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Resetting for a transformed supply network
The age of building supply chains only around cost considerations is over. Companies are now redesigning their supply chain strategies to embrace greater flexibility, efficiency, and resilience.

The overarching theme of last year’s State of Logistics Report was that supply chains were fundamentally “out of sync” as a result of disruptions related to COVID-19. While the pandemic is still not fully behind us—and may be with us in some form or another for several years to come—it is no longer closing shops or congesting seaports.
To a large degree, then, the period studied by this year’s report—the calendar year of 2022 and the early months of 2023—has been about getting back “in sync.” … It has fundamentally been about the resetting of relationships, assumptions, and practices for a world transforming. A central feature of this transformation is a shift among logistics executives from strictly transactional perspectives to a more strategic and holistic sense of their function’s role.
FreightWaves CEO Craig Fuller and Head of Freight Market Intelligence Zach Strickland discussed unusual freight volume trends in retail supply chains during the latest FreightWaves State of Freight web event. John Paul Hampstead, strategic analyst, recaps the discussion to highlight the most important items for supply chain professionals.
Thank you to CSCMP Corporate Member FreightWaves for sharing this Hot Topic!
To say the past three years have been challenging is an understatement. Supply chains were exposed, causing constant and frequent disruptions. We continue to see many markets return to a higher level of normalcy, but there continues to be a sense of trepidation.
What have we learned in the past three years? What can be done differently to build more impactful risk mitigation and resilient supply chains? One possible solution is nearshoring.
We invite you to continue reading to explore the potential opportunities and risks of nearshoring in Mexico.
Thank you to CSCMP Corporate Member S&P Global Market Intelligence for sharing this Hot Topic!
The CSCMP Transportation Center of Excellence exists to be the preeminent resource for transportation knowledge, information, and education pertaining to all modes, technologies, regulatory issues, and professional development surrounding freight management in supply chains. Experienced practitioners and leaders from across the industry comprise CSCMP's Transportation Center of Excellence and are on the forefront of trends and changes across the globe.
Given the ongoing disruptions, threats of strikes, and bankruptcies currently occurring across the industry, the CSCMP Transportation Center of Excellence is eager to share their expertise, insights, and unparalleled knowledge with the CSCMP community.
Ready to make the most of your shipping operations? Buckle up for a thrilling ride through the fast-changing world of supply chain logistics!
Tune into CSCMP Corporate Member Banyan's podcast, Banyan’s Tire Tracks™, as Patrick Escolas takes the wheel to explore the high-speed evolution of logistics technology. Joining Patrick in the passenger seat is Mark Baxa, president & CEO of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Together, they embark on a journey through the intricate web of logistics technology and explore the various digital facets reshaping the supply chain landscape. The pair navigate the digital superhighway, from AI to machine learning, unveiling how these tech marvels are steering the industry’s future.
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CSCMP Awards and Recognition
Congratulations to our recent SCPro™ Level One Certification recipients: 
  • Harish Krishnan
  • Richard Wolf
  • Filip Ježo
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 and effectively implement supply chain improvements through the analysis of real-world case studies and developing a comprehensive project plan to achieve results such as a positive ROI.
Congratulations! Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive named Donna Palumbo-Miele as a recipient of the 2023 Women in Supply Chain award, which honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company’s supply chain network.
Recipients will be honored at this year’s Women in Supply Chain Forum, set to take place Nov. 14-15, 2023 in Atlanta. 
CSCMP Featured Members
Roundtable: South Carolina - Vice President-Programs
"I joined CSCMP in 2014 to meet members in my local area. My primary goal was to make contacts when I moved to a new area. My membership has gone far beyond that now and has allowed me to make contacts throughout the US and abroad. And, I have been able to get my students involved and they have been able to make contacts around the world as well. The best advice I can give new members is for them to be involved with their local roundtable. They can start by attending events, but the best way to leverage the CSCMP advantage is to become involved with their local roundtable. The roundtables provide fertile ground for innovation, exploration, and communication. My roundtable experience has truly enabled me to grow in ways I could not have imagined."
