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As Board Chair for CSCMP, I was asked to write the introduction for what we are going to share for Women’s History Month. The day I sat down to write this introduction, Katherine Johnson died. For those of you who don’t know, her story was told in the 2016 movie, “Hidden Figures.” It made me wonder what we could do this month to unearth “Hidden Figures” in our own lives, and in our own Supply Chain worlds. We have to make an effort to write a more inclusive history and future, because the women were there, and are there today.

How many of you had working moms, or working single moms, or grandmothers?! Women have been running farms and ranches for a couple of centuries (or more); building tanks and flying military aircraft for 75 years; working in all our post-war factories; driving trucks; running distribution operations; running manufacturing plants; designing products; and calculating rocket trajectories. We just don’t see these women written into history.

In my first operations job, 30 years ago, in a 5-square mile chemical plant, my Distribution Operations Manager boss was a woman, and HER boss was a woman. It seemed normal. It should be normal. The majority of the most senior Supply Chain executives I am working with today–at some of the largest A&D companies–are women, and many of their bosses are women, either running multi-billion dollar business units or as CEO's. We need to accentuate their visibility. We need to accelerate bringing along more women. Guess what? It’s going to help us with our talent shortage.

Who could you write in to your history this month? Who could you reach out to and acknowledge they were or are a hidden figure in running yesterday’s or today’s supply chains? Post a call-out to any of those women on our CSCMP LinkedIn community. #HiddenFigures #CSCMP

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Women make up 40% of the workforce in supply chain management, contributing unique skills, experiences, and ideas that can enhance a company’s strategy and insights. While women throughout their careers face a number of challenges, this panel is predominantly comprised of young females in the early years of their careers. Passionate about advocating for and empowering women in supply chain, they will engage in a discussion about how to provide stronger and more confident communities for women in supply chain and, ultimately, fostering better working environments with more diverse organizational leadership.

Register for our Empowering Women in Supply Chain webinar and prepare to engage in a discussion on how to provide stronger and more confident communities for women in supply chain.

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By Toby Gooley | From the Quarter 1 2020 issue

Women supply chain professionals are increasingly making their way into the highest levels of corporate management. Why are more doors opening for them now?

In 2014, when Mary Barra became chief executive officer of General Motors, supply chain professionals were gratified that one of their own had reached the pinnacle of corporate leadership. Her background—which includes manufacturing, procurement, and supply chain management—was a factor in her choice as leader of the giant automaker. Her appointment was also notable for another reason: her gender.


Barra was not the first supply chain professional to lead a business, nor was she the first woman to head a Fortune 500 company. But as CEO of one of the world's largest manufacturers, she set a highly visible example for other women in supply chain. Now more women are entering the "C-suite," following in the footsteps of pioneers like Judy McReynolds, head of ArcBest Corp., and Ann Drake, chair of DSC Logistics and founder of AWESOME (Achieving Women's Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education). They're staking their claims as presidents, directors, and chief executive, operating, supply chain, procurement, information, and technology officers. In addition to the three executives we profile elsewhere in this article, examples include:


•  Beth Ford, president and CEO of Land O'Lakes Inc.
•  Kathryn Wengel, chief global supply chain officer, Johnson & Johnson
•  Maria Lindenberg, chief procurement officer, Chevron Corporation
•  Sally Miller, chief information officer of DHL North America
•  Francesca DeBiase, executive vice president and chief supply chain and sustainability officer, McDonald's Corp.

With women supply chain professionals increasingly making their way into the ranks of corporate leadership, it's a good time to ask: Why are more doors opening for them now?

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That's what we at CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly aim to find out with our first annual salary survey. Completing our survey should take only about 5 minutes. Your anonymous feedback will help us better understand the salary trends for supply chain professionals, such as yourself. We'll publish the results in the Q2 2020 issue of CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly and on


Note: Responses will be used only in the aggregate and will be kept strictly confidential.

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Thank you to Richard Donaldson,VP Platform, Requis for sharing this Hot Topic.

A few years ago, unless you worked in supply chain, most people wouldn’t have known what the term meant. But the next few years will change that, because the 2020s will be the Decade of Supply Chain. Supply chain (or as we prefer, the value network) will gain increased visibility not only within organizations that are built on them, but in the public consciousness.


In the 1980s, anyone who was into computers was called a geek or a nerd, but now it’s the ‘in’ thing to be good with tech. Similarly, as our CEO Richard Martin says, supply chain managers should “get ready to become the cool kid on the block.”

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CSCMP Awards and Recognition
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and SupplyChainBrain welcome YOUR innovative submissions for the 16th Annual Supply Chain Innovation Award™ (SCIA) competition.

