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Supply Chain is Boring.
Supply Chain sounds pretty boring. Can Chris prove you wrong?
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Supply Chain is Boring.
Supply Chain sounds pretty boring. Can Chris prove you wrong?
A podcast created by Supply Chain Now.

    Consultants are Boring: An Interview with Greg Owens

    Consultants are Boring: An Interview with Greg Owens

    In this episode we sat down with industry veteran Greg Owens to learn about his impressive career going from an entry level consultant at Anderson Consulting to various CEO roles.
    You can easily hear Greg’s internal drive for success and passion for supply chain management. It all sounds pretty boring. So let’s see if Greg can prove us wrong.
    Greg Owens is the CEO and a founder of iGAM. Greg also serves as the Executive Chairman of the Board at PRGX Global, Inc. In his most recent position, he served as the Group President of New Sectors & Ventures at Ritchie Bros. and as CEO of IronPlanet, Inc. since 2007. Prior to this, he served as Managing Director at Red Zone Capital, a Washington, D.C. private equity firm focused on strong revenue growth opportunities. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Manugistics Group, Inc. where he doubled annual revenues to $300 million for the supply chain management software company. Greg also served as Global Managing Partner, Supply Chain Management at Accenture where he was a founding member of the company's supply chain group. In addition, he serves on several outside boards including 3VR, Guardian Analytics, S1 Corporation, Secure Works, and Serena Software. Greg holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology where he currently serves on the President's Advisory Board as well as the College of Management Board.
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    Supply Chain Management is Boring: Interview with Greg Cronin, Part 2

    Supply Chain Management is Boring: Interview with Greg Cronin, Part 2

    This is part 2 of a 2 part interview with the Supply Chain Technology Company whisperer Greg Cronin.
    In part 1 we discussed how Mr. Cronin got into the supply chain space and the impact he has had. In this part 2 interview, Mr. Cronin comes out of retirement, again, and is excited about the supply chain technology market potential over the next five years. It all sounds pretty boring. So let’s see if Greg can prove me wrong.
    Over his career, Mr. Greg Cronin has advised and led several companies to the next level of business expansion by identifying key pain points and creating successful solutions for customers. Companies include AutoStore, Honeywell Intelligrated, Quiet Logistics, Manhattan Associates, and McHugh/RedPrairie/JDA, among others. Cronin’s know-how, in both the automated hardware and innovative “smart” software fields makes him sought after by emerging supply chain technology companies. Throughout his career, Greg has established and maintained a strong and loyal network of industry connections including former customers and peers, analysts, media, and consultants.
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    • 29 min
    Supply Chain Management is Boring: Interview with Greg Cronin, Part 1

    Supply Chain Management is Boring: Interview with Greg Cronin, Part 1

    In this two part interview we spoke with the Supply Chain Technology company whisperer, Greg Cronin, about his long and successful career in supply chain management and what the future holds.
    It also just happens he and John Hill, who we recently interviewed on Supply Chain is Boring are considered the fathers of the warehouse management system industry and you get the indication the competitive embers are still alive.
     
    In part 1 Greg discusses how he got into supply chain management up through his multiple attempts at retirement. Be sure to listen through the end to hear bonus coverage to get a better understanding of Greg Cronin. It all sounds pretty boring. So let’s see if Greg can prove me wrong.
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    • 28 min
    Data Collection is Boring Part 2: More with Data and WMS Pioneer John Hill

