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Building a Supply Chain & Procurement Community | Suuchi Podcast #094

Building a Supply Chain & Procurement Community | Suuchi Podcast #094

September 17, 2020

In today's episode, Irina sits down with Michael Cadieux, Founder and CEO of the Procurement Foundry, a fully vetted practitioner-based community where procurement professionals could instantly and correctly source solutions from peers.
With more than 25 years of procurement and business experience, he is a sought-after resource within the Indirect Spend community and has spoken at numerous industry conferences and events. Before founding Procurement Foundry, he spent 17 years at Publicis Groupe, the second-largest advertising and communications firm in the industry. He was directly responsible for $2.4B of spending, from 65+ business units, and 27,000 employees within Publicis Groupe's holdings in the Americas.
 
Michael's time at Publicis Groupe exposed him to many of the common pain points for practitioners and executives in the procurement industry and the solutions. More often than not, solutions to common problems were forced to resolve by enlisting high-cost consulting firms' services. The process was both expensive and time-consuming, sometimes resulting in an ineffective solution.
 
Since its inception, Procurement Foundry has increased membership to over 3,000 practitioners in 63 countries, started its own series of conferences and webinars on both the Direct and Indirect sides of procurement, and has released two independent salary and compensation surveys to industry acclaim.
 
In addition to discussing how Procurement Foundry started, Michael also touches on issues that supply chain and procurement professionals face today. He also gives his thoughts on the pandemic and the positive and negative impacts he and his membership have experienced over the last six months. We also get a peek into what is to come for Procurement Foundry as the organization grows. 

 

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:

Discussing the Effects on Supply Chain in Canada due to COVID-19 | Suuchi Podcast #093

Discussing the Effects on Supply Chain in Canada due to COVID-19 | Suuchi Podcast #093

August 28, 2020
On today’s episode, Irina sits down with Christina Wallaert, a 15 year veteran as a buyer for e-commerce, retail and loyalty rewards channels. She describes herself as a non-traditional buyer because she has worked in unique environments like buying merchandise for a grocery chain and a tv channel. Christina has bought for almost every category we can think of from electronics to kitchen and fashion accessories. She is also the creator and writer of a blog, Not A Shopaholic, which is dedicated to uncovering cool, unique products focusing on locally made items. 
 
In their discussion, Irina and Christina discuss changes to jobs in retail and supply chain as a result of COVID-19. Being that Christina is based in Canada, she brings a new perspective to our listeners. They further discuss how buyers will manage their business differently to adjust to the change in the economy and consumer shopping habits. We also get a glimpse into the Canadian retail landscape and what the fallout might be with retailers closing, jobs lost, and how that might impact consumer lifestyles and spending. 
 

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:

NPD Insights on the Seismic Shifts in the Fashion Industry and how it will Affect Brands & Retailers in the Future | Suuchi Podcast #092

NPD Insights on the Seismic Shifts in the Fashion Industry and how it will Affect Brands & Retailers in the Future | Suuchi Podcast #092

August 13, 2020
In today’s episode, Irina welcomes back Kristen Classi-Zummo, Director and Industry Analyst covering fashion apparel on The NPD Group’s Market Insights team. She provides in-depth data analysis based on her industry expertise, offering thoughtful insights into the present and future of fashion and retail. Kristen presents industry trends to manufacturers and retailers, including state of the industry presentations and white-space opportunity analyses.
 
Kristen joined NPD in 2015 as a manager on the Product team, working within the Softlines segment. Previously, she was a senior manager of product development/design for men’s and women’s Blue Label apparel at Ralph Lauren. 
 
During their discussion, Irina and Kristen discussed how COVID impacted fashion brands and retailers and the shifts they have made in marketing strategy to drive consumers to their products. They also discuss areas within the fashion industry that have seen dramatic growth and how the new normal will impact buying habits and consumer behavior trends. 
 
Lastly, they discuss online shopping and the growth not only in terms of revenue but the change in who the consumers are who are purchasing online.
 
The world is changing dramatically, and understanding these trends and shifts should empower businesses to adjust strategies accordingly to maintain market share.
 

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 Fundamental Shift in How People Think About Supply Chain with Anna McGovern | Suuchi Podcast #091

The Fundamental Shift in How People Think About Supply Chain with Anna McGovern | Suuchi Podcast #091

July 30, 2020

In today’s episode, Irina sits down with Anna McGovern, founder and managing director of Pondview Consulting. With over 25 years working on enterprise supply chain processes, she now works with C-suite supply chain and procurement officials to develop and execute enhanced strategies, network design, and business process improvement.

