Study Your Way to CPSM Exam Success

FOR RELEASE: June 3, 2008

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

Jean McHale
800/888-6276, extension 3143

ISM Professional Series now available.

(Tempe, Ariz.) June 3, 2008 — The world's largest supply management organization, Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), this month released the ISM Professional Series — the latest study tool for professionals hoping to earn their Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) designation.

The ISM Professional Series covers the major aspects of supply management. The series draws information from all industries and levels, formulating a macro view of the profession. This standalone work focuses on the core concepts that candidates will need to know and understand in order to qualify as a CPSM.

The ISM Professional Series is comprised of three books: The Foundation of Supply Management, Effective Supply Management Performance and Leadership in Supply Management. The series focuses on challenges, goals and skill sets supply management professionals will need to acquire in order to be successful in strategic supply management. With methodologies to investigate, strategies to pursue and case examples from several international organizations, the ISM Professional Series is an essential resource for every supply professional.

The CPSM represents the highest degree of professional competencies, containing the most comprehensive body of knowledge, and is designed to lead the profession by emphasizing the main components of supply management.

The ISM Professional Series is available for $195 for members and $280 for nonmembers. Place your order by contacting ISM Customer Service at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 401, or by downloading a product order form located at Select Products, then Download Product Order Form.

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).

ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources and related capabilities 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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