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Working Capital Strategies in a World of Supply Chain Disruptions
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Working Capital Strategies in a World of Supply Chain Disruptions
In 2022, most supply chain leaders are primarily focused on improving working capital as a way to combat inflation. Inventory positions are increasing as purchases are now cheaper than they will be 6 months from now… at least in theory. This perception and the actions it drives are putting further strain on an already overly taxed supply chain. In this Supply Chain Now livestream episode, Scott Luton and Greg White were joined by Dan Reeve and Nick Carpenter from Esker and Dr. Morgan Swink from TCU to explore how digital technology can help you improve your company’s working capital - and where on the balance sheet to look for improvements: • How today’s supply chain challenges are also affecting each company’s suppliers and customers • The extent to which companies are purposefully managing their cash flow v. allowing external forces to dictate their choices • What Dr. Swink and his team at TCU learned from recent research into working capital practices and outcomes Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Supply Chain Now: ( out our new Supply Chain Now Media Kit: ( to Supply Chain Now and all other Supply Chain Now programs: ( Logistics and Supply Chain for Ukraine: ( Q2 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: ( Key Elements to a Successful WMS Lifecycle: ( How to Operationalize Supply Chain Resilience to Create Value in the Supply Chain: ( episode is hosted by Scott Luton and Greg White. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
Working Capital Strategies in a World of Supply Chain Disruptions
Today
Working Capital Strategies in a World of Supply Chain Disruptions
In 2022, most supply chain leaders are primarily focused on improving working capital as a way to combat inflation. Inventory positions are increasing as purchases are now cheaper than they will be 6 months from now… at least in theory. This perception and the actions it drives are putting further strain on an already overly taxed supply chain. In this Supply Chain Now livestream episode, Scott Luton and Greg White were joined by Dan Reeve and Nick Carpenter from Esker and Dr. Morgan Swink from TCU to explore how digital technology can help you improve your company’s working capital - and where on the balance sheet to look for improvements: • How today’s supply chain challenges are also affecting each company’s suppliers and customers • The extent to which companies are purposefully managing their cash flow v. allowing external forces to dictate their choices • What Dr. Swink and his team at TCU learned from recent research into working capital practices and outcomes Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Supply Chain Now: ( out our new Supply Chain Now Media Kit: ( to Supply Chain Now and all other Supply Chain Now programs: ( Logistics and Supply Chain for Ukraine: ( Q2 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: ( Key Elements to a Successful WMS Lifecycle: ( How to Operationalize Supply Chain Resilience to Create Value in the Supply Chain: ( episode is hosted by Scott Luton and Greg White. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
Dial P for Procurement Crossover: Does the CHIPS Act provide the Helpful Incentives the U.S. needs?
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Dial P for Procurement Crossover: Does the CHIPS Act provide the Helpful Incentives the U.S. needs?
On July 27th, the Senate passed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. It is now awaiting President Biden’s signature. Proponents of the bill say it will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign producers of semiconductor chips by building manufacturing capabilities at home. Skeptics – which oddly include both progressive Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and conservative Republicans – say it amounts to “corporate welfare.” So who is right? The CHIPS in the CHIPS Act stands for ‘Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors.’ But are the incentives, and the resulting changes, actually “Helpful” for the U.S. semiconductor industry? In this Dial P for Procurement crossover episode, Kelly Barner digs into the global semiconductor market and talks about some relevant considerations not covered in the language of the legislation: • What’s in the bill? • What can and can’t be done with the funding? • Why has U.S. semiconductor manufacturing capacity has been falling since the 1990s? • How long will it take to see the benefits? • And issues like sustainability and intellectual property that still have to be resolved before this bill can achieve the ultimate vision. Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Supply Chain Now: ( out our new Supply Chain Now Media Kit: ( to Supply Chain Now and all other Supply Chain Now programs: ( Logistics and Supply Chain for Ukraine: ( Q2 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: ( Key Elements to a Successful WMS Lifecycle: ( How to Operationalize Supply Chain Resilience to Create Value in the Supply Chain: ( episode is hosted by Kelly Barner. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
Supply Chain Back to School with Mike Griswold of Gartner
Aug 10 2022
Supply Chain Back to School with Mike Griswold of Gartner
