The Digital Supply Chain podcast

The Digital Supply Chain podcast

The Digital Supply Chain podcast is a show hosted by SAP Innovation Evangelist Tom Raftery, discussing thought leadership, best practices, and the latest innovations in delivering a resilient, sustainable supply chain. The show publishes a new episode every Monday and Friday, and features interviews with luminaries in the world of supply chain and Industry 4.0. All aspects of supply chains, and how to optimise them are discussed - everything from the design, planning, manufacturing, production, delivery, all the way through to product operation.

Episodes

January 21, 2022 29 min

The global semiconductor shortage has been playing havoc with supply chains for a good 12-18 months at this stage. And it doesn't look set to be fixed any time soon.

And just recently my colleague Jeff Howell published a fascinating, comprehensive Point of View paper all about the semiconductor shortage. To find out more, I invited him to come on the podcast to talk about it.

We had a fantastic conversation talking about what Jef...

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Three topics that are receiving increasing interest in supply chain these days are Intelligent Assets, Circular Economy, and Sustainability, so when I came across Sundararaman Sankaranarayanan , Head of Digital Innovation, and a 25 year veteran of Wipro, I invited him to come on the podcast with my colleague Pavneet Bedi to talk about these topics.

We had a fantastic conversation covering what intelligent assets are, how they're...

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Welcome back and happy new year. For this first episode of 2022, I thought of having a future-focussed episode, one talking about mobile devices in supply chain.

To that end, I invited SAP Product Manager Jan Mölls to come on the podcast to talk about how new smartphone apps and capabilities are transforming supply chain.

We had a fantastic conversation covering why smartphones are taking over, or about to take over in supply chain, ...

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The apparel industry has been very slow to digitise, so when I had a chance to chat with someone who has rolled out a successful Industry 4.0 initiative in this sector, I jumped at the opportunity.

Joachim Hensch rolled out a smart factory project for Hugo Boss while working for them, and has since left to set up his own consulting company (Joachim Hensch Consulting) to help other organisations successfully digitalise.

We had a fanta...

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The cosmetics industry is an interesting space and never more so than in the last two years. Demand has shifted wildly, as have purchasing habits with more than ever being bought online.

Against this backdrop, I invited PCA Group's SVP Strategy, Corporate Development, and New Business Development, Ransley Carpio to come on the podcast to talk about some of the things that have been happening.

We had a fascinating conversation sp...

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The topic of sustainability is becoming increasingly important for organisations, and since 80-90% of an organisation's emissions originate from its supply chain, this means as supply chain professionals, we have an obligation to act on it.

A large proportion of emissions often come from logistics, so I invited Juliet Mwangi to come on the podcast to talk about this. 

We had a great conversation spanning Juliet's Afrika Komm...

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In this episode of the Digital Supply Chain podcast I spoke to Steve Shebuski. Steve is VP Digital Strategy for Blue Horseshoe.

We had an excellent conversation around the latest trends in supply chain covering the rise of control towers, warehouse automation, and supply chain flexibly and resilience.

Oh, and this is one of the first podcast episodes that I have created chapters for. If you find them useful, do let me know (tom.rafte...

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Specification management is a relatively new field in digital supply chains, but one that has a lot of potential.

To learn more about it, the reasons why it is important, and how it can help companies become more efficient and sustainableI invited Matt Wright, Founder and CEO of Specright - a software platform for specification management to come on the podcast to talk all about it.

Oh, and this is one of the first podcast episodes t...

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December 6, 2021 2 min

Hi folks, I'm on a short break this week to go back to Ireland to check in on my Dad.

Normal programming will resume this coming Friday, December 10th.

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The shift to online retail has happened at a breakneck pace which has left some retailers spinning and upended their supply chains.

This is a space that Amazon had come to dominate, but now everyone is having to catch up. Wanting to know more about this phenomenon, I turned to Prof Sanchoy Das, who literally wrote the book on the topic - his book is called Fast Fulfillment- -The Machine That Changed Retailing.

We had a fascinating co...

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The Automotive industry supply chain is being buffeted by many converging disruptions at the moment - shortages of semi-conductors, fluctuating demand, and shipping issues to name just a few.

To hear more about this and how digitisation is helping I invited Matthias Haberstroh, the Head of Supply Chain Management at ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Technology division, and Nikhil Balkundi from Infosys to come on the podcast.

We had a fascinat...

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The world is full of small businesses, and many of them are not nearly as digitised as larger companies.

Redcloud Technology is on a mission to fix that. There are over 500 million small business traders and helping them connect to one another digitally to remove friction from their commercial activities seems like a very worthwhile endeavour so I invited Justin Floyd, Redcloud's Founder and CEO to come on the podcast to tell m...

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Supply Chain visibility and sustainability are two of the most important topics in supply chain today.

So when I came across Sony Visilion's Head of IoT Tracking Erik Lund I knew I had to get him on the podcast.

Fortunately he was delighted to join and we had a great discussion about IoT tracking and the visibility implications of that, and we also talked about the sustainability implications of seeing the data associated with ...

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Blockchain is making serious in-roads into Supply Chain.

One company working in this space is BlockApps. I invited Sid Siefken, their Director of Business Development to come on the podcast to talk a little about what they're up to.

We talked about some of the Blockchain-enabled solutions they're developing - TraceHarvest for seed tracking, Genesis for Beef, and TraceCarbon for tracking carbon emissions. We also talked about ...

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Welcome to a bonus Wednesday episode of the Digital Supply Chain podcast. This is another joint Digital Supply Chain and Climate 21 podcast episode because the topic - the electrification of transportation is relevant to both podcasts.

Today's podcast guest is James Carter. James is a Mobility Futurist, Thought Leader, and Influencer, and he is the Principal Consultant at Vision Mobility.

We talked in the podcast about the climat...

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A few weeks back I published an episode of the podcast (episode 170) where I chatted about the SAP Siemens partnership on integration with the SAP Solution Owner Gareth Webb.

The episode was particularly well received so I decided to revisit the topic with the two owners of the project from Siemens and SAP - Mathias Mond (also available by email at mathias.mond@siemens.com) and Arend Weil respectively.

As you will hear, we had g...

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There seems to be a constant stream of stories these days about supply chain disruptions, will Santa's supply chain work and will our presents arrive in time for Christmas?

One of the big components involved and impacted by this disruption is the ocean carrier industry. Not knowing much about this vital sector of supply chains, I reached out to Ralf Hierzegger, a colleague of mine who knows this space well. In fact, he wrote a v...

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Procurement with purpose is a topic that I have felt strongly about for a long time. It is why, when I had the opportunity to purchase electricity from a 100% renewable supplier, I jumped at it. These kinds of actions send a demand signal.

So, when my old buddy Mark Perera, CEO at Vizibl reached out to mention he's co-authored a book called Procurement With Purpose with Peter Smith, Managing Director at Procurement Excellence I ...

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It has been a while since I dedicated a podcast to data-driven supply chains, so I reached out to Baskar Radhakrishnan, a Senior Director at NTT DATA Services to invite him to come on the podcast to discuss them.

We had a wide-ranging conversation covering what data drive supply chains are, and some of their benefits; how to approach rolling out data-driven supply chains, and the future of supply chains.  I learned loads, I hope you...

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I recently got together with Ronald Van Loon, CEO and Principal Analyst at Intelligent World and we had an excellent conversation around the role of platforms, cloud, and data in Industry 4.0.

We had a wide-ranging conversation kicking off with the current disruptions affecting manufacturing and supply chains, the role of cloud in manufacturing, and the different technologies and platforms that are coming to the fore.  I learned loa...

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