    Data Collection is Boring Part 2: More with Data and WMS Pioneer John Hill

    In the part 2 interview with John Hill, he continues to stress the importance of improving processes before implementing technology. In other words, what is your why? It sounds like common sense but from my experience you improve project success when the goals and realistic expectations have been defined.
    John then goes into a short course on how to select and justify warehouse technology/solutions. Given John’s background and experience this is gold.
    And John agrees, the future is bright. WMS packages and companies are morphing into broader solutions to include warehouse controls, robotics, execution systems, and artificial intelligence. This is a common theme I hear on other Supply Chain is Boring guest. (check out future episodes).
    Mr. Hill has truly been influential in the space over the past ½ century. He has a zest for what he does and is still preaching the MHI gospel.
    Thank you John for sharing with me and the Supply Chain is Boring audience.
    **
    1:00: After the barcode days.
    1:30: A barcode is little more than a curious decoration
    2:30: The role of a tannery in RFID
    4:20: An $80 RFID tag, is it worthwhile?
    5:15: Rockwell gets into RFID
    5:30: 1974 Material Handling Show, a chance meeting of a man with a vision
    6:20: Joining Logisticon
    6:55: A management fundamental, go see the customer
    7:30: An expensive lesson learned
    8:15: You need to know the difference between a warehouse and an outhouse?
    9:15: Avoid overlaying technology over bad processes
    10:00: JC Penney was a WMS early adopter, 1974
    10:55: 1971 barcoding at Buick, before the retail adoption of UPC
    11:35: Sticking with MHI
    12:30: 1995 Warehouse Management Systems Group formed under MHI
    13:00: Rebranded to Supply Chain Execution Systems Group
    14:00: There were many more than the 29 official members. Everyone thought they could do it. 200 across the globe.
    15:00: Gartner Magic Quadrant, Tom Ryan
    15:50: Why are there so many providers? John says of the 600,000 warehouses in the US only 35-40% of the market uses technology. This number may be
    16:45: Fraunhofer Group
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    17:45: What happened to Logisticon?
    18:35: Serialization is even more important now
    19:30: Getting back to basics. Lessons from an expert.
    20:00: Apocryphal, 65-70% of functionality is rarely used. Do you agree?
    21:20: Does lack of training contribute?
    22:00: Engage with the workforce. They may have ideas. And it will increase overall buy in
    22:30: Collect accurate operations data. Document every process.
    23:30: Develop KPIs to measure success.
    Georgia Tech
    WERC
    Karl Mandrot – DC Metrics
    24:15: No one knows your warehouse better than you do
    24:35: Can you improve processes first?
    25:00: Define target KPIs
    25:40: Building a business case for all functional areas
    26:35: Putting dollar values on the improvements. Get the customers input and buy in. Ask ‘how much do you think it is worth to improve x, or reduce y?’
    29:25: Consider the Dupont Model to calculate probable ROI and ROA
    30:30: Example investment / benefits numbers
    31:35: WMS seminars, Eric Peters
    31:45: WMS selection strategies book
    32:00: In the car bird seat – helping teams identify solutions with St. Onge.
    32:30: Cypress Associates. Linked to golf.
    33:20: Never stop learning
    33:45: A potential product idea? Anyone interested in starting a company? AI and machine learning in logistics. Princeton University.
    36:20: Esync, MARC, RGTI
    Bob Kennedy
    36:55: The Reed Apple Award, Rudy Reed (Purdue) & Jim Apple, Sr. (Georgia Tech) – Jim Apple, Jr.
    38:40: The future of WMS is morphing.
    39:20: Another rebrand, MHI Solutions Community
    39