Mike Griswold is the Vice President of Research at Gartner, specializing in retail with a particular focus on forecasting and replenishment. He is responsible for Gartner’s annual Top 25 Supply Chain ranking and joins Supply Chain Now on a monthly basis to discuss the latest in retail supply chains from an analyst’s perspective. Much of the country is either back to school or headed there soon – but what about our supply chains? If they had to pack their backpacks and start the school year off on the right foot, what would they do? In this episode, Mike takes global supply chains ‘back to school’ with co-hosts Greg White and Scott Luton: • Official recession designation or not, the best defense is a good offense • Employee retention is already critical for supply chains, but it will only become more so as human-centric digital automation is adopted • Cash management and inventory management are absolutely essential – and supply chain leaders need to work with finance to get to the head of the class Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Supply Chain Now: ( ) ( to Supply Chain Now and all other Supply Chain Now programs: ( Logistics and Supply Chain for Ukraine: ( Q2 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: ( Sustainability and Profitability: The ripple effect of shipping less air ( Key Elements to a Successful WMS Lifecycle: ( episode is hosted by Scott Luton and Greg White. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
Supply Chain Now Classic: Supply Chain Disruption is Job Security for Today’s College Graduates
Aug 8 2022
Supply Chain Now Classic: Supply Chain Disruption is Job Security for Today’s College Graduates
For those of us already working in business, the conflict in Ukraine, COVID, and warehouse space shortages are three disruptions in what has been a very challenging last few years. But for the students getting ready to graduate from college with degrees in supply chain and management, they combine to equal job security for the foreseeable future. In this popular Supply Chain Now classic, Scott Luton had the chance to speak with two seniors about to graduate from Texas Christian University and Dr. Travis Tokar, a professor of Supply Chain Management with the Neely School of Business at TCU. Anne O'Connor will be graduating with a degree in supply chain and value management, and Jacob Mutscher is graduating with a double major in supply chain and value management and business information systems. In this conversation, they share their well-educated views on: • Why supply chain was the most appealing course of study for them, and what they hope to be able to do with the degree after graduation • The global supply chain trends they are tracking while completing their studies • The importance of investing in college-level supply chain programs, and how they are positioning students to succeed after graduation Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Supply Chain Now: ( to Supply Chain Now and all other Supply Chain Now programs: ( Logistics and Supply Chain for Ukraine: ( Q2 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: ( Sustainability and Profitability: The ripple effect of shipping less air ( Key Elements to a Successful WMS Lifecycle: ( episode is hosted by Scott Luton. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
The Supply Chain Buzz for August 1st Featuring Kelly Barner: Dial P for Procurement Edition
Aug 5 2022
The Supply Chain Buzz for August 1st Featuring Kelly Barner: Dial P for Procurement Edition
By now, most supply chain professionals have adjusted to having our profession top the news headlines nearly every day. If only that were the only change taking place… With supply chain performance becoming a higher profile part of national security, it would seem that our work is becoming more intertwined with government policy and politics as well. The Supply Chain Buzz is Supply Chain Now’s regular Monday livestream, held at 12n ET each week. This show focuses on some of the leading stories from global supply chain and global business, always with special guests – the most important of which is the live audience! This week, Scott Luton, Greg White, and Kelly Barner spent a fast-paced hour covering some of the most compelling news stories of the week: • The complexities in the oil supply chain that might be making it possible for countries like Russia and Iran to export crude oil in defiance of global sanctions • The real-world implications of the recently passed $280 Billion CHIPS Act for the U.S> semiconductor industry • Whether 3D printing has finally gotten to the point where it is a practical solution for meeting parts needs • Is it time to panic about the availability of Hershey’s product this Halloween??? Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Supply Chain Now: ( to Supply Chain Now and all other Supply Chain Now programs: ( Logistics and Supply Chain for Ukraine: ( Q2 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: ( Sustainability and Profitability: The ripple effect of shipping less air ( Key Elements to a Successful WMS Lifecycle: ( episode is hosted by Scott Luton, Greg White, and Kelly Barner. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
How Shippers Can Optimize Their Allocation Management Featuring Gordon Downes with NYSHEX
Aug 3 2022
How Shippers Can Optimize Their Allocation Management Featuring Gordon Downes with NYSHEX
Managing your allocation is a dynamic process that requires proactive planning. But the tools and processes shippers use today are static and reactive resulting in shortfalls, contract penalties, and missing out on containers you contracted for. This is further complicated by the fact that a shipping carrier’s product is ‘perishable’ in the sense that the value of available capacity decreases closer to the time of departure. Allocation management empowers shippers to manage the forward-looking allocation of all their ocean contracts, so they can be proactive and prevent shortfalls while not overcommitting. In this Supply Chain Now livestream, Scott Luton and Greg White were joined by Gordon Downes, Co-Founder and CEO of NYSHEX, to discuss: • How to centralize your ocean contracts • Preventing shortfalls by making sure carrier agreements contain an appropriate level of granularity • Learning to ‘control the controllables’ to proactively manage vessel delays, rolls, and blank sailings Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Supply Chain Now: ( to Supply Chain Now and all other Supply Chain Now programs: ( more about NYSHEX’s allocation management tool:   ( to the conversation with Julius Tan, Director of Logistics for CarParts.com on how he thinks about optimizing his carrier allocation:  ( Logistics and Supply Chain for Ukraine: ( Q2 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: ( Sustainability and Profitability: The ripple effect of shipping less air ( Key Elements to a Successful WMS Lifecycle: ( episode is hosted by Scott Luton and Greg White. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
