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ADAPTING TO the ever-changing supply chain landscape requires vigilance. What that means in today’s terms is that you need to keep a strategic eye on macroeconomic trends, advancements in technology, and consumer expectations that have the potential to become either rallying points or disruptors to your business.
Indeed, there are many issues facing you today – such as trade wars, autonomous fleets, crowdsourcing, and the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement – that you were not dealing with five years ago. But in spite of recessions, natural disasters, and border issues, supply chains still need to roll on. Which means that if you don’t evolve quickly, you die. That may sound a little harsh, but if you don’t shift and adjust with the landscape, you will wither and someone else will fill the void.

This holiday season, CSCMP's focus is on giving back to the supply chain community. We're excited to extend the positive impact of CSCMP members by supporting The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) and donating 10% of all membership dues* received in November and December.

ALAN provides logistics support to aid disaster survivors and their communities, saving lives and reducing suffering for survivors in the United States by engaging industries to supplement non-profit organizations’ logistics capabilities. They serve by coordinating logistics, providing education, and building cross-sector relationships before, during and after disasters. ALAN’s dedication to improving the post-disaster environment is made possible with the financial support they receive from communities like ours.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 by year's end to support ALAN's far reaching services to communities across the U.S.
Be a part of giving back with CSCMP this season! Here are ways you can help:

  1. Become a CSCMP member
  2. Gift a membership to a peer, mentee or colleague
  3. Invite someone to join CSCMP
  4. Donate directly to ALAN

Your gift to ALAN delivers more than just supplies. It gives disaster survivors a safe place to lay their head, a hot meal and medical care. As a proud partner in logistics, ALAN delivers dignity and hope for those in need.
Join CSCMP today and know you're also helping a great cause. Thank you for joining this effort and giving back with CSCMP.

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is excited to bring you Season 2 of CSCMPodcast: Supply Chain Conversation. Tune in monthly for the latest trending insights from the industry's top professionals.
In the first episode of season 2, CSCMP President and CEO, Rick Blasgen, sits down for a discussion with Shari Diaz, Innovation, Strategy and Operations Director at IBM Sterling, to take a closer look at Optimization and Operations, how multi-enterprise business networks will make your work life easier.
Thank you Melinda Damico, Executive Vice President, Vandegrift – a Maersk Company for providing CSCMP with this timely Hot Topic.
The global tariff environment is constantly changing, creating a high risk impact for companies affecting their international supply chains, financial exposure, long standing business relationships and sourcing strategies. These changes can also result in trade compliance consequences.
There have been major changes to the collection of tariffs as a result of Section 301 investigations, World Trade Organization (WTO) decisions regarding trade dispute settlements, Section 232 investigations, and a greater emphasis on trade enforcement regarding forced labor and Intellectual Property Rights. The constant flux associated with these issues has created a challenge for the trade community. These changes can also result in trade compliance consequences with enforcement and regulatory government agencies. How can companies cope with these dynamics in a way that doesn’t disrupt their business models?
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CSCMP Awards and Recognition
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and The University of Business and Technology (UBT) Executive Education joined in a strategic partnership to train executives, practitioners and students in Supply Chain and Logistics in Saudi Arabia.
Through this exclusive partnership, UBT Executive Education will deliver the CSCMP SCPro™ Certification programs in Demand Planning, Supply Management and Procurement, Inventory Management, Warehousing Operations, Transportation Operations, Manufacturing and Service Operations, Customer Service Operations, and in Supply Chain Management Principles. 
A committee of scholars and practitioners (including several past JBL editors) evaluated the submitted proposals, the CSCMP Board of Directors approved the selection of Drs. Glenn Richey and Beth Davis-Sramek of Auburn University as the next JBL editor team! The new editor team will officially take over in 2021 after working with and shadowing the current team, Dr. Walter Zinn of The Ohio State University and Dr. Thomas Goldsby of the University of Tennessee, in 2020.
CSCMP will begin accepting nominations Jan. 1, 2020 for the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) through April 30, 2020.
The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually during the CSCMP EDGE conference. The award honors an outstanding individual who exemplifies significant, consistent, and career-long contributions to the development of the logistics and supply chain management disciplines.

Any individual who has made significant contributions to the fields of logistics and supply chain management are eligible to receive the Distinguished Service Award. This includes practitioners with responsibilities in functional areas of logistics and supply chain management, consultants, and educators. For example, an individual could be nominated for contributions or innovations involving technology or in educating others about logistics and supply chain management, or for increasing awareness of the critical role that logistics and supply chain management plays in the global economy to the business community at large.

