CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
January 17, 2020
CSCMP Notebook

CSCMP Notebook


CSCMP announces inaugural Emerging Leader Award

Up and coming leaders in the supply chain management field now have an opportunity to be recognized by their mentors or established leaders.

CSCMP is proud to announce its inaugural Young Professionals Emerging Leader Award. The award is designed to recognize active CSCMP members age 30 or under for their early and substantive contributions to the industry.

Nominees will be evaluated based on three criteria: Recognition as an up-and-coming leader; contribution to the supply chain management profession; and their potential future impact on the practice of supply chain management.

Nominations should include a descriptive summary of the nominee's achievements and contributions in 500 words or less. The summary should describe specific aspects of the nominee's business and professional experiences and include specific examples. The submission must also include one letter of recommendation written by someone who is involved in the supply chain management discipline. Letters written by current members of CSCMP's board of directors are not admissible.

The award recipient will be recognized at CSCMP's 2013 Annual Global Conference and will be invited to speak at a Young Professionals session at that event. In addition, the award winner will be spotlighted in CSCMP publications, including CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly magazine, the CSCMP membership newsletter, and the YPC Bulletin.

Nomination forms and supporting materials for the 2013 Emerging Leader Award must be submitted no later than April 15, 2013.

The nomination form and instructions for submission can be found here.

Questions regarding the award may be directed to

Quick courses for busy professionals

Got 75 minutes or less? Then swing by CSCMP's website—maybe during your lunch hour or before your workday starts—and expand your knowledge of core supply chain topics through the organization's Quick Courses.

Quick Course consists of: an instructional Web-based video running from 45 minutes to 75 minutes; teaching notes, which include terminology and definitions; test questions; an answer key; and recommended materials for further study. All of the Quick Courses are designed for entry-level to mid-level supply chain professionals.

Current course topics include: demand management, finance fundamentals, inventory management, materials requirement planning (MRP), operations environments, performance measurements, physical distribution systems, quality, reverse supply chain management, sales and operations planning (S&OP), risk mitigation, and master planning and capacity management.

Quick Courses cost US $64.95 for members (US $94.95 for nonmembers). Each course qualifies for 1 SCPro continuing education unit (CEU). New topics are added frequently, so check back often to see what's new.

CSCMP Hot Topics: Store-level distribution resource planning

A good way to keep on top of emerging trends and research in supply chain management is through CSCMP Hot Topics, a series of two- to four-page briefs written by subject-matter experts.

In the most recent issue, "Extending Distribution Resource Planning to the Retailer," Larry Smith of West Marine, André Martin of JDA, and Joe Andraski of the consulting firm Collaborative Energizer discuss how companies can implement store-level distribution resource planning (DRP). DRP helps companies set inventory-control parameters, such as how much safety stock to hold, as well as calculate their inventory requirements for a certain period.

Traditionally, this type of forecasting has been based on historical shipments. Today, however, retailers can use point-of-sale data to calculate demand three levels up the supply chain. Accordingly, replenishment plans for all nodes of the supply chain can be constantly updated from such "bottom-up" forecasts. Adopting this approach, the authors say, could lead to a "supply chain revolution."

CSCMP Hot Topics, a member-only benefit, can be downloaded at no charge from CSCMP's website. Other recent issues include "Designing Supply Chain Organizational Structures," "Offshoring Trends of American Corporations," and "Supply Chain Risk Identification Structure."

Click here for more information.

Help CSCMP recognize outstanding accomplishments

CSCMP is accepting nominations for several of its most prestigious annual awards. These awards will be presented at the 2013 CSCMP Annual Global Conference, scheduled for October 20-23 in Denver, Colorado, USA.

  • The Distinguished Service Award is given to an academic, consultant, or practitioner who exemplifies sustained, consistent, and excellent service to the development of the discipline of supply chain management. The selected individual will have shown high integrity and moral principles throughout his or her professional career. The deadline for nominations is April 26; click here for nomination forms and more information.
  • The Doctoral Dissertation Award is for doctoral students whose work demonstrates significant originality and technical competence in any supply chain function. The deadline for submission is May 1. Click here for application forms and more information.
  • The Supply Chain Innovation Award highlights and recognizes organizations that have successfully developed and implemented an innovative supply chain program or project. The finalists will present their projects at the annual conference, and a panel of judges will vote for a winner. The deadline for submissions is March 11. Click here for application forms.

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