Friday, September 1, 2006

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ISM's 92nd Annual International Supply Management Conference

In This Issue ...
  • August Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 54.5%.  Read more.
  • UNSPSC for Spend Analysis: Industry Best Practices.  Read more.
  • My Certification Has Expired — What Do I Do Now?  Read more.
  • Application Deadline is September 29, Don't be Left Out!  Read more.
  • Web Site of Interest.  Read more.
  • Term of the Day.  Read more.
  • Subscribe to Just in ETime Newsletter.  Read more.
  • Contact Us.  Read more.

August Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®:
PMI at 54.5%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in August for the 39th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 58th 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. "Manufacturing growth continued at a very strong pace in August. Though the rate of growth was slightly under that of July, the sector continues to enjoy strength in new orders and production. In August we also saw an uptick in manufacturing employment. The major concerns in manufacturing at this point are the continued upward pricing pressure that has existed for the past 13 months, and some industries are experiencing a degree of inventory buildup."

To read the entire release click here.

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UNSPSC for Spend Analysis: Industry Best Practices

A free Web seminar sponsored by Zycus and presented by ISM
September 20, 2006
2:00 p.m. EST — 11:00 a.m. Pacific

Please join Mr. Stephen Arens, Senior Director Market Development, Gs1 US from UNSPSC who will share his insights on factors critical for adopting UNSPSC during this one-hour free Web seminar. Also presenting will be Michael D. Batton, Strategic Sourcing Research Manager, Corning Incorporated. Mr. Batton will detail how Corning has benefited by using UNSPSC, what to expect and how best to implement a progressive spend analysis program in your organization.

During this Web seminar, you will learn:

  • Best practices for successful adoption of UNSPSC
  • Common mistakes to be avoided during the implementation of UNSPSC
  • Tips for Effective Change Management
  • Industry successes discussed through case studies
  • GS1 — Roadmap for UNSPSC

The United Nations Standard Products and Services Code®, is considered synonymous to Best in Class Spend Analysis Programs. Successful adoption and value derived by early adopters of UNSPSC has generated a lot of interest in organizations that are planning to start or enhance their spend analysis initiatives.

Attend this FREE Web seminar and receive a free copy of the booklet
UNSPSC for Better Spend Analysis!

This free Web seminar qualifies for one CEH credit at ISM. For full information and to register for this one-hour event click here.

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My Certification Has Expired — What Do I Do Now?

ISM provides each candidate with a one (1) year grace period to recertify or reaccredit their designation without penalty. During this grace period the individual is no longer a C.P.M. or A.P.P. ISM expects that candidates in their grace period will cease using their designation until they are recertified or reaccredited by ISM. This grace period does not lengthen your certification period — using this grace period will not change your next expiration date. Your expiration date will remain five years from when you were certified or recertified.

If it has been more than one year, or if you do not postmark your recertification application within one year of the expiration date, you will be required to retake the modules of the exam. For the A.P.P. you will need to retake Modules 1 and 2. For the C.P.M. you will need to take Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4. ISM does not make exceptions to this policy.

Although ISM currently sends reminder postcards approximately 1 year and 6 months prior to a candidates expiration date, it is the responsibility of each candidate to know when their certification expires. The expiration date for your certification is clearly printed on the bottom left of the certificate you received when you were certified or accredited.

If you have questions about ISM's Certification Programs click here.

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Application Deadline is September 29, Don't be Left Out! ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management Accepting Entries From Innovative Supply Management Departments

Organizations invited to apply via ISM Web no later than September 29, 2006.

While the inaugural ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management have been presented, the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is announcing its call for entries for the second annual awards. ISM's Richter Awards are open to supply management departments of all sizes and geographic locations, both domestic and international. Entries should address big challenges for which new solutions have had wide organizational and/or supply chain impact.

ISM will accept entries through an online submission process from July 3 to September 29, 2006. Multiple entries are welcome in four award categories, including process, organization/structure, people and technology. Winners will be notified in January 2007, and award recipients will be publicly announced and honored at an awards dinner on Monday, May 7, 2007, at ISM's 92nd Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Las Vegas. Winners agree to present at ISM Conference sessions the Tuesday afternoon following the awards dinner.

Questions regarding the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management can be directed to Scott Sturzl, C.P.M., at 800/888-6276, extension 3105 (or, for callers outside the United States, 480/752-7890, extension 3105), or by e-mail at

For information on entry categories, applying for the 2007 awards or to download the 2006 Richter Award Winners Brochure click here.

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Web Site of Interest

This month's Web Site of Interest is: Material Handling Management

This Web site contains an article archive; free e-newsletter Quick Manufacturing News subscription — newsletter features 4-6 news items every business day; resources area with links to white papers, case histories, product reviews, industry links and more.

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: Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA)..

Definition: List of guidelines adopted in a number of states that requires commercial or government contract agreement on automated transactions, electronic signatures, electronic agents, electronic records, and security. UETA was adopted in 1999 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL).

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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