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The ASCM CONNECT Annual Conference Closes With a Big Reveal


That’s a wrap!

Discover more supply chain tactics and fascinating lessons learned from the final day of the ASCM CONNECT Annual Conference.

Honoring supply chain standouts

Each year, the ASCM Awards of Excellence recognize superior performance and dedication to advancing the field of supply chain. At the ASCM CONNECT Annual Conference, the 2022 winners were revealed during a celebratory breakfast.

The first corporate award, the ASCM Award of Excellence — Corporate Transformation, went to Petrobras. The company is educating its people through an ASCM Transformation Learning Program; plus, it earned the ASCM Enterprise Certification for Sustainability. These efforts have led to a 23% inventory reduction and nearly $800 million dollars in cost savings since starting its journey.

Next, the ASCM Award of Excellence — Learning and Development was presented to the Tamer Group. After teaming up with ASCM, this business implemented a series of trainings and projects that brought about a more cross-functional mindset throughout its supply chain, as well as a culture of meaningful and dedicated employee advancement.

The final corporate honor went to Zebra Technologies Corporation, which won the ASCM Award of Excellence — Making an Impact. The company demonstrated a clear commitment to transparency, integrity, human rights and a high bar of ethical manufacturing. Last year alone, it recovered more than 600 metric tons of end-of-life products.

The first individual honor was awarded to Amy T. Augustine, CSCP, senior director of network supply chain at U.S. Cellular. She was recognized with the ASCM Award of Excellence — Supply Chain Leader for her ability to communicate a clear vision to her team, to motivate others and to make an enduring impact in the field of supply chain.

The ASCM Award of Excellence — Diversity and Inclusion Champion went to Princess Newborn, director of human resources at Ware2Go. She exemplifies dedication to diverse team-building, business processes that respect different viewpoints, and a commitment to enabling people of all profiles and backgrounds to succeed in supply chain careers.

The final category, the ASCM Award of Excellence — Emerging Supply Chain Leader, was given to Austin Henion, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD, multifunctional manufacturing planner supervisor at Lockheed Martin. He was recognized for advancing business processes, partnerships, and employee and customer satisfaction. In addition, he shows distinct promise to advance global supply chains throughout his career.

Congratulations to all our winners! Learn more about the ASCM Awards of Excellence, and watch for the 2023 Call for Entries in the spring.

The Rebound podcast recorded in front of a live audience

For years now, The Rebound podcast has been devoted to exploring the most pressing issues facing supply chain managers. Today’s recording embodied this mission, tackling key trends including digital supply chain; environmental, social and governance goals; and the supply chain talent puzzle. 

Hosts Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE, CEO of ASCM, and Bob Trebilcock, editorial director of Supply Chain Management Review welcomed panelists David Click, chief technology officer, Flexe; Tom Rafferty, futurist and innovator; and Rick Watson, founder and CEO of RMW Commerce Consulting. The panelists highlighted three key goals that they believe are essential for a successful future:

1. Fill the talent gap.
2. Improve forecasts.
3. Prioritize sustainability.

Be sure to hear their thoughts on these important objectives. The full podcast will be live next week.

KPMG presents the Supply Chain Stability Index in Association with ASCM

KPMG’s Davis McNeil and Shreedhar Sasikumar exhibited the brand-new Supply Chain Stability Index at today’s interactive Innovation Lab. Participants learned about what drives supply chain stability and how to prepare their networks for constant change.

As market volatility is clearly the norm for supply chains today, it’s essential to understand and continuously monitor key supply chain activities. More accurate data, better analysis and ultimately enhanced visibility are required. Learn more about how the Supply Chain Stability Index can position your supply chain for success, no matter what’s to come.

Keep learning!

The ASCM CONNECT Annual Conference may have come to a close, but the education continues. First, be sure to save the date for next year’s conference in Louisville, Kentucky, September 10-12, 2023. Plus, as always, ASCM members enjoy access to all kinds of best-in-class supply chain education:

About the Author

Elizabeth Rennie Editor-in-Chief, SCM Now magazine, ASCM

Elizabeth Rennie is Editor-in-Chief at ASCM. She may be contacted at

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