8 episodes

Each episode will focus on some topic that supply chain professionals and businesses will benefit from being aware of and understanding. In some episodes we will discuss opportunities for improving the manner in which your supply chain operates and is managed; in some episodes we will discuss new rules, regulations, or decisions which might influence the way you configure your supply chain and the paperwork involved; and in some episodes we will discuss the risks and rewards that might exist in the ever-changing dynamics that effect or influence supply chains decisions.

Supercharged Supply Chain Joseph F Paris Jr

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Each episode will focus on some topic that supply chain professionals and businesses will benefit from being aware of and understanding. In some episodes we will discuss opportunities for improving the manner in which your supply chain operates and is managed; in some episodes we will discuss new rules, regulations, or decisions which might influence the way you configure your supply chain and the paperwork involved; and in some episodes we will discuss the risks and rewards that might exist in the ever-changing dynamics that effect or influence supply chains decisions.

    Are Global Challenges Really Global?

    Are Global Challenges Really Global?

    https://vimeo.com/650681301


    About the podcast

    In this episode, Ron and Joseph discuss the supply chain and logistical challenges that are supposedly global in nature. But are they really? And to what extent?


    Joseph starts by sharing that none of the reported stresses in supply chain and logistics are being reported in Europe. The dozens of ships parked off the shores of Rotterdam, Hamburg, and other ports awaiting their turn to offload or onload as they do off Los Angeles and Newark simply do not exist.


    Certainly, the news reports coming from the United States and as witnessed from producer to consumer indicate there is severe strain. There are images of bare shelves in the grocery stores and retailers concerned about not being able to get stock for the holiday shopping season.


    But the news coming from other parts of the world and accompanying experiences tell quite a different story. In fact, there hardly seems to be much concern at all in Europe. Perhaps some of it has to do with there being much less emphasis on holiday gift shopping in Europe than in the States, so the supply-side isn't under unusual (or noticable) strain.


    Obviously, if there is a supplier-side challenge (such as with computer chips from Taiwan, China, and so on) it affects the entire world similarly. But there is no talk of "Christmas being ruined" and no pain being felt by consumers anywhere but in the States. So what gives?


    Ron and Joseph offer their insights into what's happening at the ports around the world, the availability of truck-drivers, chassis, and warehousing; what differences there are between the States and Europe, and how the challenges can be overcome (or endured).

    • 30 min
    Questioning what we know

    Questioning what we know

    Recorded: April 24, 2021








    https://vimeo.com/541889932


    About the podcast

    In this episode, Ron and Joseph call into question the body of knowledge that is the basis of the discipline of supply chain as it exists today.


    Keeping in mind that the modern supply chain has existed for roughly 30 years, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ascent of China, the building of super-sized container ships, it could be argued that the basis of our knowledge is in need of being challenged and updating with the experiences gained; especially from recent events.


    And perhaps supply chain and logistics experts (and academia) need to make sure they have experience where the action happens; on the docks, at the ports, in the trucks (going to the gemba, in Lean parlance). This will contextualize the reality of what is going on and bring to life what is being seen on screens.


    Sometimes, you have to go backwards to go forward.

    • 15 min
    Digitalization

    Digitalization

    Recorded: March 20, 2021




    https://vimeo.com/526643486


    About the podcast

    In this episode, Ron and Joseph discuss supply chains and digitalization.  Certainly, recent events and the disruptions that have gone with them have illuminated the need and benefits of digitalization.  And it’s no longer just about digital documents required for moving products from one point to another, but to use digitalization – in all of its incarnations – to add stability, even predictability, in supply chain operations.


    For instance, could a shortage of chips (especially those used in automotive) been predicted in advance of it the challenges actually manifesting themselves?  In an interconnected world – and keeping in mind that an event does not have to directly effect our first-level suppliers, but can have an impact further upstream – could the political upheaval in places like Myanmar been anticipated and counter-measures put in place?


    But it’s one thing to be able to predict the future, it’s quite another to act on the information.  At the end of the day, the information is only as good as the human interpreting it.


    Give a listen to the conversation.

    • 25 min
    Warehouse Optimization

    Warehouse Optimization

    Recorded: January 30, 2021




    https://vimeo.com/507209272


    About the podcast

    In this episode of "Supercharged Supply Chain", Ron and Joseph discuss warehousing; its present state, trends, some of the opportunities and challenges that exist, and what the future might hold.


