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#09: Chang Wen Lai CEO at Ninja Van

Chang Wen Lai CEO at Ninja Van

Chang Wen Lai CEO at Ninja Van

This is episode #09 and it is my pleasure to have as a guest Chang Wen Lai CEO of Ninja Van.
At 27 and with no logistics experience, Lai Chang Wen started a company that netted $45m in investments. The learning curve was steep and it meant 22-hour work days, sleeping in the office, and even sorting parcels and doing deliveries himself.

Ninja Van went on to redefine the industry by enabling next-day door-to-door deliveries for e-commerce firms and their customers And right now Ninja Van is one of the most successful start up stories in the logistics space. Having grown in a short span to a regional player, Ninja Van has a presence in Southeast Asia. Apart from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, they are operating in Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam too. And they are currently delivering close to 100,000 parcels per day.

Stay tuned as we cover:

  • Route Optimization. Would AI be an important factor in improving it?
  • Why the founders of Ninja Van work so well together.
  • The importance of being hungry to learn and having less ego when working in a start-up. 
  • If you want to be a successful entrepreneur in South East Asia –  Don’t get married!

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The interview is split into 3 parts – so if you want to skip directly to the point  of interest please go ahead:

  • [01:36] Part 1: Industry Trends
  • [08:35] Part 2: Talent and Recruitment in Supply Chain and Logistics
  • [13:55] Part 3: Personal success stories and habits

Episode #09: Chang Wen Lai CEO at Ninja Van

 

Show notes:

 

Part 1 – Industry Trends:

  • [01:36] Talking about the journey so far but also what is next for Ninja Van.
  • [03:05] Artificial intelligence. Do you think it has the potential to disrupt industry?
  • [05:36] Route Optimization. Would AI be an important factor in improving it?
  • [06:17] Without accurate address, there’s no route optimization. The question then is how do you get accurate address?

Part 2 – Talent and Recruitment:

  • [08:35] The founders of Ninja Van. Tell us a little bit how did you get together? Any secrets for you working together very good as a team?
  • [10:52] Fresh blood in the team. Tell us a little bit about skill sets, and what mindset are you looking for when you are recruiting talent to move the company forward?
  • [12:17] How can you tell if somebody has the desire, the hunger to learn but at the same time less ego?

Part 3 – Personal success stories and habits:

  • [13:55] What does the word ‘entrepreneurship’ mean to you?
  • [14:14] It’s always focusing on what’s next and remembering what’s behind which makes you an entrepreneur.
  • [15:10] If you are an entrepreneur, you should  first “throw away your face” [ego] assuming you have nothing to start with, then you will have everything to gain
  • [15:27] Talking about advice you received through your journey as an entrepreneur. That you think was really valuable or it really stuck with you?
  • [17:23] Is there any personal habit that you think contributes to your success?
  • [19:48] Are there any resources that you keep yourself updated to learn to keep the trains on your desk?
  • [20:32] If you can give some advice to somebody graduating university what would it be?
  • [20:51] First advice is don’t get married. A little bit funny but why[..]

Transcript:

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#08: Matthias Heutger SVP Marketing and Innovation at DHL

#08 Matthias Heutger Senior Vice President Strategy, Marketing and Innovation at DHL

Matthias Heutger Senior Vice President Strategy, Marketing and Innovation at DHL

This is episode #08 and it is my pleasure to have as a guest Matthias Heutger. Matthias  is Senior Vice President Strategy, Marketing and Innovation at DHL’s global account management and innovation unit, Customer Solutions & Innovation (DHL CSI). Matthias is coordinating closely the activity of the two DHL Innovation Centers, in Germany and Singapore. Whose aim is to bring new innovations to the DHL group – which does mean they get to experiment with the latest technologies available.

Moreover, Matthias’s team is also responsible for the DHL Trend Radar, which is one of the most well documented and informative papers in the industry on latest trends and technologies.

Matthias is also a member of The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and is highly engaged with our industry bodies and best practice associations like SAMA, SCM World and others.

