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My Name is Sarah Barnes-Humphrey and this is Let's Talk Supply Chain where I interview the top Supply Chain professionals in the industry. You will learn about best practices, changes in the industry and Hot Topics surrounding Supply Chain.
Have a specific question you want answered? E-mail us at listener@letstalksupplychain.com

Let's Talk Supply Chain Sarah Barnes-Humphrey

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My Name is Sarah Barnes-Humphrey and this is Let's Talk Supply Chain where I interview the top Supply Chain professionals in the industry. You will learn about best practices, changes in the industry and Hot Topics surrounding Supply Chain.
Have a specific question you want answered? E-mail us at listener@letstalksupplychain.com

    Going Inside The Mind of Anthony Miller

    Going Inside The Mind of Anthony Miller

    Today we’re putting the spotlight on one of our incredible live shows, LogTech Live With Eric Johnson.
    Eric is Senior Editor of Technology at the Journal Of Commerce and a long-time friend of the show, and he brings us his unrivaled industry insights – and Dad jokes! – on the first and third Friday of every month at 10am EST.
    In this episode, Eric is joined by special guest Anthony Miller, SaaS, Tech, Logistics and Supply Chain Consultant, to talk about the hottest news from the biggest brands in logistics right now.
     
    IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:  
    [08.22] From C.H. Robinson CEO Bob Biesterfeld’s shock exit to a new collaboration between an early-stage tech provider and freight forwarders, Eric explores the news of the week.
    [15.01] An introduction to Eric’s guest, Anthony Miller, his experience at WiseTech, and his love for logistics.
    “Logistics is so exciting and ever-changing… some people would say it's still stuck in the past, but I don’t see that. It’s a mixture of both – you have the great people and the processes, and then you have the tech, and they’re all just trying to come together.”
    [19.56] How and why Anthony became a provocative logistics voice on LinkedIn.
    “I want people to read something and think about it, go and do some research, talk to people and form your own opinions.”
    [27.53] Anthony and Eric discuss CargoWise - its position in the market, why the organization has come under recent scrutiny, how businesses like GoFreight are breaking through to serve the SMB market, and the downside of aggressive acquisition strategies.
    [41.20] Anthony’s thoughts on the future for CH Robinson and Flexport.
    “Our industry is about consolidation. And as soon as you show some weakness, that’s it – sharks are circling.”
    [47.51] Eric ends with his favorite question: ‘what’s your favorite band and why?’
     
    RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:  
    Discover more breaking news over on Journal of Commerce, and connect with Anthony on LinkedIn.
    If you enjoyed the show, there are plenty more episodes of LogTech Live to explore. And if you want to hear even more from the super-knowledgeable Eric Johnson, you can also catch him on episode 238 and episode 300.
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    319: Improve the Way Buyers and Suppliers Work Together, with Nipendo

    319: Improve the Way Buyers and Suppliers Work Together, with Nipendo

    Today I’m joined by Nipendo, a forward-thinking software brand that is on a mission to improve how buyers and suppliers work together to combat Source-to-Pay inefficiencies and costs.
    The Nipendo platform is an intelligent intermediator between buyers and suppliers, using technologies like Robotic Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, to streamline interactions and benefit all trading partners. The Nipendo platform is used by cross-vertical medium-sized and large companies across the globe, helping them reduce costs and improve procurement and supply chain efficiencies, as well as supporting their competitive strength.
    Today Paul Noel, Chief Revenue Officer at Nipendo, joins me to chat all about the company and what they do; their recent acquisition by Amex; changing the game in a flooded SaaS market; helping brands to embrace digital transformation processes; and the importance of bringing buyers and suppliers together in mutually beneficial partnerships.
     
    IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:  
    [06.38] How and why Nipendo was founded, and what attracted Paul to the brand.
    “It was that approach – much more additive than disruptive – that really intrigued me as the new age of spend management.”
    [10.34] An overview of Nipendo – what they do and how they help their customers.
    [12.55] Buyers: their key challenges, how the Nipendo platform works for them, and the benefits it delivers.
    [15.02] Suppliers: their unique set of obstacles, and what the Nipendo platform looks like from a seller's perspective.
    “As buyers get their act together more, it forces more requirements on the suppliers… the big saving for suppliers is having one place where they can work with multiple customers.”
    [17.45] The impact of facilitating buyers and suppliers to work more successfully together, at a business and industry level.
    “People stop doing tedious things!... The pandemic gave everyone a shot in the arm - people started thinking ‘what am I doing that’s value add, what am I doing that can be automated?’”
    [21.15] Paul’s thoughts on digitization and what he thinks organizations have been doing wrong, and right.
    [23.56] What integration and onboarding look like with Nipendo.
    “The availability of your IT can be a block, but when you’ve figured that out, the rest of is pretty easy. We’re going to do the heavy lifting, because we’ll make sure that message is going to flow through whatever pipe you open up, it’s just a matter of opening that pipe.”
    [27.44] The ideal client for Nipendo.
    [29.46] Several case studies showing how Nipendo helped key clients improve efficiency, collaboration and communication, ultimately supporting overall business growth, optimization and cost reduction.
    [34.06] The future for Nipendo.
    “2023 you’ll see our name out there for a more holistic approach that a mid-market company can use, so they can leverage technology to walk and talk like a big guy, without having to be a big guy."
    RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:  
    Head over to Nipendo’s website now to find out more and discover how they could help you too. You can also connect with Nipendo and keep up to date with the latest over on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter, or you can connect with Paul on LinkedIn.
    If you're in the mood for a good read, check out our Women In Supply Chain blog interview with good friend of the show Sarah Scudder - she talks all about how, in the early days of her career, learning that procurement and marketing weren’t collaborating led to her breakthrough moment.
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    • 37 min
    Blended - Parenthood vs a Career: The Ultimate Catch 22

    Blended - Parenthood vs a Career: The Ultimate Catch 22

    It’s episode 28 of Blended: I’m joined by a new panel of incredible guests and, today, we’re talking about parenthood.
    Traditionally, parenthood and the workplace are areas that have been kept separate and many, particularly women, have been forced to choose between them, as taking time out to have children impacts their career progression and financial situation. Increasingly though, parents are looking to achieve a more healthy work-life balance. But, although some employers are starting to pay attention, many still don’t believe that conversations around family belong in the workplace, and parental rights and flexibility continue to leave a lot to be desired.
    So, as always, we want to use this platform here on Blended to have these conversations, keep them top of mind and hopefully help to influence some positive change out in the world.
    Today, our guests will be sharing their experiences of parenthood; maternity, paternity and grievance leave; learning from our parent's mistakes; modeling boundaries; and the negative impact of a focus on productivity over parenthood.
    IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:  
    [00.16] Introductions to our Blended panelists.
    “I realized early on in my own parenting that I wouldn’t be someone who was completely consumed by providing – I wanted to be present as a father. But there’s a real wrestle with that, as a founder.” Jonathan
    Margo – aka CargoMargo and Director of Sales at NFI Jonathan – CEO of Shipz and host of Let’s Talk Supply Chain AsiaPac Caralynn – Marketing and Content Team Lead at AuditMiner Jason – Brand Director at Supply Chain and Green Lisa – Supply Chain Manager “The best views are from the highest climbs.” Margo
    [08.56] The group shares their personal experiences of parenthood – the ups, downs and in-betweens – and how they relate to the workplace.
    “I learned growing up that you can do it all: you can be a Mom and you can be successful in your career, and I took that with me coming into the working world.” Caralynn
    Caralynn’s experience as an only child with a successful working mother Jason’s experience as a busy working father Fear of missing out Pride in seeing your children grow, and seeing their goals met and achievements reached Special moments missed due to work Mom/Dad guilt How technology can help Lisa’s experience of re-entering the workplace, and now helping other women do the same Gender pay gap Men as allies Influencing your own children to make the impact we need to see in the future Jonathan’s experience as a founder and father of four Feelings of anger, resentment and being trapped within the workplace Finding the balance As a father, not being consumed by responsibility and providing for the family Better accommodating mothers and their needs in the workplace Margo's experience of mothers wearing negative experiences as a badge of honor Length of maternity leave Expense of childcare Work expectations placed on women during maternity leave or even labor “You can only do what you can do… but technology has been a great thing – if I’m missing one of my son’s games, I get to watch it on my mobile device.” Jason
    [30.19] The panel discusses maternity, paternity and grievance leave, and how the different lengths of time offered impact parents.
    “I set more boundaries than my Mom, and I think that’s the biggest difference generationally… if we can learn that a young age, it’s so much easier for us to advocate for ourselves.” Caralynn
    Men ridiculing other men for taking leave, “man up” Expectations of the next generation Policy and government Being intentional with where you work, finding the right culture Advocating for change Assumptions about mothers Other paths to parenthood, eg surrogacy, adoption, step-parents Treating people as individuals Setting boundaries How your upbringing impacts your approach to work Fear Supporting partners after birth, not just the children