    One of the biggest beneficiaries of the COVID pandemic has been the warehouse industry. The increase in the volume of ecommerce has been astounding. Look no further than Amazon who saw their revenue increase from $280 Billion in 2019 to $386 Billion in 2020. Certainly, a lot of that gain was from Amazon their cloud computing services, but a lot was not. And even so, much of Amazon's web service revenue came from companies expanding their ecommerce offerings.


    With this rapid increase in volume came a demand for increased automation; and Ron and Joseph will cover such topics as Artificial Intelligence (AI) in configuring warehouse product storage for optimized picks and put-aways, robotics and co-botics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the possible expanded roles of 3-D printing.


    And no discussion about warehouses would be complete without a discussion on safety; how a culture of safety is necessary and the safety considerations when configuring a warehouse.


    Give a listen…


    Hosts: Ron Leibman - Senior logistics executive, Lawyer for 22 years Joseph Paris - Founder of the OpEx Society & The XONITEK Group of Companies

    • 24 min
    Supply Chain Resilience

    Supply Chain Resilience

     



    Recorded: November 15, 2020




    https://vimeo.com/493336282


    About the podcast

    In our last podcast, “Supply Chains in a VUCA World”, Ron and Joseph shared the risks to supply chains in a world that is not settled and predictable (and probably will never really be).  Under such circumstances, what are some of the countermeasures that can be deployed by a company to increase the reliability and effectiveness of its supply chains while maintaining a desired level of efficiency?


    In this episode of Supercharged Supply Chain, Ron and Joseph will discuss the notion of “resiliency”.  How to build a robust enough supply chain so that any shocks can be recognized before they become a critical threat and, if the threats become a reality, how can a company best prepare to cope and avoid possible disruptions from their vendors and ensure their customers are not disrupted?


    When the COVID Pandemic first started, automotive plants around the world endured a disruption to their businesses with many having to shut down for a period for lack of parts to produce their vehicles.  This, in turn, caused a disruption in the flow of vehicles to their customers.  And in December of 2020, a closing of the borders between the United Kingdom and France due to a new strain of COVID caused the early closing of Toyota plants in the UK of two days due to a parts shortage as a result of the closure.


    Maybe one countermeasure to consider is not to be so focused on being Lean, but rather focus on being Fit.


    Give a listen…


    Hosts: Ron Leibman - Senior logistics executive, Lawyer for 22 years   Joseph Paris - Founder of the OpEx Society & The XONITEK Group of Companies

    • 19 min
    Supply Chains in a VUCA World

    Supply Chains in a VUCA World

    Recorded: November 15, 2020




    https://vimeo.com/479884565


    About the podcast

    Our supply chains operate in a world that is full of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity; a VUCA world where;


    V = Volatility: there is a lack of stability with what being known today changes often without warning. 


    U = Uncertainty: there is a lack of knowing all of the variables and being able to accurately predict operating conditions.


    C = Complexity: there are multiple competing and overlapping influences that lead to confusion and complicate decision-making.


    A = Ambiguity: there is a lack of clear definition that can lead to confusion and increasing the potential for being wrong.


    As with logistics and supply chains themselves, that the notion of VUCA was conceived in military undertakings is no surprise.  We have all heard of the “fog of war”, referring to the vagueness and uncertainty experienced in battle; and that “no plan survives first contact with the enemy” from Helmuth van Moltke in the 19th century.  These are both references to VUCA before the term VUCA existed.


    Operating supply chains today is also a battle; in fact, a stream of battles running simultaneously and sequenced one after another.  Whether from trade wars and tariffs, or governments commandeering production for national use, or natural calamities causing disruptions; supply chains today face VUCA and supply chain professionals are increasingly pressed to update their risk profiles and be ready to act quickly.


    In this episode of Supercharged Supply Chain, Ron and Joseph will discuss some of the challenges facing supply chains and professionals alike as they operate in a VUCA world like at no other time in history; some of the influencers, perils, and countermeasures.


    Some of the topics we will discuss include the need to consider;


    Imagination and the need to learn to expect the unexpected Redundancy so that our risk of having a single source is mitigated Re-shoring and near-shoring so that we can more quickly adapt to changing circumstances Insurance to offer protections against disruptions and also the limitations 3-D Printing (and its future) as a stop-gap so that we can keep producing uninterrupted Carrying larger safety stocks as a form of self-insurance against disruption Forward sourcing to get suppliers to carry inventory closer to where it is needed

    Hosts: Ron Leibman - Senior logistics executive, Lawyer for 22 years Joseph Paris - Founder of the OpEx Society & The XONITEK Group of Companies

    • 17 min

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