Welcome to the Supply Chain Innovation podcast, hosted by IndustryStar Founder & CEO, William Crane. In this podcast series we share real-world lessons learned, big ideas, and resources from some of the top industry change-makers and leaders at firms across supply chain, procurement, quality, materials, logistics, product development, engineering, and manufacturing with the hope that you'll learn new strategies, tactics, and tools for improving supply chain operations.
E56 Procurement Metrics That Matter
Wil Knibloe III, Principal at advisory services firm Crowe, LLP, joins William to discuss the topics of procurement and strategic sourcing, including what type of roles procurement and sourcing play in an organization, leadership methods that consistently maximize results, and which strategic sourcing metrics matter the most.
E55 Acumen To Augmentation To Automation
Alan Shevela, Global Director of Supply Chain at lightweighting solutions and components supplier Aludyne, links up with William to discuss the professional and supply chain skills that are "automation-proof," how to prepare your teams for future changes in strategy, and how having multiple facilities in different geographic regions and countries impacts the company's approach to supply chain and operations.
E54 Investing In Supply Chain Innovation
Samantha Huang, Principal at BMW i Ventures, joins William to share her venture capital perspective on investing in new supply chain innovations, highlighting two examples of optimization solutions developed by startups, her recommendations for companies with new products/technologies looking to move beyond the perpetual pilot cycle, and the factors her team considers when looking to invest in AI or ML applications.
E53 Stamping Out Waste and Assembling Results
Mark Whitten, President & CEO of Spartanburg Steel Products, joins William as the two dive deep into the significance of organizational culture, including where Mark gets his belief system and leadership style from, specific steps you can take to start leading change on Day 1, strategies to supercharge cultural change and to drive waste out of the supply chain, and why employee engagement has such a profound impact on the customer experience.
E52 Delivering Self-Driving Industrial Robot Results
Jim Rock, CEO of autonomous material handling robot manufacturer Seegrid, joins William to talk about the process of helping craft and shape the company's core values, how the pandemic accentuated growth opportunities in the material handling and robotics markets, how their three-pronged product-service-software offering helps address the low supply of labor and safety concerns, and what the future trends look like for material handling and flow with autonomous robots.
E51 Strategies For Improved Financial Performance
Tony Milando, SVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer at global water technology provider Xylem, joins William to share how his background in finance and understanding financial metrics has helped him as a leader to drive business performance, the supply chain elements that have helped Xylem strengthen its market position, and where he sees the most opportunity for growth with new technologies and products across the manufacturing and industrial sector.