Supply Chain Now Episode 325

Prefer to watch the podcast in action rather than just listen?  Watch Scott as he welcomes Latia Thomas and Aaron Peterson to the Supply Chain Now booth at the DMSCA Conference.

On this episode of Supply Chain Now, Scott broadcasts live from DMSCA, and welcomes Latia Thomas and Aaron Peterson to the Supply Chain Now booth.

[00:00:05] It’s time for Supply Chain Now Radio. Broadcasting live from the Supply chain capital of the country, Atlanta, Georgia. Supply chain. Now radio spotlights the best in all things supply chain the people. The technology’s the best practices and the critical issues of the day. And now here are your hosts.


[00:00:29] All right. Good afternoon, Scott Luton here with you, Liveline Supply chain. Now, welcome back to the show. We’re not broadcasting from Atlanta G-A today. We’re broadcasting from Scottsdale, Arizona, home to the Dembski Annual Conference, where it’s all about supplier diversity, supplier development and supplier success. If the Dembski conference is not on your radar yet, check them out. DMM, SCA, DOT U.S. before we get started. Two quick programing note. Number one, you can find our podcast where every year podcast from including YouTube. Be sure to subscribe so you’ll miss a thing. And secondly, we’ve got we’ve got to give thanks to our sponsor for this episode and all of our coverage out here at the Dembski conference. Verusen. Verusen is powering A&D driven data harmonisation around the world with a big focus on materials. You can learn more at Verusen dot com s USC in. OK, we’ve got a special UPS. So here today we’ve been we’ve been talking with thought leaders from across the conference, across sectors, manufacturers, supply chain folks, you name it. And today we’re going to kind of change a game and pull a bit. We’re gonna talk with two thought leaders that are still in college at one of the leading Supply chain schools around the country. Morgan State University in here with me. We’ve got Aaron Peterson to my far right sophomore at Morgan State University and Latoyia Thomas, senior at Morgan State. But also a latte is president of the Apex chapter at Morgan State.


[00:01:58] So we are sitting here with senior executives already. So Lahti and Aaron Heyo doing. Oh. Oh, how are you? Great experience. I’m doing fantastic. Really enjoy my time out here. My first time to Arizona. Right. I wish we had more time to kind of smell the roses and get out and see. But if we can’t do that, I’d rather spend my time with with bright young minds, like we like both folks we have here. And I’m really looking forward to picking your brains a bit. So for starters, I want to find out more about who we who you are. So this might feel like days of you live, but I don’t know my French it that good is it’s good civility. Where are you from? And and give us the skinny on your upbringing a little bit.


[00:02:39] Okay. I am from Baltimore, Maryland. Born and raised. I am from the county from Furman said he can’t middle Ryder. Okay. That’s no river. Middle River. Still Merill, Maryland, still barrel about 20 minutes away from the city. I’m a first generation college student. I’ll be the first to graduate college. I’m the first to graduate high school. And that’s an embarrassing moment for me. I can ride a bike. I can’t. I can’t ride a bike. Was trying to wheels. But it’s probably embarrassing to have training wheels. So when you were getting trained so my day, you know, he had me on the bike. He let go and I lost control, swerved. Greene box. And then I swear off the tree and fell. So, you know, Keith returned it. Sorry, you waste your money. Say that if you have any. I don’t know. But yeah.


[00:03:33] So never again said no back Rod in here. I Ryder. Oh, just trying to. Yeah. All right. How about a T.V.s?


[00:03:43] Do I have to balance my toe? I have to balance.


[00:03:46] If they give you some regulatory Miura flattery.


[00:03:50] And that’ll be cool. I don’t go to Vegas. Right. But I can go up.


[00:03:54] I’m scared about coming down. Okay. Now, he’s not not a helicopter. Give me some.


[00:03:59] So from Middle River and doesn’t do bikes and didn’t. Now let’s switch over the air and air. Tell us about where you’re from and give us a similar you know, Skilton in your closet will call. Okay.


