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Since it’s inception, CSCMP has been your one true, complete, and total end-to-end supply chain association.

This was demonstrated in extraordinary fashion two weeks ago, when 3,000 supply chain professionals from all around the world gathered in Nashville for a one-of-a-kind experience to hear from remarkable speakers, panelists and keynotes. This convergence of supply chain professionals sharing their knowledge and best practices establishes, once again, why this great association continues to deliver to our members and engaged community.

We all agreed, we couldn't recall another time when supply chain management was this dominant and global.

From innovations like artificial intelligence, to the unprecedented use of data to connect key participants in the supply chain, to the current challenges the industry is facing in transportation and talent, it was all discussed, debated, and most importantly, presented opportunities.

A tour of the exhibit floor revealed that our field, this remarkable discipline, is driving global business like never before. There were deals done, for sure, and every participant was immersed in not only current best practices, but actionable tools and business processes that exist right now.

These solutions are built by some of the best minds and companies in our field, and through your true supply chain association, CSCMP, those connections are made and cemented.

Connecting, educating and developing our supply chain professionals, from the supply chain student to the professional to the retiree who is paying it forward; that is the foundation and mission of your one true end-to-end supply chain organization, CSCMP.

Join CSCMP in congratulating the following professionals for achieving SCPro™ Level One Certification. All of these professionals attended the inaugural CSCMP EDGE Bridge Exam review and live session in Nashville, TN.

  • Annette Danek-Akey, Senior Vice President, Fulfillment Operations, Penguin Random House, Inc.
  • Pam Janson, Supply Chain Management Instructor, College of Lake County
  • Bryan Moore, Supply Chain Advisor, Enbridge
  • Jack Mendell, Technical Advisor – Lean Six Sigma, Saddle Creek Logistics Services
  • Scott Ramey, Adjunct Professor, Florida Southern College
  • Keith Singery, Director of Global Business Coordination – Logistics, ALDI
  • Jonathan Smith, Supply Chain Professional, Independent

The SCPro™ Bridge Exam is for professionals who have a supply chain certification or an advanced degree and allows them to take an abbreviated version of the SCPro™ Level One Exam to achieve SCPro™ Level One Certification and advance to SCPro™ Level Two.

Interested in attaining SCPro™ Certification? Click the Learn More link below to find out more about SCPro™ Certification and to begin your first step in advancing your career.

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In our current age of transparency, brands need to constantly prove they are worthy of the consumer's dollar and demonstrate outright that they are keeping the consumer and their values top of mind, not hiding anything that would contradict their ideals.

In this Hot Topic authored by Angela Fernandez, VP of Retail Grocery and Foodservice with GS1 US, learn how product data has taken center stage on consumer mobile devices and how organizations must shift their focus on preparing data for a longer life-span beyond the supply chain.

About the Author
Angela Fernandez is vice president of retail grocery and foodservice at GS1 US, where she leads the GS1 US National Data Quality Program and industry initiatives in retail grocery and foodservice.
I want you to consider becoming a CSCMP member!

Since its inception, CSCMP has been the one true, end-to-end supply chain association, and we are honored and humbled to serve both the industry and the supply chain professionals who lead it.

But we couldn't do what we do without our members. CSCMP members are the lifeblood of this community!

We just returned from a successful annual conference, where 3,000 supply chain professionals gathered in Nashville for a one-of-a-kind experience. The energy, engagement and CSCMP practice of sharing content and best practices with peers was truly amazing and represented the values that are core to CSCMP.

To continue to deliver the most amazing network in supply chain, we as a community, have to continue to grow. We do that by inviting others in the industry to join, to attend events, to pay it forward, to recruit students, to mentor, and to volunteer.

With the goal of increasing the strength and breadth of our community, we are asking you to join and become part of this amazing supply chain community!

Our community is made stronger by each individual who participates. Your unique journey into the supply chain industry, your expertise and experience, would be a valuable addition to the CSCMP membership.

