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Thank you for making 2018 another wonderful year at CSCMP!
As the year ends and we think about all we are grateful for, our relationship with you is one thing we treasure. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. We look forward to working with you in the years to come.
From all of us at CSCMP, happy holidays!
One of the biggest highlights for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in 2018, was the announcement that CSCMP and the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC) were forming a partnership merging the two associations.
As a CSCMP member, what does that mean for you?
First, some background. Both NASSTRAC and CSCMP have been around for a long time, since 1952 and 1963, respectively. While the association world is changing rapidly and becoming crowded with associations representing overlapping issues, companies have fewer discretionary dollars to spend on training and education. Given CSCMP’s unique focus as the one, true, end-to-end supply chain association and NASSTRAC’s in-depth focus on transportation, the partnership is a good match. It will benefit both associations and, more importantly, add value and relevance to our members.
There are important synergies between CSCMP and NASSTRAC, and we can help each other in very meaningful ways. As this partnership deepens, our goal is to take a comprehensive look at the transportation function as it exists within the supply chain today and identify current needs in terms of education and skill development. Together, we will generate more relevant content and education, more advocacy, and more opportunities to engage locally and through the annual EDGE
Government advocacy is one of the major differences between CSCMP and NASSTRAC. Because of the work NASSTRAC does on advocacy, membership with NASSTRAC is limited to corporations, while CSCMP allows for many categories of memberships, including both individuals and corporations. 
Even though CSCMP members cannot join NASSTRAC individually, your CSCMP membership does allow you to access a number of complimentary NASSTRAC benefits:
1) The NASSTRAC Fast Lane content hub from this link, or from the CSCMP website (click on NASSTRAC). The content hub will keep you up to date on what’s going on at NASSTRAC, in D.C., and in the transportation industry.
2) CSCMP members can attend and access NASSTRAC webinar replays on CSCMPtv.
3) Co-location of NASSTRAC to the CSCMP EDGE conference in September 2019. NASSTRAC’s exposition historically consisted primarily of motor carriers. These companies will now be joining the EDGE Conference Supply Chain Exchange and be looking to make new contacts among the CSCMP membership and EDGE attendees. It also makes it easier for organizations to take advantage of the education and networking of both associations without having to carve out funding for two separate events. 
The timing of this merger couldn’t have been better for the industry. Transportation is going through an unprecedented period of volatility, and companies, more than ever before, are laser-focused on transportation. NASSTRAC’s advocacy efforts allow shippers to have their voices heard on the
issues that impact their supply chains and specifically their transportation network. By giving our members a “one-stop shop” for complete supply chain management issues, this partnership will not only make their lives easier, but will also save them money.

