Services Sector Supply Managers Play Critical Role In Developing Competitive Edge

FOR RELEASE: October 11, 2001

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

(Tempe, AZ) – Did you know that on average, 54 percent of an organization’s total purchase is aimed at service providers? Managing the service spend provides a unique opportunity to contribute to the bottomline. At the National Association of Purchasing Management’s (NAPM) services group conference, "Smart Supply Management for Services – A Competitive Edge," discover how supply managers can apply traditional strategies to the acquisition of services, and become an invaluable contributor to the success of any organization.

Realize the strategic impact a supply manager’s expertise has on purchasing services. Explore the role of stakeholders on the sourcing decision and optimize the process. Learn how supply managers can turn co-workers into customers and streamline service purchases.

Smart sourcing for services can have a significant influence on the bottomline. Conference sessions highlighting best practices in services purchasing, e-procurement, and e-sourcing, as well as specialized sessions focusing on HR solutions and construction and facilities management are available to help supply managers leverage the power of this multibillion-dollar sector of the economy.

"Smart Supply Management for Services – A Competitive Edge," to be held

December 6-7, 2001, at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers sessions designed for both manufacturing and non-manufacturing supply management professionals responsible for acquiring services.

For more information, or to register for "Smart Supply Management for Services – A Competitive Edge," please contact NAPM Customer Service at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 401. Media requesting a press pass can contact Kristen Kioa at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 401, or e-mail

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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