We invite you to join our group of kindred spirits, take advantage of networking opportunities, and become part of something that is bigger than you individually.

We are grateful for your current engagement with CSCMP and hope that you will consider formally joining our community.

To learn more about CSCMP membership click the Get Started Today link below.
CSCMP Awards and Recognition
Florida Trend business magazine has recognized Saddle Creek Logistics Services’ CEO Cliff Otto as one of the Florida 500™. This research-based list identifies the state’s most influential business leaders across major industries.

Florida Trend editors selected the 500 executives on this inaugural list based on extensive contacts in regional business circles, hundreds of interviews and months of research. They used a variety of sources, including input from executives of economic development organizations, professional associations and others.

Spanning almost five decades, Otto’s career in the supply chain industry validates his selection for this list. After earning an MBA with an emphasis in logistics, he held executive management roles with CHEP USA, Baxter Healthcare and American Can Co. Since joining Saddle Creek in 2001, Otto has helped the company to more than double in size to become one of the largest, family-owned 3PL’s in North America.

The supply chain community at large has also benefited from Otto’s support. He helped to establish Saddle Creek as an industry partner with Florida Polytechnic University and is currently vice chair for its Board of Trustees. He was instrumental in establishing Saddle Creek’s sponsorship of the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) and serves as the relief organization’s vice president, agency relations.

Otto has held leadership roles with a number of organizations, including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Warehousing Education and Resource Council (WERC) and, most recently, as chairman of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA).
Throughout his career, Otto has demonstrated a distinguished record of contribution to the state of Florida as well as the disciplines of logistics and supply chain management.
In October 2017, during my search for certificate courses on SCM online, I read about Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) on the CSCMP website, I knew it was the right community for professionals, I was very happy to know I could become a member and take the CSCMP SCPro™ certification exam.

I also realized that becoming a member of the CSCMP will broaden my network with other professionals and improve my knowledge in the SCM field. I registered as a Member in November 2017, and I have enjoyed reading the CSCMP quarterly magazine and CSCMP Supply Chain SmartBrief, because they keep me updated on recent news and trends in Supply Chain Industry.

After attending the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) webinar: Training and Development with CSCMP with Nichole Mumford on 24, July 2018, I was inspired and motivated, as she answered all the questions satisfactorily that helped in my decision to take the exam in August 2018.

Achieving CSCMP SCPro™ Level One certification was a major milestone and a dream come true for me. The knowledge gained, and the certification, have helped me to demonstrate a high level of competency in my work, making me more empowered and better equipped in my new role as Logistics/Business Development Specialist.

I love CSCMP because once you become a member there are lots of opportunities for professionals to learn about best practices, innovations, and to connect with other professionals in the SC industry.  I am very proud to be a CSCMP member.

I greatly appreciate the encouragement, support and the opportunities CSCMP has provided me in my career and endeavour to become CSCMP SCPro™ certified and a better professional.

The above is an excerpt from Antonia's member testimonial. Click "Learn More" to read the rest of her story.
CSCMP names Michael Dell, founder, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, George Stephenson, civil and mechanical engineer, known as the "Father of Railways", Peter Drucker,management consultant, educator, and author, and Dr. John Gattorna, author, academic and principal of a Sydney-based specialist advisory business, Gattorna Alignment, the 2018 CSCMP Distinguished Service Award Winner, as the 2018 Supply Chain Hall of Fame inductees, honoring individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the supply chain discipline.

The Supply Chain Hall of Fame was first initiated in 2016, and the initial inductees included all past Distinguished Service Award winners, JB Hunt, founder of JB Hunt Transport Services Inc.; Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company; and Malcom McLean, developer of the modern intermodal shipping container. Inductees were chosen for their thought leadership, creation or advancement of innovative technologies, and overall contributions to supply chain management.

