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Mike Edwards on How to Differentiate your Brand and De-silo your Organization

Today I’m in conversation with Mike Edwards, strategic advisor for eCommerce and retail technologies, and former CEO of eBags, Borders and Lucy Activewear. In 2007, Mike sold Lucy Activewear to VF Corporation for $100mn. In 2011, after a failed turnaround he liquidated Borders. And in 2017, he sold eBags to Samsonite for $105mn. He’s also held other positions at retail behemoths like Staples and Target. The reason I’m so excited for our conversation is because Mike’s obviously had a rich and...


REI on having a core vision for your supply chain strategy

Priyanka talks to Bill Best – DVP Supply Chain at REI. Recreational Equipment Inc commonly known as REI, is an American retail and outdoor sports company. It is famously known to keep its doors shut during Black Friday when the rest of the industry is in absolute chaos for holiday deals and sales. REI also regularly features on reputed publications for having a “green supply chain” as well as for being one of the “best places to work”. Priyanka asks Bill to share some of the thought...


Practical ideas to tackle cross-border eCommerce challenges

Priyanka talks to Roman Sobieri - Head of Shipping & Orders at Etsy. Etsy is a global eCommerce marketplace for handmade or vintage items and craft supplies. Etsy has about 54 million registered buyers and sellers across the world. Etsy operates in virtually every single country and so naturally with sellers and buyers in multiple countries, there are a lot of cross-border challenges involved – including customs, excise, customer expectations, dealing with multiple carriers and above all,...


Best Buy’s CSCO on How to Pull Off a Successful Supply Chain Transformation

With Guest Speaker: Rob Bass, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Best Buy Priyanka talks to Rob Bass, CSCO of Best Buy, on the entire journey and experience of the supply chain overhaul Best Buy went through over the last 5 years pulling it out of the brinks of bad business performance to a thriving force in consumer electronics today! Rob discusses what the key factors to success are for supply chain leaders looking to disrupt and keep up with change. Questions Rob answered - Best Buy is nearing...


Taking on Amazon and Supply Chain Disruptions

Priyanka talks to Jim Tompkins, Founder of Tompkins Intl Consulting. They cover topics – such as how can companies respond to the Amazon threat, what are the biggest drivers disrupting supply chains today, what are some of the things supply chain execs should have an eye on and how do we bridge the talent gap in the industry. Questions Tom answered: - How can the industry respond to the Amazon threat? - Which company, if any, can challenge Amazon and replace it? - What are the biggest...


How China’s biggest retailer scales its supply chain for a $24.7bn shopping festival peak

With Guest Speaker: Lori Chao, Director International Communications, Priyanka talks to Lori Chao, Director of Intl Communications at and former Wall Street Journal Supply chain reporter on what it takes for China’s biggest retailer to be prepared for their 618 anniversary sale which just last week raked in $24.7bn over two weeks! Lori talks about the various processes and technologies – including robots, drones, AI, VR, blockchain and fully-automated warehouses – they are...


Is Facebook the next Amazon of Retail and Logistics?

Priyanka talks to Brittain Ladd, a strategy and supply chain consultant, about who the strongest contender is to supersede and replace Amazon! To Priyanka's surprise, Brittain's answer wasn't Alibaba or Walmart. It was Facebook! Listen on to understand what it will take Facebook, in his view, to build a one-of-its-kind supply chain network enhanced with some thoughtful acquisitions to claim the top spot in retail.