Supply Chain Now Episode 330

Today on this episode of Supply Chain Now, we welcome Dr. Bing Xu with iPoint, AIAG CR Summit Premier Sponsor, to enlighten us on chemical regulatory issues in the automotive supply.

[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, the best practices and the critical issues of the day. And now here are your hosts.


[00:00:28] Hey, good afternoon. Scott Luton here with you own supply chain. Now welcome back to the show. On this episode, we’re kicking off our latest round of collaboration with the Automotive Industry Action Group, a leading professional association that has been working to drive down costs and complexity from the automotive siplon automotive supply chain for over 35 years. So stay tuned for practical insights and observations. It’ll certainly raise your Supply chain IQ on a quick programing note. You can find supply chain now wherever you get your podcast from Apple podcast, Spotify, YouTube, you name it. We’d love to have you subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. Well, welcome in my fearless, esteemed co-host here today. Greg White Serial Supply chain tech entrepreneur, chronic disruptor and trusted advisor Greg. How you doing?


[00:01:17] I’m doing well, Scott. How are you?


[00:01:20] We’re doing. We’re doing, doing well. You know, it’s interesting time for everyone. However, you know, here, Supply chain. Now we continue to take our role very seriously in supplying best practices across the global supply chain community. So we’re looking forward to this interview.


[00:01:37] Well, we can’t stop our learning because of this disruption. And I think this is a great opportunity and a great, incredible guest.


[00:01:47] So with that said, let’s go ahead and welcome in our featured guests here today, Mr. Being you p_h_d_, director of Business, Innovation and Market Engagement. At our point being, how are you doing? Hey, guy. How about you? We’re doing well. We’re doing well. And so glad. And I know that you’ve had a full plate here. I’m sure you and the team are really busy and really appreciate you carving some time out to speak to our audience today.


[00:02:14] It’s my pleasure. Let’s start.


[00:02:16] Ok.


[00:02:17] I like that. That can do spirit. All right. So for starters, for starters being let’s get a sense of who you are. So. So tell us, you know, where are you from and give us an anecdote or two about your upbringing.


[00:02:31] Bob Walker, right? Yeah. This is being Siew and Di came to us in 1981 from China. So now it is almost like 40 years. I got my PMG and University of Southern Cal and usually people say that’s universe of sport, a child, whatever. Yeah. And then not. I start working at the Ford Motor Company and definitely quite a few area. But my main area is for the so-called materials management. I’m basically from the starting of the material coming into a formal company and then to the end of life, you know, recycle we call cradle to cradle the whole process. I’m the program manager managing the whole material process and for twenty five years. And then last year I just retired and nice job. I could, you know, stay summer beach, whole mountain, whatever, but quite a few of our friends and basically says, hey, you being you can not just the waste, your expertise, experience until twenty five years in this area.


[00:03:42] So finally I came back and tried to help out. And I point is the company I work now and I point actually working in also the similar field in the material compliance.


[00:03:56] So being we’re gonna we’re gonna dove into our point mode in just a second cause we will. Greg and I both want to learn a lot more about what that company does. But let me ask you to two fun questions, if I could, before we we get a better sense of your your journey and your company, for starters. What’s one thing you can share about being you that that most folks may not know?


[00:04:21] Everybody knows I’m g.


[00:04:23] I like math and physics and whatever, but seldom people knows that. Actually, I’m doing lots of so-called meditation, you know, sitting there quietly and clear up my PHONCE and actually help my health and improve my immune system. Now, particularly important.


[00:04:45] I love that.


[00:04:50] Long time ago.


[00:04:54] You know, if we if any of us need some serenity now. To borrow a phrase from Seinfeld with whatever methodology, meditation or any others certainly have. I think I think we all could use some of that. Let’s say one of the thing that I think is really important right now, especially as we see a variety of signals and feedback where business leaders and professionals, they’re looking for proven resources for information and news and content and business insights. Is there a recent book you’ve read or is there any go to sources that you can share with us for where you get your your information from?


