Happy New Year! 2011 is less than three weeks old, but after many months of economic turmoil, I’m already looking forward to seeing what this year will bring. According to a forecast issued today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. economy is expected to grow 3.2% this year and add 2.4 million jobs. The world’s leading central bankers also announced on Monday that the global economy is recovering faster than expected, particularly in emerging economies.

But as we all know, an optimistic economic outlook doesn’t translate into diminished risk—the risks just become different. With that in mind, there is a poll on the Supply Chain Expert Community home page that asks you what the biggest supply chain challenge for 2011 will be. Be sure to weigh in with your opinion!

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the “What’s Your Six-Word Job Description?” contest. We had so many great entries that we decided to create a top ten list that you can view here. Congratulations to Traci Nichols, who won a Toshiba Mini Netbook with the following entry: “Captain Vendor Defender,” referee and psychologist.

Speaking of contests, our latest one is already generating lots of great responses. Whether they're in your professional life or your personal life, all bad relationships have some common themes: frustration, annoyance, and stress, to name just a few. Playing on those commonalities, our new supply chain comedy video series, "New Kinexions," draws parallels between bad software and an annoying ex. We want you to get in on the fun, so our new contest on the Supply Chain Expert Community challenges you to complete the following sentence: "Software is like an annoying ex because..." To learn more about the contest and how you can win an Xbox 360 console with Kinect bundle, click here.