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The CSCMP Board of Directors and its Officers unanimously voted Mark Baxa as the full-time President & CEO at its June 2022 Board of Director meeting. Lee Beard, CSCMP Board Chair states that “Mark has filled the role during the past 16 months in an interim capacity and has led the organization through a challenging 2021, just as society as a whole came through a difficult economic and socially challenging period due to COVID-19. In his short tenure as interim President & CEO, Mark has set the stage for significant advancements in our organization's future through enhanced global presence, industry collaboration, content curation, CSCMP member and guest benefits. Mark brings many years of service in supply chain leadership roles and that of CSCMP with him, including serving at the Roundtable, Board of Directors, and in all elected Board Officer roles, including Chairman of the Board in 2019. He is a tremendous supply chain leader and all-encompassing knowledge expert, known around the world as a people builder and recognized supply chain executive and speaker. The Board is thrilled at Mark’s acceptance of our offer and we look forward to a bright future together.” Mark’s role as the CSCMP President & CEO is effective immediately.

Mark adds, “I am honored and humbled at the call to fill the role as CSCMP’s next President & CEO. During my tenure as interim, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working alongside the staff, volunteers and our strategic business partners. We worked to expand the benefits this great organization offers to the supply chain profession…practitioners, academics, collaborators, media, events & sponsorship teams and many more. We have a well-placed and large mission as an organization. I intend to continue leading in the direction that not only fulfills that mission but creates greater meaning and value for all that are a part of CSCMP. Now, more than ever, our CSCMP team is needed to support supply chain capability and competency building throughout the member lifecycle and create powerful and relevant learning opportunities so that the supply chain of today and tomorrow serves society very well.”

Most importantly, Mark is here to serve you…supply chain students and professionals as members, our future members, guests, and industry and academic partners. Mark is committed to ensuring that CSCMP creates and sustains genuine supply chain capability and competency-building content that supports supply chain professionals throughout their entire careers. This includes support for supply chain sustainability research and know-how so that together, we also do great things for society.