    • 47 min
    Data Collection is Boring: Data and WMS Pioneer John Hill

    Data Collection is Boring: Data and WMS Pioneer John Hill

    Supply Chain guru Chris Barnes interviews the brightest minds and innovative organizations who are contributing the most cutting-edge concepts and ideas to the end-to-end supply chain. But it all sounds pretty boring.  What do you think?
    Data collection and WMS is very boring... or is it? In this episode of Supply Chain is Boring, Chris interviews data collection pioneer John Hill.
    John Hill, with St. Onge Company, is a pioneering officer of automatic data collection, material handling and supply chain systems firms with over 100 successful AIDC (bar code, radio frequency identification), material handling equipment and warehouse, labor and transportation management information systems deployments.Hill’s experience includes supply chain benchmarking and strategy development, logistics network and operations performance optimization, process and systems design, and the selection and installation of technology and systems. He has led consulting engagements for Alliance/ Freightliner, Armstrong World Industries, Avnet, Brighton-Best, Burkhart Dental, Burron Medical, Canberra, the Chilean Ministry of Transport, Coca-Cola, Commonwealth Aluminum, CSX Corporation, Driscoll’s, Emery Worldwide, Ford Motor Company, Frazier, Fresh Express / Chiquita, Freeman’s (UK), Fresh & Easy (Tesco), General Electric, General Motors, General Trading, the Gillette Company, Hewlett-Packard, Inland Steel, J. M. Schneider Inc. (Maple Leaf Foods), the Keebler Company, Land O’Lakes Purina Feed, Litton Industries, Lockheed, MasterTag, Menlo Logistics, Monfort, Inc. (ConAgra), Nevamar, Nielsen-Bainbridge, Owens & Minor, Pepsi Bottling Group, Rhodia, RJ Reynolds Packaging, Schurman Fine Papers, the US Postal Service, Thomas & Betts (ABB), UCSF, UTi Integrated Logistics, WAI, WinCo Foods and many others.
    Co-founder, former chair and emeritus member of AIM, the global Automatic Identification & Data Capture Trade Association. Charter member of AIDC 100, a non-profit association of technology professionals who have contributed to the growth of the industry. Former president of the Material Handling Institute,(MHI), member of its Board of Governors and an emeritus member of MHI’s Advisory Roundtable. Co-founder of MHI’s Integrated Systems & Controls, Supply Chain Execution Systems & Technologies and Information Systems Solutions groups. Former president and a current Lifetime Director of the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc., he is also a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Warehouse Education & Research Council (WERC). With global engineering firm St. Onge (www.stonge.com) since 2012, Hill began his career with 3M Company in Europe and has served on the boards of Computer Identics, DataMax, ESYNC, Identronix (IDX), Logisticon, MEK, Source Technologies and TrueDemand.
    Recipient of MHI’s 1997 Norman L. Cahners and 2004 Reed-Apple awards as well as AIM’s 2014 Allan Gilligan and 2018 Dilling awards for contributions to the U.S. material handling and AIDC marketplaces. He was also inducted into Modern Material Handling magazine's 20th Century Hall of Fame, DC Velocity magazine’s 2003 charter roster of Logistics Rainmakers and World Trade magazine’s annual Fabulous 50. Widely published in the U. S. and overseas, he currently serves on the editorial advisory boards of Material Handling & Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazines. He has given over 350 seminars and presentations for academia, corporate clients, professional and trade associations in North and Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia and served for many years as a faculty member at Georgia Tech’s Supply Chain & Logistics Institute.
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    • 32 min
    CSCP Certifications are Boring: Christian Warren with CH Robinson

    CSCP Certifications are Boring: Christian Warren with CH Robinson

    Looking to get your CSCP certification? This episode of Supply Chain is Boring features Christian Warren, recent CSCP certified professional. Learn why you may want or need a CSCP certification and some tips on taking APICS exams.
    Christian has over 25 years of experience in the consulting, manufacturing, logistics and consumer products industries. He has led organizations that provided project management, lean/six sigma and data analysis/market research services. He has over 15 years of executive leadership experience in 3rd Party Logistics.
    Christian counts General Motors, Deloitte Consulting and CEVA Logistics among his past employers. He currently works for CH Robinson.
    Supply Chain is boring is hosted by Chris Barnes. Learn more and listen to other Supply Chain is Boring episodes here: www.supplychainnowradio.com/supply-chain-is-boring

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Hoozyerdaddy ,

Anything but boring!

Chris is a supply chain pro and he challenges his guests to prove him wrong, and show that supply chain is not boring. If you’re looking for valuable information on what is right (& wrong) with the industry, processes and approaches. This will not bore you!

Jamin Alvidrez ,

Sign me up for this Tongue in Cheek SC Education

Really dig Chris’ subtle sense of humor in playing along with the outdated “Supply chain is boring” narrative. Fun to get educated on supply chain topics while listening to Chris (who clearly is in on the subtle “boring” joke) take a straight forward approach with guests and practical application of the topics

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