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Hello, and welcome to the Auto Supply Chain Prophets podcast. Due to the holidays, we’ll be sharing our next episode on Monday, December the 5th. We’ve been busy. We took our recording equipment on the road we have we did and we were live and in person at the OESA Supplier Summit Conference in Novi, Michigan. Such an exciting time and a different experience when you’re live at a conference like that. We were able to connect with thought leaders and get those impromptu unscripted raw conversations as people were walking out of the conference room fresh from the insights that were presented at the conference. So, stay tuned because you’ll hear the first of those interviews on Monday, December 5th. [Go To This Episode]

24 Essential Processes to Build a Foundation of Supply Chain Management

In this episode of Auto Supply Chain Prophets, they talk with co-host Jan Griffiths about the patterns that emerged when they identified each process and looked for connections between them, the results their clients have seen upon applying these findings and the reception they’ve been getting from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) so far. [Go To This Episode]

Addressing Staffing Issues in a Post-Pandemic World

From the staffing crisis to the current economic recession, the manufacturing industry has experienced a whirlwind of changes in the past several years. How can manufacturers ensure they’re in a healthy financial position while meeting the high demands of their customers? [Go To This Episode]

The Future Is Now for Automotive Supply Chain

An industrial revolution is happening in automotive supply chain. It’s having its Kodak moment. But can the industry get ahead of the curve to avoid a similar fate? Traditional OEMs are feeling the pressure from electric vehicle (EV) startups. Dealing with disruptive, innovative new entrants is nothing new for most industries, but it feels fresh for automotive. In round two of this special Auto Supply Chain Prophets interview, we’re rejoined by veteran auto writer and editor Gary Vasilash to talk about the automotive supply chain future that’s already arrived. [Go To This Episode]

The Shift to EVs

The pandemic was unpredictable, and subsequent supply chain issues led to lower-than-usual quality ratings. Even bigger changes are coming soon as the industry shifts its focus to electric vehicles. Suppliers need to be ready, says Gary Vasilash, an editor with Gardner Business Media who has been writing about the automotive industry for 30 years. [Go To This Episode]

The Force Majeure Pandemic

Before the pandemic, most people didn’t pay too much attention to force majeure in their contracts — until lockdowns, worker shortages and extended transport times interrupted supply chains. Since then, force majeure has become “one of the most invoked and highly-analyzed terms out there,” says Katherine L. Pullen, attorney at Warner Norcross + Judd LLP. [Go To This Episode]

Leading the Next Generation of Women in Manufacturing

It’s 2022, but women are still a minority in the automotive supply chain and manufacturing industry, representing only 30% of the workforce. It’s a slight increase from 20 years ago when that number was only around 26%, but we can do better. Improving female representation is Allison Grealis’s focus as President and Founder of the Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation [Go To This Episode]

Pushing Past the Status Quo: The CIO Drives Business Value

In 2022, information technology (IT) professionals in supply chains can no longer sit on the sidelines. Responsible for more than just technology, they play a major role in strategy and business functions. No one knows this better than Heidi Mattison, Chief Information Officer at Superior Industries. From the beginning of her career in the automotive industry on the manufacturing floor, she saw how tech plays a crucial role in every corner of the company. [Go To This Episode]

The Many Dimensions of Supply Chain Success

For Sherise Brown and Katrina Allen of Detroit Manufacturing Systems (DMS), a woman’s place is on the shop floor. As two female leaders who worked their way up from assembly staff to Supply Chain Superintendents, they bring important assets to the automotive manufacturing industry. [Go To This Episode]

Silo is a 4 letter word!

As self-proclaimed “quality nerds,” Rocky Pinheiro and Mike Payionk of fastening solutions manufacturer PennEngineering speak about quality with exactly what nerd implies — passion, expertise, and arcane knowledge.  [Go To This Episode]

At the heart of The Prophets’ vision are “The 24 Essential Supply Chain Processes.” What are they? Find out, and see the future yourself.
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