Supply Chain Monthly

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

Current News
Welcome to the fourth quarter of 2020. Who would or could have envisioned our current environment merely a year ago. CSCMP just completed our first ever, virtual EDGE Supply Chain Conference. It represents a real testimony to how supply chains can pivot, be resilient, and alter their course to satisfy the needs of our customers when thrown the largest curveball we've ever seen. By most if not all evaluations, it was quite successful, and we greatly appreciate our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and of course attendees and members who participated. Our staff worked so hard to bring the best possible content, networking, and interactive experiences possible.
This year marked our 58th annual conference and now – when it’s so critical to stay connected – we invite you to maintain your CSCMP involvement.
Obviously, the past few months have mobilized and challenged us – probably more than ever before; but I don’t want to talk about “new normals,” “we’re in this together,” or toilet paper. If you’re like me, you’re tired of hearing about it, and little more can be said. The fact is, this is what we do … this is our reality.
We’re resilient, we respond to challenges, and we solve complex problems. It should come as no surprise to anyone that we, as a profession, rose to the occasion. We’re the people who physically make it happen for the consumers’ benefit and wellbeing.
You’ve probably heard me say it several times before, but, in spite of advances in data and technology, Supply Chain is still a people business.
As an organization, CSCMP exists to CONNECT, EDUCATE and DEVELOP, but we also sit on the leading edge as a witness to and shaper of supply chain history. So how do we invest in ourselves and those that work with us? Well one way is to maintain a strong relationship with your professional Association, your CSCMP. We have professional development for every stage of one's career, I invite you to give it a try, you’ll be impressed.
Supply Chain leadership? We boast leaders who will definitely talk with you or your associates about how to navigate the supply chain profession. I've seen leaders who have decades of experience talk with students and young professionals and really cultivate strong relationships. As I mentioned, it's a people business supplemented by the greatest content ever assembled through CSCMP. We can offer the connections you need throughout your career. CSCMP members will engage with other CSCMP members. Join us.
When CSCMP says that we take our job as caretaker of the Supply Chain Industry very seriously, what we mean is … we make it our business to GET you and KEEP you prepared for whatever supply chain challenges come your way. Whether you’re a Supply Chain practitioner, an academic or student, the supply chain community represented by CSCMP cares about you, your professional development and your success.
Let’s stay connected!

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For the past quarter-century, the Third-Party Logistics Study has examined industry trends that matter. The 2021 3PL Study explores topics that are top-of-mind in today’s supply chain: 3PL/4PL future direction; technology’s direct impact on scalability and mobility; the COVID-19 effect; and risk management.


The study is created and supported by Infosys Consulting, Penn State University and Penske Logistics. The 2021 version, as well as past editions, are accessible at for download at no cost.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed supply chain vulnerabilities that exist in virtually every sector industry. It has demonstrated that even a small disruption in the intertwined, multifaceted modern supply chain can have dramatic effects.
In this Hot Topic, written by IBM Institute for Business Value, learn about the most effective strategies in navigating the correct responses to disruption.

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Due to the complexity of LTL shipments and its pricing structure you may be spending more than you need and missing out on valuable margin dollars for your business. Many companies don’t know how much they are truly spending and more importantly, how much they could potentially save. For small to mid-size companies that don’t have a Transportation Team on staff, effectively managing your supply chain is full of challenges. Our experience shows that if you are actively shipping multiple LTL shipments a day, the manual process can become quite daunting for your existing shipping group.
Written by CSCMP Corporate Member, Dave Maddox, Senior Vice President Sales Supply Chain, nVision Global.

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CSCMP Awards and Recognition

Nominate an industry leader for CSCMP's 2021 Supply Chain Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted through October 31, 2020. 


The creation of CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame is designed to recognize and archive the significant achievements of those who have created, innovated, and mastered the discipline of supply chain management. The Hall of Fame signifies the life-long accomplishments of those members of our industry who have truly improved the world we live in. 


But it is not only the concepts, inventions, and innovations that should be celebrated and remembered, it is also the people who took an impossible dream and made it a reality. This honor recognizes individuals that have made a significant impact on the landscape of supply chain management. Nominees must have experienced significant success in the industry, illustrated extraordinary leadership skills, and served as a role model to supply chain students, young professionals and budding entrepreneurs. 


To be eligible, each Hall of Fame inductee must have at least 20 years in supply chain and logistics field and fall under one of the following four categories: 


Industry Transformers • Technology • Business or Process • Legislative/Regulatory 


Knowledge Creators & Communicators • Researchers • Authors • Journalists • Consultants 


Industry Leaders/Practitioners • Practitioners • Industry Leaders 
CSCMP Distinguished Award Winners* 


*CSCMP's Distinguished Services Award is the highest honor we bestow upon an outstanding individual who exemplifies significant, consistent, and career-long contributions to the development of the logistics and supply chain management disciplines. Therefore, each of the Distinguished Service Award past winners were inducted into the Hall of Fame at CSCMP's 2016 EDGE Conference. And all future Distinguished Service Award winners will automatically be included each year. 

