2017 Call for Papers for Young Professionals
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The Call for Papers for Young Professionals is an opportunity for young professional and student members age 30 and under to demonstrate their ability to think futuristically and deliver potential solutions.

Truckstop.com and CSCMP will evaluate candidates on their skills to provide creative insights and innovative solutions, as well as their abilities to add genuine value to supply chain.

The winner will receive:
  • One complimentary registration* to CSCMP EDGE annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, September 24-27, 2017
  • Hotel accommodations**
  • An announcement at the Young Professionals Reception at CSCMP EDGE
  • $500.00 US stipend  

To qualify you
MUST be a young professional or student member of CSCMP at the time of submission . Candidates must answer one of the 2017 selected questions presented by truckstop.com. Join or renew today! 


To apply, write a response ranging from one to five pages to one of three questions provided below. All papers must be submitted to cscmpyp@cscmp.org by June 15, 2017 including the YP/Student member's full name, e-mail address, and phone number. 


OR, be ahead of the pack and submit your paper by May 25, 2017 for a FREE $20 US Starbucks giftcard! 


The trucking industry dictates a large portion of the supply chain flow within the United States. Over the last year, technological advancements have created the targeting of new markets within the trucking industry. Portions of the trucking industry are taking advantage of the technology and others are not, since the benefits have yet to be fully proven or vetted. Please choose one of the following questions below to answer concerning a specific area within the Supply Chain, keeping in mind its importance for the Supply Chain.

Please select one of the following questions to answer:

  1. As safety concerns on our nation’s roads increase, vehicle manufacturers are adopting technology to reduce human error. Europe and China are actively using platooning and autonomous vehicles in an attempt to increase the efficiency of how goods are delivered while the United States has just begun limited testing. How do you see autonomous vehicles affecting the supply chain and the economy?

  2. Concerns surrounding the environment are strengthening. Vehicle manufacturers are offering alternative fuel source options with next to zero vehicle emissions. Energy companies, too, are coming up with fuel sources that are cleaner than fossil fuels. However, creating an infrastructure to replace current refueling stations will be expensive and limited once created. Will the rollout of hydrogen vehicles limit transportation lanes and strain the supply chain?

  3. The trucking industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the United States. Each new regulation has the potential to limit productivity and slow down the supply chain. With new leadership in Washington, D.C. talk of limiting and possibly removing regulations has become a popular idea. How do recent regulations (or their removal) affect the supply chain and how can young professionals create change?


Please contact Heather Wood by email at hwood@cscmp.org