Supply Chain Now
Episode 460

Episode Summary

“We’ve already been through a lot of change. We are geared up for even more change. I mean, I think that’s going to be the one consistent factor. I think when we hear about companies looking at their manufacturing and where are they going to manufacture, and if they’re going to bring some of that back locally consumers, aren’t going to change the fact that they still want to buy the product at a certain price. And so when we’re taking a look at all of the risks, that’s definitely one that we need to consider.”

-Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, Host, Let’s Talk Supply Chain


In today’s episode of the Supply Chain Buzz, Scott & Jamin discuss the top supply chain news for the week, and welcome featured guest, Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, to the show.

Episode Transcript

Intro (00:00:05):

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 (00:00:29):

All right. Good morning, Scott Luton. And Jaman with you here on supply chain. Now, welcome to the buzz, Jamie, how are you doing good. How are you doing happy to be here? We are ecstatic to have you as a guest host here today on the buzz where we Jaman is, you know, you’ve been a part of these plenty. Uh, we tackle some of the leading developments across the world of global supply chain and, uh, Jane, before we get too far, you know, folks are used to seeing Greg White’s smiling face here. So we had to do that. So Greg who’s own a big journey of his own. Do a little bit of sailing doing some traveling. We’ve got a quick snapshot from Greg’s travels, right? Yeah, that is so cool. What he’s doing. Let’s see. There we go. Now that is a Greg white, uh, hello from the road.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:01:17):

Isn’t it? That is brand brand. We’ll put, so we look forward to having Greg back in and getting lots of updates from, uh, as he is, is, uh, sailing, uh, learning how to sail and practicing his, his technique. So Greg safe travels to you. All right, real quick. When I say hello to Nick, man, Nick has been really laying it out in social media. I love and yesterday I think it was, he posted something about gratitude and really being grateful, very deliberately grateful, and it was such a neat stuff. So Nick, great to have you here. Of course, Jeff Miller, Jeff supply chain is the business Miller. Jaman right. Can have a buzz without him. Um, Michael, is it name or Niemi naming. Okay. And we’ve got an upcoming episode. Jamie, you’re going to be publishing with Michael, right? Yeah, it was fantastic. As, as always on the podcast.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:02:11):

I learned a lot from the guests, but, uh, I also learned a lot, not just about the industry, but uh, Mike shows us his heart and it’s, it’s fantastic. It really is. I w I’ve seen a couple of snippets and we’ve heard a little bit about, uh, some of what was discussed and, and just really good stuff. So look forward to that episode. Hey, Joe, Maretta memory memory. Yes, I am back. And we’re about halfway through the repairs. So I appreciate that. And I appreciate your message. You shared last week, um, uh, Daria. Great to have you here. And we’ve got some folks all, are we gonna tackle four of the stories and they’d be on your radar this week in supply chain, we have got a big friend of the show. Sarah Barnes Humphrey with let’s talk supply chain and ships is with, is going to be popping in about 1220 Jaman.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:03:00):

Yes, very excited about that. I’m a huge Sarah fan.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:03:03):

We are too. So we look forward to getting some of her thoughts, but, but you know, a quick program before we get started. Jaman if you, if, if, if our audience enjoys this live stream, Hey, check out your PA our podcast, wherever you get your podcasts from the R and you are had that had that flipped, uh, there Jaman, but check it out and subscribe. So you’ll miss a single thing. All right. So Jamie, are we ready to dive into our first news story here today? Let’s do it. Alright. Hey, before we do, I got a question for you. So what is your, you’re a regular contributor here, uh, for the buzz and with live streams now, logistics and beyond. What’s your favorite thing about these live streams in particular?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:03:46):

No, I say that’s easy. The, the audience, uh, the comments and all that I love sitting in the, uh, I always refer to as the cheap seats and I mean that in the best way, cause that is truly the best place to be in. I, it is amazing how much I’ll learn. Clearly you learn a lot through the, the different guests and the things that, that you and Greg and, and whoever’s on, the show are sharing, but what’s going on in the comments and people’s perspective from a worldwide perspective. I mean, we have memory from, from South Africa and then we, you know, have folks from state side. We’re gonna have Sarah on later from, from Canada. And so I think that can not be, uh, valued enough of that worldwide, that global perspective and education that you can get in just a short period of time. There’s some, some comments I love it.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:04:39):

Well put very well. Put Sylvia, Judy, who I believe is still in drugs. She is, she is back from Germany in Charleston. So Sylvia, great to have you here. Lisa Kinski. Hello, Zane Wolford, Brad Gillette. Uh, Hey, everybody’s jumping right in on this Monday. So with all that said, and Jamie, I appreciate your perspective. Let’s dive right in. Alright. So on this first story Jaman I love the image by the way. Uh, I love it took me straight to the best ketchup in the world, which in my book is still Heinz ketchup. Uh, but the number one trending story over at supply chain dive is this Ima cost growth piece. It centers on the continued efforts by craft times the transform the organization. So they’re standing up an ops center. That’s what they’re calling it op center, not, not too unique of a term that will join together functional aspects of their supply chain and put it all under one roof.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:05:36):

So Jamie and they’re putting procurement production distribution R and D marketing, even all part of this new ops center, it is projected to save the company, some $2 billion billion B as in Bezos over the next five years. Holy cow. Also part of the project, Jamie skew reduction. So if we’ve heard that once we’ve heard of the million times here in 2020, uh, the article says Kraft times has already reduced their skews by 20%, just in the last few months. So I love this here when CEO, Miguel Patricia took over the organization in July, 2019, he said that supply chain would be at the heart of the turnaround. He was also quoted as saying, get this quote, an integrated business planning is not new to the world, but it is new to craft times. And in quote, so Jaman, I love big, bold moves by new leadership, right. And certainly is big and bold, but you know, it’s good to break down the silos that every organization builds up and get folks talking across the functional areas. Right.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:06:44):

Yeah. And I think what’s so great about that. And you, you say this often is supply chain has a seat at the table now, and you know, it’s not only a seat at the table, but this entire strategy is pivoting on a supply chain and the need to go, uh, you know, forward with some simplicity and speed. Uh, and so I think they’re headed down the right path.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:07:07):

Yeah. I’m with you. I am with you. Uh, so we’ll see how this turns out. Um, clearly what I love about Miguel Patricia is he did not come to protect stat, uh, the status quo and business as usual. So making some big moves over at Kraft times. Alright. So in our second story, uh, Jamie and we’re going to be talking about FedEx is gaining even more visibility on their freight. So tell us more.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:07:33):

