Supply Chain Now
Episode 1209

Blockchain is quietly but very quickly becoming an important transformation force in every industry.

-Kevin L. Jackson

Episode Summary

The Supply Chain Buzz is Supply Chain Now’s regular Monday livestream, held at 12 noon ET each week. This show focuses on some of the leading stories from global supply chain and global business, always with special guests – the most important of which is the live audience!

In this monthly Digital Transformers edition of the Buzz, Scott Luton and co-host Kevin L. Jackson share and discuss some of the top news in digital transformation, technology, and cybersecurity. Listen and learn as Scott and Kevin discuss:

  • Seven ways that blockchain is helping to accelerate digital transformation
  • How McDonald’s is investing further into the cloud so “super size” analytics and more powerfully leverage AI.
  • 12 proven metrics to measure your digital transformation
  • And much more!

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:03):

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Scott Luton (00:31):

Hey, good morning, good afternoon, good evening, wherever you are, Scott Luton and Kevin L. Jackson with you here on Supply Chain. Now welcome to today’s live stream. Kevin, how you doing this morning?

Kevin L. Jackson (00:43):

It snowed. We had our first snowfall here in the Washington DC area. Oh, wow. Wait, it was just the dusting. Okay, so no accidents. It’s already melted away. Not even report by 10 o’clock, but it’s a sign. A sign from above, and it’s winter.

Scott Luton (01:07):

And for your sake, I’m glad it was just a dusting because if you’re as a bad driver and the snow like I am, we don’t need to be locked in due to some snow on the ground. Right?

Kevin L. Jackson (01:16):

Right, exactly. I saw something on YouTube about the polar vortex and apparently it’s really strong right now, and we’re going to have this El Nino, and when you have El Nino and a strong polar vortex is a high probability of a blizzard in the East coast and northeast. So it may be a bad year this year.

Scott Luton (01:44):

I’m going to think optimistically. I remember getting that polar vortex a few months back and it was the coldest weather we’ve seen in Georgia in years, but we’re going to think warm, optimistic thoughts. How’s that sound, Kevin?

Kevin L. Jackson (01:59):

Warm thoughts?

Scott Luton (02:00):

Warm thoughts here today? Yeah.

Kevin L. Jackson (02:02):

But we have our audience to bring some warm thoughts to us.

Scott Luton (02:06):

Yes, that’s right, Kevin. And today, as folks know it’s a special edition of the Buzz, it’s the Digital Transformers edition of the Buzz on the second Monday of each month. And as always, we’re going to be discussing a variety of news and developments today across global business with that extra helping of all things technology today. So we want to hear from you, as Kevin was just suggesting, we want your warm thoughts. We want your take on what you’re seeing, your take on the stories we’re going to be talking about. So give us your comments there in the chat. And hey, if you’re listening to the podcast replay, which we typically drop on Fridays, you ought to consider joining us live on LinkedIn, YouTube, or other social media channels of your choosing on Mondays at 12 noon Eastern time. We’d love to hear from you. Okay, Kevin, I’m going to go ahead and share a few resources out there with folks on the front end.


Then we’ve got I think, four stories to get through. We’re going to talk about also the latest episode of Digital Transformers. We got a lot of good stuff. I don’t want to start with this unique resource. So folks, if you’re not aware, Kevin L. Jackson was a naval aviator, so he and I love to talk flying and aviation on a regular basis. He’s an Navy veteran. I’m an Air Force veteran, so there’s that friendly rivalry. I wish I was as cool as an aviator, but I’m not Kevin’s the cool one here, but I’ve been watching this YouTube channel for quite some time called Green dot Aviation. Now, we all know the critical role that aviation plays in global supply chain, right? And global business. We also all know how aviation is so technological these days, right? Well, green Dot aviation goes into a lot of mishaps from years back, from current, you name it.


Not all deadly mishaps, but it really goes into and identifies root cause failures, both from a technology standpoint and from a psychology standpoint because these crews have to work together to transport people and cargo safely. Well, over the weekend, Kevin, I saw where our friends at Green Dot Aviation went into Asian Flight three 70, which we really lost, and everyone’s still trying to figure out what happened way back on March 8th, 2014, and it’s fascinating stuff. I wanted to share that all with y’all out there. Green Dot Aviation, if you’re looking for some really intriguing content this week on maybe your commute or your downtime or what have you, Kevin, I know you and I chatted just briefly about MH three 70. That’s a really intriguing tragedy, huh?

