Supply Chain Innovation Podcast

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.

Episode 19

Building A Rocket Company

Space Entrepreneur and Founder of space propulsion systems company Phase Four, Simon Halpern, chats with William about what it takes to build a team to launch a new hardware product, how to partner with suppliers to enhance your team, and how to ensure that supply chain and manufacturing operations are able to maintain high levels of precision, performance, and quality in the space industry.

January 22nd, 2020
Episode 18

Charging Forward With Micromobility

Peter Deppe, Founder & CEO of ridesharing and vehicle-to-grid service KUHMUTE, joins William to discuss common challenges faced by startups in the mobility sector, his experience taking a new hardware product to market, and where the future of microbility could be headed.

December 16th, 2019
Episode 17

Are Foreign Trade Zones The Answer To Your Tariff Woes?

Erick Stewart, President of Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) services and quality inspection company STEWART Industries LLC, joins William to talk about the business benefits of using FTZ's, examples of success, and how they can be a part of your supply chain risk management strategy in the current volatile trade agreement climate.

November 27th, 2019
Episode 16

Autonomous Vehicle Cost Challenges & How to Solve Them

Pratt & Miller CGO (Chief Growth Officer), Lynn Bishop, Chats with William about the future of autonomous vehicles, providing key insights on how to overcome cost challenges associated with low-volume emerging markets, and how companies who have a market-driven, "voice of the customer" approach will find success and produce long-term profitability within the broader mobility ecosystem.

October 31st, 2019
Episode 15

Building Tomorrow's Smart Home

Kabir Maiga, Founder & CEO of smart access products and services company Passivebolt, joins William to discuss what leaders of consumer product organizations can do to launch their products on time, tips for engaging large corporate partners, and what will separate the winners and losers in the connected building and smart home spaces.

October 23rd, 2019
Episode 14

Industry 4.0 Defined

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.

September 15th, 2019
Episode 13

Elevating Procurement Cost Saving Results

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.

September 3rd, 2019
Episode 12

Launching America's Sports Car

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.

August 15th, 2019
Episode 11

Shining Light On Low-Volume LED Lighting

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.

August 12th, 2019
Episode 10

Autonomous Vehicles: Delivering Tomorrow

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.

August 2nd, 2019
Episode 09

Launching Low Volume Electric Vehicle Assembly

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.

July 29th, 2019
Episode 08

Accelerating IoT Fitness Innovation

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.

July 15th, 2019
Episode 07

Hard Lessons Learned Launching Hardware Products

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.

June 30th, 2019
Episode 06

Powering the Future of Mobility

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.

June 2nd, 2019
Episode 05

Turning Ideas Into Products

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.

May 8th, 2019
Episode 04

Reasons for Including Logistics in New Product Development

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.

April 28th, 2019
Episode 03

Developing Sustainable Products

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.

April 12th, 2019
Episode 02

Supply Chain's Role in New Product Development

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.

March 28th, 2019
Episode 01

Plan for Every Part

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.

March 8th, 2019
Episode 00


Supply Chain Innovation host William Crane gives a brief overview of what to expect from the new IndustryStar podcast series Supply Chain Innovation.

February 13th, 2019

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