Their discussion focused on the fundamental shifts in the supply chain due to COVID and what business professionals can do to not only protect their companies from the next crisis but also what the landscape might look like after the dust has settled.

Many companies were unprepared for such a disruption to their operations. It tested the agility and resiliency of supply chains, and most people couldn’t recover in time. Anna discuses business strategies that companies can implement to build that resiliency and protect themselves and their revenue stream.

Anna also discusses how the supply chain has to be at the front end of the innovation funnel. There’s no use in having a great idea if you don’t have the infrastructure or capability to make it come to life. If you want real speed to market, you need the capability to exist. If you are a big, established company that is too slow to make decisions, you will lose market share and become irrelevant to consumers over time.

Over the last 15 years, companies have focused on consolidation, scaling, creating leverage, and getting rid of non-strategic suppliers. In a post COVID world, we now need to swing the pendulum a bit more towards the middle, and we will see more supply chain diversification with companies. High value, critical items might be reshored. Still, a lot of the lower cost items that are produced overseas will most likely continue production abroad because consumers will have to take on the higher cost. Companies need to reinvest in their supply chain more now and focus on having multiple sources.

Anna also goes on to state that people are not prepared and have not prepared themselves to be tech-savvy. If you’re not continually learning and training yourself, you’re behind the curve. Retrain to be part of something that is going to move the business forward -constant education, training, and retraining. If you don’t speak technology, you are a dinosaur.

 

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:

BONUS EPISODE: Meet the CEO with Suuchi Ramesh | Procurement Foundry FORGE Event

BONUS EPISODE: Meet the CEO with Suuchi Ramesh | Procurement Foundry FORGE Event

July 9, 2020

On this week's episode of The Suuchi Podcast, Suuchi Ramesh hosted a session to introduce herself and Suuchi Inc. to the Procurement Foundry community. Suuchi is interviewed by Sarah Barnes-Humphrey of the Let's Talk Supply Chain podcast to discuss Suuchi's background, how the company started, the industries we serve, what the Suuchi GRID is, and what the future of supply chain holds. Whether you're just hearing of Suuchi or you've followed Suuchi from the start, this episode covers how our business has expanded over the past four years!

 

If you're looking to digitize your supply chain to improve operations across the entire product lifecycle, you can find out more information about Suuchi's solutions below:

How a Pandemic Created a Digital Revolution with Suuchi Ramesh | Suuchi Podcast #090

How a Pandemic Created a Digital Revolution with Suuchi Ramesh | Suuchi Podcast #090

June 12, 2020

On this week's epsiode, Irina chats with Suuchi Ramesh, CEO & Founder of Suuchi Inc., on how the company has expanded and evolved since we first started four years ago. Suuchi also discusses what supply chain leaders need to do now that we are out of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure success moving forward.

 

If you're looking for solutions in your supply chain, whether it be developing and producing new products or implementing technology into your process for greater visibility and smarter decision-making, you can find out more information below:

It is not Failure, but Rather Revelation: Use it to Become Stronger and more Unbreakable than ever Before -Kristen Anderson | Suuchi Podcast #089

It is not Failure, but Rather Revelation: Use it to Become Stronger and more Unbreakable than ever Before -Kristen Anderson | Suuchi Podcast #089

June 4, 2020

On today’s episode, Irina sits down with Kristen Anderson, a design consultant working with new brands, especially in the swim and intimates segment of the market. Her experience working at brands and also launching a brand herself really gives her a unique perspective when working with business owners. Her path was shaped by realizing what skillsets she excelled at and then honing in on those skills as she progressed in her career. Her specialty in design really lends itself to helping brand owners who may not have the design background to help them through that part of their development.

 

If you're looking for solutions in your supply chain, whether it be developing and producing new products or implementing technology into your process for greater visibility and smarter decision-making, you can find out more information below:

Stay safe out there and thanks again for tuning in!

Innovative Supply Chain & Materials Development Consultant for Brands of All Sizes - Pearl Malikul | Suuchi Podcast #088

Innovative Supply Chain & Materials Development Consultant for Brands of All Sizes - Pearl Malikul | Suuchi Podcast #088

May 28, 2020

On today’s episode, Irina sits down with 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 both large and small organizations with challenging projects to create strategic processes and design new innovations.