"CSCMP represents thousands of supply chain professionals across the world. The Supply Chain Hall of Fame allows us to recognize those who have been at the forefront of this growing, evolving, and ever-dynamic discipline, and to look towards those who will continue to shape it in the future. We are excited, proud of and honored by this year's recipients. Their accomplishments have made the world a better place, and we are grateful to be able to acknowledge such pioneers," said Rick Blasgen, CSCMP president and chief executive officer.
Intel, with team members Mani Janakiram, director, Supply Chain Intelligence and Analytics, Global Supply Chain Management, Intel and David Bayba, data scientist, Global Supply Chain Management, Intel, are announced as the winners of the 2018 Supply Chain Innovation Award (SCIA) at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) 2018 EDGE Conference held in Nashville, TN.

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 form top supply chain companies. The competition is held throughout the week of the EDGE Conference and winners were announced on the final day at the closing session.

Intel: AI/Cognitive Computing Based Sourcing Intelligence
Intel has employed its technical prowess to develop artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing tools to aid in making sense of the vast quantities of unstructured data it faces in today's data-centric world. Supply chain decision makers now have targeted and proactive information to support more complex data-based decisions, to identify new options and opportunities, and to alert potential supply disruptions and supply chain risks.
The Doctoral Dissertation Award (DDA) is for doctoral students who demonstrate significant originality and technical competence in any supply chain function. The DDA is open to all who will have completed their doctoral work in a field related to functions within the supply chain.

The doctoral dissertation award was presented to Dr.Tobias Kosmol during CSCMP's Academic Research Symposium at the Annual EDGE Conference in Nashville, TN for his doctoral dissertation titled, "Supplier Quality Management in Emerging Markets - The Interplay of Behavior and Cognition".

The purpose of the dissertation is to address this gap by taking into account both SCM practices (i.e., activities that span firm boundaries and that a variety of firms might execute) and managerial cognition (i.e., the mental activities involved in managers' information processing). In particular, the dissertation takes a configurational approach to investigate the interplay between SCM practices and managerial cognition. A configurational approach analyzes how different combinations of factors (i.e., configurations) lead to an outcome of interest (Karatzas et al. 2016; Ragin 2008) and is particularly suited to generating a better understanding of the complex interplay between practices and cognition.

Tobias Kosmol completed his doctorate degree in 2017 at the Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz, Germany under Professor Dr. Lutz Kaufmann. Dr. Kosmol completed a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Friedrich-Alexander-University, has studied at Peking University and Sichuan University in China, he completed his Master's Degree in Management at the University of Mannheim. Dr. Kosmol is a member of the International Purchasing and Supply, Education and Research Association and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Within CSCMP's Academic Research Symposium, organizers devote an academic track to supply chain management teaching innovation and pedagogy. From these submissions, the Editorial Review Panel awards the submission with the largest impact on students and instruction within the field of supply chain and logistics. CSCMP is honored to present the Teaching Innovation Award to faculty members making a difference in the next generation of supply chain professionals.

The 2018 Teaching Innovation Award was presented to Dr. Scott Keller of the University of West Florida, Dr. Daniel Lynch of Dalhousie University, and Dr. Katrina Savitskie of the University of West Florida at CSCMP's Academic Research Symposium in Nashville, TN for their submission titled, "Elevating Student Competencies through Supply Chain Case Competitions: An Empirical Analysis Utilizing Student Feedback and Industry Judge Data"

"For more than 20 years, the Denver Transportation Club has hosted the annual Operation Stimulus where college students from across North America have come to compete. Our research provides a unique view into the perceptions of students and industry judges through an empirical analysis."

Their research has shown how students can benefit both in and out of the classroom by participating in active learning with case competitions.
From among those papers accepted for presentation at the Academic Research Symposium, the best research is selected by the Editorial Review Panel and awarded the distinguished E. Grosvenor Plowman Award. Plowman recipients are invited to present their research at the Academic Research Symposium and recognized for their contributions. The Plowman Award is given in honor of E. Grosvenor Plowman, a lifetime supporter of both CSCMP and the logistics profession. Since its inception more than thirty years ago, the honor has been awarded annually.

