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The new year stretches out in front of us representing new opportunities. But for many supply chain professionals, it also dashes the hope of a better 2022. Those that used to say, “I can’t wait until things turn back to normal" are now saying, “I am in the midst of a new normal.” 
 
That’s as uncomfortable of a scenario as it is an opportunity. We, as supply chain professionals, are at our best when disciplined, fine-tuned business processes operate within the body of knowledge and systems we understand. Sudden change and catastrophic impact to supply chains creates ... well you know, 2020 and 2021. Is the road ahead significantly different in 2022?
 
Look, no doubt we have all learned a great deal, but the look-back is not where supply chain lives. That’s where history lives. We learn from it, and we use it to shape the future. And you're the future shaper!
 
Just because the calendar indicates it’s a new year, 2022 begins with the same challenges that concluded 2021. The global demand cycle continues, coupled with the ongoing human-health impacts on labor. But taking what we have learned and turning that into an opportunity to reinvent and innovate — that’s what supply chain professionals do.
 
People leaders, who manage within the supply chain, play a vital role in recruiting, retaining and developing talent. Technology, automation, and realigned and strategic shift in supply chain strategy all take capable and competent talent to implement. Nothing happens without talent. In fact, it's no different than the saying “math is everywhere” — successful supply chains have “competent talent everywhere.” 
 
Smart people leaders and smart operational talent realizes that to succeed, continuous learning is paramount. Now, more than ever, is the time to invest.

I often quote one of the finest leadership gurus, John Maxwell, who shares this Chinese proverb: “To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.”
 
This is a year of developing talent. From sharpening the fundamentals of supply chain knowledge to collecting new, cutting-edge innovations that can be obtained and implemented through new business processes and partnerships.
 
And that’s why CSCMP is here. As members of CSCMP, you are afforded the very best in ongoing learning, certification, peer-to-peer and leader-to-leader connections to learn and solve for the challenges of today and tomorrow. 
 
If you're not a member, now is the time to join CSCMP.
 
As your professional association, CSCMP is committed to both developing and arming supply chain professionals to be successful in their pursuit of excellence throughout their careers, as well as advancing our discipline and accomplishing CSCMP’s mission of a truly integrated, end-to-end supply chain. 
 
CSCMP will continue to deliver outstanding thought leadership and research in 2022, and we are already working with strategic partners to release several cutting-edge research reports, including:
CSCMP members represent every stage of professional development, from student to retiree, and each one of them has his or her own unique needs. CSCMP strives to serve them all.

Students beginning their career journey should explore networking, CSCMP’s Mentorship Program and Career Center. New managers looking to develop leadership skills are invited to volunteer with your local roundtable, and young professionals seeking credentials to secure a promotion should consider CSCMP’s SCProTM Certification. And if you're a senior leader looking to pay it forward, think about speaking at one of our conferences and events, writing an article for one of our publications or mentoring one of our Young Professional members.

Don't miss out on all these opportunities to engage, learn, mentor and be at the cutting edge of supply chain thought leadership! Learn more about the opportunities mentioned above at cscmp.org. And, I encourage you to take advantage of our two years of Premier membership offer below.
  
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and Supply Chain Quarterly (SCQ) have released the 3rd annual salary survey for supply chain management professionals. This collaborative survey focuses on collecting data to analyze the current state of salaries and overall compensation for professionals working in supply chain. Survey questions will review data that spans salary by years of experience, position, education level, certification, title and job function, geographical location, and overall job satisfaction data.

The survey will take approximately five minutes to complete, and your anonymous feedback will help us better understand the salary trends for supply chain professionals.

The results will be published in the Q2 2022 issue of CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly and on www.supplychainquarterly.com.
  
Take the new survey by CSCMP and ToolsGroup! Digital Supply Chain Planning Outlook 2022 will reveal:
  • Supply chain leaders’ business outlook for this year.
  • The top supply chain planning priorities.
  • Biggest areas of investment for growth.
  • Benchmarks for digital supply chain planning progress.
Be sure to request a copy of the report at the end of the survey.
   
