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Supply Chain Secrets Revealed | Suuchi Podcast #107

Supply Chain Secrets Revealed | Suuchi Podcast #107

March 25, 2021
In today’s episode, Irina sits down with Rob O’Byrne. Rob is an expert in all aspects of supply chain and logistics, with 42 years of experience in managing, advising, and teaching on the topic. He is a go-to person on all aspects of the supply chain and is sought after for comments on TV, radio, and print media.
 
Rob is the Founder and CEO of Consulting Firm Logistics Bureau and has advised Top 500 companies across 25 countries. He is recognized as a thought leader and passionate speaker on all aspects of the supply Chain and received the 2018 Industry Excellence Award Winner for his contribution to the supply chain industry. 
 
Rob has personally led projects that have delivered millions in bottom-line savings and improved customer service levels. A core value of Rob’s businesses is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), with a proportion of all profits going to a range of charities around the world, particularly in Australia, Asia, and Africa. Rob also founded and funds a social enterprise in the Philippines called Virtual Done Well that provides admin support staff to help small business owners grow, with any profits being used to support local employment, education, and feeding programs. 
 
His passion for knowledge sharing is quite apparent as he runs 4 YouTube channels plus a weekly blog. He has released a series of books on Logistics and supply chain called “Supply Chain Secrets” to help Australian businesses be more competitive, which you can find at www.supplychainsecrets.com.
 
Rob and Irina discussed some of the near-term and long-term issues in the retail space today. They also discuss the future of brick and mortar retailers and what they need to do to survive. Also, they touched on the supply chain of the future and how cost, onshoring, and diversification of vendors will play a role in what that looks like. 
 

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How Sustainability is More Important than Ever to Brand Consumers | Suuchi Podcast #106

How Sustainability is More Important than Ever to Brand Consumers | Suuchi Podcast #106

March 11, 2021
Irina sits down with Filip Westerlund, the CEO and visionary behind OUR CHOICE fashion, in today's episode. Filip is a Swedish national who, in pre-COVID times, split his time between Sweden and Luxembourg, where he is finishing his master's degree in psychology from the University of Luxembourg. 
 
As a psychology student, Filip has an in-depth understanding of consumer motivations and behaviors. That, coupled with his desire to clean up plastic waste found in the oceans, particularly on the beaches of his hometown, was the catalyst behind the launch of OUR CHOICE Fashion. The company just ended a very successful Kickstarter campaign where they launched the world’s first circular sneaker. 
 
The fashion industry is one of the largest polluters worldwide. Filip’s goal is to change how we source and manufacture products. Many brands promote vegan or eco-friendly sneakers predominantly made of plastic while also charging the consumer up to 70% more for low-quality products. It’s hurting our planet but also hurting our wallets. The mission of OUR CHOICE is to educate consumers on the circular economy and sustainable fashion.
 
Irina and Filip discuss how COVID has impacted the sustainable supply chain and how that might impact promises brands have made to consumers. They also discuss how brands can maintain full transparency to their end buyers and their supply chain. 
 

If you're ready to innovate your supply chain with an innovative supply chain management platform, you can learn more about the GRID through the links below:

Build, Buy, or Subscribe: A Buyer’s Guide to Supply Chain Management Solutions | Suuchi Podcast #105

Build, Buy, or Subscribe: A Buyer’s Guide to Supply Chain Management Solutions | Suuchi Podcast #105

February 26, 2021

SVP of Technology, Tommy Bardinas, returns to the Suuchi Podcast to educate our listeners on how to best evaluate whether to buy, build, or subscribe to new supply chain management solutions. You can also review all of the tips Tommy shares in our latest white paper here!

 

If you're ready to innovate your supply chain with an innovative supply chain management platform, you can learn more about the GRID through the links below:

How to Optimize your Organization’s Supply Chain Processes Using Integrated Business Execution | Suuchi Podcast #104

How to Optimize your Organization’s Supply Chain Processes Using Integrated Business Execution | Suuchi Podcast #104

February 12, 2021
In today’s episode, Irina sits down with Olga Wasow-Patten. Olga was on one of our previous podcasts, and today we dug deeper into a specific topic discussed - Integrated Business Execution (IBE). Olga helps outline the steps a company needs to take to implement IBE and what the strategy would entail to prepare leaders in an organization better. 
 
Olga is an International Supply Chain Leader who is passionate about improving companies' success, creating a positive collaborative environment for the team members, and bringing harmony to the end-to-end supply chain. She has 15 plus years of business consulting experience, combined with another 10 plus years in industry operator roles and diverse experience working in several countries (USA, Canada, Europe, and Brazil) and industries. This background has afforded her a unique business perspective that adds significant value to international and diverse companies.
 

If you're ready to innovate your supply chain with an innovative supply chain management platform, you can learn more about the GRID through the links below:

The Supply Chain Game Changer: Bringing Supply Chain Topics to the Forefront | Suuchi Podcast #103

The Supply Chain Game Changer: Bringing Supply Chain Topics to the Forefront | Suuchi Podcast #103

January 29, 2021
On today's episode, Irina sits down with Mike Mortson, a 30+ year veteran in supply chain, who has started a blog site www.supplychaingamechanger.com. The site went from being where he could share his thoughts on his learnings and experiences to one of the top sites on the supply chain globally. 
 
With a career spent in supply chain, Mike has seen many ways of performing the processes involved in managing the supply chain. Many of these processes are highly efficient; however, many more are highly inefficient. On his site, Mike shares his experiences in improving the Supply Chain and has been honored with the "Top 20 global supply chain blog" and "Top 13 global procurement blog" awards. 
 
