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We really can’t predict the future … because nobody can. What we can do, though, is help auto manufacturers recognize, prepare for, and profit from whatever comes next.
Auto Supply Chain Prophets gives you timely and relevant insights and best practices from industry leaders.

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We really can’t predict the future … because nobody can. What we can do, though, is help auto manufacturers recognize, prepare for, and profit from whatever comes next.
Auto Supply Chain Prophets gives you timely and relevant insights and best practices from industry leaders.

    The Future of Supply Chain: Technology, Digitalization, and Industry Standards

    The Future of Supply Chain: Technology, Digitalization, and Industry Standards

    At the heart of The Prophets’ vision are “The 24 Essential Supply Chain Processes.” What are they? Find out, and see the future yourself. Click here
    In this episode of the Auto Supply Chain Prophets podcast, Jan Griffiths and Terry Onica interview Robert Cameron, Chairman of the Board at Odette International and VDA's Head of Production, Logistics, and Aftermarket Department.
    Robert shares their mission to digitize the automotive supply chain, including the initiative to adopt API technology and develop standards to support the auto industry's electrification.
    The discussion covers the latest on MMOG/LE, noting its success with larger OEMs like Ford and Volvo trucks. Robert stresses how these standards streamline processes, cut costs, and improve supply chain quality.
    Robert also explores ESG practices and European legislative compliance, touching on packaging laws, decarbonization, and hazard management. He underscores the need for guidelines to support smaller businesses to adhere to upcoming supply chain laws. 
    Wrapping up, Robert urges leaders to be transparent with customers and suppliers. While he acknowledges the challenges of dealing with unfair players, he emphasizes the need for collaboration, especially in times of crisis.
    Themes discussed in this episode:
    Importance of transparency and cooperation in the automotive supply chain.Digital transformation of the automotive supply chain.Adoption of API technology for enhanced communication among stakeholders.The enduring significance of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in automotive supply chains.Challenges faced by the industry, including supply chain stabilization post-pandemic.Initiatives for decarbonization and environmental sustainability.Impact of industry standards like MMOG/LE on process efficiency.Need for standardized ESG reporting and guidance for businesses.Emphasis on fair treatment and collaboration to address future crises effectively.
    Featured on this episode: 
    Name: Hugh Robert Cameron
    Title: Head of Production, Logistics, and Aftermarket Department at Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) and Chairman of the Board at Odette International.
    About: Meet Robert Cameron, a key figure in the automotive industry. As the Head of the Production, Logistics, and Aftermarket Department at VDA, he leads initiatives to enhance communication between OEMs and suppliers, driving efficiency and innovation. Additionally, as Chairman and Member of the Board at Odette International, Robert champions projects to increase supply chain transparency through technologies like EDI and RFID. With his expertise, Robert is shaping the future of automotive supply chains.
    Connect: LinkedIn

    Mentioned in this episode:
    IAA - Internationale Automobil-AusstellungREST-API & EDIFACTa href="https://autosupplychainprophets.com/episode/revving-up-the-supply-chain-exploring-the-future-of-automotive-edi"...

    • 27 min
    ZNL Energy: The Next Unicorn in Battery Technology?

    ZNL Energy: The Next Unicorn in Battery Technology?