Please join us in congratulating Mark on his appointment as CSCMP President & CEO.
The 2022 State of Logistics Report was unveiled today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with the 33rd annual publication finding that U.S.-based supply chains are out of sync, while adjusting to short-term changes and perhaps uncovering long-term solutions. It is produced annually for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) by global consulting firm Kearney and presented by Penske Logistics.
The publication delivers a snapshot of the American economy through the lens of the logistics sector and its role in overall supply chains. The report is a rigorous compilation of leading logistics intelligence from around the world and shines a spotlight on industry trends and key insights on ever-evolving supply chains across a number of sectors.
A key statistic that the report generates is the United States business logistics costs, or USBLC. In 2021, USBLC was elevated by 22.4% to $1.85 trillion, representing 8% of 2021’s $23 trillion GDP.
Some major report findings revealed:
  • Business inventories dropped to near historic lows, but the costs associated with storing, handling and finance for these items rose considerably. Inventory-carrying costs rose by 25.9% in 2021, and transportation costs jumped 21.7%. This led to uneven supply chains and inconsistent product availability for consumers (both in-person and online).
  • Efforts to increase multi-shoring are expected to accelerate. Companies are seeking to have operations move closer to the U.S., to respond quicker to fluctuating market demands.
  • Last year’s report noted the effects of the pandemic on the supply chain. The residual challenges of the pandemic remain, with some disruptions continuing to deliver damaging effects on capacity.
  • Last-mile delivery volume is trending upward. The 2022 report notes that e-commerce sales grew 10% last year (to $871 billion), accounting for 14% of U.S. retail sales.
  • Trucking freight continues to see more volume and opportunities. With road freight accounting for the largest segment of the U.S. supply chain spend, it expanded by 23.4%, to a lofty $831 billion spend.
The Annual State of Logistics Report is a CSCMP member benefit. Non-members can get access to this cutting-edge industry report when you join CSCMP as a Basic Member for $179*, OR you may purchase a copy of the report for $249 at
In the wake of prominent Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, procurement departments found their supplier diversity programs under more scrutiny than ever before. But procurement leaders who give in to the temptation to react quickly to stakeholder pressure without laying a proper foundation will struggle to keep momentum and demonstrate long-term value. The keys to laying that good foundation? Having the right metrics, investing in the right resources, building awareness, simplifying internal processes, and working to retain already existing diverse suppliers.
What is continuous disruption? How is the first mile affected? Gravity Supply Chain Solutions' CEO, Graham Parker, takes a deep dive into why the First Mile matters more than ever – especially in a time of continuous disruption. 
Thank you CSCMP Corporate Member Graham Parker, CEO of Gravity Supply Chain Solutions, for sharing this CSCMP Hot Topic.
The thought of the transportation broker going to the wayside or the hype of Uber (May 2017) taking over makes me wonder, “what is next?” I don’t see people being replaced by robots or freight loading and delivery without people involved. Based on my observations, I don’t expect most people today to see this either. It will have all been a dream – a dream that will lead to many efficiencies in our industry, but a dream, nonetheless. The reality is the present-day brokerage is no longer a simple transaction conducted over the phone with a simple handshake and thermal fax machine. The brokerage, like many business models nowadays, will continue to evolve, but the reality is that none of this can happen without people involved.
Thank you CSCMP Corporate Member Jeff Lantz, Co-Founder of Prosponsive Logistics, for sharing this Hot Topic.
Supply Chain in the Fast Lane, developed and hosted by The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and Supply Chain Quarterly (SCQ), fast tracks topics you need to know from leaders you want to know. 
Listen to the full State of Logistics series, sponsored by HERE, and stay tuned for our next series, Supply Chain Digitization, which releases soon. 
Supply Chain in the Fast Lane is hosted on and as well as Apple, Spotify, and all top podcast streaming services.
Supply Chain in the Fast Lane sponsorship opportunities are available. For more details on how to participate, please reach us at
CSCMP Awards and Recognition
Top 10 again! UTK's undergraduate supply chain management program rose four places, from No. 6 to No. 2, in Gartner's 2022 rankings of top North American undergraduate supply chain management programs!
This marks 11 years running that the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee program has ranked in Gartner’s Top 10.
The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has officially opened nominations for its sixth annual Humanitarian Logistics Awards, and asks for your help in identifying some of this year’s most deserving honorees.  
“Many humanitarian efforts couldn’t happen or happen as well without the generosity of the commercial supply chain community,” said ALAN Executive Director Kathy Fulton. “These awards were created to shine a light on that generosity and to honor our industry’s most selfless companies and individuals. We clearly know who some of them are because we’ve worked hand-in-hand with them to help provide disaster relief. However there are many others that we won’t be aware of – and able to honor – unless someone takes the time to nominate them.” 
ALAN’s Humanitarian Logistics Awards are open to any logistics professional, academic, organization or department. They are awarded in four key categories, each of which can have multiple honorees: 
  • Outstanding Contribution To Humanitarian Logistics
  • Employee Engagement
  • Research/Academic Contributions
  • Lifetime Achievement 
Nominations will be accepted now through June 30. Winners will be announced this fall. 
Congratulations to SCPro™ Level One Certification recipients: Jami Garrett, Naval Postgraduate School and Andrii Hrychaniuk, Kyiv Logistics School.
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, effectively implement supply chain improvements through the analysis of real-world case studies. and develop a comprehensive project plan to achieve results such as a positive ROI. 
CSCMP Featured Members
Chicago Roundtable
"I started participating in CSCMP's EDGE conference back in 2017. After the first conference, I knew I had to be a member of this amazing organization. The website has amazing information to leverage when researching topics. In addition to the website, I enjoy attending local networking events. I have made so many wonderful connections that it's hard to name one! What I love is that it's an opportunity to meet strong supply chain leaders."
Columbus Roundtable, Member-At-Large
"I joined CSCMP in the mid-90s when it was still CLM. I joined because I believed it would help me in my professional development and in growing my network.
Get involved in your local Roundtable – attend the monthly events and go to EDGE, if possible. You will build a network of friends and professional contacts that you will carry throughout your career. I have had the privilege of getting to know multiple industry and academic leaders – outstanding folks who have shaped my professional development and been terrific partners throughout my career."
CSCMP Corporate Member SMC³'s complete suite of transportation solutions streamlines processes and provides total visibility into your entire shipment lifecycle. Check out their video Power to Manage
Watch CSCMP’s Corporate Spotlight to learn more about SMC³ today! 
As one of North America’s top 3PL providers, Prosponsive Logistics' employees put the Prosponsive® approach to work, as they strategically improve supply chains for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies alike.

