Catchy title? Maybe it is, but that’s just an attempt to keep you reading on. I really want to acknowledge you as a very important part of CSCMP and all that we stand for together…as a member of this great organization. I do believe that your decision to be a part of the global community of supply chain practitioners and academics who make up CSCMP says a lot about who you are. You care about your personal brand, your development, and maximizing your competency and capability. Yes, that’s better than a manicure! May is member appreciation month. And I want you to hear it from me personally; you are very much appreciated!
Through all of the pressing challenges and dynamics that came about as a result of a global geo-political shift that began in 2018 to the Pandemic of 2020, supply chain professionals became front-and-center in the call to respond. From pulling out all the stops to keep operations running to now improving supply chain resiliency and inserting value-added redundancy, we had to create new processes and innovate like never before. As a result, CSCMP has and continues to see expanded growth in membership like never before as you, our members, seek the necessary knowledge and access to networks to advance your development and that of your supply chain.
The supply chain will continue to advance in process and technology innovation. I would imagine that this will occur at a pace far greater in this decade than perhaps we’ve ever seen before. CSCMP is here to help you in your journey and we are very pleased to be that resource to help you achieve your goals.
This September we will return to a live and in-person EDGE conference in Atlanta, Georgia. There is no turning back! I can tell you personally that momentum for the live conference is building among our membership, and we have the commitments from the best in the business to appear and deliver cutting-edge innovative concepts and thought leadership on your behalf. I look forward to seeing you there and sharing more appreciation for your membership in this great global organization.
My best regards,
Mark S. Baxa
CSCMP President & CEO
In this episode of CSCMPodcast, new President and CEO Mark Baxa shares his experience in Supply Chain leadership which spans 40 years.
Mark has worked in sales, customer service, logistics, distribution, global trade operations & compliance, procurement, sustainability, supplier diversity, supply chain training, and supply chain strategy leadership. He's spent 20 years with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), serves as Vice-Chairman St. Louis University Center of Supply Chain Excellence, co-leads the Executive Global Supply Chain Certificate Program, and is an adjunct professional instructor.
He recently completed a 4-year term as global board member for WEConnect International, consistent with his belief in the value diversity brings to the supply chain. He has facilitated supply chain policy development at the EU & U.S. Federal level, teaches executive courses at the university level and speaks at conferences worldwide. In 2018 Mark was inducted into the DC Velocity Rainmakers.
Listen in as CSCMP's Nichole Mumford and Mark Baxa cover his history and the mentors who helped him succeed as a professional in supply chain.
A new study by ToolsGroup
, a global leader in supply chain planning software, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
has found that only 3% of companies experienced no COVID-19-related business impact, and 42% of organizations say the pandemic has accelerated their digitization plans. Additionally, the majority (90%) are somewhere along the digital journey, but talent deficits threaten to slow progress, with 42% of respondents saying they are handing staff/skills shortages poorly or very poorly.
CSCMP and ToolsGroup surveyed more than 200 supply chain professionals around the world from manufacturing, retail, consumer packaged goods, aftermarket parts, wholesale-distribution, and third-party logistics (3PL) firms, as well as consulting organizations. One hundred percent of those who said they were already reaping the benefits of digital transformation said that they were managing COVID-19-related demand and supplier uncertainty "very well." Of those who said they were "executing," 94% responded "very well." However, only 60% of those in the ‘evaluating’ stage reported handling this area "very well," indicating that digital technology and processes are enabling better management of disruption. Download the FREE Report to read the full study. Accelerate or Hesitate? Real-World Data on Post-COVID Supply Chain PlanningWebinar Presented by CSCMP and ToolsGroup - Hosted by Supply Chain Brain
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Companies around the world are urgently seeking ways to better plan around demand uncertainty and improve supply chain resilience and agility. CSCMP's Mark Baxa and ToolsGroup's Caroline Proctor will reveal analysis from a crucial new global survey.
