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Supply Chain Management
About two months ago, journalist Philip Stoten and I set up the Supply Chain Bunker. We wanted to give those feeling isolated by the lockdown a safe space to chat and explore the challenges of manufacturing and supply chain management amid the COVID-19 pandemic. After seven “Bunkers”, we took a week out of the bunker to catch our breath, regroup, and compare notes.
Each week, we evolved the show a little. Philip has kept those in the Bunker updated on our latest developments, while I’ve focused on conversations with executives from the supply and demand side of the supply chain.
We’ve covered product development and NPI (new product introduction), and we’ve gotten insight from around the globe, including from China. We’ve put the spotlight on the healthcare supply chain, the role of robotics in the crisis, manufacturing in the U.S., and most recently, on additive manufacturing.
We’ve talked with founders and executives of design and product companies, like Dragon Innovation. We’ve hosted robotics and additive manufacturing pioneers, like Carbon and Markforged. We’ve met consultants, journalists, and podcasters, as well as those making the products that make a difference.
Our guests have been forthright and candid, sharing their experiences and their knowledge. They’ve provided us as hosts and our audience with ideas and advice to take away from each Bunker.
Every week, we try to end with a few key takeaways. Here’s a summary of the last seven week’s conclusions. A few of my favorites are in bold.
I have been blown away by the spirit of collaboration over the last few months, and that is a topic that we constantly discuss, in and outside the Bunker. The whole manufacturing, technology and supply chain industry has pulled together and stepped up. We have numerous examples of generosity, ingenuity, and selflessness from those who’ve come into the Bunker and from those who haven’t.
I have enjoyed the Bunker as a classroom, a meeting place, and as somewhere to share ideas, experiences and knowledge. It has been a privilege to share that hour each week with such amazing guests and our growing audience.
Thank you Scott Miller, John Jacobson, Howell Wang, Lorraine Marchand, Greg Schulte, Marco Micheletti, Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, Ron Keith, Gregg Miner, Danny Yorke, Philip DeSimone, Bryan Painter, and my ever-present co-conspirator from down under, Philip Stoten. See you soon in the Supply Chain Bunker.
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