This award honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company’s supply chain network
TA Services, a premier full-service third-party logistics provider, has announced Lauren Mollencupp a winner of the 2023 Women in the Supply Chain award presented by Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global cold food supply chain, and Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only publication covering the entire global supply chain. Mollencupp is one of three TA Services female leaders to be honored this year.
“This year, we received over 400 submissions, the highest amount of applications not only for this award, but also for all of our awards. This shows hope that one day, we won’t need an award like this because men and women in the supply chain will be equal,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “While there’s still more work to be done, what we’re doing is working. From truck drivers to CEOs, what these winners are doing matters to the future of all supply chains.”
Mollencupp, who formerly served as site leader for TA Services’ largest warehouse site in Indiana with 250+ employees, was recently promoted to Implementation Manager. Because of her extensive warehouse supply chain knowledge, she now supports all of TA’s warehouse sites in her new role. A testament to her abilities as a leader in warehouse management and innovator in the industry.
In her former role as site leader at TA Services’ largest warehouse facility, Lauren’s main objectives were to successfully lead the TA Services warehouse team and deliver a high level of service to her customers while maintaining TA’s position as a cost-effective provider. She also made it her top priority to ensure that employees, primarily warehouse workers, were recognized for their value at the full service 3PL. One way Lauren drove value and recognition, while also boosting morale in the warehouse, was by creating and implementing a point system program—the Extra Mile program—that rewards employees with points that can be redeemed for various prizes like apparel, company branded swag, and additional PTO days. Employees can even redeem points to have their manager dress up in funny costumes, making it an experience for all to enjoy. Lauren and her team have invested in being a family-inclusive environment and hosted an inaugural event in which all employees’ family members were encouraged to attend. This has been a very successful initiative and will now be an annual tradition going forward. This initiative is one of Mollencupp’s favorite achievements as the event brought a family atmosphere to the workplace and helped invest in employee engagement and retention.
“Being a woman in the supply chain, especially warehousing, is currently a bit of an anomaly,” said Mollencupp. I hope to help other women excel and discover a passion for the logistics and warehousing industry. I truly believe in a people-first approach, and I have found this method not only creates loyalty from customers, but loyal employees as well.”
“Women have been making a significant impact in supply chain management, contributing to the growth and innovation of the supply chain industry. As more women join the supply chain workforce, they bring diverse perspectives that can help address complex supply chain problems and improve global supply chain operations. It is important that we empower, recognize, and elevate these achievements through initiatives like the Women in Supply Chain Award, as seen through the overwhelming response. Congratulations to all the winners, those who nominated others and the bravery of those who nominated themselves,” adds Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, founder of Let’s Talk Supply Chain podcast and Blended Pledge project, both exclusive sponsors of the Women in Supply Chain award.