Kevin L. Jackson (04:27):

Yeah. One of the things that is really puzzling is the fact that the plane started out east and then made a loop and turned around West to go over Indonesia and Malaysia, and it wasn’t even near where it’s supposed to be. And what’s kind of amazing is that I guess Malaysian military saw it as it occurred, but didn’t say anything to the air traffic controllers, right? A plane going in the wrong direction over military airspace, and they didn’t talk why? And then it just sort of stays over the Pacific and goes south into the middle of nowhere. I know there was talk about maybe it was suicide by the captain, but we’ll see.

Scott Luton (05:19):

Yeah, it’s really fascinating. Y’all should. To Kevin’s point there, based on some sources, it’s slightly pilot. The captain of the plane flew right between air

Kevin L. Jackson (05:29):

Airspace, between Indonesia.

Scott Luton (05:32):

Yes, it kind of flew on the border of airspace between Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and so none of the airspace really owned the aircraft, and that really allowed the aircraft to be well on its way to whatever they were trying to do without it hitting their radar. So it’s really fascinating. There’s lots of content out there, but I want to give y’all something in case you’re looking for a new channel. There’s so many of ’em out there, but check out Green Dot Aviation. They’re doing some great work and it’s really, really fascinating. Okay, Kevin?

Kevin L. Jackson (06:02):

Yeah. Got another mystery to

Scott Luton (06:04):

Solve. No kidding. There’s plenty of those out there, right? Alright, so with that said, changing gears, with that said, over the weekend, our latest weekly newsletter, we’re going to drop link, check it out. We cover a lot of news from across the global business world, some stories that I bet may have slipped your radar here lately. Now we also include some resources like we always do because we want to enable y’all to navigate the business world more successfully. And Kevin, we included a really cool episode that our friends over at Logistics with Purpose have recently released with one of the senior supply chain leaders from L’Oreal and Kevin, our own Amanda Luton SA in as a co-host on that episode. How cool is that?

Kevin L. Jackson (06:44):

Wow. I’m going to have to talk to Amanda. I’m getting kind of worried she may take over all of the air. She’s getting really good at that.

Scott Luton (06:56):

Yes, she is. She’s proved in that episode just the latest time that she’s better at that than both of us are. How about that? But hey, y’all check it out


And you can find it in the latest episode of, with that said, one click away. We drop that in the chat. Okay, Kevin, let’s dive into this first story. Tell y’all, this may not be surprising you here today, that the tech workforce sector, well, it’s really hot. So putting our finger on the pulse of the tech labor market as reported here by dice analysis of data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s BLS. We love our acronyms, right? Well, it says that tech unemployment in November, 2023, so last month, what dipped to 1.7% tech unemployment dipped to 1.7% well below the overall national unemployment rate of 3.5%. Well, that doesn’t surprise anybody, right? With everything that’s going on, all the interest in finding and onboarding, hiring and onboarding top tech talent, well, it’s probably also no surprise that for the first time ever that’s right.


I think for the first time in workforce data history, AI related jobs accounted for more than 10% of all the tech job postings out in the market. According to a recent study by Amazon Web Services and Access partnership. It may also not surprise that it really pays well, more than you even know to know AI as their research indicates that employers are willing to pay an average of 47% more for tech candidates with AI skills, man, 47% more. And here’s some practical insights from yet. One more research piece out there. O’Reilly Media has released its new generative AI in the enterprise report where it finds that the following five skills are those most desired by companies hiring workers for gen AI projects. Count ’em off with me. AI programming, data analysis, AI and ml machine learning, general AI literacy, and data infrastructure engineering. We’re going to be dropping that article, the chat and let us know what you’re seeing out there, or maybe whether you’re a candidate in the marketplace and let us know what you’re seeing. Or if you’re hiring that tech talent, especially that AI tech talent, we’d love to know what you are seeing as well. Alright, Kevin, any thoughts on what you’re seeing out there across the tech hiring landscape?

Kevin L. Jackson (09:14):

Well, I see that everyone really wants to jump on the AI bandwagon, but not many organizations know how best to use it, how to integrate that artificial intelligence in a way that actually supports the business models and the business goals. It seems like it’s whizzbang entertainment right now. They’re not really bringing out the business value, but there’s a huge amount of business value can really accelerate decision processes and make those decisions much better by leveraging data.

