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You've heard it time and time again: we're in the midst of a digital revolution that's changing the way we do business. Today's supply chains are straining under the weight of mountains of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, social and other digital technologies. The opportunity for insight is greater than ever, but true visibility still seems frustratingly out of reach.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the anecdote to digital disruption, extracting new, actionable insights from data at astonishing speeds. Already, leaders are looking for the best way to capitalize on AI to drive competitive advantage.

But what few are prepared for, is that AI requires training in order to deliver the outcome the business requires. It's not that hard to whip up AI code that employs learning techniques -- what is differentiating is the body of knowledge that you provide and having your supply practitioners invest the time to train your AI solution of choice on how to use your data.

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Presenting at the CSCMP Supply Chain Innovation Award Case Study Competition has always been an aspiration for LLamasoft.

This year, they knew they had the right partnership with Argos to make this happen.

The opportunity to build on an already strong relationship and a willingness to share led to the participation of the joint LLamasoft / Argos submission for the CSCMP Supply Chain Innovation Award.

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In recent years digital transformation has gained serious momentum. Computing moved beyond the desktop and into our pockets, and this evolution continues at breakneck speed into the next era of Internet usage. Some call it "Industry 4.0" or "machine-to-machine communication," but it is most commonly referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT).

Consumer-IoT (C-IoT) includes a variety of integrated interfaces between people and things—including sensory inputs from the consumer and also technologies communicating with each other that are invisible to the consumer.

Click on "Learn More" to download this month's CSCMP Hot Topic, "The Consumer Internet of Things."

CSCMP Hot Topics are a member benefit and available to CSCMP members free of charge. They are available for purchase to non-members.

About the author:
Melanie Nuce, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, GS1 US, has more than 20 years of experience in retail technology. She oversees a team that investigates new technologies, partnerships and investment opportunities to increase the relevance and reach of GS1 Standards in e-commerce, mobile, social media and supply chain business processes. More information is available at
CSCMP Awards and Recognition
We had an amazing response to the 2018 Supply Chain Hall of Fame call for nominations, and in this CSCMPtv video announcement, Michelle Meyer, Chair of the CSCMP Supply Chain Nominating Committee and Vice Chair of the CSCMP Board of Directors, announces this year's nominees.

CSCMP is committed to preserving the history of some of the greatest, life-changing innovations and inventions from around the world, and created the Supply Chain Hall of Fame Award in 2016 to recognize and archive the significant achievements of those who have created, innovated, and mastered the discipline of supply chain management. The Hall of Fame signifies the life-long accomplishments of those members of our industry who have truly improved the world we live in.
Do you know a prominent supply chain professional who is qualified to be considered for the most prestigious award in the supply chain industry? Now is your opportunity to nominate him or her for the 2018 CSCMP Distinguished Service Award.

Nominations will be accepted until April 30, 2018.

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The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and SupplyChainBrain welcome your entries for the 14th Annual Supply Chain Innovation Award™ (SCIA) competition.

Submissions consist of case studies describing your company's supply chain innovation(s) that emphasize innovative and measurable results. Finalists are asked to present their case studies at CSCMP's 2018 EDGE Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Together, We’ll Soar
BluJay Solutions is a leading provider of supply chain software and services powered by the world’s first Global Trade Network. Our customers can unlock the power of over 40,000 universally connected partners to achieve greater trade velocity and optimize their future in the global economy.
Hub Group, Inc.
Naylor Association Solutions
Innovation. Quality. Service
The Raymond Corporation
It takes a lot to be a global leader. It takes a proud history of engineering material handling solutions that lead the way in innovation. It takes skilled and talented people committed to constant improvement. It requires a level of service that offers end-to-end solutions that anticipate customers’ needs.
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CSCMP's Young Professionals Committee is seeking two to four individuals to join the committee as members-at-large to help grow young professional membership and provide value for current young professional members. Expand your career horizons and join one of the highest visibility committees at the most powerful association in supply chain management.

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Are you a young professional looking to advance your career through CSCMP? Or maybe you’re an existing member about to age out of your YP membership? If so, we’re pleased to inform you that we’ve adjusted the age requirement for YPs from 30 to 32. You’ll get all the value of a professional membership at a significant savings! Plus, we’re now offering monthly installment payments for YPs. Join or renew today!
Training and Development
Download this White Paper available only to current members!