    At the heart of The Prophets’ vision are “The 24 Essential Supply Chain Processes.” What are they? Find out, and see the future yourself. Click here
    The demand for reliable battery solutions has surged as the auto industry moves towards EVs. In this episode of the Auto Supply Chain Prophets Podcast, hosts Jan and Terry tackle the critical issues surrounding start-ups as they face the challenges of scaling up in this exciting new field of battery technology.
    They invited Benjamin Ferstad and Jan Børge Sagmo from ZNL Energy, a tech startup at the forefront of innovative battery technology, to explore this topic. 
    The conversation covers various aspects, including ZNL's breakthrough technology that addresses the safety concerns associated with battery hazards, ZNL's mission to commercialize next-generation battery technology, the supply chain challenges they face in sourcing materials, and the impact of legislation such as the IRA Act in the US on their startup.
    Moreover, they discuss ZNL's strategies for ensuring a smooth startup operation, emphasizing the importance of strategic partnerships and seeking expertise where needed. The dialogue extends to managing suppliers effectively and understanding the dynamic nature of customer requirements, highlighting ZNL's customer-centric approach.
    Finally, Jan and Benjamin offer valuable advice for aspiring tech startups, emphasizing the need for boldness in selling their product early and the importance of building a solid team to handle diverse tasks, allowing the CEO to focus on strategic growth and fundraising initiatives.
    Themes discussed in this episode:
    Challenges of battery performance Importance of addressing battery safety concerns in electric vehiclesZNL Energy's innovative battery separator technologySupply chain challenges and opportunities in the battery industryThe impact of legislation like the IRA Act on tech startupsStrategies for managing suppliers and fostering strategic partnershipsPrioritizing customer engagement and feedback in product developmentScaling up operations effectively in a startup environmentAdvice for tech startups on delegation and focusing on core responsibilities as CEO
    Featured on this episode: 
    Name: Benjamin Ferstad
    Title: Chief Executive Officer, ZNL Energy
    About: Benjamin is a seasoned management professional known for his exceptional interpersonal abilities and adeptness in P&L management within global corporate settings. Armed with a Master of Science degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Stavanger and a Bachelor of Science in Subsea Technology from Bergen University College, Benjamin brings a wealth of expertise in financial data analysis and process optimization.
    Connect: LinkedIn

    Name: Jan Børge Sagmo
    Title: Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, ZNL Energy
    About: Jan is a process engineer and manager serving as the Strategy and Marketing Officer at ZNL Energy, where they’re revolutionizing battery technology with an innovative separator, ZnL-NPx. With a background in chemical engineering, he led successful ventures like Bergen Carbon Solutions, and he’s passionate about investing, writing, and contributing to cutting-edge developments in technology and beyond.
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    • 29 min
    Supply Chain Dynamics: Technology, ESG Regulations, and Strategic Collaboration

    Supply Chain Dynamics: Technology, ESG Regulations, and Strategic Collaboration

    At the heart of The Prophets’ vision are “The 24 Essential Supply Chain Processes.” What are they? Find out, and see the future yourself. Click here
    In this episode of the Auto Supply Chain Prophets podcast, hosts Terry Onica and Jan Griffiths welcome Nichole Felton, Vice President of Supply Chain for ZF North America and board member for AIAG. Nichole gives a glimpse into her role, tackling challenges like global compliance regulations and ensuring a unified approach for a North American regional role within a German-based company. They discuss upcoming supply chain challenges, covering trade regulations, sustainability, anti-dumping measures, semiconductor restrictions, and the roles of industry organizations like AIAG and MEMA.
    Nichole highlights the importance of technology, AI, and industry partnerships in improving data quality and sustainability efforts. The episode concludes with a discussion on women in supply chain leadership and advice for supply chain leaders. Nichole offers empowering advice to female professionals in the automotive industry, encouraging them to be vocal about their career goals and seek advocates. Additionally, she emphasizes the need for personal development among supply chain leaders to tackle future supply chain challenges effectively. 
    This episode provides a direct and practical overview of current automotive supply chain challenges and future considerations, featuring Nichole's extensive industry experience.
    Themes discussed in this episode:
    The importance of women empowerment initiatives in manufacturing and supply chainGlobal compliance and trade regulations within the automotive sectorAddressing forced labor concernsOvercoming organizational silos and promoting effective communicationStrategies for tracing and managing complex supply chain dataSustainability challenges, including anti-dumping measures and semiconductor restrictions in the supply chain.Embracing technology, AI, and collaborative efforts for improved data quality and sustainability in the supply chainWomen in leadership, advocating for oneself, and the importance of personal development goals
    Featured on this episode: 
    Name: Nichole Felton
    Title: Vice President of Supply Chain, ZF North America
    About: Nichole is a proven global supply chain executive in the automotive industry. With a remarkable international track record, she excels in motivating high-performing teams to achieve strategic objectives. Nichole has held key leadership roles, including Thermal Segment Director and Corporate Commodity Executive, showcasing her expertise in achieving business results and pursuing new growth opportunities.
    Connect: LinkedIn
    Mentioned in this episode:
    AIAG & MEMA(UFLPA) Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention ActThe CHIPS Act
    Episode Highlights:
    [03:35] Future challenges: A conversation about the upcoming challenges the automotive supply chain will encounter

