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Bicara Supply Chain is a platform where you will be able to get insights from experts and leaders in the field of supply chain.

Proudly presenting in association with the VCARE Academy , we focus on presenting guidance for solving complex supply chain challenges which help you transform your cost chain into the profitable value chain.

At Bicara Supply Chain, we driving global perspectives to embrace technological adaptation in improving process efficiencies.

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193. Customer service experience

Bicara Supply ChainMar 11, 2023

193. Customer service experience
Mar 11, 202316:48
192. Career in supply chain & procurement

192. Career in supply chain & procurement

Guest Name: Francisco Cervantes, Recruitment Manager - Supply Chain & Procurement at Volt - International, Language: English, Publication date: Feb, 18. 2022

Francisco is currently a Recruitment Manager - Supply Chain & Procurement at Volt - International, and based in Singapore. His mission is to add-value to both candidates and clients in the Supply Chain & Procurement practices.

Before moving into Recruitment, Francisco worked as a Sourcing Buyer for the world's largest EMS organisation. At this position, he liaised with electronic components’ manufacturers, distributors, prospective and active clients, in competitive bids to serve a variety of prospective clients within the medical device, industrial equipment, and consumer electronics markets.

Volt (an Innova Solutions Company) is a multi award-winning, global workforce solution provider. Volt propels businesses and careers forward with expert momentum. Volt’s 35,000 employees work across 85 offices worldwide to provide workforce management and talent acquisition solutions to businesses and job placement services. Visit the website :

A highlights questions:

Generally, in SEA regions (Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand & others….), how do you see current trends & markets for supply chain & procurement roles?  Which industry do you believe will continue to perform well in terms of job demand? This is a bit technical, but I wanted to know your advice about skills & competencies; What are the most important skills for supply chain professionals? For the C-level & executive positions, have you observed any significant changes in the company's or organization's supply chain and procurement roles? What advice would you give to supply chain professionals looking to advance their careers? Probably you have some "MAGIC WORDS" here?

Connect with Francisco on Linkedin here

Feb 18, 202318:22
191. Taking procurement and supply chain collaboration to the next level

191. Taking procurement and supply chain collaboration to the next level

Guest Name: Stephane Morel, The Global Process Owner Strategic Procurement at NOVARTI, Language: English, Publication date: Feb, 04. 2022

Stephane Morel, Procurement & Business Leader. He is currently the GPO - Global process owner strategic procurement, reporting to the Global Procurement Business Lead and part of the Novartis Lean Digital Core (LDC) program. Prior to this role, he spent more than 15+ years in various role at Novartis, such as: Global procurement strategy & transformation manager, Head of procurement capability & change management, Procurement transformation lead (Europe) and Head of procurement - CPO (Spain).

In addition, he is also passionate about personal development, having spent over a decade as a trainer, mentor, blogger, book author, and speaker. One of his missions is to assist procurement & salespeople in developing their skills. Since 2009, Stephane is a regular trainer at IQS, EADA, STARTIFY, CEU, Adolfo Ibañez University (Chile) on Procurement & Business Partnering for Procurement & Sales professionals. In 2014, He published the book "la transformación de compras: una aventura retadora" (spanish language) explaining the 6 workstreams to manage in order to upgrade the Procurement function.

A highlights questions:

How would you describe the current procurement situation in 2023 ? You were just explaining to an evolution, VUCA as well as increased collaboration when we see tougher competition everywhere, can you explain a bit more on that point ? How do see the collaboration between procurement and supply chain? As a concept, it looks great. But how do see that ? Coud also mentioned about a 3D performance management framework at the beginning, could you explain us a bit more there ?

Connect with Stephane on Linkedin here.

Feb 04, 202315:58
190. Unlocking the potential of digital twin in supply chain

190. Unlocking the potential of digital twin in supply chain

Guest Name: Justin Kyngdon, General Manager, Supply Chain Solutions at Expeditors, Language: English, Publication date: Dec, 01. 2022

Justin Kyngdon is the General Manager of Supply Chain Solutions for Expeditors, where he leads the practice in South Asia and is based in Sydney, Australia. Expeditors is a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. 

Before joining Expeditors, Justin has worked  in several roles for LEP Logistics and Agility Logistics. He earned an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales (AGSM). 