CSCMP and NASSTRAC leadership are excited to advance this focused direction on value creation for our members, and we are now offering joint-membership packages.These packages will provide opportunities for organizations to get involved with, and benefit from, both CSCMP and NASSTRAC at lower prices than ever before.
Take advantage of our new partnership to get access to best practices, up-to-date trends, challenges, and solutions. Visit or contact our team today at for more information.
On October 3, 2018, 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, were announced as the winners of the 2018 Supply Chain Innovation Award (SCIA) at the 2018 EDGE Conference held in Nashville, TN. 
It was an intense competition with other finalists, BuySeasons/FastFetch, Kansas City Southern Railway Company, Pfizer, and Schneider Electric (R&D)/Vector Consulting all submitting innovative and groundbreaking achievements in supply chain. 
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.
CSCMP and SupplyChainBrain are currently welcoming entries for the 15th Annual SCIA competition. Submissions consist of case studies describing your company's supply chain innovation that emphasize innovative and measurable results. Finalists are asked to present their case studies at CSCMP's 2019 EDGE Conference in Anaheim, CA. 
This award program receives approximately 50 submissions each year. A panel of reviewers, consisting of members of CSCMP's Research Strategies Committee and the editorial board of SupplyChainBrain, narrow down those submissions to the top innovative teams who then become the finalists at CSCMP's Annual Conference.
If your supply chain team has been bursting at the seams to share the successes of their latest supply chain management collaborative innovations, consider sharing your story and submit a case study for the SCIA. 
Nominate an industry leader for the annual CSCMP Supply Chain Hall of Fame award. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 1, 2019. The winner will be recognized on stage during the 2019 EDGE Conference opening general session, Sep. 16, 2019, in Anaheim, CA.
The creation of 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.
But it is not only the concepts, inventions, and innovations that should be celebrated and remembered, it is also the people who took an impossible dream and made it a reality. This honor recognizes individuals that have made a significant impact on the landscape of supply chain management. Nominees must have experienced significant success in the industry, illustrated extraordinary leadership skills, and served as a role model to supply chain students, young professionals and budding entrepreneurs.
CSCMP and Kozminski University are organizing the annual CSCMP European Conference to be held in Warsaw (Poland), May 16-7, 2019. The conference is the must-attend European supply chain event of the year, offering unique opportunities for interaction.
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.
Attending the CSCMP European Conference exposes you to innovative ideas, provides networking opportunities with professional contacts and advances your professional skills. The program will focus on Supply Chain 4.0 with four sessions devoted to Digital Supply Chain, Supply Chain Integration & Collaboration, Procurement, and E-commerce & Commerce.
Join us for the event, where we will broaden our audience to include CSCMP European roundtables and C-level executives from top global companies, representing a broad range of industries, including FMCG, IT, consulting, retail, manufacturing, 3PLs, and e-commerce to share insight on how to take your company’s organizational development to the next level by understanding and promoting the digital supply chain transformation.
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:
CSCMP Awards and Recognition
Congratulations to the following professionals for achieving SCPro™ Level One Certification, CSCMP's supply chain certification developed by and for the industry's thought leaders.

• Marcio Remor

Students from University of Tennessee:
• Cameron Bowles
• Ying Yan
• Marshall Nathan
• Tucker Youngblood
• Tyler Sztuka
• Samuel Rhyne

