Logistics 2.0: Georgia Logistics Summit Interview with Manny Sequeira

We recently attended the Georgia Logistics Summit where we had a chance to catch up with Manny Sequeira, a leader in the supply chain & logistics industries. Watch the interview here, or read the transcript below!

You can connect with Manny directly via LinkedIn.

Karl: Welcome to Logistics 2.0. I’m Karl Siebrecht with FLEXE.

Today we’re at the Georgia Logistics Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. And I had a chance to catch with Manny Sequeira, who is a long-time supply chain veteran, mostly in IT roles, with Coca-Cola Company and other firms as well. And we sat down and I got Manny’s insights on a couple of the key trends and dynamics in supply chain today.

Manny: So I’m Manny Sequeira. I’ve been in supply chain and technology all my life. I’ve worked for a major Fortune 100 company for many years, consulted primarily in strategy, projects, supply chain, application of technologies, backing ERP systems, front-end warehousing, and distribution systems.

So ERP has been around for many decades. A lot of technology has developed on the back end. The focus 20, 15 years ago has been in building those integrated solutions. More recently with cloud-based solutions, cheaper, lower-cost storage, SaaS solutions, a lot of the technologies and applications have become more accessible, easier to implement, cheaper. And so the challenge has been how to integrate these new technologies into the back-end BI solutions to drive that business decision support to make quicker decisions, integrate them to your financials and drive your business growth and productivity.

So what cloud-based technologies and applications have enabled us to do more recently is to move out of our silos of automation. In the past, we’ve had automated systems in manufacturing, in the warehouse, or in our transportation. Today, we are able to integrate all of this through big data, look at trends, do a little bit more predictive analytics that we couldn’t do in the past, to drive the competitive edge. And with the lower-cost SaaS solutions today, this type of technology is available not only to the big Fortune 100 companies but to smaller growing companies competing in the same space.

Where I see the future going with all this is obviously it’s an evolution of technology as it’s continued over the past hundred years. And the way I see logistics moving, our warehouses, our transportation, all the way to the consumer is more of what we see on the digital side, where social media is driving a more immediate response. We expect to track our pizza minute by minute. We want to be able to see the order we place on Amazon, we want to see where it is minute by minute. That’s going to drive business to behave in a different way, to apply technologies in a different way, to re-look at the processes in a different way. I think the technologies are there. The challenge for us in the future to get us there in 10 years is really going to redesign of our processes and the building-up of those skills in our people that are working in these processes.

So I think the great need we have in business today is what I really love doing. And that is driving the transformation of the business. Understanding the technology, figuring how the people in your organization work to align with their technology, to drive the value that the technology brings, and to adapt the business strategy, and the operations, the procedures, and the processes to remain competitive fundamentally to grow a business, to improve productivity, and to grow the business to benefit everyone involved in the organization.

Karl: That’s it for today’s edition of Logistics 2.0 from the Georgia Logistics Summit. I’m Karl Siebrecht with FLEXE. If you liked the content today, please share it, like us, and post your comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

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