Supply Chain Now
Episode 926

We are transforming this location into a museum that will be dedicated to inclusion and diversity and the elimination of modern slavery or human trafficking. And, in fact, in 1865, when Juneteenth was born, there were approximately 20 million slaves in the world. Today, there are over 40 million slaves in the world.

-Kevin L. Jackson

Episode Summary

Plenty of exciting new technologies are paving the way for the future of supply chain, from next-gen cobots to metaverse-based commerce (and hopefully fewer celebrity-obsessed founders). Equally important is honoring the past, something Kevin L. Jackson is championing through his leadership of the forthcoming Juneteenth Museum. Tune in for this week’s Digital Transformers edition of the Buzz to review the headlines of the day and get more information about this exciting new initiative.

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:00:03):

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Scott Luton (00:00:30):

Hey, Hey, good morning, Scott Luton and Greg White and Kevin L. Jackson with you here on supply chain. Welcome to today is live stream, Greg, how you doing?

Greg White (00:00:37):

I’m doing quite well. Happy Juneteenth. Thank you. An official holiday. We’re all working on a holiday. That’s how dedicated we are.

Scott Luton (00:00:45):

<laugh> that is right. That is right. And Kevin, uh, Kevin, I gotta share with you the obligatory message you are on mute, sir.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:00:53):

I am. I am.

Greg White (00:00:58):

There

Kevin L. Jackson (00:00:58):

You go. But I share, I really appreciate your dedication and happy Juneteenth everyone from the birthplace of Juneteenth, Galveston, Texas.

Scott Luton (00:01:10):

That is awesome. Yeah. And we’re gonna touch on, um, an incredible event that you and your team, uh, had yesterday. And, and as I understand it, Kevin yesterday is official Juneteenth and today is when really most of the country and the business world is recognizing, is that right?

Kevin L. Jackson (00:01:25):

Yeah. It’s just like every federal holiday. If the holiday actually falls on a Sunday, you get that Monday or falls on the weekend, you get that Monday off. So, um, so today is the, uh, uh, you know, official Juneteenth holiday, but, you know, gotcha. It didn’t match up.

Greg White (00:01:46):

I can tell you guys that for better or for worse, it’s being celebrated in the usual American fashion by people going to the beach and SWI beer <laugh> so, um, but much respect for Kevin for what you’ve done, what Congress did and in, uh, enacting and, and, um, and celebrating and uplifting and giving us a focal point for this thing, which like Scott said, I don’t wanna let the cat outta the bag too much. <laugh> we’ll talk about later in the show.

Scott Luton (00:02:16):

Well, uh, it’s really cool. We’re gonna talk about that in the, kind of the second, uh, half hour here today on, on the supply chain buzz, digital transformers edition. Yes. So folks, uh, Kevin and Greg, we’re gonna be talking about, uh, a wide variety of stories from, uh, top supply chain tech trends to what I’ll call an intriguing slink story. You’re not gonna miss that. <laugh>, uh, and slinking of course, the special

Kevin L. Jackson (00:02:40):

Slinking story

Greg White (00:02:43):

Someone’s gonna be slinking away after that story.

Scott Luton (00:02:46):

Uh, a big, special Juneteenth event that Kevin has team led in Galveston yesterday. You’re not gonna wanna miss, so stay tuned, buckle up and get ready because we want to hear from you as well. We already see a bunch of folks, uh, uh, chiming off in the cheap seats. We’re gonna, uh, say hello in just a second, but before we do Greg and Kevin, can we do a little, little housekeeping? Can we do a little, uh, can we pay the bills? Y’all okay with that, don’t

Kevin L. Jackson (00:03:10):

Let the light go out. Can’t do that really can’t survive without cable.

Scott Luton (00:03:16):

That’s right. Um, so first up we’ve been talking about this event, Greg, for quite some time, uh, this webinar with our friends moav and Laura, uh, and the CUPA team this Wednesday, uh, June 22nd. I can’t believe it’s hard to June 22nd at 12 in Eastern time. Yeah. And Greg folks should not get wrapped up into the notion of sovereign supply chains. Cause it’s really about what

Greg White (00:03:41):

Well, because it’s really about the fact that hardly anyone knows what the hell a sovereign supply chain is anyway, but, but it’s, if you think of sovereign supply chains as extreme, reshoring basically reassuring everything. For instance, um, a radical idea, um, mostly touted by one, one or two countries that have absolutely no chance of accomplishing it. Um, but it is somewhere between nearshoring reassuring, alternate shoring and sovereign supply chains is, uh, is the right approach for a number of companies, right? Some frankly will be stuck in, in relying on international supply chains, but, but there are, it are some opportunities. And I think we need to talk about the reality of that. Um, and, and the reality of the ranges and present it, you know, moav and Laura are great resources to present the range of possibilities out there that might be right for

Scott Luton (00:04:41):

Your company. Yeah. Well said, and folks, uh, we’re gonna be talking about not only the movement and why not just here in the us, uh, as Greg Luter to, uh, there’s movements in India and the EU and elsewhere, but more, I most importantly, we’re gonna be talking about what you must know and how it’s gonna impact some steps you can take. So join us for free this Wednesday at 12 noon Eastern time. Um, okay. And then finally, you know, uh, it’s an honor, you know, just like it’s been an honor to, um, collaborate with Kevin on some of the cool things he’s doing. In fact, we’ve got an episode that we’ll touch on being released, uh, a week from today. It’s also been a high honor, uh, for our supply chain now team to partner with our dear friends at vector global logistics, uh, and, uh, fuel these efforts of leveraging logistics for Ukraine.

Scott Luton (00:05:26):

So these weekly production meetings, you know, work facilitation meetings where we’re trying to identify vetted needs and work with, um, vetted transporters logistics firms to get, um, humanitarian aid in place, boots on ground and Poland and beyond, um, are already three or four containers have made their way across the pond to, to reach, uh, the folks that, um, are really in need. Uh, and we invite you to join us on July 12th at 11:00 AM Eastern time, uh, for the next working sessions, move to a monthly session. And folks, you don’t have to, you know, no one’s gonna put you, you know, at gunpoint and, and make you donate anything. It’s not like that. Uh, if you wanna come and

Greg White (00:06:07):

Not gunpoint Scott,

Scott Luton (00:06:14):

Greg, what was that Kevin?

Greg White (00:06:16):

Right.

Scott Luton (00:06:17):

What was that? Kevin, we’re

Kevin L. Jackson (00:06:18):

Gonna really make him feel bad for not giving though.

Greg White (00:06:21):

<laugh>

Scott Luton (00:06:21):

That’s right. You gotta, you know, of course, um, it goes back to Greg’s comment. Hey, give, give any, just give, give of any size, but just give, but regardless, even if you’re not in position, Hey, join us. Uh, as, you know, bring your kindred spirits, uh, bring your market Intel or come and, and learn more about what’s really going on on the ground. Uh, July 12th at 11:00 AM, Eastern time. And again, the link for both the webinar and the link to, uh, the July 12th, uh, session is in the comments. Okay. So Greg and Kevin, before we get into our first story, we’ve got a slew of folks that are dialed in, uh, Kevin and Kevin, just to clarify. So Greg of course is from the supply chain now headquarters and Hilton head. He’s probably tracking the index, I think was up to 29 ships waiting to get into Savannah. Yeah’s

Kevin L. Jackson (00:07:14):

A keep operational location for supply chain. Now

Scott Luton (00:07:18):

<laugh> that’s right.

