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The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual State of Logistics Report®, presented by Penske Logistics and authored by Kearney, is scheduled to release next month on June 20, 2023 during a news event at a new venue, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Across three-plus decades, the report offers a snapshot of the American economy through the lens of the logistics sector in the overall supply chain. It is a rigorous compilation of leading logistics intelligence from around the world, shines a spotlight on industry trends, and offers key insights on the ever-evolving industry supply chains. 
Get access to this cutting-edge industry report:
  • Join CSCMP as a Premier Member to access the report and on-demand event for only - $299*, OR
  • Non-members may purchase a copy of the report upon its release at for $299 and access the on-demand presentation upon release for $105. Join CSCMP for free access to this research and more.
CSCMP members receive free access to the on-demand event and report. Register now for the on-demand event! 
Answering a “hirer” calling
While identifying and recruiting supply chain talent can be a headache for many companies, Charlie Saffro of CS Recruiting has made it her mission to help them find the right fit, one position at a time.
FINDING AND MAINTAINING adequate staffing is arguably the biggest challenge supply chains face today. Seeing a need for direct recruiting/retention services within the logistics, transportation, and supply chain markets, Charlie Saffro, president and founder of CS Recruiting, has made it her mission to help these companies tackle the complexities of hiring and retaining talent, one job at a time.
With a background in advertising, Saffro says she “fell” into both recruiting and the supply chain industry. “Yet looking back, there's no doubt that this was always my path,” she says.
Over the past 13-plus years, she has dedicated her time and energy to matching many different types of talent—individuals that do everything from sales to operations, customer support to planning, and everything in between—to the right companies. “Every job we take on is an opportunity to learn from our client and the candidates we meet,” explains Saffro.
During a recent CSCMP “Supply Chain in the Fast Lane” podcast interview, Supply Chain Quarterly Managing Editor Diane Rand spoke with Saffro to find out what she’s learned about hiring and retaining supply chain talent—specifically, what works and what’s a waste of time and money.
Vizion CEO Kyle Henderson writes about the leverage shippers, freight forwarders and others in the supply chain space now enjoy. Given falling rates and demand, shippers can now negotiate more demurrage time while also using direct connections to ports and terminals worldwide to monitor a container's transition from sea to land—and retrieve that container before demurrage charges begin.
Thank you to CSCMP Corporate Member Vizion for sharing this CSCMP Hot Topic.  
Business continuity planning helps strengthen a company’s foundation to minimize the impacts of disruptions, absorb its aftershocks, and implement new solutions nimbly and effectively. Learn the “Four A’s” of risk assessment for today’s supply chain, how to categorize risk, and the keys to business continuity planning success.
Thank you to CSCMP Corporate Member Gebrüder Weiss USA for sharing this CSCMP Hot Topic
Manhattan Associates, Inc.
CSCMP Awards and Recognition
Allison Jeffers, Bath & Body Works; Christopher Acus, Bath & Body Works; Janavi Harlow, Bath & Body Works; Payton Gliane, Bath & Body Works; Dr. Amitkumar Kakkad, University of San Diego; Gonzalo Gutiérrez Sansano Barroso, Universidad Anáhuac; Andrew J. Lennon, College of Charleston; Joseph Fariello, College of Charleston; Jeremy Mueller, College of Charleston; Jonathan Burns, College of Charleston; Meredith Williams, College of Charleston; Svetlana Koulianos, College of Charleston; Sophia Petrou, College of Charleston; Zachary Potter, College of Charleston; and Jackson Koch, College of Charleston!
CSCMP's SCPro™ Certification is a three-tiered program that assesses progressive knowledge and skills across integrated supply chain activities. This process validates an individual’s ability to strategically assess business challenges, effectively implement supply chain improvements through the analysis of real-world case studies, and develop a comprehensive project plan to achieve results such as a positive ROI.
Enter for a chance to win EDGE reg, $500 travel stipend, hotel lodging, and more!

Are you a solution-oriented young professional or student CSCMP member aged 32 or under? If you find yourself thinking deeply about innovative ways to improve current challenges in supply chain management and logistics, the Young Professionals Video Contest is your opportunity to shine!

