What the Duck?! Another Supply Chain Podcast

What the Duck?!

Another Supply Chain Podcast

What The Duck?! is just another supply chain show, or is it?

Join Sarah Scudder, the Marketing Maven of SourceDay, and go together on a wild ride as Sarah talks to industry pioneers and supply chain leaders to discuss the ins and outs of direct spend supply chain.

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Season 1: Episode 31

This IS EPIC(OR): A Deep-Dive into the Epicor ERP with CTO, Frank Barrett

Today we welcome Frank Barrett, CTO at ArcLight Solutions. Frank’s been in IT for 23 years in various industries, including: government, health care, private equity, and manufacturing. He’s a veteran and an antique tractor collector (which we dive into), and a retired podcaster. He also happens to have first-hand experience working with with SourceDay. Tune in as Sarah and Frank do a deep dive of the Epicor ERP, from the perspective of a manufacturing Chief Technology in the latest episode of What The Duck?

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Season 1: Episode 30

SECRET AGENT OF QUALITY: How to Better Secure Supply with Tiffany Thayer

Today we welcome Tiffany Thayer, Senior Buyer at ControlTek, also known as the “Secret Agent of Quality.” Tiffany worked in accounting and sales before transferring to the direct materials procurement industry, where she has been for nearly eight years. She loves process improvement and bringing lean manufacturing practices into the front office side of business. Tune in as Sarah and Tiffany unpack how to better secure supply. They delve deep into the of the international chip processing plants and export portals being shut down last year in the latest episode of What The Duck?

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Season 1: Episode 29

SURPRISE, YOUR ORDER HAS ARRIVED!(?) How to Deal with Supply Surprises with Curtis Strzinek

Curtis Strzinek knows how to stay calm, cool, and collected when dealing with supply surprises. Curtis is a Senior Buyer at LyondellBasell, with over 30 years buying experience under his belt. He’s sold and bought many different industrial commodities and has dealt with supply chain nightmares. He joins Sarah to discuss on time shipment arrivals and why there is so much disconnect from a purchase order being cut to if and when you’re actually going to receive supply.

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Season 1: Episode 28

FOR THE LOVE OF PROCUREMENT! How to Keep Transportation Costs Under Control with Andy Neilson

If you work for a manufacturer you are struggling to manage logistics costs, then this episode is for you. Sarah is joined by Andy Neilson, CEO of Twisted Orange. Andy has spent his career buying direct materials for ceramics food, ready meals, personal care, and heavy engineering. Tune in to hear his thoughts on transportation trends we can expect in 2023 and what we should focus our attention to.

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Season 1: Episode 27

PUTTING THE PUZZLE TOGETHER: Automating as Much Data as Possible with Nathan Cunningham 

Are you spending more time on data and less time with your suppliers? In this episode of What The Duck?!, we chat with Nathan Cunningham, a supply chain, data and tech who has been heavily involved in various manufacturing supply chains, including Ingersoll Rand and Tesla. He digs into why we should automate as much data as possible so we can spend more time on building and maintaining supplier relationships.

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Season 1: Episode 26

HE’S GOT THE MEATS: How to Reduce the Number of Past Due Orders with Afif Mango 

If you work for a manufacturer and you’re struggling to get product to your customers on time, then THIS is the episode for you. Host Sarah Scudder is joined by Afif Mango to discuss how to reduce the number of past due orders. This is a very big challenge for manufacturers and retailers alike – if you miss a customer delivery, you lose a customer for life. From procurement, production and material planning, logistics and order entry, Afif has worked through the entire supply chain. 

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Season 1: Episode 25

CONTAINING COSTS: Making Process Improvements to Drive Cost Savings with Sneha Kumari

Sneha Kumari a self-proclaimed supply chain nerd, always seeking solutions to supply chain challenges. She is also a six-sigma green belt certified professional and recognized as one of the few Operations Women Leaders by McKinsey and Co. in the field of operations. She joins Sarah to discuss how to make process improvements to drive cost savings that directly impact your bottom line. Learn more about Sneha in this latest episode of What The Duck?! Another Supply Chain Podcast.

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Season 1: Episode 24

OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY: Get from A to Z Quickly and Cheaply with John Hantzis

In this episode of What The Duck?!, we sit down with John Hantzis, the Director of Logistics at AAMP Global. Today, John discusses operational efficiency and how to reduce overall logistics spending as a percentage of sales. He shares how to get products from A to Z by letting the various teams involved interact and looking for areas to reduce cost.