[00:05:33] I say exactly the things that you just talk about that information, information, information. Actually now reading a book and like a traditional way, probably no longer the way I’m handling things. I learn mostly from very concepts, you know, nice things and especially the the new topics in the Internet. You know, the machine learning things. And I thought of observational intelligence type of things and especially few things that actually will impact our mental or management data management type of thing. So that’s where actually I look more and look at the union about the thing and to look at the new technology and the artificial intelligence type of things. That’s kind of the things that actually I spend more most of time reading and understand, gosh, there’s so much you mentioned outie.


[00:06:29] It’s almost you can pick whatever of the million acronyms that are out there. There’s there’s a wave, a tidal wave of new technology innovation. And we’re gonna touch on that later in the interview. Greg, I know you’ve got a few questions around Bings professional journal.


[00:06:42] Well, yeah, I’d like to start with a a key professional question before I ask you the the the other questions. And that is you work for pharmaco for a long time.


[00:06:55] I’m interested in over that. Twenty five years, what has been your your favorite Ford vehicle?


[00:07:06] The favorite. The favor, what is definitely the explorer that the one actually I leased at several times and whatever. I mean, because you said that the favorite one I’m in the there are many other things I I’d like it, but Explorer’s definitely I want.


[00:07:22] I think that was a great invention, by the way. I mean, you know, I remember when those came out and I got one the very first year that came out, as a matter of fact. I was pretty excited about it.


[00:07:35] Ok. Well, let’s get let’s get a little deeper than that. So if you can just give us a little bit of a, you know, a of your journey.


[00:07:45] And I think because you spent most of your career so far at Ford, I’d love to hear about your undergrad and grad and p_h_d_ experiences in addition to your professional journey, just so folks can understand how that led to where you are today.


[00:08:04] Yep. I graduated from tenjin University in China and then came to us in University of Southern Cal finished my APICS physics and then I won two Brian Diversity and Case Western. The you know, the research that scientists and research associate type of things finally landed in Ford and still managing material things. But this time it’s not like a pure research things. But managing the whole material process from the beginning to the end. So that’s basically my.


[00:08:37] Twenty five years with Ford mainly focusing on managing all the material. Actually, all the materials within Ford actually came through my department in terms of approval, in terms of the very kinds of toxicology approval or mental approval. The whole process. And finally, end of life vehicle that the whole mature process handled the whole thing.


[00:09:00] So I got to believe working at a company like Ford Motor Company and with all of the activity and transition that Ford has gone through, buying and selling various other car companies and introducing new models and reviving others and that sort of thing, you have to have met some some people or had some experiences that were put pivotal or influential in, you know, kind of making you who you are today.


[00:09:29] Can you share any of that with us?


[00:09:32] Yeah, I think that’s things. And if you talk about the so-called I am dematic international material data systems that actually useful every supplier, all yams in the world, basically that name is always attach with my name. I was unfortunately the original number that seven of the OEM actually started this.


[00:09:58] I’m D-AZ nineteen 1997. I was there at the time. I went to Europe to actually work what the other six o yams and we actually united i_d_s coming in and telling us how we handle the end of life vehicle directive which is just came out. Not enacted yet, but it just came out. So they did die. A very good presentation, very persuasive and basically asking nice to each one of our OEM put some seed money. And what wouldthe E.T.s develop a central system instead of each individual OEM, develop their own systems, collecting data and use this acentral system and collecting data. So that was a time, 1997. And finally, we signed the contract with E.T.s and then we launch it year to sound in the name I. M.D.s actually start actually flowing around. And finally coming to today, it’s more than 20 years.


[00:11:05] Al-ridi So that’s the I’m the I was the original member and unfortunately all the original member either retired or move out, whatever. I was the only Stuckey’s seal working in this the areas and even I retired now. Steel My name is social.


[00:11:22] What you still have is you still haven’t escaped it.


