Digital Supply Chain

Digital Supply Chain

The Digital Supply Chain podcast is a show hosted by Tom Raftery, discussing thought leadership, trends, 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 and service.


January 27, 2023 37 min

In this episode of the podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Greg Price, the CEO of Shipwell, a leading provider of logistics and supply chain solutions. We discussed the current state of the supply chain industry and how it has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Greg shared his insights on the challenges faced by companies during the pandemic and how they have adapted to the changes in demand and supply chain disruption...

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Welcome to the Digital Supply Chain podcast! On this episode, I am joined by special guest Mahesh Veerina, CEO of ParkourSC. During the podcast, we dive into the world of supply chain management and how new technologies are transforming the way businesses operate.

Mahesh explains that ParkourSC is a cloud-based technology platform that helps companies reduce variances in their plans and deliver better outcomes to the business. The p...

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On this episode of the Digital Supply Chain podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Doug Marinaro, the CEO and co-founder of Riptide, a three-way text platform for issue resolution. 

Doug shared the story of how Riptide came to be and how it's being used today in roadside service, delivery, field service, and home services. He explained how Riptide is different from consumer messaging apps like WhatsApp or Telegram and how ...

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to the Digital Supply Chain podcast. I'm Tom Raftery and today we have a special guest, Muhammad Alam, who is with SAP and has two jobs there. He's the product and engineering leader for one of SAP's five solution areas called Intelligent Spend and Business Network, and also the General Manager for SAP Business Network

In this episode, we dive into the topic of the digitization of supply chai...

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In today's fast-paced business world, having a connected supply chain is essential. That's where Transflo comes in - a company that specializes in helping businesses in the freight sector connect their supply chain operations.

On this episode of the podcast, I'm thrilled to have Transflo's CIO, Don Burke, as my guest. He'll be sharing the company's journey from a provider of scanning solutions for drivers to ...

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Welcome to this, the first episode of 2023 on the Digital Supply Chain podcast. In this episode, we're joined by Timo Landener, Head of Innovation Management at Swisslog. Swisslog is an intralogistics company that specializes in the food and fashion industries.

During our conversation, we delve into the shift from globalisation to glocalisation, the growing importance of the circular economy, particularly in the fashion industry...

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As the title of this episode says, this is the final episode of 2022. 

Compliments of the season to all of you, the listeners, and have a very Happy New Year.

The podcast will be back again in 2023 on January 9th, with lots of great episodes lined up. In the meantime, there are 280 episodes in the back catalog, across all aspects of supply chain, across all industries, across all technologies, so check this out if you are in need of ...

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There are many types of risks that are associated with working with suppliers. Everything from financial, to supply disruption, to brand risk if a supplier turns out to be unethical, or worse.

One company working to mitigate this is Rebirth Analytics. Rebirth uses AI and big data to assess suppliers across a range of categories (financial, ESG, Fraud, etc.) to more accurately predict potential issues arising.

I invited Chonchol Gupta...

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Working with ERP systems in Supply Chain can be particularly challenging - particularly for remote field service workers.

This is the problem Arkyn set out to resolve. They have created a series of field service iOS apps which are persona based, fast, and intuitive enabling field workers more efficient access to backend systems.

I invited Arkyn's Martin Holm Nielsen, and Nicolai Elmqvist to come on the podcast to tell us more.

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There are many ways to make supply chains more efficient. One of them is through smarter buying strategies. This is what LogicSource does.

I invited their Chief Procurement Officer Michael Braunschweiger onto the podcast to tell us all about it. We had an excellent conversation.
And Michael can be contacted at MichaelBraunschweiger @

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Supply chains are complex beasts as we all know. Most organisations have 10's to 100's to even 1000's of suppliers. How to keep up with all of them? Are they secure, up-to-date? Certified for what they're saying they can do? and so on.

How to find new suppliers to meet your criteria. One company looking to help organisations stay up-to-speed all of their suppliers is TealBook.

I reached out to TealBook's Chief  S...

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Supply chains are not only digitising, but they're also becoming more automated. One area that has been slow to go digital is cross border trade between countries - how can you be sure your shipment doesn't contain anything besides what it says on the tin, or your new supplier is legitimate??

A company called Ultra helps customs authorities inspect goods flowing through their centers by using AI and data driven solutions alr...

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Scaling up your manufacturing supply chain is never easy. Finding the right suppliers, the best manufacturing partner can be a minefield. This is where Gembah steps in. Gembah matches companies with manufacturing partners and suppliers to help them scale up quickly.

To find out more, I invited Zack Leonard, one of the founders of Gembah to come on the podcast to talk all about it.

We talked about the genesis of Gembah, some successfu...

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 Holiday Season is on us and supply chains are girding for the rush.

Ware2Go, a company that works with SMBs on fulfilment and inventory strategy and logistics, just released data about consumer behaviour, and the challenges that SMBs are facing ahead of peak season.

I invited Ware2Go's Chief Supply Chain Officer Chris Domby to come on the podcast to tell us all about it.

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I first met Alan Amling in 2017 at an IoT and Supply Chain event in Frankfurt. At the time Alan was a VP for UPS heading up their 3D Printing initiative.

Since then he left UPS to pursue a PhD, and he has authored a book called Organizational Velocity. The book deals with how large companies find it difficult to be nimble, and offers many lessons on how to overcome this.

Because of Alan's deep background in Supply Chain I asked h...

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Getting access to capital can be tricky for supply chains as banks often don't understand them, and their trans-national nature often complicates matters.

One company looking to fix this using a heave dose of AI, ML, and data is To find out more I invited their CEO Marc Held to come on the podcast to tell us all about it.

He agreed, and we had a fascinating conversation talking about why finance is so challenging fo...

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Knut Alicke and Radu Palamariu are both very high profile, highly respected figures in the world of supply chain - in fact, Knut featured in a previous episode of this podcast. So, when I heard that they had partnered to co-author a book called From Source To Sold, I reached out to them to ask if they'd like to come on the podcast to talk about it.

They very graciously agreed, and we had a fascinating conversation about how the ...

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Collaborative manufacturing is a relatively new trend in supply chain. One of the companies leading this charge is Wikifactory.

I invited their CEO, Joel Tortolero to come on the podcast to tell me all about it.

We had a fascinating conversation covering what collaborative manufacturing is, why it is more than just sharing files using Dropbox or similar, and how Wikifactory are helping some of their customers reach their sustainabil...

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VC funding is down this year in almost all sectors except supply chain!

To find out more about why this might be I invited Silicon Foundry CEO Neal Hansch to come on the podcast.

We had a fascinating conversation covering what's happening in the world of VC funding right now, what startups can expect when interacting with large enterprises in a funding round, and how startups can help organisations sustainability goals.

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Standards are super important, especially when it comes to ecosystems as diverse, and with as many stakeholders as supply chains.

One organisation that has been crafting supply chain standards for decades is GS1 US. GS1 is the organisation that sets the standards around barcodes - the reason why when you scan an item at a self-checkout, the machine knows what the item is, and its price.

I invited GS1's Senior Vice President, Inno...

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