Yeah, I thought this was so neat, um, because it just shows, uh, how important, uh, visibility and, and not just visibility, but real time visibility and tracking is on all fronts. And the application to this is how it can really help in the pharmaceutical. And forward-looking into some type of COVID relief for COVID medicines. Um, and the slogan. I really love it no more. No. Now, so this ms. Little, uh, device, um, the packages, they put it with, it’s paying every two seconds. So you’re as UpToDate as, as two seconds. And it’s just amazing how much more we as a consumer are demanding and getting used to, frankly, this type of real time visibility and short, very short story. When I was preparing for this and reading this article, I’m thinking of it with pharmaceuticals and a business application, meanwhile, as goes on probably in most households, every one to two weeks, family’s arguing about where to order a pizza from.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:08:42):

And, uh, you know, we have the options of a national chain or there’s some, you know, local place that frankly just tastes better. But my kids are just advocating for the national chain because, and they’re, they’re deadly serious with this. They are fascinated with ordering it. And then they actually like to see the name of the person, putting the toppings on the name of the person, putting the pie in the oven and then the name of the person coming to deliver. And they watch that, you know, 30 minute ramp up and tell the, the doorbell rings and that’s just where their mindset’s at. And you know what, I don’t think, even though I tell them they’re unique, I don’t think they’re unique in this.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:09:23):

I’m with you. I love that. And I also love how your kids, um, they are letting their preferences be known, right. They’re owning the consumer choice.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:09:35):


Jamin Alvidrez (00:09:37):

That’s right. Give the people what they want. Right. Um, a couple of quick comments here. Uh, so Aaron shares, Hey, this is definitely the kind of real world data sensor that will be crucial to integrating effective blockchain solutions for product integrity. Well said, Aaron, now, you know, we can’t talk FedEx without our great friend of the show, Tevin Taylor, who is one of the world’s best interviews, by the way, uh, Tevin who’s with FedEx, a little disclaimer there, uh, w we are starting with first overnight shipments, but think of the application of seeing all inventory in motion and knowing how to adjust when needed for disruptions in the supply chain.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:10:18):

That’s huge. I mean, just like we were talking with, with what Kraft Heinz is implementing and so many others, uh, Tim judge, I know you’ve talked with him a lot about this. It is all about in motion real time. Uh, pivots speed and agility. That’s the name of the game right now? That’s right. Uh, Sophia,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:10:38):

Who also does a great interview. We’re gonna be releasing a interview that she did with us here in the next week or so she’s shares these sensors are going to be used for vaccine distribution already confirmed. Excellent. That’s a great insider tip from Sophia and from Tevin for that matter. Uh, one more comment here from AA in the air capital of the world, Wichita, Kansas professor Mohib FedEx could be front, uh, could be a front runner in blockchain popularization, and bring more, bring more off then to see authenticity to legit supply chain, uh, sorry, professor Mohib, I’ve got to get another cup of coffee, uh, interpreting some of these comments, but well said as always, uh, a great to have you here part of the buzz, but, and you’re right. Um, you know, I think blockchain has come so far, right. Um, taking some time, but now we’re seeing wholesale adaptation of the technology that will make it more practical to so many people, right?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:11:37):

Jamie? Absolutely. I think we’re finding a very real and practical cases to now implement what we’ve vetted to be a, uh, a great technology or resource start leveraging it.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:11:49):

So clearly this, this story, uh, courtesy of our friends that were freight waves gotten a lot of, uh, juices flowing. So let’s, let’s keep driving them in the third sport.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:11:59):

We’re going to be talking about the bots are still common. They are, but this is a positive version of that. Not, not a Terminator, very scary form. And that’s what I loved about this story. I think probably many of us have seen, and I believe the robot’s name is, is Atlas. Boston dynamics has developed this cool slash kind of scary robot. I think it’s made its way through social media. It’s jumping on boxes, it’s rolling around and just very agile and that’s one of their, their applications. And they mentioned that, uh, the CEO, the new CEO mentioned that brings in the talent that gets people’s attention, but they have these other technologies use other robots they’re working on, uh, that they now are saying are ready to be. Uh, I was going to say unleashed, but that’s such like a daunting term to be, uh, offered to, to the world. And the application they’re targeting first is, uh, logistics. Um, as they were developing these robots, they were more focused on the technology and the development, not a specific application or industry, which I thought was interesting. And Hey, all of a sudden supply chain is sexy. It’s front and center. And so even the robots want a seat at this table, right.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:13:28):

So I just thought it was great there. The, um, the CEO mentioned even that now, uh, we, as, uh, as frontline workers are understanding, Hey, robots don’t necessarily replace me. They could be my proxy on the front lines. And so they are looking at, at ways to work in tandem with people and have software where different technologies and robots are working in tandem as well. And so they got some big announcements coming up and they really expect some very real, uh, frontline applications in, uh, 2021, 2022. Uh, so I think that’s very exciting. And I really thought that the CEO had a very level headed real-world way to look at it. He even spoke of, of robots with some empathy in the sense of how we as workers could be a little, you know, maybe, uh, uh, worried or, um, as it were that were going to be replaced. But I just thought he had a real great, great look at it.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:14:30):

Well, you know, uh, in, in recent conversations I’ve had with, with some of the leading, uh, technology executives, it’s their technologies, all of these technologies are gonna be actually empowering people right now, if you, like, as we talk about a lot, uh, we’ve talked about with you Jaman and Greg and Sarah, and the whole gang, if you like doing the same thing, you know, our in hour out, you know, 40 hours a clip, I mean that that’s, you know, you’ve got to learn B, be willing to learn new things, but, but really, uh, new technologies, uh, bot it’s automation that really is going to open up so many doors for so many folks. Um, all right, so we’ve got some great comments here. I want to share before we move on to our final story. And then before we move on to bringing Sarah on, but love the story, Jamie it’s okay.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:15:15):

You have an L Jackson, one of the leading ones, slow answers for digital transformation is with us. Uh, he, he, he echoes what we’re saying, blockchain and 5g game-changers believe the hype. So, uh, Kevin looking forward to some of our cloud work collaborative work. We’ve got coming up here real soon and hope you’re having a good morning. Uh, let’s see, Nick says adaptability is key in future strategies for any organization. The quicker someone can adjust the longer, the quicker someone can adjust the longer the life of this company strategy. For sure. We’ll put Nick, uh, and then Brad shares. And let me take this out real quick. Alright. So Brad shares robots present a perceived threat to people’s jobs, which should not be the case. Uh, people are great at certain things and robots are great at certain things. The key is to find the right mix of robot tasks and people tasks to maximize overall system robots and automation shouldn’t replace.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:16:16):

