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A message from Mark Baxa, CSCMP President and CEO.
With the launch of our new Training-to-Jobs (T2J) initiative, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) is well on its way to addressing one of the biggest challenges in supply chain today: the shortage of talent. The initiative is part of the new Center for the Advancement in Talent & Training (CATT) and our goal to raise $5 million in donations by 2025 to advance and shape the future of supply chain talent.
With the help of our contributors, this first effort focuses on developing educational content at the high school level. It can either be taught in the classroom or offered as self-paced coursework. We hope to attract and serve both high school students who plan to head right into a career after they graduate and those who plan to attend a higher education college or university.
In addition to tackling the pain points that affect supply chain labor concerns, we are also using this initiative to reach out to communities that have untapped potential. CATT will combine career training and career pathways for all by providing accessible continuing education and professional development opportunities.
We’ll officially launch the Training-to-Jobs initiative in February 2023 in St. Louis, Missouri. We are working with partners in the St. Louis Public Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, as well as with organizations like The Covering House, Rung for Women, Veterans Community Project, St. Louis Youth Development Collaborative, the Education Development Center’s STEM-Ops program, and more.
If you haven’t already, please consider a donation to support our vision to:
  • Provide pre-built curriculum focused on supply chain fundamentals with certificates for successful completion.
  • Create customized supply chain training to untapped populations, alongside our university partners.
  • Collaborate with our local, regional, and national corporate members, as well as small/mid-sized companies within our communities, to help support the learning experiences with projects and internships.
  • Fully engage our local companies and organizations to forge pathways toward employment and competitive benefits with commensurate wages for our graduates upon completion of the training.
  • Encourage our corporate, organizational, and academic collaborators to be part of the creative process, helping us curate and execute a program which will foster a safe, inclusive, unique learning environment.
  • Continuously provide safe and inclusive learning and work environments while concurrently innovating our programing.
  • Engage and utilize the expertise of our local, regional, and national educational, organizational,
    and governmental resources to expand our impact through practical and purposeful growth strategies.
There are five contribution levels ranging from individual to platinum. The Center is also offering a naming opportunity. For more information or to donate to help advance the future of the supply chain profession and the well-being of our communities, please email CSCMP’s Director, Engagement, Education & Sustainability Cynthia Mebruer at or myself at
In recent years, the logistics sector has become an increasingly tempting target for cybercriminals for a whole host of reasons. The first is that logistics is one of the most profitable industries worldwide and is an important part of the economy, making it a logical focus for criminals seeking to make a big disruptive impact. Second, although logistics is focused on the physical movement of goods, it also has a big digital footprint. The logistics component of today’s supply chain has come to rely on a significant volume of data processing and information sharing. For example, industry forms that were traditionally paper-based – such as invoices, export compliance certificates, and bills of lading – are now digital. Consequently, fleet operators are now sharing more data digitally with partners and vendors than ever before, which opens them up to more cyber risks. Finally, the cargo supply chain consists of many disparate parties that have varying levels of cybersecurity systems in place. This presents cybercriminals with an opportunity to identify and exploit the weak links in the network.
With a potential economic downturn in 2023, taking a look at your supplier base to assess critical supplier long-term viability is imperative. Jason Juds developed a framework to assess, measure, and identify options for mitigating these supplier viability risks.
Thank you CSCMP Corporate Member, Jason Juds, Principal Consultant at Liberty Advisor Group for sharing this CSCMP Hot Topic.
How can business leaders think about sustainability in this moment, while attending to more immediate, survival-mode issues of basic commerce? Explore how supply chain transformation supports sustainability in this article from Melanie Nuce, senior vice president of innovation and partnerships, GS1 US. 
Thank you CSCMP Strategic Partner Melanie Nuce for sharing this CSCMP Hot Topic.
As supply chain disruptions have taken center stage, so too has the conversation about the end-to-end supply chain, what it means and how it is managed. These conversations are now mainstream and being had by consumers, financial institutions, investors, governments, and retailers alike. The importance of a dynamic, nimble, and visible supply chain is becoming a competitive advantage to deliver a superior customer experience, as consumer spending habits change, disrupting traditional revenue streams.
