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Jun 8, 2021

Creating a Regenerative Economy with Circular Supply Chains and Blockchain: World Oceans Day Chat with the Plastic Bank CEO David Katz 

“We all agree...someone needs to do something about ocean plastic. This is the something, you are the someone.” David Katz, CEO of Plastic Bank.

Today is World Oceans Day, observed by United Nations member states to bring discussions, policies, and people impacted by ocean and coastal degradation worldwide.

In Episode 58, Sheri Hinish (SupplyChainQueen) chats with Plastic Bank CEO and Founder, David Katz, who describes himself as a creator in world who wants to make an impact improving the quality of life for others, connected to the ocean, poverty, and improving marine life. David's company is empowering the regenerative society turning plastic into gold by revolutionizing the world’s recycling systems to create a regenerative, inclusive, and circular plastic economy POWERED by supply chains. Clients include Henkel, SC Johnson, and Aldi to name a few...

The Plastic Bank builds ethical recycling ecosystems in coastal communities, and reprocesses the materials for reintroduction into the global manufacturing supply chain. Collectors receive a premium for the materials they collect to better help them provide basic family necessities such as groceries, school tuition, and health insurance.Collected material is reborn as Social Plastic® which is reintegrated into products and packaging. This creates a closed-loop supply chain while helping those who collect it.

Plastic Bank is creating a new monetary standard in new school banking systems. Using a proprietary blockchain platform secures the entire transaction and provides real-time data visualization: allowing for transparency, traceability, and rapid scalability.

In this episode, David challenges the concept of "the plastics problem" and says it's an "us problem". Describing the short-sightedness of convenience, he is on a mission to change the paradigm so people view the material differently in a world where everyone is part of the solution, not pollution.

We explore secondary plastics, the social impact and need for a regenerative economy, how supply chains make it happen, and the creation of new standards and economies enabled just by thinking about materials differently, where waste is resource, We unpack ocean health and some stats around plastics. Also how we must urgently turn off the tap of virgin plastics.

In closing David urges us to think about "what if it was profitable to have more love in the world and be stewards of the oceans, the people and marine life"? What an inspirational story to share on World Oceans Day,

To learn more about David, visit https://plasticbank.com/

To learn more about the podcast, visit SupplyChainQueen.com

May 5, 2021

Embedding Sustainability and Circularity With Material Intelligence for Responsible Sourcing in Digital Supply Chains with Veera Johnson, Co-Founder of Circulor 

In Latin, the word Circulor means 'to form groups'. Doing business responsibly is now a business imperative and enabling the network effect through sustainable supply chains and circular economy is Circulor's unique mission.

In episode 57, host Sheri Hinish (SupplyChainQueen) chats with Veera Johnson - supply chain extraordinaire, woman of many trades including owning a retail operation at 16 + an acting feature in Aladdin, and current co-founder of Circulor. We explore why sustainable benefits in supply chains have historically been consequential, not intentional. Veera urges that traceability at scale - including digital identity and the tracking of physical material composition - is available now to enable 2nd and 3rd use, in a reuse, circular economy.

Traceability-as-a-Service, to verify responsible sourcing, and to underpin effective reverse supply chain infrastructure is unpacked, including the parts of OEM's supply chains that most currently have little real visibility into. Within mapped supply chains, Veera shares how she has proved responsible sourcing in mining cobalt and 28 other raw materials including green steel in battery production in engagement with Volvo and Polestar. Lastly, with a breadth of experience, Veera shares hard-earned lessons that patience, creating the space for change, and self care are critical to success.

To learn more about Veera and Circulor, visit https://www.circulor.com/ and connect on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/veera-johnson-3830271/

To learn more about the Supply Chain Revolution, visit SupplyChainQueen.com

Mar 11, 2021

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge + Making Circular Supply Chains Real with Thomas Udesen, CPO of Bayer and Co-Founder of SPP.Earth 

We all have a role to play in the decade of our lives to reach the 2030 SDG vision. Procurement professionals though have a unique opportunity controlling about $8.3T of world trade in materials flow and services annually.