Roundtable: Southern California Roundtable
"I have been an active CSCMP member since 2019. I got familiar with CSCMP while attending my Masters at USC Marshal School of Business and immediately engaged first as an academic member and more recently as a professional member. Since then, I've been part of the Mentorship program as a mentor of fellow young Supply Chain students and professionals. Now, I want to give a step further and engage even more with other fellow Supply Chain Colleagues. Whether you are a young student or a seasoned Supply Chain professional, there are several ways you can maximize your membership value. For instance, I'm really into the Mentorship Program as a Mentor since I love the possibility to transfer some of my knowledge and experience to young students and professionals and help them to know all the spectrum of our industry going from best techniques in Strategic Sourcing or Procurement for instance till how to prepare for an interview or how to write their resume. The possibility to help other people with your knowledge and leave that as part of your legacy is really grateful. Besides, there are also several opportunities to attend the roundtables or other events promoted by the CSCMP both in person and online. All the students and young professionals that I had the opportunity to somehow help to find the answers to their questions related to supply chain and their professional carrier are definitely the most impactful connections I have been experiencing through my CSCMP membership."
BM2 Freight Services, Inc. is a full-service transportation solutions provider. They offer full truckload— van, flatbed, and refrigerated—freight, and expedited services through their network oftrusted carriers throughout the lower 48 states and Canada. BM2 Freight's motto is "shipping with integrity."
BM2 Freight is a CSCMP Corporate Member because they believe in networking and leveraging meaningful relationships.
"BM2 loves being a corporate member of the CSCMP due to the networking events and the relationships that we get through being a corporate member, the chance to be able to network with other top providers in our space is something that is invaluable to us, and we love investing into it every year." - TD Studer, Senior Director of Operations at BM2 Freight.
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 CSCMP membership benefits and tap into the resources and network of supply chain’s largest community today.
CSCMP's new Corporate Members Professional Delivery Providers, Sunland Logistics Solutions, Thunder International Group, and Verity AG 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.
We are re-launching our mentorship program! On September 25, the enrollment period will open, and we’re excited to invite you to join it!
Why join the mentoring program?
For mentees, it’s a chance to connect and learn from a more experienced mentor who can offer insight, advice, and opportunities to help you progress in your career. (Studies show that employees with mentors are 5x more likely to get promoted!)
For mentors, this is a great chance to give back while improving your leadership and management skills by providing advice and feedback to someone who can really use your help. (FYI, Managerial productivity increased by 88% when mentoring was involved, versus only 24% with training alone!)
We’re excited to see the connections that evolve from this initiative, and look forward to matching you with a great mentor or mentee!
To qualify for the mentorship program, you must be an active CSCMP member. Mark your calendars to submit your application form when the enrollment period opens on September 25!
Are you a motivated supply chain practitioner—age 32 or under—ready to expand your career horizons and join a key committee within the industry's leading professional organization? CSCMP's Young Professionals Committee (YPC) is looking for additional members-at-large to join the team and help drive action and produce results.
To apply, complete the application form by October 16, 2023, 9 am CT and you will receive a phone call from a committee member to discuss your application.
Training and Development
September 19 at 11 am CT
Despite the decline in volumes due to the freight recession, LTL carriers have managed to increase rates in many cases, especially in the wake of Yellow's closure.
To keep your rates as low as possible, or even reduce them, it's important to enter negotiations with an understanding of your carriers' interests, the current market, and how to reduce your LTL rates through internal changes.
That's what we'll be focusing on during a new webinar on Tuesday, September 19 at 11am Central/ Noon Eastern that we're hosting alongside CSCMP and the National Industrial Transportation League.
Here are the panelists you'll hear from:
  • Geoff Muessig, CMO, Pitt Ohio
  • Steve Robinson, Entrepreneur, Investor, Award Winning Supply Chain Executive
  • Moderator: Mike Regan, Co-Founder, TranzAct Technologies
We hope you can join us and encourage you to invite your co-workers. In case you're not able to attend live, we'll send a recording to everyone who registers.
September 20, 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.
September 21, 2023
Come with questions to this 30-minute webinar led by CSCMP staff. This webinar will cover event logistics and highlights, including where to register; how to get around; and on-site favorites like the headshot studio, relaxation station, puppy play park, and more!
October 17 - 18, 2023 | SAP Experience Center, SAP America
Newtown Square, PA
Join us at SAP Logistics Info Days, an in-person event curated for your customers to connect with SAP logistics leaders, solution experts and like-minded peers to learn about the latest technologies, best practices, product road maps, and customer case studies. 
October 24 - 25, 2023
A seat at the table, a voice in the room. Now more than ever, supply chain is on the agenda and business leaders have a chance to transform their organizations.