Scott Luton (09:47):

Well said, I’m going to steal that term whizzbang entertainment out there. I think that can apply to a lot of things. All right. Talking about blockchain, I’ve just talked about how AI has really dominated tech conversations in supply chain, it seems here lately, but this is a seven point list in terms of ways that blockchain helps accelerate digital transformation. So Kevin, tell us more.

Kevin L. Jackson (10:11):

Yeah, as I was saying before, that blockchain is quietly but very quickly becoming an important transformation force in every industry. Vertical supply chain and manufacturing are two of the most innovative areas that this technology is being implemented. Algeria actually is one of Germany’s leading digital transformation technology companies, and they are pushing blockchain in seven specific areas, one as a standard for digital transactions because instead of having to store your data locally, blockchain is a virtual database that can restore it on a network where all users, companies, your business partners and customers can use the network to access a local copy of the database. It’s also, blockchain is an accelerator business processes and speed becomes really a crucial factor for setting your organization apart from your competitors. And in supply chain. It just maximizes transparency in every transaction across the supply chain, from procurement of raw materials to production to distribution and sale of the end product or the other area.


Number four was delivering improved connectivity, the internet of things. It’s just changing the nature of business. All these devices that are connected to the internet streamlined industrial production and cloud-based services and smart contract. I’m sure many of you heard of smart contracts, but they can automatically modify information in a way that you can trust. Smart contracts can be made in advance and are tamper-proof and transparent. They can revolutionize business processes. And then blockchain is really a fuel for financing. It’s creating and managing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. And finally, blockchain is really great in competition because many large companies will require their contractors and subcontractors to convert their interfaces to blockchain for certain business processes. So if you’re not looking or implementing blockchain today, you are already behind your competitors.

Scott Luton (12:40):

Well said Kevin. Well said. And just a few other thoughts there. You touched on a couple of these in terms of some of the ways blockchain’s being leveraged across global supply chain product authentication and establishing that provenance, which is one of our favorite words around here, right?

Kevin L. Jackson (12:55):

Yeah. That’s Greg’s favorite,

Scott Luton (12:56):

Right? That’s right.


We’ve all seen how important that is always, but in the last few years in particular, better quality control, detecting those defects in products and getting them out of the supply chain and the flow of products sooner and more reliably. Kevin touched on one of my favorites, those smart contracts, those are favorites of mine in some cases, oftentimes Kevin, because they eliminate paperwork and man, I hate paperwork and all the manual jobs that it can be associated with. So the list goes on and on. And I would just challenge you and Kevin, I hope you agree with me, the smartest one in the room, but Mark Twain came to my mind as I was reading this article and kind of hearing your take because just because AI’s getting all the lip service and the attention, a lot of investment, and we don’t hear as much about blockchain, the death of blockchain perhaps has been grossly exaggerated. Would you agree, Kevin?

Kevin L. Jackson (13:47):

Well, actually, blockchain is growing rapidly and what’s really interesting is the way that artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain emerging into new services, consumer services business to business services, and its enhancing or accelerating all of these business processes. So it’s not one or the other, it’s everything altogether.

Scott Luton (14:13):

Well said. The power of the, and I think you and I, Greg have spoken about, right?

Kevin L. Jackson (14:18):

Yeah. One of our great sponsors at and t.

Scott Luton (14:24):

That’s right at and t. I love that, Kevin. Alright, well hey, don’t take our word for it. Check out the article, the Seven Ways Blockchain helps Businesses Accelerate Digital Transformation and give us your take on that. Okay, so moving right along, Kevin, let me pull up this next story. Now here’s a fair warning, Kevin. Fair warning. Fair warning. We’re about to make all of y’all out there really hungry, really hungry. So I’m just going to warn you in case you’re stuck in the office for a little while or stuck at home for a little while, we’re going to be switching gears and talking about the provider of the world’s most delicious french fries. That’s right. Make it ease. Well, according to CIO dive, they’re investing further into the cloud so they can supersize analytics and more powerfully leveraged artificial intelligence. Kevin, tell us what you’re seeing here.

