By Teri Elloitt Jarvie, CSCMP Director of Meeting Services
For three and a half days each year, CSCMP's Annual Global Conference provides attendees from all over the world with opportunities to hear about current and emerging supply chain and logistics trends and issues, as well as new techniques, strategies, and best practices they can put to use right away. The conference also lets them share their experiences and perspectives with peers, meet up with former colleagues, and make new acquaintances.
Many of those attendees may not be aware that the Annual Global Conference is itself an incredible logistical project. The planning for this largescale educational event begins years in advance when CSCMP's Meeting Services Department reserves convention center space and hotels in the designated host city. But that's just the first step in the year-round preparations required to stage this premier global event. Here are some interesting facts to keep in mind while you attend this year's conference in Denver, Colorado, USA:
These are impressive numbers, yet it's not the quantity of goods and equipment necessary to make CSCMP's Annual Global Conference operate seamlessly that's most important—it's the quality of the event itself. Together, CSCMP staff members and the professionals they work with focus on every aspect of the conference experience to ensure that the environment for education and networking is the best that it can be, costs are controlled, and service is friendly and efficient.
We hope you agree, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Rising oil prices, transportation bottlenecks, new import and export regulations ... the list goes on. In today's challenging economic environment, you can't afford to be complacent. Now more than ever, it's imperative that you stay abreast of current trends and continually hone your professional skills.
One way CSCMP is responding to this need is by adding more than 200 new offerings to its cache of online courses. The courses are broken down into six major supply chain functions: inventory management, manufacturing, purchasing/procurement, supply chain planning, transportation, and warehousing. Within each of these areas, we have created 22 bundles of courses that apply to a specific job role or title. Each bundle contains between 9 and 18 courses that cover the core competencies and requirements needed to succeed in the job.
The following is a breakdown of the course bundles being offered under each function:
"The new course bundles are a convenient, fast, and costeffective way for practitioners to receive supply chain training," says Burt Blanchard, CSCMP's manager of education and research. "Users never have to leave the office for professional education."
The courses are available any time of day, every day of the week, and cost $950 for CSCMP members and $1,095 for nonmembers. Participants have six months to complete all courses in a bundle and will receive a certificate upon completion.
More information and descriptions of the course objectives can be found at cscmp.org, under "CSCMP University" in the "Online Courses" tab on the homepage.
The next time you are traveling or taking a break from your daily tasks, consider downloading and listening to one of CSCMP's unique, members-only podcasts. These brief (3 to 10 minutes) audio messages from members of CSCMP's Board of Directors contain valuable industry insights on such topics as metrics, finance, and operational excellence.
Currently available are:
Visit cscmp.org to hear these exclusive member podcasts.
CSCMP is striving to make its annual conference as global as your supply chain. This year's conference in Denver, Colorado, USA, highlights how increasingly important it is for today's supply chain professionals to take a global view of their operations. From the keynote address, to networking events, to educational sessions, the conference urges participants to step beyond their national boundaries and gain a better grasp of the challenges of competing in a global economy.
In the opening keynote address, Frances Fragos Townsend will speak about the role of global risk, crisis preparation, and leadership in today's business environment. Townsend, currently a commentator for CNN, was Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chair of the Homeland Security Council from May 2004 until January 2008.
Subsequent general sessions will pick up this theme of uncertainty and the global economy. Mahender Singh from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Supply Chain 2020 project will speak on "Curved Thinking in a Flat World: How to Capitalize on Future Uncertainty." His address will touch on rising global agriculture prices; the emergence of countries such as Vietnam and Thailand as sources of low-cost manufacturing; and the possibility of high energy costs, environmental concerns, and currency exchange rates breathing new life into U.S. manufacturing. Next, a roundtable of executives from DHL/Exel, ProLogis, Limited Logistics Services, and YRC Worldwide will share strategies for succeeding in a challenging global economy and for managing trade barriers and risks.
Attendees will have the chance to delve further into specific global issues in such session tracks as Critical Business Issues, Emerging Markets, Future Trends, Global Strategic Sourcing, International Trade Compliance, and Matching Supply and Need in Resource-Constrained Settings.
Finally, in the conference's Global Showcase, CSCMP members from around the world will staff booths with information about 26 countries. Attendees can learn more about the economic developments, infrastructures, supply chain and logistics operations, business opportunities, and other significant issues facing their colleagues and potential supply chain partners in many nations.
For more information, visit cscmp.org.
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