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  • June 29, 2009 9:30 PM | Reid Bierly

    UNIVERSITY PARK, PA (June 18, 2009) – A survey of 126 companies and 19 academic institutions conducted by AMR Research, a research firm focused on the global supply chain and its supporting technologies, has identified Penn State's Smeal College of Business as having the best supply chain program in the United States in terms of industry value, program depth, and program scope.

    The 19 U.S. supply chain programs considered for the report, "Leading U.S. Supply Chain Programs, 2009," were rated on 11 criteria arranged into three categories. The first category, industry value, focuses on "whether companies feel that the university is delivering as promised." The depth of program category evaluates the programs' commitment by measuring their enrollments, programs, and professors. The third category, program scope, evaluates whether "the university understands what needs to be taught and how research and other innovations make their way back to the student population."

    In addition to the overall rating, Smeal's supply chain program finished at the top in both the industry value and depth of program categories. Smeal tied for second in the program scope category.

    "From our undergraduate program to our Ph.D. program, Smeal is committed to providing tomorrow's supply chain leaders with the skills they need to research, design, and manage complex global supply chains," said Smeal Dean James B. Thomas. "The AMR Research results affirm what our students and recruiters have always known to be true—that Smeal offers a comprehensive supply chain education among the best in the world."

  • May 29, 2009 11:36 AM | Reid Bierly
    On May 19, 2009 the CSCMP San Francisco Roundtable hosted the annual Collaborative Banquet of Bay Area supply chain professionals, featuring a keynote address by renowned Jill Buck, CEO of the Go Green Initiative. 

    Sister organizations APICS Santa Clara Valley Chapter, the Warehousing & Education Research Council (WERC) Northern California Chapter, Women in Logistics (WIL) and Women in International Trade, Northern California, were all present to witness CSCMP's $1,000 donation to the Milagro Foundation's hospital in Darfur, the only hospital for the entire region - as well as Dr. Susan Cholette's presentation of this year's $2,000 scholarship and conference sponsorships.

    CSCMP San Francisco thanks our very generous sponsors, our team, collaborators and YOU for participating in this year's events and making this such a rewarding year.  As we move into our summer planning period, we welcome your ideas and suggestions. 

    See you in September!

  • May 26, 2009 2:12 PM | Reid Bierly

    Awards Student Scholarship and Conference Sponsorship at Program Season FinaleMilagro Foundation Check (3).JPG


    San Francisco:   The San Francisco Roundtable (SFRT) of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) announced its donation of $1241 to the Milagro foundation, from season finale Banquet event proceeds plus a matching contribution from CSCMP SFRT. 


    The Milagro Foundation – ‘Milagro’ means ‘miracle’ in Spanish -- is a publicly supported foundation established by musician Carlos Santana and his family in 1998, which benefits underserved and vulnerable children around the world, with grants to community based organizations in the areas of education, health and the arts.  “We are thrilled the CSCMP San Francisco was willing to donate to one of our favorite charitable organizations,” said Mainfreight San Francisco ( Managing Director, Jay Bellin, who identified the Milagro Foundation to CSCMP for charitable focus. “These funds will go a long way toward helping the Guareda Hospital in Chad, the only hospital in the region, serving refugee camps nearby with approximately 50,000 Darfuri refugees and 110,000 Chadians.”  Earlier this program year, in lieu of a December holiday event, CSCMP SFRT donated $300 to the Food Bank of Contra Costa County which was struggling to feed holiday meals to the 6,000 SF East Bay families it serves, again via matching contributions.


    Also at the banquet event, CSCMP San Francisco Roundtable presented its $2,000 academic scholarship award, a full annual conference sponsorship and acknowledged the generous support of corporate sponsors Modus Link, ALOM, Intelleflex, SynchroNet Marine and Mainfreight for making such a dynamic year possible. 


    President Michele Carroll introduced the incoming slate of officers, thanking Dr. Susan Cholette, for managing the scholarship program, recognizing returning board officers Alan Davis, Ruth Baratta, John Arbuckle and Theresa Reed, and introducing new officers on the CSCMP SFRT Board:  Reid Bierly, incoming Marketing Chair, Marty McMahon, Director of Membership and Lisa Dolan, to serve along with Ruth Baratta as Co-VP Programs.   

  • April 06, 2009 2:09 PM | Reid Bierly

    Monday April 6th Event to Feature Sr. Supply Chain Execs from Crocs, Levi Strauss, Apogee & HP



    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.April 2, 2009 -- The San Francisco Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP SFRT) announced today that featured speakers at the Monday, April 6th seminar will include Ed Collins of Crocs, Mary Palafox of Levi Strauss, Jim Miller of Sierra Consulting & Apogee Solar and Reid Bierly of Hewlett Packard – and provide real, take-away value for participants. 


    Themed ‘Supply Chain Leadership for Turbulent Times,’ the half-day seminar will feature a keynote address by Miller, (formerly with Cisco,, Intel among others) COO of Apogee, a fast-moving-consumer-goods panel featuring Crocs and Levi Strauss, and a Hi-Tech panel with Apogee and HP.  Most participants register for the full day pass which covers breakfast, the seminar, optional afternoon of either 18-holes of golf or a tennis lesson and match, and finale awards reception at 5:30 (all for $250;  ‘Seminar-only passes, which include breakfast and lunch are $125) – and home before basketball tipoff!


    CSCMP San Francisco has notably bucked market trend this year, with sold-to-capacity events ranging from the September season opener on ‘Greening the Supply Chain,’ to last month’s sold-to-capacity event on Medical & BioTech SCM; the Roundtable concludes its program year May 19th with the Annual Collaborative Banquet at which awards will be presented to the student winners of a $2,000 scholarship competition and annual conference sponsorship. 


    To register or for more information, go to by end of day SATURDAY.  Companies interested in sponsorship visibility should contact President & Seminar Event Chair Michele Carroll: 





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