Supply Chain Monthly

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

Current News
The larger and more complex supply chains become, the more vulnerable they are to disruptions. Pressures such as market volatility, tightening labor, inflation, weather events, and supply shortages have a cascading effect on the global movement of goods.
The good news is that, thanks to the proliferation of sensors, cameras, and digital tools, many of these conditions can be captured in data—a lot of data. Artificial intelligence (AI) gives us a means of understanding that data. This technology can be used to dynamically analyze complex data sets, helping companies predict demand, identify trade-offs, and optimize delivery routes. Together with subsets like machine learning (ML), which utilizes training data and feedback to progressively improve accuracy, AI allows firms to illuminate and even predict supply chain disruptions before they occur.
More than anything, AI can help supply chain managers make better, more informed decisions.
While many supply chain managers are aware of the potential of AI, a common stereotype is that AI will replace humans by fully automating data analysis and decision-making. That is not the case. While AI does rely on data analysis to deliver recommendations, often the full story of what is happening in the supply chain cannot be completely captured by the available data. Instead, recognition of many issues and their causes can come only from a human’s prior experience and intuition.
At the Institute for Experiential AI (EAI) at Northeastern University, we have found that human involvement is an important part of getting the most out of artificial intelligence. With a human involved at all stages of the AI “training” and ongoing feedback process, the technology does a better job of increasing efficiency, yielding more ethical outcomes, and providing insights that improve bottom-line performance—better than it would without human involvement. We call this human-centric approach to AI “experiential AI.”

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Season three's episodes are resonating with our supply chain audience. So far in the series, Responding to the Labor Crisis, we've learned valuable insights from Mark Baxa, CSCMP president and CEO; Claudia Knowlton-Chike, a retired global supply chain executive with companies that included IBM, GE, Motorola, Facebook, and Google; Mike Regan, chief relationship officer at logistics services provider TranzAct; Charlie Saffro, president and founder of CS Recruiting; and Shekar Natarajan, chief supply chain officer at retailer American Eagle.
Our series-based podcast shares more content, SCM exposure, and pinpointed, deep industry discussions with top thought innovators from the end-to-end supply chain.
Supply Chain in the Fast Lane, developed and hosted by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and Supply Chain Quarterly (SCQ), fast tracks topics you need to know from leaders you want to know.

Catch up on the series and tune in for new episodes each Tuesday as we continue the discussion on Labor Recruitment and Retention, sponsored by SCOPE Recruiting and Vanderlande.

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When it comes to helping ALAN there’s no such thing as “just a small” donation. Each tax-deductible dollar you give allows ALAN to help provide more than $70 worth of relief to individuals and communities at a time when they need it most─and to deliver dignity, comfort and hope.


Help ALAN continue the good work they do by becoming an ALAN corporate donor or member – or by making a one-time gift today. Click here to learn more about becoming an ALAN corporate donor.Or contact for donation inquiries.


ALAN also just kicked off it's fall fundraiser. This year ALAN is offering a logoed jacket for every donation of $200 or more. Give a gift today at: with the password alanaid.
P.S. Did you know you can also give to ALAN through Amazon Smile? When you shop on Amazon Smile this season use this link to select American Logistics Aid Network as the charity you’d like to give to. 

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CSCMP Awards and Recognition

This past September CSCMP's EDGE 2022 Supply Chain Conference & Expedition honored individuals and organizations who are leaving their mark on supply chain for the betterment of the discipline.