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These participants sat for a review session and their exam during EDGE 2020 Live! CSCMP will offer the SCPro™ Bridge Exam and Review Session again at EDGE 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. 


  • Daniel Boston, CQA Test Kitchen Coordinator, Publix

  • Carl Davidson, Assistant Operations Manager, Colorado Box Beef Co.

  • Laurel Evans, Global Account Manager, XPO Logistics Inc.

  • Michael LaBar, Supply Chain Specialist, Fi-Foil Company

  • Clinton Morris, Warehouse Assistant Department Head, Publix 

  • Caleb Jordan, Inbound Execution Department Head, Publix 

  • Lisa Atherton, Transportation IT, Publix 

  • Matt Steele, Transportation Manager, Publix 

  • MaryAnn Lawson, District Sales Executive, Central Florida Expeditors

  • April Potter, Senior Director of Purchasing, WS Badcock Corporation

Congratulations to Nicole Fisher for passing her SCPro™ Level One Certification. Nicole is a recent University of Tennessee graduate and is currently looking for opportunities in supply chain!   
If you have any questions or interest in the program, contact us at

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CSCMP Featured Members
"I joined to learn about what other companies were experiencing, what solution they managed to implement and those results. Best place to collaborate. Attend every conference you can and select as many of the breakout sessions because you will lean more and obtain more information than any other educational training."

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"I joined in 2000 based on people I knew in the local SoCal Roundtable. I was seeking to increase my engagement in the industry. CSCMP members should understand they will get back what they put into their membership as a multiple. Pick your spots, do fun stuff, meet people, and help push things forward. Career growth will happen indirectly once you become known as a contributor and establish yourself as a thought leader and team player. You may get your next job, or find that key employee (as I did) through CSCMP. Customers may find you. You will learn about areas adjacent to your primary field and that will deepen your knowledge base."

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GLT Logistics offers logistics and transportation solutions that simplify and enhance the inland freight shipping process. Their services include LTL, FTL, Heavy Haul, Drayage, and Intermodal shipping, as well as insurance, warehousing, packaging and inspections. Their coverage network expands throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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nVision Global is a Global Supply Chain Services and Technology organization which began as a small freight bill auditing company in 1993. The company has grown to include more than 500 associates, in 12 countries, which handle TMS (Order Management to Shipment Execution for all modes), Freight Bill Audit & Payment, Claims Processing, Benchmarking, Procurement, Contract Management & Rate Negotiation Services for their 4,000 users and customers globally.

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Join CSCMP for Relationship Building | Networking | Online Courses | and More!


Get Your Career in Shape during Professional Development Week with a CSCMP Membership!

Join Today! Save 15% All Week.* Use coupon code DEVELOP during checkout. 
*Must use coupon code DEVELOP to get the deal. Click “view cart/use coupon,” enter the coupon code and complete your membership purchase. The 15% discount will be applied after entering the coupon code. Offer expires Monday, October 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Central Time. All membership categories are eligible. Offer is not retroactive and may not be combined with other offers.

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Are you a motivated supply chain practitioner – age 32 or under – ready to expand your career horizons and join a key committee within the industry's leading professional organization? CSCMP's Young Professionals Committee (YPC) is looking for eight supply chain professionals to join the team as members-at-large to help drive action and produce results.
To be considered, you must be an active CSCMP member in good standing at the time of application, and have shown a demonstrated commitment to CSCMP (Roundtable participant, EDGE Conference attendee, etc.).

To apply, complete the application form by October 25, 2020, 11:59 pm CT and you will receive a phone call from a committee member to discuss your application.


Not a CSCMP Member? Take advantage of our Professional Development week offer, 15% Off CSCMP Membership. Just enter coupon code DEVELOP during checkout.* Join CSCMP here.

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CSCMP Member Aisha Eccleston has been involved with CSCMP for more than 12 years and officially re-joined in 2016 to take full advantage of the extensive professional peer network, leadership development and training opportunities.


Read, “Why Port of Entry Matters for Ecommerce Retail” and click here to learn more about Alisha and other past CSCMP Featured Members. 

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Like dominos falling in succession, the world’s 4th largest container transportation and shipping firm, CMA CGM, has become the latest casualty joining AP Moller-Maersk, MSC, and Chinese COSCO Shipping Lines on the growing list of Maritime cyber victims. The CMA CGM attack is a reminder to shipping operators of the very real threat and danger posed by cybercriminals today.
What we know so far
The CMA CGM attack, at first reported as an “internal IT infrastructure issue” on September 28, 2020, was later confirmed to be indeed a ransomware attack. The attack affected the Marseille-based company’s peripheral servers as well as the infrastructure of their international offices including their Chinese and Australian branches.