They should enhance. I liked that. Yeah. In addition, it’s hard to find labor in many markets. So as demand continues to increase, robots will enable more throughout with the same labor brand. You are bringing it, and we completely agree with you, right. Jaman yeah. Brad’s, Brad’s a person that gets it. Yeah. We’ll put one final thing here at you’re starting yet. Another trend supply chain. Yeah. Sexy. Evidently is a new hashtag. Alright, so let’s wrap up with a comeback story. Everyone likes a good comeback store, right? Absolutely. All right. So do you remember Jaman and audience, the tough times that Denny’s faced back in the early 1990s? So not only yet the time where customers complaining of racial discrimination in their restaurants, but there were allegations of systemic discrimination in the corporate culture. So double deadly, it all resulted in a $54.4 million settlement, but here’s the good news.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:17:21):

Denny’s current director of supplier diversity, Michelle Hunt called that period as quote, a shameful moment in our history in quote. So current leadership, the current leadership team has gotten to work, uh, in the last 25 years, they’ve made supplier diversity, a pillar of the company’s new found commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion, and that, and has been a big part of the company’s turnaround efforts. So turnaround and is gonna be the theme of the day. I think here Jayman, uh, Denny’s has spent over $2 billion with diverse and disadvantaged suppliers since the supplier diversity program was launched in 1993, in 2019 hunt. Again, Michelle Hunt is their director of supplier diversity. She said that 14% of Denny’s purchases were with what the company deemed diverse and disadvantaged businesses. So Jamie, that sounds like a pretty good story. They’ve come a long way, very intentionally since the early nineties. Right?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:18:21):

Yeah. And I like how you said that. Very intentionally I appreciated, they didn’t try to pretend like it wasn’t a part of their history. It didn’t happen. It wasn’t bad. They addressed it head on and very honestly, and I think that’s the right approach. Yeah.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:18:35):

Agreed. All right. A couple of quick comments here, Gary Smith, uh, and, uh, supply chain legend, apex hall of Famer, uh, says resilience plus agility equals adaptability is the new paradigm well said, Gary, uh, let’s see. On the heels of truck driver appreciation week, Jose are, uh, hosts, WIA, re Ramos is with us. So good morning. Great to have you back with us here. And let’s see. So, so Preetish you asked about, uh, you asked a really interesting question. Uh, we’ll back into comments and we can’t dive into all this today cause we’re about to bring on our featured guests here, but I would challenge the folks in the comments to address a great question that he asks. So can you tell how supply chain should transform in the near future to conquer this pandemic? I mean, that’s, that’s front and center for just about every business leader out there. Right. Jamie,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:19:35):

Fantastic question. A fun question. I think even seeing the, uh, you know, FedEx, the timing of announcing sense aware ID shows that, uh, you know, we in supply chain are starting to jockey for position, get ready and try to test things out as we, as we ramp up to that. But, Oh man, what a fun and diverse topic. Yep.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:19:56):

Great question. Uh Preetish uh, so feel free. Comment would love the audience to weigh in on that. And maybe we can make that a topic of a future live stream. I know that, uh, Tim Ingram, I believe is his last name who usually joins us for these labs streams. He’s been wanting us to talk about, uh, healthcare supply, uh, supply chain and healthcare. And we’ll definitely have to make that, uh, one of our future episodes. All right. So Jaman, uh, so much good stuff. Those are just four of the stories we found to be highly, super relevant in recent times. Um, but there’s so much else going on. We are really pleased to have our featured guests here with us here today. So let’s join in, uh, let’s welcome in Sarah Barnes Humphrey with let’s talk, supply chain and ships. Hey, Hey Sarah, how are you doing?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:20:44):

Hey guys. Hey everyone, how’s it going? Hello? Hello,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:20:49):

Two thumbs up. Uh, it’s great to reconnect. Uh, and I enjoyed, I enjoy all your social media, but yesterday you were laying out your week. That will be this week. And as I was reading that, Sarah, I got worn out. I had to go take a breather.

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:21:04):

I know. And I was like, last night, I was like, I really need to get a good sleep tonight. And then this morning I woke up and I was like, Oh, I really didn’t have to sleep. But yeah, no, there’s a lot going on this week and you know, happy Monday,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:21:20):

Happy Monday, indeed. All right. So, uh, we’re going to try to cover as much ground with you. I know you’ve got a lot of stuff going on in, in the next 20 minutes or so, but first off for the two people, that’d be watching this live stream that aren’t familiar with. Sarah Barnes Humphrey. Tell us a little about yourself.

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:21:35):

You said two people. Okay. So host and founder of let’s talk supply chain, and I have to say lots of familiar faces. So just want to say hi to everybody there. Um, so founder and host, let’s talk supply chain and CEO of ships, which is our new technology platform bringing together mid-market importers, exporters and freight forwarders.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:21:55):

Awesome. And so Dave and Davin shares, I have no idea how she does it every week. Neither do we neither.

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:22:04):

I don’t know why they’re alright. One coffee a day, just so just let me know. Alright.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:22:12):

So, um, you know, there’s so much going on, not just in supply chain, but across the business world. Of course. Yeah. But Sarah, at a high level, what are a couple of things that you’re tracking here lately?

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:22:25):

You know, there’s so much, like you said, there’s just so much going on right now. I mean, between the ports in Sydney, Australia, you know, being closed and some of the ocean carriers not stopping in there to the Seafarer crisis because of the pandemic, they’ve been on the boats for a really long time, without any connectivity to families. And, you know, it’s becoming one of the problems or the challenges that our community is really getting around. Um, I believe that there’s a, um, out there to do some fundraising for them. So that’s a big one. And then the one I saw this morning on the hustle is, and I’m going to go back to what Jay Jammin, we’re talking about just a few minutes ago because Domino’s is killing it.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:23:17):

That’s Greg White’s favorite brand of pizza too. Okay.