Student from Governors State University:
• Maria Diaz

Ready to join their ranks? Click "Learn More" for information on CSCMP's supply chain certifications or email us at
During the fall 2019 semester at Polk State College, the following students were successful in earning thier SCPro™ Fundamentals Certification: 
Transportation Operations
•   Jesse Davis
•   Eric Dyhouse
•   Landry Essou
•   Candy King
•   Gabrielle Moore
•   Adan Rosales
•   Kyle Stafford
Supply Chain Management Principles
•   Lisa Atherton
•   Amanda Bombardier
•   Rachel Burton
•   Brian Conner
•   Maria Kelso
•   Candy King
•   Lori May
•   Gabrielle Moore
•   Clinton Morris
•   Jackson Seely
•   Kyle Stafford
•   Mathew Steele
•   Chris Verhoeven
•   Scott Williams
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 exam.
Learn more today. Contact the CSCMP Education team at+1 630-574-0985 or
Esri, the global leader in GIS, location intelligence, and mapping, today announced that market research firm Forrester recognized the company in The Forrester Wave™: Location Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2018 Evaluation. The report acknowledges, in our opinion, Esri’s leadership in location intelligence technology and highlights the company’s long-term commitment to innovation in its market-leading geospatial cloud.
The Forrester report notes, “Esri’s vision for location intelligence is to help organizations understand why things happen where and when they happen, with the goal of gaining business advantage through better understanding. By continuing to evolve [its] ArcGIS [platform], Esri is pushing beyond the traditional GIS markets that it has long dominated into the location intelligence market.”
“While ArcGIS has long been recognized as a comprehensive system for spatial data analytics and visualization in the public sector, we think Forrester’s recognition reinforces that it is also the go-to enterprise system for the private sector,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president.
In the report, authored by James McCormick, Emily Miller, Gene Leganza, and Robert Perdoni, Esri received the highest ranking in the “Strategy” and “Market Presence” categories. Esri also received the highest score among all evaluated vendors in the spatial visualization and analytics criterion.
“Serving a wide range of users has always been important to us, and we believe having the strongest ecosystem in geospatial cloud solutions allows us to achieve that,” said Cindy Elliott, head of Esri’s commercial industry strategy. “Esri’s lightweight supporting services are easily embedded to provide location awareness for everything from retail loyalty programs to supply chain optimization.”
A Practical Handbook of Supply Chain Management is a simple and concise handbook offering practical knowledge about the field of Supply Chain Management.   
It is a common observation that every business acquires some materials, processes them, and hands them over to the customer. Supply chain management techniques help to ensure smoothness of this whole process.
Modernization, automation, and globalization have become needs of surviving and growing in the fast-changing world. Removal of barriers has acted as a catalyst to accelerate the process further, which is increasing complexity and challenges for businesses. Remaining well informed is needed for businesses and growth in a career. People want brief information and don’t like to read long passages; sending extremely short messages is practiced more now.
Based upon these I have tried to develop a simple starters guide after years of hard work that covers all important functions of SCM while remaining as brief as possible. My focus remained more on practical experiences rather than mere academic knowledge. In my quest, I did a lot of discussions with many of my friends and colleagues from different professions and used them while finalizing the book. In an interesting situation, one of my friends was searching for a new warehouse for his business and I was accompanying him. While he was talking to the real estate agent, I was noting down the important points from their conversation on my cell phone. I showed them later to my friend and he was amused.
This book is helpful for new students/starters in the supply chain management profession, entrepreneurs, project/general management professionals and salespeople also as they need to interact with supply chain people of other companies. In a nutshell, it is not just another textbook, but a practical handbook.
Available in PG County Library Bowie, MD, under indexation in Albin and Kuhn Library UMBC Baltimore, MD, and Library of Congress Washington, D.C.
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Please join CSCMP in giving a warm welcome to OPEX Corporation, a new CSCMP Corporate Member.
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 their specific needs and create value for their organization.
Please join CSCMP in giving a warm welcome to Lynden Transport, a new CSCMP and NASSTRAC Joint Corporate Member. 
CSCMP and NASSTRAC Joint Corporate Members gain a community of 6,000+ global members; 75 percent of whom are director-level or above. Connect through 60+ global roundtables with 250+ annual events from tours to educational sessions. Receive access to NASSTRAC’s Fast Lane Content Hub for the latest transportation news attend key executive briefings and conferences produced by CSCMP.

Every month, CSCMP profiles two members on the homepage and on CSCMP social platforms. 

This CSCMP member benefit is a great way to:

 - Expand your network – featured members are often contacted by other CSCMP members.

 - Raise your professional profile – the CSCMP website averages 20,000 visitors a month!

The deadline for applications is December 31.  Apply today! 

(Please note:  You must be a CSCMP member to be considered.)

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In today’s high-tech manufacturing facilities, humans and machines both create value. But are they both creating data? With Drishti, the answer is a resounding yes.
Over the past five years, A.T. Kearney has helped hundreds of manufacturers ensure they’re on the right track to be competitive in Industry 4.0. However, one thing is often missing: the ability to measure and digitize the tasks that humans perform. The result is a gap in most digital transformation strategies. We have helped an array of companies around the world find ways to shrink that gap, but there was no comprehensive solution – until now.
When we discovered Drishti’s ground-breaking technology, we knew we had found an unprecedented way to address the 100-year-old problem of measuring human tasks on the factory floor. Using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision, Drishti turns human actions into valuable data.
The State of Human Analytics
This fall, we joined forces with Drishti to gather insights from about 100 manufacturing leaders to learn how they measure human tasks and what challenges they face in collecting reliable data. Our research uncovers compelling information about the state of human analytics in manufacturing:
•   Despite the hype around factory automation, the human contribution to manufacturing is indisputable. People perform 72 percent of the tasks and create 71 percent of the value.
•   Companies are feeling the pain of variability caused by their human workers: 73 percent of variability on the factory floor comes from people, not machines, and 68 percent of defects are caused by humans.
•   Even though 71 percent of manufacturing leaders believe time and motion studies are very or fairly important data sources, 43 percent aren’t confident in the data these studies yield.
What this means is that digital transformation strategies must extend to the last analog frontier: humans. Drishti makes it possible to create massive datasets about human tasks. Together, we are creating and launching ambitious digital transformation strategies that arm manufacturers with valuable insights about their labor force.
How would your digital transformation strategy change if you could generate as much data from your people as you do from your machines? For more information, see A.T. Kearney’s The State of Human Factory Analytics report.