If your team has been leading the charge for supply chain innovation, now is the time to stand and be recognized by participating in this dynamic competition! We invite you to tell your story as a competitor for the 2020 Supply Chain Innovation Award If your team…

•  Invented, improved or implemented new supply chain technologies;
•  Employed unique strategies for supply chain optimization, finance or risk management;
•  Defied conventional thought when it comes to packaging, order fulfillment and sourcing; or
•  Broke barriers in robotics, AI, or blockchain.


Submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2020, 11:00pm CDT.

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The CSCMP Distinguished Service Award (DSA) honors an outstanding individual who exemplifies significant, consistent, and career-long contributions to the development of the logistics and supply chain management disciplines. The CSCMP 2020 DSA winner will be recognized on stage at CSCMP's EDGE Conference during the opening general session in Orlando, Florida. Nominations are due by April 30, 2020.

Review the guidelines and criteria for CSCMP's Distinguished Service Award. For more information on CSCMP's 2020 Distinguished Service Award, please email Susan Paulson at

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Photo: Nate Zachary, Business Development Manager at MIQ Logistics, Winner of the 2019 Trimble & CSCMP Young Professionals Essay Contest


Trimble Transportation and CSCMP are changing things up in 2020! We're presenting a video contest for young professionals and student members, age 32 and under, to demonstrate their ability to think futuristically and deliver potential solutions to the industry. To enter, candidates must record a short video providing a thoughtful answer to one of these two questions by April 1, 2020:

1. In the past decade, what has been the most influential technology for supply chain management, and what do you foresee emerging as the most transformative technology over the next decade?


2. "Visibility/Traceability Across the End-to-End Supply Chain" has been one of the most funded supply chain initiatives, according to Gartner, over the past two years; yet this covers a vast spectrum of connections and is not easily achieved. How would you define this task and construct an implementation plan that spans the entire supply chain?


Enter the contest for a chance to win one complimentary registration to EDGE 2020, hotel lodging and a $500 U.S. travel stipend.

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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.

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CSCMP is soliciting original academic cases for its ever-expanding on-line case library. CSCMP seeks classroom-ready cases that explore all logistics and supply chain issues involving supply chain strategy and operations, as well as supply chain analysis and decision making.


CSCMP has a special interest in cases which address topics such as last mile delivery, impacts of emerging technologies, sustainability, ethical considerations in supply chains, food safety, humanitarian logistics, warehouse management, and urban logistics. In addition, CSCMP prefers cases with a financial focus, with emphasis on an accompanying dataset/database. Finally, the interest in these topics could be enhanced by specific attention to placement in a setting outside of the United States. 

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CSCMP Featured Members
CSCMP Featured Member Paige Harper's advice to new CSCMP members is to involve yourself as much as possible.


Harper says she got her start in supply chain "through luck and high hopes!" Working at Raymond Handling Solutions, she manages accounts and personal sales of material handling equipment. Learn more in Harper's Meet a Member feature here.


Learn more about Paige Harper via the link below. To view past Meet a Member features go here.

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On February 11, 2020 JDA announced a rebranding initiative to better align the company’s name with its cloud transformation and product roadmap, embracing a future filled with endless innovation, continuous improvement and outstanding customer experiences.

The company’s name—Blue Yonder—reflects the burgeoning impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies across the supply chain, logistics and retail, and the limitless potential they represent.

Blue Yonder CEO, Girish Rishi, said “As we start a new era with a brand name that represents the realities of today and the aspirations for the future, we are ensuring that our investments and execution embody the essential elements that bring huge value for our 3,300 customers and our partners globally.”

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Training and Development
Supply Chain is one of the fastest growing industries today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected supply chain jobs to rise at twice the rate of all other jobs in the US. In this on-site training, led by Rick Blasgen, President and CEO of CSCMP, and Susie Bodnar, Director of Operations and Client Strategy at FourKites, learn the concepts and magnitude of a strong and properly integrated supply chain along with the important issues impacting the supply chain. 

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April 29, 2020︱11AM CDT

Join the webinar, hosted by CSCMP, to hear first-hand about Ace’s hybrid approach to logistics. Ace Hardware is relentlessly focused on giving its stores and their customers exceptional service. And, after 90+ years in business, it knows how critical a strong and flexible supply chain needs to be. When it comes to its distribution network, Ace relies on FLEXE on-demand warehousing & fulfillment to complement its fixed network. The result is a hybrid approach to warehousing that helps Ace remain nimble, mitigate supply chain disruptions, and design a logistics network that supports its business, its stores, and end consumers. Panelists: Kevin Kryscio, Senior Director of Supply Chain at Ace Hardware and Karl Siebrecht, FLEXE Co-Founder and CEO.

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Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) is offering CSCMP members a discounted rate on their 3-day Spring 2020 Executive Education: Freight Transportation & Logistics program, Accelerating First to Last Mile, May 18 - 20 at NUTC’s headquarters on the Northwestern Unviersity campus in Evanston.


