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CSCMP has been around for 57 years. Like modern supply chains, all organizations, even the non-profits, must iterate and evolve to compete and stay relevant. As the CSCMP incoming Board Chair for 2020, I am excited to share some of the initiatives CSCMP leadership is focusing on so the organization can continue to evolve and deliver upon our mission to serve today’s supply chain professional.
Connect, Educate and Develop.
That is who we are.
That is what CSCMP will be about in the future. 
Let’s move CSCMP forward, evolving and leading the profession that helps tackle and solve big global supply chain challenges. We owe it to the next generation to make it even cooler to say, “I am a Supply Chain professional!”
During EDGE 2019, CSCMP sponsored two military veterans, Fabian Espinoza and Ted Arlauskas, to take part in the conference. In addition to expanding their supply chain and logistics network and learning more about supply chain during the educational sessions at the conference, both Ted and Fabian completed an SCPro™ Fundamentals Certification before attending EDGE. 
Are you an employer or CSCMP member looking for great candidates? Continue reading to learn more about Fabian and Ted's journey to CSCMP and EDGE 2019, and if you are currently recruiting talent, find out how to contact them or other great candidates. 
The CSCMP Central Florida Roundtable is 50% SCPro™ Certified, and the first roundtables to have three certified officers.
Meet the Certified Leaders of the CSCMP Central Florida Roundtable:

Josh Main | SCPro™
President – Central Florida Roundtable
Josh Main was a 10-year retail executive who found his passion in supply chain working on the OMNI Channel program for Luxottica and transformed his career. Today, he is a part of the team that manages strategic alliances for, a marketplace leader in digital freight matching technology.
Jack Mendell | MS | SCPro™
VP Events – Central Florida Roundtable
Jack Mendell is the Operations Manager at Dynavistics. Jack leads a team of Consults, Developers, and Support Technicians deploying customer software solutions using Agile and Lean methodology to provide value to a wide customer base. 
Scott Ramey | MBA | SCPro™
Education Chair – Central FL Roundtable
A 34-year supply chain and logistics veteran who has managed his own industry consulting business for the past 17 years and has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Supply Chain Management realm since 2012. As a member of the Central Florida Roundtable, Scott is the Education Chair. 
Will customer experience (CX) overtake price and product as the No. 1 brand differentiator? Which supply chain capabilities will be most important in delivering an enhanced CX? How are companies exchanging data with trading partners, and what is the quality of that data? 
Adelante SCM and BluJay Solutions, in partnership with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), conducted an online survey of supply chain and logistics professionals to find answers to these and other pressing questions. The report, “Focus on Customer Experience – Research on Supply Chain Priorities and Investments,” explores the key findings of this research.
Thank you to CSCMP Strategic Partner, Melanie Nuce, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, GS1 US for providing this timely CSCMP Hot Topic during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
As we become more and more technology-reliant – including the use of AI, voice assistants, chatbots or other emerging innovations – it’s important for consumers to be able to trust data and the brands that provide it. Now is the time for supply chain partners to improve product digital identities to engender such levels of trust. Learn more about the three opportunities where standards can streamline the development of a collective digital identity and help new technology scale in a supply chain setting.   
Thank you to CSCMP member, Aaron Terrazas, Director of Economic Research, Convoy, for sharing this Hot Topic with us. 

