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Oct. 20, 2023
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bullet Funniest Cartoon Caption Winners of All Time! bullet SCDigest On-Target e-Magazine
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New Chain Cartoon Caption Contest!

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What is the largest US port after LA, Long Beach, and New York/New Jersey by TEU handled in 2022?

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Funniest Cartoon Caption Winners of All Time!

As I hope readers know, 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of SCDigest, wth the first newsletter issued September 25, 2003.


Here and there we've been running some features in recognition of our two decades in supply chain (see It's been 20 Years of SCDigest).


Among all the serious materials we have here at SCDigest, I must say the idea to have a supply chain cartoon caption contest to lighten things up a bit was among the smarter things we've done.




I must say the idea to have a supply chain cartoon caption contest to lighten things up a bit was among the smarter things we've done.

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Except it wasn't really my idea. The illustrator who draws our cartoons actually reached out to me in 2009, seeing if I would be interested in such an idea. He was doing a caption contest for a web site that focused on industrial automation equipment (PLCs and such), and decided to look around for similar opportunities.

He was actually concepting and illustrating each cartoon, but I didn't think that work for us - you have to have the doman knowledge. So I said "We'll concept, you draw" and that's how we got started.

It has been a big hit. We regularly receive emails from readers saying the cartoon captions bring some laughs that help a bit with the near constant stress that can be part of supply chain.

So I thought over two of these columns I would feature our favorite 10 or so caption winnners as part of our 20th year. It wasn't easy because almost contest produces at least one if not multiple great captions.


I will note all caption winners cited were at the companies or geographies listed at the time, but I am sure in many cases that has changed.


But let's start with the very first winner, Joel Wilmarth of Graybar, from the December 4, 2009 contest, at a time of a great freight recession:



Then in 2020, Gerry Anderson of Freight Intelligence Corp., came up with this witty caption winner:



In 2012, Ray Roberts of BISSELL Homecare sent a winning caption that made us laugh out loud:


Also in 2012, Ron Lilek of Boardwalktech sent in this witty winner:



Finally for this week, Susan Wellens of Boston sent in this funny entry for this contest where we poked a little fun at Walmart's famously faile RFID program:



There you have it - 5 of our best cartoon caption winners of all-time. We'll have another five in a couple of weeks.


Hope you enjoyed.


Any reaction to these "best of" supply chain cartoons? Let us know your thoughts at the Feedback button or section below.

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On Demand Videocast:

Understanding Distributen

Highlights from the New "Little Book of Distributed Order Management"

In this outstanding Videocast, we'll discuss DOM, based on the new Little Book of Distributed Order Management, written by our two Videocast presenters.

Featuring Dan Gilmore, Editor along with Satish Kumar, VP Client Services, Softeon

Now Available On Demand

On Demand Videocast:

The Grain Drain: Large-Scale Grain Port Terminal Optimization

The Constraints and Challenges of Planning and Implementing Port Operations

This videocast will provide a walkthrough of two ways to formulate a MIP, present an example port, and discuss port operations.

Featuring Dan Gilmore, Editor along with Dr. Evan Shellshear, Head of Analytics, Biarri.

Now Available On Demand

On Demand Videocast:

A Blueprint for WMS Implementation Success

If You Want a Successful WMS Project, You will Find the Blueprint in this Excellent Broadcast

This videocast lays out the keys to ensuring your WMS implementation goes smoothly, involves minimal pain, and accelerates time to value.

Featuring Dan Gilmore, Editor along with Todd Kovi of Radix Consulting and Dinesh Dongre of Softeon.

Now Available On Demand


Feedback will return next week.

What is the largest US port after LA, Long Beach, and New York/New Jersey by TEU handled in 2022?

A: The Port of Savannah