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A message from CSCMP President and CEO, Mark Baxa.
The number of stressors facing supply chain professionals today from continuing “demand vs. supply” imbalances to tariffs and the threat of port strikes and war, all means we’re facing the most challenging business climate that we’ve seen in decades. But there’s little doubt in my mind that the challenge that currently sits at the top of most supply chain managers’ list of concerns is the shortage of labor.
This problem is wider and deeper than a lack of qualified drivers to operate trucks. It is a holistic one that cuts across the entire supply chain from the warehouse floor to the C-suite. Positions in the transportation and warehousing sectors have long been challenging to fill. But companies are also struggling to fill what I would call more corporate types of roles. As a result, right now we’re all competing for the same limited supply of talent, trying to lure away the best and the brightest from our competitors. This approach is not sustainable. We need instead a new pipeline of talent, and we need to build it together.
A new program from CSCMP seeks to create training-to-jobs programs that will attract more people to the field of supply chain management.
Here at CSCMP, we believe we need to join as one across the entire supply chain profession to develop more core talent at all levels of the supply chain. We need talent that is competent and capable to produce results, and we are going to have to work together across government and private industry to find and nurture it.
To begin the process of developing this core talent pool, CSCMP has created a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called the Talent Center. The Talent Center will create training-to-jobs programs that will reach people and places that have been overlooked or underrepresented in terms of supply chain jobs. We will also be developing programs at the high school level to introduce students to the field of supply chain management. Part of that curriculum will be focused on preparing students for a two-year or four-year college. But another equally important part will provide technical training to help other students directly enter the workforce with a greater skill set than they have ever had before.
But we cannot do this alone. We need partners. We encourage companies and individuals to join us by making tax-deductible donations to the Talent Center to fund these programs. Our goal is to raise $5 million by 2025. With your help, we can get there. By taking this first step, we believe that we can begin to be more intentional about developing the workforce of the future and making the profession sustainable for years to come.
You can make a donation to help change the future of the supply chain profession by reaching out to Cynthia Mebruer at
In season three's opening episode, Responding to the Labor Crisis, we learn how supply chains are dealing with many stressors these days, especially when it comes to finding skilled labor as Mark Baxa, CSCMP president and CEO, discusses a new initiative that can help companies work together to respond to talent recruitment challenges.
Our series-based podcast shares more content, SCM exposure, and pinpointed, deep industry discussions with top thought innovators from the end-to-end supply chain.

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 today to our new series on Labor Recruitment and Retention, sponsored by SCOPE Recruiting and Vanderlande.
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The growth in e-commerce is driving retailers to compete in digital channels and implement omnichannel supply chains. To help companies develop and apply omnichannel strategies at a time when they also face extreme market uncertainty, the MIT Omnichannel Distribution Strategies Research Lab, directed by Dr. Eva Ponce at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL), is researching the impact of e-commerce changes on retail supply chains.