A highlights questions:

How digital twin technology is transforming supply chain?  What distinguishes a digital twin from regular supply chain model? What are the key elements to form a digital twin? Could you please share some success stories about how this model was used in your company to solve a client's supply chain problem?

Connect with Justin on Linkedin here. And to learn more about Expeditors, visit their website:

Nov 30, 202217:09
189. The challenges of international trade

189. The challenges of international trade

Guest Name: Kimberly Daniels, CEO of Mercantile Logistics & International Trade, Inc, Language: English, Publication date: Nov, 12. 2022

Kimberly Daniels has more than fifteen years of professional experience in international logistics. As CEO of Mercantile Logistics & International Trade, Inc. she assists business owners with the importation and exportation of their goods to various distribution locations, including fulfillment warehouses and foreign trade zones. As a small business owner, she is keenly aware of the needs of other small businesses to operate efficiently and effectively, creating her own program, CargoClear®, which smooths costs for clients in providing required customs services.

Kim holds a Master's of Business Administration, a Master's of Science in Law, a Customs Broker License, and a Certificate in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) from APICS. Kim has provided International Trade webinars through a variety of channels as a subject matter expert. Mercantile Logistics is a certified Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) and a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) since 2018. 


Could you share some key issues in international trade that could have a significant impact on the global supply chain? People may be thinking about Ukraine's war, but what else? From the standpoint of supply chain resilience, what should be our top priorities (let's say our top three priorities) in anticipating the changes and challenges of international trade? Let's focus on cross-border trade, which has faced numerous challenges and undergone significant changes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdowns were everywhere at that time and causing supply disruptions and other problems. What do you think will happen in 2023? What are some of the most important skills to be an expert in international trade, for being a specialist of trade?
Nov 12, 202209:46
188. Homestatic value chain

188. Homestatic value chain

Guest Name: Pedro Caceres, Leading expert in supply chain, Language: English, Publication date: Nov, 01. 2022

Pedro J. Caceres is an American business executive that has held executive positions in several global corporations, such as Hasbro (Senior VP Operations - Hasbro Games), Newell Rubbermaid (Global VP Operations & Supply Chain - Lenox Division), and Petmate (Chief Operating Officer).As a published author, he released “The Thundering Voice" (2009) a book that introduces a moral approach to Corporate Social Responsibility, and “Operational Success” (2012) to introduce practical operational models to drive Lean Transformation.

He is also the creator of "MyInventory.AI” a System of Intelligence to optimize global supply chains. Pedro is also involved in community activities and has been Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Division of Business Excellence (Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield in Massachusetts), member of the Advisory Board for the National Ergonomic Conference and Exposition (NECE), and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts.  Visit his website

Some of the questions we asked Pedro during our conversation:

What is the primary distinction between the Homeostatic value chain and other approaches? How can we use these value chain models to respond to recent supply chain challenges where there has been a lot of uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity in various aspects of SCM? How do you see technological advancements like the Internet of Things, Smart factories, Intregated cloud-systems, and others playing a role in improving supply chains?
Nov 01, 202212:22
187. Sustainability in last mile delivery
Oct 19, 202214:26
186. Leading in uncertainty
Oct 12, 202216:15
185. Build a winning relationship with procurement
Oct 07, 202215:21
184. Making savings from better contract management
Oct 01, 202217:23
183. How retailers and brands can support a circular economy?
Sep 23, 202215:17
182. Women leadership in supply chain
Aug 31, 202217:47
181. Changes in the structure of global supply chains

181. Changes in the structure of global supply chains

Aug 20, 202214:59
180. Process mining in the supply chain

180. Process mining in the supply chain

Guest Name: Bernardo Nugroho Yahya, Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Language: English, Publication date: July, 26. 2022

Bernardo Nugroho Yahya is currently a Full Professor with the Industrial and Management Engineering Department, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea. He has been working on various industry business consulting and engineering projects with Korean companies. His current research includes statistical pattern recognition, machine learning, business process intelligence, and data analytics.

He received the B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Petra Christian University, the M.S. degree in information system engineering from Dongseo University, and the Ph.D. degree in industrial engineering from Pusan National University. Connect with Bernard on Linkedin here.

