Welcome to Procurement Block

Impactful conversations about the initiatives and technology that fuels innovation within procurement and supply chain. Join us as we discuss trends and speak with the game changers who are leading the initiatives around supplier relationships, risk management, change management and blockchain.

Season 1 Episodes

Episodes released every other Wednesday

Procurement Block introduction

Introducing Procurement Block. Impactful conversations about the initiatives and technology that fuels innovation within procurement and supply chain.

Release Date: August 11, 2021

In this, our inaugural episode, Kelly Barner and I discuss supplier life cycle management and how our high school biology lesson of the lifecycle of a frog can be helpful.  Listen in as we talk about important phases of supplier life cycle management, what are the key attributes to make a successful SLM, and how to address key challenges. 

Release Date: August 11, 2021

In this episode, Susan Walsh and I discuss managing supplier data and how it relates to doing laundry and cleaning your closet.  Listen in as we talk about common issues with the upkeep of supplier datathe importance of clear visibility into supplier data, anwhat’s between the spreadsheets. 

Release Date: August 11, 2021

In this episode, Eric Evans and I discuss supplier financial health and how just like your physical health, you’ll want to practice preventative measures and get regular check-ups.  Listen in as we discuss how to recognize the symptoms of a financially deteriorating company, determining resiliency, and how automation can help with monitoring supplier health. 

Release Date: August 24, 2021

In this episode, Joyce Harkness and I discuss supplier risk management and how it relates to  insurance and wearing your seatbelt. Join us as we talk about the power of rejection, the 3 components of supplier risk management, and the 5 broad steps you’ll want to make as part of your process. 

Release Date: Sept 8, 2021

In this episode, Kevin and I discuss digital transformation for small businesses.  Learn why it’s important for small businesses to make this investment, what pitfalls to avoid and the future of ordering food from a restaurant. Bon Appetit! 

Release Date: Sept 22, 2021

In this episode, Canda Rozier and I discuss change managementLearn why it’s important to skillfully prepare for any change, to stay aware of the domino effect, and how to avoid costly mistakes. Canda’s advice carries over into any project, such as a kitchen remodel. Strap on your tool belt for this episode. 

Release Date: October 6, 2021

In this episode, Mohan Venkataraman and I discuss the basics of blockchain and how shoeboxes are the OG of blockchain. Learn about the underlying principles behind blockchain, its relationship to bitcoin, and why blockchain is a team sport.

Release Date: October 20, 2021

In this episode, Murray Raw and I discuss the basics of financial crime. Learn how companies are managing the risks associated with financial crime, the role that technology plays, and what preventative measures should be taken by organizations and individuals.  Murray is a cape-less superhero as he protects us all with insights to defend ourselves and our companies against fraudsters. 

Release Date: November 3, 2021

In this episode, Michael K. Robinson brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to our conversation on supplier diversity. He explains how to jazz up your supplier diversity program by understanding the benefits, how to identify and attract diverse suppliers, and what to take into consideration when implementing or expanding a program. 

Release Date: November 17, 2021

In this episode, Charles brings his experience in the field of identity verification and his worldliness of chocolate to our conversation on digital identity. Learn the basics of digital identity – why it’s important, how it’s verified and how to protect your individual and company’s digital identity now and in the future. 

Release Date: December 1, 2021

In this episode, Edoardo Vignani and I discuss artificial intelligence. Learn about the ways AI is helping procurement today, the future of AI, and how the leapfrog effect means it’s never too late to get started with AI. 

Coming soon!

S1E12: Final Exam - Season One Wrap-Up

In this episode, my production team quizzes me on the topics and guests of season one.  Will I pass the exam and be able to move on to season two?  Meet the people who are instrumental in making this podcast a reality.

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