[00:04:10] All right. I’m from the Podhurst area of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. And a skeleton that’s in my closet. Well, I don’t even consider it Scott Luton. It’s just like whatever. But I don’t know how to swim. Okay. I would like to learn how to swim. Well, I have yet, so I’m not afraid to put my head underwater. OK. I just haven’t taken the time to. I said I was gonna sign up at my gym. They’ll teach me how to swim, but I haven’t taken the time to do. Okay. Well, there’s still plenty of time. Yeah. So much time. Right. Yeah.


[00:04:42] And who knows what when. As you build out a family down the road a bit, you might be Rod bikes and you might be doing the the breaststroke or Sandeep.


[00:04:50] I have to because I can’t have my kids learn how to swim and they’re coming to save me.


[00:04:54] I should be saving my kids in point. Swimming is kind of like a survival skills. You don’t have to stay with my license drive. That’s right. OK.


[00:05:07] So now I want to I want to talk more about Morgan State and what how y’all chose that path to go to school there. So this will start the senior that graduates in December 2020, right? Yes. December 18th, silver, 18th of 2020. So right around the corner. So why did you choose Morgan State Line?


[00:05:29] My mom was having me live in Maryland. In general, I had few options. Maryland tells him. I think even Marilyn would have been far. And then, you know, Morgan is in Baltimore. It’s an HBCU. So historically black college or university. So I would had a different learning experience than that in high school. I went to high school. You have to get accepted in Team one. I studied business there. And to be a product of Baltimore, to be a product of Morgan, who’s normally looked at as the underdog. And I know my work ethic and what I can bring to the table. It would just make me more proud as a woman coming out of Baltimore, coming out of Morgan. And people don’t typically expect that type of talent. They normally think of what AT&T, maybe some schools further down sell.


[00:06:20] At&t is engineering is really, really, really known at our school. Yes. And our business school is taken often and other majors as well. But Supply chain, it just started. OK. So, yeah. So what?


[00:06:34] Adt to North Carolina. And he is well. Morehouse. Yeah. Howard, people don’t really consider Morgan State. I really don’t even think we get the same type of companies that come into our career fairs that will come to Howard.


[00:06:51] Ipr outcomes to Supply chain. Yeah. Not yet. Right. You know. Right. And you’re out to change it. I love that. Very passionate about that.


[00:07:01] All right. So, Aaron, same question for you. How did some Morgan State, how did that hit your radar? All right. Especially grown up in pon her stroke. Carolina? No, Alabama. Alabama. Sarcasm was elevated upon his community. Yes. All right. All right. Because Alabama folks will be listening. Yeah, that’s right. Let’s get it right. So not Pinehurst, North Carolina is the number two course there, but it’s the it’s the Pinehurst community in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. OK. Sorry, man. There. Come out to me, too. That’s something that’s come in.


[00:07:34] So, yeah, I chose Morgan State. I showed my earlier story. I was I was originally going to go to Strayer and I didn’t think I wanted to go to college. I didn’t know. I was like I kind of found another way. I wouldn’t be an entrepreneur or do something else or, you know, any way I was doing receiving Four Seasons, hotels and resorts and I was like, how can I do this on a bigger scale? So I just start looking around ecologists. Like I said, I was going to Strayer. Somebody pulled me up, said, Man, what are you doing? This is a for profit college, you know, whatever. I’m not saying thing by Australia. I’m just saying I was kind of guided to go to a university. So I have a cousin that had just recently graduated a year before. And one of my managers where I worked had graduated as well or was a xylem. So I knew, OK, this is receiving this is what I’m doing. Was this a part of this? Like this is Supply chain. And then my directors were saying, well, this is you’re not going to get to foreign supply chain in hospitality because, you know, we use a lot of third parties for our supply chain. You know, you’re in the receiving department doing requisitions and purchase orders. So, you know, it’s still part of supply chain, but it’s not a deal that you want. So I looked up some universities near me and I saw telsa and I saw Morgan State. And Morgan State is just like, yeah, you got to go there. You know, not just because it’s a HBCU, but it is great that it is because they take you knowing your history much more serious, you know, and you’re still get your education as well.