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:23:20):

Oh yeah. We, we know that they were talking about the last mile delivery and then we’re talking about how Domino’s online orders are 75% of their business. I think for everybody else, it’s only 10 to 15% and it’s because of all the minor changes that they’ve done in well, minor, maybe major changes that they’ve made on their last mile, you know, and how are ordering their product and how they’re delivering it. And so, so much more, you know, they were saying that people can order Domino’s through Slack and WhatsApp. My mean, if that doesn’t change the game, I don’t know what does

Jamin Alvidrez (00:23:59):

Well, you know, Sarah, uh, we spoke when we did the super trends in supply chain series, you know, the three of us, you, me and Greg got together and we were talking about whether you like Domino’s pizza or not. You know, let’s put that to the side for a second because they have really been disrupting their own ways traditionally of going to market and what they offer consumers and really just, um, changing the game. And so it’s, it’s good to hear. I wasn’t familiar with some of these results you share. That’s good to hear, you know, leaders taking big, bold actions to try to deal in a, in a terribly challenging year, like 2020 is

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:24:37):

You said they’re, they’re disrupting some of their own, so they were doing this well, if you will, but they, it didn’t keep, you know, good as the enemy of great greatest the saying, right? And so it didn’t keep them from continuing to push and get better and, and really, uh, lead the way and final mile delivery, which is interesting that they could be viewed as a leader in that space. Yeah, it’s interesting too, because if you think about your own business and supply chain, and I don’t think we do this enough where we think outside of the industry and what companies are doing and how they’re bettering themselves and how they’re bettering a different part of supply chain for themselves and for the consumer and what that actually means to their business. I mean, they’re spiking, there’s been a couple of pizza chains that have gone bankrupt during the pandemic and they are just, you know, soaring. And it just goes to show that we can take a look at other industries and what they’re doing and how they’re delivering to their consumer and think about how we’re doing that in our own businesses.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:25:39):

Well said as always Sarah, you know, as an aside, uh, whenever I think of Domino’s, I think of are both of y’all familiar with a sitcom from the early nineties called coach with D Fox, right? Or Hayden T uh, Craig T Nelson, who was, who played Hayden Fox in the series. Okay. Well, there was a, there was a sitcom where Luther, his assistant coach ordered a pizza and he would get the pizza free if it didn’t get there delivered in 30 minutes. Right. So he was having to coach and the whole staff hide in his apartment and the delivery guy was, I know you’re in there, Luther. I know you’re in there. You do this every time. Cause he goes, gotta get that free pizza that will forever be linked to Domino’s and the noise and everything else in my mind. Alright. So Sarah, I know you’ve got some big news real quick before Jaman asked you a few additional questions.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:26:31):

Let’s share a few comments here. So, uh, Kelvin greetings from Sambia so great to have you here Kelvin with this via LinkedIn greeting. So you as well, uh, let’s see here, John [inaudible] with op Tessa, go to where your customers are. Well-played Domino’s good stuff there. Professor Mohib says, Hey, Sarah Barnes Humphrey, I’ve voted for you as global women’s supply chain leader in a recent survey. A lot of fans here, Sarah. Um, I wanted to share one other comm, Oh, here we go. Of course our friend DMO down and Panama is here. Uh, hope this finds you we’ll demo. And I enjoyed, I think it was, uh, uh, you and demo got together for a coffee chat a few weeks back. Really enjoyed that conversation here. Um, alright, so let’s keep driving. So Jamie, let’s talk about some big news that Sarah’s got cooking up. Yes. Sarah, you had, you know, uh, Scott had had referred to your, your posts about, uh, uh, you know, a heavy week ahead highlights some of these events, what, what exciting things are coming up that we should be paying attention to.

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:27:38):

So this week I’m on three different continents in three different conferences, which is a little crazy, but because of the pandemic and doing it virtually, well, I can do it. Right. Um, so tomorrow morning I’m kicking it off with Daniel, Stan and Martha Luma. Taytay, um, over at the supply chain tech conference, and they’re doing that a little bit differently. So each panelist is presenting for 15 minutes. And in between that we get 15 minutes to talk as a panel and talk with the audience about what they presented on, which I thought was really cool. Um, it makes the session a little bit longer. I think it’s just under two hours. Um, but that starts at seven o’clock tomorrow morning. And then I’ve got thoughts and coffee at 10:00 AM tomorrow morning where we are announcing some big, big things. Um, we recently just launched something and I can’t wait to let everybody know about it. Um, and then at 10 40, I am at the woman in supply chain conference, uh, with redu and Cassia talking about supply chain talent. And that’s just tomorrow,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:28:44):

That’s just a Tuesday.

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:28:46):

So Wednesday I’m back at the supply chain tech conference talking about ships, cause I’m a panelist, uh, at that point. And I also am doing a 15 minute session at the woman in supply chain event that day as well. And that’s at nine 40. Um, but I am doing it a little bit differently than all the other sessions, so that’s cool.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:29:07):

Love it. All right. So can I ever be thoughts and mimosas or thoughts and bloody Mary’s or must be coughing?

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:29:14):

You know what I thought about it? I really need my coffee at that for me, maybe I’m a Mosa new doing something at noon.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:29:24):

Alright, well, I love it. And I love the conversations that you’re either leading or facilitating, uh, you know, going back to the craft Han story, you know, breaking down these silos, breaking down any barriers that prevents us having real, real talk and real dialogue, really that’s a lot of heavy lifting needs to happen. Um, alright. So quick aside here, Aaron took, Oh, well I’m going to read Aaron’s comment here cause I don’t want to cover Sarah up. So Aaron took a shot at, uh, at practitioner question, right? He says his personal thought on answering that question is that a leadership mindset shift is necessary to often risk assessment mitigation has taken a back seat to optimization and cost reduction. Unfortunately, risk mitigation is not cheap upfront, but yields longterm rewards nor is it an exact science. It is easy to show how a new cost reduction measure will concretely reduce costs, increase throughput or otherwise yield positive value for an organization. And he continues there, but it’s cut off a bit, um, good stuff there from Aaron. And that was, uh Jayman as you put it, it is a fun question to answer because it is about change and positive change and real change, which will make the industry better. However, is also a deep question, right? Because especially for these real large global organizations, like a craft times, um, so Sarah, any, any initial comments or when you heard a question like that, what immediately came to mind for you?

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:31:03):

Yeah. I mean, obviously we are geared up, we’ve already been through a lot of change. We are geared up for even more change. I mean, I think that’s going to be the one consistent factor. I think when we hear about companies looking at their manufacturing and where are they going to manufacture, and if they’re going to bring some of that back locally consumers, aren’t going to change the fact that they still want to buy the product at a certain price. And so when we’re taking a look at all of the risks, that’s definitely one that we need to consider. And the only way to do that, if we’re going to move the manufacturing around and you’re not going to be able to get the costs as they were previously is to look at technology. And how is technology going to be able to keep those costs down for you and have the consumer still buying your products?