By Supply Chain Quarterly Staff
Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.
The Journal of Business Logistics (JBL), published by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), is recognized as one of the world's leading academic supply chain journals. But sometimes it may be hard for practitioners to see how the research presented in its pages applies to what they do on a day-to-day basis. To help bridge that gap, CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly challenges the authors of selected JBL articles to explain the real-world applications of their academic work.
"Reconceptualizing Intuition in Supply Chain Management" by Craig R. Carter and Lutz Kaufmann of Arizona State University and Claudia M. Wagner of WHU—Otto Beisheim School of Management. This article received CSCMP's Bernard J. La Londe Best Paper Award for the most valuable paper published in the Journal of Business Logistics in 2018.
As managers, it can be tempting to believe that all of our decisions are fact-based and rational. But this is not always the case, especially when we have to operate in uncertain and time-constrained environments. For example, in pressured situations like negotiations with suppliers, supply chain managers might not have the luxury of putting the process on pause and running what-if analyses. In these circumstances, managers often make decisions based on a "hunch" or "gut feel."
Walk the floor of the Supply Chain Exhibition at the CSCMP Annual EDGE Conference and almost every vendor you encounter will pitch you the promise of putting your supply chain, “Into the Cloud.”
The promise is that the cloud will allow you to free up your IT departments to create innovative solutions and not hold back the enterprise due to the yoke of legacy infrastructure. While the promise of cloud solutions sounds good in theory, what does this really mean for most businesses?
To get a flavor of what this holds for the future, pay attention to the November 5 announcement by Walmart and Microsoft. They unveiled an expansion of a partnership to move thousands of Walmart business applications to the Microsoft Azure cloud and to develop a new generation of applications designed specifically for the cloud.
Sounds great in theory, but what does this mean in practice for companies that don’t have the combined market capitalization of Microsoft and Walmart?
For most companies, they can start with their analytics. There are several, easily implemented solutions that can have companies pushing supply chain data to the cloud to be displayed in a number of Business Intelligence applications.
After analytics, companies can look to move their TMS and WMS systems to the cloud. While the timeline to implement is longer, there are many mature solutions available that can live in the cloud. These solutions have quickly moved from providing only base functionality, to providing Tier I levels of WMS and TMS capabilities in a designed for cloud platform. Companies can also look to stand up legacy systems on cloud servers to reduce the IT overhead.
As companies mature into their cloud implementations, they can then look at the whole ecosystem of business applications across the enterprise. From the ERP to Retail, companies can start moving and developing a host of solutions in the cloud.
The promise of the Supply Chain in the cloud is real, and as we have seen from the market movers, it is time for all businesses to address the change and start to determine how they best move their supply chain into the cloud.
Chris Elliot, Consulting Manager, Blue Horseshoe
Member of CSCMP EDGE Conference Committee
Training and Development
The CSCMP EDGE 2019 Call for Sessions is an opportunity to educate and engage an audience of nearly 3,000 supply chain professionals from more than 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 Tues., Jan. 15, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. CST. The online system must be used. Submissions sent via email will not be considered.

CSCMP members now have access to eight video recordings of the best-attended sessions from the 2018 EDGE Conference in Nashville, TN.