Here are some of the highlights from the podcast:

Could you please explain a bit what is a process mining and what are the biggest advantages using a process mining? In relation to the supply chain, I did a small research on several journals where said that process mining helps to improve visibility and transparancy within a supply chain. How does it work anyway? I wonder if you could talk about your experience has been with the process mining, maybe from your own-study & research where you’ve found that process mining adds value for the organization? Could you please ellaborate that? Do you believe that the technology will play a significant role for the implementation of process mining? How should we think about it?
Jul 26, 202223:29
179. Making the environment and sustainability work for business

179. Making the environment and sustainability work for business

Guest Name: Joanne Flinn, Business author and Sustainability advisor, Language: English, Publication date: July, 21. 2022

Joanne Flinn is an award-winning business author and advisor. Her most recent book, Greensight ~ The Sustainability Handbook for Company Directors helps executives, Boards and the C-suite address the twin challenges of growth and ESG. She works with Boards and C-suite teams to align strategy and culture for sustainable results.  You can connect with Joanne over on Linkedin here.

Here are some of the highlights from the podcast:

What specifically motivated you to focus on sustainability and then just also released a new book - Greensight: the sustainability guide for company directors? I’d love to hear more about sustainability in business. What does it mean? As a leader, how should we think to get everyone on board for the sustainability transition? What are actually the essential things in this space? What advice can you offer to the business leader on how to ensure that we have the right attitudes, culture, and governance in place to thrive, not just survive, in the world of tomorrow?
Jul 21, 202215:31
178. Human welfare and safety culture in maritime sector

178. Human welfare and safety culture in maritime sector

Guest Name: Eva Lianne Veldkamp, IMO Policy Coordinator, The Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Registry, Language: English, Publication date: June, 22. 2022

Presently Ms Eva Lianne Veldkamp serves as an IMO Policy Coordinator representing the Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Registry at the International Maritime Organization. Ms Veldkamp believes that mariners and seafarers are the real assets of our industry and will always stand tall in support of the human element.

Ms. Veldkamp leads a working group for the Center for Ocean Policy and Economics - COPE° on Psychological Safety and Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Maritime Sector. Translating talk into action addressing the psychological welfare and safety of today’s mariner. 

In addition Ms. Veldkamp is connecting maritime professionals globally, in order for them to benefit from the online learning simulators, training, examination and certification platforms NEMO° and HALO° developed by Northeast Maritime Institute. Serving as dual-licensed maritime officer, Eva Lianne Veldkamp started her career by crossing the many oceans of our globe on large container vessels.

Here are some of the highlights from the podcast:

In term of human element aspects of diversity, equality, equity and inclusion; what’s your view on the current situation in maritime sector? What are the most critical issues impacting the seaferers? We learned that IMO (The international maritime organization) is currently working on creating a more safe-working culture by developing a model course which includes the aspect of personal safety and social responsibility. Tell us a bit about the project and how importance is this for supporting the welfare and safety culture in maritime sector? What are the possible actions that businesses / stakeholders can do to empower women in maritime community?

Check out our other podcasts DIRECTORY here. You can connect with Eva over on Linkedin.

Jun 22, 202214:14
177. Managing global sourcing risk

177. Managing global sourcing risk

Guest Name: José Manuel Velarde, Senior Manager, Procurement at Huntsman Corporation, Language: English, Publication date: June, 08. 2022

Jose Manuel Velarde is an experienced supply chain professional with over twenty years of experience whose passion is to develop the next generation of supply chain leaders. 

His professional experience comes from leading and supporting global supply chain projects, CAPEX projects, and organizational supply chain transformations in the US and other twenty-one countries with global companies like Huntsman Corporation, KBR, Centrica, FMC Corporation, and CEMEX. At Huntsman Corporation, Jose is co-leading the procurement transformation for the Americas region, including the implementation of category management across all countries in the region and the development of Huntsman’s Procurement University. 

Jose is a very active member in the local supply chain associations in Houston, serving various years in the local board of directors of the Association for Supply Chain Management, and participating with other local professional and non-profit associations. Jose is currently an adjunct professor of supply chain at the University of Houston and at North American University where he teaches courses in global supply chain, operations, distribution channels, procurement, capstone projects, and business. He is a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD), a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), and is Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).