In one of the most inspiring episodes to date, Thomas Udeson, Chief Procurement Officer at Bayer and Co-Founder of the Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP.Earth) chats with Sheri Hinish (SupplyChainQueen) about his journey, the power of uniting under the SDGs for climate action and sustainability, and how procurement professionals are uniquely positioned to make this happen.

For Thomas, it started with a global curiosity hearing his father talk about shipments. He eloquently describes that "supply chains are the pulse of our society and humanity. Supply chains make things happen and what makes the world the great place it can become. And if you work in a supply chain you naturally get exposed to the beauty of people and diversity."

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) was born out of the climate strikes in late 2019. Thomas fundamentally believes that we have everything to make a meaningful impact and change. The SPP builds on commitments at the individual level. 

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) is a pro-bono community of those committed to embedding sustainability in to their procurement practices - and sharing knowledge and tools of how to do so.

To take the pledge and learn how to get started in embedding sustainability in your organization, visit spp.earth.

To connect with Thomas and SPP on LinkedIn, visit https://www.linkedin.com/company/sustainable-procurement-pledge/

Please join the Ambassador LinkedIn Group on www.linkedin.com/groups/8845732/ !

To learn more about the podcast, visit supplychainqueen.com

Mar 1, 2021

Reimagining Industry 4.0 with Digitalization, Quality Visualization, Ground Truth, and 'Human in the Loop' AI w/ Chuck Myers of Cogniac (SAP.iO) 

We’re in the midst of a significant transformation regarding the way we produce products thanks to the digitization of manufacturing and the convergence of tech. This transition represents a change in global supply chains, the fourth revolution that has occurred in manufacturing. Quality, harmonization across processes, leveraging data for insights in industry 4.0, all still hinge on an enterprise's ability to elegantly incorporate technology, humans, and the original ground truth of what's happening real-time. How do you revolutionize vision and inspection with a big data platform for visual data? How do you manage it and let it permeate in the cloud stratosphere, then push it out to manufacturers?

Meet Cogniac.

In Episode 55, Sheri Hinish (Supply Chain Queen) chats with Chuck Myers, CEO of Cogniac and serial innovator with an accomplished career in defense, automotive, telco, and scaling start ups to successful companies.

Chuck shares the key to his success, diverse teams. No surprise here folks. He shares hard earned lessons about leading and selling successful companies, where he describes, "its better to be lucky, than good. I've had a lot of doubles. You have to be a bit paranoid, hire good people, be a loyal person and put people in the right job and treat them right."

Industry 4.0 leaves many questioning how do humans fit into AI/ML, big data, and automation. 'Human in the loop' makes Cogniac different because it is essentially building AI for AI, including the quality SME. Chuck explains an example of Cogniac in railroad, where it visualizes for inspection about 22M trains wheels a month, 30,000 miles of track in near real time. AI makes a determination of high probability and elevates to the 'human in the loop' with immediate intervention. In this example, critical decisions by the human are value add and elevated in the enterprise. This union illustrates the marriage of AI in the future of work across global supply chains and Industry 4.0.

To learn more about Cogniac, visit https://cogniac.co/

To connect and explore the Supply Chain Revolution, visit supplychainqueen.com

Feb 22, 2021

Where Purpose and Product Meet Sustainable + Circular Supply Chains: Sustainability in OmniChannel Commerce + Logistics with Jeremy BodenHamer (CEO, ShipHawk) 

This is an episode where purpose and product meets sustainable + circular supply chains. From the amazing stories/use cases of AllBirds, Grove Collective, RareForm, and e-commerce brand Parker Clay who asked "...could we bring these beautiful products to the world, create jobs to empower vulnerable women in Ethiopia to become economically independent, and protect traditional, sustainable, and ethical craftsmanship all at once?" - > Buckle up and get ready to be inspired and glean insights from brands powered by purpose and the technology that makes it happen.