Waste matters. For nearly every industry, waste contributes to higher costs. But in the freight industry, the stakes are even higher. In freight, waste means that more fuel is consumed, more carbon is emitted, and drivers spend more hours sitting idle.
One of the most common examples of waste in the freight industry occurs when truckers drive empty, typically because there are no nearby loads for the driver to pick up that are headed in the same direction as the driver. In the freight industry, these miles are referred to as empty miles, non-revenue miles or deadhead miles.
Regardless of what they are called, these miles mean that drivers are not earning money for being on the road and the economy-at-large pays more to move goods. Carriers account for their own expectations for empty miles when deciding how much they charge for any particular load, so everyone from shippers down to end consumers – and, of course, the environment – ultimately pay the cost of empty miles.
Thank you to CSCMP Corporate Member, Joshua Berg of Cybeta for contributing this Hot Topic during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
The majority of the world’s goods are shipped via ocean vessels, and as the maritime industry becomes increasingly reliant on technology and data, there is a notable increase in cyber risks. Convincing shipowners that information security is worth the investment is challenging because security is an investment for long-term profitability.
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CSCMP Awards and Recognition
The EDGE 2019 Bridge Exam and Review Session was another success!  All of the candidates who attempted the exam passed successfully and are now SCPro™ Level One Certified:
  • Ricardo Montejo, Belterra Corporation
  • Josh Main,
  • Jim Stevens, Continental Mills
  • Tiffany Anderson, US Bank
  • John Gierlach, TBC Corporation
If you're interested in getting certified at EDGE 2020, get $150 off through November 15 with our early bird discount.
The SCPro™ Bridge Exam will take place Sept. 20, 2020 at EDGE 2020 in Kissimmee, Florida and will be preceded by a review session on Sept. 19, 2020. Click here to register with the discount!  If you would like to learn more, contact us at
CSCMP is proud to support Twin Cities Roundtable President, Kim Caron (Supply Chain Manager at Peerless Plastics) as a WaveMaker Award finalist. TeamWomen* has designated this WaveMaker award to recognize women who are making waves in their communities, professions, etc., either through demonstrations of outstanding achievement, entrepreneurial spirit and initiative, or through leadership within their profession or the community.
Kim Caron announced, “I am so extremely honored to be one of the 2019 WaveMaker Award Finalists, let alone to being nominated!! To be even listed amongst these incredible women.... well, that just made my YEAR and inspires me even more!!”
Kimberly Caron is the Supply Chain Manager for Peerless Plastics, a manufacturer of the KinderMats’ Children School Products and a variety of plastic products. Kim is responsible for the entire supply chain, process management, cost analyses, and a liaison for vendor relationships. She has been elected President for the Twin Cities Roundtable for CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) for 2019-2021 and enjoys her newest hobby of making custom pet bandanas with all proceeds donated to charities for childhood cancer.
TeamWomen inspire women to rise and is committed to investing time, talent, energy, and resources in developing current and future generations of women leaders.
Nominate an industry leader for the 2020 CSCMP Supply Chain Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2019. The winner will be recognized on stage during the EDGE 2020 Conference opening general session, Sept. 21, 2020, in Kissimmee, Florida.  
CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame is designed to recognize and archive the significant achievements of those who have created, innovated, and mastered the discipline of supply chain management. The Hall of Fame signifies the life-long accomplishments of those members of our industry who have truly improved the world we live in.  
CSCMP would like to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to the success of EDGE 2019. Although these groups are behind the scenes, our conference wouldn’t continue to be a valuable and memorable experience without their dedication. We could not have done it without them, and we want to shine the spotlight on their collective efforts. 
FastFetch Corporation and Snap-on Tools with their presentation “Using Artificial Intelligence to Slash Shipping Costs,” presented by Katie Neau, RCI Supervisor, Snap-on Tools and John Peck, CEO, President & Co-Founder of FastFetch Corporation, were named winners of the 2019 Supply Chain Innovation Award (SCIA) at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) EDGE 2019 Conference on Sept.18, 2019 in Anaheim, California.
The SCIA is a live competition in which a panel of judges join EDGE Conference attendees to hear presentations on innovative solutions and real-world results from top supply chain companies. The competition is held throughout the duration of the EDGE Conference and winners were announced on the final day at the closing session.
Mark Baxa, President & CEO of FerniaCreek LLC and CSCMP Board Chair, will be joining the prestigious Downstream 2019 Awards judging panel. Upon announcing his involvement, Baxa commented:
"I am honoured to be a part of something that seeks to recognize how the industry truly makes a difference in the lives of others around the world. Awarding the best companies, programs & initiatives, and projects with the Downstream Awards brings powerful recognition to the winners and the industry as a whole."
The Downstream Awards recognize that local business and organizations understand better than most the positive impact which the Downstream industry can have on lives of people within their community. 
They get to witness first-hand the many success stories, game changing developments and innovations driving the industry forward.
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Innovation. Quality. Service
The Raymond Corporation
It takes a lot to be a global leader. It takes a proud history of engineering material handling solutions that lead the way in innovation. It takes skilled and talented people committed to constant improvement. It requires a level of service that offers end-to-end solutions that anticipate customers’ needs.
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The early bird gets the worm! Already know you're attending EDGE 2020? Take advantage of the early bird rate and register today to receive $600 off registration. Register during the month of October for the deepest discount offered on CSCMP's EDGE 2020 registration. Register today!

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Today’s disruptive supply chain industry has companies scrambling to stay competitive, and CSCMP is here to help. You and your team need access to best practices, up-to-date trends, challenges and solutions from the people that know it best. Improve productivity, build skills and network and increase knowledge.  
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CSCMP & NASSTRAC Joint Membership
Join today and give your entire team access to members-only perks, networking opportunities, education and exposure for your entire organization. Your entire team needs to be aligned to deliver the best results. Give them access to today's trending supply chain management topics, strategies and best practices with a joint membership with CSCMP and NASSTRAC.
Training and Development

Now available now on, members can access the video recordings of this year's MEGA sessions.   