Kevin L. Jackson (15:15):

So the first thing that jumped into my mind was one of the first times I went to Europe and I went to McDonald’s and they gave me mayonnaise to dip my french fries in, but it was good. So if you ever go to McDonald’s in Europe, that’s a big thing. Belgium, I was in Belgium. But anyway, McDonald’s tapped Google Cloud to really infuse cloud-based analytics across all of its thousands of restaurants around the world. And they have developed, you guessed it, custom AI in order to support and make decisions better to support their customers. This is a multi-year partnership that spans hardware, data and AI technologies and it deploys the Google distributed cloud compute and storage to individual restaurants next year. And as part of this partnership, Google Cloud is placing a dedicated team at McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago. They probably get free fries for this been McDonald’s Speedy Labs, which is a innovation hub to explore more generative AI use cases. So you go to McDonald’s now and they got that big screen, the order everything, and I guess it’s going to be a generative AI being there now to welcome and talk with you as you order your fries. You won’t have to press those sticky buttons anymore.

Scott Luton (16:51):

That is music to my ears. So admittedly Kevin, and you may can relate, I can’t go to McDonald’s as often as I used to back in the day, but one of the last times I went to your point, my family and I ordered our meals in the kiosk


And as the pseudo germaphobe that I am, you hit the nail on the head. I almost wanted to wear gloves as I was punching our orders, but hey, we’re all progressing. These quick service operators got to find ways of adding efficiencies, especially Kevin when they’re trying to knock out that lunch crowd who’s got 15 minutes to get in and out and get served and hopefully get served some quality food. So I’m looking forward to robots, cobots, whatever you want to call ’em, bringing out the orders to us, right? Refilling our drinks, you name it. Alright, so now that we’ve made everybody hungry with this delicious picture of these McDonald’s fries, second to none, man, what makes

Kevin L. Jackson (17:45):

Those french fries so

Scott Luton (17:46):

Good? And you know what I’m willing to try? I like Mayo on everything maybe, but my fries. But hey, I’ll lean into different strokes for different folks for sure. Before we move on to our third story, I want to get you to tell us more about the most recent episode of Digital Transformers. Now if I’m not mistaken, this episode came on the heels of your visit to this company’s site. So tell us more about SES satellites.

Kevin L. Jackson (18:11):

This satellite company is amazing. They’re based out of Luxembourg, okay? And many people may not have heard of SES satellites, but they have lower earth orbit satellites and medium earth orbit satellites. And actually about three weeks ago, they launched their latest edition into medium earth orbit. Now what they really specialize in is providing high bandwidth service to remote areas like the continent of Africa. And in the middle of the ocean, their biggest clients and customers are the cruise liners. You would think you go on a cruise liner to get away from the internet, but the Cruise liner customers are complaining that they don’t have access. So now their satellites and medium Earth orbit are basically creating large spots of connectivity that follow the cruise ships around so that no matter where the cruise ship is that you have high bandwidth access and Carl runs their cloud services. The other thing that this enables is island nations in the Pacific and the Caribbean that did not have good connectivity can now have huge access and connectivity to improve business and enable the economic growth in some of these remote islands because now they can connect to the world. So it’s a fascinating conversation I had with Call. So we released it today, so check it out.

Scott Luton (20:00):

Love it. And folks, that is episode 72. Man, you and the team have been hard at work, cranking it out. Sounds like a fascinating latest episode and conversation. And as you mentioned, you actually were able to put your eyes and the ears by visiting the site there up in, what was that Virginia, Kevin you visited?

Kevin L. Jackson (20:17):

Actually, surprisingly enough, it’s about 20 minutes from my home. They have a network operations center and a satellite operations center sitting right next to ’em in this descrip building outside of Manassas, Virginia. You go in there and you stepped into 2050 and you can see the satellites where they are and they have this visualization of the earth of where the communication spots and it’s just literally, okay, there’s a ship right there. We’re providing our bandwidth through that cruise liner right there. So it was just fascinating and the business is just booming.