Thursday, June 24, 2021︱Register now!
CSCMP collaborates each year with global strategic management consulting firm, Kearney, as the author and researcher of CSCMP's State of Logistics Report®
, and with the report's longstanding presenter Penske Logistics.
Across three-plus decades, the report offers 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. CSCMP members attend for free. Non-member tickets are $95
. Limited space, register for the virtual event today! The Annual State of Logistics Report® is a CSCMP member benefit
and will be available to CSCMP Members for download upon its release. Not a member? Join CSCMP today for only $299
to receive complimentary access to the webinar, the State of Logistics Report®
(upon its release), and more.
Nowadays, machine learning seems to be everywhere you look, from television commercials and supply chain conferences to university degrees. But despite its buzzword status and the fact that it’s been around since the late 1950s, this technology is still shrouded in mystery for many supply chain practitioners. According to Gartner, “While machine learning promises transformational benefits in the supply chain, current expectations of short-term readiness and benefits remain unrealistic.”1 In this hyped-up stage in technology maturity, it’s crucial to be well informed so you can see beyond the headlines and apply the technology correctly to solve business problems and deliver real value.
Thank you CSCMP Corporate Member Rob Kaufholz, VP of Product Innovation, ToolsGroup for sharing this CSCMP Hot Topic.
Businesses need to ensure that their shipping and logistics protocols and customer communications are more integrated than they ever have been before — this is now known as the “Amazon Effect.” Because of this, customers now expect reliable, real-time, accurate, and free tracking for all online purchases that they make.
To help businesses put their supply chains at the heart of customer experience, Turvo has designed a short but comprehensive market survey.
Help CSCMP recognize and celebrate the work supply chain leaders are doing to drive positive social, environmental, and economic impact. The annual Supply Chain Sustainability Award
has been established by CSCMP's Sustainable Supply Chain Committee
to recognize the positive and genuine impact in advancing environmental, social, and/or economic sustainability in the supply chain. Must be a CSCMP member to participate. Join CSCMP today
to access benefits like prestigious awards recognition, premier networking, events, education, and more!
We are excited to announce that CSCMP and Geodis have partnered to hold a video contest for young professionals and students.
Starting May 27, 2021, student and YP members aged 32 and under can submit a video answering a question regarding a problem in supply chain management for a chance to win one complimentary registration to EDGE 2021, hotel lodging, and a $500.00 U.S. travel stipend. The winner will also receive written recognition before and after EDGE as well as an announcement during the Future Leaders Reception. Stay tuned for details on how to participate!
Take your supply chain career to the next level and get SCPro™ Certified. SCPro™ Certification is a three-tiered program that assesses progressive knowledge and skills across integrated supply chain activities. This process validates an individual’s ability to strategically assess business challenges and effectively implement supply chain improvements through the analysis of real-world case studies and developing a comprehensive project plan to achieve results such as a positive ROI.
The CSCMP Academic Research Symposium (ARS)
will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with the CSCMP EDGE Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition: Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT and Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT. NEW Saturday Teaching Workshop and Industry Panel Session:
Learn the best practices of case teaching in this new addition to the ARS program. Case study pedagogy is among the most effective ways to convey advanced supply chain thinking and practice to students. Become skilled in delivering more effective case-based education.
The case study workshop will be followed by an industry-panel session, where the most pressing topics for today's supply chain professionals will be explored for industry-academic exchange and engagement. The Journal of Business Logistics editorial review board and "Meet the Academics" reception follow. Register for the 2021 Academic Research Symposium!
The Donald J. Bowersox Doctoral Symposium has been an annual event with CSCMP since 1990. The Bowersox Doctoral Symposium brings together current doctoral students from around the globe to meet and discuss current and future research as they pursue their doctoral degree in supply chain management or logistics. Students are nominated by supervising faculty and chosen by the Bowersox Doctoral Symposium co-chairs. The following criteria should be considered when nominating a symposium candidate.
