Enhanced Content, Sophisticated Look Constitute Redesigned Publication for Supply Management Professionals

FOR RELEASE: March 6, 2006

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143

Institute for Supply Management™'s redesigned member publication, Inside Supply Management®, debuts with March 2006 issue.

TEMPE, Ariz., March 6, 2006 — The flagship publication of the world's largest supply management association, Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), unveils a fresh editorial approach and complete redesign with its March 2006 issue. This month, Inside Supply Management®, ISM's member benefit publication, embarks on an upgraded approach to presenting leading-edge concepts and issues of interest to supply management professionals.

"Inside Supply Management® contributes to ISM's mission to lead supply management," says ISM Chief Executive Officer Paul Novak, C.P.M. "The publication has been a paragon over its 17-year history, and the redesign and realignment reasserts its role as a prized element of the ISM member experience."

Inside Supply Management® readers include supply management professionals holding a variety of titles, positions and organizational roles. The monthly publication reaches more than 40,000 members in ISM's network of domestic and international affiliated associations. "These busy professionals demand insights, strategies and the latest information — in a convenient and appropriate form," says Roberta J. Duffy, editor. "We are pleased to announce that the new format of Inside Supply Management® delivers on its mission to be the authoritative resource for supply management professionals, providing thought leadership, trends and current issues."

Inside Supply Management®'s new format includes a regular column on leadership, continued coverage of ISM's monthly Report On Business® and a monthly showcase of company success stories. Each month, select Inside Supply Management® articles can be viewed and downloaded from the ISM Web site. For information on editorial, advertising or subscriptions, visit the ISM Web site and follow the Home Page link to Inside Supply Management®, www.ism.ws/Pubs/ISMMag/index.cfm.

As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. Further, supply management is: future oriented, senior-management critical, strategic in relation to the competitive imperatives of the organization, and a significant contributor to marketplace intelligence and profitability. Components included under the supply management umbrella are: purchasing/procurement; strategic sourcing; logistics; quality; inventory control; materials management; warehousing; transportation/traffic/shipping; disposition/investment recovery; distribution; receiving; packaging; product/service development and manufacturing supervision.

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