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The Road to Efficiency: Supply Chain Evolution with Blake Coram

Ninaad Acharya, Dan Coll, Blake Coram

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Blake Coram is a seasoned supply chain professional with expertise in requirements gathering, solution design, and fostering cross-functional collaboration. In his current role as Director of Product Management at Manhattan Associates since November 2020, he has played a pivotal role in designing and implementing Manhattan’s Warehouse Management software, integrating with third-party systems, and enhancing various software modules. Blake’s career highlights include leading design efforts for multiple clients, mentoring consultants, and contributing to internal initiatives.


In this episode of eCom Logistics Podcast, Dan Coll and Ninaad Acharya welcomes Blake Coram to share his journey from a consultant to product management at Manhattan, emphasizing the evolution of warehouse management solutions and the move towards unified supply chain solutions. They discuss topics like automation, robotics as a service, large language models, and digital twins, highlighting the exciting innovations shaping the future of supply chain and warehousing operations


[00:01:20] Blake Coram’s journey to product management at Manhattan Associates
[00:03:45] Evolution of warehouse management solutions
[00:05:30] The shift towards unified supply chain solutions
[00:09:15] The role of automation in modern warehousing
[00:11:40] Robotics as a Service (RaaS) and its benefits
[00:15:20] The potential of large language models in supply chain operations
[00:17:45] Digital twins for optimizing warehouse operations
[00:20:10] Balancing automation with human involvement
[00:22:30] Addressing concerns about automation and job displacement
[00:25:15] The importance of adaptability in supply chain technology
[00:28:00] The future of supply chain and warehousing


[00:06:53] Blake Coram: “It’s no longer about siloed solutions; it’s about integrated, unified supply chain solutions that adapt and execute efficiently.”
[00:09:47] Blake Coram: “Data is the lifeblood of modern supply chains. Real-time analytics enable smarter, more agile decisions in an ever-changing market.”
[00:15:28] Blake Coram: “Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword anymore; it’s a core driver in supply chain strategy. Companies that embrace eco-friendly practices will thrive.”
[00:22:02] Ninaad Acharya: “I think there’s a world in the not too distant future where it’s robots as a service. The man-machine execution within warehouses is becoming more prevalent.”

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