The 2018 E. Grosvenor Plowman Award was presented to Dr. Remko van Hoek of the University of Arkansas, Dr. Laura Briou of Florida Gulf Coast University, and Dr. Stanley Fawcett of Weber State University for their paper titled, "Don't Build a Bridge to Nowhere: Triangulating Gaps in the Path to Successful Supplier Enabled."
CSCMP presented the Bernard J. La Londe Best Paper Award to the most valuable paper published in the Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) during CSCMP's Annual EDGE Conference beginning on Sept. 30, 2018, in Nashville, TN.

The 2018 Bernard J. La Londe Best Paper Award was awarded to Craig R. Carter, Lutz Kaufmann, and Claudia M. Wagner for their paper titled, "Reconceptualizing Intuition in Supply Chain Management".

Craig Carter is a professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management at Arizona State University. His primary research stream focuses on sustainable supply chain management. This research stream encompasses ethical issues in buyer-supplier relationships, environmental supply management, diversity sourcing, perceptions of opportunism in supply chain relationships, and the broader, integrative concepts of social responsibility and sustainability.

Lutz Kaufmann is a professor of international business and supply management at the Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. Lutz has published more than a dozen books on strategy, supply management, and negotiations. Since 2008, Lutz has been the European Editor of the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and in that role, he helps to shape the future research agenda of that field.

Claudia M. Wagner received her Ph.D. in Economic Science from the Otto Beisheim School of Management. She is currently working with Lekkerland in Germany as a project and program manager managing and motivating cross-functional project management teams.
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Please join CSCMP in giving a warm welcome to the following new Corporate Members:

• Arrive Logistics
• Columbia Sportswear
• Ease Logistics Services, LLC
• FedEx Custom Critical
• Great Lakes Cheese
• Kindred
• LyncAmerica, LLC
• Marquette University
• Tennessee State University
• University of Tennessee
• URBN Inc.

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.
By Toby Gooley

Roaring demand for transportation and logistics services is causing capacity to tighten and wages to rise, pushing business logistics costs to 7.7 percent of U.S. GDP in 2017. Can shippers find the capacity they need while fighting higher costs?

In 2016, the title of the annual "State of Logistics Report" was "Logistics in Transition: New Drivers Behind the Wheel." That title referred to the growing influence of consumers over when, where, and how their e-commerce orders are processed and delivered.

The 2018 report, "Steep Grade Ahead," might just as easily have been called "Carriers Grab the Wheel Back." With a healthy economy and strong consumer spending driving demand for transportation services and low unemployment rates exacerbating a labor shortage, capacity is tight, and carriers find themselves in a position of strength. After years of downward pressure on rates, carriers in several modes were able to raise rates in 2017. And although shifting U.S. trade policies have introduced uncertainty, the forces that affected rates and capacity last year "show no signs of easing in 2018," the report's authors say. In short, it's likely to remain a seller's market for a while.

Meanwhile, the shifting demand patterns, technological advances, and new competitors cited in previous reports have not gone away. In fact, startup activity in logistics technology reached the "highest levels in recent history," the 2018 report says. These trends suggest shippers will turn to technology in their quest to offset tightening capacity, forestall rising costs and improve risk management.

The "State of Logistics Report," now in its 29th year, is issued by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and presented by Penske Logistics. Written by the global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, the report provides an overview of industry trends and U.S. business logistics costs for the previous year. It also includes a review of macroeconomic factors affecting logistics costs, analysis of each major logistics sector, insights from industry leaders, and discussion of important trends and their potential implications for the future. 
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business has appointed Mary Long as the new managing director of the Global Supply Chain Institute’s Supply Chain Forum. Long’s 26-year industry career includes leadership roles in supply chain for companies including Campbell’s Soup, General Mills, Quaker Oats/Gatorade, Pillsbury and Domino’s Pizza. She most recently served as managing director of the Supply Chain Management Institute at the University of San Diego’s School of Business.