    • 22 min
    Lean Manufacturing: Thriving or Dying in Today's Automotive Supply Chain

    Lean Manufacturing: Thriving or Dying in Today's Automotive Supply Chain

    At the heart of The Prophets’ vision are “The 24 Essential Supply Chain Processes.” What are they? Find out, and see the future yourself. Click here
    Explore the transformative impact of Lean principles on automotive supply chains with Beth Crowley, President of The Crowley Group. Gain a clear understanding of Lean's philosophy, practical applications, and its profound impact on operational excellence.
    In this episode, Beth covered the following:
    Defining Lean: Beth explains Lean as both a philosophy and a set of tactical tools emphasizing the elimination of waste.Lean and Leadership: The integral connection between authentic leadership and successful Lean implementation.Challenges in Lean Implementation: Explore the common challenges faced during Lean adoption, ranging from resistance to misconceptions.Lean in Different Functions: How Lean principles extend beyond manufacturing, impacting various functions like accounting and human resources.Kanban systems: Success factors, pitfalls, and optimizing push vs. pull dynamics.Addressing the Lean Mindset: Beth's path to gaining a Lean mindset and implementing Lean in automotive supply chain processes.Practical Advice for Inventory Management: Valuable advice on utilizing inventory as a diagnostic tool and addressing root causes for optimal efficiency.
    Whether you're a supply chain professional or a curious mind, this episode unravels the core of Lean principles and their significance in shaping resilient and efficient supply chains. Tune in, absorb, and reimagine the possibilities that Lean offers to elevate your industry standing.
    Themes discussed in this episode:
    Lean philosophy and mindsetThe role of leadership in successful Lean implementationPractical advice on setting up successful Kanban systemsBreaking down silos through cross-functional teamsUnderstanding the intersection between technology and Lean Automotive supply chain disruptionsStrategic planning and operational efficiency
    Featured on this episode: 
    Name: Beth Crowley
    Title:  President, The Crowley Group
    About: Beth is a passionate advocate for coaching organizations through Lean transformations. With her expertise, Beth collaborates with companies to enhance the effectiveness of people and processes. She believes in leading by example, fostering engaged teams, and eliminating waste in leadership and culture. 
    Connect: LinkedIn
    Mentioned in this episode:
    The LEAN thinking and practiceBeth Crowley’s article: Continuous Improvement: A Series of New Normals Kaizen events, Just-in-time & Kanban system
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    • 26 min
    2023 Playback: Auto Supply Chain Prophets Podcast Summary

