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In CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly’s Fourth Annual Salary Survey, overall job satisfaction dipped slightly from the previous year. While the study didn’t dig into the causes of that decline, it’s worth noting that more than three-quarters (77%) of the respondents also reported that they had taken on additional job responsibilities over the past three years.
The CSCMP Executive Supply Chain Academy, developed by CSCMP and Chi Studios, is designed for high-potential supply chain executives ready to take their leadership skills to the next level. This leadership program provides the foundation to solve today’s biggest challenges in a facilitated, collaborative environment, surrounded by peers, innovators, and thought leaders. The program is limited to 40 seats with virtual and in-person sessions beginning January 2024. Early applications are now being accepted through October 5, 2023.
CSCMP, the premier supply chain association, is proud to announce a partnership with LinkedIn to elevate supply chain professionals with cutting-edge skills and expertise. This collaboration of these two powerhouses brings forth an exciting new offering – the CSCMP Supply Chain Foundations: The Essentials Professional Certificate on LinkedIn Learning.
Today, more than ever, supply chain professionals need multidisciplinary expertise to navigate through this disruptive time in the industry. This certificate program aims to help supply chain professionals develop the skills needed through captivating coursework and then offers the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of these skills by taking an assessment. Upon passing, learners can earn a co-branded CSCMP and LinkedIn Learning certificate and showcase it on their LinkedIn profiles.
CSCMP Supply Chain Foundations: The Essentials Professional Certificate is just the first certificate to be launched on LinkedIn Learning that aligns with the eight fundamental topics of supply chain covered in CSCMP’s SCPro™ series of professional development and certification.
The CSCMP Supply Chain Foundations: The Essentials Professional Certificate is currently available for all learners on LinkedIn Learning. Supply chain professionals seeking to stay ahead of industry trends can start earning this certificate. In the coming months, we will launch an additional 7 Professional Certificates on LinkedIn Learning covering these essential supply chain skills: Customer Service, Transportation, Warehousing Operations, Demand Planning, Inventory Management, Manufacturing Operations, and Procurement.
The past four years have been a whipsaw for transportation managers. Jim Blaeser, Chief Procurement Officer at Omni Logistics writes about how shippers can navigate challenges in an unpredictable market which includes understanding the fundamental drivers of transportation cost, relationship management, and technology.
Thank you to Jim Blaeser, Chief Procurement Officer of Omni Logistics and CSCMP Corporate Member for sharing this Hot Topic!
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMPand Supply Chain Quarterly (SCQ) bring you a new series-based podcast filled with more content, SCM exposure, and pinpointed, deep industry discussions with top thought innovators from the end-to-end supply chain. In themed, multi-episode series, the new weekly podcast, Supply Chain in the Fast Lane, fast tracks topics you need to know from leaders you want to know.
In episode 7, Peter Lunenfeld, Chief Technology Officer at the freight marketplace Truckstop, discusses the evolution of freight-matching technology and what effect generative AI might make on the space in the future.
The year 2030 is not a long way off. During the current decade, supply chain professionals will encounter many challenges and rapid change. It is important to assess issues and challenges, capabilities and technologies that will shape supply chains and drive success over the coming years.  
This year’s installment of the multi-year Logistics 2030 (L-2030) study is focused on product manufacturing and assembly. 
A team of experts from Auburn University is partnering with premier professional organizations: CSCMP and AGiLE Business Media (publisher of DC Velocity & CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly) to undertake the L-2030 study. 
All respondents who complete the survey will receive a complimentary copy of our L-2030 report on Manufacturing. Additionally, the first 100 respondents to complete the survey, will be entered into a random drawing for one of four $100 gift cards. 
The resulting information will be disseminated through a CSCMP industry report, a webinar, and articles in CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly and DC Velocity. View past reports here.
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CSCMP Featured Members
Rocky Mountain Roundtable
"I joined CSCMP in 2021. I joined to be connected to supply chain professionals and keep up on the latest trends/challenges and opportunities. I do believe supply chain management is one of the most rewarding careers you can have and continue to support others in their pursuit of supply chain excellence. Supply chain has something for everyone and helping others grow their understanding is also a reason I joined CSCMP. Get involved. Attend roundtables. Go to the annual conference. Share your wisdom and experiences. Sign up for the newsletters to keep abreast of latest news and trends. The most valuable experience I have had is attending the annual conference, but also getting involved in the local roundtable."
