This past weekend almost 3300 supply chain management professionals descended on Denver, Colorado for the 50th anniversary conference of CSCMP. This year there are over 50 educational tracks and tours covering a multitude of subjects of interest to those in the industry.
In addition, 110 different vendors have exhibits at the conference demonstrating the latest techniques in various disciplines. While not an "official" count, it appears that half or more of these are software vendors. Many different brands and concepts for both TMS and WMS are on display, as well as a number of other applications.
The keynote address was delivered by Felipe Calderon, former president of Mexico. He shared his perspectives on how to ensure that countries around the world continue to develop economic ties and overcome the inter-country challenges. It was a very interesting presentation, and it occurred to me that Mexico would be significantly better off if he were still in office. (Coincidentally, today's Wall Street Journal reported that the NSA had hacked into his E Mail account when he was president, but he had the courtesy not to mention that.)
On Monday there were 26 different tracks, so it is impossible to summarize the entire day. One of the annual highlights however, was the release of the results of the 2014 Third-Party Logistics Study. Again this year, domestic transportation, international transportation, and warehousing were the most frequently outsourced supply chain functions at 81%, 78%, and 62%. respectively. Other frequently outsourced functions were cross docking, customs brokerage, and freight bill audit and payment.
When asked how they prioritized execution-oriented IT capabilities available from third parties, the respondents ranked TMS execution systems first, followed by TMS planning systems.
For a look at the full report, see www.cscmp.org.
It addition to the educational aspects, this conference is always an excellent forum to exchange ideas with other supply chain managers.