The winner of the contest will receive one complimentary registration to EDGE 2023, hotel lodging and a $500.00 U.S. travel stipend. The winner will also receive written recognition before and after EDGE and be formally awarded during the Future Leaders Reception. 
Submit to the 2023 Donald J. Bowersox Doctoral Symposium and 2023 Doctoral Dissertation Award!
Submissions will close June 1st!
2023 Donald J. Bowersox Doctoral Symposium Nominations
(Deadline: June 15, 2023)
The Doctoral Symposium is held each year at CSCMP's EDGE Annual Conference. The symposium is specifically designed for doctoral candidates specializing in supply chain management and related fields of study who intend to pursue a career in academia. From the reviews of both participants and faculty, those students currently in their latter stages of doctoral studies will find this event most beneficial. Submit your nomination today!
2023 Doctoral Dissertation Award Submissions
(Deadline June 15, 2023)
The 2023 Doctoral Dissertation Award (DDA) is open to all who will have completed their doctoral work in a field related to functions within the supply chain between January 1, 2022 and June 1, 2024. To be considered eligible, candidates MUST be a member of CSCMP, follow the criteria and formatting guidelines, and submit a completed application form to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Submit to DDA here!
2023 Academic Research Symposium Call for Papers
(Deadline June 5, 2023)
All research submissions (papers, abstracts, poster sessions) will be evaluated on originality, clarity, research, design, theoretical and practical contribution. We are especially interested in papers related to supply chain management and its various disciplines, such as logistics and transportation, marketing, operations, and purchasing. View the ARS Paper Guidelines here.
Only complete research papers will be considered for the E. Grosvenor Plowman Award, which is awarded for the best research paper of the Academic Research Symposium. Submit to ARS here!
Questions about ARS? Contact!
CSCMP Featured Members
Cincinnati Roundtable
"I joined CSCMP in 2021 and see CSCMP as a great way to connect with Supply Chain Professionals, network and share my Supply Chain and Manufacturing Expertise with a broader audience. My advice for new members is to network, participate in workshops and CSCMP EDGE etc. Meeting with customers has been the most impactful connection as a member."
Chicago Roundtable
"I joined CSCMP to grow my network and improve industry knowledge. My advice for new members is to go to events in person and virtually and build your network. Try new things and get outside of your comfort zone when asked to volunteer or participate. My most impactful connection is networking with a Professor of S&OP - My team and I have presented in his class 4x now and take away so much from the students and the experience."
Join today with code GET15 to receive 15 months of membership for the price ot 12! 
CSCMP members are supported by a network of supply chain peers with continued individual growth, mentorship, networking, and education. We encourage your growth with access to exclusive resources and a vast network of supply chain professionals to enhance your lifelong career journey. Whether you’re just getting started in supply chain, leading a team of cross-functional professionals, or entering your retirement years, CSCMP membership is available to cater to your specific goals. 
CSCMP's NEW Corporate Member Forward Air is taking advantage of CSCMP's corporate membership opportunities to develop and grow their supply chain teams.

CSCMP's corporate membership, education, and event opportunities help develop your team, so you can remain competitive in today’s disruptive supply chain industry. Get access to thought leadership, best practices, up-to-date trends, and solutions to challenges from the people who know it best. Improve productivity, build skills, network and increase your team’s supply chain knowledge.
Training and Development
May 15 – 17, 2023
CSCMP President & CEO Mark Baxa will be speaking on May 17 at the summit, a platform for statewide collaboration among key representatives from industry, professional organizations, government, economic development agencies, and higher education for the purpose of advancing the state of Florida as a global trade hub.
May 17-18, 2023, Chicago, Illinois
Join CSCMP President & CEO Mark Baxa at Reuters Events: Supply Chain USA 2023 as we bring together the fragmented supply chain ecosystem to harmonize operations. 
May 24, 2023
Learn about member-to-member relationship building, professional development, local Roundtables, the annual EDGE Conference, the Career Center, how to access the Member-Only directory, volunteer opportunities, and more.
June 7 - 9, 2023, The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida
Global Supply Chain Marketing Summit
Register today for the Global Supply Chain Marketing Summit brought to you by CSCMP and SupplyChainBrain! Join other supply chain professionals for Supply Chain Executive Panel Discussions, Community Building by Networking, Keynote Marketing Speakers, and much more! See for yourself why this is the premier supply chain marketing summit you can’t afford to miss!
June 8 - 9, 2023, Barcelona, Spain
CSCMP 2023 European Conference & Research Seminar
Achieving a Resilient Supply Chain in a Fast-Changing World is the theme for this year's European Conference & European Research Seminar, an international double-congress focused on Europe that gathers professionals and academics from the end-to-end supply chain around the globe. The interactive event focuses on discussions and debates on new research and innovations across the industry, with the aim of sharing contemporary issues as they relate to global supply-chain management.
The Annual Third-Party Logistics Study investigates leading trends into the ways in which shippers and 3PL's collaborate to drive value in the supply chain. The study also highlights trends and issues that will be impactful for the future state of logistics outsourcing.
The 2024 Third-Party Logistics Study survey is now live and we're seeking input from supply chain professionals. Please click here to take part. The publication is a collaboration between Penske Logistics, NTT Data Services, and supply chain professor Dr. John Langley.
This year’s study topics:
  • The balance of power and partnership (sourcing and selection)
  • The flow of data as supply chains become digital
  • Looking beyond the hype of technology
Your insights are welcome and please remember that your answers will be confidential. A complimentary copy will be available after it is released at the CSCMP EDGE 2023 Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition in October.
Take the Young Professionals Survey Now!

