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CSCMP is proud to have the opportunity to know, mentor and develop the amazing supply chain professionals of the CSCMP community. Thank you for being a member of CSCMP.
We will be celebrating all month long.  Make plans to join in the fun and register now!
CSCMP Member-Only Reception
Wednesday, May 8, 4PM - 6PM, Lombard, IL
Join CSCMP and NASSTRAC for an evening of celebrating YOU!  Hear from CSCMP member, Karen Galena, on the ROI of a CSCMP membership, and meet and mingle with fellow members and staff while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
Join NASSTRAC for a fun evening of networking with truck-lovin shippers as we show support for Infrastructure Week.  We will be joining more than 400 Affiliate organizations, companies and cities that are hosting 100+ events nationwide to celebrate the 7th Annual Infrastructure Week, May 13-20.
Join our kickoff! Let’s #BuildForTomorrow. Starting now.
Exploring Supply Chain Talent - CSCMP Member-Only Event
Thursday, May 16, 9AM-3PM, Chicago, IL
This interactive day will deep-dive trending topics in supply chain talent management, and sessions will cover themes such as empowering women, tapping into alternative talent pipelines like veteran talent and cultivating the next generation of supply chain leadership.

Registration is currently open for all CSCMP members; Register now before all the seats are taken!

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to hear from panelist such as Angie Freeman - Chief Human Resources Officer of C.H. Robinson, Sean Fallon – President of FourKites, Stephen Olds – President of Exegistics, and Sarah Alter – President and CEO of Network of Executive Women (NEW), among many others.
CSCMP Chicago Roundtable Member-Only Event
Tuesday, May 21, 3:30PM - 7PM, Chicago, IL
Join the CSCMP Roundtable and West Monroe Partners for an evening discussion around cost-to-serve! 
Business leaders tend to believe they know what it costs to serve their customers. But few business leaders can answer questions such as: Do you price and align service levels accordingly? Can you isolate margins at the product level? How do the different regions you serve impact your bottom line? 
This event is FREE to CSCMP members.  Seating is limited.  Register Today
Supply Chain Risk
Thursday, May 23, 9:45AM - 4:45PM, Lombard, IL
All organizations—even those with a focus on risk exposure, are vulnerable to disaster.
By examining supply chain risk management as a key responsibility of senior supply chain leaders, you will be better equipped to strengthen your company's approach to internal and external risk.
This one-day event on risk management will enable you to better develop and implement strategies that balance innovation and risk.
Sarah Thomas changed the game in the world’s most quintessential male-dominated sport—football—when she became the first female NFL official. Now she’s inspiring others to dream big and believe anything is possible.
No stranger to breaking barriers, Sarah was the first female official ever to work a major college football game, the first to officiate a bowl game and the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium. After her first NFL game on September 13, 2015, between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, Sarah’s hat, whistle, and flag were placed on display at the NFL Hall of Fame to serve as a testament to this historic achievement. Sarah also made post-season history by being named Down Judge for the Patriots/Chargers 2019 playoff game.

Since her addition to the NFL's roster of officials, Sarah has become a trail-blazing inspiration to women everywhere, embodying the notions of hard work and a belief in one’s self—key  ingredients to breaking barriers.
With the same decisive focus that it takes to make a split-second call on the field, Sarah will discuss:
• Key insights on overcoming adversity – and the odds
• Finding your passion while maintaining a work-life balance
• Decision-making
• Not only succeeding as a female in a male-dominated industry but achieving breakthrough success for males and females alike
Join Sarah and more than 3,000 supply chain professionals at supply chain's premier event™ in Anaheim, California by registering today! Save $300 when you use the code APRILNEWS at checkout by April 30, 2019.

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) hosts the must-attend global supply
chain event of the year—the CSCMP European Conference. Join us for this year's European Conference
to be held in Warsaw (Poland), May 16-7, 2019.

Experience two information-packed days where you will:
•  Discover forward-thinking sessions covering real-world strategies implemented to maximize and transform supply chains.
•  Learn from some of the brightest academics and practitioners in supply chain today.
•  Hear dynamic speakers and industry experts.
•  Network with leading, emerging and future supply chain leaders from all over the world.
Learn More:
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Attending exposes you to innovative ideas, provides networking opportunities with professional contacts and advances your professional skills.

