A Note from CSCMP's President and CEO, Rick Blasgen

I hope the uncertainty, fear, and negative impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic fade fast. The entire world has been affected, yet we have seen an incredible surge of collaboration, innovation, and planning.
 
I am an optimist and always look for the silver lining, and one of them is this ... we have seen the words "supply chain" become part of daily commentary on a mass scale. Those that had never uttered the terms before are now hyper-aware of things like inventory and demand planning and this cool thing we at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) know of as supply chain.
 
The awareness of what goes on within today's supply chain has changed and will prove beneficial to our industry and the professionals serving within it for a long time to come.
 
With the pandemic disrupting supply chains, industry professionals have an opportunity to create innovative solutions and rewrite the future supply chain landscape.  All organizations, in all industries, in all parts of the world, need to step up their confidence and competence in their supply chain activities.
 
Where to start?
 
Engage with CSCMP. We are the global group you need to be part of to begin taking supply chain management seriously.
 
We will prove that supply chain professionals always get it done.

 

Rick Blasgen
President and Chief Executive Officer
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

 

CSCMP's COVID-19 Resources

Today's Supply Chain News
Exclusive to CSCMP members, CSCMP has been broadcasting weekly webinars with the supply chain industry's top experts to give information and insight on how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the supply chain.

Whether you are facing COVID-19, trade wars, recessions, natural disasters, border issues, or some other as yet unidentified disruption, supply chains still need to roll on and if you don’t shift and adjust with the landscape, you will wither and someone else will fill the void. Now, more than ever, it’s important that our community collaborates and engages with one another to share updates, best practices, ask questions and learn from one another.

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Global supply chains power the world. From the medicines we need, to the cars we drive, to that strange present your uncle gave you for your birthday. All of these products start with raw materials processed through an often-complex global supply chain until they reach the consumer. Regardless of how brilliant the product design, engineering, and marketing, the consumer will be disappointed if the supply chain is not able to deliver that brilliant product in good condition when and where it is needed. Supply chain professionals are the conductors of this globally dispersed orchestra of trucks, planes, trains, ships, and facilities allowing firms to deliver on their promise to customers. However, unlike a symphony orchestra, the supply chain conductor must deliver consistent results while the orchestra is constantly in flux.



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CSCMPodcast
In this episode, Rick Blasgen along with Dale Rogers, ON Semiconductor Professor of Business at the Supply Chain Management department at Arizona State University and Zac Rogers, Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Colorado State University will dive deep to discuss the data from the March 2020 Logistics Managers Index which seems to offer positive news.



Transportation and Trucking Resources

American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has released a free-to-use, online tool that shows supply chain managers and transportation providers a country-wide map of where COVID-19 is impacting roads, airports and seaports.  Access the newly launched ALAN Supply Chain Intelligence Center



American Trucking Association (ATA): Freight Flows

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA): Staffing

Customs and Border Protection (CBP): Border Crossing Times

Freight Transportation Research Associates (FTR) and Truckstop: Trucking Impact-Heatmap

Ocean Port Operations Status:
The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) website has a page dedicated to port status’ globally.

Commercial Air Operations Status:
The International Air Transport Asssociation (IATA) has an information page listing the status of air lines globally

LeanCor’s Post COVID-19 Crisis Supply Chain White Paper & Podcast 

 


The post COVID-19 crisis supply chain must be designed as ONE SYSTEM and planned, practiced and executed by ONE TEAM.  Up until this month, a large part of our population believed that pandemics were a medical discussion and not a supply chain discussion. Now we know differently.  How will we think, plan, execute, and improve crisis supply chains moving forward?

In this new white paper , Robert Martichenko, CSCMP Distinguished Service Award Winner and CEO and Founder of LeanCor, explores some of the most critical and thought-provoking questions of our time as we prepare for the post COVID-19 crisis supply chain.  Download the white paper here[attached]; listen to the corresponding podcast here .  


Best Practices for Warehouse Management in Pandemic Times
Authored in collaboration with CSCMP’s Italian Roundtable, Politecnico of Milan, SC Alumni Golden Club of Politecnico of Milan, and Assologistica