 

Stay tuned as we cover:

  • The warehouse of the future – working with collaborative robots.
  • 3D printing – Matthias: “Everybody thought this will completely disrupt the logistics – I don’t believe it will.”
  • Good data in logistics is a big challenge because it is still traditionally a very paper-based business.
  • The potential for sharing platforms (Uber, AirBnb) in a way to be used in logistics.
  • Talking about extensive internal Certified Training Program 

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The interview is split into 3 parts – so if you want to skip directly to the point  of interest please go ahead:

  • [01:18] Part 1: Industry Trends
  • [24:40] Part 2: Talent and Recruitment in Supply Chain and Logistics
  • [30:59] Part 3: Personal success stories and habits

Episode #08: Matthias Heutger Senior Vice President Strategy, Marketing and Innovation at DHL

 

Show notes:

 

Part 1 – Industry Trends:

  • [01.22] What technology trend in logistics do you think is likely to make the most impact by 2020?
  • [04:12] The warehouse of the future – working with collaborative robots.
  • [06:55] Mobile piece picking – simulating the human hand was the most complex thing to do.
  • [08:13] 3D printing – What do you think about it?
  • [08:28] 3D printing –  Everybody thought this will completely disrupt the logistics – I don’t believe it will.  
  • [10:07] Artificial intelligence – What does DHL plan to do?  Most clients ask – how can I better predict demand?
  • [13:24] Good data in logistics is a big challenge because it is still traditionally a very paper-based business.
  • [13:53] Do you see a potential for sharing platforms (Uber, AirBnb) in a way to be used in logistics?
  • [14:25] Talking about warehousing sharing 
  • [18:59] Acceptance of a new model.  Also change in management. Just like AirBnB. At some point, people really have to feel comfortable with letting strangers in your home.
  • [19:47] What do you see as the biggest challenges that logistics companies in general, DHL in particular, is being faced right now with implementing all these new technologies?
  • [20:15] “Hey, we were really working for an innovative company,” and if you gave them more security for their job than working for company who doesn’t embrace change.
  • [23:45] If you were an investor, what type of technology startup would you invest in?  

Part 2 – Talent and Recruitment:

  • [24:40] Finding the right skills to take DHL to the next level, where do you feel there is a skill gap at the moment?  What is the hardest for you to find?  
  • [27:27] Should companies try to develop their in-house talent.  Is there some education changes that need to be done?
  • [28:36] Talking about extensive internal Certified Training Program 
  • [29:55] What do you think is the critical mindset that people and logistics company should have in order to lead companies to success in coming years?

Part 3 – Personal success stories and habits:

  • [30:59] What something that you did methodically at the initial stage of your career.
  • [31:55] It is important to have broad experience across different topics, across different geographies as well and develop the right relationships.
  • [33:51] Can you also share with us any kind of supply chain resources, anything that you use to take or to get your information to keep yourself up to date.
  • [34:52] If you could give just one advice to a 23-year-old graduating from a university and wanting to achieve a great career in supply chain what would it be?

Transcript:

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#07: Tom Schmitt Board Member and Global CCO for DB Schenker

#07 Tom Schmitt Board Member - Contract Logistics and Global Chief Commercial Officer for DB Schenker

Tom Schmitt Board Member – Contract Logistics and Global Chief Commercial Officer for DB Schenker

This is episode #07 and I am happy to have Tom Schmitt Board Member – Contract Logistics and Global Chief Commercial Officer for DB Schenker on the Podcast.

DB Schenker is one of the top 3 global 3PL companies in the world with operations in 140 countries. As the Management Board Member responsible for the $3bn+ Contract Logistics business, Tom is in charge of a global team of 22,000 logisticians with continued and accelerated profitable growth. In the first year of Tom’s leadership, DB Schenker Contract Logistics grew by 17 percent topline and saw a 20 percent growth to the bottom line. Tom has served also previously as President and CEO of Purolator in Canada, as well as had a long career in FedEx, having led as CEO the supply chain division. Also, Tom is a published author, having written the leadership book Simple Solutions: Harness the Power of Passion and Simplicity to Get Results. Which a great resource of leadership principles.

Stay tuned as we cover:

  • Top strategic directions that Schenker is trying to achieve in the next years. The top goals in the company by 2020.
  • Contract Logistics. Where does Tom see the emerging markets.
  • How DB Schenker customers expect them to use all the information, data, that we have to their advantage. Using big data and capacity planning.
  • The importance of – People, service, profit in that sequence.
  • Talking about left brain and right brain. How to access both types of thinking.
  • Advice for a 23 year old finishing collage – Think of your first move and your second move as an option expanding move.

