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For 58 years, CSCMP has hosted supply chain’s premier event, the EDGE Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition. EDGE provides attendees from all over the world with the opportunity to be empowered with new ideas and connections that can be utilized throughout their careers.


This year, EDGE 2021 will be one of the very first, face-to-face events of its kind in the supply chain management discipline since the COVID-19 health crisis and pandemic began in early 2020. It is simultaneously a tremendous opportunity and a great responsibility.


The CSCMP staff, member volunteers, and expert contributors have been working hard not only to deliver the quality content, access, and value you have known us for, but also to spotlight trends and important topics that have arisen since we last physically convened in 2019. We will discuss topics like innovation; talent; diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I); transportation optimization; digitization; supply chain visibility; and so much more.


Your EDGE 2021 experience will, indeed, be different than in previous years. There will be moments of social awkwardness as we greet one another. Fist bumps, hugs, or waves, I challenge you to embrace it all. Seize the opportunity to network with real people, your professional peer group, face-to-face while doing so, safely. 


As an organization, CSCMP exists to CONNECT, EDUCATE, and DEVELOP, but we also serve as a witness to and shaper of supply chain history. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn, to lean into the content delivered via the educational sessions, and skill up with ideas and resources that you can utilize for your own career development. It is an investment in yourself and your career. Do not underestimate the power of relationships … relationships that matter. That’s CSCMP.


Finally, CSCMP believes that education is the foundation of continuous improvement. We, as supply chain professionals and ambassadors, never stop learning, never stop giving. We care about you; we care about your customers. We are confident that the EDGE conference will provide you with a broader, deeper vision of the profession; an opportunity to participate in relevant learning programs and networking activities; and the inspiration to enhance your personal and organizational development.

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Wednesday’s livestreamed EDGE events include two mega sessions and the closing session. The flat rate for virtual registrations is $675 for CSCMP members and $1,180 for nonmembers.

Virtual registrants get access to livestreamed and on-demand: Daily Keynotes, Town Hall Series, Wednesday Mega Sessions, Sponsor Presentation Series, Supply Chain Exchange Series, Innovation Demonstration Series, and Fireside Chats. You can also connect and network with both virtual and in-person attendees. 


Register now to access tomorrow's livestreamed events. All conference livestreamed and on-demand sessions will be available on-demand for the next 30 days for virtual registrations.


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Wednesday, September 22 from 8:30 am - 9:45 am EDT 

Trucks are the backbone of the American economy and central to our way of life, however, the government makes decisions that impacts consumers and millions of businesses that could not exist without trucks. Lawmakers must understand the trucking industry and enact policies that support our future as we rely on a multitude of goods and services to prosper as individuals and as a nation. Learn ATA’s efforts to advocate and educate how those efforts help keep our supply chains humming.


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Wednesday, September 22 from 8:30 am - 9:45 am EDT

Being relentlessly focused on customers is critical to success in today’s hyper-competitive markets. Customer-centric companies are 60% more profitable than companies that are not focused on the customer, according to Deloitte. Supply chain service innovations and speed are vital to customer-centricity.


This mega session brings together supply chain leaders whose organizations put the customer at the center of everything they do. The discussion will focus on achieving customer centricity through tailored service innovation, workforce development, and technology deployment. The takeaway–a better understanding of strategies that successfully drive customer loyalty and long-range profitability.

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EDGE Closing Keynote

Wednesday, September 22 at 10:15 am EDT

Why are some companies still laggards in this new economy? Why are companies finding change so difficult to achieve? How can we all learn from best practices in the market?

Today’s chaotic reality applies to us all. Supply Chain disruptions are more frequent than ever, yet many organizations have been slow to adopt an end-to-end Sustainable Supply Chain innovation approach to gain more agility and visibility. Many factors play into the today’s complexities creating a true balancing act for supply chain and operations professionals.

Constant change in technology, time to react to the now, implementing change in people and business practices all play into barriers for innovation. Hear from our panel of experts on real-life examples of companies that are pushing the curve, including where Industry 4.0 plays, how corporate sustainability initiatives are being mastered by supply chain professionals, and how organizations are creating positive change in their work forces to tackle today’s world of disruptions both large and small.

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Software selection methodologies have traditionally followed the same framework, including some initial discovery, requirement gathering, bringing multiple vendors to the table, and then iterating for weeks or even months on the decision.


Rather than sitting through demos of software that most likely aren’t going to be selected, couldn’t the team’s time be better spent?


We believe the answer is yes. A more focused approach can reduce time spent on software selection for you and your organization by 30-50%.


Liberty Advisor Group explores how you can:

  • Ensure the right team is selected, both internally and externally.

  • Focus on the unique and differentiating requirements for your business.

  • Build a clear stakeholder-led business case identifying hard and soft benefits the new solution will provide.

  • Reduce time spent deciding by focusing on viable, preferred vendors.

Thank you CSCMP Corporate Member Jason Juds of Liberty Advisor Group for sharing this Hot Topic.

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Red Classic Transportation Services, LLC
Vecna Robotics
CSCMP Awards and Recognition
Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only publication covering the entire global supply chain, announces the winners of its 2021 Women in Supply Chain award.

The Women in Supply Chain award honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company’s supply chain network. This year’s list includes individuals from software and service providers, consultancies and academia, trucking and transportation firms, professional development agencies, sourcing and procurement divisions, and more, all who have helped supply chain clients and the supply chain community at large prepare to meet many of today’s—and tomorrow’s—challenges.

“These women are just absolutely amazing in so many ways. They’ve re-tooled, re-innovated and revamped how the world sees the supply chain and logistics industry. They’ve paved the way for future female supply chain leaders to become a part of an industry that matters. Because women in the supply chain matter. And, some of these women are young, which means, they’re just getting started,” said Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Food Logistics. “I’m honored to recognize and celebrate the achievements of so many female supply chain leaders.”