Dallas/Fort Worth Roundtable
"I joined CSCMP in the fall of 2021. I wanted to meet other supply chain professionals and grow my knowledge about the different aspects of the industry. I have spent my career working for a carrier and there are so many other pieces of the pie when it comes to supply chain. Go to as many local roundtables as possible and connect with people. I really enjoy the tours at my local roundtable and end up learning a ton. Get to know the leaders at your local roundtable. They usually have a lot of experience in the industry."
CSCMP offers multiple membership options depending upon where you are in your career journey. Whether you are an individual or part of a corporate membership, a student or a retiree, we’ve got you covered. Learn about your membership benefits and tap into the resources and network of supply chain’s largest community today.
CSCMP's new Corporate Enterprise-Level Member Purdue University and new Corporate Member WF Whelan are 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.
The new series releases each Monday on CSCMPtv and across social media with an in-depth discussion where CSCMP members share how our growing association has benefited them on their diverse supply chain career paths.
We're learning so much from these engaging stories and think you will too.
Watch this episode with CSCMP Member Heather Lane today and stay tuned for more Member Mondays!
Training and Development
Join industry leaders representing North America, South Africa, Central America, and Europe in a fascinating discussion of the emerging trends, pressing challenges, and exciting opportunities facing the global supply chain industry in 2023! The Global Supply Chain Insights webinar will take place  August 23 at 11am CT.
August 22, 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.
August 29, 2023
Fundamental forces such as population demographics and shifting societal attitudes are changing the nature of work and the relationships between people and their employment environments. Frontline supply-chain team members now expect to be treated with dignity and to perform work that is meaningful.
In this CSCMP webinar, Robert Martichenko and Matt Melrose of TrailPaths, Inc will discuss research and operational initiatives underway relative to building meaningful employment environments.
Register now for a sneak peek into the EDGE 2023 Mega Session that will discuss the future of workforce development and how to create meaningful employment environments!
In July the Logistics Manager’s Index read in at 45.4. This is not only the third consecutive month of contraction for the overall index, but also the fifth consecutive month that the index has reached a new all-time low.
Inventory Levels:
Currently inventory levels are at their lowest point in the history of the index, down (-1.0) from June’s reading and contracting at a rate of 41.9. Working through the bulge of inventories that firms had in 2022 was a lengthy process, and according to July’s results, still ongoing for Upstream respondents (Downstream Inventory Levels ticked up slightly).
Economic Impact:
We continue to see very different outcomes for the overall economy and the logistics industry. This dichotomy is most clearly seen in employment figures. While 209,000 workers were added in June, 14,000 freight and parcel carriers were cut and 6,900 warehousing and storage jobs were lost. In the past we would expect to see transportation and warehousing ramping up hiring in late summer ahead of peak season. However, analysts do not see the same “urgency” towards hiring in the logistics industry so far this year.
Warehousing and Transportation:
Decreasing inventories have led to slowing rates of growth for both Warehousing Utilization and Warehousing Prices, with Warehousing Capacity increasing. Interestingly, we do see the rate of growth for Transportation Capacity slowing while Transportation Prices decline at their slowest rate since April. Warehousing metrics are still buoying the overall index, but they are softening as transportation metrics are beginning to stiffen.
Edge Conference
We are thrilled to announce that John S. Phillips, SVP Customer Supply Chain & Go-To-Market at PepsiCo, will be gracing EDGE 2023 as our Tuesday Closing Keynote Speaker. With over 35 years of invaluable experience at PepsiCo, John is a true visionary in the industry, and he's eager to share his expertise with you.
Prepare to embark on a thought-provoking journey as John delves into the world of "VUCA" in supply chain—volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. The last few years have redefined the landscape of work, emphasizing labor's pivotal role in the consumer value chain. In his session, "Navigating the VUCA Supply Chain in the Post Pandemic Era," John will shed light on how the pandemic reshaped work-life balance and revolutionized the expectations for employers and employees alike.
EDGE 2023 is not your average conference—it's a game-changer. Connect and reunite with your global supply chain community, and gain exclusive insights into the latest innovations, strategies, and best practices shaping the industry. Don't miss this transformative event that will redefine your supply chain journey.