In Episode 54, host, Sheri Hinish, also called the SupplyChainQueen, joins CEO of ShipHawk Jeremy Bodenhamer, Supply & Demand Chain Executive Green Award Winner, Author of Adapt or Die, and Supply Chainer ranked on the INC 5000 list who is 100% Rebel! How does logistics save the day and deliver the type of CX that customers have come to expect but in a sustainable way? We talk about the intersection of logistics and technology for positive social impact, omni-channel commerce + the circular economy, and how ShipHawk is helping EPIC sustainable brands do some cool things in supply chain. 

A lot has happened in the e2e supply chain ecosystem space but we still have a gap in creating a world where shipping positively impacts societies without the impacts to people, the environment, or eroding profitability. Many would argue that the sheer nature of 'shipping things' in a complex supply chain, hurts sustainable progress. Jeremy unpacks how the intersection of tech and logistics is helping the triple bottom line, including the fulfillment efficiency card and how do you factor in carbon and non-financial performance indicators to get started on your journey?

To learn more about Jeremy, visit https://www.jeremybodenhamer.com/

To connect and learn more about us: visit supplychainqueen.com/podcast

Feb 12, 2021

Building the Future of Supply Chain with the SDGs, Climate Action, Circular Economy, and the Convergence of Tech with Digital Strategist Anthony Day (IBM Blockchain) 

Traditionally, supply chains are one directional, linear and strive for incremental improvements. But through the lens of blockchain + sustainability + circularity, supply chains truly become an ecosystem with endless possibilities, connections, collaboration in an ocean of abundance, as opposed to closed, point to point processes. Think open. Think ecosystem, don’t think closed and incremental. 

Join host Sheri Hinish (SupplyChainQueen) and Anthony Day (IBM Blockchain Partner and host of the podcast "Blockchain Won't Save the World) as they unpack how to build supply chain of the future that transform the world we share. Topics discussed include:

-The convergence of technology and 8 themes that when used in concert with the SDGs can change the world

-Creating transformational social impact with blockchain including climate action, sustainable supply chains, micro-financing, and renewable energy transition

-Socio-economic and earth system trends in the great acceleration within planetary boundaries; what we do has a direct impact on Earth systems especially our climate and oceans. Population and energy use are growing exponentially. If we don’t reverse these Earth system trends in a on-linear way.

-Moving from a scarcity to an abundance mindset as we transition to a circular economy. A scarcity mindset is closed and can lead to fear, not stepping out and up to the challenges our generation faces to address the climate emergency and collapse of biodiversity. An abundance mindset is critical in how you show up and embody transformation in the world we share.  

-Data leads to the ability to educate the population on how to make an impact. How do we get more access to capital to transition to renewable energy? How can we open up a market to provide financial collateral in exchange for kilowatts? Blockchain enables this + carbon credits and trading, tokenizing through cryptocurrency also. Project Drawdown explores how to reduce carbon impact like adopting solar and wind renewable energy, reducing refrigeration, food waste, educating girls, and family planning. 

-AI , Blockchain, IoT use cases in cold chain, fold supply chain track and trace. IBM Partner Food Cloud and reducing food waste reduction in PLCM.

-Anthony chats about why aren’ these amazing ideas scaling? Desirability, technical feasibility, viable from a commercial case, the business case...

More about Anthony Day -

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonyjjday/

https://www.blockchainwontsavethe.world/

Brilliant Video of Anthony from FinTech WorldWide - https://youtu.be/JYLFEQhelnY

Learn more about SupplyChainQUeen + Supply Chain Revolution at http://www.supplychainqueen.com

Feb 1, 2021

Digitizing the 1st Mile with Blockchain, AI, and Self Sovereign Identity Connecting Coffee Farmers from Field to 1st Sip in Sustainable Supply Chains with Farmer Connect (CEO, Michael Chrisment) 

Think about the journey of a coffee bean from East Africa to the consumer. Thousands of miles away in the 1 sip to field wrapped in a complex, and often unsustainable, inequitable supply chain. There are 25 million people living in the coffee ecosystem, and 2.5 billion coffee drinkers worldwide, and that number is expected to 2-3X in coming years.

