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Procurement Block

Procurement Block

By April Harrison - Trust Your Supplier

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 risk management, change management, and blockchain.
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S1E10: Identity Verification - The Sugar in the Chocolate of Supplier Trust

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S1E11: Artificial Intelligence - Leapfrog into the Future
S1E11: Artificial Intelligence - Leapfrog into the Future
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. Show notes & a transcript can be found at www.ProcurementBlock.com.
30:51
December 01, 2021
S1E10: Identity Verification - The Sugar in the Chocolate of Supplier Trust
S1E10: Identity Verification - The Sugar in the Chocolate of Supplier Trust
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. Show notes & a transcript can be found at www.ProcurementBlock.com.
22:49
November 17, 2021
S1E9: How to Jazz Up Your Supplier Diversity Program
S1E9: How to Jazz Up Your Supplier Diversity Program
Michael brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to our conversation on supplier diversity. Learn 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. Show notes & transcript can be found at www.ProcurementBlock.com
25:19
November 03, 2021
S1E8: Financial Crime & Prevention Capabilities: How to defend yourself and your company from fraudsters
S1E8: Financial Crime & Prevention Capabilities: How to defend yourself and your company from fraudsters
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. Show notes & transcript can be found at www.ProcurementBlock.com
25:23
October 21, 2021
S1E7: Blockchain Basics - From Shoeboxes to Blockchain
S1E7: Blockchain Basics - From Shoeboxes to Blockchain
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. Show notes & transcript can be found at www.ProcurementBlock.com
35:40
October 06, 2021
S1E6: Change Management 101 - Is DIY Possible with Change Management?
S1E6: Change Management 101 - Is DIY Possible with Change Management?
In this episode, Canda Rozier and I discuss change management. Learn 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. Show notes & transcript can be found at www.ProcurementBlock.com
29:58
September 22, 2021
S1E5: Digital Transformation Within Small Businesses - Connecting Technology & Dinner
S1E5: Digital Transformation Within Small Businesses - Connecting Technology & Dinner
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! Show notes & transcript can be found at www.ProcurementBlock.com
29:43
September 08, 2021
S1E4: Supplier Risk Management: The importance of insurance & seat belts
S1E4: Supplier Risk Management: The importance of insurance & seat belts
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.  Show notes & transcript can be found at www.ProcurementBlock.com
33:32
August 25, 2021
S1E3: Supplier Financial Health - The Importance of MRIs and Checkups
S1E3: Supplier Financial Health - The Importance of MRIs and Checkups
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. Eric manages strategic partnerships/alliances at RapidRatings including leading partner API integrations into procurement, supplier risk and governance risk & compliance platforms to benefit joint clients. Eric is involved with various working groups of Shared Assessments including Co-Chair of the Continuous Monitoring Group. Eric has over 20 years work experience from various companies including:  Aetna, EDGAR Online, Donnelley Financial Solutions.  He graduated from University of Connecticut a BS in Finance and completed his MBA in Finance at University of Hartford. He is based in the RapidRatings NYC office and lives with his wife and Cavalier King Charles in Stamford, CT. Connect with Eric Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eevans1/ Email: evans@rapidratings.com Website: https://www.rapidratings.com/ April Harrison is the Marketing Director for Trust Your Supplier, an innovative supplier information network built on blockchain technology. April’s background includes real estate and teaching. April received her degree in Psychology and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Notice what’s not in her background? Procurement!  April loves learning new things, especially about areas that are on the verge of major transformation. April stays healthy by teaching aerobics and making green smoothies! Connect with April Harrison April on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/april-harrison-ab91881/ Procurement Block website: www.ProcurementBlock.com Music by jorikbasov from Pixabay Procurement Block is produced by Trust Your Supplier
20:57
August 11, 2021
S1E2: Common Issues with Supplier Data - If You're Not Having Fun, You're Not Doing It Right
S1E2: Common Issues with Supplier Data - If You're Not Having Fun, You're Not Doing It Right
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 data, the importance of clear visibility into supplier data, and what's between the spreadsheets. Susan Walsh is the Classification Guru. She also goes by many other names such as fixer of dirty data, creator of COAT, MD, mistress of data expert and spin data classification, supplier normalization and taxonomy customization, TEDx speaker, and author of "Between the Spreadsheets", coming out in September 2021. Connect with Susan: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanewalsh/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClassificationG YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfrWRbL-zeEZsHwjYhj3v_A April Harrison is the Marketing Director for Trust Your Supplier, an innovative supplier information network built on blockchain technology. April’s background includes real estate and teaching. April received her degree in Psychology and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Notice what’s not in her background? Procurement!  April loves learning new things, especially about areas that are on the verge of major transformation. April is addicted to Susan’s lip-synching videos and is now planning a major closet clean-out after this episode. Connect with April Harrison April on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/april-harrison-ab91881/ Procurement Block website: www.ProcurementBlock.com Music by jorikbasov from Pixabay Procurement Block is produced by Trust Your Supplier
27:21
August 11, 2021
S1E1: The Strategic Importance of SLM – From Tadpole to Frog
S1E1: The Strategic Importance of SLM – From Tadpole to Frog
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. Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then serving as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and the Host of Dial P for Procurement on Supply Chain Now. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and 'Finance Unleashed’. Kelly on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-barner-6884443/ BMP on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/buyers-meeting-point/ BMP on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BuyersMeetPoint April Harrison is the Marketing Director for Trust Your Supplier, an innovative supplier information network built on blockchain technology. April’s background includes real estate and teaching. She received her degree in Psychology and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Notice what’s not in her background? Procurement!  April loves learning new things, especially about areas that are on the verge of major transformation. April struggled with dissecting a frog in high school and is currently learning French from her daughter. Her skill level is not yet at the dreaming in French stage.  April on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/april-harrison-ab91881/ Procurement Block website: www.ProcurementBlock.com  Procurement Block is produced by Trust Your Supplier
35:56
August 11, 2021
Procurement Block Podcast Introduction
Procurement Block Podcast Introduction
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 risk management, change management, and blockchain.
00:32
July 01, 2021