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Catch the replay of the fourth installment of the Perfect Storm Series, hosted by CSCMP, NASSTRAC, and TranzAct Technologies, Inc. 
This webinar is the fourth installment of the Perfect Storm series, "The Clean up After the Perfect Storm… Freight Rates have gone up, do your Costs have to?" and was moderated by Mike Regan,  Chief of Relationship Development at TranzAct Technologies, Inc. and NASSTRAC’s Advocacy Chairman.
It’s been a rough 2018 for transportation professionals. After years of successfully beating down rates to make their budgets, shippers were faced with the fastest market turnaround to a carrier (sellers) market than any of us have ever seen. While we may have gotten a pass for this year and companies dealt with freight rates increasing as high as 20-30 percent, this pass won’t go on indefinitely.
Transportation professionals are still reeling from blown budgets, natural disasters, regulatory issues, and major capacity issues but are still expected to keep the supply chain moving. What can transportation folks do to manage this ongoing storm?
Our expert panelists will be focused on how companies can respond to the challenges in the transportation industry. The panelist features:
•   Brian Gibson – Wilson Family Professor of SCM, Auburn University
•   John Janson – Director, Global Logistics, SanMar
•   Derek Leathers – President & CEO, Werner Enterprises
•   Josue Munoz – Vice President Global Operations, Colgate Palmolive
In this webinar replay, they’ll share practical examples of what you can do in 2019 to lower your costs even if we experience the capacity constraints and escalating rates that occurred in 2018.
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Get the latest Logistics Manager Index (LMI) for November. 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.
One of the benefits of a CSCMP Corporate Membership is the opportunity to have your company featured in the monthly Corporate Member Spotlight.
This feature is sent out once a month to all active CSCMP members and allows your company to gain recognition throughout the CSCMP supply chain community and develop its reputation in the industry. There are only 12 feature spots available in 2019!
To be considered for the Corporate Member Spotlight, please submit an application to CSCMP. All submission are due by Dec. 31, 2018. If your company is chosen to be featured, you will be contacted at a later date.
The Corporate Member Spotlight includes:
•  Your company name and logo (linking to your company homepage)
•  Your responses to the five questions listed in the application
CSCMP is offering more ways to be featured as a leader in the supply chain industry. Become a guest speaker on CSCMPodcast and join the discussion about today's trending supply chain topics and have the opportunity to share what your organization is doing in response.
To participate, click the link below to complete an application.
This application process is separate and in addition to the application process to be featured in the CSCMP Corporate Spotlight.
As a CSCMPodcast speaker you'll be able to:
•  Speak directly to other supply chain professionals
•  Grow your company's exposure
•  Showcase your expertise and knowledge
•  Discuss and share topics that matter to you
There are a limited number of speaker opportunities available, be sure to submit your application today to be considered.
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Transportation and logistics are at the heart of any supply chain. What are you doing to ensure that you are prepared to succeed 2019? Let the Columbus Roundtable help move you into the fast lane!  Our annual blue-ribbon lunchtime panel will consist of a shipper representative, a motor carrier representative, and a transportation intermediary sharing their respective perspectives on all of the hottest issues facing commercial users and providers of transportation and logistics services, including forecasts for 2019, new operational developments, recent regulatory changes, and practical tips that you can take back to your businesses. This year’s “movers and shakers” bring distinct perspectives applicable to a broad audience, and will be announced in the coming months!! Learn what these professionals and their companies are doing to respond successfully to the opportunities and challenges that will confront shippers, carriers, and intermediaries in 2019. Moderator: Marc Blubaugh, Past President of the Columbus Roundtable and Co-Chair of the Transportation & Logistics Practice Group (at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP), recognized as the “2017 Transportation Law Firm of the Year” by U.S. News & World Report.
Date: Jan 11, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. EST 
Join us for an exclusive VIP tour of the state-of-the-art-arena, Madison Square Garden!  Since it first opened its doors in 1879, Madison Square Garden has been a celebrated center of New York life. Named “Coolest Arena” in the United States by Rolling Stone and “Venue of the Decade” by Billboard, Madison Square Garden has come to epitomize live sports and entertainment to people around the world.
Date: Jan. 16, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
Two REI managers will describe details of the company's sustainability efforts. A member of REI's sustainability team will explain REI’s policies, programs and successes in this arena and a member of REI's project team which built the Goodyear DC and worked to obtain the LEED Platinum certification. An optional third (outside) presenter will talk about responsible sourcing practices.
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Date: Jan. 24, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. PST