Supply Chain Finance

Paradigm Shift: Do the economics of supply chain resilience still work in a post-pandemic world?


Eighteen months ago, most people didn’t know what a supply chain was let alone how interruptions in them could wreak havoc in their daily lives. Now, supply chains are in the headlines daily as container ships clog busy ports and everything from cars to dishwashers has been impacted by the shortage of silicon chips.

In our last session, we had two guests who have been thinking about these issues for years, decades even. Christian Lanng, Tradeshift’s CEO, believes in the power of a networked platform to help companies digitize and automate their processes so they can grow to their full potential. Rob van Ipenburg founded his company Quyntess with the mission to simplify the supply chain through collaboration.

Here are a few highlights from their conversation:

“Prior to COVID, the typical supply chain disruption scenario that people were preparing for was a flood or a power plant going down—a local disruption. COVID was a different order of magnitude, no one was prepared for it, there was no playbook for a global pandemic.”

— Rob Van Ipenburg, Founder, Quyntess

“You’re going to see a lot of fortune 500 companies be more thoughtful and require more from their logistics partners when it comes to transparency about how they manage their inventory from now on, they’ll want to see exactly what’s going on.”

— Christian Lanng, CEO, Tradeshift

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