Shubhendu, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Shubhendu: I was born in a small town called Vidisha in central India and moved to the US in 2006 through a job. I have a son who is 14 years old and my name means Blessed Moon— Shubh (Blessed), Endu (Moon)!
Wow, so interesting! And what do you do for Blume Global?
Shubhendu: I’m the AVP of Product Development, and in charge of logistics and finance product suites.
What does your day-to-day look like?
Shubhendu: Every day, I talk to at least 2 customers, creating product roadmaps, solutions and strategy. I also collaborate with multiple organizations within Blume to prioritize features, coordinate releases and manage development activities.
What do you enjoy the most about working for Blume?
Shubhendu: Things are always changing and it’s a fast-paced working environment. I love a good challenge. Not only that, but our solutions are revolutionary. For example, Blume CarrierGo™ has already gained momentum in the market even before its release. One of my passions is also mentoring young professionals, which we have quite a few of in our Pleasanton office. It’s been fun building a team from the ground up with coworkers who are eager to learn.
How did you get your start within the supply chain industry?
Shubhendu: I got my degree in Electronic Engineering, and a diploma in advanced computing in Bangalore in 2000. My first introduction to supply chain was when I started writing a booking application for Lufthansa cargo. Then I moved to Manhattan Associates to code cubing algorithms for trailers. This is where I met Pervinder Johar (our CEO), Mark Pluta (our CTO), Yamini Vellore (our CIO) and Christine Sobczak-Barwicz (our Director of Product Management). I later joined HP, learning their global supply chain operations (replenishment planning, fulfillment, transportation and logistics). And right before I joined Blume Global, I was at Walmart as a Director of Global Transportation Systems. Working with such large organization helped me get connected with some of the brightest supply chain minds in the industry.
What do you love about the supply chain industry?
Shubhendu: When I was at HP, it didn’t take much time before I realized that supply chain (SC) problems are not hard to solve. It’s the silos that make it hard. Technology is the only platform that can break those silos and bring everyone together to solve complex SC problems. There is so much information and data across different verticals of supply chain; we can make intelligent decisions if its readily available. Every business is unique, and that’s interesting—which is why I love this industry.
Any advice for early starters?
Shubhendu: Imagination goes a long way. I started building SC applications without knowing what a truck looked like in the U.S. Read the problem statement correctly; solution is right there.
What’s your favorite sport and team?
Shubhendu: I love Cricket and soccer. Lately. I’ve also developed some interest in American football and the Atlanta Falcons, after they made it to Superbowl LI.
What do you do in your free time?
Shubhendu: I spend time with my son where we do a lot of activities centered around music. We do karaoke and I play Cricket.
Shubhendu, tell us a supply chain joke…
What is the difference between a big foot and an accurate supply chain forecast? … big foot can be seen…
How many supply chain planners does it take to change a light bulb? Answer is no one… because the light bulb is delayed…
And this is a picture of Shubhendu and some of our other Blumers at the Diwali celebration…