2020 has been, well, a grinch. After such a rough year, it would have been nice to enjoy the comforts of December celebrations with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many of us, that’s simply not an option.
Today, the people around the world who celebrate Christmas are waking up to a very different holiday. There may not be quite as many gifts under the tree, as consumers cut back on spending amid an economic recession and high unemployment. More noticeably, there will be significantly fewer get-togethers. We all know it’s important to choose safety, but that doesn’t mean it’s a pleasant choice. Many of you may be spending time somewhere new this year, as approximately two-thirds of Americans say they plan to avoid travel. In other countries, staying home is a requirement.
Yet, even amid the challenges of this holiday season, I’m feeling fortunate today because I’m part of the supply chain family. And my family members have inspired me this year like none before. First and foremost, you stepped up during a global pandemic while championing our front-line heroes. In addition, you supported the brand new ASCM Foundation, which is making an impact by building frontier and humanitarian supply chains, increasing K-12 supply chain and STEM career awareness, supporting workforce development, and much more.
Speaking of workforce development, hundreds of you earned an APICS designation or congratulated newly certified colleagues during the Summer Certification Challenge. Others contributed their expertise and insights to SCM Now magazine, our blog and our communities. Supply chain students demonstrated their own resilience this year as they pivoted to a virtual format for the Case Competition, delivering impressive results. Experienced supply chain leaders donated their time to countless young professionals through ASCM’s virtual mentorship program.
And even though COVID-19 prevented us from traveling to the ASCM annual conference, we discovered new trends and networked with people from around the globe at ASCM Connect Virtual. Because the event was so successful, we’ll be hosting a hybrid annual conference next year, offering even more ways to bring this supply chain family together.
2020 has been taxing, but through the experience, supply chain has emerged into something truly brilliant. We’re part of a global community, and because we stay connected, we keep each other strong.
On behalf of everyone at ASCM, thank you for being a part of this supply chain family. No matter which holiday you celebrate, we wish you and your loved ones a happy, safe and healthy season.