With little transparency and traceability, it's still a challenge for consumers to validate the sustainability and ethics of that 1st sip of morning brew and also ensure that farmers are receiving fair wages and decent acceptable working conditions. Data ownership down to farmer and privacy are important as we digitalize the first mile; farmers and owners should own data and should benefit from monetization of information they catalyze. What if there was a way to humanize consumption through technology, putting empathy at the center of the solution and supply chains?

Meet Farmer Connect. In episode 52, host Sheri Hinish chats with Farmer Connect's CEO Michael Chrisment about building a sustainable ecosystem using technology that connect farmers and consumers, even whereby consumers can tip the farmer responsible for a good cup of joe. How cool is this!?!?!

Episode 52 unpacks an inspiring mission with Farmer Connect, an IBM Blockchain partner, who urges us to think about the legacy we are leaving our children and how we can use technology to address economic empowerment, climate change, and biodiversity in the world we share. They think tech should bring people together, make the world smaller, more inclusive, empower the individual and small business while reducing costs and inefficiencies for global enterprises. How does it happen? Using several emerging technologies, such as blockchain, self-sovereign identity, and artificial intelligence. Questions we chat about include:

  1. Coffee Supply Chain – why do we need a solution like FarmerConnect? Can you share a bit about the unmet need Farmer Connect fills?
  2. Lifecycle journey in traceability for supply chain provenance– how does it work?
  3. A huge tenet of Farmer Connect is inclusion – transforming the lives of smallholders by empowering ESG. Tell me more…
  4. Values – the world needs more empathy. Why is this at the heart of your solution and how do you prioritize your values in partnerships/business?

To learn more about Farmer Connect, visit https://www.farmerconnect.com/

Links to find us, connect, and explore:

Website:

http://www.supplychainqueen.com

https://www.supplychainrevolution.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/supply-chain-revolution/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_SC_Revolution

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/supply_chain_revolution/

Jan 24, 2021

Exploring Circular Supply Chains and Managing Value Streams in the MarketPlace of the Future for Secondary Flows + Circular Cities with Bharani Sankar (Rheaply) 

Imagine a world with total resource efficiency that leaves no one behind, allowing organizations to better visualize, quantify, and share assets across global supply chains. By connecting leading research institutions, Fortune 500 companies, government, school systems, nonprofits, startups, and other organizations in between, Chicago-based start-up Rheaply is creating a shared economy for innovation.

This is the secondary, circular, marketplace of NOW enabled by a super-cool company called Rheaply. Circular supply chains + Rheaply's approach empowers any organization to harvest their internal resources before making any purchasing decision, making the management, exchange and tracking of assets more transparent, sustainable, traceable, and ultimately profitable.

In episode 51, host Sheri Hinish is joined with Bharani Sankar, circular economy + supply chain enthusiast/ engineer and head of alliances at Rheaply. In this chat, we cover circular resource management and how standardization enables reuse across global supply chains. Bharani describes how a secondary materials marketplace works, how material-value flows, and nuances of agglomeration at scale. And lastly, we discuss the benefits of waste diversion - a $100B annual cost in the US alone - and how you can get started in new school traceability and transparency.

It's real and its happening now as we build the supply chains of the future and cities where no one is left behind. Won't you join us?

To learn more about Rheaply, visit https://rheaply.com/about-us/

To learn more about Bharani, visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/bharanivyas-sankar/

Find us, connect, and explore at https://www.supplychainrevolution.com/ & https://www.supplychainqueen.com

Jan 18, 2021

Exploring How Diversity Fuels Innovation at the Intersection of Supply Chain, Technology, Sustainability, and Gender Equity with Sallie Jian (Head of SAP.iO NY Foundry) 

The business case for diversity is stronger than ever. According to McKinsey's latest research, 2019 analyses find that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 25% more likely to have above-average profitability up from 21% in 2017 and 15% in 2014. Yet gender equity in STEM and supply chain has been hit hard in 2020.