[00:11:27] And I have been in the I’m Desire’s Stream committee since then, even not in Europe. But I’m kind of representing the US side.


[00:11:36] And also all the I’m d related to process. And later on, many of the things, you know, the the I’m the s improvement and I’m the s conference type of things. I’ve been working with that whole area for the last 20 some years.


[00:11:55] So I imagine there are about twenty thousand people in the automotive industry nodding their head right now, going, yeah, I know that.


[00:12:04] Phee I M.D.s basically registered the users more than 100000, 0 0 0 all over the world and each year, and Ford, for instance, gave you an example of Fords and the three Lu v.p.’s a sign of letter and they explained to all our suppliers and publicly put a name, the ice sheets, you know, the information sheets and saying, hey, if you have any question asking being Schue.


[00:12:34] So that’s some fine. And stay there for more than, you know, fifteen, 17 years. So start from the very beginning of the I am the ice until now.


[00:12:46] Wow.


[00:12:47] So I’m sure there are other kind of influential things that have happened to you over your career at Ford or even as you’ve moved you even in maybe your brief, apparently a very brief retirement.


[00:13:03] Anything else jump out at you as influencing your your path or worldview or anything like that?


[00:13:11] Yeah. Let’s talk about the that the system and twothe and also my vision when I was at Ford in charge of those the whole thing and actually conjunction with i._d.s develop. I also actually lead led the Ford team, developed the Ford Longterm Strategies in terms of how to make sure the material complied, how to actually improve this stability, you know, design and greener material selection type of things. Sorts of things is all I was the day actually leader global actually leader within formal company. And for that home, it’s your management area. So I basically developed very kinds of the systems within Ford and also the processes within Ford, that same things actually now utilized by many under our automotive company and actually outside of automotive industry. I went through lots of a conference and go to the electronic industry, aerospace industry, building material. Does she have a machine industry? You name it. I work with SIA, which is the European Automotive Association and US car here, the U.S. and US auto lines and global automaker, you name it. So basically, I have been very active in automotive sector and meeting with the whole lots of our OEM colleagues and as well as the suppliers colleagues.


[00:14:52] I mean, that’s quite that’s quite a career.


[00:14:58] That’s really that’s really impressive. So.


[00:15:02] So tell us a little bit about how you got. I I point maybe now. Right. And they asked.


[00:15:10] Yeah. Sheer Sheer how they dragged you out of retirement. I have a feeling I might have been pushed out the door by someone, you know.


[00:15:18] Actually, I I watch it. eight-point start from the very beginning. When we start developing in ninety seven. I point was not there when we launch it year 2000 and we were so busy I said oh yeah, we have to, you know, persuade our supplier to enter data and then we developed the system we train and teaching and a whole lot of things that we couldn’t do.


[00:15:44] Many things to help our suppliers, how to managing the materials, how to manage the video and 8:1 pop up and nice start from the beginning. I already pay attention to it. And they were the company actually start developing system and connecting with the and the ice and then manage the data from IMed. Yes, download it to either OEMs or to suppliers. Help them to manage because I’m the ESA just purely database how to utilize the data, how to generating very constant report. That’s basically what I point started doing that the series of the things. That’s time I already pay attention to it. And for the last almost they started almost to sound them one formally established. And when they first started, only about ten, you know, eleven people now they grow with the whole line. The US community. Now there are well over 175 employees. Now I sell them from the beginning. And that’s why when I announced my retirement in quite a few company and it came to me, I one was one of them. We know each other very well. And I point has been supporting not only the automotive company and they also helping the heavy machine industry, aerospace, defense and whatever, helping them to managing the material, managing the mature compliance, managing sustainability. That’s why their goal and my goal, their vision and my vision is almost like, you know, we match. So that’s basically what the eight-point start with. I’d point out actually our emotion and star from the few people now getting well over one hundred seventy five and they start with the mature compliance and Joe Hurley with ideas. Now they also actually branching out to do the whole sustainability. You know, the three major pillars, not only economy side and also the social side and as well as on the mental side. So that’s a perfect match because for the last twenty five years when I was at Ford, I’m basically doing the same thing. So that’s why that is the perfect match.