[00:09:04] But it’s just mandatory for you to know your history. They take it very seriously. And I felt as though it was a good thing because I don’t know too much or wasn’t into. I wouldn’t say. Yeah, I mean, black history. I knew what we were taught. You know, like the Martin Luther King, stuff like that or people like that. The great people like them were way more in-depth stories like how Morgan State played a big part in the civil rights movement and things that nature and the Reed Street walk ins. I mean, sit ins and that were nearby Morgan State. And I was like, wow, this is huge and this is great. And when I see all these companies come in to show Morgan State so much respect and, you know, looking to diversify their companies, you know. Yeah, it just it was great. I mean, the lessons. And it was like supply chain. It just started there. And I was like, wow. You know, I found a university that has supply chain because I just started on YouTube just looking out. You know, supply chain supply chain that the next thing you know, I’m like, all right, let’s go. Do it really. Morgan State popped up. Came in. It was one of the first Supply chain majors I met. OK. And I heard about a PIC’s as well. And, you know, it’s a organization that, you know, kind of gives you more insight on supply chain. It’s it’s like a communication. What do you say? fretwork Melbourne. UPS lively, right? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So it’s just it’s really great. And I’m glad I’m there. And here we are.


[00:10:28] All right. Fantastic. And your sophomore. I am. So. Yeah. Yes. Already four years where the passion is. I love that. And LLC love. You’ve already got some practical experience and a component of supply chain. So that’s the art. So let’s switch gears. Let’s talk about an errand. Really, you’ve already in many ways answered this question. OK. But we’re gonna give you a chance. Answered again, sir. So since siplon a minute, Latoyia, why supply chain management or why supply chain?


[00:11:00] So when you think of a company, most people say, I’ll go to college because, you know, I’ll always find a job in accounting or finance or even marketing because those help companies succeed. A lot of people don’t think that supply chain, you know, in plan context is the heartbeat of a company and it can make or break the success of it. It’s kind of the people behind the thing that determine if you’re going to make a profit overgrown to fail and be out of business. And I like that. I like being able to sit at the table and make decisions. And I have to be the front face of it to do that and to be able to make a difference. And there’s not a lot of women in Supply chain and. Wow. So I think that’ll promote the major the career and everything else.


[00:11:43] It is dominated by males. Yes.


[00:11:47] So the good news is, is s evolving, right. However, the challenge that you’re pointing out, especially so caught Shelby, 50, is a great nonprofit in Atlanta. All right. So we have the founder, l.p appraoch Gallagher own regularly elbows with one of the Fortune 100 Logistics service providers. The good news is with the proliferation of supply chain programs, both at university level, college level, technical college, you name it, there’s over 500 programs in the U.S. now. Okay. And if you look at males and females coming out of the university is really close to 50/50 choosing supply chain in terms of recent graduates. Right. However, as you go through the management tier, you start to see the disparity and you get into upper management and you see disparity and then and then your paff me with this, maybe hopefully they’re they’re teaching this in college. You get into the boardroom and tyrells point is dominated with males. I think the numbers still less than 5 percent female represented in the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies. That’s a problem. Yes. So what I love about this conversation is Latina is president of the apic Student Chapter, which at that is is what is an indication of things to come. Yes, I love that. All right. So same question, Aaron, for you. You’ve already kind of foreshadowed a little bit, but what else would you add? Why are you so passionate about Supply chain, especially as a career field?


[00:13:21] I’m passionate by Supply chain because it’s just the employment rate is crazy. It’s like you could how could you not have a job? You know, because there’s so many things in supply chain that you can do no matter what it is from finance, accounting, Logistics, operations, whatever. You know, you just find out when when I was first introduced to Supply chain, there was a board in front of me. And it had about I’d say well over 200 positions in the top of it, said Supply chain. And it was just everything that you can be deal somewhere about the Supply chain. So my thing was my dad drove tractor-trailers after he finished his contract in the Marines. And I just loved the trucks and the things that he moved. You had to shut the highway down for hours to get it from three exits down right where he was.


[00:14:14] Was he in? Was he actively Maureen? Was he active duty? Yes, he was again. Wow. Okay. And then he drove it when he was a truck driver.


