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Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

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In an age when consumers expect to be able to access real-time information about the products they buy, the time has come to rethink the role of the U.P.C. barcode, and help industry adopt robust two-dimensional codes that provide dynamic information instantaneously through a single smartphone scan. Retailers and brands should collaborate to uncover any gaps in their supply chains now to prepare for a future of digital consumer engagement via product packaging.


Thank you Corporate Member Melanie Nuce, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at GS1 US, for sharing this CSCMP Hot Topic. 

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Deriving value from an enterprise resource planning (ERP) transformation is not an unrealistic goal. What is troubling, however, is how many firms fail to realize any top- or bottom-line improvements from their ERP transformations; according to Gartner, up to 75% of these do not meet their objectives. Based on this disconcerting trend, Liberty Advisor Group has developed an ERP benefit process and tracking asset to consistently identify, scrutinize, and validate opportunities. 


Thank you Corporate Member Alex Jay, Principal at Liberty Advisor Group for sharing this CSCMP Hot Topic.

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CSCMP Awards and Recognition
Congratulations to Sam Polakoff, a CSCMP member since 1986, on the release of his third novel this July! Sam is president, CEO and owner of Nexterus Inc, the oldest, privately held third party logistics firm in the U.S. (which celebrates its 75 anniversary this year).


Sam's father, Jay Polakoff, was a founding member of the Baltimore roundtable in the 1960’s when the organization was called NCPDM.

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CSCMP wants to recognize and celebrate the work supply chain leaders are doing to drive positive social, environmental, and economic impact. The annual Supply Chain Sustainability Award has been established by CSCMP's Sustainable Supply Chain Committee to recognize the positive and genuine impact in advancing environmental, social, and/or economic sustainability in the supply chain.

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  • Josue Canelo, Shipping & Receiving Manager, Freedman Seating

  • Dr. François Giraud-Carrier, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, Weber State University

  • Reggie Greenwood, Executive Director, Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator at Governors State University

  • Maggie Scharf, Associate Buyer, Exact Sciences

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The 2021 CSCMP Academic Research Symposium (ARS) will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with the CSCMP EDGE Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition: Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern and Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Eastern.
NEW Saturday Teaching Workshop and Industry Panel Session:
Learn the best practices of case teaching in this new addition to the ARS program. Case study pedagogy is among the most effective ways to convey advanced supply chain thinking and practice to students. Become skilled in delivering more effective case-based education.


The case study workshop will be followed by an industry panel session, where the most pressing topics for today's supply chain professionals will be explored for industry-academic exchange and engagement. The Journal of Business Logistics editorial review board and "Meet the Academics" reception follow. Register for the 2021 Academic Research Symposium!

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The Donald J. Bowersox Doctoral Symposium has been an annual event with CSCMP since 1990. The Bowersox Doctoral Symposium brings together current doctoral students from around the globe to meet and discuss current and future research as they pursue their doctoral degree in supply chain management or logistics. Students are nominated by supervising faculty and chosen by the Bowersox Doctoral Symposium co-chairs. The following criteria should be considered when nominating a symposium candidate.


All nominations must be made by faculty and are limited to doctoral students pursuing academic careers. Nominations from institutions around the world are encouraged to create a cohort of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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The 2021 Doctoral Dissertation Award (DDA) is open to all who will have completed their doctoral work in a field related to functions within the supply chain between January 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021. If you have already accepted a position at a college or university, you may still apply.


To be considered eligible, candidates MUST be a member of CSCMP and follow the criteria and formatting guidelines and submit a completed application form to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Applications will be accepted now through May 14, 2021.

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The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has opened nominations for its fifth annual Humanitarian Logistics Awards.