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CSCMP Awards and Recognition
Remember to submit a nomination or submission for the DSA, ELA and SCIA by March 16, 2022. More details on each award below.
 
Distinguished Service Award (DSA)
The DSA honors an outstanding individual who exemplifies significant, consistent, and career-long contributions to the development of the logistics and supply chain management disciplines. Recent recipients include 2021’s Dale Rogers, ON Semiconductor Professor of Business at Arizona State University, and 2020’s Matthew A. Waller, Ph.D., Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business.
 
CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award is an honor that will highlight your nominee's career! Submit a nomination today!
 
Emerging Leader Award (ELA)
CSCMP's Young Professionals Emerging Leader Award recognizes up-and-coming leaders for their early yet meaningful contributions to the supply chain management and logistics industry. CSCMP invites you to nominate a young professional member in the supply chain community who is 32 years old or younger and committed to her or his career with the potential for a bright future — but who also deserves recognition now. Submit your nomination today!
 
Supply Chain Innovation Award (SCIA)
The Supply Chain Innovation Award recognizes teams who have demonstrated excellence, innovation and return on investment for a significant supply chain challenge. For over 15 years, supply chain teams worldwide have submitted their cases to the SCIA for the opportunity to receive recognition from their industry peers on a global stage. Submit your case study!
We're excited to announce that CSCMP and Leaf Logistics have partnered to hold a video contest for young professionals and students.
 
Starting Feb. 28, 2022, student and Young Professionals 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 2022, hotel lodging and a $500 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!
  
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.
How to scale up for peak fulfillment
6 River Systems, Inc®
It’s never too early to start thinking about peak preparation, especially if your business experiences several seasonal spikes throughout the year.

To get ready for peak season, it’s now time to evaluate processes, from hiring seasonal labor to managing accurate inventory.

Read on to learn how you can:
  • Implement flexible labor strategies to meet demand
  • Stay ahead with “just in case” inventory
  • Achieve customer satisfaction
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CSCMP Featured Members
  
"I joined CSCMP in 2019, looking to expand my network but mainly to be up to date on supply chain topics/news. The courses, webinars and roundtables helped me the most, and even the SCPRO certification helped me inside my company to be recognized as an expert. At a roundtable at a local university, I was able to develop a relationship with the staff, and now our team could leverage that to find new candidates (and) join forces for projects — but especially for new ideas."
  
Kansas City Heartland Roundtable
"We're in our second year of CSCMP membership, with the hope of meeting supply chain practitioners in the global food supply chain and commodity ag. The reports have been invaluable. I'm looking forward to more in-person events as we move past COVID restrictions. With COVID restrictions, I have been in New Zealand, but what is really valuable to me about CSCMP is the network of expertise that is available and the training and insights that it offers."
  
Isometric Technologies (ISO) is a collaborative SaaS and analytics solution that streamlines the data reconciliation process between large manufacturers, transportation providers and other third-party stakeholders in the supply chain, acting as a single source of truth to measure how service affects the true landed cost of doing business. By associating costs from chargebacks and service-level failures to the responsible parties, ISO surfaces actionable insights that help optimize complex business relationships. Learn more at iso.io.
CAREER CENTER
  
It's Leah here to remind you to stay the course. Are your New Year's goals already escaping you? Keep your focus with these words of encouragement, and click below to find a new supply chain career opportunity. Don't forget, we're here to help. Reach out or visit CSCMP's Career Center for more resources.
  1. Focus on your needs: It's important to be mindful and list out your wants and needs. Is it work-life balance, continuing education, excellent company culture or advancement opportunities? Prioritize these needs and speak up about them. I used to think of this as selfish, but then one of my mentors reminded me, “If you don’t ask, you may not ever receive.” And it will be evident if you are asking with sincerity and not selfishness.
  2. Focus on your network: No matter where you are on your career path, be there for your network and they will be there for you. As the Senior Account Manager at CSCMP, there is no better part of my job than connecting my members to others in the CSCMP community. Some are seeking new job opportunities, some are looking to give back and some just need advice from experts. As a result, my members have always been there for me.
  3. Focus on your next steps: Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down in day-to-day tasks, but I encourage you to remember to push yourself beyond your current limits and step outside your comfort zone. Again, maybe that’s a career change, pursuing a certification or simply presenting new ideas to leadership. One of my favorite quotes is, “Wherever you are, be all there” by Jim Elliot. This quote reminds me that life will be more rewarding if you approach tasks and events with mindfulness and purpose.
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 becoming 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 careers@cscmp.org. Your story could be in the next CSCMP Supply Chain Monthly Newsletter.
Connect
  