[00:14:25] He retired or whatever. You can’t tell him he’s not a Maureen. Yes, right. Always, always. Maureen UPS right up. So he drove tractor trailers for about 30. Wow. I bet he’s got some stories. Yeah. Yeah, he had a he had a stroke and they told him he’d never drive again. And then like five years it today he started Trident Tech Sheer proved wrong. And so they that’s how I got into supply chain just my dad. As far as transportation and Logistics, I used to be in the trucks with them in the summers and it just the things we had. You know, it was just Iwao to stuff is. Huge. And it just interest in me, I play with a little talk at toys and stuff when I was growing up. So that was pretty much it. I mean, and salary is cool. I was just like, you got to make sure it’s something that if it can’t make you smile, you know, you’ve got to get excited about. You know, because you’re about to spend most of your life doing it in the things that you love doing the most. You’ll do them when you’re off the clock as well.


[00:15:22] We’ll put her in. All right. So let’s switch gears, talk about the ape, the student, a PIC’s chapter at Morgan State University. All right. So, for starters, what does it do? Madam President?


[00:15:35] So we serve as a gap between employers and the students. We bring them together for information sessions, resumé critiquing mock interviews to prepare students to get ready for the career fairs at any other one campus interviews that we may have. It’s companies that pay people an army tour don’t even hear about or know about because as we mentioned earlier, a lot of Supply chain professionals don’t do not come to the career fairs at Morgan State. It gives them internship opportunities, full time opportunities if they are into entrepreneurship, giving them the outlets for that as well. Just to hear from those that are entrepreneurs. So we want to be able to promote and uplift the students that we have class with. Every day in our programs are open to all majors. So predominantly they come just talk about supply chain professions. But if you’re an information systems major, you know, even though they’re not coming for that, they have it at their company. So you can still network. And that’s what it’s all about, networking because nobody’s in a handful a job after college.


[00:16:39] And that’s right. We recorded a number of events we make sure we put open to all majors because we’re in the business school and it’s just like you guys are involved with the supply chain, whether you know it or not, in some form matter, you know.


[00:16:50] That’s a good point. All right. So what about the apic student chapter? Do you. What? Out of everything you just listed in terms of what it does and how it serves and how it’s people connected. What’s your favorite element of being involved?


[00:17:06] Empowering, empowering the students that we see everyday, those students in whole and Morgan State. We all have to grow together. It’s enough. Resources and jobs are here for us all. And we all can win if we can beat that gap and bridge that gap. Should I say to help students and not just be selfish and help ourselves with those apar our club, that makes it all worth it.


[00:17:31] Yeah, definitely. OK. And it gives you access to a lot of networking opportunities, too. They have all types of things on their Web site. You know, like the CPI and the certification certification, major, you know, just to prepare you for your career afterwards in companies will even come to Morgan State before they, you know, have like we have the school fair, the business fairs or job fairs, and they’ll come before the job fair and do resumes critiquing and prepping. So, you know, when we come back here, make sure you’re ready for this. Make sure you can answer this question. That’s really nice. You know, that’s that’s a company saying, you know, we want you we know you may be nervous or you might not have this answer, but hey, let’s do this now. We’ll do info session and critique resumes. And then when we come back, when all the jobs are here, you’re gonna see us again. You might see someone else from our company Button. You should be able to answer this question better.


[00:18:23] You know, until the first thing is two parts to. Right. You get to meet sometimes is the same person. So you get to meet this person on a one to one type of environment instead of being a five minute spell in a career fair. And then we bring out real talent acquisition specialist recruiters. So what they’re telling you is what all recruiters are looking for in four full time opportunities. So it’s really putting students in a position to gain a job after college Gates. We can only imagine how hard it can be. I don’t think it has to be.


[00:18:56] You know you know, I’ll tell you from the feedback we’ve gotten from the Morgan State, you know, from all the votes we’ve interviewed, it’s in a sidebar conversations we’ve had. Yeah. The group here has been very impressed with the delegation from Morgan State University. So you might by all accounts, we’ll have less of a harder time finding a job.


[00:19:13] Yeah, we got really good enough. Yeah. RAFANELLI I guess you can never have more than know what that is. We’ve got a lot to learn on that.