Watch CSCMP's Corporate Spotlight to learn more about Prosponsive Logistics today!
Improve On Time, In Full Delivery
OTIF may be the most important metric associated with any supply chain; failure to deliver on time and in full can lead to lost revenue, angry customers, fines, or even legal action. This report takes a closer look at OTIF and how to leverage visibility technology to measure and improve it. 
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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.
How did you find supply chain and what are the lessons you've learned along the way? Share with us at Get your story in the next CSCMP Supply Chain Monthly Newsletter.
Take advantage of CSCMP member benefits and new-member pricing (last year we reduced our Premier membership from $325 to $299 per year) and take your supply chain career, education, and networking to the next level.
CSCMP offers a Basic Membership for $179, an affordable membership option which 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.
Joining us at EDGE this September? 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.
Welcome to our new CSCMP Corporate Members: CS Recruiting, Artemis Vision, DCLI, International Solutions Management, pop.capacity Inc., and new CSCMP Enterprise Member: Riveron!
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.
CSCMP Enterprise Package rates increase July 1, 2022. Capture your CSCMP Corporate Membership savings today!
Got questions? We can help, reach out to a CSCMP Account Manager at
Disruption has never left our sight. For years, we have faced disruptive events to supply chains in the form of capacity issues, blank sailings, missing transshipment vessels, extreme weather, and geopolitical conflict [1].
Enter the global pandemic – of which its aftermath quite easily eclipses the disruption [2] caused by any of these events above.
We have seen how global supply chains have faltered, how ports stay congested for days and weeks, and how shipments remain stuck at terminals because of limited in-land transportation and logistics network support.
Shanghai’s lockdown and the knock-on impact on other ports
On April 11, Shanghai tightened its COVID stance to a city-wide lockdown. From mid- to end- April, Spire Maritime’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) data revealed an increase and eventually a peak in the average delays of container vessels to the terminal in both Shanghai and Ningbo ports across Year-To-Date (YTD) data.
In Shanghai, the average delays of container vessels to the terminal increased from 33.3h per day in the first week of April, to its peak in the third week of April with an average delay of container vessels to terminal at 66.8h per day. In Ningbo, the average delays of container vessels to the terminal increased from 30.7h per day in the first week of April to 39.1h per day in the third week of April, peaking in the fourth week of April with an average delay of container vessels to terminal at 58.0h per day.
Training and Development
Join CSCMP's Member Engagement Manager, Timothy Pajak, at 11am CT on Wed., June 29 to 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.  
Manifest, January 30 – February 1, 2023 in Las Vegas is the premier gathering of industry leaders, innovators, and investors on the cutting edge of Logistics and Supply Chain. Get unprecedented access to the people and technologies changing the way the world moves. Join CSCMP today to get the CSCMP member discount.
According to the May Logistics Manager’s Index Report®, the overall index is at 67.1, down from April’s reading of 69.7 and March’s all-time high reading of 76.2. While this is the lowest reading of the overall index since December 2020, it's above the all-time average of 65.3. The slowing rate of growth can be contributed to a softening in the transportation market. High inventories and a continued lack of sufficient warehousing space is keeping the overall index at a clear rate of expansion.
Respondents expect a steady rate of expansion over the next year, and anticipating a growth rate of 66.0.
Edge Conference

Have You Heard? EDGE Monday Keynote Announced
Learn more about the EDGE Conference Opening Session & Keynote: Redefining the Collar—Blue.

Register today to join us in Nashville, Tennessee, September 18-21, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, for Supply Chain's Premier EventTMCSCMP EDGE 2022 Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition.
Access this exclusive offer with promo code NEWSLTR1 and get $500 off your EDGE registration through June 30, 2022. Terms and conditions apply.
CSCMP EDGE 2022 is located at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Secure your room now at the negotiated rate of $229, which includes the increased resort fee. Rate applies to single/double occupancy and does not include applicable taxes.
You must be a registered EDGE participant to receive the CSCMP room rate.
Atlanta Roundtable: 2022 – A Global Shippers Perspective and Moving Forward
June 22, 2022 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT | Atlanta, GA
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Southern California Roundtable: Tour of the Port of Long Beach
June 23, 2022 | 5:15 pm – 8:00 pm PDT | Long Beach, CA
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Columbus Roundtable: 2022 CSCMP Scholarship Golf Outing
June 24, 2022 | 7:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT | Dublin, OH
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New England Roundtable: Supply Chainer Mixer/Networking
June 30, 2022 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm EDT | Everett, MA
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Cleveland Roundtable: CSCMP- CLE Lunch & Learn: Why to Digitize Shipping Document
July 12, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm EDT
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Chicago Roundtable: CSCMP Chicago Presents: 2022 Golf Outing
July 15, 2022 | 10:00 am – 8:00 pm CDT | Lemont, IL
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Jacksonville Roundtable: From Bumper to Bumper: Trucking Safety
July 19, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT | Jacksonville, FL
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CSCMP Center for Advancement of Talent & Training (CATT)
CSCMP and the CSCMP Ukraine Roundtable have established the CSCMP Talent Center Ukraine Logistics Operations Relief Fund in support of those pre-qualified service providers who deliver medical and food relief to the millions of people affected by the war in Ukraine. We stand with our CSCMP Roundtable community in Ukraine, our members, friends, and colleagues and support their right to live peacefully in a sovereign, free country without the threat of coercion. Please make a tax-deductible contribution to the CSCMP Talent Center Ukraine Logistics Operations Relief Fund enabling medical and food relief to the affected people of Ukraine. Your contribution is tax deductible and upon completion you will immediately receive a receipt right into your inbox.

Your contribution has CSCMP behind it. We will match the first $10,000 USD in donations, dollar for dollar, and will oversee the application of 100% of your contribution to the respective, pre-approved supply chain operations in Ukraine. Our efforts to support the relief effort will also be managed locally by the CSCMP Roundtable Leadership. We will keep our donors informed of progress and the difference your contributions make toward logistics operations that sustain human relief efforts.