All nominations must be made by faculty and are limited to doctoral students pursuing academic careers. Nominations from institutions around the world are encouraged to create a cohort of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Submissions and nominations are open through June 1, 2021.
The 2021 Doctoral Dissertation Award (DDA)
is open to all who will have completed their doctoral work in a field related to functions within the supply chain between January 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021. If you have already accepted a position at a college or university, you may still apply.
To be considered eligible, candidates MUST be a member of CSCMP and follow the criteria and formatting guidelines and submit a completed application form to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Must be a CSCMP Academic member to participate
. Applications will be accepted now through June 1, 2021.
JLL is a Fortune 200 commercial real estate firm focused on helping corporate clients with supply chain strategy through a full range of implementation services which can include real estate brokerage, labor analytics, tax and economic incentives, investment analysis, and project management. Watch CSCMP's Corporate Spotlight video
to learn why JLL was named a "Great Supply Chain Partner" by SupplyChainBrain in 2020.
With 42 years in the trucking industry, PITT OHIO has become the transportation and logistics provider shippers can trust; a reliable and dependable freight transportation provider with a flexible approach that can anticipate customer’s needs. At the core of their business is their commitment to deliver quality service. Watch CSCMP's Corporate Spotlight video
to learn how PITT OHIO is raising the bar with service, safety standards, technology and sustainability.
We now offer Basic Membership for only $179
, an affordable membership option available at a significantly reduced price. Our Basic Membership
provides access to a wide variety of member benefits:
- Preferred pricing at local roundtable events and access to CSCMP research and publications, such as the annual State of Logistics Report™, and more.
- Access to member-only resources, like webinars and the member directory, career resources, networking opportunities, mentorship, volunteer and leadership opportunities, and preferred pricing on SCPro™ Certification materials.
Basic Membership does not include preferred pricing for EDGE.
If you plan to attend CSCMP’s annual EDGE Conference, then Premier Membership
will be the best option.
We are excited to have received such a positive response to CSCMP’s Summer 2021 Mentorship Program, but we need more mentor submissions. We know some of you may feel that you don’t yet have enough experience to be a mentor, but even if you’ve only been in the workforce for a few years you can teach a lot to a student member or someone with less professional experience. Share your expertise, become a role model and strengthen your leadership skills by participating.
Tick Tock… Time is running out! The enrollment period closes on May 26, 2021, at 11:59 pm CDT. Become CSCMP Member today to participate
CSCMP is happy to welcome our new Enterprise Members: project44, Nordstrom, Starbucks and BNSF Logistics
and new Corporate Members: Total Quality Logistics and Universidad del Magdalena.
CSCMP's customizable memberships offer education, access to supply chain research, networking and exposure to elite C-level conversations via members-only webinars, workshops, and the global CSCMP EDGE annual conference. Connect with a CSCMP Account Manager
today to build a custom package for your team. We look forward to hearing from you.
Thursday, May 27, 2021 / 10:30 AM CDT
A newer class of Supply Chain software called Distributed Order Management (DOM) has become essential to powering omnichannel retail and direct-to-consumer e-commerce applications.
In this excellent webinar, we’ll give you an inside look at how DOM drives value and performance, review the highlights of DOM functionalities, and provide the keys to DOM implementation and usage success. All this from two experts who literally wrote the book on DOM, The Little Book of Distributed Order Management.