Thank you to CSCMP Corporate Member Dorinda Jung of OOCL Logistics for sharing this CSCMP Hot Topic.
CSCMP Awards and Recognition
Distinguished Service Award Recipient and Supply Chain Hall of Fame Honoree

George Gecowets joined the National Council of Physical Distribution Management (now Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) in 1964. He was appointed to the executive committee in 1965 and named the organization’s first full-time executive director in 1970. In 1988, he was acknowledged as CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award winner and entered into supply chain's highest honor, the CSCMP Supply Chain Hall of Fame.

At the time of his receipt of the Distinguished Service Award, George Gecowets was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Council of Logistics Management (CLM). In 1970, he became the first full-time executive director of CLM and increased membership by over 5,000. His many contributions to the logistics industry include his role in awarding contracts for CLM's first true research.

In his continuing efforts to make young people aware of career opportunities in the industry, he was instrumental in establishing research grants, scholarships, and career awareness programs, including student internships and an employment clearinghouse service. The logistics profession would not be where it is today without his continuous dedication and valuable advice and counsel. Mr. Gecowets retired as executive vice president and chief operating officer of CSCMP in 2001.

Join us as we honor and celebrate his life and accomplishments.
Please help us in congratulating our newest SCPro™ Level One Recipients: Luke Busch, Amy Poffenberger, Robert Franken, Jack Parr, Lillian Qin, Bradley Swiney, Md Jahadul Hoq, Kevin Robinson, Halie Fairchild, and Megan Brubaker!
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.
Nominate an industry leader for CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame award by January 16, 2023. 
CSCMP is committed to preserving the history of some of the greatest, life-changing innovations and inventions from around the world, celebrating the astounding practitioners and academics who have made the supply chain management industry what it is today. Help us recognize and honor a worthy inductee to the Supply Chain Hall of Fame. 
To be eligible, each Hall of Fame inductee must have at least 20 years in supply chain and logistics fields and fall under one of the following categories: Industry Transformers, Knowledge Creators & Communicators, and Industry Leaders/Practitioners.
Award season is just around the corner! The nomination and submission period will run from January 9 through March 15, 2023. Read below for details on each award.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is the industry's most prestigious honor, bestowed upon an individual for significant achievements in the logistics and supply chain management industry. Presented annually, the award was instituted in 1965 as a tribute to logistics pioneer John Drury Sheahan.
Any individual who has made significant contributions to the fields of logistics and supply chain management are eligible to receive the Distinguished Service Award. Check out the criteria and guidelines.
Gail Rutkowski Transportation Excellence Award
The Gail Rutkowski Transportation Excellence Award (GR-TEA) recognizes companies or individuals that have excelled in using their knowledge, connections, and industry expertise to educate, support, and create long-term impact through excellence in transportation-related fields.
The GR-TEA is named for the former Executive Director of NASSTRAC, Gail Rutkowski who has dedicated a lifetime of service to the trade as a shipper, carrier representative and consultant; also serving as a champion and advocate of the transportation industry. Learn more about the eligibility criteria.
Supply Chain Innovation Award
The Supply Chain Innovation Award (SCIA) recognizes teams who have demonstrated excellence, innovation, and return on investment for a significant supply chain challenge.
To participate in this esteemed competition, your team needs to submit a case study on your innovation. If selected as a finalist, your supply chain innovation will serve to educate and provide valuable insights, lessons, and applicable takeaways via a dedicated presentation at EDGE 2023, as well as be featured on the CSCMP and SupplyChainBrain websites. Check out criteria and guidelines.
Emerging Leader Award
CSCMP’s Emerging Leader Award (ELA) recognizes up-and-coming leaders in the supply chain management field for their meaningful contributions to the profession.
To qualify, the nominee must be 32 years of age or under at the time of submission and an active member of CSCMP. Help us acknowledge deserving candidates by nominating an outstanding young professional you know! Plan now to submit your nomination.