Here are some of the highlights from the podcast:

Global sourcing is becoming more and more relevant in today's globalization environment. It represents an enormous opportunity but also a situation that may create significant risks. The question now is how to assess the risks and how to mitigate them. What’s your view on this? What are top risk management priorities in global sourcing? Are there any tools dealing with supply chain risks including sourcing risks helping companies with improving their decision-making process based on data analytics? What can be the key measures to keep up with the latest trends in global sourcing?

Check out our other podcasts DIRECTORY here. You can connect with Jose over on Linkedin.

Jun 08, 202212:52
176. Building zero-emission delivery

176. Building zero-emission delivery

Guest Name: Mathan Kumar, Founder and CEO at Sealog, Language: English, Publication date: May, 28. 2022

Mathan is the Founder and CEO at Sealog. It is a last-mile delivery platform that provides delivery services by using bicycle and cargo bikes. The main goal is to be the replacement for fossil fuel-based vehicles in Indonesia. So far they have achieved 130,000KM deliveries and saved 1400 KG CO2.

You can connect with Mathan over on
Linkedin here and on his website.

Here are some of the highlights from the podcast:

Companies are now taking significant steps to reach a global goal of becoming climate positive by 2030. Particularly in Indonesia & SEA, how do you see the recent days? Have you seen any development by far? We observed that you have an exclusive partnership with Decathlon in delivering their eco-design sports product. Tell us, what’s this project? In our personal life, what are a few things we can do to reduce our contribution to climate change?

Check out our other podcasts DIRECTORY here.

May 28, 202214:29
175. Indonesia economy and global trade prespective
May 21, 202216:24
174. Leading digital transformation in the VUCA world
May 16, 202215:09
173. Supplier experience management

173. Supplier experience management

Guest Name: Ragnar Lorentzen, Chief Commercial Officer at HICX Language: English, Publication date: April, 29. 2022

Ragnar Lorentzen is Chief Commercial Officer of HICX. Ragnar joined in October 2018 and leads the sales, pre-sales, business development and alliances teams and overseas commercial strategy, process and performance. Ragnar chairs the newly formed Supplier Experience Community. This is a forum in which procurement technology leaders can share ideas, interact and learn how to become supplier centric, to aid digital transformation.

Prior to HICX Ragnar was part of the founding management team of Procurement Leaders’ research and advisory business and led the business unit growth to over 500 clients. He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Norwegian Business School and an MBA from Durham University and is a regular contributor at Procurement and Supply Chain events.

Ragnar lives in London his with wife and 3 young children and loves spending time outdoors, exercising or reading.  

Here are some of the highlights from the podcast:

It’s no secret that supplier data is an ongoing challenge for large multi-national manufacturers. Could you expand on this data challenge? What does bad data look like, and how does it impact organizations and their suppliers? HICX is pioneering the Supplier Experience Management movement. Could you please explain what this entails? How does Supplier Experience Management (SEM) differ from Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) ?

Connect with himr on Linkedin:

Apr 29, 202216:42
172. How can AI enable a sustainable future?

172. How can AI enable a sustainable future?

Guest Name: Dr. Erlijn van Genuchten, Global Changemaker at Environmental sustainability, Language: English, Publication date: April, 23. 2022

Dr. Erlijn van Genuchten is Global Changemaker in the field of sustainable living. She is part of the UN ECE Task Force on Digitalization in Energy, part of the advisory committee for the UN Environmental Program West Asia Frontiers Report, and member of the advisory board of the International Sustainability Forum.

In her project “Fascinating facts about nature and sustainability” (, she makes scientific work available in easy to understand articles. This makes it easier for us to put scientific insights into practice and use them to make a positive difference for our planet.

On Twitter, she shares how living more environmentally friendly makes us happier, healthier and wealthier. In her 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge, she shares simple ideas on how she makes her daily life more environmentally friendly (

Her mottos: “A better world starts with yourself” and “together we can achieve more”.

Here are some of the highlights from the podcast:

What is your view on the current trend of sustainability? What is the relation between AI development and sustainability goal?  How can AI enable a sustainable future? What support do we need in order to utilize the implementation of AI in the sustainabillity project?

Connect with her on Linkedin:

Apr 23, 202212:05
171. Sustainability through Digital Procurement
Mar 12, 202215:21
170. Industry transformation: Drivers, challenges and opportunities

170. Industry transformation: Drivers, challenges and opportunities

Guest Name: Aleksandr Sidorec, Advisory Partner @ Cognizant, Industry 4.0 & Digital TwinsLanguage: English, Publication date: March, 01. 2022

As Industry+ Partner @ Cognizant, Aleksandr Sidorec is on a mission of boosting industrial and manufacturing revolution by supporting companies on their value chain transformation journey leveraging technology, Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data.

