Meet a Member

April 2018 

Chris Elliott

Education: BS Materials Science and Engineering and Master of Business Logistics Engineering, The Ohio State University

Committees:  Roundtable
Academic Strategy
Edge Conference

When and why did you join CSCMP?
I joined CSCMP when I was in graduate school. The President of the Columbus Roundtable was leading a course at the Fisher College of Business and he talked about the networking and learning opportunities available for members. 

What advice do you have for new CSCMP members on how they can maximize their membership value?
Get involved in roundtable and committee leadership. There is no faster way to grow your network in the industry than through committee work. 

How did you get into supply chain management?
I graduated in the middle of a recession, so there were not many jobs available that interested me. I ended up working for a 3PL doing routing and metrics, because they didn’t have anyone on staff with a technical background. After three years I decided I enjoyed the engineering side of the supply chain so I went back and got a Master’s Degree in that area.  

Describe your job in a tweet (i.e. 140 characters or less)
Advising CEO’s and Top Executives on Supply Chain Technology and Strategy.

What are your top three job responsibilities?

  1. Working with C-Suite and top executives to develop supply chain strategies.
  2. Leading a team of Supply Chain Consultants to execute a multitude of supply chain projects from AGV selection, ERP implementation, and 
  3. Developing thought leadership that in the past has been published in CSCMP Supply Chain Quarterly, DC Velocity, Parcel, MHI View, The Boston Globe, and other industry forums and publications. 

What is the biggest challenge you face on the job, and how are you managing it?
Keeping a global workforce of top performers engaged in the execution of cutting edge supply chain technology projects. I manage it through constant communication by e-mail, online tools, and good old-fashioned checklists. 

What technology, trends or disruptive forces do you see having the biggest impact on supply chains?
Autonomous systems are going to be game changing over the next five years. In the last 18 months, we have seen a massive shift in the market as more of our customers look to us to guide them to a future utilizing autonomous systems. This is going to start in the warehouse, but we see this soon branching out past the warehouse and start to have material handling be automated across the supply chain. 

If you were to start a company from scratch, what values would you build it on?
Discipline, excellence, and compassion.

What are you proudest of?
Being elected to an equity shareholder position by the other equity partners in our firm.     

If you could interview anyone, who would it be and why?
Jeff Bezos. While there are volumes of analysis and commentary on Amazon, I think it would be insightful to spend an hour or two just talking through the germination of the idea for Amazon to thoughts on what the future holds for one of the most important companies in our economy. 

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