CSCMP Edge 2017: Consumers, data and innovation will define supply chains
The trade association's annual conference was abuzz from an innovative spirit as companies adapt to a shifting economy.
The history of supply chain management is one of constant change, and few scenes expose this spirit of innovation as well as the profession's trade shows.
More than 3,000 supply chain professionals from about 39 countries descended on the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta last week for CSCMP Edge 2017. The conference, organized by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, was abuzz with talk of data, cybersecurity and consumer-driven supply chains.
How could it not be? Over the past year, retail and carrier bankruptcies have dominated the news cycle alongside talk of regulatory shifts. In the face of rising logistics pressures and consequently growing costs, supply chain management has become all the more important. And according to University of San Diego's Mary Long during her opening keynote speech, even the skilled labor market struggles to keep up with the demand, with a 6-to-1 ratio of jobs available to candidates in the industry.
Yet, these same pressures of costs and resources often prevent professionals from attending such trade shows. For that reason, Supply Chain Dive put together five articles detailing what we learned during the event.
Companies that attended CSCMP Edge 2017 are innovating to better understand and serve the consumer. Read More >>
Electronic logging devices and automated trucks are the buzz in trucking innovation, but there's much more going on beneath the hype. Read More >>
CSCMP Edge 2017 conference speakers discussed whether companies should be gathering more data and how to make it readily accessible to customers and suppliers. Read More >>
The 3PL renamed its freight brokerage division and will soon bring its freight marketplace to the U.S. as it adapts to new client demands. Read More >>
Think of cybersecurity like you would a supply chain — each link is important, but a cyberattack on certain partners may require a more in-depth continuity plan. Read More >>
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