Seize the opportunity to learn from the best. At Supply Chain Europe 2023, you will be shoulder-to-shoulder with Europe’s top supply chain professionals. Thought leaders and business titans will convene in Brussels this October 24-25 to confront the year’s biggest challenges. Join this exclusive community and discover how you can be the leader to drive pivotal change in your business.
In August the Logistics Manager’s Index read in at 51.2. This is a marked change for the index as before August’s reading the overall index had registered three consecutive months of contraction and five consecutive months of registering new all-time low scores. In contrast, this is the fastest rate of expansion since February.
Inventory Levels:
The greatest source of increased costs in August are Inventory Costs, which are up (+8.6) to 69.1. This is the highest reading for this metric since last February when many supply chains were dealing with inventories that went unsold during Q4. Factors behind this increase include a lack of storage capacity and a restocking of inventories at large firms. The restocking of inventories at large firms was behind the slowdown in the rate of contraction for Inventory Levels, which read in at 47.9 – up (+6.0) from July’s reading of 41.9, which was the lowest in the history of the index. While it is likely we will see inventories begin to grow again ahead of Q4, it is unlikely they will get anywhere close to what we saw in the buildup to the holiday season in 2020 and 2021. U.S. import data suggests that inventory is likely to remain low this season, with the National Retail Federation predicting imports to be down slightly in September and October.
Economic Impact:
The move back towards a positive overall logistics index was accompanied by other positive economic news in August—particularly in the U.S. For instance, average hourly earnings were up 4.3% year-over-year in August (compared to an increase of 3.2% in the consumer price index over the same period). This is a 0.2% increase from July, suggesting that the economy is slowing to a level closer to what the Federal Reserve is looking for. Because the LMI is an early indicator of economic trends, this could be a small, but hopeful sign for the economy.
Warehousing and Transportation:
In addition to the earnings increases, the U.S. added 187,000 jobs in August. This brings the average jobs added over the last three months to 150,000 per month, increasing the chances that the Fed will hold interest rates steady at their September meeting. Despite the overall increase, both warehousing and transportation employers cut jobs in August; although in the case of the latter, a large part of that was due to the closure of Yellow. Yellow’s impact was significant. The 36,700 employees that dropped out of the transportation industry marks the largest loss of transportation jobs since the start of lockdowns in April of 2020. Overall, transportation jobs are down 43,800 from their peak of 1.61 million in January.
Edge Conference

Why should YOU attend EDGE 2023? Hear from closing keynote speaker Morris Morrison on the value of attending EDGE, and stay tuned for his keynote—Disrupt Yourself: Driving Change to Create Growth & Opportunities!

Register now to join your peers at EDGE 2023 in Kissimmee, Florida.

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.
September 21, 2023
Port of New York and New Jersey Bus Tour
Hosted by Lehigh Valley Roundtable
September 21, 2023
Young Professional Panel and Happy Hour at Coca-Cola
Hosted by Atlanta Roundtable
September 21, 2023
Tour of McCormick's New Northeast Distribution Center
Hosted by Baltimore Roundtable
September 21, 2023
Smog City Networking Night
Hosted by Southern California Roundtable
September 21, 2023
CSCMP DFW Presents: DFW Fall Mixer
Hosted by Dallas/Fort Worth Roundtable
September 21, 2023
Key Brewing Co. Networking Event
Hosted by Baltimore Roundtable
September 23, 2023
Leadership in SCM
Hosted by Italy Roundtable
September 28, 2023
Night at the Ball Game
Hosted by Rocky Mountain Roundtable
October 11, 2023
Mega Meeting
Hosted by Philadelphia Roundtable
October 19, 2023
Acme Corrugated Box Facility Tour
Hosted by Lehigh Valley Roundtable
October 23, 2023
DFW CSCMP Annual Golf Tournament
Hosted by Dallas/Fort Worth Roundtable
October 25, 2023
Logistics Market Updates with FreightWaves Dir. of Freight M
Hosted by Atlanta Roundtable
October 26, 2023
24th Annual St. Louis Roundtable Seminar
Hosted by St. Louis Roundtable
October 26, 2023
Annual Technology in Supply Chain Summit
Hosted by Southern California Roundtable
October 26, 2023
Fall Networking Night
Hosted by Lehigh Valley 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.