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The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is proud to announce the arrival of CSCMPodcast: Supply Chain Conversation in the iTunes store! CSCMPodcast is our latest platform for bringing you the latest and trending insights from the industry's top professionals.

In the latest episode, Chris Adderton, Vice President at CSCMP, interviews Sean Monahan, Board Member and Partner at A.T. Kearney. During their conversation, Sean will preview the highlights of CSCMP’s 29th Annual State of Logistics Report. The 29th Annual State of Logistics Report is authored by A.T. Kearney and presented by Penske Logistics and was released on June 19, 2018. 

Following their interview, Nichole Mumford, Director of Professional Development and Marketing at CSCMP, interviews Gail Rutkowski, Executive Director of NASSTRAC. CSCMP & NASSTRAC recently announced a strategic partnership with the goal of better serving their members by collaborating in areas where the two associations intersect. During their conversation, they discuss the transportation and logistics industry and share some of the differences and similarities between the two associations. 

How can I access a copy of the report?
Visit  The report is free to CSCMP members.  

How Can I Listen to the podcast?
CSCMPodcast is available in the iTunes store and the CSCMP website for all devices.

How Can I Support CSCMPodcast?
Subscribe on iTunes, leave a review on iTunes and let everyone know how much you love listening on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and any other social media platform you use! Remember to check back regularly as we update the CSCMPodcast on a regular basis.



How Technology and Data Will Help the Trucking Shortage

The challenge of finding enough high quality and reasonably priced trucking capacity is as daunting as ever. The surging economy and rising consumer demand has created even more pressure in the industry.

In this Hot Topic written by Dan Lewis, Co-Founder and CEO of Convoy, learn how technology and data will help the trucking industry be more attractive for drivers and carriers while making them more efficient.

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Data Quality

With consumers increasingly relying on mobile devices to assist them with product information searches, price comparisons, and convenient fulfillment options, data has become the lifeblood of the retail industry today. Expectations for product data quality are specifically high, and failure to focus on data can mean falling completely out of touch with consumer needs.

In this Hot Topic written by Angela Fernandez, Vice President of Retail Grocery and Foodservice, GS1 US, discover how all supply chain partners can work together to satisfy consumers and improve efficiencies across the industry. 

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Did you know that CSCMP offers a vast library of supply chain-related videos that allow you to binge to your hearts content? CSCMPtv is the only official streaming service of CSCMP that has the latest and most up-to-date video content available for supply chain management professionals who are looking to get the latest news and updates in an always evolving supply chain industry.

CSCMPtv offers a variety of both free and premium videos, with a variety of topics for everyone in the supply chain industry. CSCMPtv offers you the best way to get supply chain focused content right at your fingertips.

Top 5 CSCMPtv Features:

  1. Watch full event presentations for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits 
  2. Find out about some of the latest event happenings at CSCMP 
  3. Get the latest access to the trending topics in the supply chain industry 
  4. Discover how you can develop your career with CSCMPtv 
  5. Learn the ROI of becoming a CSCMP member 


Top CSCMPtv Videos


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The current onslaught of digital technologies offers the promise to transform supply chain management and quickly advance organizations past their competitors, but few in the field fully understand how best to develop a strategy among the upheaval of so many new options.

"A SAVVY Guide to the Digital Supply Chain," the latest report from the UT Global Supply Chain Institute, outlines several emerging trends at top companies and provides a framework for evaluating technologies and creating a digital supply chain strategy. It also defines the most prominent digital technologies for supply chain managers, including artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, big data, blockchain, the internet of things, and predictive and prescriptive analytics.

The report specifically identifies artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, coupled with predictive and prescriptive analytics, as dramatically changing the role of individual employees in managing routine decisions. Contributions from Kevin O’Marah, chief content officer at SCM World, further reveal the potential for work transformation and managing the digital transition.