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The interview is split into 3 parts – so if you want to skip directly to the point  of interest please go ahead:

  • [01:18] Part 1: Industry Trends
  • [17:10] Part 2: Talent and Recruitment in Supply Chain and Logistics
  • [28:59] Part 3: Personal success stories and habits

Episode #07: Tom Schmitt Board Member – Contract Logistics and Global Chief Commercial Officer for DB Schenker

 

Show notes:

 

Part 1 – Industry Trends:

  • [01:18] Top strategic directions that Schenker is trying to achieve in the next years. The top goals in the company by 2020?
  • [04:41]  Technology is rapidly transforming the industry. Which technology trend do you think will have the most impact by 2020?
  • [07:20] What are the challenges DB Schenker is faced when implementing and adapting and transforming?
  • [09:58] Current changes that your clients are struggling with at the moment and how is DB Schenker’s currently addressing some of them?
  • [12:12] Contract Logistics. Where do you see the emerging markets?
  • [12:44] On building a new regional office near the largest airport in the world that is build in Dubai.
  • [15:26] If you were an investor, which logistics technology-related start up would you invest in and why?

Part 2 – Talent and Recruitment:

  • [17:10]  What types of skills are you actually focused on finding, developing or importing into DB Schenker?
  • [17:44] Talking about the logistician of the future.
  • [20:39] How our customers expect us to use all the information, data, that we have to their advantage. Using big data and capacity planning. 
  • [23:40] How you select your leadership team. What type of attributes are you looking for when it comes to appointing one of the top leaders in your team?
  • [24:00] The importance of – People, service, profit in that sequence. Talking about the right people who can react accordingly in difficult situations – geopolitical or natural disasters (ex: Hurricanes)
  • [26:44] Culture. What would be some of the top elements and mindsets, that you’re trying to instill and enforce?

Part 3 – Personal success stories and habits:

  • [28:59] Any other principles you follow in your day to day work, in your leadership work?
  • [29:32] Talking about the boy scout notion of leaving a place better than you found it.
  • [32:00] Habits that contributes to your success? Do you do something on a regular basis?
  • [32:23] Talking about left brain and right brain. How to access both types of thinking.
  • [34:05] Which book do you typically give to people?
  • [35:22] Any supply chain resources, websites, reports that you use to keep yourself updated with the latest development in the industry?
  • [37:03] If you could give some advice to 23-year old graduating university wanting to achieve a great career in logistics, what would it be?
  • [37:18] Advice for a 23 year old finishing collage – Think of your first move and your second move as an option expanding move. 

Transcript:

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#06: Bjorn Vang Jensen Global Head of Logistics at Electrolux

#06 Bjorn Vang Junsen, Global Head of Logistics at Electrolux Part 3

Transforming a 200k TEU/year Supply Chain – Bjorn Vang Jensen Global Head of Logistics at Electrolux

This is episode #06, and we have as guest  Bjorn Vang Jensen, Global Head of Logistics at Electrolux.

Bjorn is a global industry figure, started his career as-graduate of the A.P. Møller/Maersk Shipping School. Subsequently worked for Maersk group, then on the 3PL side for DHL and TNT. And last 13 years as a proud leader of Electrolux supply chain team. All in all, Bjorn has lived in Asia for the past 28 years, during which time he has been based in Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore.

Stay tuned as we cover:

  • How to manage a team of 22 logisticians spread all over the world on all continents.
  • Electrolux Supply Chain started 13 years ago with 12/13,000 TEU and this year for the first time it will almost certainly break 200,000 TEU.
  • How much paper is involved in moving a shipment of cocoa from Nigeria to Rotterdam.
  • A recent 27 employee company acquired by Electrolux is transforming the way people across the whole company are thinking, how they communicate, how they manage e-commerce.
  • The importance of telling great stories to attract the best talent. 
  • The right mindset that as a Chief Supply Chain Officer of a company should have.
  • Moving from 3PL to the client side – “the grass is not greener over on this side, it’s just a different type of grass. And you’ve got to be prepared for a change in diet.”
  • Why is Bjorn 100% paperless.