    2023 Playback: Auto Supply Chain Prophets Podcast Summary

    At the heart of The Prophets’ vision are “The 24 Essential Supply Chain Processes.” What are they? Find out, and see the future yourself. Click here
    As we enter 2024, the Auto Supply Chain Prophets podcast celebrates another successful year as the go-to source for industry knowledge and content for our dedicated audience. For two seasons and across 47 episodes, our podcast has remained committed to helping automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and industry professionals navigate the complex landscape of the auto supply chain. 
    In this special episode, host and producer Jan Griffiths reflects on the key themes that shaped our 2023. The Auto Supply Chain Prophets explored various aspects of the auto supply chain throughout this journey. We've covered critical topics like global standards, ESG, automation, digitization, and risk management. Our dedication to keeping our audience informed and prepared is evident in the episodes dedicated to future-focused topics like EV adoption and the importance of gamification in supply chain education, putting us at the forefront of industry discussions.
    As we bid farewell to 2023, the Auto Supply Chain Prophets podcast remains steadfast in its commitment to delivering content that matters and encourages the audience to share their thoughts and suggestions for topics they want to explore in the coming year.
    Themes discussed in this episode:
    Podcasting challenges and milestonesThe complexity of the auto supply chain landscapeEmerging trends in the auto supply chainThe critical role of technology in the auto supply chainImplementing automation and digitization Leveraging risk management strategies for supply chain resilienceSimplifying complex standardsMMOG/LE and IATF intersectionImpact of EV adoptionThe future of supply chain educationThe Impact of EQMS (Enterprise Quality Management System)
    Featured on this episode: 
    Name: Jan Griffiths
    Title: President and Founder, Gravitas Detroit 
    About: A veteran executive in the automotive industry, Jan previously served as chief procurement officer for a $3 billion, Tier 1 global automotive supplier. As the president of Gravitas Detroit, Jan provides online courses, speeches, podcasts, and workshops to break the mold of command-and-control leadership to help you unleash the potential of your team and allow authentic leadership to thrive.
    Connect: LinkedIn
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Episode with Tanya Bolden: How MMOG/LE Is Transforming the Automotive Supply ChainEpisode with Alexis Scipio: ESG in the Automotive Industry: Embracing Sustainability for Global Supply ChainsHosts only episode with Cathy Fisher and Terry Onica: Speeding Past Spreadsheets and Silos: The Intersection of IATF and MMOG/LEAn episode with Mike Payionk: a...

    • 20 min
    The crucial role of risk management in future supply chains

    The crucial role of risk management in future supply chains

    White Paper - Leveraging Risk Management
    In this episode of the Auto Supply Chain Prophets podcast, hosts Cathy Fisher, Terry Onica, and Jan Griffiths explore the critical topic of risk management in the automotive supply chain. The conversation commenced with the hosts sharing their experience with an EV startup, underlining the crucial role of robust supply chain processes for successful scaling.
    Transitioning to the main topic of risk management, Cathy and Terry discussed their recently updated white paper, which explores risk management strategies and the development of resilient supply chains. They further delved into the paper's relevance amid current supply chain challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the semiconductor crisis.
    The conversation highlights the necessity of cross-functional collaboration in identifying and addressing supply chain risks. The hosts stress the significance of CEO involvement, cost considerations, and risk appetite in creating effective contingency plans. The episode concludes by emphasizing the critical role of proactive risk management, with a continual focus on the dynamic nature of risks, necessitating frequent assessments and quarterly reviews.
    Themes discussed in this episode:
    Supply chain challengesFuture of supply chain in the EV eraWorking with EV startupsImportance of robust processesUpdate on risk-based thinkingCost considerations and risk appetiteProactive risk managementCross-functional collaboration 
    At the heart of The Prophets’ vision are “The 24 Essential Supply Chain Processes.” What are they? Find out, and see the future yourself. Click here
    Featured on this episode: 
    Name: Cathy Fisher
    Title: Founder and President, Quistem
    About: Cathy’s firm helps its clients, particularly automotive manufacturers, eliminate customer complaints and increase their profits. She has worked in the automotive supply chain since the 1980s when she started her career with General Motors.
    Connect: LinkedIn
     
    Name: Terry Onica
    Title: Director, Automotive at QAD
    About: For two decades, Terry has been the automotive vertical director of this provider of manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning software and supply chain solutions. Her career began in supply chain in the late 1980s when she led a team to implement Electronic Data Interchange for all the Ford assembly and component plants.
    Connect: LinkedIn
    Name: Jan Griffiths
    Title: President and Founder, Gravitas Detroit 
    About: A veteran executive in the automotive industry, Jan previously served as chief procurement officer for a $3 billion, Tier 1 global automotive supplier. As the president of Gravitas...

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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jcright ,

Great

I’m going to recommend this to my Supply Chain students. Even the ones that are not in the career will learn a lot.

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Great Listen!

This is a fantastically produced podcast with very engaging content. I’m excited for the next episode!

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Best podcast in the industry!

This is a must listen to podcast! I could listen to these ladies all day, they truly have the best insights and are so informative. From start to finished I was intrigued with how great the content is. The auto supply chain industry needs this type of perception to prepare for big changes in the future! Can’t wait for the next one to drop!

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