[00:18:00] And then after retirement, Nigel nine-point got there so much we could dove in to that journey. Greg and Bing, you started.


[00:18:10] You’ve shared some of what point does one of Greg’s favorite questions he likes asking is as he is walking down his company’s hallway and he’s thinking he isn’t paying because he’s piece posed with the challenge of the day or the month or what have you. So he’s thinking about this problem he has. And then it it becomes clear to him that he has to give our point a call. What problem? And there’s probably a variety of them.


[00:18:36] But what what would be one key problem that Greg would be thinking about, that our point is a is a great solution for it’s a really ipe one has their principal basically managing the data from that data collection to data analysis to the date utilization. So that’s actually what eight-point has been very good at. And for all the automotive industry, material compliance, mature data collection type of things, point is very good at that one. So that’s kind of the things that I point is helping not only, you know, Ford Motor Company. I was before whetherit and also helping, you know, GM torta, you name it, quite a few. Oh, yams and an outside of the the automotive company as well in electronic and other industry. So they’re they’re really working on the materials compliance and place that hosts the stability, you know, arena.


[00:19:38] Gotcha. OK. Gosh, are so much there. So, Greg, I know you’re a bit curious, as we always are. As we go broader, right?


[00:19:48] Yeah. So. So tell us about.


[00:19:54] I’m always interested to see outside of your day to day what people are seeing. So give us a couple of insights on a couple issues or topics or concerns or developments. You know that that really have your attention and interest above others today.


[00:20:16] Very good question. That’s been actually with me for almost like a more than 20 years. I trade myself or I call myself. It’s a having a ability of doing this so-called strategic planning. So I always think five, 10 years down the road. And what’s going to impact not only my job and also industry wise. And then you know what’s happening in the future. So that’s kind of the things. And help me to think. And especially, you know, the last several years, I always look at the data. We Davis not a problem we got. Actually, the problem is we get so much data. How can we sort out the data? How can we fully utilize the data?


[00:21:05] So that’s kind of the things is always in my mind. So that’s why I try very hard to understand the smart tools. Doesn’t matter. It’s a machine learning tool is how I tools. How can we sort out, you know, the millions and billions of things and the data coming to us? So that’s first thing. Second thing I see is that how we can fully utilize and not just waste of time collecting the data and doing a whole lot of useless work, but at the end of day, we just spend money doing nothing.


[00:21:37] So that’s actually the two things is always in my mind. Oh, the strategies I help forward to develop. Now I work in. I want to always try to think about those two things. How can we sort out the data in a smart way? How can we fully utilize to support the company? Bottom line.


[00:22:00] So I’m curious, have you found any answers to that question?


[00:22:04] Oh, absolutely. That’s that’s why we’re kind of in many area. I got lots of words and, you know, whatever and so few things is that the we we tried to develop a tools and the process to managing those data. They’re coming from everywhere. And that’s that’s one thing.


[00:22:28] Secondly, is that fully utilization? My way of thinking is what I always think about this so-called three steps. One is the digitalization, because everything you have to do to analyze and I mean, 20 years ago when we started developing 90 eyes and lots of things is paperwork. You know, this this is there’s no web based thing. So that’s the first thing. The second thing I see is that you have to have an integration. You integrate very kinds of piecewise things and then you have a big picture and then you have a better way to get those piecewise. Looks like. Unrelated things.


[00:23:04] But when you integrate them and you really support a whole lots of the you know, that the better design and the better, you know, better development and better system only type of things. So that’s the second major step. The first the the last one is we called optimization, which basically says that you got the data you collected in the electronic way and then you integrate very kind of a process and tools. And finally, you need to optimize. That’s come to the point that you got so much data and so many things, how to optimize things. And that’s that’s where that’s actually I spent all my, you know, twenty five years and tried to do those three things. And even when I come to i_p_, one is a perfect match because they also think the same way. So that’s kind of things we actually tried to help not only my previous formal company now work with, I want to support all our customers.