Scott Luton (21:03):

Yes, it sure is. Next time I’m going to join you for that tour. I hated to miss it this time. Adam makes a great point. So Adam, great to have you here via LinkedIn. He says the oil and gas industry relies heavily on satellite communications for real-time data feeds. To Adam’s point, Kevin, way back in the day, my first startup, we were fortunate to be hosted for one of our events at, I think it was GE Power at the time. It could have been a variation on that name. It was kind of the previous chapter of ge, not quite what it’s doing now. And it was like Kevin, it was like mission control. So what this massive ceiling height and room wide mission control screen was tracking was all of their high volume industry pumps around the world. And to Adam’s point, they had sensors and they were making sure that they were performing how they should be because the first indication, the very first indication that something’s wrong, they were going to diagnose it or send a SWAT team out or you name it. And it was so cool. You mentioned 2050. I felt like I had stepped into 2,500 in a Space Odyssey with my visit to GE powered, and of course that was probably 10 years ago. I can only imagine how the technology has evolved. Now, Kevin, your quick thoughts on what Adam mentioned.

Kevin L. Jackson (22:15):

Well, the oil and gas industry is one of SES satellites is largest customer segments and all of the offshore oil platforms because as the search for oil gets profitable, even as we try to rep dependance upon fossil fuels, they’re digging deeper into the ocean and they’re farther and farther away from the coast and all of the sensors on the machinery they need to be monitored. So they need to be connected to the internet. There’s huge amounts of data that flow from those platforms. So he’s absolutely right.

Scott Luton (22:55):

Yep. Well, very cool. And also as we’ve talked about, I love what SES satellites and many other players are doing to bridge that digital divide both in the commercial space but also just in the do good space. We’ve got a lot of folks that are experiencing that digital divide that holds ’em back in many ways. So I love how the world is coming together in many ways to cross that divide.

Kevin L. Jackson (23:15):

Yeah, there was a video I saw that SES provided to me about this woman who owned a hotel in the Galapagos Islands and her business was actually going away and dying because the guests didn’t have access to the internet from the island, right? So she was about to go out of business, everyone wanted to come, but they didn’t want to be disconnected until she was able to get service from the Empower. That’s the OB three empower satellite system to get connectivity to her hotel on the island. So now the bell is ringing.

Scott Luton (24:00):

Well, if you ask me if I ever get a chance to go to the Galapagos, I can’t even say it right. I guess I got to say it right, to be able to visit Galapagos Islands. I think I got

Kevin L. Jackson (24:09):

That right.

Scott Luton (24:09):

Yeah, Galapagos Island. And if I get a chance to see those world famous iconic tortoises and I can’t share it with the world via social media, that’d put a little damper on my visit as well. But it makes so much sense. We all want to stay connected whether we’re working or we’re out on leisure or you name it. That’s just the state of things across global society. But really cool, Kevin. Looking forward to tuning in to that latest episode of Digital Transformers, which folks you can find. We drop a link to it in the chat, but you can find digital transformers with Kevin L. Jackson, wherever you get your proverbial podcast from. Okay, Kevin, so we’re going to go into our next story here. Now, as we all know, Kevin, if we don’t inspect what we expect, we don’t make progress, we got to measure what we manage right now. Here’s an interesting read from that shares 12 proven metrics to measure your digital transformation and progress there. So Kevin, tell us more.

Kevin L. Jackson (25:01):

This article really focuses on the challenges of supply chain transformation. And according to Microsoft research on leading manufacturing companies worldwide, most manufacturers have faced several challenges related to data change management, incomplete ot, IT integration and applications development. And that can really put a damper on any transformation your business. And the number one, the first challenge they mentioned was you need to make sure you have a culture in place that would accept and support the transformation. A good digital first environment is characterized by decision-making, which is not possible without efficient cross-functional collaboration and data. And you need a good culture to put that in place, people wink wink. So ensuring data integrity is also a really important aspect. You have to align, match, and have continuity over time. Data cleansing occasionally automated with artificial intelligence plays a crucial role. Real-time data from shop floors, sensors, these are really pivot for immediate insights and action because you need to have visibility in that quality. Microsoft also saw that more manufacturers are showing an interest in establishing these robust connection with the shop floor assets, robots to unlock operational efficiency, the refined quality control processes, and to make more informed decisions. Finally, you need to focus on making your supply chain sustainable. This means sustainability reporting tools to provide comprehensive tracking and analysis of environmental and social impacts. This gives the business ability to make informed decisions to ensure regulatory compliance and to be able to communicate their sustainability practices because your clients, your customers want to know that your operating a sustainable business,

Scott Luton (27:40):

