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Welcome to the What the Duck Podcast - this show is an opportunity to hear from real people working on real issues in direct spend supply chain hosted by Sarah Scudder.

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Welcome to the What the Duck Podcast - this show is an opportunity to hear from real people working on real issues in direct spend supply chain hosted by Sarah Scudder.

    WHAT THE DUCK’S AN ERP? Learning Enterprise Resource Planning With Bruce Larson

    WHAT THE DUCK’S AN ERP? Learning Enterprise Resource Planning With Bruce Larson

    Many people are not aware of the full potential of an ERP. Some only use it for purchasing, some for accounting, and some for project management. But what is the full extent of an ERP’s capabilities? Sarah brings in Bruce Larson, Principal Consultant of Larson Solutions, to answer this and share his knowledge on ERP and much more - only here in What The Duck?!

    Show Highlights:

    Introducing Bruce Larson
    Getting started in quality management
    Defining Epicor and its use
    Utilizing an ERP’s full potential
    The importance of a part setup strategy

    Quotes:

    Bruce - Why he decided to start his own consulting business
    “I have some approaches that are different from some of the other software companies, and it's worked really well for me, customers liked the experience that I'm bringing to the table, and at the end of the day, I can choose when I'm going to be working and where I'm working, and it's just worked really well for my lifestyle now.”

    Bruce - Why an ERP is important
    “You want to make sure that the right information is going to the supplier and their community back to you on what their commitments are for delivering it, and I think that it all falls into place even as far as having the right pricing and in there.”

    Bruce - Why it’s important to follow a part setup strategy
    “If they skip the planning parameters and don't do anything, they're creating more work for themselves, because now they're not consolidating, they're not leveraging the system.”


    Connect with Bruce and learn what he’s been duckin’ around with:

    About Bruce
    About Larson Solutions
    Larson Solutions Website

    Connect with Sarah and find out more about what the duck she’s up to:

    About Sarah
    Sarah’s Tweets
    About SourceDay
    SourceDay Website

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    • 33 min
    HEY LUECK, THAT’S SOMETHING NEW! How To Get Suppliers To Adopt New Supply Chain Software With Daniel Lueck

    HEY LUECK, THAT’S SOMETHING NEW! How To Get Suppliers To Adopt New Supply Chain Software With Daniel Lueck

    BUYERS ARE SELLERS TOO.

    Daniel Lueck believes that buyers also have to sell to suppliers to be a partner with their company, especially when adopting a new software solution. Dan is a Strategic Sourcing Manager at Provisur Technologies with 35 years of supply chain experience on his belt. He will be joining Sarah and will be sharing his experience on how to get suppliers to adopt new supply chain software and many more! So tune in and get to know more of Dan here in What The Duck!?

    Show Highlights:

    Introducing Daniel Lueck
    How Dan winded up in the supply chain
    Supplier Relationship Management = Everything
    Supplier experience and supplier adoption of new software
    The important data and metrics to look for
    Dan's best supplier adoption success story

    Quotes:

    Dan - What he loves about the supply chain:
    “Distribution has its limitations, you don't have as much interaction with the people on the floor, what you're bringing to the table. I enjoy watching things being built, I enjoy seeing the end product, and where that goes out in the market.”

    Dan - Why supplier relationship management is everything:
    “It's a two-way street. I learned about their business, what it takes to run it, what the cost drivers are capacity restraints, and things that they're struggling with, and I in turn, relay my expectations and what we need on our side to make our company successful.”

    Dan - The company’s buyers are the salespersons:
    “I always told my buyers, you're actually more of a salesperson. The more that you can entice them and they want to be a supplier to your company, what do they have to look forward to new products, new opportunities on there and that's what you're you're selling.”

    Connect with Dan and learn more about his work:

    About Dan
    About Provisur Technologies Inc
    Provisur.com

    Connect with Sarah and find out more about what the duck she’s up to:

    About Sarah
    Sarah’s Tweets
    About SourceDay
    SourceDay Website

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    • 26 min
    INSIGHT-OUT: Learning The Benefits Of PO Process Automation with Lindsay Smith

    INSIGHT-OUT: Learning The Benefits Of PO Process Automation with Lindsay Smith

    TO AUTOMATE OR NOT? THAT IS THE QUESTION.

    Many people are not too open to the idea of automating their processes, and the same goes for people in supply chain, particularly in purchase orders. This is why we have Lindsay Smith. He is the Solutions Principal for Manufacturing Industry at Insight, and he will be talking with us about the benefits of having an automated purchase order process, only here in this latest episode of What The Duck?!

    Show Highlights:

    Introducing Lindsay Smith
    How Lindsay wound up in the supply chain
    Understanding Purchase Order Process Automation
    When is the best time to start a PO - process automation
    Defining the long lead part and short lead part
    It's not always the buyer's fault

    Quotes:

    Lindsay - Why he is drawn to manufacturing
    “I suppose it's in my DNA. My dad spent his career in manufacturing was NCR, but over and above that, it's exciting. It's the fulfillment of building stuff, and then you're never done we've ever sold was the latent opportunity to build smarter to build faster.”

    Lindsay - Defining PO Process Automation
    “To me, purchase order automation means relieving purchasing of the administrative tedium, and reverting back to focusing on on the value on the core value add that the things that purchasing was originally hired to provide.”

    Lindsay - Final piece of advice
    “Don't try and build on yourself. Certainly be a catalyst, certainly be an instigator, but recruit support from abroad from a broad organization.”