Before shifting to the technology sector, Aleksandr delivered global and regional supply chain turnaround, digitalization, and optimization initiatives for the top Fortune 500 companies: Olam International, Holcim, Johnson & Johnson, Zeppelin / Caterpillar, and Procter & Gamble.

Aleksandr is actively involved into startup ecosystems and blends this with his own PhD work related to design of autonomous supply chain systems and leverage of inventive problem solving in domain of supply chain engineering.

Here are some of the highlights from the podcast:

Industry 4.0 has been a major force framing the society, economic and technological environment after 2010. What industry trends do you see developing over the next five to ten years? What are the driving factors of enterprise transformation? What are key challenges & opportunities for the industry transformation? Could you please share a few example of stories when you did sucessfully manage the transformation project with the team? Do you think that tool/technology play an important role for the transformation? How does it work?

Connect with Aleksandr at:

Mar 01, 202222:52
169. Export and trade facilitation in Africa
Feb 12, 202227:49
168. What makes a great supply chain manager
Jan 26, 202213:23
167. Logistics footprint of e-commerce industry

167. Logistics footprint of e-commerce industry

Guest Name: Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Professor in Transport Geography, Language: English, Publication date: Jan, 18th. 2022

Jean-Paul Rodrigue received a Ph.D. in Transport Geography from the Université de Montréal (1994) and has been at  Hofstra University since 1999, initially at the Department of Economics & Geography and then at the Department of Global Studies & Geography.

Dr. Rodrigue sits on the international editorial board of the Journal of Transport Geography, the Journal of Shipping and Trade, the Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics,  and the Cahiers Scientifiques du Transport. Dr. Rodrigue was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Manufacturing (2011-2016). In 2013, the US Secretary of Transportation appointed Dr. Rodrigue to sit on the Advisory Board of the US Merchant Marine Academy, a position he held until 2018. 

Dr. Rodrigue has authored 5 books, 32 book chapters, more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, numerous reports, and delivered more than 150 conferences and seminar presentations, mostly at the international level. Another his new book (With Co-authors: Theo Notteboom, Athanasios Pallis) "Port Economics, Management and Policy" just been released this year. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the contemporary port industry, showing how ports are organized to serve the global economy and support regional and local development. Learn more here.

Here are some of the highlights from the podcast:

What are the major trends in e-commerce industry for the last five years, particularly in the U.S and worldwide? What exciting development of logistics footprint do you see in the future? The footprint of retail sector is shifting from commercially-accessible locations toward the transportation-accessible location. Tell me a bit about it? What are the key factors that determine the success of Amazon's logistics network?

Connect with him on Linkedin -

Jan 18, 202213:30
166. Empowering women in global supply chains.

166. Empowering women in global supply chains.

Guest Name: Lebogang Letsoalo, Supply chain coach & mentor, Founder at Sincpoint, Language: English, Publication date: Jan, 8th. 2022

Lebogang Letsoalo ("Lebo") is a Supply Chain Coach, thought leader and currently a Chief Executive of Sincpoint, an organisation focusing on sustainable supply chain advisory, logistics and capacity development solutions. She founded the African Women in Supply Chain Association (AWISCA) (the first and only association in Southern Africa focusing on functional mentorship and coaching in supply chain to build skills and capacity in the sector) and has successfully integrated the industry, government institutions and academia to take a unified approach to upskilling. Lebo continues to be selfless & and an avid advocate for transforming Supply Chain in Africa and its global competitivess.

She currently serves in 6 Boards and also continues to be a thought leader advocating on all portfolios of supply chain, from Procurement to Logistics ( various modes of transport), influencing positive change in supply chain within organisations. Her depth of knowledge and wisdom about socio-political issues has seen her give key addresses in different forums, on radio and printed media. Amongst other roles held by Lebo, includes coaching and mentorship for Entrepreneurs, Youth and Women.

Here are some of the highlights from the podcast:

How do you see the role of women in a global supply chains? What is the most important thing organization can do to more effectively advance women to  top leadership levels in the supply chain organization? Could you give a word of advice to the young supply chain professional?