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:31:53):

So, you know, I think, I think that supply chain professionals are tasked with just so much right now. And there’s so much to consider. There’s so much to think about. I think we really just need to keep having conversations, you know, as leaders and professionals and just see where everybody’s at and what people are doing and what they’re not doing, what they’re considering, what they’re not, you know, cause part of that risk mitigation too is even a tax strategy. If you’re going to move your manufacturing or your total landed costs, or you’re going to look at, you know, um, a free trade zone, let’s say in Panama, or you’re going to look at expanding into Latin America. Um, there’s so much to consider right now.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:32:35):

I think that’s such a clutch point you make, uh, it’s we can get accidentally caught up sometimes in just the headline, uh, aspect of it, of these changes and in different things that are related to the COVID pandemic. And while that’s a huge accelerant, there are

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:32:53):

So many others

Jamin Alvidrez (00:32:55):

Pieces to that. The supply chain puzzle that were already in motion are going in motion, even mentioned tax strategies and things like that. So much to consider and, and adapt to that. It’s a, it’s a fun opportunity, but it is a huge opportunity. Huge well said. Alright. So our friend Jeff supply chain is the business Miller says technology drives productivity, pro productivity gains offset higher on shore costs, good stuff there. And you’ve got a bunch of folks ringing the bell for some of what both of y’all had shared. So good stuff. All right. So let’s, let’s keep driving. Um, Sarah, I don’t know, given the big news, you’ve got a, is it tomorrow or Wednesday tomorrow, tomorrow, any foreshadowing you would like to do there?

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:33:49):

Well, I think what I can leave you with, Oh, I had the threatened down and now I’m playing note taking everywhere. Um, we are going to be trying to bridge the gap between supply chain management students, corporations. We’re also going to be taking women in supply chain to the next level, and we’re going to be using a platform to be able to do that, which is creative. It’s going to let students get involved and take over. And yeah, that’s, that’s a little bit of it. And then I didn’t mention this before, but we’ve got a diversity show coming soon too, which I’m really excited about.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:34:26):

Awesome, great. We need, we need as much of that as we can get, you know, we, we often hear a lot and I think all three of us have talked about this, you know, see it and be it right. We’ve heard a lot of feedback from some of our listeners of the need to really spotlight, um, all, you know, that are leading supply chains and making it happen so that it really helps inspire, you know, our elementary students. Right. And so I appreciate what you do. I know Jamie and I both appreciate what you do in that regard, Sarah,

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:34:57):

You guys are doing and just for having me on today.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:35:00):

Well, uh, it is neat to, um, I had to go through, I think two agents and an admin and a whole department to get you booked, but we did it all. Alright. So let’s, as we start to wind down our time, uh, with Sarah Barnes Humphrey, what else, you know, before we, we make sure our audience knows how to connect with you. What else, what, what did you jump out of bed thinking, especially in light of this week that you’ve got, I mean, what really gets you going?

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:35:29):

My first thought was I need some more sleep. Um, no, but really, I mean, all kidding aside, it’s really just about, I don’t know, being out there in the community, um, I’m really excited, you know, for what I’m doing and how I’m featuring somebody on in the woman and supply chain side, you know, the supply chain tech conference, being involved with them, they’re giving portions of their proceeds, um, to the United nations, I believe. And so it’s just organizations like that and being a part of that and being a part of this new type of panel, um, tomorrow morning, which is crazy. And so, you know, just getting up and knowing that I was going to see you guys today and get to interact with the community on here. You know, I’ve got a couple of podcasts this week, you know, a woman in supply chain episode that I’m, I’m recording on Thursday. And I just love it. I have a lot of fun, you know, just talking to folks that’s folks and interacting and just being a part of the community. So awesome.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:36:35):

Well, plus Sarah, you and I get to hang out with the most positive guy in the business with Jaman right.

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:36:43):

That’s right. Positive. When hanging out with people like you and the folks that are comments

Jamin Alvidrez (00:36:50):

Going back to what you were saying earlier, and Sarah, I’m sure you have the same appreciation, these comments and the knowledge they drop in in just a couple of minutes or a couple of seconds typing something in and the camaraderie and the fellowship really. That is part of the secret sauce of this whole journey. So really appreciate our audience. Um, all right. So Jamie, we want to make sure that folks know how to, how to connect, right?

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:37:12):

Yes. So Sarah, how can people stay connected with you and be tuned in for your big announcement tomorrow? Well, so LinkedIn going, um, follow or, or be part of the let’s talk supply chain, LinkedIn page, uh, connect with me personally on LinkedIn. So Sarah Barnes Humphrey, um, you can go to our website, let’s talk supply I’ve also got the ship’s website now, which is ships that’s S H I P Zed or Z, depending on where you’re And otherwise you can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, all the social media plan. You’re going to kill me. Where can they find you on tick tock? Well, you might need to tune into the live stream,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:38:02):

Always a pleasure. Uh, I’m really excited. Uh, not only about all the cool initiatives you’ve got cooking up with let’s talk supply chain, but to hear all the progress that ship’s has made a new website is just the tip of the iceberg. That’s, that’s really, uh, it’s inspiring and it’s really, it’s neat to track it. So always pleasure to sit down with,

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:38:23):

Thank you. Thanks for having me on. I just hope everybody has an amazing week this week.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:38:28):

Awesome. Sarah safe, virtual travels, and we’ll see you next time.

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey (00:38:32):

I’m going to need it.

Speaker 5 (00:38:38):

Jaman always

Jamin Alvidrez (00:38:39):

Fun and refreshing to reconnect with Sarah Barnes Humphrey, right?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:38:43):

Absolutely. A true leader in our industry.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:38:47):

Agreed. All right. So you heard Sarah talk about, uh, some new projects, new series, new content, all kinds of exciting stuff. Well, you’ve got a little, uh, stuff that you’ve been cooking up now for, I don’t know, a month and some change. Why don’t we talk more about logistics and beyond tell us Jamie.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:39:06):

Yes. Uh, I, you know, I am just so passionate and so grateful for our industry because of the people. And I really hope that listeners of this podcast series pick up on that because, uh, Mia side and I hope to not detract from some of the awesome people have on it really gets into the personalities, the mindsets and the thought processes of the real leaders in our industry. So there are so many, uh, great ways to chop up the X’s and O’s, or, uh, how to look at future state of supply chain and that type of deal, what I’m really wanting to address very specifically enlist logistics and transportation is a peek into the personality and mindset of these amazing people that we get to know. So, uh, you know, some of the questions, uh, may seem like fluff at first glance. Like what was your favorite food as a child or your favorite toy as a child or a memory, uh, a lesson learned from your high school years that you apply now, but I’m finding that you really get people to open up and they start to share some just very, uh, base level knowledge that, you know, we can all then apply and what an awesome opportunity for us to, to get, to apply some lessons learned and some insights from some of these great people that, uh, that we have on like you and the episode where I got to, uh, interview you and learn about your, your, your granddad.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:40:43):

And so there’s just a lot in there. I’m, I’m having too much fun.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:40:48):

Well, it comes across in the content, it comes across in the conversations, uh, and I’ve really enjoyed I’m. So looking forward, I think we’ve got one more already re recorded, ready to go to be released. And then you’ve got kind of the next part of your schedule cooking. So good stuff there, logistics and beyond with Jaman. And so David asked and, and Dave, and I’m sorry if it’s Devin or Dave and I am not sure I’m bad about mispronouncing mispronouncing names and memory will tell you that. Um, so he asked what happened to the, or die on the tail end of adapt and thrive.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:41:20):