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Season 1: Episode 23

VALUE STREAM MAPPING: Secure Your Most Vital Suppliers with Anna McGovern

We chat with Anna McGovern, the Founder and Managing Director of Pondview Consulting. Unforeseen events can completely derail a supply chain, so Anna discusses the concept of value stream mapping and the need to have tiers of suppliers that can provide alternative sources of raw materials. Anna suggests that small and mid-sized manufacturers focus on their top 10 and develop their relationships with these suppliers.

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Season 1: Episode 22

SUPPLIER EMPOWERMENT: Manage Relationships and Map Out Supply Bases with Rachel Hassall

In this episode, we chat with Rachel Hassall, a CPG supply chain executive who until recently was VP for Global Direct Procurement at Revlon. She digs into how brands can empower suppliers as they are critical partners of the business. She also shares how to map out supply bases to assess the criticality of suppliers and how this then informs your relationship with them moving forward.

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Season 1: Episode 21

THINNING THE GAP: Overcoming Data & System Gaps for Parts & Materials with Katie Smith

Today we will be having Katie Smith, an experienced Global Expert in Strategic Sourcing and Procurement. Katie and Sarah discuss how to overcome data and system gaps when buying parts and materials. Katie describes her experience in procurement and supply chain, and the two discuss ways to improve the visibility of the product and part lead times and orders.

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Season 1: Episode 20

MACROMANAGE: Managing a Large Supplier Base with Cole Perry

Cole Perry is the Strategic Sourcing Director at Tilson Technology Management, and he will be joining Sarah to discuss how to increase and manage a larger supplier base. If you are struggling to source and manage a larger group of suppliers while ensuring minimal spending increase, tune in and learn how you can get the solution with Cole and Sarah.

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Season 1: Episode 19

WITH POWERS COMBINED: Optimize Direct Material Spend Through Supplier Collaboration

Miguel Cossio is a Procurement Research Director at Gartner who focuses on helping procurement leaders deliver greater value by adapting to the latest trends in supplier collaboration and innovation, performance management, and sustainable procurement. In this conversation, he discusses why supplier collaboration strategies fail and what you can do about it.

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Season 1: Episode 18

POWER UP, LEVEL UP: Empowering Workers in Making Process Improvements

Sarah welcomes Mark Alarik today, who will be talking about how to empower workers to make improvements on the production floor, which is good for a manufacturer struggling with the thought of giving your team the authority to make process improvement decisions.

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Season 1: Episode 17

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: Building Long-Term Supplier Relationships with Andre Langhorst

In today’s episode, Sarah welcomes Andre Langhorst to discuss the importance of building long-term relationships with suppliers, and how doing so can help manufacturers establish strategic, non transactional relationships. They also talk about how supply chain complexity can be a challenge, but also an opportunity for those who are interested in solving complex problems.

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Season 1: Episode 16

ICEBERG CRUSHER: Mitigating The Risks Of An Iceberg Of Inventory With Mike Ryan

If there’s a risk taker, we also have a risk fixer. Today we welcome Michael “Mike” Ryan, from the M. Ryan Group, also known as the Inventory Iceberg Crusher. Tune in as Sarah unpacks Mike’s story on how he got into supply chain, and how he helps businesses mitigate the risks of having too much inventory.

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Season 1: Episode 15

BURNING PASSION TO SERVE: Building Customer-Centered Supply Chain Strategies With Ryan Burns

The customer is at the center of it all. Ryan Burns, Owner/Principal of RBB Management Consulting, a Supply Chain Innovator and Process Improvement Leader, is in the duck’s pond! Ryan will be sharing his own passion for hiking and his passion for serving customers better by providing improved supply chain strategies.

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Season 1: Episode 14

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE’RE HERE: Building Supply Chains From Scratch with Peter Hasenkamp

How the duck do you build supply chains from scratch? In this episode of What The Duck?!, we are joined by Lucid Motors’ VP of Global Supply Chain & Operations Peter Hasenkamp. Coming in hot from Tesla where he also built a supply chain organization, Peter talks about his experience building procurement and the supply chain organizations for the two electric car companies. Peter also talks about the biggest challenges he encountered in the car manufacturing business, and why the supply chain departments can and should definitely drive business decisions.

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Season 1: Episode 13

ENSURING TOM-orrow: How To Ensure Supply In The Coming Times With Tom Oris

How the duck do you keep your supply intact? This is one question and many more that Tom Oris the Director of Procurement from 1-800-Flowers.com, will be answering today, in the latest episode of What The Duck?! Tom will be sharing his personal story in the supply-chain space, the ins and outs of ensuring an intact supply in these challenging times, and how you ensure that your suppliers have your back.

