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World-Class Purchasing and Supply Management Crosses All Borders

FOR RELEASE: July 30, 2001

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  NAPM Media Relations
  480/752-6276, Ext. 3015

(Tempe, AZ) — For the first time, the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) offers a professional development seminar designed for business and supply management professionals in Toronto, September 19-21, 2001, and Calgary, March 6-8, 2002.

Fundamentals of Purchasing: The Building Blocks of World-Class Professionalism, a three-day seminar, is a highly interactive, hands-on seminar that begins with the key concepts underlying a world-class purchasing and supply organization and moves through leading-edge issues, including e-commerce. Participants will learn through a variety of interactive teaching methods, such as case studies, exercises, lectures, and both small- and large-group discussions. Throughout the session, participants will develop a network of colleagues from a variety of organizations.

This seminar is geared toward new purchasing and supply management professionals; and personnel who interface with purchasers or suppliers, including those from production and inventory control, transportation, distribution, and engineering.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to construct supplier evaluation matrices and scorecards, develop a basic negotiation strategy, categorize purchases and manage each category for efficiency, evaluate e-commerce tools for streamlining processes, and streamline the acquisition process for small-dollar-value purchases.

Course highlights include supply management's contribution to corporate strategy and value creation; e-commerce, e-business, and e-procurement options and opportunities for supply managers; fundamental legal concepts affecting the purchaser's behavior; and pulling it all together to effectively and efficiently manage the supply base.

Seminar dates and locations in Canada are:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
March 6-8, 2002 Program #4451
Early Bird Registration
USD $1,395/NAPM members USD $1,095
Late Registration
USD $1,495/NAPM members USD $1,195

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
September 19-21, 2001 Program #4383
Early Bird Registration
USD $1,395/NAPM members USD $1,095
Late Registration
USD $1,495/NAPM members USD $1,195

For more information, or to register, contact NAPM Customer Service at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 401, or visit us on the Internet at www.napm.org and go to the Seminars and Online Learning area.

The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM), established in 1915, is the world's leading educator of supply management professionals, and is a valuable resource for decision makers in major markets, government, and industry. Effective January 1, 2002, NAPM will become the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) in recognition of the mounting strategic and global significance of supply chain management.

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