda. And her number is no way that’s happening. Amanda, at supply chain now radio.com. That is right. Um, so, uh, kind of a brief
Scott Luton (53:21):
Expedited episode here today, we kind of shot through the news want I got, well, it is a Monday, right? At least, uh that’s. What’s what Amanda told me as we came on. Is it Monday, Greg? It is Monday. Every day is Monday Scott. Well, we’ve enjoyed today’s version of supply chain buds. Again, check us out wherever you get your podcasts from on behalf of Greg white and Chris Barnes and Amanda and clay, and for the whole team here, uh, wishing you nothing but the best to our audience in the days ahead, do good, give forward and be the change that’s needed. And on that note, we’ll see you next time here on supply chain now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
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.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise
When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring
Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.
Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.
Host of TEKTOK
If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.
With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.
Host of Digital Transformers
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix and IBM. Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane University, O’Reilly Media, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight. Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.
Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español
Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.
He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.
Host, Veteran Voices
Mary Kate Soliva is a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.
Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business. Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.
Business Development Manager
Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.
Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.
Host of Dial P for Procurement
Billy Taylor is a Proven Business Excellence Practitioner and Leadership Guru with over 25 years leading operations for a Fortune 500 company, Goodyear. He is also the CEO of LinkedXL (Excellence), a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm dedicated to implementing sustainable operating systems that drive sustainable results. Taylor’s achievements in the industry have made him a Next Generational Lean pacesetter with significant contributions.
An American business executive, Taylor has made a name for himself as an innovative and energetic industry professional with an indispensable passion for his craft of operational excellence. His journey started many years ago and has worked with renowned corporations such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) leading multi-site operations. With over 3 decades of service leading North America operations, he is experienced in a deeply rooted process driven approach in customer service, process integrity for sustainability.
A disciple of continuous improvement, Taylor’s love for people inspires commitment to helping others achieve their full potential. He is a dynamic speaker and hosts "The Winning Link," a popular podcast centered on business and leadership excellence with the #1 rated Supply Chain Now Network. As a leadership guru, Taylor has earned several invitations to universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to achieve and sustain effective results through cultural acceptance and employee ownership. Leveraging the wisdom of his business acumen, strong influence as a speaker and podcaster Taylor is set to release "The Winning Link" book under McGraw Hill publishing in 2022. The book is a how-to manual to help readers understand the management of business interactions while teaching them how to Deine, Align, and Execute Winning in Business.
A servant leader, Taylor, was named by The National Diversity Council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country in 2021. He features among Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs and maintains key leadership roles with the Executive Advisory Board for The Shingo Institute "The Nobel Prize of Operations" and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME); two world-leading organizations for operational excellence, business development, and cultural learning. He is also an Independent Director for the M-D Building Products Board, a proud American manufacturer of quality products since 1920.
Social Media Manager
My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.
Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.
Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.
Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.
Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.
Host, The Freight Insider
Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics. He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.
Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol
Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.
Host, Supply Chain Now
The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.
He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.
A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).
Host, Logistics with Purpose
Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.
Sales Support Intern
Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.