Although transparent to most people, the supply chain management (SCM) discipline has become a visible force to the business community. SCM is increasingly recognized as a critical enabler of business and economic growth—by Wall Street investors and others who publicly measure company performance; by governments that are realizing that remaining globally competitive requires a well-connected, reliable infrastructure; and even by consumers, who are beginning to understand the complex systems that provide them access to the goods and services they want and need.
Supply chain professionals are taking on new challenges at a faster pace than ever before. Today's practitioners must be equipped with broader skill sets than their predecessors in order to strategically manage the cross-functional complexities that exist throughout modern organizations. To successfully manage end-to-end supply chains, they also should possess excellent interpersonal, managerial, and technical skills. The secret to supply chain success, then, is continuous learning, broad knowledge, and being prepared for the unexpected.
For more than five decades, CSCMP has helped logistics and supply chain management professionals achieve success by providing them with the research, education, networking opportunities, and other programs and services they need to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date. For example, we offer on-site education tailored to an organization's specific requirements and delivered at its preferred location. Online education is another option, and includes our Supply Chain Management Essentials (SCME) program and Supply Chain Quick Courses. In today's competitive job market, CSCMP's unique, three-level SCPro certification program will help professionals master critical supply chain skills and gain advanced knowledge of supply chain operations.
CSCMP also develops and disseminates world-class research, such as our recently released 25th Annual "State of Logistics Report," presented by Penske Logistics. The statistics and industry insights contained in this highly respected benchmark report will help practitioners and their companies better prepare for the business demands that lie ahead.
CSCMP's global roundtables offer members the opportunity to learn at the local level and connect with peers in their own communities. And, our annual global conference—supply chain's premier event—provides attendees with three and a half days of world-class professional education and exclusive networking events. We hope you'll join us September 21-24 for this year's conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Organizations worldwide are beginning to appreciate that our profession is a core competency that generates revenues and profits, and that they must support that with knowledgeable, well-trained professionals and the latest technology. CSCMP has responded to this need by providing its members with the highest-quality supply chain and logistics management information, services, programs, and professional connections to be found anywhere in the world.
I invite you to experience all that CSCMP offers. Visit cscmp.org today.