To learn more about Lebo, connect with her on Linkedin -

Jan 11, 202220:20
165. Skills for the new era of SCM

165. Skills for the new era of SCM

Guest Name: Johannes Kern, General Manager at Xiezhi Supply Chain Consulting, Language: English, Publication date: Dec, 21. 2021

Johannes Kern is an Affiliated Professor of Supply Chain Management at Tongji University and General Manager of Xiezhi Consulting, China. His research focuses on Supply Chain Management and International Management, particularly on Digital Transformation and on the impact of cultural influences on Buyer-Supplier relationships. 

He teaches MBA and Master's students from around the world in Digital Transformation, Supply Chain Management, and International Management. His practitioner-oriented research is published with the OECD, Harvard Business School Publishing, and in books from Springer, Elsevier, and Wiley. Johannes supports international companies in China to improve their decision-making and increase their performance along the whole supply chain. Prior to that, he worked in various purchasing and logistics functions at the Bosch Group in Asia-Pacific, where he led teams and managed strategic projects in China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, and India. Johannes holds a Ph.D. from Technical University Darmstadt in Germany.

Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast include:

Why are skills in SCM a vital topic now? What skills in SCM are most important now and how to build up these skills? For a young supply chain professional, what advice you can offer to them to keep staying agile in response to the recent challenges?

Connect with Johannes on Linkedin:

About Xiezhi Supply Chain Consulting - is a boutique consulting firm that helps German companies in China to optimize the whole Supply Chain, including Sourcing, Transportation, Warehousing, and Production. As a spin-off from TU Darmstadt and Tongji University, a systematic and analytical approach, incorporating state-of-the-art research is used. Xiezhi blends German quality with an understanding of the Chinese market and intercultural competency.

Dec 21, 202112:09
164. Green logistics implementation

164. Green logistics implementation

Guest Name: Masoud Talebi Amiri, Co-founder at Ponera Group, Language: English, Publication date: Dec, 03. 2021

Masoud co-founded Ponera Group in 2019. They are provider of a modular and digitally enabled industrial packaging solution to replace single-use pallets and crates. Their vision is to transform such consumable packaging material into intelligent assets, orchestrating an effective sharing economy and providing activity-based digital services to users from diverse industries, increasing the efficiency of processes linked to industrial packaging and shipment.

He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Throughout his research, he worked on design, modelling and development of sustainable processes to help industries move towards greener operations. Since 2017 that he started his entrepreneurial journey, he co-founded two startups with the focus on decarbonization of logistics sector.

Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast include:

What is meant by green logistics and how does it work? Why is green logistics matter today? What is the possible action that the company can start the initiative of green logistics?  Probably you can share your experience in the past when successfully delivered this project with Ponera Group? In a bigger portion, sustainable logistics is no longer optional. It's a necessity and becomes the norm. How do you see this statement?

Connect with Masoud on Linkedin:

About Ponera Group - Ponera Group was incorporated in Switzerland on April 2019 by two colleagues and friends who believe that eco-friendly solutions are necessary to shape the future of the fast-growing world.  Ponera Group has developed a unique logistic solution based on an innovative design of pallets’ system which decreases packing costs by minimizing the transport inefficiencies. The flexibility of this innovation makes it applicable to wide range of industries.

Dec 03, 202114:16
163. The closed-loop supply chain of waste electronics
Nov 18, 202112:03
162. Making industry transformation real: challenges & opportunities.

162. Making industry transformation real: challenges & opportunities.

Guest Name: Vasilis Karamalegos, CEO & Co-Founder at Smarterchains, Language: English, Publication date: Nov, 13. 2021

Vasilis is a serial digital entrepreneur expert on online platforms. His expertise is on online peer-to-peer professional collaboration platforms & online marketplaces in knowledge verticals from supply chain consulting to impact investing & healthcare.

Before moving to the digital world, Vasilis worked for 8 years in Procter & Gamble in the supply chain and innovation sector. As a new product innovation program leader, he was leading multi-billion dollar brand's new innovations from a concept to a real product on-shelf. As an P & G intrapreneur he led supply chain digital innovation that revolutionized the way P&G plans the operations of its factories and manufactures its products utilizing cutting edge software and hardware solutions ( IIoT).

