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Wherever you are tuning in from these days—your couch, home office, back yard, etc., I look forward to welcoming you to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) EDGE 2020 Supply Chain Conference. This conference is the largest of its kind in our discipline, and starting this Sunday and continuing for the next three and a half days, more than 3,000 of your peers from around the globe—leading supply chain authorities, practitioners, academics and thought leaders—will take part in the most innovative and exciting supply chain experience in the world.
For 57 years, CSCMP has hosted supply chain’s premier event, providing attendees from all over the world with ideas and connections to be utilized through their careers. EDGE 2020 will still deliver the same content, access, and value you have known us for, but like all of you, we have had to pivot and innovate and change. Your EDGE 2020 experience will indeed be different than in previous years, but I challenge you to lean into this new technology, engage in the opportunities to chat and network, albeit from your laptop, and take advantage of the opportunity to experience even more content via the educational sessions than ever before. No matter whether “in person,” or through whatever connective technologies we use, it remains the people that drive our businesses. Yes, we benefit from all the technologies, the systems and the data that have made us more productive over the decades. But it’s the people, it is you, that really make the difference.
Recently, I wrote, “With the pandemic disrupting supply chains, industry professionals have an opportunity to create innovative solutions and rewrite the future supply chain landscape.” We are certainly traveling that path now as we rely upon the perspectives and experiences of those around us. We are creating solutions, some of necessity, some of opportunity, that we will undoubtedly rely on for years to come. Carve out time during the 3 ½ days EDGE is live to meet your peers and exchange ideas, mistakes and solutions alike. Do not underestimate the power of relationships, relationships that matter. That’s CSCMP.
Innovation knocks infrequently, so take this opportunity to welcome it. During the uncertainties in which we find ourselves, we are still facing the disruptions and innovations we have been discussing for years like blockchain, artificial intelligence and deep machine learning, drone technology and more. COVID-19 entered our reality and our focus immediately shifted from these strategic innovations to the urgent and necessary like securing our supply availability, making massive switches to alternative channels due to the shutdown, and instilling a relentless focus on safety for both our employees and the customers we serve. We’ve altered delivery processes, installed new safety and security protocols, upgraded our technology to support new channels with speed and accuracy. And we did most of this while simultaneously adjusting to working from our homes.
EDGE 2020 still provides attendees the opportunity to be immersed in more than 30 hours of high-quality education and more than 10 hours of dedicated networking time to engage, debate, and collaborate with supply chain management leaders. Sessions will investigate some of today’s top issues and trends, exploring topics as diverse as order fulfillment and customer service, manufacturing and service operations, supply chain leadership, transportation and logistics, and current research and surveys.
CSCMP believes that education is the foundation of continuous improvement. We, as supply chain professionals and ambassadors, never stop learning, never stop giving. We care about you, we care about your customers. We are confident that this conference will provide you with a broader, deeper vision of the profession, the opportunity to participate in relevant learning programs and networking activities, and the inspiration to enhance your personal and organizational development.
I look forward to seeing you at EDGE 2020! Here’s to a great conference.

Tuesday, September 22 │ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT



Jeremy Giles, managing director and head of Customer Led Solutions at Prologis, will lead a discussion with leading industry executives Karen Leavitt, chief marketing officer, Locus Robotics; Sid Brown, chief executive officer, NFI Industries; Randy Tucker, president and CEO of the Americas, Geodis; and Vik Pavate, CEO and co-founder, Locix.

From changing consumer behaviors to labor shortages and automation, the supply chain industry is at a point of transformation. Industry leaders will discuss how innovations in logistics real estate are modernizing the supply chain.

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Written by Dana Stiffler, Vice President of Gartner Researh  and Nancy Nix, Executive Director Emeritus, AWESOME (Achieving Women's Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education)
As supply chain takes center stage through 2020’s pandemic response, recovery and renewal, we need all the effective and versatile leadership we can get. In this crucible, organizations that effectively attract, retain, engage and promote women—half or more of the professional workforce—will have a material advantage.
Since 2016, Gartner and AWESOME’s annual Women in Supply Chain Survey has highlighted best practices in attraction, development, retention and advancement of women, with a particular focus on advancing women into senior leadership positions. We collect baseline data on how many women are in supply chain organizations overall and at each level of leadership: frontline manager, senior manager, director, vice president and executive levels.
In 2020, the fifth anniversary of this project, our research shows that a clear majority of supply chain organizations (63%) have specific goals to increase the number of women leaders in their ranks, up from 59% in 2019. Pursuit of gender diversity in supply chain organizations is clearly in the mainstream.