[00:24:07] Those are three critical steps because as you said before, the wealth of data that we have is often wasted because we don’t know what to do with it. And I think those are really actionable steps for people to be able to utilize and make something out of that data. Data is only valuable if you can actually improve your business.


[00:24:28] Hey, you speak my language now. Exactly. Exactly. You got so much data if you don’t utilize them. And then it’s nothing. You waste your time, you waste your money and you waste your storage, basically.


[00:24:44] Yep. Perfect.


[00:24:47] So I want to switch gears here being this point in this interview, because, you know, as part of this, this is a kick off podcast interview for a new series of interviews we’re doing with the Automotive Industry Action Group. And I know you all have been big supporters, I point in particular has been a big supporter of the A.G. over the years. So two questions there. First off, why have you gotten involved with AIG and why have you continue to support the organization? And I believe you or a member of your team is presenting it at an upcoming event, which we’ll talk about in a second.


[00:25:23] Yes. Let’s come to your first one again. AIG started almost like early 2000 because the reason is once we develop this idea, as is impact, every of our subpart and all the layers down from the first year to year and ages. That is a good company. I mean, it’s good corporation, actually, again.


[00:25:45] Oh, the pie together in one vision and one we had this idea has launched AIG, start getting the supplier all yem together. So that was a time. Actually, I represent Ford in AIG. Start talking to different OEM representative and place our suppliers, the members in AIG. So that’s actually early 2000. And then we started our North America IAG I M.D.s, a new summit and this is the longest one and most popular one in the world. Even though I’m the as the yel the end of life, you know, vehicle directive came out of the Europe and somehow they didn’t have like a you know, so many hit companies involved and whatever. So it happens that the many maybe many supplier here having questions. But I remember the first time when we had that I’m assuming, you know, I’m the Eissa summit is the maximum capacity is the 400. We got 460 people registered. So we have to have six people not come yet. So you can see how popular and ended until now. And every year we have this one. I have been in AIG for the advisory group. You know, I’m the advisory group chair and co-chair and many times. And so that’s why the Diane Schwab and almost the verb beginning for the ideas project within AIG on top of that. I’m the ice is just one portion. And just like what we said, we have to utilize the data to support a Culper Responsibility’s ability type of things. So that’s why I have been also involved in their Coaldrake Responsibility Committee. How about the company Mineral Things and, you know, human rights type of things? So that’s basically I involved in the in the AIG. So that’s your first part of the question. Secondly, do you want me to talk that second part or you have any on the question?


[00:27:58] Well, being. Let me foreshadow the second question before you share some perspective. So to our listeners, we’ve talked about this this April event for four months now, given our our partnership with the great folks over at AIG that do such a great job of disseminating insights and best practices and thought leadership, they’ve made the adjustment a few weeks back to make the twenty twenty corporate responsibility summit. That being has has touched on a couple of times here, a virtual event. So it’s gonna run April 28 through twenty nine. Twenty twenty is gonna feature a wide variety of speakers that they’re doing some great work to make it as interactive as as can be. Obviously you’ve got some limitations there with any virtual event, but the key is lining up experts and compelling speakers, much like being here and his team over our points of being. With that said, if you could share it, you know you or our points roll in the Corporate Responsibility Summit coming up.


[00:29:00] Good. I think let’s continue on your second part of it. Thank you for that explanation. Unfortunately, you know, this virus really cut down many things, including this conference we did actually, as I explained to you before.