With all of the changes we've been through within our supply chain and professional lives, now is a great time to connect with your supply chain peers and take advantage of CSCMP benefits and new-member pricing (last year we reduced our Premier membership from $325 to $299 per year).
 
Join CSCMP and select the two-year membership option to save $139* versus paying $299 annually. Take advantage by Feb. 28, 2022. Use coupon code PREMIER40 at checkout.

Invest $459 now and get two years of CSCMP membership, network and benefits!

Purchase the Premier Membership, and during the checkout process select the option to join for two years. Enter code PREMIER40 at checkout and capture the lowest price of the year. *Offer limited to two years of CSCMP Premier membership.
Elevate and Connect Your Team with a Custom CSCMP Corporate Membership
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.
  
At a time of profound disruption, organizations are digitizing their supply chain operations, yet many of them have failed to address the human element—specifically, how employees can absorb and use all the valuable new information to make decisions. This new report from KPMG, entitled “Value of speed: Deliver on the digital supply chain promise with rapid decision making” helps companies accelerate decision-making by analyzing the challenges that need to be overcome and the benefits of establishing collaborative processes that cut across silos.
 
This report focuses on the sales and operations planning (S&OP) process. It explains how to begin simplifying and accelerating decision-making and outlines the tangible value of faster decisions, as demonstrated in a supply chain simulation model. Companies aiming to digitize the supply chain must start with a sound cross-functional decision-making framework, where technological innovation, organizational alignment and human intelligence intersect, the report says.
 
The analysis discusses a range of pressing issues when enhancing the role of S&OP. Readers will learn how to refine decision-making and create a cross-functional matrix to enable agreement on the organization’s demand and supply plans.
  
Many companies plan to resuscitate the technology projects and investments they put on hold during the pandemic. Most of the trends we expect in 2022 will revolve around two pillars: people and data. Here are our top 2022 technology trends that will create new opportunities for businesses.
 
Check out Liberty Advisor Group's top 2022 technology trends that will create new opportunities for businesses.
  1. Expansion of the 5G Network – The increase of 5G handset availability, the rise of remote working on the background of consumer acceptance will fuel the expansion of the 5G network in 2022.
Real-Time Tracking Fills the Void of Lost Labor
Tive®
To combat the effects of the tightening labor market, agile logistics companies are focusing their efforts on adopting technologies (such as real-time shipment tracking) that drive efficiency and help their operations’ teams tap into shared industry resources. 
 
This playbook explains how the right information, accessed at the right time, can help businesses across the industry work smarter (rather than harder) while overcoming labor challenges.
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Training and Development
  
Join CSCMP's Member Engagement Manager, Timothy Pajak, to learn about member-to-member relationship building, professional development, local Roundtables, the annual EDGE Conference, the Career Center, how to access the members-only directory, volunteer opportunities and more.
  
We are entering a new industrial age. Smart technologies are transforming how we produce goods, connect to customers and conceptualize the business. It’s time for supply chain executives to embrace their role as business-change agents and to implement the advanced mindsets and capabilities for leading in the age of intelligent machines.
 
Changes are happening now in supply chains that have the potential to transform the entire business enterprise. The long-sought-after holy grail of more agile and resilient supply chains with strong connections to customers is finally within reach, thanks to technology’s ability to provide end-to-end performance visibility, big data analytics and real-time information to everyone.
  