Greg White (00:07:19):

It is 34 as of this morning. Wow. Getting worth really fast.

Scott Luton (00:07:26):

Yeah. And Kevin is on the road. I think he’s been on the road some 22 days in a row. He is still in Galveston, right? Kevin? Yeah.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:07:33):

I’m still in Galveston. Um, my underwear is, is the third turn,

Scott Luton (00:07:47):

Michael, as Michael said,

Greg White (00:07:47):

You gotta use this thing,

Kevin L. Jackson (00:07:49):

Kevin, come on.

Greg White (00:07:50):

<laugh> all right. Like all guys do.

Scott Luton (00:07:53):

So moving, moving right along, uh, no more Haynes talk or fruit of the Rolo or whatever your preference is. Let’s, let’s dive into some folks that are here with us here today. Eric is back with us via LinkedIn from Ecuador. Eric, looking forward to your takes here today. Reese is tuned in via LinkedIn. Hey Reese, let us know what part of the world you’re tuned in from of course, Katherine and Chantel and Amanda, uh, the production team is helping to make things happen here today. Thanks for what you do. Katherine Kon is back with us, Greg and Kevin.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:08:27):

Yeah. Wow.

Greg White (00:08:28):

Uh, outstanding

Scott Luton (00:08:29):

Dialed in from Toran Iran, uh, via LinkedIn, right? Uh, the, the author, uh, who coined, uh, the PhD who coined the phrase, the new abnormal. So kaon great to see you here today. Hey Philip, let everybody know where Jean is from there, Greg.

Greg White (00:08:48):

Uh, he’s from NA yes. Northern Alabama. <laugh> that’s right. So

Scott Luton (00:08:53):

That is right. Jean hope. This finds you well, yeah. Uh, he’s not

Greg White (00:08:56):

LA not lower

Kevin L. Jackson (00:08:59):

Mean versus LA Northern Alabama. Right. You know? Yes. Keep that stuff straight.

Greg White (00:09:03):

Yeah,

Scott Luton (00:09:04):

That is right. Uh, not to be confused, uh, those two places, but gene, great to see you here. Um, Ola is tuned tuned in via LinkedIn Ola. Let us know where you’re tuned in from, um, Eric, Hey, just like here in the states in Ecuador, it was all also father’s day. So Eric, let us know what you did to celebrate, uh, the day. Yeah. Dr.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:09:25):

Ronda, both of you.

Scott Luton (00:09:27):

Oh and well, to you. Thank

Greg White (00:09:29):

You. And you,

Kevin L. Jackson (00:09:30):

You know, yeah. I had to pleasure actually yesterday, my father was at the celebration. Really? Yeah.

Greg White (00:09:38):

Wow. So I

Kevin L. Jackson (00:09:39):

Was that’s outstanding. I was able to, uh, honor him, uh, which was really special for me.

Scott Luton (00:09:46):

I bet. Uh, and where’s your father live?

Kevin L. Jackson (00:09:48):

So he actually lives in just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Right. And, uh, he was, um, uh, visiting, um, down here in Texas and, uh, not actually in Galveston, but we decided to take a little side trip. <laugh> really?

Scott Luton (00:10:07):

Yeah.

Greg White (00:10:07):

Yeah. Nice.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:10:08):

So

Scott Luton (00:10:09):

That’s, that’s special. That’s awesome. Yeah. Very special. Yeah. Well, um, uh, we’ll have to, we sit down interview you, uh, Mr. Jackson, senior, I guess, uh, get the goods on what, how bad of a, of a, a youngen that Kevin was back in the day.

Greg White (00:10:25):

That’s how wound

Kevin L. Jackson (00:10:27):

Like that.

Greg White (00:10:28):

<laugh>

Scott Luton (00:10:30):

Uh, let’s see here. Well, speaking of fathers, uh, my dad is tuned in, uh, Mr. Terry, Don, or Don Terry Luton from akin, South Carolina. Great to see you, uh, dad happy father’s day. It’s good to see you this weekend. Uh, a Hey, uh, Mr. Mohe is with us from

Greg White (00:10:47):

Also a father and a really good one,

Scott Luton (00:10:49):

Uh, in Wichita, sunny today, Kevin in Wichita, Kansas. And he says, happy Juneteenth. There’s

Kevin L. Jackson (00:10:56):

There’s more here in Galveston, Wichita.

Scott Luton (00:11:04):

And they got a few extra degrees. Yeah. In Galveston degrees, I can, uh, Shinara is with us here via LinkedIn. Like let us know where you’re dialed in from. Great to have you here today. Re obliged. He said he is watching live from sunny St. Pete St. Petersburg, uh, Florida. Great to have you here today. Uh, Mary Jane tuned in from Ontario via LinkedIn. Great to see you. And Sheara says, I hope I’m saying that, right. Sheara Sheara let us know, uh, from sunny, California. I bet it’s gorgeous there. Huh?

Kevin L. Jackson (00:11:35):

You know, some people from the team here, uh, off from California, right? They got off the plane. It, it couldn’t last like 20 seconds. <laugh> the heat and the, uh, humidity, you know, it’s a lot different, uh, heat in Sacramento. Sacramento is different than heat in Texas.

Scott Luton (00:11:59):

<laugh> I believe it. That’s true. I believe it. Well, Hey,

Greg White (00:12:02):

It’s true. You can sweat without moving in, in Galveston.

Scott Luton (00:12:06):

Right? Speaking of Texas, uh, Dennis Laroche from Neville, Texas is tuned in via LinkedIn. Great to see you.

Greg White (00:12:13):

I don’t know what part of the state that is. Do you guys

Scott Luton (00:12:15):

Let us know? Is that, uh, you have to Google, is that yeah, we need to Google Neville, Texas. Okay. Well folks, we gotta get to work. Uh, and, and to everyone watching in the comments, regardless what platform you’re on, we’d love to get your take on what we talk about here today. And we’ll be sprinkling. We’ll be sprinkling that in throughout the hour. But, uh, Greg and Kevin, are you all ready to get to work?

Kevin L. Jackson (00:12:37):

No,

Greg White (00:12:38):

Let’s do it.

Scott Luton (00:12:39):

Let <laugh>, Kevin’s been working all weekend, which we can, we can relate.

Greg White (00:12:47):

Yeah. Right.

Scott Luton (00:12:50):

So

Greg White (00:12:51):

Only 50 more minutes, Kevin, and then you’re free for the rest of the day. Right.

Scott Luton (00:12:55):

Uh, alright. So diving into our first story where Dan BEO, uh, ber, I’m gonna go with, I’m gonna go berm. Yeah. Thank you. Ber. So Dan Berti at chain store age is offering up the top supply chain technology trends thus far this year, at least according to our friends at Gartner and their analysis. So Greg and Kevin, I’m gonna name a few here from the article. Yeah. It’s a good read. Y’all check it out. We’ll be dropping the link in the comments. Hyper automation, 2.0. A lot of folks will, will probably need to know what that means. Well, the current state, yeah. As y’all might ex expect anything, automation leans heavily on AI and machine learning, but where the 2.0 comes in, it’s supposed to lead to more of, uh, things like remote fulfillment, uh, networks and, and the like, um, next generation robots. What sets them apart from the current generation?