Pearl has always been interested in fashion and apparel design and textile innovation. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Textile Development and Marketing and her career developed with roles at Hanes, Calvin Klein, PVH, and Victoria’s Secret. Throughout her career, she played a critical role in the development and sourcing of the raw material as well as innovative materials strategy. As part of her roles, she has also been instrumental in creating efficiencies within the supply chain as well as finding sustainable supply chain participants.

Issues she identifies within the current fashion supply chain include a lack of transparency. She advises brands on the importance of knowing who you’re working with and who your suppliers are. She also believes in having domestic supply chain partners. You need to have a diversified network to ensure success. Lastly, sustainability has become increasingly more important to so many brands and is another critical piece that needs to explored within your current supply chain.

Peal works with many brands of different sizes and especially focuses on the materials sourcing and development aspect of garments. She could be a great resource for a brand looking to be more sustainable but wants an expert to help navigate what that means, or for a larger brand looking for expertise in materials design and innovation for new products.

 

If you're looking for solutions in your supply chain, whether it be developing and producing new products or implementing technology into your process for greater visibility and smarter decision-making, you can find out more information below:

Stay safe out there and thanks again for tuning in!

A Digital Supply Chain Solution for Dozens of Industries - Andrew McKenna & Tommy Bardinas | Suuchi Podcast #087

A Digital Supply Chain Solution for Dozens of Industries - Andrew McKenna & Tommy Bardinas | Suuchi Podcast #087

May 15, 2020

In today’s episode, Irina sits down with Tommy Bardinas, VP of Technology, and Andrew McKenna, VP of Product, at Suuchi Inc. They discuss the Suuchi GRID, which is their proprietary supply chain technology, and how the software has helped them expand to not only PPE but more broadly into other industries. The configurable nature of the software, allows the user of really any industry to track and manage their supply chain while providing real-time end to end transparency. Collecting data points across aspects of the workflow that were previously difficult to capture, allows for the user to make more informed business decisions. Learning more about the team and the thought process around the evolution of this software really speaks to the forward-looking mindsets of the engineers of this product.

 

If you're looking for solutions in your supply chain, whether it be developing and producing new products or implementing technology into your process for greater visibility and smarter decision-making, you can find out more information below:

Stay safe out there and thanks again for tuning in!

Transforming Textile Innovation - Courtney Cruzan | Suuchi Podcast #086

Transforming Textile Innovation - Courtney Cruzan | Suuchi Podcast #086

April 30, 2020
On today's episode, Irina talks with Courtney Cruzan, the VP of Sourcing and Product Development at brrr, an innovative textile company in the performance space.  
From a young age, Courtney was always exposed to textiles, since her mother was in the business. As she got older, she got her Bachelor of Science in textile design followed by an MBA in textile trade policy. In 2010, Courtney moved to Asia and spent 7 years working in textile manufacturing. 
When she came back to the US, Courtney wanted to maintain her contacts in Asia, specifically in Taiwan which is a leader in textile innovation in the performance space, and started working at brrr. 
 
Courtney has found that these are unprecedented times in the fashion industry. There is a shift from fast fashion economies to more sustainable and made to order production. Adding more performance attributes to textiles is what the market needs and is asking for now.  
 
The impetus for founding brr in 2014 was based on the need for a technology that would be inherent in the yarn to provide proven cooling, wicking and quick drying performance. 
In today's market, what we typically find is that the majority of all cooling properties are a form of wicking and the finishing is a topical chemical that provides the wicking properties. What brrr wanted to look at was to move away from the additives of chemicals and still create permanent performance textile.  
They extrude natural minerals into the filament yarn and have proven what they call their "triple chill effect." This triple chill effect is that the fabric is cool to the touch, has active wicking properties and is rapid drying to deliver a fresh and crisp experience. Lastly, the majority of their yarns naturally repel UV rays and one of the minerals they use also has antimicrobial properties. Because the triple chill effect is inherent in the yarn, it can be washed without any change to the features of the textile. This can be used in performance clothing as well as home goods.  
 
For more information, feel free to check out their website or reach out to their licensing department if you're interested in using this for your own projects! 
 

If you're looking for solutions in your supply chain, whether it be developing and producing new products or implementing technology into your process for greater visibility and smarter decision-making, you can find out more information below:

Stay safe out there and thanks again for tuning in!

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