A SAVVY Guide to the Digital Supply Chain was sponsored by IBM and is the second installment of the Technology in the Supply Chain white paper series from UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute at the Haslam College of Business.
CSCMP Awards and Recognition
Dr. John Gattorna, author, academic and principal of a Sydney-based specialist advisory business, Gattorna Alignment, will receive the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) 2018 Distinguished Service Award. He will be presented with the award during the Opening General Session at CSCMP's Annual EDGE Conference in Nashville, TN on October 1, 2018.

CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award is the industry's most prestigious honor, bestowed upon an individual for significant achievements in the logistics and supply chain management industry. Presented annually, the award was instituted in 1965 as a tribute to logistics pioneer John Drury Sheahan.
Congratulations to the following professionals for achieving SCPro Level One Certification, CSCMP's supply chain certification developed by and for the industry's thought leaders.

Christopher Cothran, Carhartt, Inc.
Teodoro Ramirez, Carhartt, Inc.
TammyLynn Alsup, Carhartt, Inc.

Ready to join their ranks? Click "Learn More" for information on CSCMP's supply chain certifications.
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.
Schneider Port Logistics
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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Please join CSCMP in giving a warm welcome to the following new Corporate Members:

• 10-4 Systems
• Knapps Logistics Automation

CSCMP Corporate Memberships allow companies to provide access, insight and perspective to their entire team. Corporate members receive all the benefits of a Professional Membership, plus special pricing and exclusive services tailored to meet your specific needs and create value for your organization.

Women at Work: Women at Work: How Are You Preparing to

Lead the Workforce of Tomorrow? Four Trends Change Everything!  

Sunday September 30, 2018, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

EDGE attendees are welcome are to attend this session led by Anne Loehr, Generational Guru, Author & Transformational Leader

How Are You Preparing to Lead the Workforce of Tomorrow? Learn the four trends that will change everything in the workforce. More than 9.4 million firms are women-owned, and the old minority is the new majority where 92 percent of U.S. population growth is attributed to ethnic groups. Baby boomers aren’t the only members of the workforce fleeing the scene. Women are also leaving the corporate workforce and forming their own firms. Why is this important? With women leaving the workforce, and the baby boomer retirement exodus on the horizon, what exactly will the future workforce look like? What strategy do you have in mind for retaining your top female talent? Anne will engage you in an interactive workshop-style session based on four demographic trends that are “shape-shifting” our future workforce.

Register today to attend EDGE 2018!  VIsit and use coupond code EDGE18-FINAL to save $200* on a professional registration.  

*Terms and conditions: Offer not valid for Student, Young Professional, Educator, International, Corporate, and Supply Chain Exchange registration types. May not be combined with other offers. Offer not retroactive. Offer valid through 8/31/18.

For our 2018 Rainmakers, success isn’t just about fame and fortune. It’s also about making a contribution to the logistics field and advancing the profession.

Some measure success by salaries and titles. Others use a different yardstick altogether. Take the eight professionals selected as our 2018 Rainmakers, for example. When asked about their proudest professional accomplishments, one cited the satisfaction of watching protégés go on to achieve greater glory, while others pointed to the teams they’ve built and led. "Nothing is more rewarding than making a difference in someone’s life by helping them develop their skills and realize their potential," wrote one honoree.

So who are these Rainmakers and how were they chosen? As in the past, DC Velocity selected the 2018 Rainmakers in concert with members of the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board from candidates nominated by readers, board members, and previous Rainmakers and DCV Thought Leaders. This year’s selections represent different facets of the business – from practitioners to analysts to consultants to technology providers. But as the profiles on the following pages show, they’re united by a common goal of advancing the logistics and supply chain management profession.

If you’d like to nominate someone for our 2019 Rainmakers report, please send your suggestions to "DC Velocity’s" editorial director, David Maloney, at
Training and Development

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) partnership with academia is the backbone of CSCMP. Our membership and leadership is comprised of the most diverse, credible, and educated community in supply chain. These thought leaders and volunteers not only represent different industries in the supply chain, they also represent different locations from around the globe, ensuring that every member’s voice is heard in the matters of CSCMP and the supply chain profession.