[00:19:21] You really garnered a lot of attention here based on your interaction and your involvement and some and yet very much like how you how you present yourselves in terms of digesting the content, asking the questions, getting involved. Yeah, I mean that you’ve done really well. So I’ve appreciate y’all’s approach. So I want to ask you before we talk, Dembski. And why this is so important to be here. As you start to evaluate opportunities, Niekro. So let’s say December or really? I’m sure you’ll be you’ll be interviewing one now and then let’s hear what is one thing that you really are looking for in your employer and the opportunity or the employer or the culture. What’s one thing that is on your list of of priorities?


[00:20:09] Oh, definitely room to grow. I know a lot of companies say you have room to grow, but what’s the typical timeframe that you get from position ait’s a, position B? Who makes those decisions in their company? And what’s the sex of those people that make those decisions? And how are opinions of those at a lower level regarded? Diversity and inclusion is a big aspect to me. All people should be accepted wherever you go. So that’s a big deal breaker for me. And in the interview process, I love the ability to be able to come shadow the company or the position that I’m looking for just to see the everyday operations, because you never really know if you will adapt to a company’s culture or even agree with the company’s culture until you there. Anybody can sell something. Is being there and seeing how it operates. And you can read off of Vibe to see if this is the everyday way of things or people are just all. But that’s big to me. So the women, should I say, that’s in charge of diversity, inclusion and those that are not management. How heavy are those words to an after?


[00:21:17] Very nice. We got a top five list. Our Aaron, same question.


[00:21:22] What I’m looking for afterwards would be from an employee or would be ability, as latte’s said, to grow, you know, and also how much a company invests into their employees.


[00:21:36] You know, some people they’ll just some companies, they can just they can be lip service. Yeah. You know, and be like, hey, this is your job, you know? But how I want to grow in my position and I don’t wanna spend too much time here. You know, I want to work from the lowest point, if that’s a possibility and work my way up and through so I can know my company through and through if I’m going to be here, invest in me. You know, a lot of companies that do like tuition reimbursement, you know, when you finish your bachelor’s, some people want you to get some experience before you go into your master’s and they’ll pay for that. But, you know, like certifications and things of that nature, you know, help me be a better me for our company. You know, it’s not me working for you as much as you think, you know, we’re all working together. You know, I’m saying you gave me the opportunity. Let me do what’s best so we can all be a team and be a great team at that. You know what I’m saying? It’s a difference between like if I’m working in hospitality and I’m just coming in here helping chefs like I’m a steward or something, you know, helping chefs move food from here to here. Right. But helped me become serve safe certified, you know. So I know that I’m handling things better. And, you know, I know this is supply chain, but it’s just, you know, like like CPR and all other types of sort of operations. You know, I can I do this job. I’m a supply chain professional, but I’m very well at doing this. And I’m certified in this area, you know, and that increases your stock and your value. And, you know, people know when they have a of this, you know, area `have he certified in that, you know what you want, you go speak to him, you know?


[00:23:05] I like it. Him or her. Right. Him like that even more. Yeah. So what are some of what I heard you say there? Aaron, it is wanting to be well-rounded. BRYANT Definitely, because the current definition and probably for years to come of supply chain has changed so much from how folks interpreted that in the 80s. Right. You know, when it was really more about and more define more or less generally speaking, you know, transportation Logistics versus now you were thinking of it. What’s been prevalent for fifteen years and I’m preaching to the choir here. I know, but in the end, we’re moving into kind of that that circular. Right, because you get sustainability as such a backdrop for all things supply chain these days. Okay. So let’s talk about Demps. Come now. All right. So this is my first time here as a child’s birth. The first time. So my understanding is the genesis for y’all’s involvement here is you had Mr. David Burton come out and speak to your class.


[00:24:06] Yes. The last semester I had a procurement class and Mr. Burton came out to talk about Numskull. And throughout his presentation, he mentioned the conference and we were all lykken. And of course, we took our phones, computers and looked it. And then we thought the price.


[00:24:22] And then like you oh, be nice if we could go to is a good value for folks already in the astrobee for students first. It’s all been there.


[00:24:30] It was steep. And then you have to get plane tickets and then I’d be nice if we could go. And so our professor said the same thing. Maybe we can get some students out there. And Mr. Burton said we can make that happen. And what, a couple months ago or a month? Fairgoers all we received email from our chairperson saying we were coming to Arizona for the Dan Solla conference and I took some of those prices, weren’t they?


