3 Steps to Supply Chain Management Mastery

Supply chain professionals are in high demand, and the world is taking notice! As the sharp learning curve imposed by COVID-19 starts to smooth, it's paramount to hone your SAP SCM (Supply Chain Management) skills.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that SCM careers will grow 30% in the next ten years, much faster than the average for all other occupations! Here's how you can boost professional development and stand out in this soon-to-be crowded arena:

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Network, Network, Network!

For SAP SCM professionals, an ASUG membership is an absolute must! With 130,000+ professionals across thousands of member organizations, membership goes beyond access to networking and educational opportunities—it’s a direct pulse on the collective influence ASUG has on SAP and its partner ecosystem. Check here to see if your company is already registered.

Now, suppose you’re looking to network outside of the SAP sphere (or you simply want to enjoy an individual membership). In that case, the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) and the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) offer plans starting as low as ten dollars per month! While ASCM boasts the largest network of supply chain professionals, both organizations offer member-to-member relationship building, professional development resources, mentorships, and career development.

 

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Expand Your Skillset and Foster Professional Growth

Did you know that Moore’s Law demonstrates the exponential growth of technology? While initially applied to the evolution of microprocessors, the concept holds true for technology in general, especially supply chain and logistics technology.

Unsurprisingly, in addition to its many networking and career-development opportunities, ASCM also offers in-depth educational courses and events through its Global Training Partners.

Of course, nothing beats free resources! And, when it comes to free courses, it doesn’t get much better than MIT OpenCourseWare (yes, that Massachusetts Institute of Technology). From instructor insights to labs to lecture notes, MIT OpenCourseWare has more than enough to bring even the most novice supply chain professional up to speed! However, if MIT’s bevy of free courses isn’t enough to sate your appetite for SCM knowledge, EdX hosts a variety of open courses from a myriad of other universities.

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Stay Current with the Latest News & Trends

With over 20 years of experience, SupplyChainBrain reports on issues related to supply chain and logistics issues to help high-level executives address strategic issues like increasing revenue, supply chain and corporate planning, and risk management.

Supply Chain Digest synthesizes hundreds of news articles, research reports, analyst opinions, and other news sources to summarize important supply chain information weekly. For on-the-go supply chain professionals, Supply Chain Digest contextualizes news with expert commentary for quick consumption of the trends and issues that matter.

The Modern Materials Handling publication has covered productivity solutions for distributions, warehousing, and manufacturing professionals since 1946. If you're looking for comprehensive information about the flow of products throughout the supply chain, Modern Materials Handling is one of the most authoritative around. 

 

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