According to the January Logistics Manager’s Index Report®, the overall index is at 71.9, up from December’s reading of 70. This marks 12 consecutive months of readings over 70.0, which the LMI team considers a significant rate of expansion. This is largely driven by the unseasonal spike in inventories, continued growth in price and the lack of available capacity. The lack of capacity is likely to continue to be a problem given the level of inventory currently moving through supply chains. January is generally a slower time for supply chains, with previous January LMI readings averaging 63.0, below the all-time index average of 64.8. 
Edge Conference
  
 
Our Sweet Suite deal begins with you saving $500 on your EDGE 2022 registration* and ends with you being automatically entered into a drawing for a complimentary Executive Suite at the Gaylord Opryland. That’s a Sweet Suite savings of more than $1,300 you don’t want to miss out on!
 
Details: Register before Feb. 28, 2022, for a chance to win. The Executive Suite will be available starting Sunday, Sept.18, 2022, through Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Check-out is Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. Incidental expenses are not included. The winner will be chosen on March 4 and notified via email. You must be fully registered to be entered into the drawing.
 
Why Attend?
With nearly twice the unbiased content and learning opportunities of other events, EDGE delivers over 100 sessions spanning the end-to-end supply chain, so you can curate your own agenda and take back practical strategies and concepts to reinvent or re-establish your organization in the marketplace. What will you learn? Ninety percent of attendees surveyed said they received practical, actionable ideas from EDGE.
 
Register today with promo code SUITE-22. *Terms and conditions apply.
The Gaylord Opryland is where we’re hosting EDGE 2022, so you won’t have to go far to enjoy sessions, networking events and the Supply Chain Exchange Exhibition.

CSCMP has secured a $229* single/double occupancy rate, plus applicable state, local and any occupancy taxes. The guest room rate includes the resort fee. *You must be a registered EDGE participant to receive the CSCMP room rate.
  
Do you feel that? The excitement this physical event is generating is palpable! Submit your application to become an official EDGE 2022 Supply Chain Exchange Exhibitor to position your brand as a global innovator and leader in the end-to-end supply chain.
 
New for 2022
Startup Alley – Designed for startup companies to come together in a collaborative environment, Startup Alley will provide opportunities to discuss and learn new and innovative solutions to the many industry disruptions and demands we face today.
  
 
Start your planning now! Do you have a topic that speaks to our broad attendee base of professionals spanning the end-to-end supply chain? We want to hear your challenges, interests and, ultimately, who you think will benefit from attending your session.

The committee is seeking original and innovative insights that will enable attendees to share with and learn from one another based on the theme: Supply Chain in the Spotlight: Positioned to Win.

You can learn more about the theme and each education track on the official landing page for the Call for Track Chairs. Upon submitting your session idea starting Feb. 24 through March 24, we will ask you to match your session to the most appropriate track. No third-party submissions are accepted, and you must be a member to submit.
Roundtables
Cleveland Roundtable: CSCMP – CLE Networking Event
Feb. 17, 2022 | 5-8 p.m. EST | Orange, OH
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Houston Roundtable: Houston Happy Hour – New Year of Opportunities in 2022
Feb. 17, 2022 | 5-8 p.m. CST | Houston, TX
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Southern California Roundtable: Networking/Happy Hour Golden Road Brewery – Anaheim
Feb. 17, 2022 | 5-9:00 p.m. PST | Anaheim, CA
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Cincinnati Roundtable: The Cincinnati Region: Ready for Takeoff in 2022 and Beyond
Feb. 17, 2022 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST | Cincinnati, OH
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New York City Roundtable: The Port of NY/NJ Virtual Tour
February 23, 2022 | Noon-1 p.m. EST | Virtual
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Dallas/Fort Worth Roundtable: Saddleback Leather DC Tour
Feb. 24, 2022 | 3-5 p.m. CST | Fort Worth, TX
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Chicago Roundtable: Chicago RT Presents: 2022 Monthly Virtual Networking
Feb. 24, 2022 | 5-7 p.m. CST | Virtual
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Chicago Roundtable: CSCMP Chicago presents: Sourced Craft Cocktails – Delivered!
March 10, 2022 | 6-9 p.m. CST | Chicago, IL
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