Given the circumstances of the world and those of us who inhabit it are in these days, I wish to lead this column with a shout-out to the staff of CSCMP, sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, and to our many members who showed courage, demonstrated patience, had the passion to succeed, and persevered against so many odds to build and hold an in-person CSCMP EDGE Conference in Atlanta. The conference was more than a success. It was a victory and a testament to CSCMP and the supply chain profession’s practitioners and academics alike. You showed the market that the world is coming back – and every supply chain professional needed that!
At this point in the year, you’d normally be hearing something like, “well, 2021 has been yet another year of growth and change for Supply Chain.” Instead, words like “unprecedented”, “historic”, and “uncertain” have been used to describe a year like no other.
In fact, there has been very little for any of us to draw upon in terms of precedence. The challenges and constraints within our supply chains due to the pandemic became apparent and newsworthy – all the way down to the consumer. Some organizations are still struggling to know where everything is at, and trust in the supply chain has been tested.
COVID-19 may have felt like a Category 5 hurricane that left you battered and bruised – and you’re not alone – but I’d like to think that Supply Chain took a direct hit and is still standing. There’s no doubt that the pandemic increased costs and disrupted efficiencies, but it also highlighted the value of end-to-end visibility, data and analytics.
It’s these learnings that need to be analyzed and shared, so that we all come out of this stronger and more resilient.
First, there’s no doubt that resiliency and redundancy within our supply chains is critical. But resilience is most effective when paired with visibility. Supply lines require the ability to see, feel and touch, and we not only need visibility into our supplier’s, but our supplier’s suppliers.
Next, companies need information and knowledge to be agile and make quick decisions. CSCMP’s 32nd Annual State of Logistics Report describes the homebound consumer, who in 2020 embraced e-commerce and exacerbated shippers’ normal ability to meet consumer expectations and manage costs and quality. E-commerce growth then spurred demand for warehousing, but not for traditional SKUs because in response to the pandemic, our unpredictable consumer not only changed how they shopped, but what they purchased.
The supply chain must be flexible enough to absorb any shocks that comes along, including natural disasters, humanitarian crises, tight labor markets and unpredictable demand. The State of Logistics Report also describes supply chains as “continuing to reset from the pandemic with resilient logisticians adapting, planning and shifting to meet current and future demands.” The U.S. economy is now expected to grow 7.7% this year, hopefully signaling a return to normal.
Or … maybe a new, and dare I say, improved normal?
How has the past year changed you and your organization? Well, before you ponder that question, I want to first congratulate you on being the smartest supply chain professionals in the world. To quote an ancient Chinese proverb, "To know the road ahead, ask those coming back." The blend of supply chain leadership, experience, and knowledge available within the CSCMP supply chain community can be found nowhere else on the planet.
As your professional organization, it’s our responsibility to provide access to cutting-edge research, and unparalleled networking and educational opportunities.
You know that your CSCMP membership and events like CSCMP’s Annual EDGE Supply Chain Conference and local roundtable meetings are the right tools to help you solve today’s challenges and prepare you for the next … and there WILL be a next!
If CSCMP doesn’t help prepare you for what’s coming…who or what will?
Did you know that many enterprise shippers only have visibility into 30%-70% of shipments? As a result of not having the real-time visibility needed, supply chains are not living up to modern customer expectations and are being forced to overcompensate with excess inventory, manual workarounds and disappointed customers. Global end-to-end Order Health is what’s required to proactively manage exceptions, streamline supply chain operations, and deliver on the customer promise. Watch Adam Compain, Senior Vice President, Global Product Marketing at project44 for this presentation.
Adam Compain is SVP of Global Product Marketing at project44, which acquired ClearMetal, where he was Founder & CEO for six years. Prior, Adam spent five years at Google launching their latest technologies, and spent 21 years as Executive Director of a charity he founded to export charitable goods. Adam holds five technology patents, a B.S. from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Logistics 2030 Year Three: Navigating a Disruptive Decade Sponsored by KPMG
CSCMP, Auburn University, NASSTRAC, and AGiLE Business Media (publisher of DC Velocity & CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly) have undertaken a multi-year study Logistics 2030: Navigating a Disruptive Decade, sponsored by KPMG.
In 2018, when the Logistics 2030 project began, little did we know that the following three years would be some of the most transformative for supply chains. Market volatility caused by the pandemic, the subsequent economic downturn, and severe weather events have converged to cause enormous stress on all areas of the supply chain.