Women accounted for 100% of the 140,000 jobs shed by the U.S. economy in December, more than 111% of jobs lost last month. 5.4 million women have been affected since February — equal to 55% of all U.S. jobs lost. We need bold steps in 2021 to build back better, not only messages of inspiration but deep insights around the tools and skills needed for women and underrepresented groups to succeed in the fields of supply chain, technology, and innovation start ups.

In this 1st episode of Season two, host Sheri Hinish (SupplyChainQueen) joins Sallie Jian, Silicon Valley superstar who's touched SAP, eBay, Linkedin, Box, and Uber. She shares her journey from investment banking to technology and sustainability.

In episode 50, you'll hear insights on top skills needed in the tech world, what's driving leadership in global supply chains, the common threads of success in scaling innovation, and how to leverage the SDGs in your partnerships and hiring practices.

Sallie Jian shares why she decided to lead the SAP.iO NY foundry: (1) the opportunity to build out a world class portfolio of next-generation software startups; (2) SAP’s No Boundaries commitment to building out a startup portfolio comprising of 50% women and minority founders. She believes that "from an enterprise perspective, when a company builds a product or an algorithm that is not representative of the population they serve, there will be missteps or gaps in the long-term sustainability of the technology. From a societal perspective, the collective of the best minds means we must embrace minds from all backgrounds. Finally, it’s smart business since diverse leadership teams are proven to lead to more innovation and improved financial performance across all industries."

To join the free SAP.iO supply chain -focused demo day for COVID resilience on January 21, 2021, check out the links below.

 And feel free to link out to Sallie and SAP.iO on social media! @sallie_jian | LinkedIn

Find us, connect, and explore at https://www.supplychainrevolution.com/ & https://www.supplychainqueen.com

Dec 22, 2020

Exploring Why You Should Stop Buying Stuff You Don't Need: A Discussion about Pledges, Climate, and Sustainability - Holiday Takeover with James George (Ellen MacArthur Foundation) 

Did you know that human-made materials now outweigh Earth's entire biomass? The human footprint in the world in 2020 is greater than the impact on the planet of all other living things, research suggests. 2020 has been the "Year of the Pledges". From setting 2030 to 2050 goals and claiming carbon-neutrality, one thing is for sure...you can pull up to many tables, but which ones? Has this been the year of social and green washing and what can we expect in the new year?


James George from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has taken over the Supply Chain Revolution® in this special holiday edition - Episode 49. We explore BOLD topics and trends in 2020 and what is front of mind in circularity, sustainability, and supply chains in 2021, including:


IWhy we buy stuff & the Minimalist Challenge.

tInclusive sustainability, what does it mean?

’Price parity at the shelf and sustainable brands.

sAll carbon is not created equally: the equation doesn't work in carbon offsets and neutrality.

Conscious consumerism.

aHow can you get people to care, more, about sustainability?

And an inspirational message in the rise of empowerment where how you show up in the world matters.

Do people ever go back and check build sustainability commitments? According to James George, carbon offsets and “net zero” may be a license to get yourself out of a sticky situation; all carbon cycles are not created equal. We talk about 'the minimalist challenge' - removing stuff that doesn’t spark joy; when you get to day 16, things start to get clearer and you decouple the "need" for stuff; Sheri explores why we buy things and what's behind mass-consumerism.

Lastly, how can we actually get people to care? 2020 has been the rise of empowerment in many ways. Where and how you show up in the world matters. You have control over what you do and mobilizing can be transformative.

We all have a sphere of influence. How will you use yours in 2021?

To Learn more about James and the Ellen MacArthur, please visit the links below:

James: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-george-20995b75/

EMF: https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/

Find us, connect, and explore at https://www.supplychainrevolution.com/ & https://www.supplychainqueen.com

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