The interview is split into 3 parts:

  1. Industry Trends – reading time 15 min –  Download the transcript – or read it here
  2. Talent and Recruitment in Supply Chain and Logistics – reading time 8 min – Download the transcript – or read it here
  3. Personal success stories and habits –  reading time 8 min Download the transcript – or read it here

Episode #06 Transforming a 200k TEU/year Supply Chain with Bjorn Vang Jensen, Global Head of Logistics at Electrolux

 

Part 1 – Industry Trends – [42:18]

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Part 2 – Talent and Recruitment in Supply Chain and Logistics – [17:02]

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Part 3 – Personal success stories and habits – [17:32]

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Show notes:

 

Part 1 – Industry Trends:

  • [01:06] What have been two of your major breakthroughs in your supply chain over these years?
  • [01:42]  On how to manage a team of 22 logisticians spread all over the world on all continents.
  • [06:48] Are there opportunities also for freight forwarders to add value to the Electrolux supply chain?
  • [07:11] How Electrolux Supply Chain started 13 years ago with 12/13,000 TEU and this year for the first time it will almost certainly break 200,000 TEU.
  • [11:15] Opportunities in working with freight forwarders. Electrolux spends on logistics probably around 1.5 billion dollars a year. Approximately 80% of that is road and rail transport, and warehousing.
  • [13:00] As technology for logistics and supply chain develops, what are the top three benefits you see coming from technology?
  • [18:31] Blockchain implications, by 2020.
  • [22:18] On how much paper is involved in moving a shipment of cocoa from Nigeria to Rotterdam.
  • [24:03] E-commerce. What is Electrolux doing in terms of reaching your customers in e-commerce channels?
  • [27:07] How a recent 27 employee company acquired by Electrolux is transforming the way people across the whole company are thinking, how they communicate, how they manage e-commerce.
  • [29:27] Did you consider using the empty space in the washing machine to fill it with other shipped items?
  • [32:26] Do you think that freight forwarders are dead men walking? And with all the tech talk, who will pay for the investment before we see the returns?
  • [36:29] If you are in any type of business and you are not spending every single day thinking about how to digitalize your operation, I think you should do your company a favor and retire.
  • [36:43] Before we invest millions in digital and new tech, what do you believe are the fundamentals of a supply chain in today’s environment we need to consider?
  • [38:32] I was absolutely astonished when I set foot in Anova (27 people subsidiary) and sat down and talked to these people about how they’ve managed to ship over a million units a year.
  • [40:58] If you were an investor, which supply chain technology-related startup would you invest in and why?

 

Part 2 – Talent and Recruitment:

  • [00:03]  How do you make a career in supply chain more attractive to people?
  • [01:44]  The importance of telling great stories to attract the best talent. 
  • [04:50]  “How did that package get here in like four hours?” – Amazon is making the industry sexier – a great example of storytelling.
  • [05:14]  What are some of the values that Electrolux stands for, so you are proud to come to work?
  • [05:43] 13 years ago when I started traveling to our head office in Stockholm every meeting was in Swedish.  Today, there are 60+ nationalities working in that same office.
  • [08:14] Do you find a certain specific skill that is very difficult to find In Supply Chain?
  • [10:28] What do you think is the right mindset that as a Chief Supply Chain Officer of a company you should have?
  • [12:40] When you hire your global leadership team, what are the some of the qualities that you are looking for?
  • [14:40] How can you tell if a person is fit for a leadership role? What are some of the cues?

Part 3 – Personal success stories and habits:

  • [00:07] You made the switch—you were in shipping, then with 3PLs, and then 13 years ago, with Electrolux on the shipper side. You’ve done what a lot of people in the 3PL and shipping lines dream of doing: move to the client side. Any advice for those that are trying to do the same?
  • [00:34] My advice is network, network, and network. The grass is not greener over on this side, it’s just a different type of grass. And you’ve got to be prepared for a change in diet.
  • [04:31] I spent probably half of my career in sales. I had never done more selling in my life than in the past 13 years with Electrolux.
  • [05:56] Any morning routines that you follow?
  • [07:28] What is something that you believe in that other people think is crazy?
  • [07:38] I am nearly 100% paperless. I built my whole life around apps like Evernote, Dropbox, and a few others—MindNode
  • [09:19] Social media—we spoke a little bit about social media. How do you use it? Has it helped your brand?
  • [12:36] If somebody who is just graduating in university nowadays, what are some of the principles to follow in their careers so that one day, maybe they become Chief Supply Chain Officer or Global Head of Logistics for Electrolux? What type of advice would you tell them? What is the principle?
  • [12:57] If you want to work in Logistics or Supply Chain, be the T-shaped personality, be comfortable with ambiguity, make an effort to reach out to different functions and learn what they do, and never stop learning.

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#05: Tim Wickmann former CEO of MCC Maersk

Tim Wickman CEO MCC

How MCC became market leader in shipping – an Intra-Asia success story with Tim Wickmann former CEO of MCC Maersk

This is episode #05, and we have as guest Tim Wickmann former CEO of MCC Transpoort Maersk.