Year 3: Strategic Sourcing and Inbound Logistics Key Findings from the 2021 Report
The 2021 study is the third edition of this series and Strategic Sourcing and Inbound Logistics explores the findings and managerial implications of operating in a dynamic sourcing environment. The annual study presents a long-term view of the supply side of global supply chains and takes an in-depth look at strategic challenges in sourcing and inbound logistics. Where is sourcing and inbound logistics headed over the next decade and how will it impact your supply chain? Register today to join us on November 4
for the webinar as experts from the Logistics 2030 research team share their insights and the highlights from the Year Three Study.
CSCMP announced the following awards at the 2021 Academic Research Symposium and the EDGE 2021 Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition. Click below to learn more about our prestigious supply chain acknowledgements:
Doctoral Dissertation Award: Presented to Rebekah Brau, Brigham Young University for the paper “Integrating Systems, Processes, and Human Judgment: Three Essays on Value Creation with Supply Chain Analytics.”
E. Grosvenor Plowman Award: Presented to Marat Davletshin and Susan Golicic, Colorado State University for "The Ties that Pay: The Impact of Buyer-Supplier Network Closure and Gender Diversity of Boards of Directors on Sustained Revenue Growth."
Teaching Innovation Award: Presented to Shane J. Schvaneveldt, Francois Giraud-Carrier, and Evan Barlow, Webster State University for “Exploring Supply Chain Disruptions: An Active Learning Exercise for Connecting High School Students to SCM.”
Bernard J. LaLonde Best Paper Award: Presented to Travis Tokar, Ph.D., Texas Christian University, Brent D. Williams, Ph.D., and Brian S. Fugate, Ph.D., University of Arkansas for their paper "I Heart Logistics—Just Don’t Ask Me to Pay For It: Online Shopper Behavior in Response to a Delivery Carrier Upgrade and Subsequent Shipping Charge Increase."
Hall of Fame Inductees: CSCMP recognized John Menzies, Founder of American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) and Dale Rogers, the 2021 CSCMP Distinguished Service Award Recipient, as CSCMP's 2021 Supply Chain Hall of Fame inductees, honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the supply chain discipline and served as role models to supply chain students, young professionals, budding entrepreneurs, and career supply chain professionals. The Supply Chain Hall of Fame was initiated in 2016, and the first inductees included all past Distinguished Service Award winners, J.B. Hunt, founder of J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.; Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company and Malcom McLean, developer of the modern intermodal shipping container. Inductees were chosen for their thought leadership, creation or advancement of innovative technologies, and overall contributions to supply chain management.
Supply Chain Sustainability Award: CSCMP presented the 2021 Supply Chain Sustainability Award, sponsored by KPMG, to Intel for its Warranty Returns Circular Economy Program at the EDGE 2021 Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia.
Intel created a Sustainable and Circular Economy for its Warranty Returns Supply Chain that emphasizes how circular capabilities not only reduce consumption of resources, but also optimize spending, and build customer loyalty. The program highlights the essential role that reverse logistics, secondary market resale, and recycling play in enabling the Circular Economy through asset recovery, extending product life, and creating new inventory and revenue streams.
"I was involved with CLM (Council of Logistics Management) in college at John Carroll University, and SOLE (Society of Logistics Executives) in the Army, and then joined what is currently CSCMP, specifically with the Columbus Roundtable in the early 2000's. I joined CSCMP to network and to learn. CSCMP has directly helped me advance my career, and through my involvement in CSCMP I have since helped many others advance their careers. My advice to new CSCMP members is to get engaged. The more you invest in CSCMP, the more you will gain from your immersion. My advice to members that are not getting what they want out of it, is to get more involved. You will get out of it, what you want, what you seek, and the return will be directly proportionate to what you put into it. The great benefit for me is the network of fellow supply chain professionals that I have gained and built and that continues to grow through my involvement in CSCMP. The benefit is not simply my direct network, but the extended network."
"I jumped in with both feet on October 5, 2020, to share experiences within our profession, enhance my skill set, align myself with other supply chain professionals, and be a contributing member within the organization. That said, I love to learn and meet new people! My advice to new members is take advantage of the opportunities offered, complete your profile, and most importantly apply the nuggets as you receive them. After my orientation, I made a point to fully explore the website to identify where to focus my effort. The most valuable membership benefit is tough to identify since everything is great."
- 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.
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Are you a motivated supply chain practitioner – age 32 or under – ready to expand your career horizons and join a key committee within the industry's leading professional organization? CSCMP's Young Professionals Committee (YPC)
is looking for supply chain professionals to join the team as members at large to help drive action and produce results.
