The power of an invitation.

A simple invitation to join a local CSCMP roundtable opened up a lifetime of relationships and opportunity for me, and it can for you as well. As the new President of the Arizona Roundtable, I am so excited by what we have planned this year and welcome the opportunity to build upon our foundation here in the Valley!

The Arizona Roundtable Board has a legacy of running high value educational events, tours, and networking opportunities in Arizona and this year’s events will not be any different.   Just a handful of the events we are excited to bring the Arizona supply chain community include, our 9th Annual Supply Chain Symposium, 5th Golf Tournament, and 1st Multiday Educational Series on Ecommerce.  Beyond events aimed at supply chain professionals, we also look to make an impact on the next generation of supply chain professionals by supporting students at the ASU W.P. Carey School of Business.

The Arizona Roundtable through the help of our sponsors and members like you, are thrilled to provide scholarships to three students, offer complimentary undergraduate CSCMP Student Memberships, and look forward to sending six students to CSCMP’s Global Edge Conference in Atlanta later this month, helping them connect with industry leaders to begin their future careers.

As we look for ways to impact the world of supply chain in Arizona and beyond, we always need input and participation from people-just like you. My invitation to you, come and join us at one of our events and see what participating with fellow supply chain peers in Arizona might do for you.

Our next event includes a tour of Luke Air Force Base on October 19th and on November 2nd, we will be touring the McClane Foods facility.  Both of these arrive on heels of our tour of the REI Distribution Center on September 12th, the first net-zero energy and LEED Platinum facility in the country.   Quality programming, worthwhile networking and net generation preparation are key to our mission.  I look forward to meeting all of you at an upcoming event and welcome you to reach out to me directly, with any suggestions or comments.

Look forward to meeting you,


Jeff McCaulou

President, CSCMP Arizona Roundtable


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ASU Students, Arizona Professionals Win Their Way to Global Supply Chain Competition

ASU Students, Arizona Professionals Win Their Way to Global Supply Chain Competition

Headed to Long Beach, California as One of Three International Finalists

Tempe, Arizona (June 13, 2016) – After winning a regional qualifier earlier this year, a group of Arizona State

University students and local supply chain professionals are headed to Southern California this month as one of three final teams competing in the Global Challenge – an international supply chain competition that brings students and industry professionals together to discuss ideas and develop winning supply chain strategies for an increasingly global business market.

The Global Challenge finals take place June 17 in Long Beach, California and consist of the competition’s three remaining teams: Arizona (USA), Columbia (South America) and Benelux (Europe).

The five-person Arizona team is made up of individuals from Intel, Naumann Hobbs and graduate and undergraduate supply chain students from Arizona State University (ASU). The Arizona team earned placement in the finals based on high scores at the Global Challenge regional qualifier, hosted at ASU on January 15 by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). That portion of the challenge included more than 50 local participants.

“Placing as one of the world’s top three teams in this competition speaks volumes about the expertise that exists in our Arizona companies, our supply chain professionals and our ASU students,” said Sean Arleth, Secretary for the Arizona Roundtable – CSCMP and Director of Business Development for Point B. “As global business becomes more complex, organizations across all industries must do just what this team has done, which is to continue to mature on their journey toward supply chain excellence,”

Designed to bridge professional generational gaps, the Global Challenge uses a web-based supply chain simulation game called The Fresh Connection that requires teams to make strategic and tactical decisions to save a virtual manufacturer from financial ruin. During the game, which was created by Netherlands-based Inchainge, the teams must serve in functions including sales, purchasing, operations and supply chain.

“Over the past five months, the Arizona team has collaborated across their functional roles to break down silos, turn around a failing organization and turn a profit. Their key to success was the ability to build a common vision, strategy and set of goals prior to making decisions across the supply chain that would impact customers, service levels, inventory, sourcing and more.” In Long Beach, the three remaining Global Challenge teams will compete face-to- face in the final round of the competition. Each member of the winning team will receive an all-expense paid trip to CSCMP’s Annual Conference 2016 in Orlando, Florida, where they will be recognized for their achievement.

For more information on the CSCMP Global Challenge, visit releases/cscmp-launches-global- challenge-bridge- generational-gaps- within-supply.


The Mission of CSCMP is to lead the evolving Supply Chain Management profession by developing, advancing, and disseminating Supply Chain knowledge and research. The association helps supply chain managers connect and collaborate, and become more effective professionals. It also creates awareness of the significance of supply chain to business and to the economy.

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