That is, uh, thank you for asking. Uh, so that is my, uh, my positive, you know, the adapt, the adapter diet while it’s true. That just seems so ominous to me. And it, the adapt and thrive came about just for myself, almost my, my myself talk of, uh, I had trouble during a period of time of seeing opportunities and change was hard. Uh, but if you look at it as like, Hey, if I change or adapt or pivot, however, you know, whatever cool way you want to say it, this next move can lead to me. Thriving, absolutely crushing it instead of like, Ooh, if I don’t move, I’m going to die. So that just came about from, from what resonates with my own mindset. Uh, but both are true.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:42:08):

I’m going to pull the curtain back just a smidge. Uh Jaman I think your microphone is catching your collar a bit. I’m getting little bit of feedback. So, uh, Hey, we keep it real. And Frank here at Silacci now, right? I’m bouncing around well, along those lines, Nick says his smile is contagious. I agree. I agree with you. It really, um, you know, in a tough year, like 20, 20, it is so important, I would say to be around positive people that really, um, you know, keep your mindset where it needs to be. And that’s what, uh, Jaman brings to the table in spades. So, Nick, I agree with you. Uh, David gives me a little bit of feedback and a C says it is Dave in and not Davin. So thank you very much, David. I will keep that in mind. Um, Erin shares, uh, Erin’s been dropping some serious knowledge here on the livestream.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:42:59):

Um, I owe him a consulting invoice or something. I’m not sure. Uh, Aaron says, Hey, getting to know people is a critical component of good leadership, knowing people beyond just their profession builds connections and trust, good point there. Well, so, um, and then Claudia had a great point and she was kind of echoing something. You said Jaman leadership attribute, uh, attributes are truly being tested by COVID. I think, uh, Claudia we’ll put as always and great to have you here. I think of course the pandemic is certainly testing leadership in ways, uh, and testing probably new muscles that haven’t been exercised, uh, when it comes to leadership. But I would also add, I think the environment, the current environment, um, and that’s related to pandemic, it’s also related to the political back and forth is there’s this, uh, there’s a level of contentiousness I’m making up that word there Jaman that I think also is posing a big challenge to leadership. So, uh, Jamie, any additional thoughts?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:43:59):

Yeah. Not to over simplify it, but to your point, there’s a lot going on, even outside of covert and that’s not to make light of it in any form or fashion, but there’s a lot going on and that’s, you know, on a world worldwide scale. So, uh, leadership while always important. Um, it’s times like these where, uh, leaders, I think a neat thing that we’re seeing is people that maybe didn’t view themselves as leaders before may not be leaders in title at the moment are doing some gigantic things and

Jamin Alvidrez (00:44:32):

Really showing us what true leadership is. And so it’s really bringing out the best in some agreed. Uh, Aaron says he’s got very reasonable rates talking about the consulting invoices, uh, 11 years active army. I learned a thing or two about leadership. Aaron, we’d love to get you on veteran voices. So, uh, shoot Amanda a quick note and we’ll see if we can’t make that happen, would love to pick your brain so good stuff and glad you’re here with us today, uh, grow with Tyrone must be a YouTube channel. Great to have you here knowing individuals beyond if you’re paying attention, you discover attributes that can assist the individual’s growth as well as the organization agreed. They’re great. You gotta, you gotta listen up, pay attention, try to bring a little Greg little tip of the hat to, uh, Greg white. Uh, John Bufalino says sink or swim time for most around the world. Yeah. Good stuff there, John. And then, uh, our friend Jeff Miller says, Jamie, looking forward to this growing series, your entry knowledge and interaction style is going to draw out some great insights from your guests. Agreed. You know, you do bring a, um, a natural curiosity to the conversations and, and really enjoy that. Um, all right. So as we begin to wrap

Scott Luton (00:45:52):

This episode of the book,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:45:54):

It’s all about, you know, one of the things we try to do is, is give resources, especially inexpensive resources to our audience, right? Jameson. Yes. So important. All right. So let’s, uh, Hey, Jaman anything that you’ve learned in retail, think about all of all the retail industry has taught you and say the last, I don’t know, 20 years, can you, can you picture that? Yes, I got, I got it. I’m picturing myself hanging out at the mall when that was used to be a thing. Yes. Arcade, well, picture all of that, then grab it with your right hand and throw it out the window.

Scott Luton (00:46:32):

Just cause that’s,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:46:34):

That’s the world we live in right now, current rules, long-held rules and standards and approaches all of a sudden they’re broken and to some degree irrelevant. Now of course we’re being a little, I’m exaggerating a little bit, but so much has changed in the world of retail. Um, and so we’ve got upcoming webinar Jamen where we’re going to be featuring a couple of business leaders that have been in the trenches driving transformation. Jeff Cashman is with gray orange, right? You were talking, the bots are coming on the front end of today’s show, Hey, gray, orange. They are been deploying robotics, automation left and right, right. They’re extremely busy trying to, one of the things is fueling e-commerce and all those fulfillment centers and warehouses. Right. Um, repairing what I love that Jeff does, sorry to interrupt is he speaks about it in a very, uh, a simple way that even someone like myself can understand doesn’t it. So

Jamin Alvidrez (00:47:30):

It’s really easy to learn from him.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:47:32):

Yup. Agreed. Um, and he keeps it real. So I, I love that about Jay. I love what you shared and also love just the transparency and the frankness you get with Jeff Cashman and he’s been there, done it. Um, so Jeff will be joining us. We’re going to pair him with Cindy Lago, who leads supply chain consulting for cap Gemini. So obviously especially technology, uh, digital transformation she’s been involved in leading a lot of those initiatives. So we’re going to pair Cindy and Jeff, and we’re going to have an hour of, uh, really good stuff. Uh, best practices, insights, perspective, own new market, new mindset, especially with the emphasis on retail. I’m ready to do that. Now I’m ready to learn. Yeah. Let’s, let’s go ahead and kick it off the top of the hour. How about that, Jason?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:48:18):

What, what an opportunity to learn from a couple of people that are in our, are we sure an hour’s enough? I’m going to be bummed on the hour’s over

Jamin Alvidrez (00:48:26):

