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In This Issue ...
  • April Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 57.3%.  Read more.
  • ISM and the ISM Knowledge Center have New Web Sites.  Read more.
  • Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Roundtable.  Read more.
  • May 2nd Deadline for Faxed/Online Conference Registrations.   Read more.
  • The Power of the Services Supply Chain: Strategies for Innovation.  Read more.
  • Web Site of Interest.  Read more.
  • Term of the Day.  Read more.
  • Are You Taking Advantage of Just in ETime?  Read more.
  • Contact Us.  Read more.

April Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 57.3%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in April for the 35th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 54th 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 grew at a faster rate during April as production and employment showed significant strength. The level of activity is driving some inventory growth as the Inventory Index moved above 50 percent, reversing a 12-month trend. April's Index of 57.3 percent is the highest since November 2005. While many members indicate that business is good, they still have major concerns about the impact of higher prices for energy and industrial commodities."

To read the entire report click here.

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ISM and the ISM Knowledge Center have New Web Sites

After months of planning and hard work, ISM is pleased to announce the launch of our new Web site! We're still at the same URL:, but we have improved the usability and navigation so that you can find what you're looking for faster and easier.

One of the most exciting enhancements is that we have segmented our content into topic areas related to supply management to make searching and locating information very simple.

We request that you log-in to the ISM Web site every time you visit to take advantage of these new features. The first time you log-in to the new site (upper right-hand corner of Web page), you'll have the opportunity to select your areas of interest so we can deliver the content and products/service you're interested in. After you log in, visit the 'My Interests' link to see the list of topic areas. Simply view the topic areas and use your mouse to move the interest-level sliders to indicate more or less interest in each one. The more you use our site, the better we will be able to present to you new site content that matches your areas of interest.

To log-in to the site, ISM members will use their ISM ID number as their username (sample ID: 000000995555) and their LAST name as their password.

We've also launched our new Knowledge Center (KC) at (ISM members should use their ISM ID number [including all zeroes] and last name to log in.) If you had access to any courses in the old KC, you can still access them. You'll notice significantly improved navigation and ease of use. To enter the KC, simply click the ENTER button under CURRENT USERS on the left side of the page. You may also want to click on the ORIENTATION and/or the FEATURES links on the KC home page to learn more about the KC and how to access your courses.

Reminder: Be sure to update your browser's "favorites" file if you've bookmarked any links on the old ISM Web site.

To check out the new ISM Web site click here.

To check out the new ISM Knowledge Center Web site click here.

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Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Roundtable

A half-day event produced by Economist Conferences
Institute for Supply Management™ is a supporting organization.
June 20th, 2006 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

Join Shelley Stewart Jr., ISM Board Member and VP of Operational Excellence and Chief Procurement Officer, Tyco International and Lisa Martin, ISM Board Member and VP, Global Sourcing, Pfizer, at this invitation-only event for senior executives. Thought leaders from General Dynamics, Lucent, American Express, and more will attend. SAP is the event sponsor, and ISM is the supporting organization.

To view the agenda and request a *complimentary* invitation click here.

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May 2nd Deadline for Faxed/Online Conference Registrations

We hope you are planning on joining ISM and the 2000 plus supply management professionals at ISM's 91st Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibits on May 7-10, 2006 in Minneapolis, MN.

It's not too late to register by fax or online. The fax / online registration deadline is May 2, 2006.

If you miss the May 2nd fax and online deadline don't worry, you can still register onsite in Minneapolis at the ISM Conference registration desk.

For more information or to register right now click here.

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The Power of the Services Supply Chain: Strategies for Innovation

An ISM Services Group Program
St. John's University - Manhattan Campus New York, NY
June 8, 2006

Spend the day with some of the industry's leading experts from MetLife, Dun & Bradstreet, Pfizer Inc, JVKellyGroup and Voice of Empowerment, Inc. Learn to develop a successful strategy and integrate real solutions that achieve significant results.

ISM and St. John's University have again teamed up to present valuable insights into new strategies for innovation solutions to help you contain and even lower costs that are associated with purchasing services. Make a dynamic difference within your organization by enhancing and more effectively managing your services spend. This one-day event is filled with back-to-back sessions, including dynamic negotiation strategies for service related contracts and techniques that improve the bottomline.

$495 ISM Members/$695 Nonmembers. Register online and save $25

Sponsored by:

  • St. John's University
  • The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
  • JVKelly Group

Earn 6.25 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) when you attend this one-day event.

For more information or to register click here.

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Web Site of Interest

This month's Web Site of Interest is: WHERE IN FEDERAL CONTRACTING?.

A free, non-commercial site, designed for the contracts and grants professional. Includes thousands of links to various federal government, state government, international government, non-profit, and private sites.

Serves the federal and state acquisition and the federal assistance community, including public and private organizations, by providing quick access to acquisition and assistance information such as contracting laws and pending legislation, bid protest decisions, contracting newsletters, daily listings of grants and cooperative agreements, and federal assistance sites.

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: BREAK BULK.

Definition: The splitting of one consolidated or large-volume shipment into smaller ones for ultimate delivery to Consignees.

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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Are You Taking Advantage of Just in ETime?

The Just in ETime e-mail newsletter delivers ISM- and purchasing/supply-related news and updates to subscribers' desktop every other week. You'll 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!

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