Clients, customers, team members, suppliers, yes, you name it, investors, all of them these days, that’s the demand. That is a lot of good stuff there. And I would just add, and we’re dropping the link, those metrics to measure your digital transformation there in the chat, but I would just add it from a sheer supply chain management standpoint. Some of the metrics that come to my mind, Kevin, when we talk about how to see how your digital transformation is paying off in your organization, of course, productivity gains or gains in on-time delivery or on-time, full oif, right? User experience, customer experience, I would even say supplier experience, which more and more thankfully is becoming a thing. Adoption rates, Kevin as well as I do, we’ve talked a lot here that just because you roll out a wonderful piece of technology or a platform, if your users and your team members don’t adopt it, what do you get? Not a whole heck of a lot, right? Yeah. How are we measuring adoption rates, the overall return on investment, all sorts of different ways. And again, despite the football on this, as all of our supply chain leaders and practitioners out there, business leaders out there listening, we just got to measure it in order to manage it. Otherwise, we are working and leading in the blind.

Kevin L. Jackson (28:52):

So the thing that really I’d like to double cap on is culture, right? You don’t need culture with robots. You need culture with people, and without people you won’t be successful. So always in any transformation activity, digital or otherwise, bring the people along. Don’t forget to talk to ’em. Make sure you answer that question. What’s in it for me? That WM is critical,

Scott Luton (29:18):

I am with you. That’s one of my favorite acronyms. Whether they actually pose that question or not, they’re thinking about it. Okay, what does all this mean? What’s in it for me? That’s a great call out, Kevin. Now Kevin, you mentioned sustainability Again, we were checking out this article from 12 proven metrics to measure your digital transformation. Y’all check that out. One of the things that Kevin mentioned was sustainability. It’s so critically important here, 2023, and Deepak says, sustainability with realtime CO2 emissions calculations in supply chain. Well, that plays a really important role. That’s a great call out, Deepak. You’re right. And one of the thing I was going to, on a related note to emissions, I saw Kevin, one of the stories we featured in with that said, which we shared on the front end, was at the net zero nuclear summit at COP 28 in Dubai, the Sapporo five got together. Now, when I heard Sapporo five, I thought of the beer. Kevin, I don’t know about you, but the Sapporo five is the us, Canada, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Well, that group of five countries has agreed to facilitate efforts to create 4.2 billion in public private investments to continue to help develop the global nuclear power industry, which I think is going to be critical to finding a more sustainable energy approach in the years ahead. Right?

Kevin L. Jackson (30:38):

Yeah. Yesterday on 60 Minutes, there was a great article on the governor of Wyoming, and it was kind of interesting because Wyoming is, when it comes to coal, it’s the number one coal producer in the country, but they’re also launching one of the newest, if not the newest nuclear power plant in the country. Also this year they just commissioned it. And the governor is a Republican, and I have nothing against Republicans, but he is also a sustainment pro climate change. And the whole premise behind the story there is that you can be red and green at the same time, red, Republican, and green. He’s supporting climate change in a state that, like I said, is the number one producer of coal in the country.

Scott Luton (31:45):

Well, I think there’s lots of common ground, practical, successful common ground if we go looking for it, and we hope to see more of that regardless of what country you live in in the weeks and months ahead. One other thing that comes to my mind, Kevin, that sounds like that will be one of the latest nuclear power projects here in the States, here in Georgia where we live. They just, I want to say a couple months ago, I believe they concluded the Plant Vogel addition, where they added another nuclear reactor and a project that I believe went well past budget like a lot of these do, but I believe it’s online and creating power now. So I really think I am no nuclear power expert. That was not my gift. Mathematics and engineering was not my gift. But I think hopefully we’re given a nuclear power industry a second look as we look to find more sustainable path moving forward. So we’ll see.

Kevin L. Jackson (32:34):

Wyoming is also building the country’s largest wind farm man. They’re putting up like 600 wind turbines there in a pass by the Rocky Mountains that would provide power for over a million homes. Apparently they don’t even have a million homes in Wyoming, but they’re going to be selling that power to California who’s hurting for it, right? Wow. So there’s a lot going on. There

Scott Luton (33:04):

Is a lot going on. I wonder, Kevin, I wonder, I wonder if they’re going to tap into the hot air market when all those business leaders from around the world fly into Jackson Hole and talk a lot about what should be going on. That could probably power millions of windmills, as I’m thinking about it. But kidding aside, I’m kidding. The whole Jackson Hole region, and of course the city of Jackson, Wyoming is such a beautiful place in the world. You just

Kevin L. Jackson (33:27):

Went there, didn’t you?