The conference will take place in parallel with the 14th European Research Seminar (ERS) on Logistics and SCM. ERS is a platform for intensive interaction among scholars, both formally in the sessions and informally outside of them.
Visit the CSCMP Europe webpage:

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CSCMP Awards and Recognition
Congratulations to Mike Tung of FLEX, for achieving SCPro™ Level One Certification.
SCPro™ Certification is CSCMP's supply chain certification developed by and for the industry's thought leaders.
Ready to join their ranks? Click "Learn More" for information on CSCMP's supply chain certifications or email us at
The Young Professionals Emerging Leader Award (ELA) recognizes up-and-coming leaders in the supply chain management field for their meaningful contributions to the profession. Help us acknowledge deserving candidates by nominating an outstanding young professional you know!
Shine the spotlight on a rising star of your acquaintance—or yourself!—who’s deserving of recognition for their career achievements. CSCMP aims to reward the talent, potential and commitment of these top performers on a global scale.
The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2019. The final winner(s) are formally awarded live in front of 3,000+ supply chain professionals at CSCMP EDGE 2019 in Anaheim, CA, on September 15-18.
The Distinguished Service Award, CSCMP’s highest honor, is presented to an academic, consultant or practitioner who exemplifies significant, consistent and career-long contributions to the development of the logistics and supply chain management disciplines.
Do you know a prominent supply chain professional who is qualified to join their ranks? Now is your opportunity to nominate him or her for the 2019 Distinguished Service Award.
2019 nominations will be accepted until April 30, 2019. The winner will be recognized on stage during Monday morning's opening general session at our 2019 EDGE Conference, September 15-18, 2019, in Anaheim, CA.
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Today’s disruptive supply chain industry has companies scrambling to stay competitive, and CSCMP is here to help.
A CSCMP Enterprise Membership provides your entire team access to best practices, up-to-date trends, challenges and solutions from the supply chain community that knows it best. Improve productivity, build skills and network and increase knowledge. 
CSCMP Enterprise Memberships—includes all corporate member benefits, plus: 
•  Unlimited, company-owned memberships
•  Press release
•  Exclusive opportunities to provide content and thought leadership to the CSCMP Membership
•  Dedicated Account Manager
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.
A company’s supply chain is more than a set of procurement, logistics and operations rules and relationships. According to Steven J. Bowen, Maine Pointe CEO, CSCMP member and author of Total Value Optimization: Transforming your global supply chain into a competitive weapon, a global supply chain can be a powerful competitive weapon capable of driving new levels of growth.
Bowen’s book is an engaging guide for any corporate executive, aimed at CEOs through to entry level managers who want to learn how to optimize their supply chains. Throughout the book, he addresses new-economy challenges and solutions for corporate leaders who find themselves under increasing pressure to deliver on performance. He makes the TVO journey engaging and understandable, with dozens of real-world examples of successes and failures in the corporate world. Going beyond textbook explanation, Bowen draws against his deep knowledge of the history and evolution of business. He brings business methodology to life with a deep dive into actual examples from the corporate world to illustrate each point along the way.
Total Value Optimization: Transforming Your Supply Chain into a Competitive Weapon is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
CSCMP designed the Supply Chain Exchange Exhibition to provide a platform for companies and organizations to meet and partner with the right solutions provider. And, guess what? The decision makers from the organizations you target are attending EDGE 2019 in Anaheim, California, September 15-18! Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with them by becoming a vendor of the Supply Chain Exchange.
As a Supply Chain Exchange vendor, you can:
• Display your innovative products to 3,000+ leaders spanning the end-to-end supply chain
• Establish your products and services as the solution for organizations’ pain points
• Reconnect with longtime customers and continue fostering these relationships
• Establish new contacts and develop potential new business
Don’t miss out on showing your products and services to the right folks. Sign up today before we sell out of premium exhibit space!
Please note new day and time for all tours: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 
Shuttles will depart at approximately 12:15 pm from the Anaheim Convention Center.  
Shuttle return time - TBD. 
Facility tours to be announced soon. Stay tuned! 
Training and Development

Register now for the Shippers Voice, NASSTRAC's spring conferene June 10th-11th in Washington, D.C. 

