E26: Talking about the importance of Supply Chain with fellow podcaster, Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, CITP, CCI

Speaker Bio:

Sarah stands at the forefront of international trade with expertise in the global logistics industry, working with the private sector to build, develop and increase efficiencies in their supply chains. She has spent the past 20 years working in logistics and supply chain, most recently as Director of Sales and Marketing for ICECORP Logistics Inc, a privately owned 3PL.

Throughout her 20-year tenure in Supply Chain, Sarah has gained a reputation for her passion in helping employees and clients learn about increasing efficiencies and building cost-effective supply chains including international transportation, customs & compliance, cross dock solutions, and warehousing.

Sarah has been a leader and mentor, managing sales and marketing teams through motivation, thought leadership and being hands on. Sarah also created an internship program that resulted in hiring most of the students from the program once they finished school. The program included teaching students about the industry and special projects to be completed during the internship.

Episode Overview:

A supply chain is everything from purchasing to the last mail delivery and everything in between. It is not to be confused with logistics. Logistics is just the small part of that. It is the transportation piece. Sarah explains that they want to come up with a simpler way for shippers to be able to move their goods around the world. This episode talks about different subjects that are relevant to supply chain while revisiting Sarah and Sapna’s Cannabis Episodes on their own podcasts. Sarah’s episode can be found below while Sapna’s episode is linked HERE.

It is good to note that there is a big gap between accelerator and funding programs, especially in Canada. For startups, you need to be at a certain stage to be able to utilize the funding programs where sometimes it’s just not possible. The grant side in Canada is not easy to navigate. There is a big gap whether they will provide the grant to your company or not. Those were one of the many challenges startups face. Sarah explains with great enthusiasm the challenges and how to deal with them.

Listen to the episode and learn Sarah’s tips on handling accelerator and funding programs. Learn also the difference between Canadian programs compared to it’s US counterpart.

What you’ll learn in this Episode:

  • Excited about working with other innovators in this space and how the players in the supply chain are responding to change
  • Hard work and asking a lot of questions pays off. The courage to just ask opens doors that you can’t even imagine walking through.
  • Get out there, start talking about it and ask people. See what their thoughts are. You’re going to get NO’s but you’re going to get YESSES.
  • Most technology company takes a lot of money to be able to start
  • Think about your board of advisers. Having an adviser who’s been where you are can help you save money with some of the documentation that’s needed especially on the startup side.
  • On the accelerator side, make sure that you read the fine print and have a discussion with them about every single point why they should be taking a percentage of your company.
  • Really make sure to ask questions and that you are comfortable with the company because again, you are giving away some shares in your business. This is going to affect potential investment rounds down the road
  • Life is lived forwards and understood backward a quote by Soren Kierkegaard
  • Everything happens for a reason.
  • Success didn’t come until his forties for Stephen Colbert. (Podcast Episode of the show notes).
  • List writer – writes lists upon lists but not too many lists. Write tasks for every working day of the week.
  • Yoga Morning and a Gratitude Journal every night are a good routine.
  • How Meditation helps your focus.

Resources Mentioned:

Productivity Tool: Pen, Paper, and an Agenda

Podcast: Let’s Talk Supply Chain

Podcast Episode: Let’s Talk Supply Chain: The Cannabis Supply Chain

Podcast: School of Greatness – Lewis Howes

Podcast Episode: School of Greatness: Cultivate a Monk Mindset – Jay Shetty

Shows: Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations

Show Episode: Super Soul Sessions: Stephen Colbert

CEO: Nova Spivack

Website: Magical

Mentor COO: Ken O’Brien of Gemini Shippers Group

Website: Gemini Shippers Group

Hotspots: Primal Cravings

Email: [email protected]

Website: Let’s Talk Supply Chain

Website: SHIPZ Logistics Simplified

Twitter: @LetstalkSChain

Instagram: @letstalksupplychain

Instagram: @be_victoryus

Twitter: @sarahcaroline88

LinkedIn: Sarah Barnes-Humphrey

LinkedIn: Let’s Talk Supply Chain

Company Overview:

Sarah’s dedication to excellence in the field has resulted from a combination of hands-on experience while obtaining her CITP designation, FIATA Diploma, and CIFFA certifications. Sarah continues this dedication as a Board Member for FITT (Forum for International Trade Training), Certification and Accreditation Committee (CAC) committee member and just recently in 2016/2017 was the chair for the FITT planning committee for their well-recognized 25th Anniversary celebration and conference. In her spare time, Sarah lends her time to her local Habitat for Humanity and has experience with Media, live TV, and interviews.

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