Scott Luton (00:13:47):

One of the things is, is how much they communicate amongst themselves. That’s pretty cool. Uh, the security mesh, which we were talking about pre-show, you know, it it’s, um, you know, a mesh is a good word for, it’s like a blanket that covers all aspects of your global supply chain to ensure there’s no weak links. And we all know the value that that’s gonna pose as more bad actors, try to, you know, shut things down for, uh, monetary gains and whatnot. But Greg, that was three to things out the out of the list of, I don’t know, 10 or 12, that, that stood out to me. Some of your thoughts here.

Greg White (00:14:19):

Yeah. I was surprised that nobody, uh, as long as we’re using, uh, what should I say? Um, descriptive terms was surprised nobody used the term tra radical transparency, which is, I mean, maybe we feel like that’s already been done, but a lot of these are nece necessary outgrowths of the fact that we’ve had a, uh, at least 5% unemployment rate just in supply chain since 2019. And so many more jobs or needs have been recognized and created. And technology has had to take the four in these things as people stay away from supply chain and drove. So, uh, I think it it’s inevitable that some of these things happen. I work, uh, have worked with a company Dr. Co YK, um, Yaku, um, at a company called Cosmico that does that, um, allows robots for instance, to work with and coordinate with one another, even if they’re different brands on different operating systems, all of that sort of thing.

Greg White (00:15:23):

So you don’t have to be tied to a particular brand of, of, uh, robot let’s say, or operating system, just to give you an idea of, of the applicability of this. And of course, yes. Taking technology beyond AI and ML into other technologies is really important. Autonomous, uh, also mentioned in the article, I think is, is very, very important because so many of these little Beasties, the robots and whatnot, um, are gonna be necessary. Right. I, you know, my opinion is that we will never solve the driver’s shortage for instance, in, in ground transportation. Um, and so we must depend on that. And frankly, I think, you know, in, in some cases it’s, it actually creates a greater safety, not a con, not a concern for safety. So in any case, we’ll be, we’ll see a lot of, of transformations though. One of the things we have to acknowledge is that suddenly innovative technology companies are suddenly under the microscope to produce profit or at least build a pathway to profit, which will by its nature, slow the progress of innovation and disruption because that’s expensive, right. Um, and companies can’t get away with advancing at, you know, advancement and innovation at any price anymore. So it’s gonna be an interesting, um, you know, it’s an interesting development over the years.

Scott Luton (00:16:49):

Agreed, Kevin, I’m coming. You just a second. I wanna, I wanna pull this in from the comments first off, Dennis, uh, Neville, Texas, about hour from Galveston, right. Were

Kevin L. Jackson (00:17:00):

You here yesterday?

Scott Luton (00:17:02):

<laugh> wait, let us know, Dennis. We at the event yesterday, UHS is with us, uh, great to see you here, let us know where you’re tuned in from. Uh, and then finally Rami, uh, is tuned in from Ottawa, which is of course Canada’s capital, uh, all via LinkedIn. So great to see you here today. Okay. So Kevin, what we’re talking about here are some of the top supply chain technology trends here in 2022. I bet for you, it’s like, uh, waking up Christmas morning because <laugh> a lot of, it’s all about digital transformation, right? Yes.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:17:32):

It’s all about digital transformation. But one thing that we can’t forget, and I’ve said there’s many, many, you can’t forget and upset this many, many times, you can’t forget about humans and the digital transformation. And I was kind of, uh, disappointed that they didn’t say anything a, about the humans, uh, in this automation thing. Okay. Uh, for instance, yeah, everybody knows about robots. Everybody’s scared of robots, but what about cobots? Right? The robots that are designed to work in tandem with humans, uh, that is a, a big area of automation and very important area of automation that people really need to think about. Um, you know, as great as Greg said that the robots could talk to one another, but the humans need to be able to talk to the robots and, and the, the humans need to be able to understand what the robots need and want.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:18:26):

I mean, they’re the coworkers. It’s not like you can’t ignore your human coworker, so you can’t ignore your robotic coworker either. And, and, and the other thing that it’s really, um, uh, that I guess, um, yes, um, not nascent, but sort of, uh, hidden that people really don’t think about, uh, is a pile of artificial intelligence and how it is affecting robotic process, um, automation or RPA. And this is really getting into the blending of AI with the internet of things like every, uh, the, the robots themselves are part of the internet of things. And you think about SCADA. Uh, these are the, um, uh, uh, uh, pieces of equipment, um, that are being, uh, run and managed. And they all are connected to the internet and they all have to communicate with one another. And these SCADA, um, uh, is providing huge amounts of data and analytics, and those analytics are being sent to their robots. And if they’re managing the robotic process, automation and RPA, uh, so all this is, you know, creating a, a new environment where, where humans have to fit in. Okay. Uh, so don’t be afraid of it. You have to explore it, understand it, right. Blend it, but more important management. Can’t forget the human, don’t forget the people when it comes to automation,

Scott Luton (00:20:19):

Love that. And, and while SCADA, I thought your, uh, some Texas swang was working at, uh, swang <laugh> some Texas swang was working its way into your, uh, your lexicon. You know, I thought we’re talking Tony hall and, uh, Rob deer deck or something with SCADA. Uh, but you’re talking about a te technology. Good reference. <laugh> um, Hey, I try, we try, um, alright, really quick.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:20:45):

Somebody saying, well, SCADA, supervisory control and data acquisition, right? This is, this is, um, software applications that control industrial processes. All the industrial processes are, are controlled by these, um, components, uh, that gather data in real time from remote locations in order to control the equipment and to manage the equipment based upon the conditions, the real time conditions that the, um, equipment are in.

Scott Luton (00:21:23):

Okay. New acronym. We love new acronyms right here. This <laugh> that’s right. This is Shawn. I think Shawn chanter goes by Shawn. So Shawn welcome. Uh, she, she totally agrees to the points, uh, that you were making earlier when digitizing supply chains companies need the most help stretching their budgets, but having the right talent and the right tech are issues as well. Excellent point there. Uh, I believe this is Richard from Waco, Texas. Richard joins us occasion here, here, uh, uh, every so often. Great to see you here today. Uh, clearly part of Evan’s dispatching logistics, supply distribution, uh, Waco, Texas. So great to see you. Um, alright, so Greg and Kevin, uh, I wanna move right along because in this next story, oh boy, folks, get your popcorn and diet Coke ready, because we’re, we’re about to dive in, uh, we’re gonna follow Greg’s lead here about to dive into this, this slink story that hit the headlines Friday or Saturday. I don’t know, but, but Greg and clay and Amanda and I, and a few others were all together this weekend and we started sharing and talking about it, and gosh, the deeper you go, <laugh> almost the worst it gets.

Scott Luton (00:22:36):

So, but we should quick shout out before Greg kind of lay it out. Uh, Emma, Kosgrow one of the best in the business. She’s now a business insider. She’s the one that is, is leading the reporting of this SL story. So with all that said, Greg unpack this thing for us. Tell us more.