Vasilis holds a BA in Business Administration from Birmingham University and a MSc in Logistics & Supply Chain from Cranfield University.

Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast include:

What is Industry 4.0 and why is it an important part of the transformation process in Industry's revolution perspective? How do you see the readiness of industry for the transformation? What are the major obstacles and challenges? Where do we start evolving our business and how can we influence different stakeholders?

Connect with Vasilis on Linkedin:

About Smarterchains - At SmarterChains, we believe in a better, agile and integrated manufacturing ecosystem. An ecosystem where expertise is democratized and knowledge shared among inter-connected partners. Learn more here:

Nov 13, 202120:15
161. Driving sustainability in procurement

161. Driving sustainability in procurement

Guest Name: Eugenia Ceballos Hunziker, Group Head of Sustainable Procurement at Holcim, Language: English, Publication date: Oct 27. 2021

Eugenia coordinates the Group’s efforts to deploy responsible sourcing practices across the supply chain, in the 70 markets where Holcim operates. Her main role is to lead the “Supply chain due diligence“ and “CO2 - Scope 3” programs in the Group. In addition to this role, she manages the Holcim’s Integrated Profit & Loss statement and represents the Group in the newly formed non-for-profit “Value Balancing Alliance”: a cross-sector initiative aiming to standardize and scale-up impact measurement and valuation.

Eugenia holds a MBA from ETH Zürich, a master executive in supply chain management from EOI Spain and a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from UTN Argentina. She is also CPSM certified (Certified Professional Supply Management by ISM USA) and she is graduated with an executive diploma in sustainable business from University of St. Gallen and Lausanne Business School.

Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast include:

What is sustainable procurement and why does it matter? As a procurement professional, what does sustainability really MEAN to you? How can we apply sustainability in the procurement process of the business? Can we take a look a little bit from the experience you might have with Holcim? What are key success factors to drive sustainability in procurement?

Connect with Eugenia on Linkedin:

Oct 27, 202115:27
160. Predictive sourcing - How it will help revolutionize procurement?
Oct 23, 202112:06
159. How can business leaders use blockchain technology
Oct 19, 202115:46
158. How drayage carriers handle the industry challenges

158. How drayage carriers handle the industry challenges

Guest Name: Toni Ann Careccio , Director of Marketing at PortPro, Language: English, Publication date: Oct 15. 2021

Toni Ann Careccio is the Director of Marketing at PortPro - a technology company building a supply chain operating system starting with their first product, a drayage operating system and network - drayOS.

Toni is on the Board of Advisors for two investor-backed companies, Torch ( and Aloe Attiva ( She is also a Co-Organizer of the New York Supply Chain meetup group (

Prior to PortPro, Toni was on the investment team at Edison partners, a 34-year-old growth equity firm based out of Princeton, NJ where most of her time was spent developing an investment thesis around Supply Chain and Logistics technology.

Toni started her career on Wall Street, working her way up from a Marketing intern to a VP on the electronic trading desk at Convergex - an institutional brokerage owned by the Bank of New York.  After almost 4 years at the firm, Toni resigned and received angel funding from two of her bosses to start and co-found her first trucking tech startup, Axle.

Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including:

What is drayage and why is it so important in the supply chain? What are the biggest obstacles and challenges facing drayage companies? What are your other struggles when handling the industry challenges? Particularly in the U.S, how do you see the development of drayage carriers in the next five years from now? Could you please share a little bit more about the possible improvement around drayage management? And what’s your thought on the role of technology in improving the process & efficiency of drayage management? Some other key takeaways.

Connect with Toni on Linkedin:

Oct 15, 202116:57
157. How do we get started with sustainability?

157. How do we get started with sustainability?

Guest Name: Renard Siew , Sustainability & climate change specialist, Board of Advisor to CENT-GPS, Language: English, Publication date: Oct 06. 2021

Dr Renard Siew is Board of Advisor to CENT-GPS where he is responsible for advancing the organization's work in the field of climate change and sustainability.