To be considered, you must be an active CSCMP member
in good standing at the time of application, and have shown a demonstrated commitment to CSCMP (Roundtable participant, EDGE Conference attendee, etc.).
To apply, complete the application form by October 25, 2021
, 10 am CT and a committee member will contact you to discuss your application.
Written by Cyndy Kiolbasa, Executive Vice President, CCT Shipping Frames, LLC
NO ONE TO BLAME? Perhaps not – but now is when we pull our facts together and aggressively initiate solutions. What was once considered a national problem has quickly escalated into a global hit to our supply chain (namely transportation).
The pandemic has extended its tentacles into every aspect of our work economy. The politics of every decision is leading us to an industrial recession. These actions are causing too much uncertainty. Any hesitancy impacts growth in every aspect of production with that final reluctance landing on logistics.
SHORTAGES (Where do we start?)
LABOR SHORTAGE. Even though the pool of unemployed will not see extended unemployment benefits, there is no sense of urgency to return to the work force. Those that are seeking jobs are being particular in what they choose. Just throwing money at this issue will not – in the long run – result in a stable labor force. Those that jump on a high wage rate will easily jump at the next high paying job in short order.
CSCMP’s Young Professionals Committee is leading an initiative to help students improve their virtual interviewing techniques. We will match students with young professionals to practice their interview skills and receive constructive feedback after the mock interview. Just in time to land an internship this fall!
This is what the timeline looks like:
- October 12 – 26: Registration Period
- October 27 – 29: Matching + Scheduling
- November 2: Virtual Interview 101 – Orientation
- November 3 – 12: Mock Interviews
Whether you are a student keen on being interviewed or a professional willing to help interview students, fill out the form to participate.
On October 21, 2021, join CSCMP's Young Professionals Committee (YPC) members Victoria Brown (Koerber Supply Chain), Chelsea Howard (FreightPlus), Christian Plesca (Ernst & Young), and Matt Weickert (Convey) as they discuss the details and responsibilities of their roles within the YPC as well as their supply chain career paths.
Hearing their experiences will likely illuminate the myriad opportunities found in supply chain management and logistics. Come and get career advice from young professionals who were once in your shoes!
CSCMP's Winter 2022 Mentorship Program will kick off in January 2022, but the enrollment process starts on October 25, 2021. Developed by CSCMP's Young Professionals Committee, the program is designed to foster knowledge and connection through learning partnerships. CSCMP's Mentorship
Program will unfold in three phases:
- Enrollment Period: The enrollment period will run from October 25 to November 25, 2021.
- Profile Creation & Pairing: The second phase of the Mentorship Program will run from December 1to December 27, 2021. Participants will create online profiles and get matched with a partner during this time.
- Mentoring Begins: The third phase will be the beginning of the mentoring relationship, and this will begin January 3, 2022.
*To qualify for the mentorship program, you must be an active CSCMP member
Learn about member-to-member relationship building, professional development, local Roundtables, the annual EDGE Conference, the Career Center, how to access the Member-Only directory, volunteer opportunities, and more.
It’s your turn to stand out! Register now for CSCMP’s SCPro™ Level One Certification Virtual Instruction in conjunction with Governors State University and Illinois Innovation Network beginning October 27.
On behalf of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, we wish to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended our EDGE 2021 Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition.
Despite the challenges we all faced this past year, we had over 2,000 registrants who reunited in-person with their supply chain community. We also featured a virtual component so members who were unable to join us in Atlanta wouldn't miss out on Supply Chain's Premier EventTM.
We achieved these because of CSCMP’s reputation for offering compelling content and being a thought leader in the supply chain community, but much of our success is due to your attendance and participation. We truly hope you enjoyed the receptions, gained new insights from the sessions, engaged with new and old friends, and felt a heightened sense of community and pride for the honorable profession of working in this vast industry.
Thanks to all who made EDGE 2021 a great conference experience! Especially our dedicated volunteers including the EDGE Conference Committee, the Future Leaders Program team and participants, Track Chairs and Registration volunteers who contributed their time, effort and energy to make EDGE 2021 a reality.
We look forward to seeing you in Nashville, Tennessee ─ Music City ─ for EDGE 2022!
All EDGE in-person registrations include access to the virtual event. If you haven't done so already, follow this link
to view the on-demand content. You will login in using the same email address you used when registering, as well as your confirmation number. You can find your confirmation number by clicking on the link in the confirmation email you received when you registered.
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