Greg White (00:22:54):

So Emma, uh, received these reports from people who had been working at slink, um, and recently felt compelled to resign because they hadn’t been paid. So even though this company, um, and Scott, I think initially I may have misquoted the valuation. Let’s, let’s just call it somewhere in the 250 to 500 million valuation range when they receive funding in of 60 million in February of 2021 appears to have difficulty making payroll. So, um, but their CEO, uh, Chris ner has no difficulty in bidding for a 40 million, um, English champion, which is their first minor league, uh, soccer team. Uh, they, they are a sponsor of the Dallas stars though. They’re $800,000 behind in their payments for that sponsorship. They have somewhere in the neighborhood of seven, five or seven, uh, PGA European tour, and L PGA brand ambassadors who wear, if you ever have watched a golf tournament in the last year or two, several have slink IO, Justin Rose, right, is one of them.

Greg White (00:24:12):

Mark Leashman is another, uh, and there are several others, but, um, they’re sponsoring that they sponsor an indie car team, uh, of which, uh, Kirchner claims Kirchner auto sport is, is also a partner or I, he at least alludes to the fact that he’s a partner with Michael Andrei, Andrei Autosport, one of the biggest indie car teams on the, uh, planet. And I’m sure I’m missing something. I’m sure that I’m missing something, but clearly that 60 million has not been spent wisely if people are not getting paid. And now, now the sponsors are not getting paid. And I just learned though, I think this happened a few days ago that, uh, Chris unfortunately had to rescind his bid for the soccer team as funding. He couldn’t wrangle funding, uh, for that. So, uh, but look, this, this isn’t about the money. I mean, the money is just a symptom of the problem.

Greg White (00:25:13):

This is a I, and I talked to a number. I, I, it’s kind of a round table of other founders and investors that I talk to frequently in this weekend, we talked about this culture of self-aggrandizing CEL, uh, celebrity founders. They’re more enthralled with the celebrity than they really care about growing companies. This, in my opinion appears to be another one of those cases, much like Adam, what’s his face from WeWork <laugh>, um, and, and others, others who have been self enriching and self aggrandizing individuals at the expense of their companies. And in this case, at the expense of their people’s paychecks, which I simply cannot live with. So I was compelled to share, uh, some of this information and, um, and also share what a good founder should really care about, right. Results is the first thing, second thing is results. And the third thing I bet you can guess is more results <laugh> um, and, and also where, where a, an, an entrepreneur or founder should place themselves selves in the order of things, in terms of their importance, first team, then customers, then investors, then humankind, family, friends, et cetera, then a whole slew of other people, trading partners, blah, blah, blah, go down another five or six layers.

Greg White (00:26:40):

And then maybe, maybe start thinking about yourself, but traipsing around the world, getting your picture taken with famous people. That’s not leadership

Scott Luton (00:26:49):

Agreed, agreed. And Kevin, I’m gonna get you to comment here in just a second mm-hmm <affirmative>, but a Dr. Rhonda, it is, it is very disheartening, especially with the folks, you know, that are going without the, the, uh, wherewithal, they need to pay their own bills, uh, as this is taking place. Sylvia. Great to see you here today. Yes. PJ 2021 was on Kiawa island in the Charleston area. And, uh, she also says, yes, Greg white, you nailed it. And I agree. Um, and one last point here and Kevin loved you to weigh in. Yeah, I saw Justin Rose. It was, it was really strange as I’m watching the final round of the us open yesterday. And you know, of course this story’s already out there. I see Justin Rose, but he’s in a, I think it was a credit card commercial, but he had his golf apparel and big old slink. I, uh, logo was on it. So it’s AMA it’s, it’s amazing all the cross pollination that goes on, but Kevin, your thoughts here, as we’re talking about slink and, um, and clearly, uh, failing priorities, I’ll call it

Kevin L. Jackson (00:27:45):

<laugh> well, to be honest, it sounds a lot like this other, um, multi-billion dollar organization that had a C C that, um, really liked to be an limelight. Um, uh, I think his name was, uh, DDI. <laugh> the celebrity Don <laugh> right. Oh yeah. Okay. And, and so, um, so I don’t know if people may not know, but, uh, he was an American Einstein boss of the, uh, Gambino, cram family in New York city. Right. Uh, and, uh, he was top, I guess, in his crafts, but he liked to be in front of the, uh, TV and in, in, uh, the, uh, papers. And he liked, you know, the, uh, uh, people to be writing articles about him and, and it didn’t do well for the mafia. Right. I mean, they got, they, they, the, the, the mafia famously, um, really lost a lot of his power because he was just trying to look good. He was so out there. Right. So, um, you know, it, it’s not good for anyone if the, uh, the, the, the CEO only cares about themselves. And when he cares about B and C, um, I mean, marketing is important to business, but marketing isn’t business

Scott Luton (00:29:18):

<laugh>. Mm. Well, all right. Lots of t-shirts here. I want you a couple quick comments, and I’m gonna circle back on a key question from a tool here. Uh, but Sylvia says, Hey, never Le never let greed overcome. You wise words from her mentor, Fred chatty, uh gulli is part agrees with what both of y’all are saying, and a tool here, Greg, I, I want you to weigh in here cause you, you, you touch on this, um, in your supply chain commentary mm-hmm <affirmative> that we’ve already dropped a link in. So a tool asks, what do you think impact of such news on valuations of similar companies in this space, Greg?

Greg White (00:29:54):

Yeah. Well, similar companies would be these companies that call themselves digital brokerages, right. Um, which are really mostly just brokerages, but have been getting technology valuations. And I think it does not bode well, frankly, for those companies. And it, it, it will probably accelerate the recognition of the realities of that business model, frankly, but it, it’s not gonna help any founder. And that’s one of the things that I opened with was, you know, founders, this is one of the last, this is the last thing that founders need. Founders of technology companies are already being challenged to get eyes on profitability or, or get to profitability. Uh, the money that they so freely got at slink has completely dried up that’s called growth equity. Mm. That money has, has dried up in large measures. So, um, it’s difficult to get, and you have to build an incredibly, incredibly credible case, um, to be able to get that level of funding.

Greg White (00:31:00):

Now, I can’t tell you the number of, of founders and executives, who who’ve said, whew, I’m glad we closed on that round before all this happened. Um, and, um, thi you know, this is dangerous because this will, uh, to the, um, listener’s point will cause people to look a scant at other founders, right. Recently, Ryan, what’s his face, another celebrity founder from Flexport, he was removed. Um, I’m sorry. He chose I’m sure to, uh, exit the CEO seat and become executive chairman. Um, other, uh, executives are, you know, well known and celebrity executives have been, have been given the opportunity to seek career advancement elsewhere, um, or other roles within the company. Um, and, and, and, you know, this happens when there’s a lot of fraud in the market. People fall in love with the story, right? They fall in love with the founder. Masi Yoshi son from some soft bank is well known to have done that 45 minute meeting with the founder of WeWork, who I will contend is a total scam artist, um, and gave him a billion dollars.

Greg White (00:32:14):

So, um, this will cause increased scrutiny on even the most legitimate of founders. And I, I think it’s, it’s unfair for the scam artists to reap the benefits of fame and maybe fortune. Although if you look at what people estimate, this is, this is the good side of this guys. Wow. If you look at what people estimate, Chris’s, uh, net worth to be for a company that he runs that is worth, let’s just say 350 million, his net worth is 5.2 million, which means he owns just over 1% of the company. Am I doing that right? Yes. 1% of the company. So, and, and that’s a problem also because when a founder owns that little of the company, then they are much, much less engaged in the success of the company. So that’s also a mistake of the investors to allow that, or, or cause that right, maybe in their own greed for that to happen and then to take their eye off the ball and let, let this guy, um, run rough shot over the people in the, in the business and, and, and in danger, their investment as well. I, I just don’t understand it on a lot of ways when

Kevin L. Jackson (00:33:28):

You’re talking about all the sponsors, uh, not getting paid, you know, it reminds me of another business model called Ponzi scheme.