Tim Wickmann has 27 years career with A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. He served as vice-president in various portfolios for 10 years. In the last 9 years, he was the CEO of MCC, the intra-Asia shipping specialist. During his term, the company became one of the most successful organizations in the history, from humble beginnings, maybe to the 17th largest line of company in the world in terms of capacity, among top three feeders globally, operated 90 ships, and had over 600 staff in local agencies in 14 countries across Asia

Stay tuned as we cover:

  • How to build the number one shipping company in your industry from scratch
  • On giving full independence to country managers – ‘Do anything you want as long as it is legal!’
  • On being happy at work – “For 27 years, I have looked forward to going to work every single day. You need to be happy at work. Otherwise, it doesn’t work.”
  • On superstitions and playing professional football. And how to handle 9 customer meetings in one day. 
  • How to react when your eyes stop working because of overwork and how to handle weeks of 13 hour work days.
  • Why you should say No! to seemingly great opportunities.

The interview is split into 3 parts:

  1. Industry Trends – reading time 15 min –  Download the transcript – or read it here
  2. Talent and Recruitment in Supply Chain and Logistics – reading time 8 min – Download the transcript –  or read it here
  3. Personal success stories and habits –  reading time 8 min Download the transcript –  or read it here

Episode #05: How MCC became market leader in shipping – an Intra-Asia success story with Tim Wickmann former CEO of MCC Maersk

 

Part 1 – Industry Trends – [41:35]

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Part 2 – Talent and Recruitment in Supply Chain and Logistics – [18:33]

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Part 3 – Personal success stories and habits – [18:10]

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Show notes:

Part 1 – Industry Trends:

  • [01:13] How did you start from early beginnings to when you left off?  And maybe if you can derive two or three key learnings in terms of your success story.
  • [06:05] On giving full independence to the country managers – You can do anything as long as it is legal.
  • [08:30] Phase 1 was called explosive growth – you need to build a strong base.
  • [14:50]  How do you react when the global CEO tells you – “You get five years and nobody will interfere or tell you what to do. “
  • [17:29]  Do you think the trend of carrier consolidation will go on?
  • [24:31] How will Block Chain affect and change the shipping value chain and what it needs to happen for it to change the shipping industry.
  • [32:30] With the strong increase in volumes and stagnant freight rates, who do you think will be the winners in the intra-Asian container trade?
  • [35:07] What are the technologies that would really have the most impact for shipping in the next years?
  • [38:45] If you would be an investor, which shipping-related startup would you invest in?

Part 2 – Talent and Recruitment:

  • [00:03]  How did you attract the top talent in Maersk and MCC.  What did you do to get top talent in MCC?
  • [01:46]  For 27 years, I have looked forward to going to work every single day. You need to be happy at work. Otherwise, it doesn’t work.
  • [04:48]  I don’t think we could run a company successful and be as successful as we’ve been in eight years if the people were not energized and motivated, and outright happy.
  • [09:03] My door is open for anyone at any level and, therefore, they need to know me also and they need to say hello to me.
  • [12:01]  As a leader when and how did you decide on company culture updates.  When did the company culture need an update or a tweak and how did you do it?
  • [12:25] On culture and setting performance KPIs – Nobody is above the spirit of the company.
  • [15:43] How would you win against your competitors to attract the top talent in the market?
  • [16:33] Four or five years ago when we were 400 people, I knew the name of every single person in MCC, every single person in each country.

Part 3 – Personal success stories and habits:

  • [00:04] So you’ve had many roles, Tim. You’ve had a very clear development all the way to the top.  What’s the main driver and wish for the next step? More risk, more fun?
  • [03:05] Did you follow any, you know, as a CEO, did you follow any morning routine?
  • [03:37] On superstitions and playing professional football. And how to handle 9 customer meetings in one day. 
  • [06:01] What is something that you believe in that other people think is crazy?
  • [07:43] I’m not good at accepting people making the same mistake twice
  • [08:56] One of the most challenging experiences that you have faced and how did you fix it?  How did you solve it?
  • [09:20] On being so overworked that  your eyes stop working and how to handle weeks of 13 hour work days.
  • [12:21]  If somebody would ask you if they wanted to be the CEO of a large company, what advice would you give them?  What would you say?
  • [12:44] What does FAIL mean? First attempt in learning.
  • [14:20] Importance of exposure to HQ, visibility and rejecting opportunities.