    Connect with Lindsay and learn what he’s been duckin’ around with:

    About Lindsay
    Mail: Lindsay.Smith@insight.com
    Insight.com

    Connect with Sarah and find out more about what the duck she’s up to:

    About Sarah
    Sarah’s Tweets
    About SourceDay
    SourceDay Website

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    • 35 min
    BEATING AROUND THE BUSCH: Understanding The Political Supply Chain With Jason Busch

    BEATING AROUND THE BUSCH: Understanding The Political Supply Chain With Jason Busch

    OPEN UP YOURSELF TO THE WORLD, AND THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.

    Sarah welcomes Jason Busch, the Founder, and CEO of Spend Matters, to talk about Political Supply Chain.

    Jason ain’t duckin’ around as he knows his stuff, bringing a whole new world in understanding supply chain even more. So tune in and learn more in this latest episode of What The Duck?!

    Show Highlights:

    How Jason Busch wound up in the supply chain
    How his hobbies relate to his work
    Understanding the political supply chain
    Supplier relationship in the political supply chain
    Sharing thoughts on single sourcing
    Where technology fits in the political supply chain
    How to deal with the struggle with supplier adoption
    Advice to direct spend audience

    Quotes:

    Jason - Relating longevity science and supply chain:
    “I think being data-driven around health. Well, longevity science is a great way to get into how we look at procurement and supply chain today, data sets the foundation.”

    Jason - Procurement and supply chain brings transformation:
    “This will sound biased, but I think direct procurement and supply chain and its intersections are what truly transform businesses versus indirect and services.”

    Jason - Options are increasingly important:
    “I think from a resiliency standpoint, we're moving into an era where having optionality in terms of how we design our supply chain becomes really important.”

    Jason - Advice to direct spend peeps:
    “I would say, when you think you have the answer, challenge yourself that you don't think of the three reasons you don't, and think about how you would defeat your argument for investing in tech or doing what you're doing.”

    Connect with Jason and learn what he’s been duckin’ around with:

    About Jason
    About Spend Matters
    SpendMatters.com

    Connect with Sarah and find out more about what the duck she’s up to:

    About Sarah
    Sarah’s Tweets
    About SourceDay
    SourceDay Website

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    • 31 min
    ARE YOU INFOR A CHANGE? Let’s Talk Operational Process Improvements With Michelle Rydman

    ARE YOU INFOR A CHANGE? Let’s Talk Operational Process Improvements With Michelle Rydman

    NOTHING IS PERMANENT BUT CHANGE.

    The same goes for companies, especially manufacturing ones. Change must be adapted in order to have operational process improvements, and Michelle Rydman, Senior Director of Product Management of Infor, is the perfect guest for that.

    Michelle will be sharing her story and the ins and outs of operational process improvements. Join Michelle and Sarah in this latest episode of What The Duck?! another supply chain podcast brought to you by SourceDay.


    Show Highlights:

    Introducing Michelle Rydman
    Journey to manufacturing and ERP
    What is Infor
    Affinity to product management
    What is an SMB
    What is Operational Process Improvement
    Steps to adapt to a software solution

    Quotes:

    Michelle - Getting hooked to operations:
    “I think for me, it was the blending of all aspects of the enterprise of the operation. So I wouldn't be able to direct the solution because, for me, it's just like the Magic Quadrant. It's people processes systems and tools.”

    Michelle - Defining operational process improvement:
    “Operational process improvement at its heart is looking at where you are today, and how you are managing you are let's just say, zero in on your key business processes, and how are you going to be better?”

    Connect with Michelle and learn more about her work:

    About Michelle
    About Infor
    Infor Website

    Connect with Sarah and find out more about what the duck she’s up to:

    About Sarah
    Sarah’s Tweets
    About SourceDay
    SourceDay Website

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    • 28 min
    INTO THE DANGER ZONE: Effectively Managing The Dangers Of Single Sourcing With Darlyne Freedman

    INTO THE DANGER ZONE: Effectively Managing The Dangers Of Single Sourcing With Darlyne Freedman

    ONE IS NEVER ENOUGH!

    Having a single supplier for your business is only convenient because you only need to talk to one party, but when the going gets tough, it can cause delays and problems. You gotta have some backup suppliers, and there’s no one better to share this experience than Darlyne Freedman, VP of Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, and Co-Manufacturing for Ruiz Foods.

    Darlyne will be sharing her experience with Sarah and how she was able to turn things around by creating a process for getting alternative suppliers. Tune in to learn more in this latest episode of What The Duck?!

    Show Highlights:

    Darlyne Freedman: Winding up in the supply chain
    Being drawn to direct spend
    What is single-sourcing
    The process of switching to multiple sources
    The process of testing new sources
    Alternate supplier saves the day

    Quotes:

    Darlyne - Being drawn to direct spend sourcing:
    “That's where a lot of the action is, and you're literally either making the product or building the building. So you get to see the results, right, you get to see all of the results of what you buy”

    Darlyne - Definition of single source:
    “You have decided as a company to go ahead and just buy it from that one person or company or broker.

    Darlyne - Alternate source is a must-have:
    “You need to have an alternate source. So I've taken an 80-20 approach 80% goes with, obviously, whoever we've decided is the best supplier for it. But we need to put 20% with an alternate supplier.”

    Darlyne - Get tight with R&D:
    “You need to be very tight with R&D, they know ways to improve, and things that are in those formulas or how to make that product. They know how to make the product, they know what's in the product, and they know ways that can help you.”

    Connect with Darlyne and learn more about her work:

    About Darlyne
    About Ruiz Foods

    Connect with Sarah and find out more about what the duck she’s up to:

    About Sarah
    About SourceDay
    SourceDay Website
    Twitter: @sscudder

    Had fun with the podcast? Leave us a like, share our content, and subscribe! See you soon on the next episode of What The Duck?!

    • 30 min

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