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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.

    Another Ducking Digest: DECEMBER 11, 2023

    Another Ducking Digest: DECEMBER 11, 2023

    On this episode, Sarah Scudder and guest host Lindsay Smith delve into major news affecting small and mid-sized manufacturers. They discuss Apple's significant shift to India, moving $500 million worth of production and the implications for outsourcing strategies and supply chain transitions. The conversation covers Foxconn's new factory in India, the U.S. investment in Indian startups, and the broader impacts on global trade, including China's growing trade surplus and India's rising exports. Additionally, they touch on BK Yellow Freight's major sale of freight terminals and equipment, and DHL's stance on the Teamsters strike at their Cincinnati Hub, considering potential impacts on Christmas season freight rates.

    • 19 min
    USING YOUR ERN-TUITION: Supply Chain Dynamics and Strategic Sourcing with Ernie Hernandez

    USING YOUR ERN-TUITION: Supply Chain Dynamics and Strategic Sourcing with Ernie Hernandez

    In the episode of What the Duck?! Another Supply Chain Podcast, Sarah introduces Ernie, a long-time friend with a non-traditional career path that began in the army, leading to a specialization in supply chain management. Ernie’s journey includes roles in consulting, biotech, and logistics, offering insights into strategic sourcing and supply chain challenges in various industries. The discussion delves into his experiences in biotech, the intricacies of working in a highly regulated industry, and his time at HD Supply focusing on distribution and logistics.Tune in to hear Ernie’s career advice, emphasizing the importance of continuous learning and adapting to industry needs.

    • 34 min
    DICEY DECISIONS: Clear-Cut SOP Strategies with Dyci Sfregola

    DICEY DECISIONS: Clear-Cut SOP Strategies with Dyci Sfregola

    Dive into the dynamic world of supply chain management with What the Duck?! Another Supply Chain Podcast, where host Sarah Scudder is joined by the insightful Dyci Sfregola. Together, they unravel the complexities of direct material procurement and the transformative power of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Dyci, a seasoned growth consultant, shares her wealth of experience and actionable strategies for small to midsize manufacturers to streamline their processes and boost ROI. With a focus on the essential CIPO framework and practical tools for operational clarity, this episode is a treasure trove for those looking to refine their approach to supply chain before the year's end.

    • 35 min
    TALES OF A LONE WOLF: Building Procurement from the Ground Up with Craig Smith

    TALES OF A LONE WOLF: Building Procurement from the Ground Up with Craig Smith

    In this episode of What the Duck?!" Craig Smith from the Procurement Foundry community, explores the unique challenges of managing direct material supply chains solo or in a small team. Known as a 'Lone Wolf,' Craig recounts his transition from marketing to procurement, highlighting the value of seeking assistance and continuous learning. The episode covers effective task prioritization in resource-scarce environments, leveraging technology for process efficiency, and the importance of cultivating robust relationships with internal teams and vendors.

    • 32 min
    FROM BROKE TO BROKER: Seeking Improvements in Direct Materials Logistics with Jose Socorro

    FROM BROKE TO BROKER: Seeking Improvements in Direct Materials Logistics with Jose Socorro

    In this engaging episode of "What the Duck?! Another Supply Chain Podcast," Jose Socorro, a seasoned logistics expert, takes center stage. With a wealth of experience, Jose delves into the vital components of successful logistics management. He underscores the pivotal role of a 'can-do attitude,' urging listeners to embrace this mindset in the ever-evolving industry. Jose emphasizes the critical importance of on-time deliveries and gaining a realistic grasp of transportation timeframes. His insights encourage open-mindedness and the pursuit of reliable trucking partners. Drawing from his time as a logistics manager, Jose offers invaluable advice for buyers in the manufacturing sector, making this episode a must-listen for logistics enthusiasts and professionals alike.

    • 31 min
    Another Ducking Digest: November 13, 2023

    Another Ducking Digest: November 13, 2023

    In this podcast episode, Sarah Scudder and Lindsay Smith continue their discussion on supplier management, focusing on strategies to find the best-fit suppliers. They caution against relying solely on traditional methods like comprehensive commodity plans, which can be time-consuming and resource-intensive, or internet searches that are often cluttered with sponsored content. Instead, they advocate for seeking local, flexible, and responsive suppliers, similar to the traits discussed in their previous episode. Tune in to hear their practical approaches for sourcing suppliers, particularly for off-the-shelf commodities.

    • 19 min

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