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Bicara Supply Chain is a platform where you will be able to get insights from experts and leaders in the field of supply chain.

Proudly presenting in association with the VCARE Academy , we focus on presenting guidance for solving complex supply chain challenges which help you transform your cost chain into the profitable value chain.

At Bicara Supply Chain, we driving global perspectives to embrace technological adaptation in improving process efficiencies.

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140 Episodes
Guest Name: Andrea Stefano Patrucco, Assistant Professor at Florida International University - College of Business.  Language: English, Publication date: July, 20. 2021 Andrea Stefano Patrucco is Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management at Florida International University . His main research interests are in the field of Supply Chain and Purchasing Management, focusing on performance management and organizational design in Public Procurement, and management of collaborative Supply Chain relationships. Access his paper on Google scholar here: Link Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is the linkage between HRM and SCM? How do individual relationships and skills of sc professionals contribute to supply chain growth ? What advice can you offer to the supply chain leader to grow their team-members skills? Connect him on LInkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Bindiya Vakil, CEO and Co-founder at Resilinc.  Language: English, Publication date: June, 19. 2021 Bindiya Vakil is CEO and co-founder at Resilinc, the world leader for supply chain visibility and resiliency intelligence and analytics. She is a recognized thought leader in the area of supply chain risk management. She is also a member of the Advisory board, MIT Transportation and Logistics; a Board member at Healthcare transparency initiative, and Charter member at TiE silicon valley. Ms. Vakil has a master’s degree in supply chain management from MIT and an MBA in Finance. Learn more about Resilinc. here: Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What are supply chain risks? And What are the types of risks global companies face in managing their supply chains? How do we identify supply chain risks? What are tools for risk identification? How can the risk of supply chain disruptions be reduced? What is the best way to mitigate the risks? How do I prepare for a major supply chain disruption? Connect her on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Ammar Aamer, Associate professor at Northeastern University.  Language: English, Publication date: June, 05. 2021 Ammar Aamer is an Associate professor at Northeastern University - Toronto, Canada,  in the College of Professional Studies, Master of Science in Project Management program. He has over 22 years of industry experience in project management, operations management, supply chain management, and strategic business consulting with various companies such as Volvo, TRW Automotive, Gap Inc., and Industrial and Business Services.  As an educator, he has served in multiple roles, including Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and Dean of Engineering at Sana’a and Sampoerna Universities – in Yemen and Indonesia. His research is currently focused on Digital Transformation, Data Analytics & Supply Chain Management, Lean Six Sigma, Organizational Change, and the Internet of things (IoT).  Ammar holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has also achieved Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is IoT by definition ? And how do you see the challenges and opportunities for the next three and five years from now ? How can IoT potentially improve the logistics process ? In your opinion, what would be the biggest disruption caused by IoT in the logistics Industry ? And how is it possible? Could you please share some stories where the logistics Industry successfully improved their bottom-line process by adopting the IoT ? Some other key takeaway. Connect him on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Saum Sharma, Procurement director at Airgas.  Language: English, Publication date: May, 22. 2021 Saum sharma is currently Procurement director at Airgas: an Air Liquide company, based in the U.S. He has has 16 years of multi-industry experience in Procurement Strategy, Working Capital Optimization, Supply Chain and Management Consulting.    Has led cross-functional transformation projects in Americas, Europe and Asia. He believes that Collaboration is the seed for any successful Procurement Strategy, with AI and Automation being the next frontier that will help Procurement and Supply Chain elevate their the value proposition. Prior to his current role, Saum held several managerial positions with the Coca Cola Company, CGN & Associates and IET Inc. He has completed his Master of science in Engineering management from Western Michigan University. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is collaboration; why is it an important ingredient for successful procurement ? How does collaboration work in procurement ? Could you please share some success stories when you developed a collaboration in procurement ? Connect with him on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Jan Hoffmann, Chief, Trade Logistics Branch, DTL at UNCTAD.  Language: English, Publication date: May, 18. 2021 Jan joined UNCTAD in 2003 and became Chief of the organization’s Trade Logistics Branch in 2016. The Branch is implementing multilateral transport and trade facilitation capacity building programmes, as well as regional and national projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Jan is co-author and coordinator of the annual UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport, created and co-edits the quarterly UNCTAD Transport and Trade Facilitation Newsletter, and initiated the UNCTAD Maritime Country Profiles and the annual Liner Shipping Connectivity Index. Previously, Jan spent six years with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago de Chile, and two years with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London and Santiago.  