This biennial survey was created to help logistics companies learn about the motivations of young professionals entering the field. Now in its fourth year, Korn Ferry is again collaborating with CSCMP and Penske to help with the survey design, deployment, and analysis.

This survey will take approx. 5 minutes. Your participation is voluntary, and your responses will remain confidential and analyzed in aggregate form.
Effective communications are vital in every supply chain—that includes not just communications with external partners, but communications in our own workplaces as well.
That's why the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Faculty Director and Assistant Professor Linda Dunn at Georgetown University SCS Supply Chain Management Master's Program, and Logistics multi-media producer DC Velocity have joined forces to study this important topic. The key objectives of the research are to gather insights into supply chain workplace communication best practices, challenges, and preferences and to use those insights to help guide supply chain leaders and executives in ways to optimize communications in their workplace. As professionals managing various aspects of supply chains, your experiences and opinions are valuable.
Please complete this short (approx. 12-minute), anonymous survey focused on getting your perspective regarding communications in your workplace. We will share the survey highlights combined with additional communication insights in CSCMP communications later this year.
April Highlights:
For the second consecutive month the Logistics Managers’ Index has reached a new all-time low, reading in at 50.9 in April. While this is only slightly down (-0.2) from March’s reading of 51.1, it marks a new nadir in the 6.5-year history of the index. This new low is being driven by a dip in Inventory Levels, which are down (-4.7) to 50.9, suggesting that respondents continue to get closer to properly balancing their supply of goods and working through the glut many of them have been saddled with for the last year.
Economic Impact:
Despite the many pieces of positive economic news, the overall LMI index is down (-0.2) to 50.9 and its lowest reading in the history of the index. Like 2019, it seems that we simultaneously have a recession in the freight industry, but not in the overall economy. Consumer spending on things like services remains high, but bulky goods are not being shipped B2B and trucking capacity is sitting idle.
Edge Conference
With our focus this year on Foundation to Future: Where Today’s Supply Chain Greets the Brilliance of Tomorrow... EDGE is where the entire profession converges to keep the supply chain moving forward to deliver results.
Take advantage of CSCMP's most considerable discount of the year! During CSCMP's Membership Appreciation Month, CSCMP is offering $400 OFF EDGE 2023 with code EDGE60YRS at checkout, now through May 31!  Learn more and register now.
May 16, 2023
Tour of the Port of NY & NJ facilities in Newark & Elizabeth
Hosted by New York City / New Jersey Roundtable
May 16, 2023
Arnold Packaging and Automation Facility Tour
Hosted by Baltimore Roundtable
May 16, 2023
ShipHero Tour
Hosted by Jacksonville Roundtable
May 17, 2023
ODW Lionstone Facility Tour
Hosted by Columbus Roundtable
May 18, 2023
Scholarship Topgolf Tournament
Hosted by Central Florida Roundtable
May 18, 2023
Site Visit - Waytek Wire
Hosted by Twin Cities Roundtable
May 25, 2023
Sam Houston Boat Tour & Lunch
Hosted by Houston Roundtable
May 25, 2023
Spring Social at Cowtown Brewing Company
Hosted by Dallas/Fort Worth Roundtable
CSCMP Center for Advancement of Talent & Training (CATT)
In April 2022, CSCMP and the CSCMP Ukraine Roundtable established the CSCMP Talent Center (recently renamed CSCMP's Center for Advancement of Talent & Training or CATT) Ukraine Logistics Operations Relief Fund to support the collection and distribution of medical and food relief to the millions of people affected by the war in Ukraine. The CSCMP Ukraine Roundtable is made up of supply chain professionals who invest their volunteer time in promoting and delivering educational events. With the war in Ukraine, they turned to serving the needs of people by collaborating with pre-qualified logistics service providers delivering food, clothing, and medicine.

We stand with our CSCMP Roundtable community in Ukraine, our members, friends, and colleagues and support their right to live peacefully in a sovereign, free country without the threat of coercion. The CSCMP Ukraine Logistics Operations Relief Fund remains open for ongoing tax-deductible contributions to support the logistics relief operations in war-ravaged Ukraine.