One of the biggest threats facing many companies today is the aggressive encroachment of “digital giants” like Amazon and Alibaba into the small-customer segment of their traditional markets. By focusing on serving smaller customers, the digital giants are rapidly seizing market share across an expansive range of product categories.
Amazon is the “poster child” for digital giant success. It has a laser-tight strategic focus: providing information-rich, arm’s-length services to small customers. The company has literally turned this strategy into a science with relentless, constant improvement. The core of Amazon’s strategy is twofold: use customer information plus algorithmic recommendations to micro-segment and capture this small-customer market; and serve that market with a supply chain that deploys scores of highly automated distribution centers linked to sets of dense, rapid-delivery routes.
In response to this disruptive trend, savvy incumbent companies are shifting their focus to defensible market segments – higher-service customers – where they have an advantage over the digital giants. They maintain that advantage by using supply chain integration and other innovative strategies to cement their premier customer relationships and turbocharge their profitability. This strategy requires supply chain managers to become adept at identifying the unique needs of their increasingly diverse customer segments and to tailor well-designed supply chain links to each of them.
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) have partnered on the annual State of Supply Chain Sustainability report which explores how supply chain sustainability is prioritized and practiced around the world.
The objective is to survey professionals globally across industries, regions, and positions to get a fuller picture of the state of modern supply chain sustainability. The anonymous survey should take 10 minutes or less to complete and is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.
Supply chain excellence is more important than ever. It’s why we are all here – to learn how the latest technology and innovations can be applied to improve supply chain transparency, resiliency, agility, visibility, security, and efficiency. Join us in this fireside chat with IBM Supply Chain leaders as they share their experiences, lessons learned, advice and predictions they have gained as they implement a smarter supply chain internally and deliver AI-based supply chain solutions to customers.
Nominate an industry leader for CSCMP‘s 2022 Supply Chain Hall of Fame
. Nominations will be accepted through January 14, 2022
CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame is designed to recognize and archive the significant achievements of those who have created, innovated, and mastered the discipline of supply chain management. The Hall of Fame signifies the life-long accomplishments of those members of our industry who have truly improved the world we live in.
To be eligible, each Hall of Fame inductee must have at least 20 years in the supply chain and logistics field and fall under one of the following categories: Industry Transformers, Knowledge Creators & Communicators or Industry Leaders/Practitioners.
Find out more details on the nomination criteria and submit a nomination
"I joined CSCMP in 2018 on the advice of a trusted friend in the logistics industry. I was looking for a vibrant organization that encouraged networking and educational opportunities in the Southern California region. My advice to new members is to participate in as many events as possible. I have developed lasting relationships and business opportunities through meeting other CSCMP members. The events and lectures are top notch."
Watch Jim Stewart's recent CSCMP Member Mondays
"I joined CSCMP in February 2019. The main reason that I joined was I had just started a new job at CDW and my manager, Chris Pride, had told me all these awesome things about the group. Since I was new to the area and the supply chain scene, I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet people and learn more industry knowledge. The advice I would give is don’t hesitate to sign up for an event even if you may not be super familiar with the topic. There is always room to learn and even if you end up not being interested in the topic you will without a doubt meet someone new."
It’s no secret that for the first time ever the supply chain industry is now in the spotlight. This has brought a heightened need for qualified supply chain professionals. The path to become a supply chain professional is often unique. Whether you are just at the beginning of your career or have been through all the twists and turns and are nearing the end of your path, CSCMP would love to hear about your journey.
Share your story about how you found supply chain and the lessons learned along the way with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Your story could be in the next CSCMP Supply Chain Monthly Newsletter
Welcome to NEW CSCMP Enterprise Members: Schneider and Orange County Community Colleges and NEW CSCMP Corporate Members: TRAX Technologies, Designed Conveyor Systems, Locus Robotics, Gravity, Diakonia Group, and NTT Data Services!
Utilize your end-of-year budget to invest in your team with a custom CSCMP Corporate Membership Package. 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.
What do CSCMP Ambassadors do? Ambassador Volunteers are made up of CSCMP members, who are dedicated to creating value for CSCMP’s supply chain community. These volunteers represent different industries in the supply chain and represent different locations from around the globe, ensuring that every member’s voice is heard in the matters of CSCMP and the supply chain profession.
As a CSCMP Ambassador, you welcome and assist individual members while expanding your network and developing skills. Ambassadors stand out as credible business professionals,
experts in the industry, and knowledgeable leaders. CSCMP Ambassadors are often highlighted in member communications, on cscmp.org
, and recognized through merit-based rewards and membership engagement scoring. CSCMP Ambassadors help to elevate the mission and vision of CSCMP by:
- Providing a peer-to-peer welcoming environment for members (especially those not linked to a local roundtable due to their geographical location), helping them to grow, and showing the potential impact an individual can have on the profession
- Growing our member community by referring new members to CSCMP
- Encouraging engagement through interacting/driving conversation on CSCMP social platforms
- Serving as a two-way communications channel (providing ideas for CSCMP and serving as a feedback loop before CSCMP implements new programs)
To be considered for 2022, you must be an active CSCMP member
in good standing at the time of applying and have shown a demonstrated commitment to CSCMP (Roundtable participant, EDGE Conference attendee, Mentorship program participant, SCPro™ Certified, etc.). Join CSCMP to participate
and complete the application form
by Friday, December 10, 12 p.m. CST. If you have any questions, please contact Ambassador Program coordinator, Timothy Pajak, Membership Engagement Manager at CSCMP via email at email@example.com
The transportation and logistics industry is bouncing back, and with it, new challenges are being met! The strong demand is not going anywhere, the shipping capacity is steadily feeling tight, there are constant rising rates, and we need to keep bringing high-quality service to retain customers and engage new ones.
