The Distribution Business Management Association has created "innovative firsts” for the supply chain and distribution industries. DBM operates as a unique think tank with a proven track record of originating trends and innovations in the areas of professional education.
Timeline of DBMA Innovations
- 2010 - DBMA creates the Supply Chain of the Future Lab (SCF) and brings it to life at the 2010 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Global Conference in San Diego, CA.
- 2005 - DBMA introduces the Supply Chain Leaders in Action (SCLA) program.
- 2003 - DBMA becomes the first organization to recognize the importance of securing supply chain operations through a dedicated program on Supply Chain Security.
- 2002 - DBMA is the first organization to offer the Specialist Diploma in Distribution Business Management.
- 2001 - DBMA becomes the first organization to publish a hybrid refereed/industry journal covering the distribution industry, the Distribution Business Management Journal.
- 2000 - DBMA is the first organization to create a multiple day applied technology course that teaches attendees the nuts and bolts of material handling, distribution, and supply chain strategies
- 1999 - DBM expands its supply chain certification program to encompass recognition on an international scale.
- 1998 - DBMA is the first organization to offer meaningful distribution and supply chain educational seminars on a trade show floor, exposing attendees to the latest trends in the industry.
- 1997 - DBMA becomes the first organization to offer an inter-University recognized certification program for the distribution and supply chain industry.
- 1996 - DBMA goes International. The Warehouse of the Future (WOF) exhibit and educational program is presented to an international audience of 300,000 in Hanover, Germany.
- 1995 - DBMA develops the first live integrated exhibit, the Warehouse of the Future (WOF), combined with a trade show exposition for the distribution industry.
- 1993 - DBMA creates the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award acknowledging corporations for environmental stewardship in their supply chains.
- 1992 - DBMA becomes the first organization to offer a unique integrated educational program called the Warehouse of the Future (WOF).