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    How Decision Intelligence is Transforming Supply Chains, with Aera Technology

    How Decision Intelligence is Transforming Supply Chains, with Aera Technology

    Today I’m joined by Aera Technology, a forward-thinking company that is on a mission to drive beyond digital transformation and make businesses smarter, dynamic, digital, and wildly successful.
    Aera Technology is the Decision Intelligence Company that makes business agility happen. Their innovative cloud platform integrates with your existing systems to digitize, augment, and automate decision-making in real-time. In the era of digital acceleration, Aera helps enterprises around the world transform how they respond to the ever-changing environment.
    Today Fred Laluyaux, CEO at Aera Technology, joins me to chat all about the company: what they do; using AI to reimagine how organizations operate; the rise of citizen data scientists; and harnessing the power of Decision Intelligence.
     
    IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:  
    [06.40] Fred’s background and exciting career journey as a tech entrepreneur.
    “I’ve spent the last 25 years of my life building technology that helps large organizations manage their performance... (and) modeling complex problems – I feel like I’ve been trying to solve a giant puzzle for the last 25 years!”
    [09.17] From cycle speed to increasing complexity, the key changes and challenges faced by today’s supply chains.
    “All this new technology is allowing us to move the envelope. But the complexity of the problems that we have to resolve is also increasing exponentially. So you have this race between a goal post that’s moving very fast, and technology that’s trying to catch up... The problem goes beyond supply chain. ”
    [13.10] An overview of Aera – what they do, how they help their customers and their vision for customers, and for the industry.
    “The vision we had is simple… building a technology that would allow the thinking to be connected to the doing.”
    [16.40] Decision Intelligence: what it means, why Gartner has recognized it as a top industry trend for this year, and how it works with Aera.
    [25.45] A closer look at Aera’s four key product areas: Aera Understands, Aera Recommends, Aera Predicts and Aera Acts.
    [35.00] Fred’s reflections on the balance between people and technology, the importance of collaboration and why Aera is embracing a new era of citizen data scientists.
    “The operationalization of data science is really the next frontier.”
    [38.04] The ideal client for Aera, a closer look at onboarding and integration, and the importance of finding the balance between time to go live and time to value.
    “Its not a competition between the human operator and the system – it’s a collaboration.”
    [44.03] A case study showing how Aera helped a key client increase their accuracy and response rate, leading to an increase in customer satisfaction, a decrease in order cancellations and, ultimately, higher profit.
    “What excites me about this adventure is that we’re deploying a technology that’s new to enable companies to do things that were not happening before.”
    RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:  
    Head over to Aera Technology’s website now to find out more and discover how they could help you too. You can also connect with Aera and keep up to date with the latest over on LinkedIn or Twitter, or you can connect with Fred on LinkedIn.
    If you enjoyed this episode and want to hear from another brand that is embracing the power of AI and machine learning, why not check out episode 290, Tomorrow’s Insights Delivered Today: Enabling Operational Automation, featuring Caleb Nelson of Sifted.
    And if you were intrigued by Gartner's top trend, Decision Intelligence, and are keen to discover some of the other trends you need to know about for 2023, make sure to dive into Logtech Live With Eric Johnson. Eric is Senior Editor of Technology at the Journal Of Commerce, so if something's going down in supply chain, he's the first to know!
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    • 51 min
    Plug In and Go Faster, with TraceGains