We’ve got a great agenda that will address important things happening in the industry that are going to have an impact on your freight in supply chain for the remainder of 2019 on into 2020.  Visit to learn more and register. 

The conference also features an opportunity to go on the Hill and meet with Congressional Representatives. Why is this important? Well we’ve talked to a lot of congressmen and one of the scary things they say is they rarely hear from shippers, so when they’re casting votes, they can operate under a “freight doesn’t vote” mindset

That’s a major reason why a lot of issues that are important to shippers rarely get addressed. 

Well NASSTRAC wants to change that.  We’ve partnered with our friends from the Transportation Intermediaries  Association or TIA, and we’re going to take the opportunity to meet with these representatives while we’re in D.C. and help them understand which issues are important to our business and why

We need YOU join us.  Make plans now to join NASSTRAC on June 10-11 for the Shippers Voice in Washington DC.

Register today at



Give students access to a fast-growing industry

Help your students enter this dynamic profession by offering SCPro™ Fundamentals Certifications in supply chain management. 

Developed by industry experts and an academic team from universities and colleges throughout the country, SCPro™ Fundamentals Certifications test key concepts of supply chain management in eight areas of training. As students complete their certification tracks, they will automatically be eligible to take the corresponding SCPro™ Fundamentals Certification exams.

Offer tracks that suit your institution

Your institution can offer a turnkey program to help train entry- and mid-level supply chain management professionals.

Supply Chain Management Principles Demand Planning
Customer Service Operations Inventory Management 
Transportation Operations Manufacturing and Service Operations
Warehousing Operations Supply Management and Procurement


Join Institutions Already Offering SCPro™ Fundamentals

Broward College Ohio Dominican University
Columbus State Community College Polk State College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Rowan College at Burlington County
Florida State College at Jacksonville Southwestern College
Hudson County Community College St. Petersburg College
Kyiv Logistics School Shanghai Second Polytechnic University
Long Beach City College Tri-County Technical College
Miami Dade College Union County College


Get started today. Download this information packet, and contact the CSCMP Professional Development team at +1 630-574-0985 or

Presented by: nVision Global
The TMS market is evolving as vendors of TMS technology add more-advanced functions to support increasingly complex transportation requirements. Supply chain leaders should utilize the model presented here to better understand the extended capabilities offered by TMS solutions.
Learn about the value and benefits of implementing or upgrading a Transportation Management System (TMS) from top logistics expert SVP Dave Maddox from nVision Global. Join us as he shares stories, problems, and candid advice.
During this CSCMP webinar you will learn to:
• Evaluate potential TMS solutions for your organization by assessing your level of transportation complexity and identifying the extended TMS capabilities required to support it.
• Take a holistic evaluation approach to selecting a TMS solution by evaluating both extended capabilities and other key factors, including geographic support (functional and service), global trade management and international transport bookings.
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET
Ready to align your supply chain technology, tactics, and talent? FUSION 2019 is your educational forum to discover how industry leaders:
•  Embrace digital transformation
•  Secure reliable transportation capacity
•  Conquer labor woes via automation
An all-star cast of supply chain experts from top companies, including Dave Clark, SVP of Worldwide Operations for Amazon, will discuss how they seize emerging opportunities and drive company success.
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT 
Location: Marriott Resort at Grand National, Opelika, Alabama
How do AI & blockchain provide value to supply chains? Listen to Shari Diaz, IBM, and Theresa Cetnarowski, CSCMP, discuss the future of supply chain with AI and blockchain. They will provide insight into your top questions around the application of these technologies in the supply chain now and beyond. 
Get more blockchain information from IBM. Shari Diaz also authored a CSCMP Hot Topic that discusses and explores the opportunities and challenges facing blockchain and what to expect in the future.
You’ve had a successful college career, received your degree, and have a great job lined up; but this can be an overwhelming transition as you enter a new phase of your life, make new relationships, and many times get used to a new city. When entering your new role, the first 90 days is a critical time for you to set your trajectory within your organization and your career.
In this webinar, Ben Green – Director of Corporate Services at LeanCor will share his perspective on how to hit the ground running in your first 90 days. Topics discussed will include relationship-building, the learning process, personal branding, job responsibilities, orientation to the role, and development opportunities.
Ben is also a frequent speaker for professional organizations and an instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute. Ben has a degree in Business Administration & Human Resources from Thomas More College. He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Beginning April 30, 2019, and continuing every Tuesday for the next three weeks, join colleagues from across the supply chain community to learn more about what TL 9000 can do for you and how to apply it in your organization—from deficit reduction to improving efficiencies and lowering costs.
TL Tuesdays kick-off with an overview of TIA’s Business Performance Community and the quality management work they do in the ICT supply chain community. From there, you’ll master TL requirements and measurements, and finish by learning how to apply it to your company’s specific needs.
Edge Conference
Get the latest issue of the Logistics Manager Index (LMI). 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.
Key Highlights:
Warehousing Capacity held steady (up 1.42 to 50.0) in March, and Warehouse Prices are up (+4.34). It has become more expensive to store inventory so firms may be cutting back.

