Get SMART With New Assessment Tool Launched by the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM)

FOR RELEASE: December 14, 2007

Media Contacts:
ISM Public Relations
Lindsey Yentes
800/888-6276, extension 3087

Jean McHale
800/888-6276, extension 3143

New training and development tool aimed at helping to lead your supply management team to the forefront of today's global marketplace.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) December 14, 2007 — The Tempe, Arizona-based Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) announces the launch of its new assessment tool, SMART. This new assessment tool appraises the skills of a supply team to uncover knowledge gaps and identify organizational training needs.

Employees can rate their skills using a web-based questionnaire and compare them to supervisor expectations. Results are compiled into a report outlining a training and development strategy for a company's specific supply chain needs. The report validates and helps to build a business case for training.

Available internationally, SMART was developed through research studies and expert focus groups to evaluate tasks in supply management categories that are then rated by individual knowledge, job importance and frequency.

For details on how SMART can help your company, contact Toni Caserta, manager, Professional Development Services at 800/888-6276, extension 3095, or by e-mail at, or Rene Yates, manager, Professional Development Services, at 800/888-6276 extension 3080, or by e-mail at

As the largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of 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 is proud to recognize professional excellence in supply management with awards such as the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management and the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. 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).