Supply Chain Now Episode 521
“Have there been shortages? Absolutely. Do we expect to see hungry masses and rotting food? I don’t think so. We are better than that.”
– Fred Tolbert, Principal at Southeast Demand Solutions
As we wrap up 2020 and look towards the new year, many supply chain professionals have finally gotten enough distance from the peak pandemic impact in the spring and summer to examine what worked and what didn’t. From empty paper aisle shelves in supermarkets to the worry about retail shipping capacity going into the holiday season, we’ve uncovered some key weaknesses in the supply chain.
The next big question is whether those weaknesses will be handled as a crisis or an opportunity. Fred Tolbert, Principal at Southeast Demand Solutions in Marietta Georgia, joined the Supply Chain Now team for a recent livestream to discuss the pandemic, the latest supply chain industry news, and what new developments we can expect to see going forward.
In this conversation, Fred discussed the following with Co-hosts Greg White and Scott Luton:
· The need to re-examine how companies respond to demand signals to make the appropriate adjustments to safety stock
· The skill profiles that will be most valuable to supply chain leaders going forward
· What we can expect to see in the next 5 years as companies figure out how to apply and embed emerging technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence
Would you rather watch the show in action? Watch as Scott and Greg welcome Fred Tolbert to Supply Chain Now through our YouTube channel.
Fred Tolbert has over twenty-five years of supply chain management experience. He is Principal of Southeast Demand Solutions, LLC, the Southeastern channel partner for the Demand Solutions suite of supply chain planning software. In this position, he leads the Demand Solutions sales, consulting and training activities in the Southeastern United States.
Fred spent ten years as a Principal Consultant with The North Highland Company, an Atlanta-based management consulting services firm. He was Director of Operations with Sun Data, a distributor of IBM computer hardware. He held systems development management and inventory management positions with Contel Corporation. Fred began his business career as a Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting.
Fred has BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the University of Georgia Supply Chain Advisory Board. He is active in ASCM, the Association for Supply Chain Management (formerly APICS) and served two terms as president of the Atlanta APICS Chapter. He served as the ASCM Southeast District Director, representing ten southeastern states on the ASCM society Board of Directors.
Greg White is a host and principal of Supply Chain Now. Greg is a founder, CEO, board director and advisor in B2B technology with multiple successful exits. He recently joined Trefoil Advisory as a Partner to further their vision of stronger companies by delivering practical solutions to the highest-stakes challenges. Prior to Trefoil, Greg served as CEO at Curo, a field service management solution most notably used by Amazon to direct their fulfillment center deployment workforce. Greg is most known for founding Blue Ridge Solutions and served as President & CEO for the Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader of cloud-native supply chain applications that balance inventory with customer demand. Greg has also held leadership roles with Servigistics, and E3 Corporation, where he pioneered their cloud supply chain offering in 1998. In addition to his work at Supply Chain Now and Trefoil, rapidly-growing companies leverage Greg as an independent board director and advisor for his experience building disruptive B2B technology and supply chain companies widely recognized as industry leaders. He’s an insightful visionary who helps companies rapidly align vision, team, market, messaging, product, and intellectual property to accelerate value creation. Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams to create breakthroughs that gain market exposure and momentum, and increase company esteem and valuation. Learn more about Trefoil Advisory: www.trefoiladvisory.com
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