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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.

 

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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!
 

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 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:

How Retailers can Manage the Supply Chain Challenges of Today | Suuchi Podcast #097

How Retailers can Manage the Supply Chain Challenges of Today | Suuchi Podcast #097

October 29, 2020

In today’s episode, Irina sits down with Timothy Harris. Tim is an accomplished leader and developer of people.  He retired from Walmart last fall as a Divisional Vice President of Supply Chain.  In 27+ years at Walmart, Tim worked his way through the organization, helping people become successful in their careers.  As a leader, he recognized his success was directly linked to the people he supported.  He values continuous education and delights in helping people reach their full potential.  

Their discussion was centered around supply chain challenges facing big-box retailers. Also, they discussed how e-commerce could most effectively be used as an omnichannel for these companies. Through the years, Tim has seen many changes to supply chain management. He shares his challenges, how things have evolved, and where there are still opportunities for improvement. 

 

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 Growing Importance of the People Side of Sustainability | Suuchi Podcast #096

The Growing Importance of the People Side of Sustainability | Suuchi Podcast #096

October 15, 2020

In today’s episode, Irina sits down with Camila Gomez Wills. Camila is a Colombian attorney with experience in program management, stakeholder engagement, and international research. She recently finished a Master's in Public Policy focused on best practices to address modern slavery in global supply chains. Her long-term focus is on leading broader sustainability efforts.

Their discussion centers around the growing importance of the people side of sustainability and how COVID-19 has shown us that we are more interconnected than we thought. Camila also shares some best practices to move forward and how businesses can develop more robust human rights due diligence framework. 
 

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:

If Necessity is the Mother of Invention, then Adversity is Surely the Father | Suuchi Podcast #095

If Necessity is the Mother of Invention, then Adversity is Surely the Father | Suuchi Podcast #095

October 1, 2020
On today’s podcast, Irina sits down with Gaurav Taneja, a seasoned Procurement and Supply chain expert and senior executive based in Toronto, Canada. He has been involved in driving transformations of Procurement and broader supply chain activities in several challenging and diverse business environments and several industries. Gaurav has worked in cross-cultural teams across India, the USA, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom.

In the past few years, he has dedicated his services as a trusted advisor to C-Suite in global strategic sourcing, mid/tail spend management, and strategic procurement roadmap, including policymaking and negotiations. His clients include CPO's/CFO's in Fortune 500/1000 companies within the USA and Canada. He is trusted in delivering values in the most challenging environments, including a pandemic.

He is passionate about all topics related to Supply Chain. He strives for continuous improvement and creating change for the betterment of organizations and society.  

 
During their conversation, Irina and Gaurav discuss the post-COVID-19 supply chain impact, evolution of supply chain management, and the type of companies that are still struggling and what they can do to solve for it. 
 

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:

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:

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