[00:24:53] They were pretty yeah, pretty steep. But I know why they were steep. Yeah. If you’re here, the people that you were meeting, if you had a thing you wanted to outweigh, you always had access to. All these are top people agree. They’re doing great and you have access and you sit down and talk and engage and that costs.


[00:25:11] The great thing about this conference, I haven’t been to a conference. Iren has been found out, but it’s.


[00:25:21] Not intimidating, so to speak. Maybe from this, if you’re not a student, that’s all spoken. It can be intimidating, but it’s a select few individuals here. So you’re not just someone on the wall. You can really go up to have conversation. And I think that’s with anybody, suppliers, the companies, they can have conversation and really talk one on one versus having to feel like you had a quick. And so I stop wasting their time and let them do what they have to do. You can. It’s nice and compact and everybody and not everybody feel so much knowledge into see real-world principles and things happen. We’re learning in school. Kinda like, oh, wow.


[00:26:05] Yeah. And to hear them talking about how the feature is going to be to people with the most experience can they can definitely let you know what’s what’s coming, you know, in being able to, you know, prepare yourself for what these leaders are saying. You know, everybody doesn’t know about, you know, how to prepare yourself. Like me, I’m just coming into Supply chain. I’ve got to do a lot of reading. I got to speak to a lot of people involved, because even though I have a track of what I want to do, you know, things may change. I might be doing something else and supply chain, you know. So either way, you’ve got to be a team player. You know, that’s what we want. That’s what anyone wants, you know?


[00:26:41] Ok. So and again, to our audience, you can learn more about Dembski DMB SICAD that U.S. is diverse manufacturing supply chain alliance. Our great conference here. And you know, they do programing Year-Round and there’s membership in you name it. OK. So now I want to wrap up the conversation with one and both of you all have spoken in some of these trends. Yeah, but Latino, we’ll start with you when you can’t survey the global end in Supply chain community.


[00:27:09] What’s one topic or development or innovation? You name it, that that you find really compelling and just getting into it and learning about it.


[00:27:20] But I think blockchain is a big concept, an aspect that all companies should put their foot forward of it to be prepared, because it’s not a means of when or if it’s gonna happen, but when it’s going to happen. I think we all can agree the value of the United States dollars diminishing in low Alloa and blockchain. It’s going to be the basis of transactions that’s going to still be people that want to come out to, do, you know, customer service transactions to get that customer service experience. But pretty soon it’s going to be king. You perform this transaction, the blockchain. Can you support blockchain or the financial technology aspect of it, the transparency and the traceability, all that the blockchain offers? Yeah, especially on the supplier level. Can you keep up with this or what do you talk to me for?


[00:28:09] Interesting. Okay. So Erin, blockchain, which is is required in any supply chain conversation in 2020, by the way. Definitely. Erin, about you.


[00:28:19] I would say management of the materials involved in production, for example, how say you have a manufacturer, right. And we’re moving all this product and there’s parts involved. Everybody knows or there’s someone involved that knows where this product is coming from, where it has to go. You know, how needs to be packaged or, you know, whatever. And. Everyone is starting to well, mostly like get until like the IAPT thing more. I mean, I wouldn’t say they’re just starting, but it’s just starting to advance. It’s like better metrics and all that and being able to check on the parts involved with moving everything in production, you know, because. Having an issue with, you know, your production equipment could be drastic, as you heard yesterday. You know, 10 seconds of downtime in an a protect and production facility can cost a company $10000 easily, just 10 seconds. And they were speaking on how there is like how do you say information systems that can monitor these parts and and can let you know when production or like the performance of that part is starting to change. And then they can go figure it out. And when like say, for example, what has 11000 hours on it? And the data will show that, hey, around 20000 hours, you’re going to start having issues with this part. So at that point, we can put in a a work order to have that part changed out before the fact, because they said in the past people couldn’t, you know, monitor the parts. So they would wait.


[00:30:09] They would do like six months. They would just change things anyway, just so wouldn’t happen. It could’ve been something I wasted this on. It could be definitely a waste than that. They bring down to do it.