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#04: Roxane Desmicht Head of Supply Chain at Infineon Technologies

#04: Industry 4.0 and Diversity with Roxane Desmicht Head of Supply Chain at Infineon Technologies

Industry 4.0 and Diversity with Roxane Desmicht Head of Supply Chain at Infineon Technologies

This is episode #04, and we have as guest Roxane Desmicht Head of Asia Pacific Supply Chain Infineon Technologies.

Roxane Desmicht is a Senior executive and global leader with 15+ years in high tech industries. She is well-versed product development to manufacturing as well as business development and account management. She is an active promoter and driver of Industry 4.0 initiatives as well as a gender diversity leadership projects. And she is passionate about leading teams in a diverse and multi-cultural environment.

Stay tuned as we cover:

  • Global Production Networks and Supply chain transformation
  • Supply Chain 4.0 and IoT solutions in Infineon
  • If she would be an investor – where would she put her money?
  • How does an engineer lead a global Supply Chain Network
  • How to groom future supply chain leaders
  • How to be a passionate leader in a male dominated industry

The interview is split into 3 parts:

  1. Industry Trends – reading time 15 min –  Download the transcript – or read it here
  2. Talent and Recruitment in Supply Chain and Logistics – reading time 8 minDownload the transcript – or read it here
  3. Personal success stories and habits –  reading time 8 minDownload the transcript – or read it here

Episode #04: Industry 4.0 and Diversity with Roxane Desmicht Head of Supply Chain at Infineon Technologies

 

Part 1 – Industry Trends – [32:27]

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Part 2 – Talent and Recruitment in Supply Chain and Logistics – [21:33]

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Part 3 – Personal success stories and habits – [19:50]

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Show notes:

 

Part 1 – Industry Trends:

  • [06:39] Global production network connecting manufacturing sites – Infineon Case Study.
  • [07:25] Supply chain transformation examples – Lean planning project case study.
  • [11:15] How do you align sales and marketing? How do you get together all the stakeholders to implement a project?
  • [15:07] Which technology trend in Supply Chain will likely make the most impact by 2020 in your opinion?
  • [17:50] What does Supply Chain 4.0 mean to you? What is supply chain of the future? What does it mean to you?
  • [21:55] To get to that vision and to get to Supply Chain 4.0 what are the biggest challenges that you face around getting there?
  • [24:24] How are you currently using any IoT solutions to your supply chain?
  • [26:41] Before investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in digital new tech, what’s the fundamentals that supply chain needs to have in today’s environment?
  • [28:57] If you would be an investor and had lots and lots of money, which supply chain related start-up would you invest in and why?

Part 2 – Talent and Recruitment:

  • [00:04] How does Infineon attract and retain talent in supply chain?
  • [02:43] Why supply chain is not seen as something necessarily “sexy” or career in supply chain is not seen as something “sexy.”
  • [07:10] What are the hard skills you are looking for when hiring?
  • [09:03] What are some of the skills that the future supply chain 4.0 professional needs to have?
  • [10:29] Diversity.  Obviously, you are a great example of an excellent leader in supply chain. Since this is male dominated traditionally, how do we balance it a bit more?
  • [14:33] How do you see the role of HR as a business partner? Do you have an HR business partner that focuses very closely on supply chain?
  • [16:27] How do you groom future supply chain leaders?

Part 3 – Personal success stories and habits:

  • [00:04] How do I become the next head of supply chain at Infineon in years to come?” What would one piece of advice be?
  • [03:14] Personal routine. Morning routine.  Any morning routine that you do?
  • [05:37] What is the book that you give most to people?
  • [08:55] What is something you believe in that other people think it’s insane?
  • [11:04] Do you use social media to help your brand as an employer and as a potential employer?
  • [12:34] One quick example of an area where you’ve been challenged a lot around supply chain, how did you face it? How did you overcome?
  • [14:43] When you think of the word “successful” in your practice in supply chain, who is the first person that comes to your mind and why?
  • [16:14] If you could go back and give your 20 year old self a valuable piece of advice, what would you say?

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#03: Paul Bradley CEO Caprica International

Entrepreneurship and Technology with Paul Bradley CEO Caprica International

This is episode #03, and we have as a guest Paul Bradley.

Paul is the Chairman and CEO, Caprica International and serving on the Boards of various organisations. He was also selected as a ‘New Asian Leader’ by the World Economic Forum. Leadership roles have spanned American, Japanese, Chinese and Indian companies with responsibilities across 14 countries. Created 7 start-ups and participated in the successful IPO launch of 2 companies. Passionate about innovation and developing multi-cultural talent to impact the future.