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Season 1: Episode 12

RACE TO THE TOP: Alex Mesanza On Challenging Himself On A Daily Basis In The Supply Chain

Alex Mesanza is that one guy who loves to challenge himself. He is the Division Head of Global Business Supply Management – Optical Fiber & Cable at Corning Incorporated. He shares his interest in relay races and working in the supply chain because he gets the challenge that he searches for.

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Season 1: Episode 11

BOBAK TO THE FUTURE: Innovation For The Future Of Supply Chain With Corey Bobak

If you are not innovating your supply chain systems, you are living under a rock! Today we have Corey Bobak, one of the new leaders of Inspire 11, to talk about the importance of innovation in the supply chain, and its impact on your direct spend management. Tune in to learn about Corey’s love for dogs, cars, wine, and his passion to innovate the supply chain with technology.

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Season 1: Episode 10

TIMES ARE CHANGING: Purchasing Plans In Ever-Changing Lead Times With John Brown

Who would’ve thought that we will be learning so much about supply chain from someone who writes books about fiction? Today we have John Brown, Senior Education Manager from The Lake Companies, and will be talking about purchasing plans on changing lead times.

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Season 1: Episode 9

LEVEL-HEADED: How To Achieve Optimal Inventory Levels With Hannah Fallon Suka

It is very seldom you find someone who winds up in the supply chain because they planned it all along. Hannah Fallon Suka, the Senior Buyer at Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes, is one of those seldom people, who deliberately chose to major in supply chain management and got a career with it. Join Sarah and Hannah as they discuss achieving optimal inventory levels

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Season 1: Episode 8

WHAT THE DUCK’S AN ERP? Learning Enterprise Resource Planning With Bruce Larson

Many people are not aware of the full potential of an ERP. Some only use it for purchasing, some for accounting, and some for project management. But what is the full extent of an ERP’s capabilities? Sarah brings in Bruce Larson, Principal Consultant of Larson Solutions, to answer this and share his knowledge on ERP and much more.

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Season 1: Episode 7

How to Get Suppliers to Adopt New Supply Chain Software with Daniel Lueck

Buyers are sellers, too! Daniel Lueck believes that buyers also have to sell to suppliers to be a partner with their company, especially when adopting a new software solution. Dan is a Strategic Sourcing Manager at Provisur Technologies with 35 years of supply chain experience on his belt. He will be joining Sarah and will be sharing his experience on how to get suppliers to adopt new supply chain software and many more!

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Season 1: Episode 6

INSIGHT-OUT: Learning the Benefits of PO Process Automation with Lindsay Smith

To automate or not? That is the question. Many people are not too open to the idea of automating their processes, and the same goes for people in supply chain, particularly in purchase orders. This is why we have Lindsay Smith. He is the Solutions Principal for Manufacturing Industry at Insight, and he will be talking with us about the benefits of having an automated purchase order process.

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Season 1: Episode 5

BEATING AROUND THE BUSCH: Understanding The Political Supply Chain With Jason Busch

Open yourself up to the world, and the possibilities are endless. Sarah welcomes Jason Busch, the Founder, and CEO of Spend Matters, to talk about Political Supply Chain. Jason ain’t duckin’ around as he knows his stuff, bringing a whole new world in the understanding chain even more.

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Season 1: Episode 4

ARE YOU INFOR A CHANGE? Let’s Talk Operational Process Improvements with Michelle Rydman

Nothing is permanent but change—and the same goes for companies. Change must be adapted in order to have operational process improvements, and Michelle Rydman, Senior Director of Product Management of Infor, is the perfect guest for that. Michelle will be sharing her story and the ins and outs of operational process improvements.

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Season 1: Episode 3

INTO THE DANGER ZONE: Effectively Managing The Dangers Of Single Sourcing With Darlyne Freedman

Having a single supplier for your business is only convenient because you only need to talk to one party, but when the going gets tough, it can cause delays and problems. You gotta have some backup suppliers, and there’s no one better to share this experience than Darlyne Freedman, VP of Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, and Co-Manufacturing for Ruiz Foods.

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Season 1: Episode 2

‘Tis the Season! Colby Young on How to Manage Seasonal Supply Chain

‘Tis the season to be jolly as Colby Young, VP for NetSuite Business Unit of SourceDay jingles the bells in the pod with Sarah Scudder. Sarah welcomes Colby as they talk about the role of technology in the supply chain, the dangers of single-sourcing, and managing seasonal supplies.

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Season 1: Episode 1

What the Duck?! Who is Sarah Scudder and What is This Show About

Sarah Scudder kicks off her show by letting people know who she is, what she does, and what in the world is on her mind on launching this podcast. Sarah is the CMO of SourceDay, but she is so much more than that. Get to know more about her with guest host Sheyna Webster, in this first-ever episode of the What The Duck?! podcast!

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