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EDGE 2017 Conference Highlights

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 Top-Attended Sessions

The top 5 attended sessions at this year's conference were:

1) CSCMP's 28th Annual "State of Logistics Report", presented by Penske Logistics

CSCMP and Penske Logistics invite you to join A.T. Kearney, the author of the Annual CSCMP State of Logistics Report, to hear highlights and trends emerging from this year's report, marking the 28th anniversary of this important and updated offering.

2) Blockchain 101: Next-Generation Transformation of Supply Chains

Embrace the future of a disruptive Supply Chain technology. Explore the basics of Blockchain, and learn how Blockchain will transform transactions the way the internet transformed communication.

3) Amazon: The Future of Customer Satisfaction

Innovation and disruption occur when supply chains are designed for customer obsession, rather than optimized for service & cost. Amazon's networks are built on the culture of working backward from the customer.

4) Frontside Flip Supply Chain Transformation: Focus on Customers and Maximize Demand

The digitalization of supply chains is critical to success. Learn how to transform your company's SC to increase revenue, decrease costs and manage risks by performing a "frontside flip" to position customers at the front and maximize demand.

5) A Look Down the Road - CEO's Speak

C-suite panelists from LTL, TL and 3PL industries spoke about challenges affecting transportation. Factors such as rapidly changing markets, needs of customers, and new technologies present opportunities for shippers and carriers.


 2017 Supply Chain Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) named Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, George Lauer, the inventor of the Universal Product Code (UPS) and Dr. Nancy Nix, the 2017 CSCMP Distinguished Service Award Winner, as the 2017 Supply Chain Hall of Fame inductees, honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the supply chain discipline. 

"Our organization represents thousands of supply chain professionals across the world. The Supply Chain Hall of Fame allows us to recognize and archive the significant achievements of those who have been at the forefront of shaping the discipline of Supply Chain Management," said Rick Blasgen, CSCMP president and chief executive officer.

The Supply Chain Hall of Fame was first initiated in 2016, and the initial inductees included all past Distinguished Service Award winners, JB Hunt, founder of JB Hunt Transport Services Inc.; Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company; and Malcom McLean, developer of the modern intermodal shipping container. Inductees were chosen for their thought leadership, creation or advancement of innovative technologies, and overall contributions to supply chain management.

"The 2017 inductees into the CSCMP Supply Chain Hall of Fame are clearly people whose innovative spirits and achievements are worthy of recognition - not just from our industry but from the communities and nations they have impacted.," said Rich Thompson, CSCMP Board of Directors and International Director at JLL. "We are incredibly proud of the advancements brought forth by these distinguished individuals."

"We congratulate these visionaries for creating, innovating and mastering supply chain development. Their accomplishments have dramatically shaped not just the supply chain discipline, but the world as we know it today. We were thrilled to recognize our Supply Chain Hall of Fame class of 2017 at the CSCMP
 EDGE Conference," said Blasgen. 


TransCelerate Wins Supply Chain Innovation Award

TransCelerate, with team members from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, & GlaxoSmithKline, won first place in the Supply Chain Innovation Award™ competition at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) EDGE Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.

The award process begins with companies' submitted cases, which are reviewed by a panel consisting of members of CSCMP's Research Strategies Committee and the editorial board of SupplyChainBrain, a leading supply chain management publication. Six finalists are selected to present their innovation cases at CSCMP's EDGE Conference as the final leg of the competition. From that pool, a winner and runner-up are selected. This award process has recognized more than 90 companies, as finalists, for their successes in implementing innovative solutions that have produced quantifiable and sustainable improvements to their supply chain operations.

"CSCMP's sponsorship of the Supply Chain Innovation Award is critical for continuing to advance our field. The presentations by the award finalists at the Supply Chain Innovation Award Track at the CSCMP EDGE Conference is always one of the highlights of the conference. Not only are the judges and attendees able to see leading-edge innovations, but also each presentation offers key takeaways for implementing these innovations," said Judy Whipple, Chair, Research Strategies Committee and Professor of Logistics/Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University

"These incredible innovations are the result of the work of some of the brightest and most creative minds in our industry. It is a privilege to share these stories and award our winners, helping to create dialogue and spur ideas that will move our industry forward," said Brad Berger, Group President and Publisher of SupplyChainBrain. 

This year's winner, TransCelerate, was selected for transforming the supply chain for clinical comparator medicines.

By creating a collaborative network, TransCelerate enables multiple organizations to collaborate and develop creative solutions that address the many long-standing challenges associated with clinic drug trials, increasing efficiency, boost resilience, enhance integrity and reduce operating cost and most importantly enhance patient safety through enhanced integrity with clinical trials.

This year's runner up was Argos, comprised of team members from Argos and Llamasoft, for building innovative same-day delivery capabilities with a fundamental change from a traditional replenishment model to an agile fulfillment model. 

Utilizing Lamasoft's optimization capabilities, Argos was able to re-imagine the role a store can have in the fulfillment process and provide a tight customer delivery window to 95% of UK households. 

Early results are in and the growth of Internet sales are up 13% representing more than 50% of total sales.

Additional finalists included Vodafone and Celonis; Kenco, Sealed Air Corporation and Smart Gladiator, LLC; Intel Corporation; and Whirlpool.

Case studies for all finalists will be showcased on, in the November/December issue of SupplyChainBrain, and on