Because CSCMP is comprised of some of the most respected professionals in the industry, we are able to offer thought leadership and educational resources that apply to all industries and facets of supply chain management. Our state-of-the-art training and certification programs provide knowledge, best practices and credentials to help our members make impactful changes at their own organizations.

In addition to being able to access our online learning and certifications via, CSCMP also partners with leading academic institutions to offer SCPro™ Certifications as part of, or as a supplement to, supply chain management certificate, undergraduate and masters programs.

To learn more about becoming a CSCMP academic partner, please contact us at

CSCMP currently partners with four universities that offer CSCMP's SCPro Level 1 Certification.

- Dallas Baptist University 
- EAE Business School
- Governors State University
- University of Tennessee Knoxville

Each university offers the program in a unique way. For more information on each university's supply chain program or to contact them directly, click "Learn More".
Edge Conference


Did you know that with certification, your earning potential can increase by nearly 8 percent or nearly $117,000 in lifetime earnings?! Without question, continuing one's education is the best way to optimize earning potential, but choosing what certification to invest your time and energy into in a constantly changing and evolving industry like supply chain management has been a riddle that was hard to solve.

Join CSCMP as they host a live webinar focusing on supply chain certification, the benefits, the rewards and the potential return on investment. CSCMP will take you through the ins and outs of the ever evolving landscape of the supply chain management environment and discuss what your options are should you want to continue your education in today's fast paced world.

Attend CSCMP's free live webinar on July 24 at 1:00 p.m. EDT as CSCMP discusses the various challenges, obstacles, and solutions to help you achieve your maximum earning potential. The webinar will be hosted by Nichole Mumford, CSCMP's Director of Marketing and Professional Development.

Even if you can't attend in person, reserve your spot and we'll be sure to send you a replay for you to watch the webinar on your own time.

Register to save your spot today! 

Join CSCMP Strategic Partner, GS1 US, for a complimentary webinar on product data accuracy for retail grocery, foodservice, apparel and general merchandise.

Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE

Whether you’re a rookie or a pro, it never hurts to review the winning playbook for creating and maintaining accurate and complete product data for your business. You need it for efficiencies in e-commerce and you want it to earn your consumers’ loyalty.

Join GS1 US data quality coaches to see how you can achieve a 20 percent lift in sales** and help your team become successful in:
- Getting started or invigorating your data quality program
- Understanding data sourcing and data creation
- Applying data governance best practices to your business processes
- Validating and confirming data accuracy and completeness
Get the latest Logistics Manager Index (LMI) for May/June 2018. The LMI is calculated using a diffusion index, in which any reading above 50 percent indicates that logistics is expanding; a reading below 50 percent is indicative of a shrinking logistics industry.

The LMI score is a combination of all of the other components that make up the index including inventory levels and costs, warehousing capacity, utilization, and prices, and transportation capacity, utilization, and prices.
Please join us on August 16, 2018 for an EXCLUSIVE event hosted by CSCMP in partnership with JDA. Attendees can join the discussion with industry experts from JDA, DSC Logistics and Supply Chain Management Review, on what innovative businesses are doing today to respond to the omnichannel revolution, heightened customer expectations, labor shortages, and more. Plus gain an inside look at a Labor Case Study from C&S Wholesale Grocers.

Date: August 16, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
This event is an excellent opportunity to learn about the reverse logistics supply chain from an industry leader, Optoro! Ever wonder what happens when you return an item to a store or e-commerce retailer? The cost of returns worldwide is estimated to be $642 billion, of which $246 billion comes from North America.

Date: July 31, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Come meet and network with CSCMP members and board members. This is an excellent opportunity, in a casual setting, to get to know other supply chain organizations and to build relationships, discuss business opportunities, and share ideas.

Date: August 8, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.