ISM's 36th Annual Supply Management Program Promises to Leverage Your Power

FOR RELEASE: February 3, 2003

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  ISM Media Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, AZ) - How can you transform value into dollars for your organization? Where does value hide? How can you discover your power to influence your company and your supply chain? The Institute for Supply Management™'s (ISM) Supply Management Program: Leverage Your Power is a comprehensive program that will provide a framework for building a supply team that creates value, adds value, and delivers value.

Now in its 36th year, the Supply Management Program continues to be an essential ingredient in the development of many supply managers. Throughout its history, this program has evolved along with the tasks, duties, and responsibilities of those in supply management.

This intensive four-and-a-half day program includes individual work, small-group discussions, presentations, and facilitated large-group discussions and activities. Instructors have streamlined the topics to allow intensive focus on key areas of supply's contribution including: developing and sustaining a value culture, supply's direct impact on the bottomline, improving supply processes by using benchmark data, assessing e-procurement usage, developing supply strategies in an environment of uncertainty (a commodity purchasing game), delivering value through strategic cost management, capturing and communicating value through performance management, and much more.

This program is designed for leaders of change for supply management. Those in decisionmaking positions related to purchasing, suppliers, supply management, or supply chain management will most benefit from this program. Typically, participants have responsibilities for planning, managing, or directing supply functions or processes in alignment with organizational goals and objectives. Historically, this program has benefited participants with titles such as vice president or director of purchasing or supply management, supply or supply chain manager, commodity or materials manager, senior buyer, sourcing team leader, and the like.

To join your colleagues in expanding your thinking, enhancing your skills, and devoting a concentrated period of time exploring value-adding opportunities, register for this conference online at or call ISM's Customer Service at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 401.

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