668: In this interview, Maya covers the company’s mission of “delivering value faster” to customers and leveraging technology to improve the customer experience. She begins by reflecting on the challenges American has faced during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the new sources of innovation that arose during the time, and how the next generation strategic initiatives that began at the company prior to the pandemic became a major source of resilience. Maya also discusses how technology is being leveraged to improve customer and employee experiences, how her experience as President of AAdvantage Loyalty Program influenced how she views the customer experience, and how her long tenure as CIO has opened up a world of opportunities. Finally, she talks about her personal and professional growth as a woman in technology, the trends she is excited to see in customer experience design, and the keys to her continued success.

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654: Charu and Sanjib discuss the topic of creating a world-class digital customer experience. Charu shares how Alaska Airlines is tackling the innovation cycle and Sanjib shares how Ingram Micro makes this innovation cycle a core ethos of the organization. Sanjib also covers the four ways he is approaching innovation and using that to drive scale. Finally, Charu discusses realizing tangible business value through innovation and how Alaska Airlines is using data to personalize the guest experience.

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618: Tom discusses the strategic plan for Sysco’s digital transformation and the impact on the B2B customer interaction. Tom provides his purview as both the CIO and CDO and gives his perspective on the five strategic pillars for the company’s Recipe for Growth. He talks about bringing a B2C sensibility to the B2B transactions, focusing on customer engagements and customer journeys, and fostering resilience at the company during the pandemic. Tom also shares how he is not only looking at new solutions for the customer but also how to better position his team for innovation through diversity and inclusion. Finally, Tom discusses tech trends and areas within the company that he looks to focus on in the future.

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589: In this interview, Michael Newcity, Chief Innovation Officer and President of ArcBest Technologies, focuses on the topic of transformative innovation. Michael describes what transformative innovation entails within a company and how he organizes his teams to foster innovation and drive it forward. He talks about his previous roles and responsibilities as the former CIO, CFO, among others and how these various experiences influenced his perspective as Chief Innovation Officer. Specifically, Michael highlights how his previous role of CFO informed his experience in IT around finance and data within the company. Finally, he covers how ArcBest allocates resources to and focuses on innovation while still maintaining sufficient efforts to run the broader business.

 

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573: In this interview, Ken Spangler, EVP of IT & CIO of OpCo Technologies at FedEx, focuses on the culture of innovation at FedEx. Ken describes how his experiences serving as CIO for each of FedEx’s businesses has given him a unique perspective on the firm’s principles to compete collectively, operate independently, and manage collaboratively. He talks about how the company fosters innovation and focuses on what he calls “Constructive Dissatisfaction” in the company. Further, Ken speaks to the culture of FedEx, what it means to still be a founder-led company, and FedEx’s People-Service-Profit model. Additionally, Ken gives his perspective on how FedEx went through four phases of learning due to the pandemic, what the return to work looks like, and a variety of other topics.

 

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563: In this interview, we discuss what drew Shaleen to Schneider, ways Schneider has disrupted itself over the years, why Schneider considers itself the Moneyball of trucking, and how the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of frictionless experience platforms at Schneider. We also discuss the importance of using familiar language when discussing digital transformation, the importance of embracing business agility, and getting used to the unknown, Atif and Shaleen’s take on the state of autonomous vehicles, among a variety of other topics.

 

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554: Rob Carter, the Executive Vice President of FedEx Information Services and the Chief Information Officer for FedEx, and Steve Randich, the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of FINRA, discuss the role of technology in creating a nimble enterprise. Rob shares the story of how technology that once provided FedEx with a competitive advantage had become outdated, and the massive effort the company undertook to overhaul and modernize its legacy technology. Meanwhile, Steve discusses the benefits of being an early adopter of the cloud, how FINRA is pushing up against the limits of Amazon Web Services, and FINRA’s use of advanced analytics and machine learning to better identify fraud and bad actors.

 

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487: Ryder senior vice president and chief information officer Rajeev Ravindran discusses 

  • An overview of Ryder and Rajeev’s purview as CIO
  • The IT function’s four strategic goals
  • The company’s approach to eliminating technical debt
  • The COVID-19 pandemic, including:
    • Why Ryder was prepared for it 
    • How the company has created a sense of community throughout it
  • Rajeev’s take on a variety of rising trends, such as AI modeling, robotics, and autonomous vehicles

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412: Omnitracs CEO Ray Greer discusses innovations in the $800 billion trucking industry. Ray describes the issues that truck drivers face today, and he cites that the single greatest advancement Omnitracs can make for the driver is to automate their life so that they just have to drive. Truck drivers spend too much time finding the loading dock, going in and out of navigation applications, and waiting. To provide a more user-friendly experience, Ray has engaged third parties to accelerate the modernization of Omnitracs’ platform, to bring automation to the driver’s lives, and to migrate Omnitracs’ to a cloud-native platform. We also discuss Omnitracs’ usage of machine learning, why technologist focused on autonomy are not thinking about the potential challenges autonomous trucks would cause, the massive impact Omnitracs is able to have on the industry, among other topics. 

402: UPS CIO Juan Perez details how the company has taken data from simply being an input for descriptive analytics to prescriptive analytics, which goes beyond predictive analytics. Juan has played an integral role in developing the company’s on-road integrated optimization and navigation system [ORION], which helps optimize the delivery paths that the company’s drivers take to make sure that they efficiently satisfy their service commitments to its customers. Juan also describes an advanced big data analytics project, which is designed to constantly take the massive amount of data points the company collects, learn from them, and use them to better predict what volume is going to come into their operations. We also discuss UPS’ strategic pillars, Juan’s take on artificial intelligence, the cloud, drones, and robotics, how UPS is using digital to enhance the physical experience that the customer receives, and a variety of other topics.