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How to scale up for peak fulfillment
6 River Systems, Inc®
It’s never too early to start thinking about peak preparation, especially if your business experiences several seasonal spikes throughout the year.

To get ready for peak season, it’s now time to evaluate processes, from hiring seasonal labor to managing accurate inventory.

Read on to learn how you can:
  • Implement flexible labor strategies to meet demand
  • Stay ahead with “just in case” inventory
  • Achieve customer satisfaction
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CSCMP Featured Members
"Supply Chain is in my blood, as my father was a past President of NCPDM and in the Supply Chain Hall of Fame. CSCMP is the thought leader and sharing platform for our profession. I have always wanted to 'share' my unique global supply chain knowledge with our future supply chain leaders. Join the local committee. Follow your interests. Attend seminars."

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"I joined in 2002. I always believe in continuous learning and development, and as the premier organization in the supply chain industry CSCMP was a shoo-in both for learning and for networking. It was just something I had to do. Since then, my company got involved in sponsoring the Bay Area Chapter of CSCMP, and we continue to contribute with board members. I believe communities only exist when there is healthy give and take, and I am committed to doing both. Be involved in your regional CSCMP roundtable. The events are engaging and fun, and I really enjoy meeting and exchanging ideas with the members in my area. From a networking standpoint it is hard to beat having a room filled with clients, potential clients, suppliers, and industry practitioners all at the same time."

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Schneider has been a provider of transportation and logistics services for 85+ years─specializing in all facets of the supply chain and has the resources, knowledge and technology to tackle a wide variety of customer challenges. As one of the first asset-based carriers to formalize a logistics division nearly 30 years ago, Schneider has a reputation for going above and beyond for shippers and for providing services that improve their bottom line.

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Softeon is a global supply chain software company with a broad suite of solutions anchored by their Warehouse Management System (WMS), Warehouse Execution System (WES), and Distributed Order Management (DOM) systems.

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Kinaxis Inc.

CSCMP's offers a Basic Membership for only $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.

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.


Share the news with colleagues and supply chain friends today. Learn more about CSCMP Membership here.

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Enhance Your Team with a CSCMP Custom Corporate Membership Package 

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. Invest in your team with a CSCMP Corporate Membership today!


CSCMP's annual EDGE Conference & Supply Chain Exhibit is underway, but there's still time to access Wednesday's Livestreamed Mega Sessions, Closing Keynote, and so much more! Join us at EDGE 2021! Contact your Account Manager or email for package details and exclusive pricing.

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Addressing the Talent Shortage and Industry Diversity Through Strategic Relationship Building and Education

As the pandemic and mounting frustration over racial and social inequity came to a boil last year, our leadership team began discussing how to address the importance of diversity and the expanding need for skilled workers. As we looked at our core values as an organization, we knew that our commitment to continuing education, sustainability efforts, and global perspective were attractive qualities to our workforce. However, we knew we had to do more to increase diversity in our offices and warehouses and strengthen our upskilling programs to help our employees grow.


Having started at the bottom in the logistics industry at the start of my career, I understood the value of on-the-job training and the ability to move up within an organization. Millennials and Gen Z'ers may have a reputation for job-hopping. However, my observations are that if you provide a workplace that encourages learning, flexibility, and the ability to earn more money while having new experiences, people tend to stick around–no matter their generation affiliation. Still, the events of 2020 changed the world. We had to take action to change with it.

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Training and Development

September 29, 2021

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.


October 5, 2021

Supply Chain Pain Points of a Shipper - Sponsored by nVision Global
This webinar will discuss some of these pain points and solutions/tools being used to ensure as smooth a flow of goods from inbound raw materials to outbound shipment execution.


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This is the supply chain event you don’t want to miss! Join Coyote September 29 for the Coyote Logistics Digital Summit. This immersive digital event features webinars that are laser-focused on the issues you face in 2021.


Your free registration gives you access to live and on-demand talks by global thought-leaders from UPS, CSCMP, Consumer Brands Association, IHS Markit, Upwork and more. Set your supply chain strategy with our expert guidance.

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Join us for a panel featuring members of CSCMP’s Young Professionals Committee as they share the details and responsibilities of their role within the YPC and supply chain. The panel will be held on October 21, 2021, at 1 pm CDT.


This panel is a great opportunity to learn more about the diverse career paths and specific jobs found in supply chain and logistics. If you are interested in learning more about this burgeoning industry, make sure to register!

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It’s your turn to stand out! Register now for CSCMP’s SCPro™ Level One Certification Virtual Instruction in conjunction with Governors State University and Illinois Innovation Network–beginning October 27. 

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According to the August Logistics Manager’s Index Report®, the overall index is 73.8, down slightly from July but still the fifth highest in the history of the index. This is all the more interesting when considering the index hit this mark immediately after reaching the second- and third-highest readings the two months prior. The LMI is a change index, not a measure of absolute  growth. So the fact that the logistics industry still displayed this high rate of growth after expanding so rapidly in the two previous months speaks to the unprecedented stretch of growth we are currently observing. Indeed, in the period from June-August 2021, the LMI averaged a growth rate of 74.4, the highest three-month stretch in the history of the index.

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Naylor Association Solutions

Managing Workforce Challenges in the COVID Era
September 23, 2021 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT | Portland, OR
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Supply Chainer Mixer/Networking Event
September 27, 2021 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm MDT | Denver, CO
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Gatik Presents: Autonomous Trucking and the Middle Mile
September 28, 2021 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm CDT | Grapevine, TX
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Supply Chainer Mixer/Networking Event
September 30, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT | Woburn, MA
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