Jan has studied in Germany, United Kingdom, and Spain, and holds a doctorate degree in Economics from the University of Hamburg. His work has resulted in numerous UN and peer reviewed publications, lectures, technical missions, data bases, and electronic newsletters. Jan is member of AJSL, CPI, IJSTL, INCU, JST, MEL, MPM, and the Propeller Club of Geneva. From 2014 to 2018, Jan was president of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME). Jan has had his hair cut in 71 countries. He has three sons and one wife. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What are your views on global trade logistics ? And what are the biggest challenges and then opportunities ? What advice can you offer to the business leader on how to tackle logistics' s challenges? In regards to the marine-freight rate where it happened at "highest ever level"; How could this happen? If you were in the position as a shipper / manufacturer and or producer, what would be your top priorities in dealing with the complexities of global logistics? Connect with him on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Jonathan Kempe, CEO & Founder, VERIFAI .  Language: English, Publication date: May, 04. 2021 Jonathan is a technical Founder with over 20 years’ experience as a systems administrator across a broad array of disciplines. He has excelled in diverse roles: from senior positions in large corporates; founding and running several businesses; holding trusted positions in nationally accredited NFPs and NGOs and working in an Australian Defence Force endorsed satellite communications provider.  He is connected to Australian business advocacy groups, Government bodies and the Start-up scene, regularly contributing to innovation and industry forums in IoT, biometrics, protecting critical infrastructure to improve supply-chain outcomes.  With a unique and creative vision, Jonathan leads the incredible team at Verifai. Verifai has a particular interest in maritime and intermodal supply-chain security, utilizing unique technologies to generate trustworthy data, provide provenance assurance, and secure assets at rest and in transit. The Verifai team has a diverse array of abilities: IoT hardware devices; full stack software and firmware engineers; leading practitioners in supply-chain management, manufacturing, operational excellence, senior academics, a biometrics expert, and internationally acclaimed cybersecurity luminaries.  Jonathan is passionate about solving global problems, loves to work alongside creative entrepreneurs, and is dedicated to building real solutions that positively transform the world. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: Supply chain security;  what it means and how important is security in the supply chain? What are some security risks in the supply chain? How can we define, detect & assess it earlier as possible ? How can supply chain security be improved ? Can you share some success stories from your client about how they improved the security ? What sort of practical things can we change now to ensure that the business stays profitable and protected ? Some other key takeaways. Connect with him on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Salisu Uba, Managing partner of NatQuest Ltd, Co-founder of Africa chamber of Digital commerce .  Language: English, Publication date: April, 28. 2021 Salisu Uba, is a professional in procurement and supply chain with more than a decade of experience through various sectors and academia. In Nigeria, he has handled and executed many high-impact projects in the finance, oil and gas and defence industries. His current project involves research in the adoption of blockchain in the supply chain of oil and gas industry, explicitly exploring the perception of blockchain adoption by stakeholders in the oil and gas supply chain at the university of Strathclyde, Glasgow.  He is a Fellow (FCIPS) of the Chartered institute of procurement and supply and the Chartered institute of Loan and risk management, a member of  the Chartered management institute (CMI) UK, and the Council of supply chain management practitioners (USA). Salisu holds an MSc in supply chain from Aberdeen business school of the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Scotland UK and a BSc Accountancy from The University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. He has authored and co-authored numerous conference papers and journal articles, and he has recently emerged as 1st runner up - the best paper award at ERPBSS2020 Dubai. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: How blockchain can be used to streamline public procurement ? Could you please share some success stories how blockchain helps to fight corruption & unethical practices? How do you see the future of blockchain in a public procurement ? Some other key takeaway. Connect with him on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Kai Costantini, Expert in biomimicry Design and circular process, Ambassador at The Circular Economy Institute, CEC.  Language: English, Publication date: April, 23. 2021 Kai Costantini has been active in circularity and as a Biomimicry practitioner since 2016. Kai founded the local Calgary Circular Economy Club chapter in 2017, and now leads the CEC Winnipeg chapter in Manitoba, Canada. She is an Ambassador for the Circular Economy institute and collaborates with CEI on developing certification. Kai works as a Business Consultant , advising on strategy, innovation, talent and capability building in startup and SMEs. Kai operates at nodes which can leverage large scale systemic change often in an open and distributed manner fostering networked capabilities, like the CEC (Circular Economy Club) global network, She engages as Advisor in matters of CE with the Natural Systems Engineering group at INCOSE (International Council of Systems Engineering) and is on the Advisory Board of the Alberta Biomimicry Chapter. Kai is a former Executive Search Professional specialized in Life Sciences. She held positions as IT Systems Manager and as IT Project Coordinator for multi- country ERP migration. She has a Ba In Combined Studies of Arts, studied European Integration in, Paris, France and specialized in Human Capital Strategy. Today Kai refocuses on strategic talent acquisition to foster circular bioeconomy capabilities. Kai is an invited speaker at Biomimicry Lecture series, MIT Bio Community and other events. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: How do you see a shifting-trends globally from a linear economy to circular economy ? What the business leaders must-to-do in securing that they are moving into the right direction ? Coud you please share your thought on what are probably major obstable happened in creating the global circular economy ? Some other key takeaway Connect with her on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Eric Wilson, Director of Thought Leadership at The Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF).  Language: English, Publication date: April, 07. 2021 Eric Wilson is an award-winning predictive analytics and business planning innovator, author, and speaker. He is the Director of Thought Leadership at The Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF). He is the recipient of the Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning award as well as a Supply-Demand Chain Pro to Know.  Eric is a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) with over 25 years’ experience with various global organizations and industries and considered a visionary in his field both as a practitioner and for his research.  Eric is a frequent speaker and panelist for many executive forums and professional conferences, and has written numerous articles in publications, peer reviewed journals, magazines, and newspapers and the author of multiple books including his new book Predictive Analytics for Business Forecasting (Link is available here: Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast including: What is predictive analytics ? And how does it differentiate with a traditional business forecasting ? How do we use predictive analytics to solve forecasting issues & drive an overall business value ? Could you please share some success stories about how it works ? What is your recommendation to the business leaders on how to start to use a predictive analytics approach ? Some other key takeaways.  Connect with him on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Azukaego Chukwuelue, Supply chain Director, Nigeria at Kimberly-Clark.  Language: English, Publication date: April, 02. 2021 Azukaego is a certified professional, with a wealth of Commercial experience spanning 20 years and she currently works in Kimberly-Clark Nigeria, where She serves as the Supply Chain Director responsible for the Supply network and operational accountability in line with strategic business goals. Through her 20 years of career, She has gained versatility and depth from working in different fields; her passion for transformative leadership and the ability to harness team power earned her several recognitions. Beyond her work, She mentors young ladies with a goal for ensuring that  all women have the skills and capabilities that will enable them earn a seat at the table on merit. She does this through Truss Empowerment Foundation; a nonprofit focused on creating real value for young  people via enhancing their economic power by building capabilities that allow successful engagement in stereotyped and leadership roles. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast: Tell us a bit the meaning of customer-centric supply chains ? What’s the scope of the customer-centric supply chains? What realistic benefit can we expect to get from moving to a customer-centric supply chains model ? How do these model translate into tangible competitive advantages, revenues increases and profitability? What would be the first step to get this moving around ? who are the main internal and external stakeholders who will need to be involved? Connect with her on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Chris Lauchner, Executive Director, Integrated Business Planning at Johnson Controls.  Language: English, Publication date: March, 26. 2021 Leader, manager, trainer with many years of both domestic and international experience in business management, Supply chain operations management, and project management.  Chris is currently Executive Director at Johnson Controls where he is responsible for the Integrated business planning (IBP). Prior to this role, he held various executive positions includes leading company management as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations for Arete, Inc., a global Supply Chain Planning software company; managing North American Distribution Operations for Kimberly-Clark Corp; and leading & managing projects around the globe for The Coca-Cola Company in all areas of Supply Chain Planning. For 26 years simultaneously balancing a military career with a civilian career until military retirement in 2011 as a Colonel, US Army. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast: Could you please share some of supply chain challenges of the organization and how does the S&OP play a critical success factor encounter these challenges ? What does it mean the organizational agility ? How does the S&OP brings the agility to these organization ? Could you please share some of success stories of how did you successfully improve the overall company performance by driving the S&OP process ? Connect with him on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Andy Vargoczky, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific, at Agility.  Language: English, Publication date: March, 20. 2021 An all round transport industry executive, having worked for airlines, ground handling agents, general sales agencies, charter brokerage firms as well as logistics companies. The positions previously held were both General Management type roles holding a P&L as well as direct Sales and Account Management roles in locations around the world, namely New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Austria, India, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and currently based in Singapore. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast: Agility just released the report called "Agility emerging market logistics Index - 2021". What is the index telling about? What are some key findings of the Index?  About covid-19: How significantly has the logistics industry sector been affected by the covid-19 pandemic, particularly in the emerging countries?  The index tells clearly that "No global recovery in 2021" which is a very provocative statement. How did the Index come up with these conclusions?  In the context of actions, what are the top priorities in 2021?  Access the Logistics Index 2021 here: Agility-Emerging-Markets-Logistics-Index.pdf Connect with Andy on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Jort Meijer, Supply chain & procurement expert, KPMG.  Language: English, Publication date: March, 13. 2021 Jort is a supply chain & procurement expert, having more than 25 years experience in helping customers to create and implement value in Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement and Operational Excellence. Primarily in Consumer Goods, Material life science & ENR Industry. He is currently Associate director at KPMG, based in Netherlands. Prior to this role, he spent for many years in various consulting industries. Jort obtained a Master of Engineering from DUT (Delft University of Technology). Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast: What is the key to value creation? Could you please share some of possible approaches for the supply chain value creation ? In the context of supply chain value, how do you see the role of a new technology ? particularly when it comes to the stages of design and implementation ? About a global pandemic of Covid-19 which is probably changing the way of seeing the supply chains. In your personal view, what are the priorities of actions (could be a short / a long term) that a business leader need to be considered ? Connect with him on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Amadou Diallo, Chief Executive Officer Middle East & Africa, DHL Global Forwarding.  Language: English, Publication date: March, 09. 2021 Since June 2017 Amadou Diallo is CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East & Africa. He is the founder of Saloodo! GmbH. He was previously CEO DHL Freight, CEO Africa and South Asia Pacific DHL Global Forwarding and prior to this Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Logistics Divisions and Managing Director for the integration of Exel and DHL. Mr. Diallo has more than 25 years of experience in the tourism, banking, express and logistics industries.  He is Senegalese and is fluent in several languages including English, German, French, Fulani, Wolof and Spanish. Mr. Diallo is Chairman of Amref in Germany and in the boards of Welthungerhilfe, Africa 2.0, Schiller International University. Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast: What are key challenges facing today and how do you see a current trends in 2021 and next five or ten years from now? What advice would you offer to the business leaders how to convert the challenges into the profitable opportunity ? Can you please share some stories about how you set the expectations for productivity and support the team's well being particularly in the pandemic ? What are other recommendation to stay competitive at the global logistics' s challenges ? Connect with him on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Tun Kim Ong, IBM Supply chain leader, Coach & Mentor.  Language: English, Publication date: March, 04. 2021 Tun Kim is an established professional and proven leader in Procurement and Supply Chain Management for more than 25 years. She has proven herself to be the “go-to” professional for end-to-end Supply Chain skills having been put in charge of many significant transitions and transformations. Outside of IBM, she volunteered as an Industry mentor and works with a diverse group of people, mainly young adults, working professionals who are in their career dilemma. She served as a mentor to provide insights into Supply Chain domain expertise and industry as well as to share career advice. As Tun Kim is highly regarded as an inspirational leader, she is sought after as a coach, a mentor, and a speaker in many different events to share experiences and to inspire others. She is passionate about helping professionals especially women millennials, leaders, talents, and working mothers to develop skills, grow and advance their careers. In 2019, Tun Kim received the bronze award as the Mentor or Coach of the Year in the 16th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business presented in New York. She is a certified coach, mentor, and master practitioner in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). Some of the highlights of questions from the podcast: What challenges did you personally encounter as a woman working in this space? How do you see a current trend of women’s leadership particularly in an APAC region? What is the best way for companies to grow women leaders in the supply chain? Could you share some of the success stories of how did you train & develop leadership skills within an organization? Some other key takeaways. Connect with her on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Jillian Carson-Jackson, President at The Nautical Institute.  Language: English, Publication date: March, 01. 2021 Jillian is an experienced Maritime Technical Advisor, Presenter, and Chairperson with a passion for communications technologies, education and training, and vessel tracking. She is currently a President at The Nautical Institute, an international representative body for maritime professionals. Learn more about the Insitute: Jillian commenced her career in the Canadian Coast Guard, graduating from the Canadian Coast Guard College as a navigation officer. With over three decades in the industry, Jillian has worked both afloat and ashore in the CCG, including 10 years as an instructor at the CCGC.  