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Family Businesses, Moneyball, and Supply Chain Innovation with ShelfAware CEO Andrew Johnson
Episode 2813th October 2020 • Manufacturing Happy Hour • Chris Luecke
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Andrew Johnson is a supply chain innovator, speaker, and the CEO of ShelfAware. After being raised in and working for his family’s industrial business O-Ring Sales and Services, ShelfAware developed out of that company and now provides an RFID-powered solution that gives wireless traceability to a manufacturers’ inventory.

 In this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, Andrew takes us behind the scenes to look at ShelfAware’s origin story. We hear how much he learned growing up in a family business and what led him to start ShelfAware.

 Andrew explains how automation has been key to growing his business and why he uses the idea of “incremental innovation” to scale his company sustainably. We also hear the lessons he learned from the movie Moneyball and some top tips he has to share for other manufacturers.

In this episode, find out:     

  • How growing up in a family business introduced Andrew to entrepreneurialism     
  • The origin story of ShelfAware      
  • Why automation can be a great way to boost your competitive advantage     
  • How the movie Moneyball inspired him  
  • What incremental innovation is and why it’s the best way forward
  • Why manufacturers should focus on developing young talent (even if they lack experience)

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 Tweetable Quotes:   

  • “We have to have fun. In our workplace, we have to take some risks. And we have to be willing to get messy, or we’ll never take that next step in innovation.”
  • “I think a lot of manufacturers should throw out all of their experience requirements when they're hiring new folks for their company.”      
  • “Look at innovation as a race, a marathon, a long race with huge goals. But you're going to run your incremental races as a series of sprints to get to that big finish line.”

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