IBEX 365 Education

Supply Chain Opportunities and Challenges

A Discussion Exploring Supply Chain Management in a Global, Post-Pandemic Context

Supply Chain Management is not a specialty any longer, but instead an Ecosystem Strategy ensuring the competitive advantage. In the last year, the global supply chain consistently made news and social media headlines and the marine industry is keenly aware of management and logistical issues. Now we look ahead to resilience stories on ensuring a certain normalcy, being the center of trade war conversations, and how government executive orders impact us.

Recent events, demographic and environmental changes, and continued volatility have shaken long lasting supply principles, raising the following questions:

  • Is global sourcing into low-cost countries the best scenario?
  • How to deal with costly, insufficient shipping?
  • Is supply consolidation upstream, and in manufacturing, becoming too risky?
  • How to anticipate disruption events and proactively plan using data analytics?
  • How to serve increasingly demanding manufacturers?

These, and many other questions, are at the center of many supply chain policy and management debates taking place on a global scale today. We will discuss these questions and approach supply chain impacts and best practices in the context of the marine industry.


Andrea Sordi, Ph.D., MBA
Clinical Professor Supply Chain Management
Department of Supply Chain Management
Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee

Andrea SordiSupply Chain Strategist and ‘Innovationist’, passioned about social sustainable supply chain management, particularly in the procurement space.

Andrea holds a degree and a PhD in Chemical and Process Engineering with a focus on Food Processing and Biotechnology from the University of Genova, Italy. He also holds an MBA in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee where he has been guest lecturing for the past 3 years.

Andrea has 20 years of experience in the FMCG industry (Danone, Kraft, Mondelez) where he has had several Supply Chain and Strategic Leadership positions in Europe and US. Most recently he held the position of Head of Global Procurement Strategy and Capabilities and Head of Global Indirect Services Sourcing for Mondelez Global LLC in Chicago, IL.

Andrea places strong value in people, diversity, trust and authenticity; and his personal purpose is ‘nurturing others to fulfill their potential and find their success to create a better world’. Andrea is Italian, married, with 1 teenager daughter. He loves outdoor sports, traveling, and cooking.


Scott Berry
Director, Engineering Standards

Scott BerryScott has worked in various areas of the marine industry over the past 18 years including Engineering, Quality, and Supply Chain Management. His most recent certifications include ABYC Marine Systems Certification, ABYC Marine Standards Certification, and NMMA Compliance Engineer Certification. He has been the Director of Engineering Standards at NMMA since 2018.


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