Wednesday, January 3, 2007


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ISM's 92nd Annual International Supply Management Conference

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December Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 51.4%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December following a one-month decline, while the overall economy grew for the 62nd 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 proved resilient in December, as the PMI returned to growth registering 51.4 percent after a decline (under 50 percent) in November. Both New Orders and Production made significant gains to drive the PMI back above the breakeven point. Manufacturing employment remained relatively unchanged as the Employment Index shows a negligible change for the second consecutive month. The Prices Index is trending downward, relieving some of the inflationary pressure that has troubled manufacturing since the middle of 2003."

To read the entire release click here.

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2007 Conference Keynote Speakers

ISM is proud to present the following keynote speakers at its 92nd Annual International Supply Management Conference which takes place May 6-9, 2007 at the Bally's Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada:


  • Successful Decisionmaking - Sharing Ideas from Blink
    Malcolm Gladwell
    Staff Writer
    New Yorker Magazine


  • An Afternoon With Stanley Bing
    Stanley Bing
    Business Pundit, Columnist


  • Business Survey Keynote
    John E. Silvia
    Chief Economist
    Wachovia Corporation

    R. Keith Schwer
    Director of The Center for Business and Economic Research
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M.
    Group Director, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement
    Georgia-Pacific Corporation
    Chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee

    Anthony Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM
    Senior VP, Supply Management
    Hilton Hotels Corporation World Headquarters Hilton Supply Management
    Chair of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee

  • Succeeding in a Dynamic World: Supply Management in the Decade Ahead
    Paul A. Laudicina
    Managing Officer and Chairman of the Board
    A.T. Kearney


  • Importance of Social Responsibility and Community Involvement
    Dr. Bertice Berry
    Motivational Speaker

For more information about the above keynote addresses or ISM's 92nd Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit click here.

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ISM Expands Online Course Offerings

Visit the Knowledge Center today and gain access to ISM's expanded class offerings that now include Accenture's Supply Chain Academy (SCA) courses. Global in scope, these courses were developed by experts from more than 30 leading organizations, professional associations, industry consortia and educational institutions.

ISM is dedicated to your success. We've designed the Knowledge Center for you and your organization to give you access to a comprehensive curriculum that addresses all areas of the supply chain. Whether you're looking to improve your skills or want to expand the capabilities of your organization, ISM is your total education resource for achieving your goals.

And, we understand that everyone has a unique learning style. These expanded offerings provide you with a multitude of delivery formats and more continuing education opportunities.

Enroll today and earn Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).

To access the Online Course Guide (PDF format) click here

To register for a Knowledge Center online course click here

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Web Site of Interest

This month's Web Site of Interest is: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA'S RÉSUMÉ TUTOR!©.

This Web site offers a program designed to walk you through the steps of formatting your résumé. Includes free résumé-writing tips, advice and examples. This site also helps you evaluate what you have written.

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: MULTI-STEP BIDDING.

Definition: A source selection process that is carried out in two competitive steps. The first step involves the submission of a technical proposal to furnish the product or service described in the solicitation; the second step usually involves the submission of itemized prices for the finalized technical proposal.

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 ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms.

ISM members can access the online Members Only ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms which can be browsed alphabetically, or searched by keyword.

To access the online Glossary click here.

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

Note: The new ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms (4th Edition) is now available for purchase. The updated ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms is a valuable reference tool for supply professionals, academics, researchers and students. Greatly expanded, the new fourth edition includes information from all components of supply. From logistics to procurement, warehousing to product service development, the glossary provides supply professionals with both an improved terminology and a greater understanding of various supply processes across the entire supply chain. To purchase click here.

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