Market Analysis, Forecasting, Supplier Relationships, Integrating E-Commerce NAPM's Supply Management 360º Conference

FOR RELEASE: September 4, 2001

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

(Tempe, AZ) — Whether it's the strategic plan, the annual goal, the monthly projections, or tomorrow's inventory, all supply managers face the same challenge: developing and implementing plans to ensure that their organization remains a proactive and productive entity. At the National Association of Purchasing Management's (NAPM) Supply Management 360º Conference, supply management professionals will have the opportunity to develop market analysis and forecasting skills, learn how to build stronger supplier relationships, and acquire fundamentals necessary to succeed in integrating e-commerce.

The Supply Management 360º Conference, to be held November 28-30, 2001, in Phoenix, Arizona, is an opportunity to analyze and learn about three key elements of the supply management process. Those attending this conference will learn new ways to leverage existing technological platforms and processes, will discover ways to increase ROI through other value-add propositions, and will find ways to strengthen their contribution to their organization and its bottomline.

Program highlights include three dynamic keynote addresses: "ROI of Online Buying: Fact, Fiction, and Best Practices," presented by Bruce D. Temkin, group director, North America Research and Advisory, Forrester Research, addressing trends and issues in e-procurement deployment and integration, supply chain collaboration, online reverse auctions, and more; Christopher D. Mahoney, senior vice president, Global Transportation Services, United Parcel Service, presenting, "O Say Can You C: Why Connectivity and Collaboration Make the Difference," a discussion of the two most critical components to managing supplier relationships; and providing insight into merging an e-commerce framework with a strategic plan, Craig C. Brown, director, Materials Strategic Programs Operations, Intel Corporation, will be discussing "Creating and Deploying a Global E-Business Strategy."

For more information, or to register for this conference, visit, or call NAPM's Customer Service at 800/888-6276, ext. 401, or 480/752-6276, ext. 401.

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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