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Hear the latest in freight transportation, supply chain and logistics from the Freightvine podcast.

Freightvine DAT Freight and Analytics, Chris Caplice

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 32 Ratings

Hear the latest in freight transportation, supply chain and logistics from the Freightvine podcast.

    Gonzalo Cordova | Applying Artificial Intelligence to Supply Chains

    Gonzalo Cordova | Applying Artificial Intelligence to Supply Chains

    This week’s guest is Gonzalo Cordova, Director of Decision Science and Automation at The Home Depot. Gonzalo has a long history of solving business and supply chain problems using sophisticated analytical methods. After finishing his MS at GaTech in 2005, he worked for companies as varied as GE Energy, Lafarge, Coca-Cola, and The Home Depot. His current role is leading the team that is applying AI, and other analytical methods they have in their tool belt, to solve various challenges within the company. Gonzalo and his team’s approach is a problem first rather than leading with a set methodology. In our conversation, Gonzalo offers his definition of AI and talks through examples of its success and other areas where it was not.

    • 52 min
    Chad Kennedy | The Science and Art Behind DAT iQ Benchmark

    Chad Kennedy | The Science and Art Behind DAT iQ Benchmark

    This week’s guest is Chad Kennedy, Group Product Manager of the Rate Benchmark platform at DAT Freight & Analytics. Chad has been in the trucking and transportation space for over two decades now as both a carrier and a shipper. While originally trained in finance, he joined a small family-owned trucking company in the early 2000s. He moved on to CHEP (the blue pallet people) where he rose to be Director of Transportation. Finally, he joined Chainalytics in 2018 and was part of the acquisition by DAT in 2020. In our conversation, we discuss the different major use cases of rate benchmarking (past, present, and future) and why that matters in how the rates are created. We also talk about how the shipper-carrier interface has evolved over the years as well as the challenges of managing a data-driven software solution.

    • 47 min
    Keith Brandis | Decarbonizing the Supply Chain One Truck at a Time

    Keith Brandis | Decarbonizing the Supply Chain One Truck at a Time

    This week’s guest is Keith Brandis, Vice President of Partnerships and System Solutions at Volvo Trucks. Keith is a 40-plus-year veteran of the trucking industry with a diverse background in truck manufacturing, engineering, sales, and marketing for the Volvo Group. He began his career with Volvo Trucks at its New River Valley manufacturing operations in Dublin, Virginia, where all of the brands’ Class 8 trucks for the North American market are assembled. Today, he works in the Project and Product Strategy Office as the vice president of system solutions and partnerships for North America and is actively involved in several projects driving technological and industry-transforming progress in transportation and sustainability. In our conversation, we discuss Vovlo’s three-pillar approach to decarbonization with an extended discussion of Battery Electric Vehicles. We also talk about the challenges involved in transitioning to a zero or near-zero emissions market.

    • 47 min
    David Landau | Product Management in Supply Chain Software

    David Landau | Product Management in Supply Chain Software

    This week’s guest is David Landau, currently Advisor at Moguntia Capital in Atlanta. David has 25 years of experience in the Supply chain software space - mainly focused on the creation and delivery of product strategies and M&A. He spent almost 20 years at Manhattan Associates - culminating in being VP of Product Management, and has also served in leadership roles at E2Open, Cloud Logistics, BluJay, and Transporeon. In our conversation, we talk about how the SC software industry has evolved and changed in terms of technology, customer expectations, the people involved, and how it is delivered. We also talk about the product management process and what it is like running a product pipeline for software.

    • 50 min
    Matt Waller | The Retail Value Chain

    Matt Waller | The Retail Value Chain

    This week’s guest is Matt Waller from New Roads Capital Partners and the University of Arkansas. He has held various positions, including Dean, and taught for 30 years at the University of Arkansas, where he currently holds the William Dillard II Leadership Chair at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. He is also a Strategic Advisor at NewRoad Capital Partners. In our conversation, we talk mainly about the always evolving Retail Value Chain - how it has changed over the last 30 years and where we might expect it to go. Matt also gives some examples of new start-ups in this space that bear watching.

    • 1 hr
    Mike Bassani | Transforming Supply Chains with AI

    Mike Bassani | Transforming Supply Chains with AI

    This week’s guest is Mike Bassani, Partner and Product Leader at Microsoft. Despite starting in Finance, Mike is no stranger to supply chains having worked in supply chain roles for Best Buy, Nike, Amazon, Convoy, and currently, Microsoft where he was the General Manager of the Supply Chain Platform. His role has changed over the last year to lead the integration of Copilot and other LLMs into the Power Platform. In our conversation, we talk about how a finance background can help a supply chain professional, the difference between traditional and generative Artificial Intelligence, whether generative AI will be centralized or decentralized (and why that matters), as well as what it is like running very large, diverse, and geographically dispersed team. Mike has a solid grasp of not only supply chains but also how this new emerging technology might be leveraged. There is no wonder why he was named one of the top 10 Most Influential People in Supply Chain by CIO Magazine in 2023.

    • 57 min

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Excellent Logistics Education

Great for anyone working in logistics and supply chain at all levels of experience and specialty. Learn something every episode. Chris Caplice is great at asking questions and explaining complex concepts

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