The 2022 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Masao Nishi, principal at consultancy M. Nishi Strategic Advisory (pictured right). Masao Nishi and Beth Ford, chief executive officer and former executive vice president, chief supply chain and operations officer, of Land O’ Lakes, were inducted into CSCMP’s Supply Chain Hall of Fame.
The 2022 Emerging Leader Award for outstanding supply chain professionals age 32 and under was awarded to Andrii Aleksyeyev, supply chain director of Milkalliance. Andrii helped establish the industry association’s roundtable in Ukraine.
The 2022 Gail Rutkowski Transportation Excellence Award was presented to Mexpress, which provides transportation services between the United States and Mexico that bypass border clearance at the Mexican border.
The 2022 Supply Chain Sustainability Award honored Microsoft for their mission to create Circular Centers to process decommissioned cloud servers and hardware, and intelligently sort and channel the components and equipment to optimize, reuse or repurpose. The goal of Circular Centers is to reuse 90% of cloud computing hardware assets by 2025. Today, the world produces more than 11 billion tons of waste each year, with e-waste being the fastest growing waste stream of which only 20% is recycled. Microsoft saw the world’s need to decouple growth from the use of natural resources and is now on a mission to be carbon negative, zero waste, and water positive by 2030. Circularity enables this mission by creating regenerative and restorative cycles for everything we produce.
CSCMP's 2022 Supply Chain Innovation Award (SCIA) went to Holcim for “Crisis as Innovation Catalyst” – presented by Darren Oosthuizen, Senior Manager Transport Optimization - Corporate Logistics, Siddharth Pandey, Head - Transport Analytics Center (TAC), and Alexander Scheld, Global Head of Logistics which shared how they used data-driven analytics to transform their transportation operations. By digitally transforming Holcim's Transport Analytics Center, they were able to better respond to the growing market uncertainty that took place during the pandemic, while also increasing road safety, improving efficiency, and reducing carbon emissions.
CSCMP's Academic Research Symposium honored Lina Wang of Pennsylvania State University, for her paper “Platform Design and Operations in the Last-Mile of the Supply Chain” with the annual Doctoral Dissertation Award
The Bernard J. La Londe Best Paper Award went to Stefan Kurpjuweit, Christoph G. Schmidt, Maximilian Klöckner, and Stephan M. Wagner, all from ETH Zurich, for their paper “Blockchain in Additive Manufacturing and its Impact on Supply Chains.”
The E. Grosvenor Plowman Award went to John Bell of University of Tennessee, David Dobrzykowski of University of Arkansas, Trang (Jenny) Hoang of University of Nebraska–Omaha, Nicolo Masorgo of University of Arkansas, and Morgan Swink of Texas Christian University for their research paper, “Time is Ticking: The Role of DC Operations and Transportation in Avoiding Late Orders in Online Retailing."

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CSCMP Member and DSA Recipient Dale Rogers, ON Semiconductor Professor of Business in the Department of Supply Chain Management at ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business, was honored for his lifetime impact on supply chain management as an academic at CSCMP's 2022 Academic Research Symposium (ARS) in September. He’s the fifth to receive the Academic “Giant” Award. 

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Nominate an industry leader for CSCMP‘s 2023 Supply Chain Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted through January 16, 2023.
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.
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 categories: Industry Transformers, Knowledge Creators & Communicators, or Industry Leaders/Practitioners.

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Talent Problems: 5 steps to solving them today
Talent Problems are an urgent concern in any business. Nonetheless, with the help of experts, these problems are narrowed down to five easy steps that will provide you with an excellent solution to unravel that crisis. Your people are your assets, choose wisely!
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CSCMP Featured Members
New York/New Jersey Roundtable
"I joined CSCMP in July 2020 to learn more about the supply chain field. My Advice: join a roundtable, be part of CSCMP's mentorship program, and volunteer with a committee...


The most valuable membership benefit was being a mentee as I was pivoting my career objective. The most impactful connection I've made through CSCMP was working on my EQ with my mentors."

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Puget Sound Roundtable
"I joined in 2016 because our business requires us to keep abreast of supply chain innovation in logistics, operations, and systems.


The case studies and articles are valuable to me for learning and understanding where the supply chain technology and operations are headed in the future. As a supply chain professional in a company, it is imperative to avoid working in a vacuum of one's own knowledge, and I believe it is important for new members to engage and learn from other sources."

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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 offers an accessible Basic Membership, which provides 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.

If you or your colleagues plan to attend CSCMP’s annual EDGE Conference, then Premier Membership is the right choice for you.

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Apply by December 5, 2022.
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 additional members-at-large to join the team and help drive action and produce results.
To apply, complete the application form by December 5, 2022, 9 am CT and you will be contacted by a committee member to discuss your application. 