Leveraging Talent to Innovate, Disrupt and Scale Your Supply Chain powered by AWESOME  Livestream sponsored by DHL Supply Chain

New technologies and the digitization of businesses present significant challenges and opportunities. Acquiring, retaining, developing and advancing talent is now a business imperative. This outstanding group of experts and executives will share research insights and practical strategies on how to leverage supply chain talent for future success. Click title to view.

The Top 5 FAQ's About 5G Livestream sponsored by Burris Logistics

The race for 5G is speeding up, and the time for answers regarding the technology advance is now. The panel will address five frequently asked questions surrounding the move to 5G: What is 5G? What are the main obstacles to widely available 5G? How will 5G affect existing services? Is 5G secure? What's the deal with Huawei, and why does it matter?

The Cost of Clean Air: Complying with the IMO 2020 Sulfur Cap Livestream sponsored by SVT

The new IMO regulation reducing ships' sulfur oxide emissions aims to improve the health of the environment and human population, especially near coasts and ports. This also means increased costs and a shift in strategies for maritime shippers. Explore the options offered by the new regulations and their predicted effect on logistics.

NASSTRAC's newest webinar series, "Breaking Down the Silos," will focus on the problems created when companies operate within a silo mentality … each department focusing and optimizing their own silo rather than working together to improve the entire supply chain.
The topic plays off recommendations from Perfect Storm panelists regarding the importance of becoming a Strategic Shipper and looking across the supply chain to improve practices and processes in order to reduce cost.
The main event of each webinar is COMPLIMENTARY and open to anyone.
The deep-dive discussion that follows each main event, the follow up, is limited to CSCMP and NASSTRAC members. It's also limited in terms of the total number of participants who can register to participate, so stay tuned for more details and register early.
The series is comprised of four webinars. Register now for each main event to secure a seat. CSCMP and NASSTRAC members will receive separate communications with information on how to register for the “follow-up” events.
IBM's webinar, "Inventory Visibility: The Heart of Order Management," conducted by Chloe Chang, IBM's Offering Manager for IBM Inventory Visibility is now available via CSCMPTV.
Don’t lose another sale to unavailable or inaccurate inventory data. Discover how IBM Inventory Visibility allows you to say “yes” to customers more often by providing a single, scalable, real-time view of inventory across disparate systems and silos.
Chloe's experience covers IBM Order Management Business User Controls and an earlier role as Product Manager for IBM’s Inventory Visibility solution. She’s a graduate of the NYU Stern School of Business and previously worked at Deloitte as a business technology consultant.
Edge Conference
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) are teaming up to better understand the state of supply chain sustainability through an annual, industry-wide survey and report.
We aim to survey professionals across industries, regions, and positions to build a robust picture of how sustainability is advancing in supply chains and their management.
Please take a moment to be a part of this momentous effort.
This survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and responses are anonymous.
A "State of Sustainable Supply Chains" report covering the findings of this survey will be released by CSCMP & MIT CTL. You can opt to receive a copy of this report by providing your email address at the end of the survey.
Rider University launched SCPro™ Fundamentals Principles in conjunction with their "Customer Driven Supply Chain" course as part of their Gartner Rated Supply Chain curriculum. 
In conjunction with the class, 14 Rider University students signed up to complete the study program leading to certification in SCPro™ Fundamentals. At the conclusion of the course and SCPro™ study program they will take the exam for qualification.
Naylor Association Solutions
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Join us as we discuss Transportation Sectors including Air, Land, Rail and Ocean utilizing 3PL’s. Chris Johnson, Sr. Analyst will discuss how to get ahead of key themes and trends with his brilliant insight based on the team’s research.
Cleveland Research Company is an independent research firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The company has a reputation for exceptional ground-level intelligence across the consumer, agriculture, industrial, health care, retail, foodservice, and technology industries, with more than 100 employees focused on identifying key business inflection points through fundamental research that serve as a foundation for market forecasts. 
Their independent research provides customers with the insights needed to gain conviction behind their high-stakes investment and business decisions. They are committed to a singular focus of providing the most accurate and reliable research product in the market.
Thursday, Oct.17, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Coca-Cola's Rob Haddock joins the CSCMP Charlotte Roundtable to share how leveraging technology and market insights optimizes transportation performance.
Additionally, focusing on shipper of choice behaviors can reduce dwell times and improve driver experience. Join us to learn insights from Rob's deep supply chain experience!
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
Join the KC CSCMP Roundtable for a tour of the LMV Automotive Systems manufacturing plant and state-of-the-art training center.
LMV is a division of Magna International, the world’s third largest automotive supplier. The 470,000 sq. ft. Liberty, Missouri facility employs approximately 620 people who produce welded underbody assemblies for automakers, including Ford and GM in the Kansas City region.