Join GLT Logistics with their virtual event: “Mastering the 3C’s of Logistics,” November 17 at 10:00 am EST, to take a look back and forward, develop fresh strategies to grow your business, and have a path on the approach you need to take to excel and get the best results out of this unique situation.
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.
We're excited to have received such a positive response to CSCMP’s Winter 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!
period closes on November 25, 2021, at 11:59 pm CST.
As global supply chains become more complex, ensuring contractual commitments to sustainable and ethical practices are met at each link in the supply chain becomes more challenging. Manufacturers want to ensure their suppliers comply to standards and contractual commitments around privacy, sustainability, ethics and labor laws. Suppliers similarly want to prove that they comply, but do not want to expose the details of their subcontracts within the supply chain.
Join this engaging, live webcast with panelists from SAP and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to share insights, recommendations and perspectives on digital transformation’s ability to impact a healthy and diverse supply chain.
Today, the majority of U.S. Fortune 500 shipments are sent through preloaded drop trailers. If they could, many shippers would move 100% of their loads as drop to benefit from its efficiency, foregoing live loads altogether. Unfortunately, shippers haven’t been able to move all their loads this way because traditional drop-and-hook is inflexible, making it all but impossible to react to rapid changes in demand.
Convoy solved this problem with the launch of the industry’s first automated drop-and-hook service for backup, spot, and primary freight, offering shippers quality, nationwide drop capacity across their routing guides.
Join Convoy’s Ari Bixhorn and Mikey Abboud for this 30-minute webinar to learn about:
- Traditional drop’s big problem and how you can overcome it
- The concept of a flexible drop service and how it empowers shippers to flex to cover any surges
- How shippers can save an average of 9% of their transportation budget
- How Convoy uses innovative technology to make this all happen
The world of logistics is changing faster than ever, and global supply chains are in critical condition. Manifest, January 25 - 27, 2022, Las Vegas, is the premier global gathering for industry leaders, innovators and investors that strive to find solutions to the problem and identify cutting edge logistics & supply chain technologies.
Watch CSCMP’s Town Hall Series featuring Turvo, project44, Truckstop.com, and DAT.
CSCMP’s Town Hall Series allows senior-level executives (from sponsoring companies) to present TED-style talks addressing the most innovative strategies and cutting-edge solutions explored by today’s top companies. Right now, access talks from Turvo, project44, Truckstop.com, and DAT.
According to the October Logistics Manager’s Index Report®, the overall index is 72.6, up slightly from September’s reading of 72.2. The first month of the first quarter continues the torrid pace of growth in the logistics industry seen throughout 2021. This increase is largely driven by decreases in available capacity – particularly downstream Transportation Capacity, along with increased Inventory Levels – particularly upstream. Taken together, we see that a glut of inventory is stuck upstream, as downstream retailers scramble to move goods to consumers.
Annual Call for Track Chairs is December 6, 2021 – January 14, 2022
Can you develop relevant sessions and procure dynamic speakers for EDGE 2022? We are looking for CSCMP members who can dedicate their time and expertise in building unbiased sessions for EDGE 2022. The benefits to being a Track Chair are boundless: connect with peers in every session, build your brand and gain unique access behind the scenes of EDGE. As a thank you, we offer a complimentary registration. Visit www.cscmpedge.org
starting December 6. Annual Call for Sessions is February 24, 2022 – March 24, 2022
The EDGE Conference is an end-to-end supply chain experience where attendees seek answers and ideas to solve their common challenges or build their knowledge in all areas of supply chain. 2022 will undoubtedly be another unique year of evolving disruption, and our goal is to provide sessions that leverage supply chain as a competitive advantage. Visit www.cscmpedge.org
in early December to find out the 2022 Track lineup.
Register for EDGE 2022 today and take $600 off now through November 30, 2021
. Use promo code: NOVEMBER.
CSCMP designed the Supply Chain Exchange Exhibition to provide a platform for companies and organizations to meet and partner with the right solutions provider. Become an official EDGE 2022 Supply Chain Exchange Exhibitor today to position your brand as a global innovator and leader in the end-to-end supply chain.
Showcasing your products at the Supply Chain Exchange will expose you to the decision-makers from the organizations you target like Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes, Walt Disney, Nike, and many more, who attend EDGE, in Nashville, Tennessee, September 18-21!
As a Supply Chain Exchange participant, you will:
- Display your innovative products to 3,000+ leaders spanning the end-to-end supply chain.
- Establish your products and services as the solution for organizations’ pain points.
- Reconnect with longtime customers and continue strengthening these relationships.
- Forge new contacts and develop potential new business.
Don’t miss out on showing off your products and services to the right folks. Sign up today
before we sell out of premium exhibit space!
CSCMP CEE (Central Europe) Conference
November 18, 2021 | 9 am CET | Warsaw, PolandRegister Now
Chicago & Columbus Roundtables Host Monthly Virtual Networking
November 18, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm CST | Chicago, IL Register Now Switzerland Roundtable: Risk Mitigation From An E2E Supply Chain Perspective
November 18, 2021 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm CEST | Zug, Switzerland Register Now