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CSCMP’s Annual State of Logistics Report® will be released via a webinar presentation open to CSCMP members on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
The virtual presentation of the report will feature an overview of the key insights by Michael Zimmerman of Kearney, followed by a discussion with this year’s panelists, featured above. The 2020 report, written by Kearney and presented by Penske Logistics, highlights several wins for the industry in 2019, and shows that while supply chain has been battered, it is not broken.

For more than three decades, the report has offered a snapshot of the American economy through the lens of the logistics sector in the overall supply chain. It is a rigorous compilation of leading logistics intelligence from around the world, shines a spotlight on industry trends, and offers key insights on the ever-evolving industry supply chains.
The Annual State of Logistics Report® is a CSCMP member benefit (valued at $495) and will be available to CSCMP Members for download upon its release. The webinar presentation of the report is a members-only event.
Registration is for Members Only. Non-Members are welcome to attend, but must first join CSCMP before registering. Click here to join CSCMP now for only $325 to receive access to the webinar, the State of Logistics Report (upon its release), and more.
A recent study by the Auburn University RFID Lab explored the use of blockchain and RFID technology to share serialized data, which can help alleviate efficiency challenges in the retail supply chain. The GS1 data-sharing standard, EPCIS (Electronic Product Code Information Services), was found to be the key enabler of flexible, event-based data sharing between participating brands and retailers. Learn more about how EPCIS works and the benefits of usage to increase supply chain agility and resiliency.
Thank you to Susan Pichoff for sharing this Hot Topic. Susan Pichooff leads the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative—an industry group that works to solve supply chain challenges such as data accuracy, inventory visibility and efficiency through GS1 Standards. She is a seasoned veteran of retail operations, having spent 20+ years at Macy’s Systems & Technology, managing product databases, merchandise suppliers, and software suppliers to build systems that improved the customer experience. 
Thank you Dan Gilmore and Dinesh Dongre of Softeon for writing this CSCMP Hot Topic.
It is a complex and often confusing landscape of software for distribution centers: Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Warehouse Control Systems (WCS) and newer Warehouse Execution Systems (WES). This article sorts out the functionality and boundaries of three inter-related types of warehouse software, with a special focus on WES, which is changing the dynamic through orchestration and optimization of order picking processes. From automated order release to dynamic resource allocation, WES is moving the industry down the path of the autonomous warehouse system.

Click above to listen to the latest CSCMPodcast featuring OneTrack's Marc Gyongyosi and Peter Saul.


June 2, 2020 – Gail Rutkowski, Executive Director – NASSTRAC
In May, NASSTRAC along with six shipper associations, filed an Amicus brief supporting the California Trucking Association in an appeal currently pending in the 9th Circuit Court that presents an important labor-law question whose resolution will significantly impact trucking companies and their customers in California and beyond. It is our hope that the brief will help the 9th Circuit understand shippers’ needs for reliable, efficient, and cost-effective trucking services and the adverse impacts that application of the ABC test would have on their supply chains and interstate commerce.
While the current crisis is unprecedented, logistics and supply chain scholars have conducted research over many years that can meet our recurring call to illuminate practice—to inform those on the front lines tasked with ensuring that the needs of business and society are met—under both normal circumstances and during not-so-normal times. Perhaps this is why supply chain management is portrayed so often in the mainstream media these days, as all come to realize the importance of what we do.
Long hours and industry disruptions might put added stress on workers, but almost nine out of 10 supply chain management professionals are still satisfied with their career choice, according to respondents to CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly’s Salary Survey.
Among other pluses, they appreciate the constant variety of their work and the opportunity to solve complex problems. Of the 488 supply chain pros who completed our questionnaire, 93% would recommend the profession to someone entering the job market.

