Monday, April 3, 2006

SAS Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)

Institute for Supply Management

ISM's Annual Conference

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In This Issue...

March Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 55.2%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in March for the 34th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M., chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The manufacturing sector, led by continued strength in new orders and production, continued to grow in March. The first quarter is now complete, and the ISM data indicates that it was a good quarter for U.S. manufacturing. Prices are still a major concern, particularly in the energy and metals markets. In general, manufacturing continues to experience a significant level of growth."

To read the entire report click here.

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CPSM Qualification Web Seminar #2

The second in a series of Web seminars related to the new CPSM qualification. This Web seminar was delivered on Thursday, March 23, 2006.

Major topics discussed during the program included:

  • Discussion of new name
  • Discussion of current programs
  • Format of the new program
  • Bridging and Recertification process
  • Review of Qualification requirements
  • Discussion of study materials

For more information or to access the archived program click here.

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Twelve Things Not to Miss at This Year's Annual Conference
  1. Hot Topics: Strategic Expectations; Human Resources; and Risk, Disaster Management & Planning.
  2. Roundtables: This is an opportunity to meet with your peers and discuss what's important to you. This is networking at its most valuable.
  3. Group/Forum Workshops: Don't miss this chance to get expert knowledge in indirect MRO procurement, materials management, services or other specialized supply management techniques.
  4. Supply Management Components: Workshops addressing components of supply management including Logistics, Quality and Human Resource Services.
  5. J. Shipman Award and Volunteer Appreciation Banquet: Be inspired by those who have contributed above and beyond to the profession.
  6. Repeat Sessions: Repeat sessions are selected based on customer demand and topic significance.
  7. Career Center: Several employers will be on hand conducting interviews.
  8. Detailed Workshop Descriptions: Outlines and comprehensive information provided by the presenters.
  9. Pre-Conference Seminars: Put your travel expenses to good use. Attend a 1-, 2- or 3-day pre-Conference seminar and the Conference all on the same travel dollar.
  10. Extended Sessions: Some subject matter demands more of an in-depth look, so select sessions offered as two-hour (or longer) programs.
  11. Project Management: Back by popular demand — extended sessions on project management.
  12. R. Gene Richter Award Winner Workshops: Based on innovation and leadership from the four categories of Process, Technology, People and Organization/Structure, these award winners will wow you with their practical applications and success stories.

Registrations for ISM's 91st Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit must be postmarked no later than April 14, 2006. Register by April 14th and save $70 off the "late" Conference registration fee. Register online and save an additional $25!

For more information about this year's Annual Conference click here.

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Hot Off The Presses!

The latest issue of Spotlight On ISM Groups and Forums has just been released. This publication is a report of current activities and information from the ISM Special-Interest Groups and Forums.

Currently there are 21 ISM Special-Interest Groups and Forums. And there is a new group in the formation process — The Supplier Management Group.

To access the April issue of Spotlight newsletter, or for more information on the Supplier Management Group click here.

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Web Site of Interest

This month's Web Site of Interest is: THE OUTSOURCING INSTITUTE.

Free outsourcing information, resources, consulting and networking opportunities, and solutions for buyers, service providers and industry influencers.

To access this Web site click here.

Please note: This external Internet address contains information created, published, maintained, or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of ISM. Links from this Web site, or any other Web site(s) accessible from this Web site, to any product, entity, service, or information, do not constitute a recommendation by ISM. ISM is not responsible for the contents of any other Web site.

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE.

Definition: The remedy for breach of contract available to a purchaser in a Sole Source situation where a court orders the seller to perform as agreed.

A different Term of the Day is posted on the ISM Home Page ( each day -- 7 days a week. The Term of the Day is taken from the Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms.

ISM members can access the online Members Only Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms which includes terms from the private, public, and various industry sectors, and from a wide variety of sources. The Glossary can be browsed alphabetically, or searched by keyword.

To access the Glossary click here.

If you are not a member but would like membership information click here.

Help us update this Glossary! If you don't find the term or definition that you are looking for let us know. We will be updating the ISM Glossary in the coming months, and your input will be useful for the new edition. To contact us regarding the Glossary, e-mail:

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Tell Your Coworkers About the Just in ETime Newsletter

The Just in ETime e-mail newsletter delivers ISM- and purchasing/supply-related news and updates to subscribers' desktop every other week. Your coworkers will receive breaking news, such as the ISM Report On Business®, information on upcoming seminars and programs, changes to certification rules/requirements, as well as Web sites of interest to supply/procurement professionals. And best of all — there's no charge to subscribe!

To subscribe click here.

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Questions/Comments? Contact RaeAnn Slaybaugh.

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