“Many humanitarian efforts couldn’t happen – or happen as well – without the generosity of the supply chain community. These awards were created to shine a light on that generosity and honor some of our industry’s most unsung heroes.” - ALAN Executive Director Kathy Fulton


Nominations (including self-nominations) can be made via ALAN’s website now through June 30. Honorees will be announced next fall. 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 Disaster Logistics

  • Employee Engagement

  • Research And Academic Contributions

  • Lifetime Achievement 

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Master of Supply Chain Management – 100% Online
The Pennsylvania State University
Accelerate your career! Earn a Penn State Master of Supply Chain Management part-time and online at your preferred pace. This highly engaging program, ranked #1 in the country by Gartner Inc., delivers the expertise professionals need to manage a world-class supply chain. Study proven theory, industry best practices, and new technologies from anywhere in the world. GMAT waivers are available.
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CSCMP Featured Members
"I joined in March of 2020 to network with Supply Chain professionals and augment my content for the courses I teach in Supply Chain Management, Imports, Exports and Logistics at Houston Community College. Engage - take advantage of the information in the newsletters that come via email, the webinars and accept opportunities to speak at events."

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"To get more exposure to peer groups working in my domain and participate in conferences and webinars hosted by CSCMP. A definite and noticeable value addition in these pandemic times and to gain SCPro™ certification, which I am looking forward to. Active learners can, definitely gain from materials and writeups for their learning benefit."

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Vector provides document digitization and workflow automation software for shippers, carriers, 3PLs and retailers.


"We're enabling truckdrivers, shippers, receivers to execute on a digital platform." - Will Chu, CEO & Co-founder, Vector

Watch CSCMP's Corporate Spotlight video to learn more about how Vector is leading the industry to help companies become completely digital.

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The Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation (BCSCI) is one of the preeminent operational excellence and supply chain management research centers. The center is part of Washington University in St. Louis (“WashU”) Olin School of Business with a focus on supply chain, operational excellence, technology and logistics innovations, new business models and risk management.


Watch CSCMP's Corporate Spotlight video to learn more about The Boeing Center's mission for developing the next generation of supply chain professionals.

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CSCMP's membership options are evolving! We now offer a Basic Membership for only $179, an affordable membership option available at a significantly reduced price. Our Basic Membership 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.

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.

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Enhance your team with a CSCMP Corporate Membership! Our customizable memberships offer education, access to supply chain research, networking and exposure to elite C-Level conversations via members-only webinars, workshops, and the global CSCMP EDGE annual conference.

Connect with a CSCMP Account Manager today to build a custom package for your team. We look forward to hearing from you. Learn more about CSCMP's Corporate Memberships!

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CSCMP offers several opportunities to participate in thought leadership and reach a highly qualified target audience of influential supply chain management professionals. This is an excellent, strategic opportunity to be shown as a thought leader in the supply chain industry. If you are interested in learning more or have questions about joining as a corporate member, please contact us at

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FREE EVENT APRIL 24! Join the Pledge! ISCEA and CSCMP collaborate for Sustainable Supply Chain Pledge Day, a virtual event to connect ISCEA Sustainable Supply Chain Global Ambassadors from around the world. The event is open to all who are interested in pledging to a sustainable supply chain, meeting peers with similar interests, or learning about how to further commit to sustainability by becoming an ISCEA Global Ambassador. 

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CSCMP is excited to work with Junior Achievement (JA), one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs. JA delivers cutting-edge, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. The JA network of 470,000 volunteers serves more than 10 million students in more than 100 countries. Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, and CSCMP is pleased to provide CSCMP members with opportunities to get involved in this effort.

CSCMP members have the opportunity to become virtual volunteers to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in their local communities by helping them learn about the supply chain profession.

Ways to engage:

  • “Beam-in” to an in-person classroom, or connect with a class through a remote platform for a minimum of one, 15-minute session from the comfort of your home or office.

  • Record a brief 5-minute video as a subject matter expert on a topic related to Junior Achievement content and/or discuss their supply chain management career.

Are you interested in participating in this new CSCMP member-only opportunity? Fill out the form today to participate!

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Training and Development
CSCMP's Summer 2021 Mentorship Program kicks off in July 2021, but the enrollment process starts on April 26, 2021. Developed by CSCMP's Young Professionals Committee, the program is designed to foster knowledge and connection through learning partnerships.

