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FOR RELEASE: March 10, 2009

Media Contact:
ISM Public Relations
Jean McHale, extension 3143

Student discount offered at supply management Conference in Charlotte, May 3-6, 2009.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) March 10, 2009 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), the world's leading supply management organization, welcomes students interested in attending its 94th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. This year's Conference will be held May 3-6, 2009 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. ISM's discounted student rate of $250 provides complete Conference registration, including educational sessions, meal functions, and the Exhibit Hall. In addition, student attendees will be invited to an evening of free networking, brainstorming and fun on Monday, May 4.

ISM's Annual Conference consistently attracts the best and the brightest in the industry. You can find just about every title within the supply chain career ladder at the Conference. Individuals who are serious about reinforcing their skills, following new trends and hearing the buzz on supply management won't want to miss these four days of training and education.

Students who are entering the field of supply management may be studying business, purchasing/supply management, management, logistics, operations management or related curriculums. College students who wish to take advantage of the discounted 2009 ISM Conference rate must be active ISM student members. ISM offers dues-free membership to students who are enrolled full-time in an accredited community college or four-year college or university. To secure a dues-free membership in time to register for the ISM Conference, download the special application available on the ISM Web site and mail the completed application along with your school-issued class schedule for the current semester showing full-time status. For more information, contact ISM at 800/888-6276, option 8.

Visit ISM's Web site at for information on the complete Conference experience, including workshops and educational tracks, hotels and travel, Exhibit Hall, networking opportunities and Career Center.

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 a not-for-profit membership association serving more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. ISM offers credentialing to professionals around the world with the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification. 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. 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.