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    Dan Gilmore


    Supply Chain Digest


Oct. 20, 2023

Top Cartoon Caption Winners of All Time!

Popular Contest Started in 2009!


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.


Gilmore Says....

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 Wal-Mart's failed 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.


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