CSCMP's Mentorship Program will unfold in three phases:

  1. Enrollment Period: The enrollment period will run from April 26 through May 26, 2021.

  2. Profile Creation & Pairing: The second phase of the Mentorship Program will run from June 1 to July 1, 2021. Participants will create online profiles and get matched with a partner during this time.

  3. Mentoring Begins: The third phase will be the beginning of the mentoring relationship, and this will begin on July 6, 2021.

*To qualify for the mentorship program, you must be an active CSCMP member

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Leading the industry in supporting standards adoption of unique identifiers for drivers, tractors, trailers and loads, the Blockchain Chamber of Commerce, (BiTA), DFM Data Corp. and BlockKnowHow present an opportunity for the industry to better understand the challenges and opportunities that dynamic/digital freight matching and the IP at its core has brought to the supply chain management industry.


Join leaders representing standards bodies, shippers, carriers, brokers and related constituents as we address innovative and legacy systems and how they can best work together to solve for some of the most pressing problems facing the supply chain industry today.


May 4, 2021 at 10:00 am CDT

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Supply chain operations are transforming to serve the future. Digital, value-based collaboration and holistic visibility are critical to success.

Reuters Events Supply Chain Europe 2021 (May 19-20, online) is the most influential event for supply chain, logistics, and technology leaders to come together and define the future. It is the only place that gathers industry-leading strategists with operational experts who can provide the granular details on specific technologies and advancements that will destroy complexity and siloed supply chains, enhancing your ability to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

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According to the Logistics Manager's Index® as of March 2021, the overall LMI index is 72.2, up from February’s reading of 67.2. This is the highest score for the overall index in the last two years, and the third highest overall score in the history of the index. This increase is driven by continued expansion across the cost metrics and continued contractions in available logistics capacity. March’s reading is significantly higher than the index-average LMI score of 62.9.

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Edge Conference
Join the industry’s thought leaders at supply chain’s premier event™, held in-person September 19-22, 2021 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. 

EDGE will be one of the first face-to-face opportunities where supply chain professionals can network, exchange ideas, and share best practices following this disruptive time for our industry. We are eager to reunite with our members and community at large!

Experience three information-packed days where you will:

  • Discover more than 100 forward-thinking sessions covering real-world strategies implemented to maximize and transform supply chains.

  • Learn from dynamic speakers and industry experts.

  • Explore the Supply Chain Exchange Exhibition where you can safely see and experience the latest supply chain technologies up close and personal.

  • Network with leading, emerging, and future supply chain leaders from all over the world.

Register for EDGE by April 21 to save $500 on registration! Use promo code* SPRING. 

*Restrictions apply.

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World-class restaurants, professional sports teams, and an abundance of attractions make Atlanta the center for culture and entertainment in the South.

EDGE attendees can look forward to experiencing the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, tasting innovative flavors at the World of Coca-Cola, visiting historic sites – and so much more. We hope you’re excited to discover the vibrancy Atlanta has to offer!

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Join 120+ exhibitors showcasing the latest and most cutting-edge products, tech, and systems equipment at the 2021 Supply Chain Exchange during EDGE. Become an official exhibitor today to position YOUR brand as a global innovator and leader in the end-to-end supply chain.  


As a Supply Chain Exchange participant, you will:

  • Get to network live and in-person with top supply chain decision-makers from around the globe.

  • 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 strengthening these relationships.

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Naylor Association Solutions
San Francisco Roundtable: The Talent Management Life Cycle Journey
April 20, 2021 | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm PT | San Francisco, CA
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Utah-Idaho Roundtable: How Agile Leaders Inspire in an Age of Disruption
April 22, 2021 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PT | Salt Lake City, UT
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Southern California Roundtable: The Work From Home Job Search
April 22, 2021 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm PT | Los Angeles, CA
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Chicago Roundtable: The Work From Home Job Search
April 22, 2021 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CT | Chicago, IL
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Atlanta Roundtable: How Digital Twins Clear the Path to Productivity
April 22, 2021 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET | Atlanta, GA
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CSCMP Chicago & Cleveland Present Monthly Virtual Networking
April 28, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm CT | Chicago, IL
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