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Scaling Your Supply Chain : The Final Hour

April 21, 2021

Now, more than ever, companies are re-evaluating their supply chains to be more resilient to change and growth. Fast-growing organizations can’t afford to stick with the status quo, as too many variables threaten to disrupt efficient operations, responsiveness, and profitability.

In this recording of The Final Hour, we present Michael Kienitz of YETI to discuss how to put the right infrastructure, processes, people, and tools in place to allow the business to scale efficiently. If you lead a fast-growing company, you can leverage the knowledge of an industry expert with over 30 years of supply chain executive experience.

You’ll learn:

  • The top supply chain trends in 2021
  • Key elements of supply chain resiliency
  • The value of country diversification, with YETI as an example of how to transition away from China and what to look for in other countries
  • How to identify logistics constraints and opportunities to fix them
  • 5 planning best practices

About our guest:

Michael Kienitz was named YETI’s Head of Operations in July 2018 and promoted to Senior Vice President in February 2020. Prior to joining YETI, Michael served as the Chief Procurement Officer – Vice President of Supply Chain at SunPower Corporation. 

Within his responsibilities, Mike’s team developed and executed SunPower’s sourcing strategies for direct and indirect material along with a strategy for sustainability leadership with a total expenditure of $2B annually. 

In his more than 30 years of industry experience, Mike has led a variety of leadership positions across the supply chain spectrum, from purchasing, sourcing, and warehouse management to engineering and commodity management.

About your host:

Steven Blustein is an entrepreneur/innovator extraordinaire and the Co-Founder of both Gembah Inc and PrideBites Pet Products. He is an expert in product development and supply chain strategy. Over his career, Blustein has owned and operated businesses that have designed, manufactured and sold millions of consumer products from all over the world. He is well versed in foreign manufacturing strategy and has participated in every aspect of the product creation journey.

In 2016, Blustein was backed by two Sharks, Lori Grenier and Robert Herjavec, on ABC’s Shark Tank, and was a previous recipient of the Pet Industry 40 under 40 award. Blustein graduated from the University of Kansas with his Masters in Tax and is trilingual in English, Chinese and Spanish. Steven is married to his beautiful wife Kellie, and together they have a son, JB and two furry children named, Mona and Minnie.