June 3 (Day 1 of the event)
Panel: An Unlikely, but Perfect Match: Why Making Petrochemical Supply Chains Sustainable is Essential to the Future of our Economy
Moderator: MARK S. BAXA, PRESIDENT & CEO FERNIACREEK GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN CONSULTINGCSCMP INTERIM PRESIDENT & CEO
Speakers: Chris Jahn - CEO, American Chemistry Council & Brian Anderson - Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
- Listen to opportunities and challenges of circular economy and sustainability for the petrochemical supply chain
- Hear from industry experts on how sustainability and profit can work together
- Understand why creating a green supply chain in petrochemicals is essential for the U.S. economic recovery and a necessary step to achieving UN sustainability goals
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 / 11:00 AM CDT
Disruptions in global supply chains have significantly increased over the last decade, fueled by a myriad of triggers ranging from trade wars, demand surges, natural disasters, and most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. As the threat of disruptions increase, companies are pushing to create a more resilient supply chain to ensure business continuity for them and their customers in the most cost-effective manner. Organizations with a resilient supply chain can return to normal, ramp up faster, and anticipate potential bottlenecks; making them better equipped to stay profitable, retain market share, and outpace the competition.
Join this webinar to learn the building blocks to an agile supply chain and impact it can have on your organization.
According to the April Logistics Manager's Index®, the LMI index is 74.5, up from March’s reading of 72.2. This is the highest score for the overall index in the last two years, and the second highest overall score in the history of the index. This is approximately a 50% increase from a year ago, when the April reading came in at 51.3. The rapid rates of growth are driven by high rates of price expansion and record-high inventory costs.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 / 2:00 PM EDT
Join us at this upcoming webinar where ADLINK and Amazon Web Services (AWS) discuss how artificial intelligence (AI), Edge computing, and hybrid (cloud) computing are transforming physical work and answering business challenges in 3PL warehouses today.
We’ll discuss the basics – what is it, how does it work, why does it matter now. We will also share real world use cases, lessons learned and tips on how to get started.
Project:Future / Retail & Fashion Right-sizing Fulfillment
Wednesday, May 19, 1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT
COVID-19 has resulted in a major recalibration of the supply chain. As retailers transition from tactical to strategic supply chains, they need to focus on a broader set of outcomes. Discover how retail leaders are using innovative fulfillment models to support operationally defined corporate strategies for the 4 E's:
- Efficiency projects that generate cost savings
- Experience projects that improve the consumer experience
- Expansion projects that bring in new business
- Endeavor projects that reflect their corporate philosophy
We are delighted to add Darcy MacClaren to the EDGE 2021 star-studded lineup of speakers.
Darcy will be joining the discussion at this year’s Women Leaders Forum, Sunday, September 19, at EDGE 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her passion around mentorship and the sponsorship of women in the workplace goes beyond offering advice advocating for others. It’s about paying it forward leading to a lifetime of impact: “Mentoring along the way is so important. From late-stage to early-stage, that’s what is needed to support women through their careers.”
CSCMP is honored and excited to have Darcy as one of our speakers!
Join the industry’s thought leaders at supply chain’s premier event™, held in-person September 19-22, 2021, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
EDGE will be one of the first face-to-face opportunities where supply chain professionals can network, exchange ideas, and share best practices following this disruptive time for our industry. We are eager to reunite, in person, with our members and community at large!
Rocky Mountain Roundtable:
Reshoring: Is It the Right Move for Your Company?
May 20, 2021 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PT | Denver, CORegister Now Cleveland Roundtable:
CSCMP-CLE Hosts Midwest Virtual Coffee & Conversation
May 25, 2021 | 7:00 am – 8:00 am ET | Cleveland, OHRegister Now Chicago & South Carolina Roundtables:
Member-to-Member Virtual Networking
May 26, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm CT | Chicago, ILRegister Now Kansas City Heartland Roundtable:
DEI Panel: Strategies for Building Diverse Teams in Supply Chain
May 27, 2021 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET | Topeka, KSRegister Now Portland Roundtable:
Navigating Domestic Freight Challenges
May 27, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm PT | Portland, ORRegister Now Southern California Roundtable:
6th Annual Tech Event and Supply Chain Summit
June 2 – 3, 2021 | 10:30 am – 3:00 pm PT | Los Angeles, CARegister Now Italy Roundtable:
CSCMP European Conference & ERS
June 10-11, 2021 | 8:00 am – 7:00 pm CEST | Milan, ItalyRegister Now