Scott Luton (33:28):

We did. Ben and I made a trip. He wanted to see some mountains, and it was just a great time, Kevin. Okay, so Kevin, great show here today. We walked through a bunch of resources for folks, four really cool stories, and of course, the latest episode of Digital Transformers here on this digital Transformers edition of The Buzz, which again comes at y’all every Monday, 12 noon Eastern time almost without fail. Kevin, how can folks connect with you and the cool projects you’re up to there, whether it’s digital transformers or many other things you’re up to. How can folks connect with you?

Kevin L. Jackson (33:57):

Well, you can always catch me on LinkedIn, Kevin L. Jackson, or on X, Kevin Jackson, and on supply chain So I’m there.

Scott Luton (34:09):

That’s right. That is right. Moving at the speed of light is one, Kevin L. Jackson, Kevin, really appreciate what you’re doing out there in the industry. Always a pleasure to collaborate with you. We’ve got some really cool episodes coming out, recorded podcasts. Kevin and I sat down with our friends at Village Reach, which are doing some really important things to provide access to healthcare for I think 70 million people, Kevin,

Kevin L. Jackson (34:33):

Right across the continent. That was amazing how they support the healthcare industry across all those countries on the continent of Africa. That’s huge.

Scott Luton (34:43):

That’s right. 54 countries across the continent and all sorts of different governments and policies and populations and customs. A lot of folks don’t think of that when they think of the African continent, but that’s critical. So y’all check out village and stay tuned for some really great programming as we continue our supply chain leadership series, which focuses on all the great things going on across the continent of Africa. Alright, big thanks to Kevin L. Jackson. Kevin, always a pleasure to have you here.

Kevin L. Jackson (35:08):

Thank you very much, Scott. I’m glad I was able to hang out there.

Scott Luton (35:12):

You bet. Big thanks to Catherine and Amanda. As Kevin said, man, we stand on the shoulders of giants around here, but hey, take one thing idea from what we chatted about here today, the articles, the resources, the views, you name it, Kevin’s brilliancy brought by the plane load, not the truckload, the plane load here today. Take at least one thing, put it into action. It’s about deeds, not words. B, blessed are folks that actually do something with what needs to be done, not just talk about it. Right? So with that said, on behalf of the entire team here, Scott Luden challenging you to do good, to give forward and to be the change, and we’ll see you next time, right back here at Supply Chain now. Thanks everybody.

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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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Katherine Hintz

Creative Director, Producer, Host

Katherine Hintz, MBA is a marketing professional 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 Reuter


From humble beginnings working the import docks, representing Fortune 500 giants, Ford, Michelin Tire, and Black & Decker; to Amazon technology patent holder and Nordstrom Change Leader, Kimberly Reuter has designed, implemented, and optimized best-in-class, highly scalable global logistics and retail operations all over the world. Kimberly’s ability to set strategic vision supported by bomb-proof processes, built on decades of hands-on experience, has elevated her to legendary status. Sought after by her peers and executives for her intellectual capital and keen insights, Kimberly is a thought leader in the retail logistics industry.

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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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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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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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Vicki White


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

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Allison Giddens


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

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

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Billy Taylor


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

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

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

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

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Tandreia Bellamy


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

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

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

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

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Marty Parker


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

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

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Laura Lopez

Marketing Coordinator

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

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Jake Barr


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

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Marcia Williams


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

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Luisa Garcia

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Astrid Aubert

Host, Logistics with Purpose

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

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Constantine Limberakis


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

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Scott W. Luton

Founder, CEO, & Host

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

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

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Greg White

Principal & Host

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

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

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Chris Barnes

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring

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

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

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Tyler Ward

Director of Sales

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

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

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

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Kevin L. Jackson

Host of Digital Transformers

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

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Enrique Alvarez

Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español

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

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

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Kelly Barner

Host of Dial P for Procurement

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

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Mary Kate Soliva

Host, Veteran Voices

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

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Amanda Luton

Vice President, Production

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

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Clay Phillips

Business Development Manager

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

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

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

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Chantel King

Social Media Manager

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

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

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

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

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

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Katherine Hintz

Director, Customer Experience

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

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Mary Kate Love

Chief of Staff & Host

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

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

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

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

Donna Krache

Director of Communications and Executive Producer

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

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