Welcome to the Supply Chain Innovation podcast, hosted by IndustryStar Founder & CEO, William Crane. In this podcast series we share real-world lessons learned, big ideas, and resources from some of the top industry change-makers and leaders at firms across supply chain, procurement, quality, materials, logistics, product development, engineering, and manufacturing with the hope that you'll learn new strategies, tips, and tools for improving new product launches.
Pavan Muzumdar, Author of "Venture Perfect" and COO of the nonprofit manufacturing and technology business association Automation Alley, defines "Industry 4.0", discusses how innovators can use smart technology to improve manufacturing operations and explains how to achieve more success by being open to change and developing "learning cultures" within organizations.
Philip Ideson, Managing Director of management consultancy Art of Procurement and host of the top-rated "Art of Procurement" podcast, joins William to discuss proven strategies for sustainable cost saving results, what new technologies and tools will boost sourcing performance, and why scrapping the "vendor" mindset is critical to real innovation.
Automotive legend, Steve Saleen, Founder & CEO of high-performance vehicle OEM Saleen Automotive, joins William to talk about how his racing background and innovative mindset have helped his company pioneer specialized vehicle manufacturing and mass customization, and why supply partners play such a critical role during new product development to slash production lead times.
Charlie Rupert, CEO of tier I automotive lighting and vision systems supplier Singh Vision Systems, joins William to talk about the major role lighting plays in the automotive industry, why it's crucial to use a systems thinking approach when developing manufacturing solutions, and how important the future of optics technology will be for autonomous vehicles.
Learn how autonomous technology will affect last mile delivery when Shadi Mere, Founder & CEO of electric autonomous robotics delivery startup Bedestrian, chats with William about mobility and its impact on the future of health care, as well as Bedestrian's lessons learned taking their product from idea to prototype and the value supply partners can bring to small teams.
Omar Siada, manufacturing specialist and Plant Manager of electric autonomous shuttle startup Navya, talks to William about key elements of leading a new low-volume manufacturing operation, the impact documentation and information sharing have on plant readiness and product time to market, and how the future of the mobility market is tied to the evolution of the automotive industry.
William is joined by Nolan Orfield, Co-founder & CSO of strength tracker startup ShapeLog, who shares his knowledge and experience with successfully innovating in the IoT hardware space, and highlights why it's so important for connected-product startups to focus on hiring the right team members, and to get their products in front of customers earlier for quicker market validation.
Nezar Akeel, Founder & CEO of personal fitness startup MaxFit, discusses with William the obstacles entrepreneurs will face launching a new hardware product and offers valuable advice about setting cost and timeline expectations, partnering with experts and suppliers, and maintaining their vision for the product, even when the journey gets tough.
Steve Polakowski, President of ESG Automotive Inc., joins William to talk about the current and future states of the mobility space, and how collaboration between electrical and electronics engineering and supply chain teams will improve and accelerate the launch of new mobility technologies and vehicles.
Product design and development specialist James Utley, Principal at Dialexa, sheds light on the significance of Design Thinking and involving supply chain team members for a more holistic approach when creating a new product that accurately addresses customers' needs and challenges.
Supply chain expert Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, host of the "Let's Talk Supply Chain" podcast and one of the Top-100 Influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain, provides her insight on the benefits of involving logistics earlier in new product development, not only to reduce costs and timing, but also to improve cross-functional collaboration and workflows.
Sustainability expert Stuart L. Hart, founder of Enterprise for a Sustainable World, talks to William about what companies can do to make existing supply chains more sustainable, and what to prioritize when developing new products.
Matt Forster, Co-Founder & VP Operations at IndustryStar, moderates a Q&A session with William, discussing Supply Chain's role in new product development and the importance of infusing supply chain intelligence early on during the process to reduce product time to market, cost, and risk.
William discusses getting specific with your data when creating a Plan for Every Part with Tony Lancione, Co-Founder & VP Supply Chain Solutions at IndustryStar.
Supply Chain Innovation host William Crane gives a brief overview of what to expect from the new IndustryStar podcast series Supply Chain Innovation.