Remaining Teachable with Rachel Liaw, Co-Founder of Fuse Inventory

Rachel Liaw first built Fuse Inventory to give supply chain professionals a better option than excel spreadsheets and legacy ERPs to do their forecasting and inventory planning.

Linda Rigano’s latest guest shared what it was like growing up in Honolulu surrounded by lots of family (think “Big Fat Greek Wedding!”) and attending Punahou, the same school former President Obama attended. Rachel inherited her father’s love for data (he was a science professor) and her mother’s zest for empowerment. “Growing up I was always told that I could be anything I wanted to be,” Rachel said.

After attending Stanford University where she received a B.A. in East Asian Studies and minor in Computer Science, Rachel went onto get her law degree at U.C.L.A and even studied in Japan for a brief period.

After school, Rachel worked in supply chain roles at several fast-growth companies – where she was a first-hand witness to the frustration of using spreadsheets to forecast and plan merchandise even as these businesses scaled operations to over $100 million.

In 2016, Rachel co-founded Fuse Inventory – a planning solution empowering the next generation of commerce. Today, Rachel and her team are tackling the fragmented and outdated $11 Billion inventory planning space, with a modern, predictive SaaS solution. Fuse enables companies to scale their supply chain by minimizing stockouts and overstock.

When asked what was the best advice she ever got, Rachel was quick to say “I always want to remain teachable,” advice she lives by today.

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Meet Our Guest, Rachel Liaw

Rachel is a Stanford alumnus who, in a previous life, was a software developer that built a Chinese search engine and a street fashion app. She then scaled supply chain at Kiwi Crate, including forecasting, purchasing, inventory management, and fulfillment. She next co-founded Parasol Co, where she created the thinnest and softest diapers currently on the market.

Fuse is the culmination of all of those experiences -- building the supply chain software of the future. Fuse is an inventory solution tackling the fragmented & legacy $11B inventory software space with a modern, predictive SaaS solution. We enable top brands like Glossier, Snowe, and Soludos to scale their supply chain by minimizing stockouts & overstock. Inventory planners love our product and use Fuse as their central source of truth for their inventory.

WAM Host, Linda Rigano

Meet Your Host, Linda Rigano

Linda Rigano is the Principal Consultant of The Rigano Group. Her expertise and enthusiasm for strategic and effective communication permeate all that she does as a consultant to B2B and B2C technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and publishing organizations to improve business performance and stakeholder relationships by building highly successful and measurable communications programs.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Linda has excelled in helping organizations advance the discussion of important industry issues. She was central to the development and promotion of ThomasNet’s annual Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey on the state of manufacturing, the ThomasNet/ISM “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” Recognition Program, and ThomasNet’s North American Scholarship Program. Linda also served as Director of Strategic Alliances for ThomasNet, and for many years was the Publisher of the Thomas Food Industry Register.

Throughout her career, Linda has been an active participant and presenter for manufacturing, supply management, and business associations. She is widely quoted in business and trade media, including Bloomberg BusinessweekNightly Business Report, and Industry Today. Linda holds an MBA in marketing from Fordham University.

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