We also saw encouraging progress at the C-level: 17% of these executive leaders are women, a marked increase from 9% in 2016. Elsewhere, results showed slight decreases in representation at other levels and sustained strong pipelines in consumer/retail supply chain organizations compared to other sectors. We also reinforced the finding that integrated pipeline planning and management—focusing on specific recruiting, development and progression-focused decision-making forums—is the most significant action CSCOs can take to pull more women into supply chain leadership positions.
Thank you to Paul Chang of IBM Global Blockchain Industry Leader for sharing this Hot Topic.
Supply chains today are increasingly complex and subject to unforeseen disruptions and growing costs. Visibility is limited as goods move from the supplier’s supplier to the customer’s customer, and transactions are often still paper based.
In this Hot Topic written by Paul Chang, IBM Global Blockchain Industry Leader, learn how blockchains are best suited for collaboration, data sharing and visibility across the entire supply chain ecosystem.
Thank you to Convoy for sharing this Hot Topic.
After a volatile spring, the summer saw a tightening freight market. This has led to a spike in truckload prices and a rise in contract tender rejection rates. Getting reliable coverage from backup carriers can lower your overall freight spend significantly.
In this Hot Topic written by Convoy, learn how they have utilized dynamic pricing to customers that guarantees coverage within the routing guide to reduce a reliance on the spot market.
CSCMP Awards and Recognition
Congratulations to College of Lake County student, Ajibola Karimu, Universidad Anáhuac student Manuel Villavicencio and Imperial College of London student, Mingting Dai for passing the SCPro™ Level One Certification Exam and becoming SCPro™ Certified!
Interested in becoming SCPro™ Certified? Learn more here...
CSCMP Featured Members
"Go to the events—whether they are local or national. Become an active participant. This will grow your network and your net worth for your company. The most valuable membership benefit is the educational experience. The national conference is the best way to stay in touch with the new trends in the industry that we can all take back to our companies and improve or add onto what we are already doing."
"I joined the Council of Logistics Management in the mid 1990's and have been involved in some capacity for the past 20+ years. I initially joined to learn more about logistics/supply chain and to network and meet logistics veterans—there is no better way to learn than from people who have 'been there, done that.' Ask questions, network and get involved in your local CSCMP roundtable. Dive in and take on a role within your roundtable. You will develop lifelong friendships that extend well past your career."
Burris Logistics is a 95-year-old family business rooted in refrigerated and frozen logistics. With a portfolio of brands and a suite of solutions to provide end-to-end supply chain management, they offer storage, distribution, freight brokerage, redistribution and logistics technology.
DSC Logistics, now CJ Logistics America, combines innovative solutions, collaborative partnerships, and high-performance operations to unlock the potential of the supply chain. They’ve joined with CJ Logistics, The Global SCM Innovator, creating an integrated international network with expanded capabilities.

CSCMP is dedicated to connecting and educating supply chain professionals all over the globe. Professional Development week, beginning October 19, 2020, will be a special week of “connecting and educating.” The CSCMP Virtual Career Fair showcases October 21-22 and the remainder of the week will include tips, tricks, and specials to increase skills for current talent and for job seekers looking to gain an advantage.
Job seekers, be sure your resume is uploaded and search the CSCMP Career Center Job Board for your next career opportunity. Save the date to attend CSCMP’s Virtual Career Fair!
Recruiters, you have your own current set of challenges. Now is a great time for you to build your talent pipeline. Search the Career Center resumes or sign up for a booth to recruit at the CSCMP Virtual Career Fair.

For questions or more info, please contact

CSCMP has membership, education, and event opportunities to help develop your team and remain competitive in today’s disruptive supply chain industry. Get access to best practices, up-to-date trends, and solutions to challenges from the people who know it best. Improve productivity, build skills, network, and increase your team’s supply chain knowledge. Invest in your team with a CSCMP Corporate Membership today!

CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference and Supply Chain Exhibit is just days away. Join us at EDGE 2020 Live! Contact your Account Manager or email for package details and exclusive pricing.
Share the news! CSCMP is shaking up our offerings to create a line-up of virtual resources that will educate, connect, and deliver the network and resources our supply chain community needs to succeed in this new normal.

Your friends and colleagues can now take advantage of CSCMP's new Six Months Membership offer* to experience the CSCMP community.
Receive the same exclusive benefits as a full-year membership. Take advantage today! Email the form linked below and send to or call Membership Engagement at 1-630-574-0985 before it expires on December 31, 2020. *Terms and conditions apply.
Training and Development
The Logistics 2030 Report analysis, released August 20, 2020, provides a comparative view of today’s Warehousing and Distribution (W&D) capabilities versus the next decade’s requirements. Findings are based on expert insights from hundreds of W&D professionals.

Experts from Auburn University's Center for Supply Chain Innovation (CSCI), the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC), and AGiLE Business Media (publisher of DCVelocity & CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly), have undertaken a multi-year study. Over the next few years, the Logistics 2030 (L-2030) study will address key elements of the emerging supply chain.

Complimentary download of the report is a CSCMP member benefit (valued at $25). Download your copy today!
SAVE THE DATE and REGISTER for the 2030 Warehouse Research Webinar - Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

As CEO of Transfix, a leading transportation solutions provider whose digital brokerage capabilities and logistics software offerings are helping reshape the future of freight, Lily Shen is at the forefront of the ever-changing supply chain.