He is the Founder of Accelerating Climate Action and has served as Co-Chair of the Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management Working Committee and UNEP-FI’s Collective Commitment on Climate Action. In 2020, he was appointed an SDG Champion-Climate Action by the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is a member of the WEF Expert Network Group, serves on the WEF Global Future Council, a Community Champion for Southeast Asia and a Global Lead for the Global Shapers Climate & Environment Steering Committee. He was accepted into the Forbes Fellowship Programme and attended the inaugural UN Climate Action Summit in New York in 2019. Renard is part of the facilitation team at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL). He has also lectured and been appointed Advisor for various universities.

Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including:

What is difference between sustainability vs. CE (circular economy) and why sustainability now is becoming a trend? How to get started with sustainability? How to promote sustainability in the workplace? and can you give a few example of ways to be sustainable in every day life? Some other key takeaways. 

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About CENT-GPS: The Centre for Governance and Political Studies (Cent- GPS) is a KL based political science and social behavioral research firm. Cent-GPS was set up on the belief that there is an urgent need for an interdisciplinary research center, bridging the fields of economics, political science, sociology, business and law, which focuses on the problems and challenges raised by the current political developments and economic transformations. Learn more here:

Oct 06, 202111:43
156. How supply chain visibility helps companies realize value and ROI
Oct 02, 202114:51
155. Macro prespective on logistics infrastructure development
Sep 28, 202114:16
154. How AI is changing the future of supply chain
Sep 24, 202114:53
153. How procurement can help organizations through process automation?

153. How procurement can help organizations through process automation?

Guest Name: Rachel Lemos, Director, Corporate procurement at Canadian Western Bank (CWB), Language: English, Publication date: Sep, 21. 2021

Rachel is a strategic and highly results-oriented procurement leader with over 20 years’ experience in international companies in the North and South America. Rachel has a diverse background, experienced in large organizations, well versed in various processes associated with private and public procurement, strategic sourcing and supply chain operations management.

Rachel has worked for Canadian public corporations both in the Provincial and Federal levels, has led staff in complex environments, including unionized settings. Rachel stands out as an inspirational leader, closely coaching and developing her teams, as well as with her ability to engage stakeholders in various levels with her passion, empathy and diplomacy.

She is a problem-solver, passionate for process improvement, automation and an active ESG ambassador advocating for the urgent environmental causes. She is the Co-Chair of the Public Procurement Chapter at the Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP). Rachel possesses exceptional academic credentials with an MBA in Purchasing and Logistics, Bachelor in International Relations, a professional designation as a CSPM, Executive Leadership certification and Lean Six Sigma Green & Black Belt certification.

-—— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including:

How do you see the role of procurement in organizations? In view of procurement, how does automation help businesses to be more effective? What are some top challenges in implementing a process automation ? Some other key takeaways.

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Sep 21, 202109:08
152. Forecasting & business impact
Sep 14, 202119:08
151. Trends in shipping industry (Key challenges & opportunities)

151. Trends in shipping industry (Key challenges & opportunities)

Guest Name: Faried Belbouab, Chief executive officer at Meratus Group, Language: English, Publication date: Sep, 11. 2021

Farid is currently the CEO (Chief executive officer) at Meratus Group, an integrated Indonesian shipping company providing point-to-point and network transportation solutions. Established in 1957, Meratus has grown into the following sectors: containers, charter, dry-bulk, terminals, logistics and LNG (JV). Visit the website to learn more about their business -

Prior to this role, Farid has spent his professional working experience at CMA CGM where his last appointment was Vice president (Dubai, UAE). He holds a Master degree in International transportation and has joined a leadership executive program at INSEAD and Harvard Business School.

-—— Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including:

How do you see the current trends of shipping in 2021 and the next five to ten years from now?  Have you seen major changes that will be changing the landscape of the shipping industry? Particularly in Indonesia & SEA's context, what is your view on this (i.e trends and challenges in shipping )? What advice can you offer to the business leader & stakeholders to stay on top of trends?  Some other key takeaways.

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Sep 10, 202120:59
150. Toward Transformative Supply Chain Management

150. Toward Transformative Supply Chain Management

Guest Name: Andreas Wieland, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Copenhagen Business School, Language: English, Publication date: Sep, 07. 2021

Andreas Wieland is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Copenhagen Business School, where he is the Program Director of the Graduate Diploma (HD) in Supply Chain Management. His current research is about resilience and transformation.  

His articles have appeared in journals such as the International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of International Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. In addition, Andreas is also the European Co-Editor of the Journal of Business Logistics and Co-Chair of the Council of Supply Chain Management P