Nominees will be evaluated based on these following five elements:
1.    Sustained and distinguished record of contribution to the disciplines of logistics and supply chain         management
2.    Contributions above the normal expectations of the job
3.    Recognition as a leader in logistics or supply chain management
4.    Recognition as an innovator in logistics or supply chain management
5.    Education of the logistics and supply chain management profession (both orally and written)
Registry Monitoring Insurance Svcs., Inc.
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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Ready for the new decade? So is EDGE! The EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions will open December 15 through February 15. This will be your chance to contribute thought leadership to the EDGE Conference – be prepared and think about the topics most important to you, and discuss your ideas with potential speakers or co-speakers in your network.
The Call for Sessions allows members to submit session ideas and help make EDGE the educational powerhouse it is. This is your chance to help supply chain professionals explore the topics and skills that matter, and to bring in speakers that will have valuable real-world experience in today’s supply chain. If you’ve ever attended a conference, seminar or lecture and thought “I could do that” or “Why didn’t they discuss X?”, then maybe it’s time you took an active role in supply chain education.
The future is you. This is your field. Share your expertise and help it grow!
If you don’t have a specific session idea to submit at this time, but would like to be considered as a speaker or panelist, please email Shannon O’Shea at with your information and the topics you would be comfortable discussing.
Keep an eye out for EDGE 2020 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals! 
Not a CSCMP member, but would like to participate? Contact Member Services today at  +1 630.574.0985 or for more information.
Engage with CSCMP Members With a Corporate Enterprise Membership Package 
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.  
Get your entire team connected and get brand visibility within the community for only $7,500. Contact a member specialist today at 630.574.0985 or   
Training and Development
Blockchain provides a secure ledger of transactions, programmable smart contracts, and real-time trustworthy visibility and insight into the supply chain process. For all the promises it offers to supply chain professionals, however, there's very little guidance available on how organizations should begin evaluating and using it.
Understand blockchain and learn how to integrate it into your business plan as an effective supply chain tool with this new book Integrating Blockchain into Supply Chain Management by Remko van Hoek, Brian Fugate, Marat Davletshin and Matthew A Waller.
Save 25% using discount code CSCMP25. Offer available till Nov. 30, 2019.
In this EDGE 2019 recorded livestream, The Top 5 FAQs About 5G, the panel addresses 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 EDGE 2019 recorded livestreams are a CSCMP member benefit. Join CSCMP this holiday season and receive instant access to the recorded livestream and so much more!
Edge Conference
CSCMP will again be offering the SCPro™ Bridge Exam at EDGE 2020! The SCPro™ Bridge Exam was created for professionals that already hold a previously earned credential or advanced degree similar to SCPro™. Take advantage of the early bird discount of $100 off of your registration. Enter code BRIDGE-EARLY at checkout to receive your discount. Register here.
The overall LMI index is 54.4 in the October 2019 reading, down (-2.2) from the reading of 56.6 in September 2019. As mentioned above, this is the lowest reading for the overall index in the three-year history of the LMI. This is down significantly (-16.8) from this time a year ago, when it read in at 71.2. We have seen low scores for the LMI throughout the Summer and Fall, with the lowest seven scores in the history of the index coming in the last seven months.
Respondents predict the LMI will be at 59.5 12 months in the future, down 4.2 points from September’s future prediction of 63.7.
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.
About The Logistics Manager’s Index®
The Logistics Manager’s Index (LMI) is a joint project between researchers from Arizona State University, Colorado State University, University of Nevada, Reno, Rochester Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, supported by CSCMP. It is authored by Zac Rogers Ph.D., Steven Carnovale Ph.D., Shen Yeniyurt Ph.D., Ron Lembke Ph.D., and Dale Rogers Ph.D.
Naylor Association Solutions
CSCMP Southern California Roundtable, in partnership with California State, Long Beach is bringing you our next exciting event, Discovering Hidden Profit Through Meaningful Work. Robert Martichenko, founder and CEO of LeanCor Supply Group will be speaking at the Pointe at California State, Long Beach. Join Mr. Martichenko as he discusses the next frontier for organizational development in our new world of continuous industry disruption and increased complexity.
Date:        Dec. 4, 2019
Time:        4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Pricing:     Member $45.00
                 NonMember $60.00
Location:  CSULB The Pointe
                 1250 N Bellflower Blvd
                 Long Beach, CA
Please join the Atlanta RoundTable for a Holiday Happy Hour & special guest Richard Sharpe; CEO of Competitive Insights. The current trade war is having a rippling effect in every industry. How are companies dealing with the impact on their ability to build market share while trying to protect operating margins, especially as some analysts are saying that recessionary winds are beginning to blow?
Date:          Dec. 11, 2019
Time:          5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Pricing:       Member Price $15.00
                   NonMember Price $60.00
Location:    New Realm Brewery
                   550 Somerset Terrace NE #101
                   Atlanta, GA