Supply Chain Sustainability Award
CSCMP’s Sustainable Supply Chain Committee recognizes and celebrates the work that supply chain leaders are doing to drive positive social, environmental, and economic impact. As the largest organization for Supply Chain Professionals, the award holds significant value to recipients.
All award recipients must be CSCMP members in order to be eligible. A team or individual may self-nominate or be nominated by a third-party. Those nominating another individual should ensure the nominee is aware they are being nominated. All award recipient(s) must be present at the EDGE Conference. Submit your nomination here.
CSCMP Featured Members
Central Florida Roundtable
"I joined CSCMP in February 2022 for educational and networking opportunities in the organization. Ask your board members for an introduction to people who may be interested in talking to you, volunteer, invite a friend or two to every event you attend, and contribute to the conversation."
Atlanta Roundtable
"I became a corporate member in 2021. I was wanting to further my learning development and network within the supply chain community. As a new member in the last year, I would advise to start with the new member orientation to learn of all the offerings at CSCMP. Get involved in your local Roundtable to further your relationships and attend the annual EDGE Conference. I would say my local chapter relationships have been the most impactful as I can interact with them on a consistent basis."
CSCMP is here to support our member network through continued individual growth, mentorship, networking, and education. We offer unparralled access to exclusive resources and a vast network of supply chain professionals to help you on your lifelong career journey. Whether you’re just getting started in supply chain, leading a team of cross-functional professionals, or entering your retirement years, CSCMP membership is available to cater to your specific goals.
CSCMP extends a warm welcome to new Enterprise Member, Loyola University of Chicago, Supply Chain and Sustainability Center, and to new Corporate Members: LynnCo; Dallas Baptist University; and Bridgestone.
Consider CSCMP's corporate 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.
Need help? Reach out to a CSCMP Account Manager today at
Enjoy this great article on supply chain sustainability and learn a little more about CSCMP Board Vice Chair, CSCMP Sustainable Supply Chain Committee Member, and Founder & CEO of Concordia Supply Chain Group LLC, Donna Palumbo-Miele.
Dr. Donna Palumbo-Miele was introduced to the supply chain and entrepreneurship early in life by her immigrant parents. She valued that time spent learning about supply chains and customer service, which ultimately has led to her own success.
Donna is an Associate Professor of Practice and teaches courses focused on corporate social responsibility (CSR) at Virginia Tech’s Master of Natural Resources (Online) program. Her career in supply chain management began in a consulting capacity with Ernst & Young, where she helped organizations advance their supply chain technology. She also gained experience in logistics, sourcing, and procurement for the e-commerce, retail, and entertainment industries. It was during this time that Donna saw the potential for suppliers to be environmental stewards through partnership and collaboration. Now, as the founder, president, and chief operating officer of Concordia Supply Chain Group LLC, Donna supports diverse suppliers as they advance their work and strategies in ESG.
Training and Development
January 18, 2023
How to Maximize Your Resume & Land Your Dream Job
Join Charlie Saffro, President & Founder of CS Recruiting and Kyle Rapaport, Senior Supply Chain Recruiter, for a workshop on January 18, 2023, at 1pm CT in which they will help you create or improve your resume to increase your chance of landing your ideal internship or dream job!
The presenters will discuss best practices for writing a resume that maximizes exposure while highlighting and leveraging your interests, skills and experience. This hands-on seminar will provide you with valuable tips and actionable advice to ensure your resume stands out and sets you apart from others.
Remember...your resume has about 5 seconds to grab someone's attention, so attend this workshop to learn how to transform your resume into a powerful tool that will attract the right attention and open doors for conversations and interviews.
January 19, 2023
CSCMP Member Onboarding | Welcome Webinar
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.
June 8 - 9, 2023 Barcelona, Spain
CSCMP 2023 European Conference & European Research Seminar
Achieving a Resilient Supply Chain in a Fast-Changing World
Stay tuned for more details.
CSCMP President and CEO Mark Baxa will be speaking at Manifest with a 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.
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 and register here to join us.
According to the November Logistics Manager’s Index Report®, the overall index is 53.6, falling from October’s reading of 57.9 and down for the second consecutive month. One of the drivers behind the overall drop is the dip in inventory levels and costs as firms not only shift inventories downstream but begin to wind them down through holiday sales. Warehousing Capacity remains tight, and prices are high, but these forces are counteracted by the continued slide in transportation metrics, with top-5 all-time Transportation Capacity expansion and the quickest rate of Transportation Price growth in the history of the LMI. 
Edge Conference
CSCMP’s EDGE Conference & Supply Chain Exhibition brings together the finest minds in supply chain to deliver 100+ quality, educational and specialty sessions with unbiased content and intelligence gathering opportunities spanning the end-to-end supply chain. At EDGE you’ll curate your own unique agenda and return home with practical strategies and concepts to invigorate and establish your profession and organization in the marketplace.
From the opening keynote to the closing session, and everything in-between, world-renowned experts, industry leaders, and visionary thinkers will inspire, and entertain, with new ideas and insights on topics that influence today's supply chain.
Expand your stay for this one-of-a-kind supply chain conference experience just minutes from Walt Disney World®, Universal Orlando Resort™, and other Orlando theme parks and attractions. From Cypress Springs Water Park with the new Crystal River Rapids action river, to an exciting lineup of family friendly activities and entertainment.
Experience supply chain's premier event™ and make connections to accelerate your success
alongside your global network this October at Central Florida’s Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.
Experiential and content marketing works! Companies have learned that the best way to strengthen their bonds with customers is by demonstrating thought leadership and creating memorable experiences.
At CSCMP's EDGE Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition our EDGE sponsors reach a highly qualified target audience of influential supply chain management professionals offering attendees a prime opportunity to interact with sponsor brands. EDGE is an excellent, strategic opportunity for your business – don't miss it!
To learn more about available EDGE 2023 sponsorship opportunities email Chuck Martinez at or +1.305.661.2896.
Participate in the 2023 Supply Chain Exchange Exhibition and display your technologies and/or innovations in front of 2700+ supply chain decision makers. Secure your spot at this real-time, fully integrated event by contacting Gary Master and the EDGE team to learn more at
January 10, 2023
A Shipper's Perspective
Hosted by Atlanta Roundtable
January 10, 2023
FlexCold Tour
Hosted by Jacksonville Roundtable
January 12, 2023
What a Difference a (half) a Year Makes
Hosted by Kansas City Heartland Roundtable
January 13, 2023
17th Annual Transportation Panel
Hosted by Columbus Roundtable
CSCMP Center for Advancement of Talent & Training (CATT)
In April 2022, CSCMP and the CSCMP Ukraine Roundtable established the CSCMP Talent Center (recently renamed CSCMP's Center for Advancement of Talent & Training or CATT) Ukraine Logistics Operations Relief Fund to support the collection and distribution of medical and food relief to the millions of people affected by the war in Ukraine. The CSCMP Ukraine Roundtable is made up of supply chain professionals who invest their volunteer time in promoting and delivering educational events. With the war in Ukraine, they turned to serving the needs of people by collaborating with pre-qualified logistics service providers delivering food, clothing and medicine.
We're happy to announce that $15,000 in donations have been delivered to date, which has greatly helped assist with supporting logistics operations that are accountable for collecting and distributing life sustaining food, feed, supplies and medicines. Thank you to all who helped the CSCMP Talent Center Ukraine Logistics Operations Relief Fund and enabled the Roundtable to ensure medical and food relief reached the affected people of Ukraine.
Hear from CSCMP Ukraine Roundtable President Vira Dobachevska in an update presented at EDGE 2022.

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. The CSCMP Ukraine Logistics Operations Relief Fund remains open for ongoing tax deductible contributions to support the logistics relief operations in war-ravaged Ukraine. We invite you to contribute here. 

We are grateful for you, our supply chain professionals from around the world.
Best regards,
Mark Baxa
CSCMP President & CEO