Never, you know, I’ve always been a big fan of long form. I’m probably one of the small minority in the digital content space, but to your point, uh, I think w w when I, when I, uh, as we lead webinars, I think one of the litmus tests that always look for and we’ve done over 300 across the years is a really active Q and a session, right. Where whoever’s made the presentation, they have triggered something, right. And there are some of those Q and a sessions where we can barely do it in an hour, 15 hour 30. So I bet my hunch is that this session on September 30th is going to be along those lines. Jaman, it’s all about engagement I’m with you. Agreed. All right. A couple of comments here want to share. Nick says, it’s the people that make logistics. Uh, Nick, you’ve got a bunch of kindred spirits here, uh, and, and I would go take it a step further. Jaman, uh, it’s, it’s the people that make global supply chain work. I mean, despite all the technology gains, which will continue to, um, you know, be implemented across the world, the people drive global supply chains. Right?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:49:34):

Absolutely. Nick, Nick is spot on as he usually is.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:49:38):

I’m Sylvia back on the leadership, uh, conversation. So Sylvia says, spot on. I see where new leaders are rising to the occasion. Simultaneously. I see the wolves in sheep’s clothing, AKA non-qualified individuals in leadership roles that are now falling off the radar,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:49:56):

No place to hide anymore,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:49:59):

No place to hide your Jaman you, uh, you’re absolutely right. And, and along those lines, Claudia said, excellent point. We’re used to looking for leadership from the top. Now leadership can be observed or not at every level and be ready to act when you don’t see it or better yet when you spot hot potential, right. Jaman

Jamin Alvidrez (00:50:21):

Oh, spoken from a true leader. That is a great way.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:50:25):

Got it. Agreed. Uh, [inaudible] uh, great to have you here. Uh, we have missed you here lately. You always, uh, not only do you know a ton about, uh, freight and transportation, you name it, but Jaman, he is our house.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:50:41):

He’s great. Hilarious. He keeps us on our toes,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:50:45):

Uh, host way, says the positivity is certainly contagious. A person wake up much more excited to tackle my days recently. You guys make a difference at a personal level, man.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:50:56):

Wow. That’s huge. Thank you. Host sway. That’s huge. That makes me that lightly. Yeah. Wow. Spokesman from touch a hard worker with beautiful mindset. Thank you. Agreed.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:51:10):

So I was kind of going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to share this, this item Jayman, but along those lines, I think I feel compelled to share it because I think it can serve as a challenge and a call to action. So I’m not naming names, but over the weekend, uh, there was a, um, a veteran that’s been a part of some of our livestreams and, uh, he’d wrapped up a long roll recently, uh, and was kind of put some irons in the fire for his next opportunity. And he posted his resume over the weekend. And so, uh, we shared that here at supply chain now with, with friends and, and look, if, if nothing else to help people make connections and further the network, right. You never know where those, that leads. Absolutely. Um, and so everyone, so people responded and they really shared and connected.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:52:03):

And in fact, I got a note yesterday from a network colleague that said one of his network colleagues reached out and was, I think was setting up an interview with this gentleman. So this veteran and, you know, we all have so much going on, but along the lines of what host way was sharing with so many others, you know, if we just call Tom out every once in a while and just make those small gestures, you know, it, it, it takes 30 seconds these days, not even to share something. Right. And we’ve all been, raise your hand if you haven’t been. And I mean, we’ve all been there, right. Trying to, trying to nail our next deal or trying to land our next opportunity or whatever it is. Um, and you know, we try to do it as often as we can, but really we should own those opportunities and, and really deliberately look for ways to, um, to engage and support and, you know, be positive. Right?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:53:03):

Absolutely. A net network is something to be shared, not, not hoarded and kept yourself that that is a, a great way to look at it.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:53:12):

Yeah. Good stuff there. Um, alright. So a couple of comments, and then we’re going to share one more event coming up. Uh, Gary Smith says he’s registered, looking forward to the new market, new mindset webinar. We have just gained esteemed member to the audience. So great to have you, Gary. Uh, let’s see here. Sylvia says she learned from a snake heater. What true leadership means.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:53:36):

There’s a story. There,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:53:38):

There is certainly a story there. You know, that, that, uh, when I read that, what comes to mind is this old analogy is, uh, you can expect to soar with the Eagles by day, if you hang out with the buzzard by night. So I don’t know if that’s relevant or not, but it comes to mind. Let’s see here. Uh, David says, that’s awesome. Appreciate what you did that, uh, there, no doubt he does too good own your supply chain now. Hey, it’s, you know, I appreciate that, but it’s on all of us, right? This community that’s here that that’s across global supply chain. You know, we, we, we read off some of the audience members from different parts of the world. Jaman that is really rewarding to have a wide variety of folks represented here. Right. It sure is. Okay. So a lot of good stuff taking place here, let’s share one more event, uh, before we wrap it up here. Jaman. And while I add, bring this to the stream,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:54:33):

Any final thoughts on

Jamin Alvidrez (00:54:35):

Connectivity on giving forward or own leadership here before we segue?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:54:41):

You know, I, I really, I’m still even thinking about what, uh, Claudia freed, who, like I mentioned is a, is a true leader, what she said. Um, and it’s just such a time to be ready, be prepared. Um, and while there’s definitely a lot of hardship, very real, real hardships, not trying to minimize that at all. There are some real opportunities and going to be as they’re all types of changes that are forever going to go on that if you stay ready and stay in that mind frame and associating with ones like a Claudia freed, uh, that you’ll be ready, there’s going to be opportunities for all of us. And, uh, so that’s the good side of it. If, if you’re ready, love that

Jamin Alvidrez (00:55:23):

You gotta be ready and you gotta be willing to walk through the door, get out of your comfort zone and, and put, put, uh, new experiences in a headlock. Right. I like that. So, Hey, wrestling always comes back to every conversation. Right. All right. And, and, uh, it’s at this point, uh, Greg would usually do a Rick flair.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:55:46):

Yes. Somewhere out in the open seas. I hope he’s doing that.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:55:49):

That is right. Okay. So let’s talk about a new event that has been added to our fold here, Jamie and we are really pleased to be partnering with the association for manufacturing, excellence, AME, uh, and it’s all centered on AME Toronto, 2020, uh, October 27th through 29th. It’s a big virtual event focused on the best of the best in the world of manufacturing. Uh, Greg and I are going to be leading a supply chain focus panel, uh, which includes amongst others, AME CEO, Kimberly Humphrey. So we invite our audience to join us. Now, the cool thing about AME is, is we’ve been collaborating with them for years. At least I have, and one of the cool events they set up Jaman, uh, probably six or seven years ago that we played a small part in is everyone’s heard of Chick-fil-A, right?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:56:39):

Oh yeah. Well, the thing,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:56:41):

The supply chain and the operation behind Chick-fil-A right. And not the delicious sandwich they’ve got, um, at the time,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:56:50):

It wasn’t quite as public, but nowadays it’s public. And I think the company touts it, they’ve got an innovation center called the hatch and

