New Interactive Forum on Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce Keeps Supply Managers on the Cutting Edge

FOR RELEASE: July 30, 2001

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

(Tempe, AZ) — The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) will offer for the first time, Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce: Implementation and Application on December 5-6, 2001, in Tempe, Arizona.

This is an advanced, interactive forum for learning how to implement and apply business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce. Participants will have access to individual computers throughout the course, providing hands-on experience to view tools, software, and applications. Guest speakers will provide real-world supply management perspectives on B2B. Participants will also have the opportunity to share experiences and network, providing ample opportunity to learn how other organizations are advancing with B2B e-commerce.

How to effectively select and evaluate B2B suppliers is the key to implementing B2B e-commerce. Understanding the critical steps in managing ongoing B2B implementation and current "hot" topics, and how to effectively respond to them, are crucial elements to success. As supply management continues to grow, discover how other organizations are managing B2B implementation through real-world best practices and lessons learned to enhance your organization's implementation plan. Learn, via hands-on demonstrations, current B2B tools, software, and applications. As B2B increases in importance in the operation of organizations, find out how other participants are utilizing B2B, through interactive group breakout sessions to share experiences and network, and the future direction of B2B, its impact on supply management, and how to stay on top of emerging trends and technology.

The seminar is excellent for those who work for organizations that have made the decision to integrate B2B e-commerce into their existing supply management structure, or for those who are in the process of implementing B2B. Supply management professionals who are charged with managing/implementing B2B, or those whose area is impacted by the implementation of B2B, will greatly benefit from expert insights and knowledgeable guest speakers.

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 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, the 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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