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Last year taxed every inch of the U.S. supply chain. Fueled in part by trillions of dollars of COVD-relief money, demand for goods surged in 2021. Global supply chains, however, struggled to keep up as they faced material shortages, a tight labor market, capacity constraints, and a congested transportation network.
This volatility and tumult caused U.S. business logistics costs (USBLC) to skyrocket to $1.85 trillion, a 22.4% increase over 2020, according to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP’s) 33rd Annual “State of Logistics Report.”
Originally created in 1989 by the late logistic consultant Robert V. Delaney to measure logistics efficiency following the deregulation of transportation in the United States, the “State of Logistics Report” has expanded over the years. It now not only details all the costs associated with moving freight through the U.S. supply chain but also analyzes the overall state of the economy and key logistics trends to watch.
CSCMP Awards and Recognition
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.
Talent Problems: 5 steps to solving them today
Talent Problems are an urgent concern in any business. Nonetheless, with the help of experts, these problems are narrowed down to five easy steps that will provide you with an excellent solution to unravel that crisis. Your people are your assets, choose wisely!
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CSCMP Featured Members
Roundtable: President, South Carolina Roundtable, Ambassador Volunteer
"I joined CSCMP in February 2017. A colleague invited me to an educational event about Change Management. I've been a member ever since. I joined because of the great networking opportunities, and I stayed because of the opportunity to teach the next generation of college graduates about Supply Chain.
I find the networking opportunities at the EDGE Conference absolutely amazing! I learn so much and as a Team Captain for the Future Leaders Program, I have the unique opportunity to learn from the brightest and best that are coming into our field.
Dr. Kim Whitehead, professor of Supply Chain at Anderson University has been the most impactful connection. She has cheered me on as I have grown and flourished in my career, and she provided valuable advice when I was seeking a new role."
"I joined CSCMP during the height of the pandemic in 2021 because I found myself longing for interaction and collaboration with other supply chain professionals. As supply chain professionals, the flexibility of our processes and operations was being pressure-tested unlike ever before. I thought this was the perfect time to get involved, network with fellow supply chain pros, and collaborate with those facing challenges similar to those I was facing daily.
The best advice I can give on maximizing membership value is to be intentional with your membership; know what you want to gain and be open-minded to participating in events. There are so many valuable resources bundled together with the CSCMP membership.
My personal favorite membership benefit is the local roundtables that are held throughout several regions across the country. These roundtable events provide an opportunity to network with other supply chain professionals in your immediate area and build lasting connections.
The most impactful connections I've made through CSCMP membership are the LinkedIn network expansions I have accumulated, specifically with my fellow Young Professional Committee members."
Patina Solutions
CSCMP membership is here to educate the community and support your supply chain growth. CSCMP offers Basic Membership for $179, an accessible membership option which provides 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 or your colleagues plan to attend CSCMP’s annual EDGE Conference, then Premier Membership will be the best option.
CSCMP's Corporate Membership offers a vast supply chain network, education, and event opportunities to help develop your team as you 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.
Training and Development
The goal of the CSCMP Mentorship Program is to help you progress in your supply chain career development by providing the opportunity to become involved in a valuable mentoring partnership. Enroll in the fall mentorship program to develop professionally and personally, expand functional and leadership skills, and build a robust learning network. To qualify for the mentorship program, you must be an active CSCMP member. 
We’ve seen that our supply chain is resilient to a point, but we also have sustained continued inflationary and workforce pressures; therefore, there is a real need and opportunity for industry collaboration across the entire value chain to restore equilibrium, identify supply chain root causes, share best practices, find solutions, and embed greater resilience in the system.
With this in mind, FMI is hosting the 2022 FMI Supply Chain Forum, October 18-20, 2022, in Arlington, VA, and thrilled to be welcoming attendees in person for this important event. 
GS1 US Supply Chain Visibility Summit 2022
October 20, 2022 | Free & Virtual Event
Gain Visibility Into the Digital Supply Chain - Understanding how to improve supply chain visibility today – while planning for tomorrow – can help you:
  • Create greater efficiencies and resilience
  • Strengthen trading partner relationships and acquire new customers
  • Minimize the impact of future disruptions
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.
Mark Baxa, CSCMP president and CEO, will speak on Wednesday, November 9 at 10:30 AM in his presentation titled: 
Supply Chain in Crisis – The Latest Developments & How You Can Meet the Challenge
As the global supply chain continues to present unprecedented challenges for NACD member companies with escalating delays, historically high costs and uncertainty with container movements, learn the latest developments and see how your company can meet these challenges.
The NACD Annual Meeting is the highlight of the year for the chemical distribution industry. It’s a time where industry leaders, together with their customers and colleagues, learn from each other new ways to lead high-performing companies, to improve sales organizations and better understand challenges facing all of us. These interactions are vital to staying current and energized. Each Annual Meeting program will include the most qualified and knowledgeable subject-matter experts to ensure that you get the essential updates, fresh strategies and practical advice you need.
CSCMP President and CEO Mark Baxa will be speaking at Manifest, a global gathering for leaders in logistics & supply chain, to uncover next-gen technologies that are transforming the way goods move internationally and domestically.
CSCMP members save on registration for the event at the Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, January 31 - February 2, 2023! Learn more about the event here.
According to the September Logistics Manager’s Index Report®, the overall LMI reads in at 61.4 up from August’s reading of 59.7, returning to the 60’s after a one-month dip into the 50’s. The report suggests the continued growth in the overall index is mainly due to the expansion in inventories, utilization of warehousing and transportation, and the related costs while it's moderated by the slowdown in transportation metrics. This is generally a peak season for supply networks (the overall network read in at 72.2, 11.8 points higher, this time last year). Seasonality would dictate that activity should pick up throughout the rest of the year, particularly if consumer spending is strong.
Edge Conference
CSCMP’s EDGE 2022 On-Demand Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition is an experience with opportunities to learn from industry experts and hear dynamic speakers you won't find anywhere else.
EDGE is how the supply chain management professional connects to the latest in industry knowledge and developments while meeting today's innovators and trend-setters.
EDGE 2022 on-demand access is available for FREE to registered attendees from September 30, 2022 through November 15, 2022. Share the news with friends and colleagues to access this premier content before it ends.
Our attendees help make the EDGE Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition the special event that it is. We look forward to seeing you in person next year in Orlando at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida for EDGE 2023.

Register by October 31, 2022 to receive $600 off registration with coupon code* E2023.
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October 18, 2022
The eCommerce Hangover: Returns and Reverse Logistics
Hosted by Kansas City Heartland Roundtable
October 20, 2022
CHEP Innovation Center Tour
Hosted by Central Florida Roundtable
October 20, 2022
CSCMP CLE OCT 2022 Networking Event
Hosted by Cleveland Roundtable
October 25, 2022
The Roll of the Connected Tire for Today's Fleets
Hosted by Jacksonville Roundtable
October 25, 2022
Future of International Customs Brokerage
Hosted by Eastern Michigan Roundtable
October 26, 2022
Ecosystem of Vaccine Cold Chain Distribution
Zoom Event Hosted by New England Roundtable
CSCMP's New England Roundtable is proud to present a second event on cold chain logistics. As one of the leading vaccine biotech companies, Novavax will talk about the ecosystem of vaccine distribution and opportunities to improve end-to-end visibility, supplier relation, KPI metrics and regulatory requirements. 
Panelists: The Shipper - Novavax, David Sokoloff, Director, Global Logistics & Materials Management; The Trace & Trace Solution - Sensitech, Stefan Surpitski, Manager, LS Solution Consulting; The Packaging Solution - Cold Chain Technologies, Jim Goebel, Business Development Manager; and The Moderator - Chainalytics, Bryan Wyatt, Principal, Transportation Practice 
October 27, 2022
Structural Changes and Trends in International Trans
Hosted by Ukraine Roundtable
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.