[00:29:17] We always try to see how we can managing our how we can manage, you know, the material and the data and then the process and tools to help our customer and the bottom line and how to increase their efficiency, how to help them to select greener materials, better sustainability, you know, goals and of things to achieve that goals. So that’s actually the whole thing. And it’s always in our mind. That’s the major topic we want to share during the conference and this year the particular conference, what we want to say is that we basically want to discuss a few topics. The first one we wanted access is what’s the latest development in terms of the design for sustainability. And that’s kind of things we want to share with out with our audience especially. And I have been in this area long enough and I plan also working in this area line enough. So that’s why we got lots of the experience and especially for the recent development. What I see for the recent developments is really we want to move from our previous, you know, data collection, you know, just for the compliance and certify all the coal can be sold everywhere. But now we really want to move towards utilize those data, utilize those tools to help for the goal of design, for sustainability. For instance, and, you know, sustainability, you have a whole lot of so-called sensitivity indicator, whether global warming indicator or whether you use light lighter weight and light weighted material or you use a less toxic, toxic, you know, substance type of things. And sometimes even many other, you know, the shipping, energy use, end of life, many things that recyclability things.


[00:31:16] So that’s kind of the things recently that not only I point number off a company, develop tools to help the customer to how the OEM supplier, anyone wants to achieve a better sustainability goal to actually get this design for sustainability into their whole product cycle, manufacturing process type of things.


[00:31:43] For instance, if you have the two or three different materials, you want to compare whether this material will have the better global warming indicator or worse. And this one is the better in terms of recyclability or is worse. This one is more toxic or this one is benign. So those kind of things based on our data collection, the data use age and, you know, philosophy, we now try to help, you know, whoever wants to do more on this and the ability to get their hine’s their hands to actually managing to compare and to select those kind of alternative based on the indicators. So that really actually help to achieve their better accessibility goal. So that’s kind of the first topic that we we want Sheer actually we we develop our tools and can put it different indicators there and gave it to the engineers and gave to the designer design. Or you can pick up those the three or four different material that in your mind and put into our tools and see which one is better. That one is actually generating less CO2 and that one is more. So that’s really the trends and also the things we see that actually more our customer asking for it.


[00:33:05] So that’s the first major topics we you know, and if I understand it right, our point is also a sponsor of the event. So you’ll help AIG get this thought leadership. This this critical, especially at this point time and 2020. You know, if companies aren’t doing anything about sustainability and aren’t making that shift over to more of a circular economy model, they’re really behind the times. And most importantly, you know, they’re behind consumer evolving demands more, more. Greg, we just talked about this in the Linked-In last session a few weeks ago about Thomas Eyre’s about these shifting consumer sentiments, about the importance of sustainability and the circular economy model, right?


[00:33:51] Yeah, that’s right.


[00:33:52] We care more and more about the business ethics and business identity of companies in the supply chain.


[00:34:01] So, yeah, you both are absolutely right. Actually, we can feel that pressure from our customers as well.


[00:34:09] And for instance, if back to 10 years ago, people always say, hey, let’s get the data, Gates data, at least we can sell our cars.


[00:34:17] That said, that’s the important things. But now many people gathered data. What’s the next? How can you design your product? Actually, people like it. It’s good for our grandson, grandchildren, whatever, and more sustainable. So that’s kind of things. My second topic is related to that as well. And we we did actually talk to our customers and talk to consumers and asking them what kind of indicator there’s more common. You want to understand so that we can actually help our customers to designer to design Yean for this ability. And, you know, probably even if I say that, you probably will say, oh, OK, we’re thinking the same thing. The first one is and people always want to know the global warming. You know, you negate the carbon footprint when they use you actually gendering a whole lot of bad things that you generate less things. And so that’s kind of a common you negate or many actually, our customer wants it. The other thing is, again, is similar things that you heard, the kind of phony green chemistry they want to have a. You know, the better, safer product. Chemicals. So that’s the second one is the people asking whether this substance is more toxic or is better. So that’s another. Not, you know, very popular common things. And they want to know. And the third one is recyclability. And people always, you know, and even the we call emerging market. They also start paying attention to say we don’t want to, you know, put it on the landfill more. Let’s do some more recyclable renewable things.


[00:36:01] So those are the very common factors that action people start paying more attention. So that’s kind of a my second topics.


[00:36:10] Costs are so much there. But but really appreciate our points support. This is timely perspective that the attendees need to hear about. And in most cases, attendees are struggling to find solid, credible speakers and thought leaders to share the path forward and how to how to make how to make their journey more easier and to gain actionable insights from folks that have been there and done it. So I love y’all’s involvement and looking forward to hearing some of the feedback from the attendees.


[00:36:48] Good point. Actually talking about data, you know, making things easier. That’s that’s another major point I want to share with everybody is that actually we gave this design the simple tool to engineering directly before we always think about professional people. You do the whole lots of, you know, the lifecycle analysis of very complicated things. But now and we want gave it to the engineer so they can simply slags things easier. And without, you know, knowing too much about the detail things. That’s another thing, actually, I point support to the customers.


[00:37:24] So you’re helping them make those responsible sustainability decisions?


[00:37:31] Yes. Gave it to the engineering and sold the tool. It’s actually relatively simple. No need to understand the whole LLC principles and whatever. But actually, the tool development, lots of the combination in the backend.


[00:37:47] So, Scott, I think we’re going to need a bigger server. 400000 people have used M.D.s. I’m not sure that we can handle all that traffic. So we might have a provision for your release for the release of this thing.


[00:38:07] You’re absolutely right. Actually, while we develop the first LCA alternative assessment tool, it’s mainly for 10 experts.


[00:38:16] But now and when we talk to our customer base, they say, oh, roughly around 5000. They are the basic size. Yeah, roughly around 3000.


[00:38:25] You need those gave us, you know, the simple tool that our engineering can simply pick up the part, simply pick up the material and then make their own decision. So you can see that’s the the bigger impact.


[00:38:39] All right. So let’s make sure being that this could easily be a 7 interview, 7 installments series here. Given what you’ve accomplished in your career and now what you’re doing and the team is doing to our point, let’s make sure that folks know where they can learn more information, first off, about the AIG suit. So to our listeners, if a lot of the topics that being is spoken to, especially if you’re you know, you’re involved in some way, shape or form with the automotive industry ages. AIG is a great resource of information, this event that we’re talking about. It’s coming up here at the end of April, the twenty eighth and twenty ninth. And you can learn more about the twenty virtual corporate responsibility summit at AIG. Or you can check out our events tab at Supply Chain Now Radio to learn a lot more. OK. But but for being for folks that may want to learn more about our point, where where would you direct them?


[00:39:41] Oh yeah. Because I point is one of the sponsors. Right. For the ages A. We have our booths there, and sometimes I may be personally be there, and at least we have a few of our colleagues there and we may chat over there.


[00:39:57] And in the meantime, before the summit, folks can also go to our point eak and see dot com apoint Inc. Dot com, their well being is such a pleasure to connect with you and learn more about how you look at the world, not just of the automotive world, which you’ve gotten so much experience in, but kind of the business world and and certainly the innovation world.


[00:40:23] Thank you very much. Actually, it’s my pleasure to talk to both of you Scott Ausland and Greg White and really happy talk to you, really happy to share with our future audience.


[00:40:34] You bet. So.


[00:40:36] We’ve been chatting with beings, you p_h_d_. Director of business, innovation and market engagement with our point. And you know, again, come check out thought leaders like this at the air A-G Virtual Corporate Responsibility Summit being. Thanks so much. Appreciate your time. And stay safe in the weeks and months ahead. OK, Greg. We’re going to we’re going to want things, Dan, on this interview, I tell you. There’s so much there that he shared that that with property, the need to circle back in a few weeks and take a deeper dove on, huh?


[00:41:13] I think I need a p_h_d_ for some of it.


[00:41:16] But I think our colleagues in the in the automotive industry will really appreciate what we’ve shared here. It’s really valuable. Coming up to this conference and look, how many times do you get to hear from a pioneer in an industry that is as influential as the automotive industry? It’s a really special treat, a great opportunity. Great information and well-presented as well being. So thank you again for your time.


[00:41:49] Thank you both. And gave me the chance and to talk to our audience and talk to both of you. Thank you very much.


[00:41:57] So to our audience, be sure to check out the upcoming 20/20 AIG Corporate Responsibility Summit. Outstanding virtual events can offer all sorts of expertise and insights. You can learn more at AIG dot org or again, check us out at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com and the web, the events tab there. Big thanks to our guests. Today brings you with p_h_d_ with our point, of course, my colleague, esteemed colleague, Mr Greg White. Always a pleasure to our audience. Lastly, be sure to check out other upcoming events, replays for interviews, other resources at Supply Chain Now Radio You can find us wherever you get your podcast from. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. If you can’t find what some you’re looking for on our web site, you can always hit up our CMO at Amanda at Supply Chain Now Radio dot com and we will try to serve as a resource for you. On behalf of the entire team here. Scott Luton. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. We’ll see you next time on Supply chain. Stay safe, everybody.

Dr. Bing Xu graduated from the University of Southern California (PhD, 1987) in Physics. He worked at Brown University and Case Western Reserve University and then joined Ford in 1993, worked in strategic and technology planning, and materials management areas. He spearheaded the Ford Global Materials Management (GMM) program in early 1997 and was one of the original OEM members developed the then VDA/EDS system in 1998 which later became the International Material Data System and successfully launched in 2000. He led cross-functional teams and developed Ford’s Global Material Approval Process which replaced ~60 local manual processes and tools and modernized 20-year-old Ford Material and Toxicology System. At the same time, he developed the Ford Global Material Integration and Reporting system and earned US Patent (No. 7,167,836). They were all under the GMM program umbrella for which Dr. Bing Xu was the program manager until he retired from Ford 2019 May. He was the Ford’s Corporate Global Attribute Leader for Materials and Substances of Concerns, and the owner of Ford’s Restricted Substances and Management Standard (RSMS) and GMM processes/tools. He also led Ford’s team to develop long term strategies to anticipate and embrace the upcoming challenges OEMs would be facing in terms of utilizing material compliance tools to reduce costly non-compliance risks in early design phases and allow alternative selections of greener materials. He served as chair/co-chair for US Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) IMDS/REACH Advisory Group and Chemical Management/Reporting Advisory Group, and USCAR Vehicle Recyclability Program and Substance of Concerns committees. He served as a Steering Committee member representing Automotive Industry conducting alternative assessments for several substances led by US EPA. He also served as the chair of the Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL) Steering Group and a member of Automotive REACH Task Force and European ACEA work groups. He joined iPoint June 2019 as director of Business Innovation and Market Engagement.


Greg White serves as Principle & Host at Supply Chain Now. Greg is a founder, CEO, board director and advisor in B2B technology with multiple successful exits. He recently joined Trefoil Advisory as a Partner to further their vision of stronger companies by delivering practical solutions to the highest-stakes challenges. Prior to Trefoil, Greg served as CEO at Curo, a field service management solution most notably used by Amazon to direct their fulfillment center deployment workforce. Greg is most known for founding Blue Ridge Solutions and served as President & CEO for the Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader of cloud-native supply chain applications that balance inventory with customer demand. Greg has also held leadership roles with Servigistics, and E3 Corporation, where he pioneered their cloud supply chain offering in 1998. In addition to his work at Supply Chain Now and Trefoil, rapidly-growing companies leverage Greg as an independent board director and advisor for his experience building disruptive B2B technology and supply chain companies widely recognized as industry leaders. He’s an insightful visionary who helps companies rapidly align vision, team, market, messaging, product, and intellectual property to accelerate value creation. Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams to create breakthroughs that gain market exposure and momentum, and increase company esteem and valuation. Learn more about Trefoil Advisory:


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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