Stay tuned as we cover:

  • most important technology trends in supply chain
  • how AI and Block Chain is changing the game
  • the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship and how start-ups disrupt the industry
  • what is it like to be a member of the B20 task force of the G20 Summit
  • how important it is to have great mentors

The interview is split into 3 parts:

  1. Industry Trends – reading time 15 min – Downloador read it here
  2. Talent and Recruitment in Supply Chain and Logistics – reading time 8 min – Download – or read it here
  3. Personal success stories and habits – reading time 8 min – Download – or read it here

Episode #03: Entrepreneurship and Technology with Paul Bradley CEO Caprica International

 

Part 1 – Industry Trends – [33:17]

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Part 2 – Talent and Recruitment in Supply Chain and Logistics – [15:32]

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Part 3 – Personal success stories and habits – [16:25]

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Show notes:

 

Part 1 – Industry Trends:

  • [06:08] What’s the supply chain of the future to you?
  • [12:11] Block chain – is it high for real value. If real value, when will we see widespread adoption into everyday processes? So maybe we deep-dive a little bit further into it.
  • [13:39]  ICO – a crypto-currency way of raising funds instead of the traditional method and at the center maybe it’s the investment banks.
  • [15:46] AI  in banking – a case study.
  • [17:15] A lot of people, obviously not a lot of us will ever have a chance to sit in a G20 meeting in a committee. What happened there? What are some of the topics? What are the people discussing about? What are the world leaders thinking about? Give us some more details.
  • [21:41] Biggest challenges of companies in Asia? – power hubs, cyber attacks, political unrest, and  other risks.
  • [27:37]  What advice to tech startups in the supply chain space would you give? Where do you see an innovation deficit or not enough startups addressing a particular need?

Part 2 – Talent and Recruitment:

  • [00:00] How do we address the global shortage of supply chain talent? Should the company start developing in-house talent and training programs to fill in the gaps? How would you do it?
  • [04:37] The old days of freight forwarding – how did innovation work – a case study.
  • [07:33] In the market, what do you see are the biggest skills missing?
  • [13:57]  True partnership and actually truly understanding the client.

Part 3 – Personal success stories and habits:

  • [00:00] Do you have some very specific practical information websites. How do you get information? How do you keep yourself in touch with the new developments?
  • [03:52] When you think of the word successful in the industry, what would be 2 names that come to your mind?
  • [11:13] Building systems and policies for AI and machine learning
  • [13:35] Change is happening faster than a lot of people are realizing. IoT, AI, Blockchain. Being stuck in the comfort zone or incremental type of business change or increase zone and it’s exciting times in the industry.
  • [14:18] Apollo spaceship and lunar module had less computing power than your smartphone. Where does the future lead us?

Transcripts:

  1. Industry Trends – reading time 15 min – Downloador read it here
  2. Talent and Recruitment in Supply Chain and Logistics – reading time 8 min – Download – or read it here
  3. Personal success stories and habits – reading time 8 min – Download – or read it here

#02: Charles Brewer CEO DHL e-commerce

Leadership in Logistics with Charles Brewer CEO DHL e-commerce

This is episode #02 and this time we have as guest Charles Brewer. He is the global CEO of DHL e-commerce with 33 years of experience in Logistics across the globe. He has been Chief Executive Officer of DHL eCommerce at Deutsche Post AG since June 2016. He served as Executive Vice President of Sales and of DHL Worldwide Express and served as its Member of the Management Board, US since March 2006.

  • He served as Executive Vice President of U.S. Air Products and Services at DHL Express (USA)since March 2006.
  • He started his career with DHL in the UK in 1984 and held various management positions at DHL’s Express division in the Asia Pacific region, in the U.S. and latterly as Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express for Sub-Saharan Africa, before joining the pan-African Mara Group in 2015.