[00:30:19] This is more accurate and more proactive. You’re right. Sorry. Kids that are not predictive analytics. Right.


[00:30:26] Okay. Well, gosh, I’m not sure what we didn’t cover here. Really appreciate your how engaged the whole delegation has been here. Yeah. It’s great to hear the feedback you offered, for that matter. I think a lot of folks that while employers and hiring managers I think will benefit from a lot of feedback, help shared it. And what’s so as you fly back? Well, I’ll let you stick around for a while. Yeah, but Latoyia, as you fly back this afternoon to Middle River. Right. One last Chehab. What can be one of your last key takeaways from the experience here?


[00:31:06] I was a relation knowing that what I’m learning in school is not wasteful. It’s definitely relatable to Real-World things going on from quality to data analytics, whether it’s predictive or not. But being able to know that my teachers aren’t just teaching me anything. Right.


[00:31:26] It’s what’s taking place. Yeah, Aaron. Same question.


[00:31:29] Definitely. My take aways is the knowledge of knowing what’s coming in supply chain. And I need to do more reading. And then like she said, it’s not a waste, you know, and everything you’re being taught and in school and then coming to speak to the professionals who done it and how it just goes, you know, well with each other. You know, once you start getting the experience and they’re like, oh, man, this is this is great. I heard about this. We talked about this. Right. You know, and then you take like how we were speaking on blockchain. And he also spoke of what was the it was Ed Ed Carr speaking on a car and things of that nature. So, you know, you go get books and he’s talked to them and they say, hey, hey, what’s a good read? What’s a good read? You know, give me some knowledge, you know, or what do you think would be best in this area? You know, you can get a whole bunch of feedback because these people, they’ve been doing it. And so it’s just a wealth of knowledge. So I’d say I’m leaving with a lot of knowledge and a good path on, you know, that I can keep following.


[00:32:32] So you’ll be back here in a few years, probably presenting keynotes, right, as soon as the cycle goes. Yeah. Good. Okay. Well, really appreciate both of your time. Aaron Peterson, sophomore, Morgan State University. Letitia Thomas, not only a senior soon graduate at Morgan State, but president of the Apex Student Chapter there. Really appreciate your time. Thanks for having me. And looking forward to reconnecting. Yes, absolutely. Thank you. OK. So to our audience as we wrap up this latest episode here, we’re we’re we’re covering the Dembski event here in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. Stay tuned and make sure Dembski Guinn’s on your radar. The M SCA dot U.S.. Also, check out what we’ve got coming up. We’ve got in-person and digital events with partners around the world at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com. Check out our events or webinar tabs if t rorters events. The Automotive Industry Action Group Resilience 360 Mode X much more. You can learn more at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com. Big thanks again to our guests. Big thanks to Jim. SCAA hosts our sponsor Verusen. Check him out at various v.r u s e in on behalf the entire team here. Scott Luton. Wish you a wonderful week ahead and we’ll see you next time on supply chain. And thanks everybody.

Latia Thomas is currently studying services and supply chain management She aspires to begin my career as a procurement specialist. She is currently serving as the APICS President for the Morgan State Student Chapter.


Aaron Peterson has been a receiving clerk for four seasons hotels and resorts for 7 years. He decided to pursue his current career on a bigger level. He is currently a sophomore double major at Morgan State University. His majors are Supply chain management and transportation systems.


Scott W. Luton is the founder & CEO of Supply Chain Now. He has worked extensively in the end-to-end Supply Chain industry for more than 15 years, appearing in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Dice and Quality Progress Magazine. Scott was named a 2019 Pro to Know in Supply Chain by Supply & Demand Executive and a 2019 “Top 15 Supply Chain & Logistics Experts to Follow” by RateLinx. He founded the 2019 Atlanta Supply Chain Awards and also served on the 2018 Georgia Logistics Summit Executive Committee. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential. A Veteran of the United States Air Force, Scott volunteers on the Business Pillar for VETLANTA and has served on the boards for APICS Atlanta and the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. He also serves as an advisor with TalentStream, a leading recruiting & staffing firm based in the Southeast. Follow Scott Luton on Twitter at @ScottWLuton and learn more about SCNR here:


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