    Plug In and Go Faster, with TraceGains

    Today I’m joined by TraceGains, the world’s only networked ingredients marketplace.
    Founded in 2008, TraceGains connects people and information so teams can work smarter. As a global technology company, they provide networked innovation, quality, and compliance solutions to consumer brands that want to reduce supply chain risk, innovate faster, speed up business processes, and take control of data.
    Today Gary Nowacki, Founder and CEO at TraceGains, joins me to chat all about the company: what they do; achieving visibility and productivity through collaboration; overcoming today’s supply chain challenges; and bringing people and ingredient data together in new ways to achieve business agility.
     
    IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:  
    [06.31] Gary’s background and how, and why, it led him to founding TraceGains.
    “When we founded TraceGains, I think we used the same trick that I would recommend for anybody founding a tech or software company: find a real pain, and then make sure it’s not being serviced well.”
    [08.37] A closer look at some of the biggest challenges in the food industry right now, why those challenges are forcing companies to re-evaluate their supply chains, and how TraceGains are helping their customers to conquer disruption.
    “The food industry, like almost all industries, really focused on cost… Now, everything is sky rocketed through inflation and new drivers have come along…”
    [13.36] An overview of TraceGains – what they do and how they help their customers.
    “This is an incredibly fragmented supply chain… it was using a hub and spoke methodology… and that’s a really bad way to do things! … So we stole a page from the playbook of social media companies, and said: “Forget the hub and spoke. Let’s just get all these companies to connect.”
    [15.34] A deeper dive into TraceGains Gather, a marketplace that invites customers to “experience sourcing nirvana.”
    [19.56] A closer look at TraceGains' configurable solutions for product development, which support customers in creating new formulas and finished goods.
    [24.02] TraceGains’ compliance solutions, and the benefit of having a range of complimentary solutions all under one roof.
    [26.28] Why ingredient agility equals brand agility, and why mastering ingredient data is key to evolving your supply chain.
    [28.01] Collaboration, the importance of bringing buyers and sellers together with co-manufacturing, and an example of what can go wrong when good collaboration is lacking.
    “We have a new capability so buyers and sellers can collaborate, not just with the brand owners and ingredient sellers, but also with the co-manufacturers so all three can come together in a workspace – it’s almost like Pinterest… because in this problematic issue of supply chain disruptions, we need collaboration more than ever!”
    [32.08] What onboarding and integration looks like with TraceGains.
    “There’s a lot less integration that needs to be done, because people are just interacting and collaborating in the cloud.”
    [34.06] The ideal client for TraceGains.
    [36.29] A case study showing how TraceGains helped a leading bakery make fast and responsive manufacturing decisions and ensure product continuity, by providing vital data insights on variable ingredients.
    [39.30] The future for TraceGains.
    “These problems exist in every country around the globe… so growing internationally is the next logical step.”
    RESOURCES AND LINKS MENTIONED:  
    Head over to TraceGain’s website now to find out more and discover how they could help you too. You can also connect with TraceGains and keep up to date with the latest over on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram, or you can connect with Gary on LinkedIn.
    If you enjoyed this episode and want to find out more about the food and beverage supply chain, why not check out episode 245, featuring Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Dem