Survey respondents also confirmed that certified professionals make more money, but we could have told you that!  
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CSCMP Awards and Recognition
CSCMP congratulates DLT Labs (ft. Walmart Canada), FourKites (ft. Land O’Lakes), and Intel for being selected as finalists to compete for the Supply Chain Innovation Award™ (SCIA) at EDGE 2020. 
The SCIA recognizes teams who have demonstrated excellence, innovation, and return on investment for a significant supply chain challenge. For more than 10 years, supply chain teams worldwide have submitted their cases to the Supply Chain Innovation Award™ for the opportunity to receive recognition and accolades by industry peers on a global stage. 
These are the case studies that the finalists will present live at EDGE 2020: 
  • DLT Labs & Walmart Canada: Supply Chain & Finance Transformation Using Blockchain
  • FourKites & Land O’Lakes: Reducing “Empty Miles” through Machine Learning-Powered Collaboration
  • Intel's Revolution in Silicon Wafer Transportation: Transforming How We Ship Our Wafers
  • Intel’s Contract Digitization & Analytics: Goodbye Paper Audits, Welcome to Real-Time Scoring
For 2020, the SCIA Committee decided to change the selection process by selecting 4 finalists from the 30 initial submissions we received—mentioned above. Two additional finalists will be selected from a group of eight semifinalists who will submit a short video conveying their innovation. The public will vote for the semifinalists' videos to help in determining the winners. 
Stay tuned for details on the SCIA Video Contest which releases tomorrow, June 17, 2020! 
Presented annually, ALAN’s Humanitarian Logistics Awards are open to any logistics professional, academic, organization or department.
“Our profession has always been full of selfless people who have gone above and beyond to help during disasters,” said ALAN Executive Director Kathy Fulton. “However, over the past 12 months the logistics industry has been especially heroic and deserving. Thanks to the pandemic, Hurricane Dorian, Puerto Rico earthquakes and Southeast tornadoes, it seems 2019-2020 has had even more amazing stories than usual. We’re really looking forward for the chance to acknowledge them via our 2020 awards.”   
They are awarded in four key categories, each of which can have multiple honorees.   
  • In-Kind/Financial Award
  • Employee Engagement Award
  • Research/Academic Achievement Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations (including self-nominations) can be made via ALAN’s web site through Friday, July 10.  
Established in 2017, ALAN’s Humanitarian Logistics Awards recognize companies and individuals who exemplify the best that the supply chain has to offer by assuring that aid and comfort are rapidly delivered to communities in crisis. Previous winners have included Phil Palin, Disaster Relief by Amazon, Total Quality Logistics, Dr. Nezih Altay, Dr. Allison Thompson, The Shippers Group, Estes Express Lines, The Home Depot, MIT’s Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab, LIFT Non-Profit Logistics, The Performance Team, International Paper, Saddle Creek Logistics, Kane Is Able, States Logistics, the UPS Foundation and Jock Menzies. 
CSCMP Featured Members
"Recruiting is all about networking and being connected. Given our laser focus in the Logistics/Transportation/Supply Chain industries, it was a natural fit for us to join CSCMP in 2017. This will be our third year of gaining value from the annual conference, industry news, ongoing content, and the vast networking opportunities that the CSCMP membership offers."
"I joined CSCMP November 4, 2019. I have been in Banking for more than 11 years now, and I am looking at growing a career in supply chain. What I would say to new members, is that we are in the right place for networking and building a great career."
LMI is a consultancy dedicated to improving the business of government. LMI helps federal agencies with acquisition services and lifecycle management, operations, supply chain resiliency, risk management and mitigation and sustainment.
Softeon is a global supply chain software company with a broad suite of solutions anchored by their Warehouse Management System (WMS), Warehouse Execution System (WES), and Distributed Order Management (DOM) system.
Innovation. Quality. Service
The Raymond Corporation
Business is always changing. Always evolving. To keep pace you must run better, manage smarter. At Raymond we are committed to providing innovative intralogistics solutions that will optimize your business, increase productivity, accelerate insights through connectivity and transform operations through automation
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Written by CSCMP Member Jim Dawson
The impact of the COVID19 pandemic on global supply chains will play out throughout the world well into the foreseeable future. In the U.S. the stark reality of relying on China as an integral manufacturer of many products that Americans gave little thought to prior to COVID-9, has resulted in a groundswell cry to reevaluate this relationship moving forward. From the C-suite of large, multinational corporations to closely held business owners the question of whether to move some manufacturing operations back to the United States is currently underway. While it is impossible to move a foreign manufacturing facility overnight, some operations can be peeled back to the U.S. in short order. This will likely result in the opportunity to export these products from the U.S., thus revisiting the vitality of the Interest Charge Domestic International Sales Corporation (IC-DISC) may be in order, especially for closely held businesses.
Written by CSCMP Corporate Member, Liberty Advisor Group