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CSCMP's Corporate Membership offers an end-to-end supply chain network, education, and event opportunities to help develop your team as you 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.
Consider using your end-of-year spend to enhance your team and supply chain connections with a CSCMP Corporate Membership.

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Training and Development
Join CSCMP for the digital and in-person event, Smart Ports: Piers of the Future 2022 this week, November 15 - 17, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. Learn more about the event and register today!

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Join CSCMP's Member Engagement Team, to 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.

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Wed., December 7 ︱10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST


We all know that sustainability is on everyone's mind, and any way to reduce carbon footprint in a cost-effective way certainly makes sense. Increasing environmental regulations, sustainability, and reducing dependance on fossil fuels have challenged both automakers and heavy vehicle manufacturers to innovate to meet these goals.
Could converting fleets to electric be the answer? What is the interest on the part of shippers? What are the operating implications with carriers? And where are OME's in development? It may sound easy, but what must be considered are things like technology, infrastructure, ROI, maintenance, range, weight and grid capacity.
Join us for a moderated panel discussion on the topic of electric trucks from a shipper, carrier and OEM manufacturer perspective.

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According to the October 2022 Logistics Manager’s Index Report®, the overall index is 57.5. After one month back above 60.0 the overall LMI has dropped back into the 50’s in October. Along with the continuing softness in the transportation market, this decline is due to a dip in Inventory Levels, and a large decline in Warehousing Utilization (upstream) as goods are filtered Downstream towards retailers in anticipation, or perhaps just hope, of Q4 consumer spending. Casting shadows over any potential spending increase is the all-time high level of Transportation Capacity growth observed in October. It is possible that goods are simply already in place and did not need to be moved, but it is still highly unusual to see so much unused capacity in what is usually the busiest time of the year. 

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Edge Conference
Register by November 15, 2022.

CSCMP’s EDGE 2022 On-Demand Experience shares access to industry experts and influential supply chain leaders found at the annual EDGE conference—all from the comfort of your home!

The EDGE conference is essential for every supply chain management professional to connect to the latest in industry knowledge and developments while meeting today's innovators and trend-setters. 
What you can expect from the EDGE On-Demand Experience...
Our Monday Keynote, Mandy Rennehan, set the stage and the positive and playful tone attendees felt throughout the three-day event. Access her keynote session today to hear what all the buzz was about.
Then, take a step inside our Tuesday Keynote Tom Szaky's new take on waste and innovative ways we can all begin to enjoy the process of recycling.
Finally, don't miss Wednesday Keynote Jim Cafone's update on the pandemic, new technologies and more.
Access 27 sessions including keynote speakers, the Women Leader's Forum, Town Hall Series, Mega Sessions, Current Research & Surveys, Technology and Innovations to Transportation and Logistics today!
Register now to experience EDGE On-Demand at home. Access to EDGE On-Demand expires February 2023.

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Wed., Nov. 16 ︱ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The NY/NJ Roundtable presents Supply Chain Management Job Fair and Employment Symposium in partnership with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Kean University, and Union County Vocational Technical Schools.
Join the symposium to:

  • Visit Employer Tables to Find Open Roles/Positions

  • View Short Employer Presentations

  • Learn About the Hiring Organizations’ Business Focus

  • Attend Panel Discussions and Q&A Sessions Focused on the “Talent Gap” Facing Employers

  • Learn How Students Can Seize Opportunities

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November 17, 2022

Tour of The USS Orleck
Hosted by Jacksonville Roundtable

November 30, 2022

Holiday Happy Hour / International SCM Skills Discussion
Hosted by Chicago Roundtable


December 1, 2022
KC CSCMP Holiday Party
Hosted by Kansas City Heartland Roundtable

December 7, 2022

Holiday Volunteer Event at Second Harvest
Hosted by Twin Cities Roundtable

December 8, 2022
DFW CSCMP Holiday Networking Event
Hosted by Dallas/Fort Worth Roundtable

December 14, 2022
Converse Leadership Night
Hosted by New England Roundtable

December 15, 2022
Holiday Happy Hour / Innovation Elegance Discussion
Hosted by Chicago Roundtable

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