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Training and Development
October 21 - 12pm CT / 1pm ET - Register for the webinar!

Join the 100,000+ people who have learned how to achieve business and career success with LinkedIn, the world's most popular professional networking site, from Wayne Breitbarth, a nationally recognized speaker, author and consultant.

Wayne is the author of "The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand and Job Search," now in its fourth edition. In this presentation Wayne will help you:

⦿ Learn how to use LinkedIn to be MORE EFFECTIVE in your job search.

⦿ Discover what PROACTIVE STEPS you should be taking every week on LinkedIn

⦿ See why LinkedIn is the #1 SOCIAL MEDIA SITE for recruiters, employers, and YOU, the job seeker!

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October 22 - 1pm CT / 2pm ET - Register for the webinar!

Supply chain jobs are all around us, but many people miss out on great opportunities because they don’t think broadly enough about where to find them. In this webinar, Daniel Stanton (aka "Mr. Supply Chain”) will examine 10 completely different industries and show how supply chain professionals can build successful careers in each one. Whether you’re just getting started in supply chain, or preparing for a career transition, this session will provide a fresh perspective to help you find options that are aligned with your personal and professional goals.

Daniel Stanton is known as Mr. Supply Chain. He is the author of the best-selling "Supply Chain Management For Dummies" and an instructor for LinkedIn Learning. Daniel is a past member of the CSCMP Board of Directors.

Daniel Stanton also offers a 30-day FREE trial of LinkedIn Learning, sign up today! 

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People are talking about these popular CSCMP courses:
Build Your Brand Accelerate Your Career
Cultivating Women in Supply Chain & Operations
ABCs of Using Transferable Skills to Advance Your Career
A Guide to Succeeding as a New Manager in Supply Chain
Check out CSCMP's full course selection here.
Access today, just use coupon code CAREER20 at checkout. *Offer excludes SCPro™ Fundamentals Certification. 

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Thursday, October 29 │ 1pm CT

With a tumultuous year nearly behind us, heading into 2021 transportation leaders are asking, “How can we be more prepared next year, and where should we invest resources?” 
Transportation is becoming increasingly efficient as shippers embrace digital transformation and integrate systems and processes.

By taking an agile approach toward adopting freight technology, shippers eliminate operational inefficiency and avoiding costly pitfalls –even in extraordinarily strained markets.
In this webinar, with Hunter Yaw of of Loadsmart and Fab Brasca of Blue Yonder, you’ll learn how to avoid overpaying for freight by building upon and optimizing your TMS, customize routing guides to mitigate high tender rejection – recently hovering at more than 25% nationally – and automate better and more profitable business decisions.

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Thursday, November 5 │ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm CT
Disasters can be overwhelming if your business isn’t prepared. Join Rick Blasgen, President and CEO of CSCMP, and Kathy Fulton, Executive Director of the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN), for a virtual interactive, game-based session in which you’ll play the role of an organization working hard to deliver food, water, and medicine to a community following a disruptive event.
Fifteen percent of all registration fees will be donated to ALAN - The American Logistics Aid Network. ALAN is an industry-wide organization that exists to provide supply chain assistance to disaster relief organizations (and other non-profits). They do this by bringing the expertise and resources of the logistics industry together with non-profit disaster relief organizations so that ALAN can help solve their most pressing supply chain challenges immediately after disasters strike. That way, help – and hope – arrive sooner. For more information about ALAN and how you can contribute, visit

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Thursday, November 5 │ 3pm CT
Part two will examine the data behind Accenture's latest research which reveals that only 10% of companies – supply chain “Masters” – are driving growth while delivering on customer value propositions. What are they doing differently?

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Growth rates in the logistics industry are roaring. Continuing its swift recovery from April’s all-time low overall score of 51.3, the LMI® registered at 70.5 in September, its first entry in the 70’s since October 2018. September’s robust readings are driven primarily by the tightening capacity in both transportation and warehousing as the demand for logistics services increases ahead of Q4.

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Edge Conference

CSCMP extends a special thank you to our EDGE 2020 Live! sponsors and exhibitors for contributing to the huge success of this year's virtual conference.


CSCMP’s Annual EDGE Supply Chain Conference is designed to educate, develop, and connect the world’s supply chain management professionals, and as CSCMP continues to grow, the EDGE conference also expands its reach.

Partnerships with our sponsors and exhibitors allow CSCMP to provide the very best in educational and networking opportunities.
We look forward to seeing you in person next year for EDGE 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia!

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Thank you for attending CSCMP's first virtual EDGE conference! Your feedback as a valued attendee is important to us so that we can continue fine-tuning and improving the EDGE experience for years to come. Thank you for your participation! 

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