Scott Luton (00:33:38):

<laugh> that’s right.

Greg White (00:33:40):

Maybe.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:33:41):

I mean,

Greg White (00:33:42):

It could be, I mean, it’s, you know, you know, these, I mean, these investors, there are MBAs at some of the best schools, many of them Warton, university of Pennsylvania, the best business school in the world, the best

Kevin L. Jackson (00:33:54):

Business school doesn’t mean you learn anything,

Greg White (00:33:57):

But, and it’s hard to get over on them, but you’re right. Sometimes even they get caught up in, you know, in the ether as I call it that, right. They get high on the phone or, or FOMO, right.

Scott Luton (00:34:10):

Fear of us now you’re missing out. Right. So, uh, a couple quick comments here. Uh, a tool also says growth at all. Cost is out we’re back to growing with fiscal responsibility. Nice. Just said there, uh, T squared, great to have you here back, uh, with us here today, the mafia metaphor and the greed was on the mark. <laugh> makes me think of Bernard Evers,

Kevin L. Jackson (00:34:34):

MCI ECI.

Scott Luton (00:34:36):

Yeah. Uh, greed and cheapness on Roys will take a company out. Ts scored says, uh, also you heard

Greg White (00:34:43):

There was a substance involved, I would guess, but I doubt it was Roys.

Scott Luton (00:34:47):

<laugh> Sylvia says I have been accused to act like I own the company by a former employer. My response was if you would, if you would act like you own the company, I wouldn’t have to, uh, I quit shorter there actor. So <laugh>, um,

Greg White (00:35:03):

Don’t anger. So

Scott Luton (00:35:04):

Sylvia. Yeah. Don’t mess with Sylvia, Judy. Hey, um, Greg also mentioned the phrase a Scots that’s the first time I’ve ever heard someone use that phrase, um, in per, in a conversation with me, I had to look it up and what that means

Greg White (00:35:19):

Today. It’s known as the side

Scott Luton (00:35:20):

Eye. Yes. The side eye. So if, if you look, um, you, if you look a SCOs at folks, you’re looking with them with an attitude or look in suspicion or disapproval a S K a N C. Very nice, Greg, thank you for expanding our vocabularies <laugh>, uh, between you and Kevin, between you and Kevin. Hey man. I’m I’m gonna finally <laugh> move on to the next level, uh, pass English also. Yeah. Pass English finally. Um, do y’all know the first name and maybe the general timeframe y’all uh, Kevin mentioned Ponzi. Yes. Who, where did that start with any guesses here, Greg or Kevin?

Greg White (00:35:59):

I’ve read about it, but I don’t

Scott Luton (00:36:01):

Remember, uh, no Googling, Kevin, no Googling.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:36:04):

That’s a Google point. <laugh>

Scott Luton (00:36:07):

Charles Charles Ponzi. And in the 19, uh, nineteens and 1920s, um, I think in the Boston area was where, uh, Charles Ponzi was from, I believe. Um, so anyway, um, alright, so we gotta move on and of course y’all check out the story. Don’t take our word for it. Y’all check, check it out via in the cost growth and the business insider. That is the CEO that Greg references in the middle there as they’re out at, at some game or what have you, but y’all check that out and let us know what you think. Okay. So Greg and Kevin moving em right along, I wanna talk about

Greg White (00:36:45):

Are those union? I, they

Scott Luton (00:36:46):

Are. Thank you, Eagle. I Eagle I Greg, so, okay. Kevin Long I’ve long said Greg never misses a thing. It’s so true. You can’t get anything passing. Don’t get

Kevin L. Jackson (00:36:59):

It. Yeah.

Scott Luton (00:37:01):

So I am, um, my grasp

Greg White (00:37:03):

For the obvious is incredible.

Scott Luton (00:37:05):

Right. Uh, and Amanda points out, thank you, Amanda. Charles Ponzi was a Italian immigrant. Uh, so he, maybe he just lived in Boston. It’s a good point. Um, but talking shoes. So Greg and Kevin I’ve long time, long time since college mm-hmm <affirmative> 20, some years ago, been a new balance customer. In fact, the only tennis shoes I’ve been per I’ve purchased since college have all been new balance for various reasons. Um, so I, I decided, uh, after seeing, um, uh, some of the styles and, and just trying to wanna shake it up a little bit, to become a Nike customer again. Okay. So this next article, by the way, I’m very pleased. I didn’t go the digital route and get it designed. And all, I went to my local, uh, Dick sporting goods, I believe, and, and I’ve been really happy with them, but Elizabeth, Nick, uh, Mixon, sorry, Elizabeth Mixon, and the intelligent automation network are reporting on how the company is winning big from its digital transformation effort.

Scott Luton (00:38:01):

So here’s a couple highlights and of course, Greg and Kevin, I’m gonna get y’all’s take care. Uh, so digital channels now account for some 26% of Nike revenues and they’re growing considerably. So Nike of course, has made a variety of investments over the last few years to be in position, to meet the customer where they want to be met. So launching mobile apps, launching chat bots in partnership with a group called Le I believe L a I Y E uh, they’ve acquired dialogue last year, which is a data integration startup platform, which helps, uh, power Nike’s data, immense data science efforts. Along those lines, you might recall that Nike acquired two predictive analytics tools, uh, one by the name of Zodiac. And Greg you’ll like this one by the name of select, but with a C cause as you always said, technology firms have to get created with their spelling. So Jodi and select in recent years were required by Nike. What

Kevin L. Jackson (00:38:59):

Type of example are we setting for the children?

Scott Luton (00:39:03):

<laugh> that’s right. That’s right. With our bad grammar, everybody’s gonna be spelling and speaking like me, Kevin. Um, but, and Kevin you’re like this they’ve Nike has entered the metaverse, uh, last fall, they call it Nike land. Yeah. And it’s hosted by Roblox 7 million visitors just since November, 2021 when they, when they launched it. So they ain’t messing around. In fact, uh, I thought this was a Nike commercial, that what I’m about to say, but it actually, it goes back to a Reebok commercial back in the day, featuring Shaq. Uh, I’ll say Nike, ain’t faking the funk on a nasty dunk with their digital transformation supply chain promise. So last comment here, Greg and Kevin what’s the, so what, and what is the, so what, well, from a supply chain perspective as an article and, and, and, and clearly, uh, as the story is pointing out, one of the things that this digital transformation immense massive digital transformation has allowed for in the physical world is Nike is better able to preposition its products in the right places at the right times.

Scott Luton (00:40:08):

So it’s customers can get the right stuff at the right price at the right time and be happy much, like much like their newest, one of their newest customers in Scott Lu. Right. I don’t like talking about myself third person, but, um, you know, y’all get it to what I’m saying, you know, to have this product that I would’ve bought in my hometown store. I imagine there’s just a little bit of data science, uh, involved there. Yeah. So fascinating to see what Nike’s doing, Greg and Kevin and Kevin will get your take first here. Mm-hmm <affirmative>, uh, I think Nike was recognized by Gartner. I think they’re one of the top 25, um, top supply chains in the globe. So, um, you know, doing some really cool things, but Kevin, what sticks out to you?