Dial P for Procurement Crossover: Guarding Private Incentive to Innovate featuring Patent Attorney Wen Xie
Aug 1 2022
Dial P for Procurement Crossover: Guarding Private Incentive to Innovate featuring Patent Attorney Wen Xie
On June 17, 2022, the member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) accepted a proposal made by the U.S., E.U., India, and South Africa that modifies nationally granted intellectual property rights related to the COVID-19 vaccine. The proposal was leaked early, so the world knew the vote was coming. But other than the WTO and a few media organizations, most of the world shrugged at the news, despite the big picture implications for private industry. The COVID-19 vaccine was made available on an impressive timeline, thanks to the incentives created by Operation Warp Speed. But if for-profit companies fear losing their intellectual property rights, what choice will they make in the future? Many innovations, including mRNA vaccines, are the result of private investment and risk tolerance. If companies do not believe their intellectual property rights will be respected and protected, they have less incentive to innovate and almost no incentive to collaborate. Wen Xie is a patent attorney and a Partner at Global IP Counselors, LLP. In this Dial P for Procurement crossover interview, she and host Kelly Barner review the events leading up to the proposal’s acceptance and its potential future implications: • How the WTO’s decision to waive IP rights for COVID-19 vaccines might change the decision-making calculus of for-profit companies going forward • Where we may already be seeing evidence that other international organizations are considering the extent to which they can challenge IP rights • What professionals that are not in the field of intellectual law should take away from this series of events Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Supply Chain Now: ( to Supply Chain Now and all other Supply Chain Now programs: ( Logistics and Supply Chain for Ukraine: ( Q2 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: ( 3 ways to stay afloat through the supply chain crisis: A distributor’s story:  ( Sustainability and Profitability: The ripple effect of shipping less air ( Key Elements to a Successful WMS Lifecycle: ( episode is hosted by Kelly Barner. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
Analysis of the U.S. Bank 2022 Q2 Freight Payment Index Featuring Bobby Holland & Donovan Kirkland
Jul 28 2022
Analysis of the U.S. Bank 2022 Q2 Freight Payment Index Featuring Bobby Holland & Donovan Kirkland
In 2021, U.S. Bank processed $37 billion in freight payments for some of the world’s largest corporations and government agencies. Those payments and the data that accompanies them are analyzed quarterly by Bobby Holland, U.S. Bank vice president and director of Freight Data Solutions and his team. The FPI report includes quarter over quarter, year over year, and full-year data and analysis. According to a summary of the Q2 results released by U.S. Bank, “Spending on truck freight was up 3.3% compared to the first quarter and 19.7% year-over-year […] The West and Southwest regions had the highest year-over-year spending increases at 30.2% and 29.7%, respectively.”   In this interview, Bobby is joined by Donovan Kirkland with The Clorox Company to share the results of the Q2 2022 report with Supply Chain Now Co-hosts Greg White and Scott Luton, interpreting what they may mean for the economy and the shipping industry in the short and longer term. • The changes in household spending, labor challenges, and fuel prices that are creating headwinds for the freight industry • Some surprising data coming out of the Northeast region • The “opportunism” that may be going on in the marketplace Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Supply Chain Now: ( to Supply Chain Now and all other Supply Chain Now programs: ( Logistics and Supply Chain for Ukraine: ( Q2 U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index: ( 3 ways to stay afloat through the supply chain crisis: A distributor’s story:  ( Sustainability and Profitability: The ripple effect of shipping less air ( episode is hosted by Scott Luton and Greg White. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at:
The Supply Chain Buzz Digital Transformers Edition with Ellen Patridge  of 6 River Systems
Jul 22 2022
The Supply Chain Buzz Digital Transformers Edition with Ellen Patridge of 6 River Systems
The Supply Chain Buzz is Supply Chain Now’s regular Monday livestream, held at 12n ET each week. This show focuses on some of the leading stories from global supply chain and global business, always with special guests – the most important of which is the live audience! This week, Scott Luton, Greg White, and Kevin L. Jackson welcomed Ellen Patridge from 6 River Systems. She shared her insights on the inventory complexities still facing retailers, and what they are trying do to guard their bottom line without failing to serve their customers’ changing demand. This week’s news stories include: • Evidence that suggests American Eagle is not just a supply chain leader, but that they are closely connected to consumer sentiment as well • The significance of Panasonic’s new electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Kansas • New technologies being applied to perfect the operation of checkout free convenience stores Additional Links & Resources: Learn more about Supply Chain Now: ( to Supply Chain Now and all other Supply Chain Now programs: ( to Solve 3 Common Peak Season Challenges: ( Logistics and Supply Chain for Ukraine: ( Strategies for Working Capital Survey: ( 3 ways to stay afloat through the supply chain crisis: A distributor’s story:  ( Sustainability and Profitability: The ripple effect of shipping less air ( episode is hosted by Scott Luton, Greg White, and Kevin L. Jackson. For additional information, please visit our dedicated show page at: