“I think any in any market where you can trace the goods for non-conflict, you can trace it for sustainability and for counterfeit as well.”

-Greg White, Co-Host of Supply Chain Buzz


In today’s Supply Chain Buzz episode, hosts Scott and Greg tackle the top news in supply chain this week and welcome special guest Chris Lingamfelter.

Amanda Luton (00:05):

It’s time for supply chain. Now broadcasting live from the supply chain capital of the country. Atlanta, Georgia heard around the world. Supply chain. Now spotlights the best in all things. Supply chain, the people, the technologies, the best practices and the critical issues of the day. And now here are your hosts.

Scott Luton (00:29):

Hey, good morning, Scott Luton, Greg white with you here on supply chain. Now. Welcome to today’s live stream, Greg. Good morning. How you doing this Monday morning? I’m doing well officially. No longer morning. I got 12 o’clock and 30 seconds. Always a stickler for the details you are right, sir. I am precise. Wait, we’ve got a jam packed show today, right? This is a supply chain buzz. We tackle a lot of the latest developments, most important developments across in, in supply chain. We’re going to dive deep into a retail rundown. There’s no shortage of things going on in that space. And we’ve got an outstanding supply chain leaders gonna join us, especially from the automation standpoint. They’ll join us about 1230 today. So stay tuned and right. Hey right off the bat, Greg Sophia is here on time. She’s gotta be, she’s reviewing this online, right?

Scott Luton (01:23):

Our online reviewer. So we have to be on our game. Agree. I love her recap. So they have this stuff, right? Absolutely. The digital transformation recap she did a few days ago, it was really, really seemed to resonate. Um, all right. So we talked about the special guest. We talked about how we’re going to be working hard to increase your supply chain act Q quick programming. Before we get started here today, if you enjoyed the live stream, check us out wherever you get your podcasts from be sure to subscribe. So Greg, you don’t miss sessions like we published today, which featured a clay Phillips. Who’s usually behind the scenes, right? Yeah. We got him on camera after only just over a year, working with us and brilliant, just amazing insights. Really great to see some, one more person from outside the supply chain trade, come into the supply chain trade and add incredible value.

Scott Luton (02:19):

So, well, yeah, it’s homegrown stuff. So check it out. Where do you get your podcasts from man? We’ve got a slew of, uh, experts that are, that just joined the stream here. We got James and of course who will be on our Thursday live stream with a couple of special guests, Jeffrey Miller. We can’t do a live stream without Jeffery Miller. Right? Greg? Yeah, that’s right. Thankfully he showed up or else we’d have to cut off the air here. Yeah. Pod is in so awesome to see him here. He did a great superhero post over the weekend that I saw and was inspired by on Saturday. Uh, so thanks for that. And appropriately two people from so Cal announcing that it is in fact morning in California. So my apologies, Stephen, Carl, Phyllis, uh, hoes way, hope this finds you a Claudia is here. Got I got the whole gang is here.

Scott Luton (03:16):

So let’s um, you know, one of the things we really like to do is we love getting feedback, right. And what we do here, Greg, and I’ll tell you, um, really appreciate your reviews. We’re getting, we want to feature this one from tank way. Uh, 10 says, Hey, supply chain buzz, staying informed on the latest supply chain news, Scott and Greg provide interactive feedback, pertinent guests on the critical topics of the day. They always deliver the information with engaging discussion and humor to keep the topics relevant and meaningful. Keep up the great work in quote, Hey tango. I really appreciate that means a lot. Uh, and, and sit up straight.

Scott Luton (03:57):

We should open the show with that. It makes me feel really good. I mean, thank you. First of all, and great, um, that we’re delivering that kind of service. That’s what we’re always after. Yup. Um, alright. We’re getting little feedback, Greg. We may have a little internet connection, uh, challenge. So just a heads up there. Uh, Chris, uh, Chris, uh, Barnes supply chain doctor just shot me a text. Okay, well, we’ll work on that. Um, he never does, right. Hey to our audience and let’s find out that’s right, uh, to our audience. Hey, this is all about retail today here on supply chain bus. So I want to pose this question to you. What retail trends and news stories have you been tracking the most in recent weeks? Y’all let us know. Um, alright, so let’s dive into the first store because we have got, again, a jam packed show today, uh, and good morning or good afternoon to Daria and to Pierre, who’s joining us again here on the buzz.

Scott Luton (04:54):

All right. So Greg, and this first story. Yes, sir. So this is going to be really, it’s going to be the, uh, rapid fire session here, because first of all, I want to point out that, um, supply chain, uh, dive gave us a ton of great articles here. So, uh, sorry. Actually it was retail, dive, retail, retail dive. So I’m just, I just saw a ton of great articles. I’m going to hit on them very, very quickly. So listen up. It’s a heads up that’s right quick. Let’s re let’s recognize AUC, Shea, who this is his first live session with supply chain now. So he’s tuning in via LinkedIn labs or thanks for joining us here today. All right. So great. Before I dive into this lead article, you had a quick comment. No, I mean, do you want to hit this one first? Yeah, let’s do it.

Scott Luton (05:51):

Alright. So to get things started really enjoyed this article by Dan Gilmore over at supply chain digest. It’s all about a word we’re using regularly. In fact, this word came up in the preach per show, right? Right. Seismic changes all about seismic changes in particular. This article talks about Nike and Lowe’s and, and, uh, and how some of the changes are making could be a sign of things to come across the retail industry and retail supply chains, especially as it relates to their go to market strategies. So I want to focus in on Nike on this first segment. Well, we’ll touch on those briefly, but, uh, in October, 2019, Nike announced that it was planning to reduce the number of retail channels that sold through, get this Greg from 30,000 globally to 40 40, not 400, not 4,000, not 40,000. Cause when you told me that earlier,

Greg White (06:47):

I think you might’ve mentioned that over the weekend,

Scott Luton (06:49):

Right? I thought you meant they went from 30,000 to 40,000. So down to 40, okay. 40, 40. Let’s hear about that. So it’s going to focus on these fewer partners and of course direct to consumer. So that wasn’t lip service from Nike. They’ve been moving fast to implement some of the stores there. You’re not going to find Nike’s in anymore Zappos, Dillard’s Fred Meyer. And this one hurt me, Belk. I don’t know where you got your first pair of Nike’s from, but I, I bought my first pair of Nike cross trainers, the Bo Jackson version back in the late eighties at my local Belk in Aiken, South Carolina. So, but no longer, no Nike’s we found at Belk anymore in June. Nike said, it’s all about it’s quote, consumer direct acceleration program and quote.

Greg White (07:38):

So how that sound

Scott Luton (07:41):

Playing out in numbers. So eCommerce sales in Nike’s fourth quarter, which of course ended May, 2020 for Nike. That was a bad quarter for plenty of folks in retail, but e-commerce is up 75%. So Hey, there’s that? But here’s an interesting item that I missed. This came out back in late 20, 20, 19 in terms of the plan I missed it. Nike is in the process of embedding RFID. It almost all of its footwear and apparel. So Nike CEO, Mark Parker said, quote, RFID gives us the most complete view of our inventory that we have ever had. It’s quickly becoming the most precise tool in our arsenal to meet an individual consumer specific need at the exact right moment in quote Nike, of course, and other news, other ways that they’re baking technology into this, this huge shift they’re leveraging predictive analytics, uh, to vastly improve its ability to match inventory to consumers demand.

Greg White (08:44):

So a lot of, Hmm,

Scott Luton (08:46):

Early on and, and highly technical and, uh, seismic shifts taking place at Nike in particular, where you’re gonna be able to find and purchase Nike footwear and apparel. So I want to touch on Lowe’s real quick. Cause the other part of this article really touched on Lowe’s and home Depot. So Greg, I think we covered here a few weeks back. Lowe’s made the big announcement, right? $1.7 billion in the supply chain expansion that came like a week or two later, we could too, after home Depot made a very similar $1.2 billion announcement in terms of its supply chain investment. But as Dan Gilmore points out in this article, the strategies behind the expansions are different, but they have one common goal and that is both companies want to move away from store-based deliveries, right? Let their supply chains and supply chain professionals and the technology handle that rather than put that burden on the retail teams. Yeah.

Greg White (09:46):

It’s really disruptive to store operations. I’m sure. Yep. Outstanding article

Scott Luton (09:51):

Supply chain digest is one of my good twos. I really have enjoyed the content over the years. Dan’s article here, uh, really laid out some really neat insights and perspective on some of these big changes taking place. So check that out. And Greg, before I get your comments on this first article, I want to let a few audience members and Sylvia from Charleston. Great to have you. Uh, she says from the blueberry jam capital of the world, Charleston, South Carolina,

Greg White (10:17):

I love that that’s the blueberry jam capital of the world Sylvia’s house. So,

Scott Luton (10:24):

Uh, Amanda says, wow. As a consumer, I have never not once bought a Nike product directly from Nike because of the price far cheaper from retail partners. Wonder how the retail price will be affected. Good point there, Amanda, I’m the champagne industry. So, so memory, this is one of the retail developments she’s been tracking and hello. Memory from Johannesburg. The champagne industry is reducing the amount of grapes at harvest to keep the industry viable was struck by how it seems to be a trend let, to let produce waste, then harvest it all interesting stuff there for memory Claudia precision is a concept rapidly becoming the focus of innovation, starting with precision medicine and precision horticulture as two examples. And then Greg one final comment from Jeffrey Miller here. It may not be a leading reason behind the narrowing of retail channels, but returns and reverse logistics are huge drags on margin. A lot of attention being paid to improving these models. Fewer channels to market helps cassette there from Jeff. All right, Greg, what on this first story here,

Greg White (11:34):

Quick take from you not knowing what Nike’s eCommerce sales were before. I’m not sure whether I should be impressed by 70%, 75% uplift or not. Um, I’ve seen Nike go this way, frankly. They started this way with more exclusive distribution. I worked with, uh, the sports authority, which no longer exists, but in the day when they could not get Nike, um, or couldn’t get sufficient allocation from Nike. And they had to prove to Nike that they could distribute all the goods that they got further on the whole story, Nike being in the personal training health industry and Lowe’s and home Depot have both hugely benefited, all hugely benefited from the pandemic as people try to get in shape, or at least not gain more than the COVID-19 pounds that are mandated by this pandemic. But, um, but also staring at the windows and doors and trees and whatnot in their house.

Greg White (12:36):

And finally, um, as our guests coming in said finally doing some of those home improvement projects that they’ve been waiting on. Right? So there’s no, uh, no surprise though. I think we were all surprised at first, but no surprise now that those companies are flying high, I’m not sure what to think about 40 outlets and particularly dropping some of the biggest, I mean, I suppose I assume though, I don’t buy shoes there. I assume they’re still one of the biggest online shoe outlets and to Amanda’s point I’ve only ever seen it much more expensive to buy Nike’s on the Nike site than in any store. Yeah. So we’re going to talk about one chain though. That is a sporting goods chain that is exploding during this time in the next segment. So, well,

Scott Luton (13:27):

A great point and the price points and as well as some of the other, um, uh, dynamics that consumers face when trying to find what they want

Greg White (13:36):

About the right price, right. Colors, all that stuff.

Scott Luton (13:38):

It’s really interesting to see how all this evolves. Uh, but to your point in this next segment, y’all, uh, audience, hang on. Cause we’re going to take a deep dive yeah.

Greg White (13:47):

Into the retail run down here on the supply chain buzz this Monday afternoon, August 31st. Where did August go? Wow. All right. So Greg, I’m going to pop over to

Scott Luton (13:58):

Retail dive. Let’s see if this is going to, Oh, there we go. Okay. So you woke up this morning or maybe over the weekend a couple of times.

Greg White (14:06):

Uh, and, and he loved what retail Dov was putting out right there. Just go to, I’m not asking you to, but, but folks, I would just encourage you. If you have any interest in retail and understanding what’s going on in retail right now, pop into this page, this is just their homepage at retail, dive.com and just scroll through some of these stories over the last week or two that they’ve presented. And they are an incredible juxtaposition of, of good and bad fortunes of growth and, and tragedy in the industry, including a listing of the 26 major bankruptcies in retail just this year. Uh, it was a fast, it just struck me. I actually was planning to present something else, but it just struck me. So, uh, what I’d like to do, Scott, if I may, is to kind of take a quick pass through this.

Greg White (14:58):

Yup. Um, okay, well then ready to go. Yeah, everybody get ready here. It comes. And it’s coming fast gap closes 225 stores in 2020, and we’ll close more in 21. Um, their sales were down dramatically, of course, during the pandemic. And, um, they are consolidating and a new justification process or their brands. Brilliant. This was a brilliant move by their CEO, Sonia Singal and their CFO Katrina O’Connell two female sea level executives. Right? Thank you people. Uh, since their arrival last year, they have mandated that any banner must re earn its place in brand. And that includes brands like old Navy Athleta and banana Republic. So there are no sacred cows at the gap anymore, earn it or be gone all does net income falls 95% as e-commerce grows by more than 200%. Um, even though comp sales declined almost 27%, don’t think this retailer is not profitable or that they’re failing.

Greg White (16:13):

They, um, they, and I recognize too that they are not standing Pat. They made $329 million, uh, in Q2 and, or making changes to make themselves more econ friendly, including buy online purchasing store and curbside pickup and an online and facility to schedule services in the store. I did not know this in some Ulta stores. Yeah. And get your hair cut there. Yeah. I’m lots of thought it was where my daughters went. Yeah. It’s by makeup. Um, and just one story. This is sad though. A long time coming with no buyer insight, Lord and Taylor does liquidate all its stores, this 194 year old retailer finally gone under. But frankly in the last few years it had become mostly a real estate play. And guess who owns their flagship store in Manhattan? That’s right. Amazon, Amazon bought their flagship store in downtown Manhattan. So, and, and, uh, you know, in, in recent years, Amazon has made a play to be relevant in the fashion yeah.

Greg White (17:25):

Industry. Um, we’ll see how that goes. Yeah. Uh, Tiffany swings back to profitability in Q two sales in August appear to be trending above 2009, 19 and another advancement. The company we’ll provide traceability to each stone itself in an effort to try and avoid conflict mineral crises. Right? Another challenge, by the way, if, if Nike can do all this tracking and incredible technology in their shoes, it would be great if they could use similar technology to assure that Chinese slaves are not producing their product. Um, this one was near and dear to my wife’s heart. So I had to include this dollar stores, get another boost from pandemic shopping habits in Q two, um, dollar general dollar tree, anything with dollar in the name, but particularly dollar general dollar tree and family dollar all up in sales, uh, in the previous quarter also, uh, discount retailers like Walmart and target and others, um, seeing success as, um, as consumers tighten their belts, right? I’m going to give a little personal comment here. I’m going to out our family and tell you that if you’ve ever gotten a card, a greeting card from the white family, that it came to you from a dollar store. And if you ever saw us eating candy at the movies, it, likewise came from the dollar store. Not the end. That’s not illegal because boy defy you to prove it.

Scott Luton (19:04):

No shortage of storage. You’ve got more Greg,

Greg White (19:07):

I want to do, I want to do two more, just real quick bed bath and beyond lays off 2,800. Look, I’m not going to go into the details here, but let me tell you, this is pure opinion on bed bath and beyond. This is a company in desperate need of going 100% e-com. And also, and we’ve talked about that in the past. First of all, their brand is well respected. Their product mix is unmatched. Their stores are absolutely unshoppable because they have 10,000 of everything in there, but their location in power malls and, uh, and in urban areas and suburban areas are perfect for last mile distribution, as well as buy online pickup in store Opus and curbside delivery. So there is a chance for this company, uh, once they get their act together, here’s the story of the, of the quarter of the year. Uh, dicks emerges as the COVID-19 era winter with Q2 comps comp store sales up 20.7%. Because in addition to the gym crowd, pivoting to working out from home, um, many less active let’s be kind and say less active consumers have engaged in fitness over the past few months.

Scott Luton (20:28):

Well, Patrick Kelly produce industry podcast host says that’s where he goes and gets his Nike’s from dicks.

Greg White (20:36):

Yeah. So parents, yep.

Scott Luton (20:39):

For this finds you, well, a couple of comments on own all your hot takes you’re bringing in Greg. Uh, and, and you saw your daughter Delaney white way in long lived dollar stores, right? Uh, so clay ass to get their birthday presents rhetorically. So Kanye didn’t save the gap, I guess, I guess he did not see Erica yet either, but we’re still hopeful. Jaman is a big [inaudible] fan. And I’m glad you shared what that acronym stands for for everybody. Greg, we love our acronyms here in the supply chain world. So Nerf OD, who has a thing for hair, hair removal, cream companies reach out to me to be their hair removal model for their marketing campaigns. They say, Oh, you’re such so shiny. Come advertise with us. We pay you a bunch of money. I’ll definitely keep them on the back burner, take a rain check for now.

Scott Luton (21:32):

So it’s still wishfully thinking my hair will come back. Just imagine Nearpod. Yes. As a model in an Ulta store, right? Yes. Putting by the capitalists hats. Right? Uh, let’s see a comment from our friend, Aaron Peterson. Aaron, I saw you on LinkedIn over the weekend. Hope that was fine. Well, I think you’re graduating soon if I’m not mistaken, Aaron, uh, Greg, if you remember, Morgan state university supply chain program matriculate through great sharp thought leader here, dollar general has really been doing great. I did a case study on them last semester. And man, I have seen more dollar general trailers on the highways nowadays. I agree with you Erin. They are, um, they are building stores explosively. I’ve got to tell you, um, everywhere you can buy hunt brothers pizza or crispy crunchy chicken is next door to a dollar general. That’s right. Alright. Moving fast to the comments.

Scott Luton (22:29):

Cause when you’re bringing on our guests here momentarily, uh, clay says any idea how the TJ Maxx Marshall’s department chain is doing our bucket stores. Inventory has been slacking. I feel your pain clay, Greg. I, you know, it seems like I heard that they are not doing great, which does seem a, might ironic. On the other hand, a lot of their inventory comes from overruns, overstocks and seconds from first tier retailers. So when those companies aren’t selling, they are also, and historically they have not been liquidating goods either. So, um, you know, some, we did a story sometime back where a lot of those retailers have been holding onto this spring’s goods potentially for next spring, because instead of green being the new black or whatever the color will be, they’re going to save it for next spring. And green will be the new black for an expert. Hey, that’s right. Binge Mughal. Clang is with us here this morning. And we just want to say congratulations because Ben got a new job and, and however it did, I wondered why Joseph Valentine wasn’t on here with his hire ban. Right? So congratulations from our team here to you Benjamin gold clang and put us up, let us know in the comments, what you’ll be doing again.

Greg White (23:49):

Yeah. And then some way, just because you’ve found success, remember us little people when you’re up there at the top,

Scott Luton (23:57):

Right. Hey, Sophia asked Greg, what about traceability for counterfeit products? Excellent question. Traceability and visibility. You’d be hard pressed to find more buzz about two big topics in supply chain.

Greg White (24:12):

I think any in any market where you can trace the goods for non-conflict, you can trace it for sustainability and for counterfeit as well. And yes, actually the cannabis industry is a really good example for being able to do that. Both from a compliance with law and for a compliance with, um, non counterfeit procedures. But yes, absolutely. That needs to come about. Um, I would love it. If someone could put in the comments, what is the most counterfeited product on the planet? I can’t wait to hear what everyone’s take is on that

Scott Luton (24:52):

Trivia question. Trivia question Mondays here on the books. Hey, Sylvia, Judy says with Steinmart closing, you’re going to see a bump up in inventory at TJ Maxx.

Greg White (25:01):

Excellent. That’s an excellent point. And my wife was quite sad about that. I’m not too familiar with Steinmart though. I have friend who works there.

Scott Luton (25:09):

Well, I’m going to, um, you know, at the office store around the corner, I’m not going to, I’m not going to shame them, man. They, the aisles have been, I mean, it’s like a ghost town, so I’m not sure what the, uh, some of the challenges are, but, um, we have been moving all of those needs online. Alright. So let’s see here. Aaron says, Hey, Scott, won’t be graduating until fall 20, 23 or spring 2024. I’ve got to complete 240 credits.

Greg White (25:38):

It’s Aaron. I think if you promoted that paper on dollar general more, maybe they would let you skip a few years.

Scott Luton (25:46):

That’s right. He says, he’s jumping into blockchain this semester. Talk about traceability. That’s going to be, it’s a great thing to study there, Aaron, and I’m great. Great to connect with you regardless. So yeah. Look forward to big things happening.

Greg White (25:58):

Okay. One

Scott Luton (26:00):

Additional shout I’ve got allow the audience. They let’s see, uh, Thomas Latiya, uh, hope this finds you. Well, she is the president of the APEC student chapter at Morgan state university and a repeat guests here at supply chain. Now, uh, we knew we needed to bring her back on Greg because her last name,

Greg White (26:18):

Man, that was, um, next time she has to bring her parents because I want to see who raised this young person into the amazing individual that she is. Right?

Scott Luton (26:28):

Right. All right. So with no further ado, Greg, we’ve got a great guest teed up here today. We really enjoyed the pre-show conversation. No shortage of passion. So I’m sure our audience will enjoy it as well. We’re going to bring you in.

Greg White (26:41):

I ask him what thinks the most counterfeited

Chris Lingamfelter (26:44):

Product is because I’m going to let everyone know who’s guests. No one has guessed it yet.

Scott Luton (26:50):

So we’re going to welcome on to the supply chain buzz here. Uh, Chris Lingenfelter vice president for sales with six river systems. Hey Chris. Good morning.

Chris Lingamfelter (27:05):

Fantastic guys. Thanks Greg Scott for having me. I love what you do at supply chain now. And, uh, I’m excited to be here and good session so far this morning. Really interesting. Thanks for joining us. Thank you. My pleasure, Greg. I don’t know the answer I do. Um, I was involved. I provided a system years ago to a Kush net. Um, they do title Titlest pinnacle and golf balls. Counterfeit golf balls was huge. I have no idea if that’s the biggest one, but that’s my guess. So should we, should we, should we end? Everyone’s paying just real quickly so we can get to Chris this topic. Sure. Olive oil, olive oil is the most counterfeited product on the planet. Can you believe that? Wow, who’d a thunk. It, you need to be really careful because a lot of times you’re getting something totally else really had no idea. I think we might’ve been here until next week guessing on that one. Right. So

Scott Luton (27:57):

Greg, we’re going to dive right in with Chris. We got a lot of good stuff to tackle, so I’ll let you start.

Chris Lingamfelter (28:04):

Alright, Chris. So we probably ought to let everybody know who you are, let them see your pennant behind you there, and they can get an idea. There we go. So I, um, um, one of our cofounders stronger ball, I got me into the pan mass challenge last year. Um, it’s a, uh, it’s an event that it’s actually the largest sporting event, uh, that raises money in, in the entire United States. Um, it’s a really impressive cancer research. Uh, a lot of money goes to Dana Farber, like $60 million a year through the, through the pan mass challenge. It’s a two day bike ride across Massachusetts and it’s a lot of fun and it’s good work. So that’s my, that’s my, do they give tickets to people riding bikes across Massachusetts? I I’ve never gotten a ticket myself. Um, I heard that that happens in Germany. I used to work in Germany when I was with dramatic, but, um, yeah, not, not to my knowledge.

Chris Lingamfelter (28:56):

They do close one of the bridges over the Cape Cod canal, all 6,000 bikers go over once early in. Yeah. It’s a big deal. Well, that’s awesome. Um, so tell us a little bit about, uh, six rivers and, and what, what they do and maybe a little bit about your history too. Cause you have been in industry for a while. We say never more than two decades, Chris. Well, I think I’m 29 years, so I’m still like under the non into my third decade. So this now not next year when I’d have to confess, right? Yeah, exactly. Yeah. So no I’ve been in the space for a long time, 17 years on the software side working for various warehouse management system companies, including the industry leaders and got in from the robot thing early at Kiva systems. And, um, I went there, I, I moved my family to, uh, to Germany and I ran system sales for dramatic, um, for your middle East and Africa. And then I came back to the United States and helped, um, Intelligrated get into, uh, robot systems as well. And, and now of course I’ve been here at, uh, at six river systems for two years. So that’s me in a nutshell.

Greg White (30:07):

Great. So tell us a little bit about success

Chris Lingamfelter (30:09):

The river. Yeah, absolutely.

Greg White (30:11):

I’m excited about it and you probably know too, but

Chris Lingamfelter (30:14):

Yeah, it’s a real good about your company. It’s a really exciting company. So, um, Jerome Rhilyn and, and CCR three cofounders German Reiland um, I worked with back in Kiva days, so they left, um, Amazon robotics and decided to create a, a different kind of robot company. They started the company five years ago and uh, we introduced a commercial availability of our first robot three and a half years ago. And, um, really there’s been no looking back we’re um, we’re now installed around the world and about 20% of our installations are actually outside the United States. So companies is growing, um, I’ll touch upon it, but we were, we were purchased a year ago by Shopify and that’s been a fantastic experience for both parties. So

Greg White (30:57):

Interesting, Chris. So one of the things that, um, one of the things that I did, and I think we talked about this a little pre-show was I worked some with Amazon and the company that installs the now Amazon.

Chris Lingamfelter (31:09):


Greg White (31:10):

What do they call it? Robotics, Amazon robotics, formerly Kiva system. But also I also worked with their very

Chris Lingamfelter (31:16):

Customer, which was staples before Amazon bought the whole thing

Greg White (31:21):

To see that starting to be installed, even when the founders still showed up for the installations and implementation. So it was pretty, it was very cool company, great folks. I’m glad they went on to

Chris Lingamfelter (31:32):

Continue to, um, you know, continue to improve the industry. Yeah. I mean that innovation and that spirit of kind of doing things differently, um, comes across with six river systems for sure. But our, our approach to robotics is different. The Kiva system was a, um, goods to operate or kind of solution where the robots brought everything and kind of like a giant vending machine where you just sort of sitting there, what’s a good way to put it. Whereas we’re still 99% of the warehouses in the United States. And 95% globally are still based on a principle of the operator, traveling around the warehouse and collecting the merchandise. And that’s how our system works. It’s a, um, operator to goods as opposed to good stop operators. So it sort of turns up. I, you know, I explain it just quickly, Greg, when I on Saturday morning and my wife sends me out on my, uh, my, my tasks, she sends me to the supermarket and there, um, I’m walking around, collecting this stuff and then I go to the dry cleaners and you know, that carousel with spins and the stuff comes out.

Chris Lingamfelter (32:32):

It’s more like that vending machine we’re talking about. So there’s two principles that warehouses can really be based on from an automation. I could arguably be a collaboratively assisted in, in the grocery store because I have to have my wife on the phone, tell me what aisle and what to pick. Right. Wouldn’t it be great if one of our chalk robots and it showed you a picture of exactly what to pick and where to get it. I joke because I don’t go to supermarket shopping very often, but I’m like, why isn’t it alphabetical? It’d be so maybe, maybe we use the Dewey decimal system and our grocery stores, maybe that, that, that helped organize it. So Chris let’s, uh, as you can tell, we are tackling a variety of big news stories across the retail industry. 2020 is such an interesting year and that for everyone, but certainly in that space, what’s one story you’re tracking here lately in retail.

Chris Lingamfelter (33:26):

Yeah. So, um, interesting question. I would say for us, I mean, seismic changes all across all parts of our industry and you nailed it. And I think the first part of today’s show was, uh, was absolutely about that. You know, what we’re seeing is for our retail customers. And just as an aside, we have a handful of customers for sure who use our systems and non retail settings, like for aircraft parts or plumbing, parts, or electronics. Right. But for our retail customers, which would comprise the majority of our customers, you know, many of them are having peak level. You know, they all, it’s all about, you know, black Friday, right? When, when your, your volume goes through the roof, a huge portion of our customers are having black Friday volumes. It started in the middle of the pandemic and it’s just not stopping. So, you know, we’ve been able to support them by growing their systems and shipping them more robots, but it’s, um, it’s been a little bit interesting and a lot of people are going okay.

Chris Lingamfelter (34:21):

So if I’m, if I’m here, what’s going to happen when the actual holiday peak hits and it’s a little bit scary for some of our customers. Yeah. So, uh, momentarily, we’re going to talk about a great learning opportunity market Intel gathering opportunity for, for really everyone. But before we get there, what else tell us, uh, you know, I find, I really enjoyed our pre show conversation because you’re like talk with the companies that are, that are automating in real time solving challenges and, and figuring out the right solutions for them. And you are sharing a lot of those insights and those, and, and the snippets of conversations. It is fascinating. So, Chris, what else are some of the things you’re seeing? Well, yeah. And I’ll tie it back to kind of what we were hearing this morning about Lauren and Taylor and some other folks, right?

Chris Lingamfelter (35:07):

It’s all about being able to adapt quickly and change as the market changes, you know, figuring out those changes and taking advantage of them faster than your competition can, you know, our system, um, we’re able to install our system retroactively into existing buildings. We have a principle, we call no new hardware, which means your existing Isles, your existing racks, your existing system, that your warehouse or, or your dark store is based on. Can we just go in and put our robots in without having to make major changes and we can, and that is a hugely advantage, a huge advantage to our customers. We have one client in the Toronto area who, um, who installed their system in six weeks from, from frankly when they sign the contract with us to when they go live, went live and had their first pick that kind of moving. Yeah, exactly. And honestly, I just want to kind of set the record straight that, um, I don’t advocate that I think a couple more weeks of, of planning, um, it might be a, it might be a little bit better, but pinch,

Greg White (36:08):

At least it’s available. Right. Um, exactly. I mean, it took, I know it, I sat in the conference room where we plan the Kiva rollout, uh, with staples and there had to have been 40 people in there and it took well, I mean, it took longer to roll it out. It even in stages at staples than it took Amazon to buy the company, frankly, because PayPal was still in, in the rollout phase. So the, the, the rapid deployability of this is critical to help companies, like some of those who have a chance at success, like Ulta and like some of these discount retailers to actually survive and to start to really get serious about e-com right. So many of them are late to the e-commerce party and they really need that repetitive.

Chris Lingamfelter (36:58):

The so, um, yeah,

Greg White (37:01):

And that, and that, that’s interesting. It’s interesting too, that you don’t have to change the physical nature of it because at least in the old days, um, you had to run kind of wires in or across the floor to guide the robots. So the gear is not required.

Chris Lingamfelter (37:16):

No. So our robots, they’re a little, like if you think about an autonomous vehicle on the road and that upmarket of course is still evolving. Um, but you know, they’re essentially autonomous vehicles that travel around the warehouse, knowing exactly where they are, where everything else is. And, you know, it might go from point a to point B through the warehouse this way today and tomorrow might take a different path just because there were, there were obstacles, there’s congestion, we path plan based on what we know is going on in the warehouse. So it’s a, it’s a pretty sophisticated system talking about flexibility. I’ll just give you another quick example. So we have a customer, um, crate and barrel who has two, um, systems of ours in, in one building, one supports retail, uh, store fulfillment, getting, you know, the cutlery and what, not the small items to the stores.

Chris Lingamfelter (38:01):

And the other supports e-commerce a couple years ago when they have their peak, the retail peak, naturally it comes, you know, a few weeks before the peak on the eCommerce, because you need to get the inventory to the stores, but as, as you know, it’s coming quicker and quicker. And so we simply took some of their robots from one building, if you will, and moved it to the other building, decrease the capacity on the store side and increase the capacity on the commerce side, we did that in an hour. Right. I mean, it would take longer just to move the robots over than anything else.

Greg White (38:31):

Yeah. I don’t think that. And I think, you know, because retail shifting,

Chris Lingamfelter (38:36):

I mean, that’s a story we’ve heard that robotics in some cases generally enables, but because eCommerce is shifting so quickly and we don’t really know what consumers are going to do, the ability to be that fleet of foot is absolutely critical. Right? I think another thing that’s really entertaining, not entertaining, it’s inspiring about what you all are doing. And the robotics capabilities that it provides to these companies is, and I wonder if this is a dynamic that you’ve seen with some of your customers, so many companies feel threatened by being on the Amazon marketplace these days. And there are good reasons for that, that we won’t go into here, but, but, you know, and I’ve kind of identified this group of solutions, anyone, but Amazon type SLU, I call them ABA instead of FBA solutions. Right. And people are flocking to these solutions like Shopify, like six river, like all kinds of other solutions, so that they’re not a slave to the Amazon marketplace.

Chris Lingamfelter (39:38):

And, and at least not a slave to both the Amazon marketplace and the, the FBA, the fulfillment by Amazon. So they’ve at least got some options for fair play. Right. Well, and I think since you brought it up, it’s a great point, right? I mean, that’s why a year ago, Shopify decided to acquire six river systems, which was really their merchants that sell on the Shopify fulfillment platform. They were using an alternative, right. They wanted another way to fulfill their goods. And, um, you know, it only made sense. We announced that, um, actually at our user’s conference last year, the acquisition and understandably several of our customers came up to me right after the acquisition. And I’m like, please tell me the robots are still going to be available. Take them away from us. That’s happened before four. And we assured them then, and I can tell you one year later, um, not only are the robots available, we have more robots, we have more capabilities, the systems and our customer base has grown significantly in the last 12 or so. So we executed on that. Well, love that. And I also loved the little story you shared. Pre-show about how y’all

Scott Luton (40:41):

The announcement until after the, the, uh, the, um,

Chris Lingamfelter (40:46):

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Scott Luton (40:51):

Let everybody know.

Chris Lingamfelter (40:52):

Yeah. So we, um, we had our, our, the first night of the opening reception of our flow 2019 users conference on the Sam Adams surf deck at Fenway park. And we, uh, we delayed the, uh, the kickoff, um, so that we, we started literally at five Oh one and I welcomed everybody because at five o’clock, the press release went out that, uh, the Shopify was fine, six river systems. So it was, um, it was a little bit, um, uh, frankly, a little bit scary, but, um, it worked out really well. Um, the timing of the announcement and we, we ended up having a lot of fun. We had a fantastic event and frankly flow 2020 is coming up. So, um, our, our user’s conference is called flow. Um, we’re taking a little bit of a different tack, um, this, with it being virtual and online.

Chris Lingamfelter (41:34):

So we’re opening up to folks who are interested in six river systems. Um, there’s no, there’s no fee to participate. Um, it’s two days here on September 16th and 17th, five hours a day of really great content networking, the ability for folks to, um, you know, to talk to our existing users who use the system to sharing ideas. It’s, um, it’s really an exciting event and we’ve, we put a lot of energy into supplanting this, um, by buying back of the napkin math, we, um, we’ve invested over 4,000 human hours of development. So almost two work years.

Scott Luton (42:12):

Well that’s Greg and I, we admire organizations that do this. I mean, w whether the AIAG or somebody, other groups out there that really, you know, they realize how challenging and this right now, and for that matter, uh, including from a funding standpoint, right?

Speaker 5 (42:27):

And, um, who’s got

Scott Luton (42:29):

Money to spend a ton of money on registration fees. So groups like six river systems and Shopify that team up and put 4,000 hours into a free event to help folks, uh, professional develop network. And let’s face it have fun. I’ve seen some of the things that that will be offered to attend. These are these next two days, but Chris beyond all of that, uh, and the keynotes you’re going to hear from some of the movers and shakers from both organizations. What’s the one thing that you’re looking forward to the most.

Chris Lingamfelter (43:02):

I mean, there’s, there’s so many great things I love. We do fit at flow, which has workouts with Olympians. We have flow fun where you can take a, a wine tasting class or a mixology class or a cooking class. There’s a lot of fun baked into it. And a lot of networking, our product team comes out and talks about what’s coming. And we get feedback from our customers of where to invest our R and D dollars in the coming year. But actually for me, I’m most excited about the content that our customers are bringing to the table. There’s, there’s a lot of investment this year, more so than ever of our customers sharing their experiences with, uh, with others. And I love that, right. I love hearing from my customers,

Scott Luton (43:39):

Literally that that’s, that’s the North star. Um, well, y’all, as we’ve gone through, uh, the two days of programming, a ton of, uh, of really valuable tracks, uh, I love the, I love the fun factor, uh, that mix the out the mixology, the wine tasting some of the cooking, some of the little things you need, the parkers, you know, it can’t be a work 24 hours a day, uh, or, or maybe it can, but at least we split up some more,

Chris Lingamfelter (44:04):

Like if you’re going to, well, Hey, you can sprint for a while. When you burn out you can’t sprint, you know, for, for nine months, right. We’ve been in this pandemic six months. It’s time to have some fun and break out and do it responsibly and remotely. So we found some good things there.

Scott Luton (44:19):

I’ve got one, two more quick questions for you before you leave, uh, some memory memory ask about the link to flow 2020. We’ve got that conveniently in the show notes, especially if you’re watching via Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, is it right there in the show notes? And then Amanda looks like she went ahead and put it into the comment feed. So everyone should, should be able to register, you know, learn more and register via that link there. Good stuff there. All right. So, Chris, uh, we had a question come in earlier from Benjamin gold clang. You mentioned black Friday and how, for some organizations they’ve been in nonstop black Friday mode,

Chris Lingamfelter (44:57):

But any quick thought about

Scott Luton (44:58):

What black Friday 2020 is going to look like around the corner.

Chris Lingamfelter (45:03):

Yeah, I know. I mean, I, if I had a crystal ball, I’d probably invest more in the stock market to be honest, but what I will tell you, we proactively plan for our customers peak. Our peak planning started about four months ago, um, to support our customers, getting the most volume out, right. Using the system. Some of our operations go from a single shift five days a week to three shifts, five days a week, two shifts on the weekend days. Right? So a lot of planning goes into that, um, that preparation, you know, our three PL clients, we have a lot of third party logistics, uh, customers who use our technology to meet their customer’s needs. They’re coming to us and they’re beefing up their systems getting ready. Um, don’t know exactly how it’s gonna pan out, but we’re doing everything we can to be prepared.

Scott Luton (45:48):

[inaudible] and, and, and moving fast that six week thing. Holy cow. All right. So Chris, final question for you, the toy. Now, the question, how can folks

Chris Lingamfelter (45:57):

Connect with you, right. Oh, sure. Yeah, no, I love this. I love your platform. And I love the networking that just goes on here, live with, with, uh, your supply chain now platform. It’s awesome. So, uh, yeah, Chris Lingenfelter, um, reach out to me on LinkedIn. The company is six river systems, so it’s the number six river systems. Um, our URL is six river.com. And, uh, if you just put F L O w a slash O w you’ll get the sort, the registration page for, um, for flow 2020. So, but, uh, yeah, connect with me on LinkedIn is probably the easiest way out

Scott Luton (46:30):

Stay in. And Chris really, I love your passion. I mean, clearly you’ve, you’ve been there and done it given some of your background, but man, that passion just, it just comes out of your ears and comes through way,

Chris Lingamfelter (46:42):

Communicate my career. I mean, I know the pandemic is hurting a lot of people, and I feel that for folks, there’s people, there’s winners and losers is every seismic change happens. But quite honestly, personally, we’re, we’re having a blast on our side. So

Scott Luton (46:55):

Cardless of, of what, where companies and or what sector they’re in, whether they’re booming or whether they’re struggling to be able to offer resources like flow 2020, that that’s the right thing to do and admire what you and your team are doing. Especially the cost that goes into offering that, you know, 4,000 hours. So really appreciate that. Uh, we look forward to attending ourselves. So Chris link, uh, sec, uh, lingam Felter Lincolnfelter I, I looked at your title for a second and fill me off for a minute. Chris, Lingenfelter six with six river systems. Thanks so much for your time here this morning.

Greg White (47:32):

My pleasure. Thank you guys. It’s a lot of fun,

Scott Luton (47:37):

Greg, what a, uh, um, we need to, we need to hook him up to some of the municipalities. He could power them. I’m convinced there’s between the passion, energy, and early, the love for what he does and what, what they’re doing across the planet.

Greg White (47:52):

So I didn’t want to drag out his time too much, but I mean, he’s a busy guy, right. Obviously, but I couldn’t help. But think about that little thing. And if you look at their site, they’re like these little puppies that follow our lead you around the, um, the facility, how valuable would that be for, um, fulfillment from store? Right. I, I think what he talked about is a lot of companies are doing fulfillment in the distribution center. I’m sure some are doing fulfillment from store. And the final thing I would like to point out is if you are a, if you’re an econ curious supply chain, a professional or a company that’s interested in how robotics or even advanced technology can help you break the chains of certain marketplaces in the marketplace, or give you an opportunity for at least options for fulfillment, it’s a great opportunity because it’s free. Right?

Scott Luton (48:52):

Right. And the here from the keynotes, they’ve got lined up beyond the customers, which I always, uh, I share that sentiment with Chris. I love hearing from the customers at conferences like this, but to also hear from the movers and shakers at six river systems and Shopify a great lineup. So y’all check that out. Flow 2020, all about the future of logistics, operations, and warehousing. And again, what’s the cost other than time. So, which is important, but still this is going to be a home run conference. Y’all check that out. But Greg, there’s no shortage. There’s some other really cool events that we’re involved with. And we are pleased to be here

Greg White (49:31):

Just amongst

Scott Luton (49:32):

The speaker lineup for supply chain USA virtual put on by the home run folks over at Reuters events. Tell us more,

Greg White (49:40):

Yes. Missing Chicago and Geno’s East pizza, but still, um, and I don’t want to start a Chicago style pizza. So let’s yeah, let’s pass. I shouldn’t have said that, but this is great. This usually happens in, uh, Chicago, but as it’s virtual and as Reuters events is that I would argue the premier events provider, what an incredible lineup of speakers, a long, long list, inclusive of calling Yankee from tractor supply, whose business is exploding. And of course our favorite Sandra McQuillan, who is the chief supply chain officer of the industry and a slew of others from, um, art best and a, of other companies that are, that are speaking, come and learn and grow yeah.

Scott Luton (50:32):

And network. And, you know, one speaker that I’m looking forward to hearing from at this event, but beyond the ones you mentioned is Greg [inaudible], who is CEO of lineage logistics. There’s no shortage of news about cold chain out across the industry for the obvious reasons and not so obvious, but these folks have been, I think they’ve acquired 16 companies, uh, over the last couple of years or so. So they are on the move, the largest mover and shaker in coal

Greg White (50:57):

The last 12 months, I think, right. Somebody’s name. They have got to be killing it, um, and, and consolidating that marketplace and creating some efficiencies. And that is no small task and in culture.

Scott Luton (51:11):

So check out that event, October 7th and eight, we’ve gotten the link, the convenient link in the show notes, and then finally, a webinar webinar or webinar control tower. It’s all the buzz, Greg. Right. We hear a lot about control towers. So our friends over at rate links and agile Lytics are going to show how they can be set up in 30 days. I didn’t know that was possible, Greg, I don’t know where you get this.

Greg White (51:36):

I feel these days, but a control tower in 30 days is yeah, that’s miraculous. And we had, um, we had, um, the founder of analytics and the founder of right links on last Thursday, right on live stream. Uh, go back and take a look at that. If you, if you doubt their credibility in the marketplace, take a look at that. And, uh, you’ll be inspired to, to attend this for sure

Scott Luton (52:02):

Towers and 30 days fully automated robotics and six weeks supply chain does not mess around. All right. So if we covered something today, this is kind of a, an expedited session of the buzz, a busy Monday here at supply chain now probably for everybody. Um, Hey, if we miss something, check us out@supplychainrrated.com. You could also shoot Amanda a note. If you have a question, you can’t just, can’t quite put your finger on it. She just note we’d be happy to serve as a resource as best we can. Um, all right. So Greg w this was a fast moving session of the buzz here today,

Greg White (52:36):

Two weeks in a row. It’s been a whirlwind, hasn’t it? Yeah, absolutely.

Scott Luton (52:40):

A couple of things that, um, you most enjoyed about today.

Greg White (52:44):

Well, look, I think that there’s a lot of bad news in real in retail, and there’s a lot more to come, frankly, but I like that companies are making their way. I like that companies are starting to pivot their business model. We’ve seen it in small and large companies, embracing technology, embracing new business models, embracing efficiency in, in their business models, um, to, to fight through this companies that do, that are going to come out of this stronger. Right. And, and, you know, a great example is robotics. I mean, we’ve talked to so many robotics firms in the last three months with six river and geek and, and, uh, gray orange, right. Um, and again, I love the autonomy, the independence, the options that it gives you to have these ABA, anyone, but Amazon type solutions out there, Shopify being the number one out there for sure, but all of, but every aspect of your business from three PLS, from robotics, from, um, fulfillment platforms and new marketplaces coming out, right. So that we need some equalization in the marketplace. And, uh, I’m encouraged by that as well.

Scott Luton (53:59):

That makes two of us, uh, and there, there was a, um, a neat article over the weekend. I’ll almost add it to the lineup, but we figured we’d tackle it as, as more it’s known about this consumer protection bill that, that is navigating through California. Um, but I really enjoyed a lot of the sediment that came out from Shopify as leaders from Etsy is leaders that are really echoing what you’re saying, Greg. And we won’t, we won’t open that can of worms here at the end of this episode, we’ll party

Greg White (54:24):

For the next week. Um, but their knee competition,

Scott Luton (54:29):

A good thing. It’s a really good thing. And, and, uh, I love to see some of the comments on that, um, legislation come out over the weekend. Hey, um, you know, Greg really enjoyed today’s show. I love the comments, but you know, one thing

Greg White (54:42):

I missed and I should have,

Scott Luton (54:44):

When I look, think back of how I prep for today’s show, we had a really neat group of folks get together. I think it was last Friday afternoon, some of our supply chain now insiders. Right.

Greg White (54:55):

And maybe when you got together, right.

Scott Luton (54:57):

That’s right. But, but that aside, some are dear friends, some of the folks we’ve enjoyed hearing from, and, and they’re right there in the, in the comments right now. So big, thanks to Jamie

Greg White (55:07):

And Stephan

Scott Luton (55:08):

And memory and their Fahd and, and a few others that got together and okay.

Greg White (55:14):

And just kinda, you know, had a, had a, um, a chat session, right.

Scott Luton (55:20):

Jumped on, got no chat, a little better exchange, some views on supply chain.

Greg White (55:24):

Yeah. Those th th those kind of, um,

Scott Luton (55:26):

Sidebar dialogues are so valuable in industry, especially in a challenging year, like 2020. And I gotta tell you, I admire that. Um, I really, our whole team here, the comments that came out of that really resonated with us. And, and that’s a big part of why of ROI while we do it. So big, thanks to all the folks that did that made those connections, facilitate those discussions. We look forward to being a part of some, uh, to come. So Greg, your, your comments and initial comments on your end before we wrap up today?

Greg White (55:56):

Well, I think it’s great to see the community expand like that. First of all, I think I applaud people getting together to help one another and have this kind of peer to peer group, Jamie sat in on that with them. Um, and he had great things to say about it. So only good things come out of that kind of collaboration. And, uh, you know, I look forward to seeing it. Some of these are the, some of these folks are the future of the supply chain. So I’m glad you’re

Scott Luton (56:24):

Joining forces. Great point there. All right. So heads up for Thursday, we’re still working on the program, but as it stands, we’re going to be featuring Jenny Froome COO at st. Pics. She’s going to give us some key takeaways from supply chain and Africa event. They did, which was really, that really resonated with the market a few weeks ago. And we’re also going to be featuring a hose Wei, who is part of the comments here today. He leads the operations of a trucking firm out West, and, and, you know, we’ve been wanting to share some perspective from that industry for quite some time. So look forward to Jamie and leading an interview. They’re all on Thursday at 12 o’clock Eastern time. So join us. If you’ve got nowhere to go to eat your sandwich and take a quick brief break from your emails and everything else, or take it with you when you go to eat your sandwich.

Scott Luton (57:13):

That’s right. Alright. On that note, uh, we’re going to bring this session to an end, hopefully all enjoyed, uh, Chris from six river systems and all of that perspective, he shared checkout flow, 2020 checkout. The other events we shared, Hey, we all need good resources right now. And those are three that we shared here today that I think you’ll get a lot of value out of. So on behalf of our whole team, Greg white, this is Scott Luton. Um, you know, wrapping this episode up the same way we do everything else. Hey, do good. Give forward, be the change that’s needed. I see you Stephen. Appreciate what you do. And on that note, we’ll see you next time here on supply chain. Now. Thanks for buddy.

Would you rather watch the show in action?  Watch as Scott and Greg welcome Chris Lingamfelter to Supply Chain Now through our YouTube channel.

Chris Lingamfelter is VP of Sales at 6 River Systems and has responsibility for leading our commercial teams that take care of our existing clients and acquire new ones.  With nearly 30 years of supply chain automation experience, he has served in prominent executive and sales roles at Intelligrated, Dematic Europe, Kiva Systems (now known as Amazon Robotics) and Manhattan Associates. Most recently, Chris served as President of White Systems. Chris has experience in growing international businesses and both material handling hardware systems and WMS and warehouse control software solutions. He has advised robotic startups and lead product development and internationalization teams.

Greg White serves as Principal & 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: www.trefoiladvisory.com


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. Follow Scott Luton on Twitter at @ScottWLuton and learn more about Supply Chain Now here: https://supplychainnowradio.com/


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