Kevin L. Jackson (00:40:47):

So I’m gonna start off with that, that metaverse part, uh, because you know, we, we’re gonna talk more about what I’m doing here in Galveston and with the, uh, June 19th museum, but we actually have a digital twin, uh, of the June 19th museum. And, uh, while we won’t be launching the museum until, uh, next year, Juneteenth 2023, we are going to use the digital twin to actually design the museum and we’re gonna have multiple versions and we’re going to interact with the public to get their vote, what we should be doing, what we should not be doing. And we are leveraging the, the metaverses to improve our communications and our interaction with real people. So we can improve our relationship with the community, the global community. So, um, the, the metaverse is a real thing. It’s a real valuable thing. Um, and this is one way we are like digitally transforming the whole museum experience. The, the second thing I want to, uh, point out is if you go read the article under the supply chain transformation, they say that Nike has expanded the use of cobots, um, to collaborative robots. Um, and they are, as we’ve talked about in the first article, these, uh, they’re using demand, sensing technology and inventory optimization platforms to increase the speed of order processing. So, um, this, this automation or this hyper automation is, is, is everywhere. So don’t ignore it.

Scott Luton (00:42:29):

That’s right. Can’t ignore it, Greg. I’m coming to you. But before I do, I wanna, Marie hears is with us and Marie is a supply chain rock and roll star. I was able to sit down one on one with Marie a few weeks back. So great to have you, uh, with us here today. She says, Nike has done significant work to protect their brand against devaluing note that they’ve grown their capabilities so that they could cool that they could pull their product back into their own control, avoiding coupons and discounting that retails retailers love the toss about well said there, uh, Marie, and thanks for being here. All right. So Greg, we’re talking about the digital transformation, the massive digital transformation that Nike has been persevering through your thoughts.

Greg White (00:43:10):

Yeah, well, they just made 31 million selling virtual shoes. Didn’t they <laugh>, um,

Kevin L. Jackson (00:43:16):

Right.

Greg White (00:43:17):

20, 20,000 pairs of NFT shoes. Wow. That don’t exist. They

Kevin L. Jackson (00:43:23):

Exist

Greg White (00:43:24):

30, I mean, 31 billion <laugh> right.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:43:28):

A virtual.

Greg White (00:43:30):

Um, but that doesn’t devalue the metaphors, right? That I NFT is a, there’s a whole different, there, there is a great practical business usage, but like many things we have to go through the, whatever you wanna call it early solid days of, of technologies before we find what the, what the actual valuable use is. Um, they are creating value for some people, but not really value beyond that. Um, but in, in any case, um, I think this whole notion of digital twins is genius. What have I always said in supply chain, we predict the wrong thing. We keep predicting items. We keep saying, this is how this pair of shoes sold. This is how this pair of shoes has a season, or is growing, or is trending down or whatever. But the truth is that’s not what’s happening at all. Look at any of the items surrounding you right now, right where you are, what are they doing?

Greg White (00:44:28):

Nothing. <laugh> what we need to predict in supply chain is the, the shopper and the ability of the me that the metaverse gives us just like Kevin you’re experiencing. It allows us to create a product that is more marketable or a combination of products that are more marketable by allowing people to virtually try it on or, or test their lifestyle with these products or in, in the case of Kevin, in the Juneteenth museum to, to present it in a way that will attract more people to the museum and to continue to iterate that and, and continue to learn on, learn that what are we doing? We are predicting the actions of our consumers in order to be able to provide them with something they truly value and that they will give us money for. So finally, I think this is a transition to predicting the consumer mm-hmm <affirmative> right, and, and understanding influence on the consumer, what influences the consumer to buy our product or visit our museum or whatever. Um, so it’s, it’s a genius, um, usage of the metaverse yes. From that standpoint,

Scott Luton (00:45:36):

Well said, and Kevin, I’m gonna get your last comment before I do, uh, if we can, Amanda Chan and Catherine, again, thanks for all that y’all do. If we could drop, um, Marie’s Hearst episode, uh, that link in the comments that’d be great. Um, and then secondly, Greg, amongst the things, and one of the things that Marie’s talking about, um, is, you know, a couple years ago, Nike left Amazon, um, and you know, there, there, we could say we could have a whole series dedicated to all of that. Uh, but it’s really interesting, uh, the changes that these, uh, iconic brands have been making to persevere through, uh, you know, these times were in, um, Kevin, uh, your final thought or first off, uh, are you a Nike customer as well?

Kevin L. Jackson (00:46:21):

Am I a Nike customer? Yes, I actually, Nike customer, I like that always, always doing the swoosh. Right. <laugh> Hey, we got the swoosh here. So <laugh>

Scott Luton (00:46:33):

That’s right. We have our own version of the swoosh. That is right. That’s right. And that’s for the army of lawyers at Nike. Uh, it, it does not look anything like swoosh that you can find, let me clarify, say the louder

Kevin L. Jackson (00:46:46):

Too far there. Right. <laugh>

Scott Luton (00:46:48):

But Kevin, I love as we’ve talked, you know, on this digital transformers version of the supply chain buzz, I love your emphasis on the human factor, right. Even as big of a supply chain or as big of a digital transf, uh, transformation guru that you are, you emphasize always the human factor. So I’m gonna give your, your final thought here on this Nike story.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:47:09):

So, um, we, we’ve learned over the past two years that, uh, using the past to predict the future never works. <laugh> right. You know, looking at your equation to what happened and how, how it happened last year, don’t help you tomorrow. But with the metaverse is happening, what’s happening in the metaverse is that you, the, um, uh, companies are establishing two-way communication with their customers, right. Real time interaction. So they don’t need to predict, they just ask, what do you want today? What do you want tomorrow? How do you feel? You know? Um, and, uh, that’s where that’s the present, not the future. That’s the present?

Scott Luton (00:47:56):

Mm well said. Um, finally. Yep. Uh, you know, Nike, I don’t know about y’all, but I went through a bunch of Nikes as a kid, you know, back when Bo Jackson rolled out the cross trainer back in the eighties, if y’all remember that, of course the iconic, um, uh, Jordans, but the spike Lee commercials, uh, you know, all that good stuff, but gotta be

Kevin L. Jackson (00:48:16):

The shoes.

Scott Luton (00:48:18):

Yes. Little penny, of course. But you know,

Kevin L. Jackson (00:48:22):

Now that’s true. <laugh>

Scott Luton (00:48:26):

Yeah, well that we should, we should check it out, but, you know, I always thought Nikes would run small. I, I usually bought half a size under what I did with other brands. That’s from, at least from my perspective folks, that’s not the case anymore. They don’t run small anymore. So, but fascinating to see what they’re do, digital transformation standpoint, we gotta leave it. There let’s move right along. And by the way, Peter Bole all night and all day. Great to have you here. Congrats on all, all the cool things you’re up to now. You’ll, I’ll, I’ll, I’ll let, uh, I’ll leave it up to you if you wanna share, uh, in the comments, but I hope this find Joel, and we also have dropped the interview with Marie hue in the comments. Y’all check that out. Uh, fascinating. I could chat, uh, with, um, an intrigued and supply chain leader. Okay. So, uh, Greg and Kevin, I love to chat so far. We’re gonna switch gears, uh, on the front end, even though Greg didn’t let it outta the bag. I just knew you were going to, um, we were talking about what, uh, what Kevin and his team and, and lots of other folks ball accounts spent their Juneteenth Sunday, yesterday doing, and Kevin, we got something special. We’re gonna show share visually when we get to that part, but tell us first. Yeah. Uh, what what’s going on in Galveston yesterday.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:49:38):

So, yes. So, um, as many of you know, um, I am, uh, uh, working with June, uh, June 19 museum incorporated. Um, um, I’m actually the president of the June 19 museum corporation. And we are, uh, we’ve been working over the past year, uh, to launch a, uh, Juneteenth museum here in Galveston, Texas. Um, so Galveston was the site of the final battle of the, uh, civil war in the United States, the us civil war and as many, uh, no, or, uh, the, um, slave there was the civil war actually was not fought initially to end slavery. Um, uh, president, uh, Lincoln famously said, you know, he basically said, I don’t care if they have slaves or don’t have slaves, I’m trying to save the country. Um, and right.