As a CSCMP member, you get access to exclusive research, surveys and white papers that give you the insight and perspective you need to exceed.

In this White Paper from our strategic partner, MercuryGate, you'll gain an understanding of issues shippers need to address in order to achieve maximum ROI on their TMS investment.

Join CSCMP in Nashville, Tennessee, for the 2018 Academic Research Symposium (ARS). The ARS is an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues and discuss and share new research. The ARS is proudly considered the foremost event for research in supply chain management and logistics (SCML). It is an open event, created to bring scholars from all over the world and from all disciplines into the SCML discussion.

The 2018 symposium will embrace research from all areas of business connected to SCML. CSCMP is excited to facilitate such an event, examining the past, present, and future innovations that continue to advance our discipline.

Whether you attend the ARS or the entire EDGE conference, EDGE, and its affiliated events reflect the unparalleled resources CSCMP offers today and symbolizes our unwavering commitment to supply chain in the future.
Supply chain companies face increased pressure to perform their services with the greatest possible efficiency and accuracy. Their customers are demanding, and failing to deliver on time is not an option. As a technology partner to many trucking and logistics businesses, we’ve identified key industry trends that help us develop the most effective solutions for our clients. 

Today's shippers are savvy buyers, who typically work with multiple carriers and logistics firms. Many of their vendors provide enhanced capabilities, including electronic data interchange, electronic invoicing, real-time tracking and online reporting. 

So far, firms that lack these capabilities have been able to compensate for limited capabilities and win business based on high service standards. However, customers’ expectations are evolving and improved technology is increasingly becoming part of the definition of great service. 
About the author:
Sid Bala is the President and CEO of alligoratek.
Building an integrated supply chain (SC) in today's global business environment is challenging. Panelists share insights into their company's integrated SC development journey and share recommendations that you can use to further your company's journey.

This video features a panel discussion with:
Lisa Bowie, Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning (SIOP) Manager, ChemPoint
Henry Canitz, Director Product Marketing & Business Development, Logility, Inc.
Robbin Haddock, Group Director Supply Planning, Coca Cola North America
Brent Nagy, Vice President of Customer Strategy, CH Robinson
Theresa Scheingraber, Director Global Demand Planning, Vitalize
Sean Willems, Ph.D., Haslam Chair in Supply Chain Analytics, Professor of Business Analytics and Statistics, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee

This video is available for purchase on CSCMPtv.
Edge Conference
Today’s consumers are accustomed to having information about anything readily available at their fingertips. They carefully consider the origin of their food, its nutritional value or allergen content. For many, these factors are as equally important as taste or price. Whether you’re doing business in food service or retail grocery, providing your customers with complete and accurate product information is key to success.

Join to hear:
- How complete/accurate data helps win the loyalty of tech-savvy customers
- How data is used by trading partners (menu creation, e-commerce applications, shelf planning, etc.)
- How data transparency can be achieved by sharing product images, ingredients, nutritional, allergen and other attributes
- How data governance best practices support trading partners for creating and maintaining quality data
- What resources are available to help streamline your data management

Thursday, February 22, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CT)

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Tompkins International is having an amazing event in its Orlando Emerging Technology Center featuring state-of-the-art robotics, a new warehouse execution system, the Connected Warehouse powered by SensorThink.

This is a free event being held on February 20 or February 21 at the Orlando research facility. CSCMP members are invited to attend and learn about the latest technologies in warehousing.

If you are interested, email Tompkins International Event Concierge, Cristina Ortiz at or call 407-362-0362.

Tompkins International would love to have CSCMP members attend, so please don't hesitate to email/call if you are interested.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

Whether you’re a GS1 Connect veteran or planning to attend our annual conference for the first time, this webinar will provide valuable tips on how to get the most out of your experience. Be among the first to know how the foodservice and grocery track sessions are shaping up, what education and networking opportunities you can take advantage of, and how you can best prepare to take the most information back home to accelerate your business growth.

Join us to hear:
• What sessions will address the need to satisfy today’s consumer with complete/accurate product data
• Resources and best practices available to help accelerate your traceability implementation
• Which companies will participate in our "How To Do Business With" sessions and Trading Partner Roundtables
• How data governance best practices support trading partners for creating and maintaining quality data
• What networking opportunities can best serve your needs

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