16 episodes

On this show, we dive into all aspects of supply chain. We discuss the history of supply chain, how it is changing, and what makes for a resilient supply chain in today’s world.

Your host John Abrams of Venzee shares his expertise from years of experience in the supply chain industry alongside other industry experts.

Rethinking Supply Chain John Abrams

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On this show, we dive into all aspects of supply chain. We discuss the history of supply chain, how it is changing, and what makes for a resilient supply chain in today’s world.

Your host John Abrams of Venzee shares his expertise from years of experience in the supply chain industry alongside other industry experts.

    Dialogue with Catsy CEO Ceejay Teku

    Dialogue with Catsy CEO Ceejay Teku

    In this episode of Rethinking Supply Chain, Venzee CEO John Abrams talks with Ceejay Teku, Founder & CEO of Catsy about his experience working with product information over the past few decades. Catsy is a product information management platform for mid-sized brands and sellers. It helps unify product content and syndicate directly with consumers.
    This episode begins with some reflection on how Chicago’s industrial legacy is being repurposed in the form of innovative supply chain management companies. Ceejay talks about his experience with enterprise software company, SAP, and how he has been able to consolidate and modernize certain information systems contained in SKUs to make it more accessible for e-commerce companies.
    Ceejay’s experience in product information distribution helped him to hone in on the challenges facing the existing companies in the industry. Catsy helps companies take advantage of their digital assets and communicate that information to sellers so they can accurately present SKUs to consumers. If a consumer can’t see a product, for example, they are less likely to make an online purchase. Catsy is working to solve this gap in information.
    You can follow Ceejay Teku on LinkedIn to see what he’s up to! 
    Don’t forget to check out his company, Catsy, at the link below:
    Catsy: 
    https://catsy.com/

    • 21 min
    Machine to Machine Communication

    Machine to Machine Communication

    In this episode of the Rethinking Supply Chain podcast, John and Diana discuss the Internet of Things (IoT) and how machines are becoming more and more involved in the supply chain from start to finish. 
    Stress that is placed on the supply chain due to external events has highlighted the need to streamline the supply chain with machines that make perfect decisions. Using the example of Mcdonald’s Restaurant food chain, John explains how being able to receive orders ahead of time remotely ensures seamless product delivery. 
    John goes on to explain what machine to machine interaction looks like in the supply chain. Using the example of a large retailer, we learn the intricacies of operations and where machines can step in to improve efficiency. 
    Humans won’t become obsolete, but as John explains, there are areas where machines make more sense. He explains how classic principles that have powered supply chains need to be adapted and implemented to increase efficiency, and how many distribution chains have yet to do so. 

    • 19 min
    How to recover from a challenge to your supply chain (i.e. pandemic)

    How to recover from a challenge to your supply chain (i.e. pandemic)

    In this episode, John and Diana talk about how businesses can remain resilient in the face of a major challenge. While the Covid-19 pandemic has put immense strain on supply chains, bringing the subject to the forefront of a lot of peoples’ minds, this episode looks at supply chain resilience and recovery when faced with challenges in general. 
    While the supply chain will never break, it is constantly faced with disruptions. So how can businesses ensure that their supply chain will be able to face disruptions without being negatively impacted? John uses the example of a strike in a U.S. port, which happens frequently. Manufacturers and retailers depend on port workers being able to offload goods from overseas for shipping in a particular region, and frequently the best source of information has been regional news sources.
    However, by digitizing supply chain information, supply chain systems can automatically identify where there are points that could become bottlenecks and provide an alert so that the risk is clear and secondary supply options can be made available.
    Overall, the digital supply chain system needs to be making the decisions, not people. The algorithm should be focused on making sure that the supply chain is operating at the most efficient level without bias. 
    This episode wraps up with some practical information for businesses to become better prepared for the next big disruption. Businesses need to plan for crises, both large or small, ensure availability of information, and create contingency plans that can be enacted swiftly with as little human error as possible.

    • 19 min
    Improving Your Supply Chain To Stay Competitive

    Improving Your Supply Chain To Stay Competitive

    In this episode of Rethinking Supply Chain, John and Diana look at how businesses can improve their supply chain in order to remain competitive.  According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), sixty percent of companies expect their business to be disrupted due to inadequate supply chain management. Covid-19 has also been a huge shock to business supply chain management.
    Therefore, now is a good time for businesses to analyze their current supply chain system and think about how that system can be improved. One way businesses can improve their supply chain effectiveness is through full visibility for all stakeholders. With full visibility, manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers can anticipate disruptions and plan accordingly.
    Today, visibility needs to be digital. Even before the pandemic highlighted all of the inefficiencies in most supply chain systems, businesses were feeling the stress of lacking complete visibility. By going digital, the entire supply chain can have access to necessary information to ensure a streamlined experience.
    So, why aren’t businesses making their supply chain management systems digital? John explains how manufacturers are challenged by data management, and it may be keeping them from taking advantage of the available technology. John talks about how Venzee has harnessed artificial intelligence to simplify the process of data management for manufacturers and suppliers.

    • 21 min
    Standards In Content Distribution (Edi, Gdsn/Gs1) And Their Future

    Standards In Content Distribution (Edi, Gdsn/Gs1) And Their Future

    In this episode, Venzee CEO, John Abrams, and EVP of Commercial Operations, Peter Montross, take another look at the Global Data Synchronization Network, otherwise known as GDSN. Having touched on the subject in Episode 04, John invites Peter to take the discussion even further. 
    Beginning with an overview of GDSN, John asks whether the system is still useful, or whether a new system should be implemented. Peter explains that a new system is absolutely needed in order to provide all selling channels with the information that they need to make their sales. 
    GDSN is a limited dataset that is insufficient for all retailers, so while it has had its use, consumer and market needs have outgrown the entire system. Retailers are constantly updating their content requirements, and they are falling outside of the GDSN’s outdated scope. Retailers are trying to address consumer needs, and suppliers are trying to help them. The global standards that GDSN follow are lacking when it comes to consumer desires, thus hindering the potential for sales.
    Venzee is able to address the dynamic nature of supplier and retailer needs in order to reach consumers and improve the bottom line. When products have new features or attributes, suppliers and retailers want to let consumers know. The GDSN no longer has the capacity to communicate all of the new product features available. Manufacturers have gone their own way to communicate with retailers, and Venzee is working to facilitate that shift. 
    You can find Peter on LinkedIn, and don’t forget to check out Venzee at the link below!
    Venzee: 
    venzee.com

    • 25 min
    How Content Distribution Service Models Have Evolved

    How Content Distribution Service Models Have Evolved

    In this episode, John speaks with special guest, Peter Montross, EVP of Commercial Operations at Venzee, about the way distribution service models have evolved over time. When John was beginning to deal with the challenge of content distribution, Peter was already working on solving the problem. 
    Peter starts by talking about retailers’ need to receive useful product information to sell products online and takes us through the various changes that manufacturers, distributors, retailers and marketing teams have gone through over the past few years.
    With the shift to e-commerce, retailers require a comprehensive dataset to effectively present their products online. In the past, for suppliers, uploading content onto a platform could take weeks or up to months, causing inefficiencies and slow access to the market. 
    Peter explains the iterative process of aggregating product information and uploading it to a management system, to matching content with retailers, and then communicating said information to the retailers themselves. 
    Finally, John and Peter look to the future of content distribution management. They look at how manufacturers and suppliers provide accurate, complete content to various retailers and even consumers today. 
    You can find Peter on LinkedIn, and don’t forget to check out Venzee at the link below!
    Venzee: 
    venzee.com

    • 24 min

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