At the Supply Chain Exchange, you'll have the exclusive opportunity to connect with leading experts, explore cutting-edge technologies, and engage with top-tier exhibitors from across the globe. We have curated a diverse range of exhibitors, each bringing unique solutions to address the ever-evolving challenges of supply chain management.
NEW THIS YEAR! Extended SCE Hours. This EDGE you’ll have even more access with extended hall hours:
Sunday – 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday – 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday – 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
New for 2023, an exciting theater experience that promises engaging panel discussions and thought-provoking conversations. Discover powerful opportunities to discuss and learn innovative solutions to tackle the myriad of disruptions and demands in today's industry landscape. The interactive format ensures you get to actively participate and gain valuable insights. The theater will host the inaugural Outstanding Women in Supply Chain Awards. Be captivated by their stories and seize the chance to engage with them during the Q&A session.
Don't miss the opportunity to elevate your brand at the Innovation Demo Stage! Located in the heart of the Exhibit Hall, this dynamic venue will host up to 12 engaging 20-minute sessions from Sunday through Tuesday, during hall hours. Each session allows for 15 minutes of captivating content followed by an interactive 5-minute Q&A, creating an immersive experience for both presenters and attendees.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Art Mesher's groundbreaking 3V's Framework and CSCMP's remarkable 60th anniversary, CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly proudly presents the prestigious 3Vs of Supply Chain Innovations Awards Contest. This momentous contest will be hosted live by the visionary Art Mesher himself, alongside Rick Blasgen, former President, and CEO of CSCMP, taking center stage at the Innovation Theater during the EDGE 2023 Supply Chain Exchange exhibition on Monday, October 2nd.
Get ready for an extraordinary experience at the EDGE 2023 Supply Chain Exchange! Our exhibitors are pulling out all the stops to bring you an array of exciting experiences that will leave you thrilled and delighted.
The Puppy Play Park is a haven for dog lovers, where you can spend quality time playing, cuddling, and making new furry friends. These lovable pups are here to brighten your day and fill it with wagging tails and puppy kisses!
Quench your thirst and boost your energy with Orange Juice and indulge in the finest coffee creations at the Latte and Espresso Stations. Need a sweet treat? Don't miss the chance to savor the mouthwatering Salt Water Taffy.
Looking for something with a little more kick? Head over to the Whiskey Bar, to tantalize your palate and elevate your spirits. Cheers to a great time!
Get your adrenaline pumping with the F4 Car and Simulator, offering you a heart-racing experience of high-speed thrills and exhilarating maneuvers.
With all these incredible offerings, the EDGE 2023 Supply Chain Exchange promises not only a cutting-edge business experience but also an unforgettable journey of excitement and delight.
Are you intrigued to delve deeper into your local CSCMP Roundtable? Join us at EDGE 2023 and immerse yourself in engaging conversations with our dedicated volunteers who tirelessly contribute towards making the CSCMP Roundtables a resounding success.
August 17, 2023
August Networking Happy Hour
Hosted by Cleveland Roundtable
August 18, 2023
2023 Great Lakes CSCMP Golf Outing
Hosted by Great Lakes Region Roundtable
August 24, 2023
Reducing Impacts of Inbound Volatility to DCs
Hosted by Ozark Roundtable
August 24, 2023
2023 Survey: What do the Best Hourly Workers Really Want?
Hosted by Atlanta Roundtable
August 25, 2023
CSCMP Twin Cities Annual Golf Outing
Hosted by Twin Cities Roundtable
August 28, 2023
5th Annual CSCMP Cincinnati Roundtable Golf Tournament
Hosted by Cincinnati Roundtable
August 29, 2023
Ferrara Candy Company Insights from Blue Yonder WMS Journey
Hosted by Chicago Roundtable
September 13, 2023
Taking the Healthcare Supply Chain in House with Piedmont Healthcare
Hosted by Atlanta Roundtable

September 14, 2023
Halliburton and Crane Worldwide ESG Luncheon at Minute Maid
Hosted by Houston Roundtable
September 21, 2023
Port of New York and New Jersey Bus Tour
Hosted by Lehigh Valley Roundtable
October 23, 2023
DFW CSCMP Annual Golf Tournament
Hosted by Dallas/Fort Worth Roundtable
October 26, 2023
Annual Technology in Supply Chain Summit
Hosted by Southern California 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. Contribute to the fund today.