Over the last couple of months, our world has undergone a seismic shift, to a place where working from home and face masks are the “new normal.” Gone are the days of eating in neighborhood restaurants and taking part in social gatherings. Yet, in the United States, the light is starting to emerge at the end of the tunnel. Companies are shifting their focus from playing balance sheet defense to plotting their path back to this new reality, and figuring out how not just to survive, but to emerge stronger and more resilient. Robotic process automation can play a key role in this roadmap to recovery.
The New Normal: Social Distancing
Governments and health authorities are stressing that social distancing measures are here to stay for the foreseeable future, until a vaccine is widely available. Companies have no choice but to address this new normal head on. For many businesses, social distancing will change the very nature of how their services will be delivered. Human interaction, once a desired commodity—with personalized service from the teller at the bank or a salesperson at the rregister—is now to be avoided.
In this new reality, customers care most about health and safety, and will flock toward businesses that lower their overall risk of exposure. This translates into more opportunities to apply robotics and automation, with multiple examples hitting the headlines.
Training and Development
Webinar ︱ Thursday, June 25 ︱ 11 AM CDT
Carrier safety standards are critical to keeping our roads safe and reducing risk to shippers’ bottom lines. But with more than three million trucks in the U.S., it’s not feasible for shippers to navigate the complexity of carrier quality and compliance on their own. That’s why Convoy uses machine learning and big data to set a higher standard for the carriers in its network and automates the process to ensure compliance in real time.

In this webinar from Lorin Seeks, Director of Carrier Quality and Compliance at Convoy, you’ll learn how this novel approach to safety standards is an improvement over the FMCSA’s safety measurement system, reduces the risk of crashes and claims, and provides a foundation for the future of freight risk management.
Webinar ︱ Thursday, July 9 ︱ 11 AM CDT
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, likely forever. Almost overnight, offices worldwide shifted to virtual settings, and businesses from small to large alike faced lay-offs, furloughs, closures, new operating procedures and innovation.

This webinar will explore how COVID-19 has impacted the next generation of supply chain leaders, those 32 years of age and younger that CSCMP refers to as Young Professionals.

Mary Long, Professor at University of Tennessee, will engage a panel of leaders from CSCMP’s Young Professionals’ committee to explore the following:
  • What parts of this situation have been the hardest for Young Professionals?
  • What aspects have created the biggest opportunities?
  • What changes will continue and become the new normal in the future? (wfh, baking break, gardening, virtual teams, etc.)
  • How has this situation changed them as leaders? Has it removed some of the WHADITW barriers?
Panelists: Adri McCaskill, General Manager, iPlan; Michael D’Angelo, TDI Remediation Lead, Volkswagen of America; Thomas Shield, Manager, US Transportation & Logistics, Kohler Co.; Kimberlee Owens, Senior Supply Chain Strategist, Fifth Season (RoBotany); and Justin Hill, Supply Chain Manager - Cold Chain Imports, The Coastal Companies

Core Elements of a Cultural Transformation – Part 1

Download the presentation slides here.

In this first webinar of the “Future of Leadership Series,” LeanCor CEO/Author/Speaker, Robert Martichenko explores the first two gears of a cultural transformation framework. 1) Transformation Alignment: Current State Alignment; Future State Alignment; and Roadmap Alignment. 2) Leadership Participation: Focused Leaders; Leadership Management Systems; and Aligned Decision Making. 

Core Elements of a Cultural Transformation – Part 2

Download the presentation slides here. Access video one and video two from the presentation.

In the second webinar of the “Future of Leadership Series,” Robert Martichenko dives into the second two gears of a cultural transformation framework. 1) Team Member Success: Skilled Team Members; Meaningful Work Environments; and Team Members as Problem Solvers. 2) Process Ownership: Process Visibility & Performance; Process Discipline & Best Practices; and Relentless Continuous Improvement.

LeanCor's final podcast in this series releases June 26. Listen to podcast one here.

Mark your calendar!

According to the recent May LMI® report, in a shift from April’s all-time low overall score of 51.3, May’s Logistics Managers’ Index (LMI) is up to 54.5, a score much more in line with the previous six months of logistics activity (recorded overall scores were between 54.0-54.4 from October 2019 to January 2020). Similar to April’s report, the Index observes a somewhat bifurcated logistics industry, as Warehousing and Inventory metrics come in high, and Transportation 2 metrics continue to struggle. This is likely because firms, particularly those upstream from the consumer, are saddled with high levels of unsellable inventory, driving up their storage costs. Transportation remains slow, although it seems it has stabilized since last month. 
Edge Conference
CSCMP will 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™.