Greg White (00:50:40):

It was because of the se succession of the Southern states ultimately went back to slavery and, and, and a lot of other things. Yeah,

Kevin L. Jackson (00:50:48):

Right. So he just wanted to keep the country together. Uh, but, um, he had, it would turned out to be a, a wonderful strategy. Actually, he decided to, uh, release the emancipation proclamation. And what’s little known is that, uh, the methation proclamation did not free all slaves. It only freed slaves in states that had succeeded from the union and that it was, it was economic warfare. All of the states in the south depended on slaves for, to run their economy. So he was basically cutting their legs out from under room. Although, you know, president Lincoln, AOR slavery, he was acting on behalf as the president, uh, and trying to save right, uh, the country. But so he released emancipation proclamation in 1863, but you know, if you’re in the south and you’re a slave owner, you’re not gonna go out and tell all your slaves, you’re now freed.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:52:01):

<laugh> right. So none of being slaved, people even heard or knew about the imagination proclamation until a, a union force would enter and liberate the city. So Galveston, Texas was the very last city to be liberated in the us, um, civil war and a general Granger led the union force that took over the city. So the enslaved, uh, um, population, uh, heard due to a general order cause now general Granger was, um, the Marshall in charge of the region here. And he released was known as general order, number three, uh, in Galveston, which was a restatement of the emancipation proclamation and it all slaves for free. So these were the very last enslaved persons in the United States to become free. And that happened, uh, over two and a half years after the original emancipation proclamation in 1865 here in Galveston, Texas on June 19th. So that is the original, the origination of June 19th.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:53:35):

So we’re gonna put a, uh, uh, we Kristen, uh, a building here, which is a custom house. So in 1861, just prior to the civil war, the United States built a custom house and courthouse here in Galveston, Texas. It was the very first federal building to be built in Texas by the us government. And it’s, I don’t know what to call it ironic or what, but, you know, customs is where you go pay taxes when you are doing basically international trade. So you would basically, you would come to the custom house to pay taxes on the humans that you are buying from the middle passage. Um, but we are transforming this location into a museum that will be dedicated to inclusion, um, and diversity and the elimination of the modern slavery or human trafficking. And, uh, in fact, in 1865 at the, when, uh, Juneteenth was born, there were approximately 20,000 slaves in the world today.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:55:11):

There are over 40,000 slaves in the world. So we are really excited. We had the, uh, we had the mayor of Galveston here. We had the, um, uh, dis uh, um, council member, Sharon, um, Lewis, who our museum will is, is located in the district here. Um, we will be, we christened the building. We will be renovating for the next year and opening the museum in Juneteenth 2023, but we were also honored to have, uh, address, uh, council, I mean, um, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson, Lee of the, uh, 18th district, our congressional district here in, in, uh, Texas. And, uh, we were entered in the congressional record, uh, for our work and the christening of the June 19th museum,

Scott Luton (00:56:16):

Man. Uh, that is unbelievable, uh, in many ways, uh, going back to a data point cause Kevin, I bet when you said 20,000, 40,000, I bet I wish it was that, but I bet it was 20 million and 40 million, uh, Kevin, is that right? Yeah.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:56:34):

<laugh> yeah. Millions back then 40 million today

Scott Luton (00:56:39):

Globally. So, so, and as, as our friends, Greg, Tim Nelson and hope for justice have, have educated us along with Kevin on just how much modern slavery and global trafficking, not only how much is it growing and sadly it’s a vibrant underground economy, but it, it, I think $150 million economy Greg here in the states attributed to, uh, trafficking, uh, alone. Greg, your, your thoughts on what, uh, Kevin has shared here today.

Greg White (00:57:10):

Um, it’s about time. Um, I mean, I think, honestly that was one that was one of the aspects of, uh, civil war, I guess, whatever you call it, history that I was never taught. I never knew that that that ever happened until, uh, maybe a year or two ago, you know, when Kevin started describing that to us. So, um, fascinating, not surprising, but interesting. I mean, in the times of information then, um, though I’m sure that the, whoever was in control at that time just simply ignored the, the executive order by president Lincoln. Um, not surprising that you could get away with that. Um, but, um, certainly time that that was rectified and, and I can’t think of anyone better to represent and help, um, you know, uplift something so important in American history. So Kevin, I’m proud to know you. Yes. Just proud to know you and thanks to you and everyone else who, who, uh, has made this happen. Agreed, definitely.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:58:15):

Brian,

Scott Luton (00:58:16):

It’s gonna be a, a, a destination, uh, certainly in Galveston for more and more folks to come out, learn more about some of these things that Greg just was, was speaking about that he didn’t learn in that many folks didn’t learn in their history classes. Um, uh, I mentioned hope for justice. Uh, I think I’ve seen, uh,

Kevin L. Jackson (00:58:35):

New hope for justice, actually.

Scott Luton (00:58:38):

That is wonderful. Uh, that’s, they’re the most powerful nonprofit in the world fighting to eliminate and eradicate, uh, human slavery and modern trafficking. Uh, Richard, I think this is Richard. Richard says he visits Galveston six, seven times a year. So you got a new place to visit. Oh, right. Uh, when you’re down in Galveston, Sylvia says, uh, back on eman emancipation proclamation, uh, is actually one of the hundred questions in the naturalization test that folks that wanna be citizens have to pass, uh, that is really cool.

Greg White (00:59:08):

New emancipation, emancipation pro proclamation thing, right? Yes. Not the June team.

Scott Luton (00:59:13):

No, no emancipation proclamation. That’s right, right. Um, yeah. All right. So Kevin, if folks wanna learn more and we touched on this, uh, this certificate of congressional recognition, which is really cool. Folks can, uh, y’all can check out the replay. We’ve dropped the replay to yesterday’s, um, events in the comments. Y’all check that out. But Kevin, if folks wanna learn more about what you and your team are doing there in Galveston, where can they go?

Kevin L. Jackson (00:59:38):

So I would go to June 19 museum.com and you can, uh, um, also actually learn about our NF.

Scott Luton (00:59:57):

We got, we got it. We’re gonna have to have,

Kevin L. Jackson (01:00:00):

Get membership in

Greg White (01:00:01):

Museum. Can I get, can I get a, can I get a real copy?