Consistent with recent analysis by the Federal Reserve firms may be responding to an economic slowdown in the first quarter of 2019. Whether inventories will be built back up if Warehouse Prices stabilize or consumer sentiment improves remains to be seen.  

Transportation metrics have been the most dynamic over the history of the LMI®. Transportation Capacity is growing, but at a slightly slower rate than February (-0.54). Prior to this month’s stabilization, it had increased in every period since reaching a nadir of 30.1 in March/April 2018. The rate of growth for Transportation Costs has decreased for the fifth consecutive period (-1.70), and is down significantly from its peak of 95.8 in March/April 2018. As presented in the figure below, the difference between these two metrics was 65 points a year ago, and only 4 points today.
A special thank you to CSCMP Corporate Member Bain & Company for contributing this article. 
Companies that invest in digitizing operations can deliver efficiency gains of up to 15%–20% and spark supply chain innovation. Those benefits have prompted many companies to rush into a digital operations makeover. After all, no one wants to be the last to benefit from new technologies.
Leadership teams are discovering, however, that the journey is more complicated than they initially thought. For large companies, a digital transformation can involve replacing hundreds of millions of dollars in assets and can take between four and six years to complete. In our experience, two-thirds of companies that tackle a digital transformation go over budget or fail to deliver the expected benefits.
The most common mistake leadership teams make is to start investing before laying the foundations required for a digital transformation to succeed. Specifically, they neglect two important steps: devising an efficient manufacturing strategy and putting in place the right processes and people for a digital operations model.
Companies that skip those steps in haste are likely to suffer from higher costs and undermine the benefits of their investments. Why? Once companies start investing in digital operations, it becomes increasingly difficult to go back to square one and rejigger the organization or the strategy without triggering extra costs. As a result, they end up in a digital operations “doom loop” of spiraling costs.
Naylor Association Solutions
Transportation Hot Topics in Chicago’s Multi-Modal Supply Chain:  Air, Water, Rail, and Road Please join us for our 36th Annual Seminar where we will explore Chicago’s Multi-Modal Supply chain: Air, Water, Rail and Road. Hear presentations and panels discussing the hottest topics in transportation as they pertain to the Chicagoland area. with top speakers from the Chicago Department of Aviation, GE Transportation, NASSTRAC and more! Stay tuned for the final program agenda and sign up today to secure your spot!
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM CDT
CSCMP is excited to announce that we will be hosting an exclusive Amazon Warehouse Tour!  Please join us on May 8 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am as we learn from the largest e-commerce marketplace and cloud computing platform in the world. During this Tour we will learn about:  Amazon Robotics, Stow, Inbound Receiving, Pick and Pack, SLAM, Outbound Shipping Sorter, and much more! Note: Amazon does not collect or receive any fees for providing tours.
Date: Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
Bridging the gap between Tech (Silicon Beach) and Logistics.  Speakers will focus on new innovations, trends and financing in the world of tech and logistics. 
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM PDT