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ASCM Insights

Gratitude for Supply Chains Everywhere

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Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving here in the United States. The ASCM team and I observed that we, as a global supply chain community, have much to be thankful for this year.

First, we’re thankful that supply chain professionals continue to be recognized for their essential contributions. After many months of extreme disruption and unparalleled challenges, their hard work is paying off and clearly supporting the greater good. Further, the results of this year’s Salary Survey and Career Report show that companies value their supply chain teams. Nearly 80% of respondents earned a salary increase, which is especially remarkable during a period when so many industries are being affected by layoffs and tightened budgets. Plus, supply chain professionals find fulfillment in their careers, as they report high levels of job satisfaction and say they would eagerly recommend the profession to others.

We’re also thankful for the opportunity to gather together at the ASCM CONNECT Annual Conference this past fall. I can’t tell you how wonderful it felt to connect with thousands of you from all around the world live and in person once again. The ASCM team is already hard at work on next year’s event, so please mark your calendar for September 11-13 in Louisville, Kentucky!

Of course, a day of thanks couldn’t pass without offering our sincere appreciation for our volunteers, who enable so many ASCM programs — from chapter meetings and events to the development of industry-leading educational resources. We’re especially grateful to all of the volunteers who helped create the updated editions of the SCOR Digital Standard and the ASCM Dictionary. Their practical insights and peer reviews made it possible for ASCM to deliver the most thorough and impactful supply chain resources. 

Finally, on behalf of everyone here at ASCM, I’d like to thank our corporate and individual members. You enrich our community, you inspire with your dedication, and you entrust us to equip your teams with the knowledge and resources to tackle any challenge. ASCM would not be what it is today without all of you.

Our gift to you

Today is Black Friday, so I suspect many of you are thinking about holiday giving. If you’re looking for a lasting and meaningful gift for your teams — or even yourself — now’s the perfect time to invest in an ASCM certification or certificate. During Cyber Week, these programs will be 15% off. This is our biggest sale of the year on APICS Learning Systems, bundles and ASCM certificate programs. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover new insights into leadership and learning while optimizing your global supply chain for 2023 and beyond.

About the Author

Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE CEO, ASCM

Abe Eshkenazi is chief executive officer of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), the largest organization for supply chain and the global pacesetter of organizational transformation, talent development and supply chain innovation. During his tenure, ASCM has significantly expanded its services to corporations, individuals and communities. Its revenue has more than doubled, and the association successfully completed three mergers in response to both heightened industry awareness and the vast and ongoing global impact driven by supply chains. Previously, Eshkenazi was the managing director of the Operations Consulting Group of American Express Tax and Business Services. He may be contacted at abe@ascm.org.

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