Kevin L. Jackson (01:00:06):

Kidding. <laugh>

Scott Luton (01:00:07):

We’re gonna have a NFT discussion between Greg and Kevin and we’re gonna sell tickets to it. Um, but Kevin, uh, that URL again was

Kevin L. Jackson (01:00:17):

Yeah. June nine museum do com um, you out follow

Greg White (01:00:24):

Nice looking

Kevin L. Jackson (01:00:24):

Sight. Great. Thank you. Thank you. You also follow me on this little show called digital transformers chain. Now

Scott Luton (01:00:34):

You say little, it is blowing up. It is blowing up. Uh, you know, we launched that show. I wanna say, uh, what late last year. Yeah. Kevin, does that sound about right? Yes. And it is shooting up. Uh, it is shooting up the, uh, the podcast charts. I wanna say it was top 200. Yes. Uh, Kevin,

Kevin L. Jackson (01:00:55):

Actually, we broke. We were like, well, we were 86 in, in India. Uh, we got like 102 in the United States at one time. So we we’re man, you know,

Scott Luton (01:01:06):

Is wonderful, wonderful news. We look forward to more big things coming out of, uh, the offices of Kevin L. Jackson. I’ll put it <laugh>. Um, alright, so really appreciate your, your take here today, but Greg, um, I loved your supply chain commentary going back on the slink story. Um, uh, I love kind of how you laid it out there. Um, tell me, when do y’all, when do you publish, how often do you publish that?

Greg White (01:01:33):

Yeah, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday today. Uh, that was actually an article that I had chosen separate from my newsletter, which, uh, you can subscribe to also your day in supply chain. Um, again, I need to be better about getting the, the link out there, but it’s, it’s, uh, it comes out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday also, and has some of the top supply chain news on it. So I’ll try to be more diligent in LinkedIn, if you wanna follow me on LinkedIn in LinkedIn to, um, promote that, that newsletter. So folks can subscribe to it. Yeah,

Scott Luton (01:02:07):

You got to, and you, you don’t need to just subscribe folks, jump in there and you gotta follow or connect with Greg to do it, but jump in there and, and share your comment. Greg usually responds just about every comment, you know,

Kevin L. Jackson (01:02:21):

Though, I tell when you, the things you write about are SoCo and so important. Um, I find myself reading them multiple times.

Greg White (01:02:38):

Yeah, no. Yeah. Well, I really appreciate that Kevin, because I mean, I, um, I put a lot of thought into what I’m going to say. And sometimes as you’ve seen mm-hmm <affirmative>, if you’ve read it, it’s sometimes it’s specifically on the topic. Somebody, sometimes it is what some trigger point in, in the original article makes me think about or remains unsaid or, or perhaps misrepresented inadvertently misrepresented in the article or not completely represented,

Kevin L. Jackson (01:03:08):

Not in,

Greg White (01:03:08):

So, um, thank you. Yeah. I mean, I there’s so much that we need to know. I believe in complete and total, every single word of the truth as if, as, as people who know me know, and if you’ve read these things, you’ll see. Um, and I think that’s important particularly today for us to expose the entirety of the truth and help people understand in a lot of cases, the context of, of some of these discussions that we’re having well said. So, yeah. Thanks man.

Scott Luton (01:03:40):

Well said. Uh, alright, so one final word, going back to shoes. I’m surprised we can get more chatter about folks, favorite shoes, but who said, uh, and great to see you, Julio, great things for being here. It’s important to physically try the shoes from the customer point of view that that’s right. No one wants to buy it and have to return it. So, but Hey, these leading shoe companies are coming up with new ways of sizing it, uh, if you buy were to buy digitally. So, uh, and in the store, we still have the tried and true thumb. At least if you’re still growing with the kids, if y’all bought kids, as long as <laugh>, we just bought bid and some shoes, my youngest, and as long as you’ve got a good thumb between his, his, uh, big toe and the end of the shoe that’s been around for, I don’t know, decades, it’s still works.

Scott Luton (01:04:24):

Evidently it’s still the scientific approach to making sure it’s a big enough shoot. Um, <laugh> love it. Okay. All right. Folks, make sure to connect with Greg and with Kevin. Uh, I agree with both of them. I mean, you’re gonna learn so much by following connecting with, you know, uh, diving and leaning into their, uh, their point of view and their expertise. So check out, uh, supply chain comp, uh, commentaries with Greg. And of course, uh, you wanna follow him and Kevin for all things, digital transformers as well, uh, transformation as well as June 19 museum.com. I get that right, Kevin.

Kevin L. Jackson (01:05:01):

Okay. June 19 museum.com. Thank you very much.

Scott Luton (01:05:05):

Y’all check that out and folks, whatever you do, Hey, we gotta act on these things that we learn, right? We gotta take, we gotta, uh, walk through the windows and doors. No walk through the doors of opportunity. Don’t walk through the windows of opportunity. Walk through the doors,

Kevin L. Jackson (01:05:19):

Climb through the, you walk through the door, leap through the window, through the window,

Scott Luton (01:05:27):

But regardless it’s Monday regardless, it’s all about deeds, not words. So on behalf of our entire team here, Scott Luton challenging you, Dave, do good to give forward and to be the change that’s needed. And on that note, we’ll see you next time, right back here on supply chain now. Thanks everybody.

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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

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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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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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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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Greg White

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise

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

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

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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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Karin Bursa

Host of TEKTOK

If there’s one Supply Chain ‘Pro to Know,’ it’s Karin. She’s earned the title for three years and counting – culminating in her designation as the “2020 Supply Chain Pro to Know of the Year.” Karin is also an award-winning digital supply chain, business strategy and technology marketing executive. A sought-after speaker at industry conferences, you will find her quoted in a variety of supply chain publications – and active in forums like ASCM/APICS and CSCMP.

With more than 25 years of supply chain experience, Karin spearheaded strategy and marketing for Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader and IDC MarketScape Leader, Logility. Karin has the heart of a teacher and has helped nearly 1,000 customers transform their businesses and tell their success stories. Today, she is a sought-after advisor helping high-growth B2B technology companies with everything from defining their unique value propositions to introducing new products and capturing customer success. No matter their goals, she makes sure her clients have actionable marketing strategies that help grow global revenue, market share and profitability.

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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 transitioning from active duty in the US Army. 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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Jeff Miller is the host of Supply Chain Now’s Supply Chain is the Business.  Jeff is a digital business transformation and supply chain advisor with deep expertise in Industry 4.0, ERP, PLM, SCM, IoT, AR and related technologies. Through more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, he has worked with many of the world’s leading product and service companies to achieve their strategic business and supply chain goals, creating durable business value for organizations at the forefront of technology and business practices. Jeff is the managing director for North America at Transition Technologies PSC, a global solution integrator, and the founder and managing principal of BTV Advisors, a firm that helps companies secure business transformation value from digital supply chain technologies and their breakthrough capabilities.

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Amanda Luton

Chief Marketing Officer

Amanda is a marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2016, Amanda founded and grew the Magnolia Marketing Group into a successful digital media firm, and now she develops modern marketing strategies, social campaigns, innovative operational processes, and implements creative content initiatives for Supply Chain Now. But that’s just the beginning of her supply chain impact. Amanda also served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah for several years, and is the face behind the scenes welcoming you to every Supply Chain Now livestream! She was also recently selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain by Supply Chain Digest and IBM.  When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now marketing team, you can find Amanda with her and her husband Scott’s three kids, in the kitchen cooking, or reading.

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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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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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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

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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Ben Harris

Host

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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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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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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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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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. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).

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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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Alex Bramley

Sales Support Intern

Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.

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