The Global Supply Chain Podcast

Company Leaders on Supply Chain Talent and the Effects of the Recession

While a new survey shows that layoffs, company restructuring, and hiring freezes were the norm over the last 18 months, what should employment in the supply chain look like in the next year? Chris Ferrell, author of the Supply Chain Talent Report, looks at the new kind of supply chain employee and how company leaders are filling talent voids in different industries and regions.

As Retail and Consumer Products Begin to Merge Roles, Enter the Golden Age of the Consumer

Retail and consumer products companies are moving to an omnichannel strategy, where customers can buy anywhere, companies can fulfill orders from anywhere, and returns can be made anywhere. Customers can find the right mix of how they prefer to shop, but how are these changes affecting supply chains? Listen to this podcast with Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International, who just co-authored a paper on the evolution of these two industries.

What Business Executives are Saying about the Biggest Supply Chain Challenges Today

In the short-term and long-term, today’s supply chain executives and operations experts face diverse challenges in every business sector. In this podcast, Bruce Tompkins, Executive Director of the Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium, goes over a new survey report that asked these supply chain leaders what they see as the biggest challenges today. Listen for a look at what they said about these challenges, including talent retention, cost issues, the global economy, and distribution operations.

Future Proof Your Distribution Center Against Uncertain New Business Realities

Are your distribution centers and supply chain operational strategy ready for the new rules of material handling? Most DC design is done based on past data, but using some strategy and technology, you can create a plan that lets your DC respond to unpredictable future needs and uncertain business realities. This podcast features Paul Faber, supply chain technology and systems integration expert, and Chris Ferrell, director of the supply chain benchmarking and best practices forum, the Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium.

Automation in the Grocery and Food Industry Supply Chain: The Final Frontier of the Warehouse

Automation can be found everywhere, from home computers to space missions. Now technology is set to impact the dinner table. Food DC automation offers better flexibility, better efficiency, and better productivity, but the grocery industry and food companies have been slow to adopt the technology. Experts are saying that ROI for automation is getting better and better, and more companies will be implementing it soon in the grocery supply chain. In this podcast, Tim Pyne, VP of business development for the food and beverage industry at Tompkins International, explores the benefits and cost savings automation can create. Listen and find out why automation applied to the grocery industry is different than in other industries, a profile of how employee training and expectations change in automated facilities, and competitive advantages from automation.