Mike discusses 2020 trends in supply chain and what might shift in 2021. They also discuss some of the supply chain challenges that have yet to be solved and the importance of technology in supply chain today. 
 

If you're ready to innovate your supply chain with an innovative supply chain management platform, you can learn more about the Suuchi GRID through the links below:

NRF’s Big Show 2021 | Suuchi Podcast #102

NRF’s Big Show 2021 | Suuchi Podcast #102

January 14, 2021

This week on the Suuchi Podcast, Irina welcomes back Pearl Malikul, founder and consultant at Knit & Weave, a consulting company that provides solutions for product innovations, supply chain management, and material developments. Pearl works with large and small organizations with challenging projects to create strategic processes and design innovations. Irina and Pearl discuss their upcoming panel session with Suuchi Ramesh at NRF's Big Show: Chapter 1.

 

If you're ready to innovate your supply chain with an innovative supply chain management platform, you can learn more about the Suuchi GRID through the links below:

Everyone Needs a Voice, not Just a Seat at the Table | Suuchi Podcast #101

Everyone Needs a Voice, not Just a Seat at the Table | Suuchi Podcast #101

January 7, 2021
In today’s episode, Irina sits down with Olga Wasow-Patten. Olga is an International Supply Chain Leader who is passionate about improving companies' success, creating a positive collaborative environment for the team members, and bringing harmony to the end-to-end supply chain.
She has 15 plus years of business consulting experience, combined with another 10 plus years in industry operator roles and diverse experience working in several countries (USA, Canada, Europe, and Brazil) and industries. This background has afforded her a unique business perspective that adds significant value to international and diverse companies.
 
Her greatest strengths match those needed for consistent growth and success and include building and implementing planning practices that enable executives' decision-making process: expertise in developing profitable partnerships and forging global strategic alliances.
Olga begins by discussing the supply chain's current importance for manufacturing companies and how to reset the business's supply chain organization. She also focuses on Integrated Business Execution (IBE), an approach that enables executives to make planning decisions. This decision making framework helps the company plan and focus the entire organization’s activities, so they are not siloed and work together seamlessly. Olga further talks about the best standards to access supply chain performance and modern skills and expertise required in the supply chain.
 

If you're ready to innovate your supply chain with an innovative supply chain management platform, you can learn more about the Suuchi GRID through the links below:

The 100th Episode | Suuchi Podcast #100

The 100th Episode | Suuchi Podcast #100

December 10, 2020
On today’s podcast episode, Irina sits down with the entire executive team at Suuchi Inc. to discuss their 2020 most memorable moments as well as what they’re most excited about in 2021. In addition to Irina, the VP of Marketing, she is joined with:
  • Suuchi Ramesh, CEO & Founder
  • Mark Herman, CFO
  • Tommy Bardinas, SVP of Technology 
  • Victor Cortes, SVP of Operations
  • Bobby Hamill, VP of Sales
  • Andrew McKenna, VP of Product
  • Donna Spillane, VP of Customer Success
  • Rich Schull, Controller
  • Ben Zucker, AVP of Sales 
Although 2020 has been a stormy year, the team identifies the silver linings across the organization and specifically their team. We are excited for 2021, and make sure to continue to follow our podcast for great content and interesting speakers!
 

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The Evolving Definition of Supply Chain | Suuchi Podcast #099

The Evolving Definition of Supply Chain | Suuchi Podcast #099

November 25, 2020
In today’s episode, Irina sits down with Orla Lucey. Orla is an Operations & Supply Chain Executive for technology companies based in the SF Bay Area and has successfully led cross-functional teams within the consumer electronics industry. A global professional, she began her career in Ireland before relocating to the United States and then Singapore. She is now based on the West coast of the United States. She believes that being able to experience many cultures has enabled her to thrive within global organizations. Orla is currently the VP of Supply Chain Operations at Latch. 
 
Orla shares her thoughts on what supply chain professionals need to do to have a better working relationship with vendor partners. She also discusses how companies need to evolve their definition of "supply chain" as their companies grow. There are different processes and focuses for startups versus enterprise businesses, and readjusting needs and priorities is critical to maintaining steady growth. She also talks about demand planning, which she feels is an undervalued focus at companies today. 
 

If you're ready to innovate your supply chain with an innovative supply chain management platform, you can learn more about the Suuchi GRID through the links below:

 
How to Successfully Create a Supply Chain Strategy | Suuchi Podcast #098

How to Successfully Create a Supply Chain Strategy | Suuchi Podcast #098

November 12, 2020
In today’s episode, Irina sits down with Trent Morris, a Logistics, Project & Procurement specialist from Australia. Trent has over 20 years of supply chain expertise in both the corporate and defense sectors. He has held senior-level positions at the Logistics Bureau, Next, Coca-Cola Amatil, and Bean Suntory, where he could hone his skills within international trade & logistics, strategy, supply chain development, and project management. 
 
During their conversation, Trent discusses his thought on the supply chain today post-COVID-19 and what still needs to be improved to ensure companies are successful in the future. Trent further opines on what is working well within the supply chain today and what type of strategy a company needs to implement to grow and expand. Lastly, they discuss the use of technology, how it is best implemented, and what it helps a company solve when optimizing its supply chain processes. 
 

If you're ready to innovate your supply chain with an innovative supply chain management platform, you can learn more about the Suuchi GRID through the links below:

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