Jamin Alvidrez (00:56:58):

They exp they do a variety of things, uh, in the center for really cool. But amongst them is, they’ve got a, a drive through where they’ll actually, uh, experiment with new approaches. They’re under, under a roof with the car and the whole nine yards. Um, but AME set up a tour of the hatch, uh, years ago, and really to be able to put your eyes on real, tangible, practical innovation, not the buzz word, not the cliche, but a company that gets it in your words, Jaman and is really serious about serving that consumer light note, none other,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:57:35):

Wow, that’s neat. And I love that. I love energize your journey. I really dig that phrase.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:57:43):

So y’all check this out. We’ve gotten the links for AME Toronto 2020 in the show notes, uh, looking forward to the supply chain, that kind of a breakout session with these leaders here, and we would invite you to join us there. All right. So Jaman gosh, what a full episode here today.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:58:02):

Um, Oh, here we go.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:58:03):

You go, speaking of AMA, Jenny Froome is asking if anyone remembers dr. Sherry Ford, who was alleged or figure, uh, in continuous improvement and also in manufacturing. Uh, Jenny says that she was an amazing woman and, and very proud of the organization. So unfortunate, I think dr. Ford passed away a few years back. She led a, um, and I’m not going to do her justice, but the little bit I know about her, she led a, um, a manufacturing organization here in state of Georgia and really invited a lot of folks. I mean, she really fueled continuous improvement, uh, uh, discussions kind of outside the four walls. Right. So huge leader in industry. And, uh, I think she passed away before her time. So, so Jenny, I do, uh, somewhat remember at least my small interactions with dr. Ford and, and great to have you here. Uh, yeah. Good old AME and also good on say, uh, say pics. So which Jenny’s part of leadership team. Alright, so Jaman,

Jamin Alvidrez (00:59:04):

We have a, whew, we’ve come.

Jamin Alvidrez (00:59:08):

What have we not talked about here today?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:59:10):

I think we’ve hit it all from pizza to leadership, to robots. I mean, what’s left

Jamin Alvidrez (00:59:16):

Pizza, leadership and robots. What an interesting visual that phrase. Um, so, uh, before we sign off, what was, what was your favorite component? Something, you said, something, something you heard, something that you saw shared via the comments. What was one of your favorite?

Jamin Alvidrez (00:59:34):

Yeah, I’d already mentioned, uh, Claudia Fried’s comment on leadership. Uh, Sarah Barnes Humphrey shared something that I really enjoyed of when we were speaking about a pizza, you know, delivery leading the way in some aspects of final mile delivery. And just to really be cognizant of looking outside of our industry or even outside of ourselves and looking to other people, industries, businesses for ideas on how we can make ourselves or our business better, or, uh, borrow from things and, and apply it to what we’re doing. Uh, so I, I really appreciated that comment. I think that’s a super beneficial way to look at it,

Jamin Alvidrez (01:00:15):

Love that, and would love to just open up the can of UN of the next hour and continue talking leadership into such a, it is such a, um, a special time in global history where leadership can not be assumed. It’s got, it’s gotten to be, you know, deeds, not words. So, um, but appreciate what you do, uh, and in your neck of the woods and great to collaborate with you here on supply chain. Now, uh, I’m going to share one more thing and then we’re going to wrap, uh, so folks, if you enjoy business and through a historical lens, we’ve got this new series called this week in business history. Now, uh, it’s brief, um, I’m not the best storyteller in the world, but I love to do it. And we got some, a little bit of news over the weekend that, um, really, uh, made, made our my day, at least. And, you know, in this day and age, in the information age where, um, you’ve got over a million podcasts, I’m very proud to share that according to chartable this week in business history, which is only Jamie, we only have probably less than 10 episodes in the, you know, already been published. It has hit the, uh, podcast leadership chart in the U S for business knows, uh, business news business knows that sounds like a new series,

Jamin Alvidrez (01:01:35):

Uh, number 87

Jamin Alvidrez (01:01:37):

Over the weekend in that business news category here for the, the U S. So, um, you know, when you work hard to put out content and share what you find to be interesting and newsworthy or buzzworthy, and you see you get feedback to market along those lines, it is incredibly rewarding. And it comes back to this wonderful audience we have here that we learned so much from. And, and, and, you know, I love each of these Monday sessions because we get to rub elbows with some of the best people in the world. And those are the folks powering supply chain. So a little bit of good news, and I try to be careful about self promotion because I’m not geared like that, but, um, that’s a bunch of hard work that the teams put into that new series. And we got some good feedback over the weekend.

Jamin Alvidrez (01:02:24):

That’s great. That’s, uh, not, not surprising that it’s well received, but, uh, very cool. It is very cool. Uh, and enjoy doing this with you. I appreciate you filling in today on the supply chain buzz for Greg white. I was about to say the one only Greg white, but really it’s also the one and only Jamie and Amy. So really enjoyed what you do to the audience. Thanks so much. I mean, y’all really, uh, y’all are the North star in all of this and our interactions and the feedback we get and the guests that come on and share, you know, along the lines of what Sarah did today and that’s part of the secret of life. So thanks so much along those lines. And on behalf of Jaman and our entire team here at supply chain, now we’re going to challenge it, just like we challenge ourselves. Hey, do good call Tom out, take those simple steps. It helps people out 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.

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Sarah Barnes-Humphrey is a logistician turned supply chain marketer, passionate about bringing stories to life in an industry that has traditionally been about stats and numbers. As the host of the popular Let’s Talk Supply Chain Podcast (LTSC) blog and YouTube Channel called “TheSC, Supply ChainTV”, Barnes-Humphrey helps tell the stories and bring awareness to brands and hot topics in the industry, which includes her infamous Women in Supply Chain series. Recently named Top 100 most influential women leaders in Supply Chain (global) and Top 100 most influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain, Barnes-Humphrey has spent the past 20 years in logistics and supply chain learning everything she can and recently ventured off on her own to grow the LTSC brand where you can learn from real people talking about real supply chain topics. Barnes-Humphrey is also the co-founder and CEO of Shipz Inc., a new technology platform encompassing all of her experience and knowledge in supply chain bringing innovative, collaborative ideas together on her own platform for the supply chain industry.


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Demo Perez

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.

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Mary Kate Love

VP, Marketing

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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Vicki White


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

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Ben Harris


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

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Page Siplon

Host, The Freight Insider

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

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Kristi Porter

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.

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Sofia Rivas Herrera

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.

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Katherine Hintz

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.

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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., 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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Nick Roemer

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.

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Allison Giddens

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.

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Billy Taylor

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Constantine Limberakis


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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Greg White

Principal & CMO, 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.

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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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