Stay tuned as we cover:

  • most important trends in logistics – the evolution of e-commerce
  • challenges in South East Asia Logistics and how to transform them into opportunities
  • how to attract and keep top talent in a great corporate culture
  • his success habits and most important lessons learned in his career
  • how to become the CEO of DHL e-commerce

The interview is split into 3 parts – so if you want to skip directly to the point  of interest please go ahead:

  • [01:00] Part 1: Opportunities and Challenges in e-commerce
  • [36:40] Part 2: How to attract and keep the best talent
  • [56:30] Part 3: Becoming a leader – success habits and attitude

Without further adue here is my talk with Charles:

Episode #02: Leadership in Logistics with Charles Brewer CEO DHL e-commerce

 

Show notes:

[01:00] Part 1: Opportunities and Challenges in e-commerce

[36:40] Part 2: How to attract and keep the best talent

[56:30] Part 3: Becoming a leader – success habits and attitude

 

  • [03:48] – How do you see DHL e-commerce in the next five years? And also if you want to give more specifics into Southeast Asia particularly.
  • [10:54] – How do you see e-commerce and retail in the future? Will they compete? Co-exist? Will you be seeing synergies?
  • [15:19] – Do you see the growth of e-commerce as a threat to the traditional freight industry? Does it mean that more orders coming from e-commerce mean less freight move by traditional sea freight – air freight?
  • [19:35] – What are some of the e-commerce trends other than e-commerce delivery lead times, move it closer to get it now solutions? What are the big trends do you see coming up for the e-commerce specifically?
  • [24:17] – In your view, what does IoT deliver in practical terms for the e-commerce of DHL? Are we ahead or behind the development curve?
  • [27:15] – How can you actually make money in e-commerce? Can you actually, on the long term, make this as a successful and profitable?
  • [36:35)] – Logistics is not sexy. It’s not IT, it’s not technology. Historically, it’s not perceived as a sexy place. Now my question is two-folds. First, challenge me on that part – why you think it’s sexy. Secondly, how can we trick the brightest minds – the guys that finish in the top schools into the industry?
  • [51:00] – How could we better train our staff to be outside-of-the-box thinkers rather than just be a piece in the mechanism wheeling in the chain.
  • [52: 45] – What do you see as talent gaps in the industry of e-commerce right now? What skills is the industry lacking badly at the moment in the e-commerce?
  • [56:12] – How to become the CEO of DHL E-Commerce in a few years, what kind of advice would you share?
  • [57:58] – What do the first two hours of your day look like. Before you get to work, do you follow early morning routine?
  • [60:13] – What is the book that you give most to people?
  • [65:15] – What is something that you believe in that other people think it’s insane?
  • [67:50] – How does social media help you? How does it help your brand? How does it help DHL E-Commerce brand?
  • [74:24] – What has been the biggest letdown in your career so far?
  • [80:19] – If you could go back and give your 21 year old self 21-year-oldpiece of advice, what would you say?

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#01: Didier Chenneveau Executive Director Ernst & Young

How technology is changing Supply Chains globally with Didier Chenneveau Executive Director Ernst & Young – Supply Chain and Operations Practice.

This is episode #01, and it is my pleasure to have as a guest Didier Chaneveau. He is one of the leading supply chain executives in the region with more than 25 years experience across the board.

Here are a few of his most important career steps:

  • Executive Director – Ernst & Young – Supply Chain and Operations Practice.
  • External Senior Advisor McKinsey & Company
  • CEO Asia Pacific CEVA Logistics
  • Chief Supply Chain Officer LG Electronics
  • VP of Operations, Americas HP

Stay tuned as we cover latest technologies in supply chain:

  • IoT – Internet of Things  and Blockchain in Supply Chain
  • The supply chain challenges faced by the most important MNCs in Asia
  • Supply Chain Talent in Asia
  • How to develop top supply chain leaders
  • The importance of drinking red wine

Without further adue here is my talk with Didier:

Episode #01: How technology is changing Supply Chains globally with Didier Chenneveau

Show notes:

  • If you were to look at Ernst & Young and your clients, what’s one of the key things that they’re struggling right now when it comes to their supply chains in Asia? [2:25]
  • Which technology trend in supply chain will likely make the most impact by 2020? [6:21]
  • Everybody talks about blockchain now. [10:09 ]
  • Before investing in hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars in digital and new tech, if we are to look at the fundamentals of a supply chain, what would that still be in today’s time and age? [15:18]
  • What’s your thoughts in general about talent and supply chain talent development in Asia and is there enough supply chain talent in the region? [18:29]
  • What skills, I think it can be hard and soft, should logistics and supply chain professionals be focused on in order to remain relevant in the future and for the long run? [20:45]
  • “Always take the high road!” [24:07 ]
  • Can you share an internet or online supply chain resource like a website or online course or something that would be relevant to all this and something they can go and learn. [30:10]
  • What is a personal habit of yours, Didier, that you think contributes to your success. [31:55]
  • A memorable story in your career around solving the supply chain challenge that you could share with us? [32:54]

Transcript:

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