    • 44 min
    Women in Supply Chain, Ashley Yentz

    Women in Supply Chain, Ashley Yentz

    In today’s episode of Women In Supply Chain, I’m joined by Ashley Yentz, a supply chain leader who is passionate about driving sustainability and creating solutions that improve lives.
    Ashley discovered her love for supply chain during several successful internships at automotive megabrand, Toyota. And, after a stint as a logistics analyst at Hilti, Ashley’s career really took flight at LeanCor Supply Chain Group. She developed, implemented, and managed lean supply chains totalling around $300M in annual transportation spend and, in 2021, she brought all of her experience, knowledge and passion to her current role as VP of Supply Chain and Material Flow at Sleep Number, a leader in sleep and wellness technology.
    Today Ashley will be talking to us about her career so far; her passion for creating a more inclusive workforce; developing customer-focused solutions; and why her ultimate goal is to influence a priority shift toward climate change and social consciousness in the logistics and supply chain industry. Plus, she’ll be sharing her experiences as a woman in supply chain, as well as her words of advice for all of the women following in her footsteps.
     
    SHOW SPONSOR:  
    This Women in Supply Chain feature was sponsored by Sifted.
    As a business dedicated to empowering confidence within the shipping industry, we’re proud to support women in supply chain. Sifted is the leading logistics intelligence software, that combines insights with expertise to empower bigger, smarter shipping decisions. As growth and disruptions present ongoing challenges for supply chain leaders, thousands rely on Sifted to set their businesses up for success. Learn more about Sifted here.
     
    IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:  
    [07.09] Ashley’s career journey, from being raised by creative entrepreneurs and gaining a degree in mathematics, to being introduced to supply chain by a mentor.
    “I met one of my mentors, she was the Vice President of Customer Service at Toyota… and she was the one that looked at me, heard about my skillset in math and my passions and said ‘hey – I think you’d be really good in supply chain!’”
    [11.28] What Ashley learned during her time working for Toyota.
    “I understood the great care that we had to take to make sure a customer was satisfied. Lean is about ‘what is it that this customer really wants, and how do we make sure we’re providing them the best value.’”
    [16.55] Ashley’s journey within Toyota, from strategic planning to inventory; how the recession led to a move to Hilti; and why a passion for Lean Systems eventually took her to LeanCor.
    “I started doing a lot of research on ‘what do I want to do, where do I want to be, where do I want to spend my time?’"
    [23.01] Ashley’s experience of being one of only two female senior leaders at LeanCor, and the importance of finding people that value what you have to say.
    “When we talk about career growth and development, seeking to understand is such a huge part of anyone’s job, and it will set you apart.”
    [28.03] Why Ashley moved to Sleep Number, her advice on finding the right career fit, and why Sleep Number values wellness.
    “You have to be surrounded by a community that you’re enjoying, that is getting the best out of you and you feel your best at, where you can bring your authentic self to work... you have to make sure it’s aligning to you and your life.”
    [35.21] Ashley’s biggest career achievements to date.
    [38.03] Ashley’s experience as a woman in the male-dominated fields of construction, supply chain and automotive, how she built courage over time and her advice for how women can thrive.
    [42.59] Ashley’s favorite thing about supply chain.
    “My favorite thing about supply chain is that you can learn so much – you’ll never get bored!”
    [44.15] Ashley’s thoughts on the importance of sustainability in supply chain.
    “I believe that profit and sustainability go hand in ha

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Newfie Steve ,

Excellent Supply Chain Podcast!

Sarah applies creative interview skills to maximize the most from her accomplished guests. Informative and applicable.

KendallM77 ,

So Informative!

I really enjoy this podcast. The topics are always interesting and current with what’s going on in the industry and Sarah is a great host!

Spiceysap ,

Supply Chain MUST HAVE!

Sarah is brilliant beyond belief! This podcast has it all - from understanding supply chain challenges, to looking at innovation trends in supply chain to applying these insights into regular day to day decision making! It's on my top 5 podcast list! Really great podcast!:)

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