The program will focus on understanding the state of play, and learning successful strategies used by industry leaders to address challenges and leverage existing opportunities. CSCMP's President and CEO, Rick Blasgen is a featured speaker along with many others.


CSCMP Members! Register by April 10, 2020 to get the Early Bird Rate of $2,280. After April 10, CSCMP members will pay the discounted registration rate of $2,850.

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GS1 US's March webinar series “We ❤ Accurate Product Information” is a rebroadcast of their most popular webinars on data quality. Register today!


•  Streamline Your Data Management for the Digital Age Tuesday, March 17, 2:00 PM ET
•  Best Practices to Optimize E-Commerce Fulfillment Tuesday, March 24, 2:00 PM ET

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The overall LMI score of 52.6 is down (-10.1) from this time a year ago, when it registered at 63.3. The lowest 11 scores in the history of the index have all occurred within the last 11 months. It should be pointed out that every score has been above 50.0, indicating growth in the logistics industry, though growth has been very slow (and has been trending slower). Logistics metrics, especially those involving transportation and inventory, are global in nature.

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Edge Conference
CSCMP designed the Supply Chain Exchange Exhibition to provide a platform for companies and organizations to meet and partner with the right solutions provider. And guess what? Decision-makers from organizations like Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes, Walt Disney, Nike, and many more, are attending EDGE 2020 in Orlando, Florida, September 20-23! Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with them by becoming a vendor of the Supply Chain Exchange.  

New for 2020 – The Innovation Stage. Think of this as a “Shark Tank” type of presentation taking place on our centrally located stage. Sessions will be held on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday with each session allowing for a 15-minute demonstration followed by a 5-minute Q&A.


As a Supply Chain Exchange participant, you can:


•  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 fostering these relationships; and  

•  Establish 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!

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CSCMP has limited space available for affiliates at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. All event space requests must be submitted to CSCMP and may not be booked directly with the Gaylord Palms or with the restaurants on their property.


If you are interested in requesting event space, please visit here for more information.

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Reservations are now available for the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, the site of EDGE 2020! CSCMP has secured a rate of $242 single/double occupancy, plus applicable state, local and any occupancy taxes which are 14.5% (subject to change). The guest room rate includes the resort fee.


Please note:
Check in: 4:00pm Check out: 11:00am
On-site parking: $24 USD daily plus applicable tax
Valet parking: $35 USD daily plus applicable tax

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CSCMP will again be offering the SCPro™ Bridge Exam at EDGE 2020!  The SCPro™ Bridge Exam was created for professionals that already hold a previously earned credential or advanced degree similar to SCPro™.  

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The 2020 Academic event submission and nomination period is now open. Those interested can submit a research session or poster presentation for the Academic Research Symposium, nominate a doctoral student to attend the Donald J. Bowersox Doctoral Symposium, or submit an application for the Doctoral Dissertation Award! If you have any questions about these submissions or nominations please contact Alison Hiller at

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CSCMP seeks to provide three complimentary* registrations to eligible military veterans for the 2020 Annual Global Conference – EDGE as well as one year of CSCMP membership and one SCPro™ Fundamentals Certification. This program is ideal for military veterans or active military ready to begin transitioning to civilian life within the supply chain and logistics industry. Ideal candidates will also be located within two hours of the Orlando area as travel and accommodation costs are not covered by CSCMP. Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2020.
*CSCMP will cover all EDGE registration costs. This does not include housing accommodations or meals outside of what is provided within the conference.

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March 26, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm | San Jose, CA

Join the CSCMP San Francisco Roundtable as we discuss the future of international trade for this interactive, members-only event featuring a rock-star panel of supply chain and trade compliance leaders (Uber, Flextronics, and Safariland, moderated by Netflix) who confronted the tariff war like ninjas. Listen and engage as they share success stories including key wins, challenges and pitfalls to empower you to skillfully navigate today's unstable trade environment.


Member Price: $65.00
Students: $65.00

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April 3, 2020 | 8:00 am - 6:00 pm | Cambridge, MA

MIT Supply Chain Management, in collaboration with Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) New England Roundtable invite you to ChainHacks—Innovating Supply Chains through Practice. The event will be hosting students from select universities across the world who will come together to solve real-life supply chain challenges.


Member Price: $15.00
Students: $15.00

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April 14, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm | King of Prussia, PA

Following an extended period of uncertainty from tariff impacts, the coronavirus is having a rippling effect in every industry. Many Chinese manufacturing plants are closed, transportation around Asia has halted, and the markets are in turmoil. How are companies dealing with the impact on their ability to service customer orders while protecting operating margins from these significant supply chain disruptions? What will be the next disruptive event? Are you ready? Attend the Philadelphia Roundtable for a presentation by Richard Sharpe, CEO of Competitive Insights, and gain key takeaways to proactively plan, execute and measure supply chain strategies in this disruptive, volatile market.


Member Price: $41.25
Students: $13.75

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