Following an active role at IALA in the development of VTS Training, she moved to France to work with IALA as Technical Coordination Manager. She then moved to Australia to work with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as Manager of Vessel Traffic and Pilotage Services. In 2016 Jillian left AMSA to set up her own consultancy, focusing on maritime technical advice and education. In May 2020 Jillian was appointed a Director of GlobalMET. Jillian represents The Nautical Institute at IALA as chair of the Emerging Digital Technologies Working Group (ENAV Committee) and the Personnel and Training Working Group (VTS Committee). Some of the highlights from the podcast: Some of the supply chain risks in relation to the security The role of technology, data, equipment, regulations, and other key factors in ensuring a secure supply chain, particularly in the maritime industry. Security and risks management: Protecting our supply chains. Some other recommendations when designing well-protected supply chains. Connect with her on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Sofia Rivas Herrera, Supply chain Ambassador.  Language: English, Publication date:  Feb, 23. 2021 Sofia is an Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey University, Campus Guadalajara class of May 2019. Graduated from MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (GCLOG) as one of the Top 3 performers in 2020. Currently working as Sr. Staffing Analyst within the S&OP team in Mexico at the biggest eCommerce company in Latin America: Mercado Libre. Responsible for DC operation optimization, demand planning, and capacity analysis. Sofia self-identifies as Supply Chain Ambassador, sharing her passion for the field in her daily life, and has been recognized as an upcoming thought leader in the field. Some of the highlights from the podcast: What made you choose supply chain as a career? Can you share some stories about how to start a career in the supply chain? What are the top skills needed for supply chain management? Some other key takeaways? Connect her on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Peter Schram, Advisor (ex-Gartner analyst)  Language: English, Publication date:  Feb, 11. 2021 Peter Schram works as an independent adviser at Breakthrough advisory, a firm he recently founded. Breakthrough advisory helps organizations deliver business results by unlocking the full potential of operational, tactical, and strategic planning. It provides best in class insights for solving planning issue based on deep expertise and external insights.  Until April 2020, Mr. Schram worked as a Senior research director in the Gartner supply chain research group. Mr. Schram's research areas focused on sales and operations planning, demand, supply, and inventory planning. He specialized in S&OP transformation programs and event-driven demand management. At Gartner, he worked with > 300 organizations across multiple industries to improve their supply chain maturity. Prior to joining Gartner in 2018,  he has worked for Philips/Signify, Paccar/DAF Trucks, and IG&H consulting.  Some of the highlights from the podcast: What are your observations on the current journey of supply chain planning digital transformation? What is the current state of digital planning? In the context of the Covid19 pandemic where organizations have to adopt a new norm. How is that impacting digital planning transformations? What advice can you provide to the CEO  and top leaders' position in driving the transformation? In other words, what are the top priorities, and what is the role of leadership in the journey? Some other key takeaways. Connect him on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Grainne Lynch, Senior Manager, Traceability lead Europe,   Language: English, Publication date:  Feb, 06. 2021 Grainne is an experienced pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality, logistics, and supply chain program manager with expertise in leading agile teams. With 7+ years in Life Science Industry and over 10 years across tech industries, Grainne designs and implements manufacturing operations and supply chains in Pharmaceutical, Medical-Devices, and Healthcare. Grainne has delivered many supply chain transformation projects to ensure continuity of supply of pharmaceutical products into highly regulated global markets, dealing with system design (manufacturing & IT systems, automation systems, hardware/software, and vendor selection) and operations management (production scheduling, batch management, order management, order fulfillment) and government reporting. Former Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (Ireland), a former representative from Ireland to the Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe (ALICE), Member of Blockchain Ireland, Guest lecturer and speaker on manufacturing, supply chain operations, traceability, and innovation. Some of the highlights from the podcast: What does it mean to traceability in the supply chain and why is it important? Can you tell us some stories where you successfully developed traceability for your clients? What are the key success factors? How do you see the role of tools & technologies in relation to traceability? Some other key takeaways. Connect her on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
Guest Name: Patrick Van Hull,  Industry Thought Leader at Kinaxis, Language: English, Publication date:  Jan, 29. 2021 Patrick is an industry thought leader within the Kinaxis Strategy Office. His diverse career in supply chain began as a practitioner with roles in inventory management at CVS Health, supply demand management at Apple, and inventory and production planning at both Rio Tinto and Dell. Following his time in the high-tech, mining and consumer products industries, Patrick was a research vice president at SCM World, and then Gartner. Prior to joining Kinaxis, Patrick was a part of the Digital Supply Networks practice within Deloitte Consulting. Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University.  Some of the highlights from the podcast: What does it mean optimization in the supply chains? and why is it important? What are the key features of effective supply chain optimization? Which supply chain management tools are essential for optimization? Connect him on Linkedin: --- Send in a voice message:
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