In this CSCMPodcast │Special Edition, CSCMP President and CEO, Rick Blasgen and Tranfix's President and CEO, Lily Shen, touch upon what to expect during her fireside chat later this month at CSCMP EDGE 2020 Live! as she describes her journey to becoming CEO at the onset of a global pandemic, what the future of the digital freight space looks like, and why it’s key to the future of our economy. Listen today!

Join us on October 7-8 for the Reuters Events Supply Chain USA 2020 Virtual. It's the place where CEO's & CSCO's from the largest companies in the world will come together to drive supply chain forward.
Join us at the inaugural Coyote Logistics Digital Summit on September 30 and October 1 for CSCMP President and CEO Rick Blasgen's keynote session: “What Will the Global Supply Chain Look Like Post-COVID?” The summit will include expert insights, new research, and best practices from Coyote Logistics and UPS, and supply chain experts from Accenture, Consumer Brands Association, Armstrong Associates and more.
The LMI® is up (+3.0) from July’s reading of 63.0. This is the third consecutive reading in the 60’s and the highest overall score since November 2018. According to the report, while the overall economy may not be moving at the same rate it was during Q4 of 2018, logistics services are in higher demand as consumers turn increasingly to e-commerce and on-demand services. Ecommerce accounted for 16.1% of all U.S. retail sales in Q2 2020, up significantly from the same period in 2019, when it made up 10.8% of sales[1].This is encouraging news for logistics professionals after the massive drop-off experienced this Spring.
Edge Conference
Plan your experience | Review sessions and note your calendar | RSVP for the International Networking Reception, Tuesday, September 22 - 11:30am – 12:30pm CDT | Under 40, RSVP for Trimble Transportation's Future Leaders Reception, Tuesday, September 22 - 6:00pm – 7:00pm CDT  


Sustainability & Supply Chain
Presented by The Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 21 ︱2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CDT)

UPS is a global leader in logistics, with more than 528,000 employees, serving 11.5 million customers daily in more than 220 countries and territories. In 2019, UPS made 5.5 billion connections around the world, delivering nearly 22 million packages each day. Sustainability is an inherent part of UPS’s strategy and business operations. Join Robert Welch of The Wall Street Journal and Suzanne Lindsay-Walker of UPS for an enlightening discussion surrounding Sustainability & Supply Chain.

Lessons from the Front Lines: Sustaining Your Business During Crisis
Presented by
Monday, September 21 ︱3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (CDT)

Join's Trent Broberg for Lessons from the Front Lines: Sustaining Your Business During Crisis, as Trent shares how the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us all how fragile and susceptible our businesses are to dramatic surges and demand for goods. In this session, we will discuss lessons learned from transitioning our workforce to a remote environment (and possibly back), why employee stability is critical to company and customer success, and how to leverage technology to improve relationships in times of distress.

Your Problems are Our Obsession: Things I Learned by Sneaking into Warehouses and Camping Outside Truck Stops
Presented by Convoy
Tuesday, September 22 ︱2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CDT)

In the last five years, the freight industry has been abuzz with the promise of technology to revolutionize logistics. But how much has it really made a dent in the practical problems that supply chain teams still face?

Join Dan Lewis of Convoy for Your Problems are Our Obsession: Things I Learned by Sneaking into Warehouses and Camping Outside Truck Stops as he discusses some of the challenges Convoy's customers faced and how we can work together to solve them in innovative ways—from intelligent drop & hook programs to dynamically priced, guaranteed backup capacity to insights that improve facility efficiency.

project44 & AbbVie: A New Era of Supply Chain Digitalization and Advanced Visibility
Presented by project44
Tuesday, September 22 ︱3:30 pm - 4:10 pm (CDT)

Join the discussion as Vernon O’Donnell of project44 and Gregory Pritchard of AbbVie cover A New Era of Supply Chain Digitalization and Advanced Visibility. As we near the end of a volatile year, businesses are accelerating digitalization and automation efforts to build more resilient supply chains. Find out first-hand how shippers are using real-time transportation visibility to take on supply chain disruptions and improve planning for the future. Learn about AbbVie’s supply chain and digitalization plans as they look toward the coming year.

Register for EDGE 2020 Live! 


Watch this video from Academic Research Symposium Co-Chairs Bryan Ashenbaum and Monique Murfield as well as CSCMP Academic Strategies Committee Chair Terry Esper sharing what great research sessions, panels, and workshops to expect this year. Not registered yet? Register here!

South Carolina Roundtable: Trade Compliance Series: Customs Entries 101 (CEUs awarded)
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September 17, 2020 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET | Blythewood, SC
Charlotte Roundtable: Ocean Freight Gets Smarter with the Port of Virginia
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September 24, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET | Charlotte, NC
Dallas Fort Worth Roundtable: FBI Presents: Assessing Organizational Threats
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September 24, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CT | Dallas, TX
Rocky Mountain Roundtable: CSCMP Rocky Mountain Relaunch: Back & Active
September 30, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm MT | Denver, CO
South Carolina Roundtable: Trade Compliance Series: Incoterms 2020 (CEUs awarded)
October 15, 2020 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET | Blythewood, SC