Long has served as chair of the board of directors of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and serves on the advisory boards for, ALAN (American Logistics Aid Network) and She will take over for Paul Dittmann, who held the position for many years, and is returning to teaching and assuming the role of assistant department head.
Training and Development

Organizations that invest in the training and development (T&D) of their employees at all levels benefit by having strong talent pools, increased retention, lower turnover, higher employee satisfaction rates and, ultimately, healthier and strong organizations.

Interesting facts:

  • More than 70 percent of organizations cite "capability gaps" as one of their top five organization challenges
  • 94 percent of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development
  • 56 percent of employees say that they would spend more time learning if their manager suggested a course to improve skills
  • Top companies (defined as "mature companies") spend 34 percent more on T&D than their less mature counterparts

Attend this webinar to learn more about the professional development opportunities that exist through CSCMP.

Date: Dec. 6, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST
Cost: FREE

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Companies are relying on Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-enabled item level Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for:

• Flexible fulfillment options
• Item level inventory visibility
• Product authenticity
• Display compliancy
• Optimizing back-to-front operations
• Pick/Pack accuracy
• Inbound receipt validation
• Outbound validation

RFID tagging provides the foundation for actionable intelligence, which companies are using to improve their business processes and bottom lines.

Date: Nov. 8, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST
Cost: FREE
Edge Conference
Get the latest Logistics Manager Index (LMI) for May/June 2018. 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.
The CSCMP's EDGE 2019 Call for Sessions is an opportunity to educate and engage an audience of nearly 3,000 supply chain professionals from over 30 countries and industries.

You are invited to submit an education session proposal for the 2019 EDGE Conference in Anaheim, CA. If your session is selected, you will have the benefit of connecting with other conference speakers and attendees, and a chance to reinforce your reputation as a thought leader in supply chain management.

All submissions must meet the requirements outlined and are due no later than Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. CST. The online system must be used. Submissions sent via email will not be considered.

Capacity is one of the biggest challenges shippers and supply chain managers face today. It makes keeping costs down while securing capacity feel like an impossible balancing act. Factors like peak shipping season, a driver shortage, increased fuel costs, and changing government regulations don’t make this process any easier. While many of these factors are out of your control, you still need to move your product – but what are the options?

Dive into these questions and solutions in our latest resource for logistics professionals: The Logistics Guide to Capacity.

In this guide, it identifies the root issues contributing to the capacity crisis and explore actionable steps to take optimize capacity, even when the market is tight.

This guide will cover solutions including:

  • Shipment optimization systems
  • Strategies for 3PL & logistics partnerships
  • Fulfillment processes during the holidays
  • Green capacity solutions

Download the guide now to get a competitive advantage in the industry's rapidly changing landscape.

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Join the Milwaukee Roundtable on an exclusive tour of Kohler Company's state of the art distribution center. See how Kohler has invested in the most current technologies including a centralized warehouse operations platform, the Opex Perfect Pick System providing a high-volume order/SKU picking and packing advantage, an advanced inventory control system, and the utilization of wearable technologies to ensure Kohler's six figure plus daily order count is fulfilled with accuracy and speed to ensure customer satisfaction, which is paramount at this historic company.

Date: Nov. 8, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST
Join us for a distinguished panel of transportation industry experts to discuss the current state of the transportation industry. We will set the stage with a brief presentation on current data from Chainalytics Freight Market Intelligence Consortium – how things have changed and what the future holds. The panel will then discuss one of the hottest topics in supply chain today.

Date: Nov. 14, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST
An exclusive Member-only Luncheon Event Out of Town Guest Speaker!! Don’t miss the opportunity to learn and network! Kwik Trip opened their first store in 1965 and has grown to over 1000 stores with over 40,000 employees. Kwik Trip has won many awards over the years including being named the 21st Best Workplace in 2013 Top Workplaces in America.

Date: Nov. 15, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CST