We’re in the middle of another difficult lockdown period. Each of us is affected in our own ways, but still we share this common challenge. During this time of physical separation, we are all ongoingly looking for ways to connect – even for new channels to communicate with each other.
That’s why we’re launching our podcast series, and we call it: Behind the Mask — an inside look at life within the logistics industry. We’ll speak with logistics professionals about their work, their personal lives, and how they’re finding new ways to cope with the realities of life during the pandemic.
#7 Behind the Mask - Getting the balance right with Thomas Muschalla, Saint-Gobain Rigips
It was a shock to the system for Head of Supply Chain & Logistics, Thomas Muschalla, when overnight, staying, and working from home became routine back in March 2020.
It transpired that Rigips’ prior investment in digitalization formed the platform that has enabled the company to operate successfully since lockdown began – supported, of course, by the video conferencing tech that’s taken the world by storm. However, some things just aren’t the same virtually. While there’s no going back to the world we knew before CoVid-19, Thomas joins us for this week’s podcast to explain how trust in your colleagues and the occasional face to face conversation are essential in the next normal.
#6 Behind the Mask - Modelling risk and recovery for the supply chain with Frank Vorrath, Gartner
One of the first to issue advice on risk and recovery in the context of the pandemic, Gartner remains focused on scenario-based forecasting to support shippers and carriers on their steady road to recovery. In this episode, VP Supply Chain EMEA, Frank Vorrath, discusses how emerging tech is predicted to accelerate even faster as the logistics industry responds to greater demand for environmental transparency, enables more dynamic supply chains and embraces a leap forward in digital adoption in the next normal.
#5 Behind the Mask - Gaining greater appreciation for the simple things in life with Eva Končanina, Girteka
For Eva, the impact of the pandemic became real on a personal level when her daily commute past the airport became a whole lot quieter. This week, Eva Končanina joins us from the office in Lithuania to share her experience as a female leader in the typically male-dominated logistics industry, the moment Girteka realised Covid-19 would impact the whole world, and how lockdown enabled her to see the magic in the simpler things.
#4 Behind the Mask - How the pet supplies industry experienced a pandemic with Andreas Reuther, Fressnapf Logistik GmbH
While the world stayed home with their pets, many people in the pet supplies industry had no choice but to stay on the front line to ensure our furry friends didn’t go without. This week on Behind The Mask, Andreas Reuther joined us to reflect on how adapting to change every day has become routine for so many of us in 2020, and made us more resilient as a result.
#3 Behind the Mask - A hands-free approach to harmonizing processes with Ian Mears | Etex Group
This week on Behind the Mask, host Oliver Kahrs chats to Ian Mears from Etex Group. An Englishman living in Belgium, Ian shares his views on how different nations continue to experience lockdown in different ways, recognising the global medical community for the personal sacrifices they’ve made to prioritise the health and lives of others during such difficult times.
Day to day, Ian is Business Process Manager, Transport and Warehousing at global industrial group, Etex, where his role is all about harmonizing processes to enable expansion and growth. For him, embracing a more digital way of doing things signals the future for the building industry, whether we’re in lockdown or not. But can you guess what Ian misses the most about office life?
#2 Behind the Mask - The road to economic recovery post-pandemic with Daniel Fuchs | Coface
This week on Behind the Mask, we’re joined by Daniel Fuchs, VP of Group Partnership at Coface. Join us to get a glimpse into what recovery might look like, as Daniel provides an important reminder that the new normal will vary greatly across countries, regions and sectors.
Daniel offers an expert view of the economic crisis accelerated by Covid-19 related restrictions, and the role a global credit insurer like Coface has played in insuring trade credit and keeping the economy running. But, perhaps most importantly, what have we learned? Listen in to get Daniel’s perspective on positive trends witnessed despite the difficulty, and how there’s nothing like a crisis to drive digitalization.