Tennessee on Supply Chain Management

Tennessee on Supply Chain Management

Join Ted Stank and Tom Goldsby in their pursuit to prove that the constantly evolving field of supply chain management is more fun than you think. Take a leap onto the ships of supply chain, crowd surf into the long lines of meeting holiday demand, and wade into the depths of warehouse inventory buildup with these supply chain experts, University of Tennessee, Knoxville professors, and long-time friends. Timely topics, intriguing guests, and lively banter will make Tennessee on Supply Chain Management your new favorite podcast.


June 8, 2023 33 mins

In our June episode, co-hosts Ted Stank and Tom Goldsby are joined by professor Stephanie Eckerd and recent Ph.D. graduate Anne Dohmen to discuss the relationship between industry and academia at the University of Tennessee, the value of partnerships for research, and their own transitions from practitioners to professors.

Eckerd, who was recently named the FedEx Chair of Supply Chain Management in the Haslam College of Business, is...

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Recorded live at the 2023 Spring Supply Chain Forum, our May episode has co-hosts Ted Stank and Tom Goldsby speaking with leaders from Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries and premium SCF partner .

Guests featured in this episode:

  • Kelly Britt, Global Supply Chain North America Talent Manager
  • Lisa Waters, VP HR Global Supply Chain North America
  • Samia K...
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In our April 2023 episode, co-hosts Ted Stank and Tom Goldsby speak with Kevin O’Marah, co-founder of Zero100, a membership-based think tank and research company that works with some of the world’s most notable businesses toward a zero carbon, 100% digital supply chain. Kevin has a long and storied career in the industry and is a member of the GSCI Advisory Board and a GSCI Fellow. Before Zero100, he was chief storyteller for Amazo...

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In our March 2023 episode, co-hosts Ted Stank and Tom Goldsby speak with Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel, vice president of procurement for Caterpillar Inc., about leadership. A member of the GSCI Advisory Board and recognized industry leader, Wendi spent 20 years in the automotive industry with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles before moving to Caterpillar, where she oversees a large and dynamic team spread over 26 countries. Tune in as Wendi discu...

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In this episode, co-hosts Ted Stank and Tom Goldsby are joined by a live audience and three UT Knoxville graduating seniors in supply chain management. They discuss their journeys to the university and the major, the value of getting involved in student orgs, attending industry events, and networking, and what they looked for in future employers.

The three guests featured in this episode:

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In the first episode of 2023, co-hosts Ted Stank and Tom Goldsby discuss the holiday season, how supply chains held up, and offer some predictions for business and the economy in 2023. They are joined by GSCI Fellow Kate Vitasek, a business leader, educator, and speaker who founded Vested, a model for creating highly collaborative business relationships in which both parties are equally committed to each other’s success.


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Listen as co-hosts Ted Stank and Tom Goldsby discuss the origin and implications of the new University of Tennessee, Knoxville – project44 Fleet Sustainability Index with Alex Scott, assistant professor of supply chain management, and Thomas Deakins, SVP of global partnerships and alliances for project44.

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Join co-hosts Tom Goldsby and Ted Stank as they chat with Jeff DiLullo, head of services and solutions delivery and field operations for Philips North America, about how to build a resilient, agile supply chain. Jeff, who graduated with an MBA in marketing, logistics, and supply chain from UT in 2001, shares sustainability efforts underway at Philips, from reducing the carbon footprint of its healthcare supply chain to creating val...

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Joined by UT supply chain professor and information systems expert Randy Bradley, co-hosts Ted Stank and Thomas Goldsby discuss filling supply chain gaps and creating efficiency with automation, liberating data with insights, and the benefits of digitalization and digitization. Ted and Tom also discuss consumer spending, demand shaping, product shortages, and FedEx's announcement that it would fall short of its income numbers ...

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Join co-hosts Tom Goldsby and Ted Stank for a supply chain discussion about consumer spending and sentiment, the West Coast labor situation, and a holiday supply chain forecast.

They’re joined on this episode by Pfizer Vice President of Global Clinical Supply Dr. Michael Ku, who explains the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and the mindsets that carried his team to the finish line.

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We're switching it up in this episode! GSCI's Executive Director Shay Scott joins Tom Goldsby as co-host and guest this week to discuss GSCI initiatives, executive education, SCM rankings and more.

Show Notes and Resources:

  • Special guest, Shay Scott - Executive Director, Global Supply Chain Institute; Professor of Practice; Benz Supply Chain Leadership Fellow.
  • Shay Scott named one of DC Velocity’s 2022 The Rain...
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Inflation is here and a recession could be on the horizon.

Co-hosts Ted Stank and Tom Goldsby are joined by Executive Director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Dr. Marianne Wanamaker to discuss the business cycle of the U.S. and how the economy and supply chains could fare in the coming months.

Topic #1: Beware the bullwhip effect
Topic #2: Consumer spending trends
Topic #3: Is inflatio...

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Our next episode is all about retail. Ted and Tom are joined by Wal-Mart's ex U.S. CEO Bill Simon to discuss retail demand and how the response to COVID is still affecting supply chains. What does a new normal look like in supply chains and what does the future hold for inventory planning and demand? 

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Ted and Tom are joined this episode by UT Knoxville Ryder Professor in Supply Chain Yemisi Bolumole. They'll tackle tough transportation topics, all highly relevant to many of today's supply chain challenges.

Topic #1: Trucking Demand
Topic #2: Chinese COVID Shutdowns
Topic #3: Russia-Ukraine Supply Chain Fallout

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Recorded live at GSCI's spring Supply Chain Forum, Ted and Tom sit down with Forum Mega Session speakers Lance Saunders (UT Knoxville Professor), Todd Caywood (Eastman Chemical Company), Caroline Jones (BP) and Chris Qualls (DENSO) to discuss how prepared they felt when entering the supply chain industry, share advice on the transition and how to avoid pitfalls as a new employee. You won't want to miss our first ever in-p...

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In this episode, Ted and Tom discuss the possibility of a new world order, domestic trucking trends, and Chinese manufacturing in response to covid variants. Special guest Dr. Andrea Sordi, UT Knoxville Professor and Director of the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain, shares his perspective on risk management, diversity & inclusion efforts in supply chains and much more!

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In our fifth full episode, Ted and Tom discuss good news in the world of supply chain,  provide a travel update, and an outlook on inflation and rising gas prices. Special guest GSCI Fellow Alan Amling provides insight into the latest developments in e-commerce and last mile delivery as well as a sneak peak of his new book.

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In our first bonus episode, Marianne Wanamaker Professor of Economics and Executive Director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at UT Knoxville and former member of the President’s Economic Council, joins Ted and Tom again to discuss the economic impacts of the war in Ukraine and its affect on supply chain.

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February 10, 2022 30 mins

In our fourth episode, Ted and Tom discuss the current media spin on supply chain, supply chain planning and demand, and an update on the current bright spots in the future of supply chain. Special guest Robert Martichenko, author, speaker and strategic advisor, will have a lively discussion with Ted and Tom about criticism surrounding Lean, how supply chains can adjust to current realities, and why we need to make supply chain job...

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In our next episode, Ted and Tom recap the holidays and their affect on supply chain. They'll discuss demand shaping, car manufacturing backlogs, and more. Special guests President and CEO Jim Newsome and COO Barbara Melvin, both of South Carolina Ports Authority, weigh in on the the current ports situation and what the future might hold for east coast ports.

Topic #1: Demand Shaping and Holiday Recap
Topic #2: Ca...

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