Monday, March 5, 2007


Georgia State University


ISM's 92nd Annual International Supply Management Conference

In This Issue ...
  • February Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: Business Activity at 54.3%  Read more.
  • Latest JPMorgan Global PMI: Global Report on Manufacturing  Read more.
  • New Group Web Site  Read more.
  • Download the Certification Programs Presentation  Read more.
  • Take Control of Your Future — ISM's 3rd Annual Conference Career Center  Read more.
  • ISM Teams with Accenture to Expand Knowledge Center Offerings  Read more.
  • Term of the Day  Read more.
  • Contact Us  Read more.

February Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: Business Activity at 54.3%

Business activity in the non-manufacturing sector increased at a slower rate in February 2007, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Anthony Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee; and senior vice president – supply management for Hilton Hotels Corporation. "Non-manufacturing business activity increased for the 47th consecutive month in February," Nieves said. He added, "Business Activity and New Orders increased at a slower rate in February than in January. Employment increased at a faster rate than in January. The Prices Index decreased 1.4 percentage points this month to 53.8 percent. Nine non-manufacturing industries reported increased activity in February. Members' comments in February are mixed concerning current business conditions. The overall indication in February is continued economic growth in the non-manufacturing sector, but at a slower pace than in January."

To read the entire release click here.

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Latest JPMorgan Global PMI: Global Report on Manufacturing

February data indicated that growth of the global manufacturing sector recovered from the sluggish trend seen at the start of 2007. The JPMorgan Global Manufacturing PMI rose from January's one-and-a-half year low of 52.4, to record a four-month peak of 53.7. The PMI was led higher by stronger trends in production, new orders and employment. Improved growth of international trade volumes also contributed to the latest expansion.

The Global Manufacturing Output Index posted 55.3 in February, its highest reading since last September, to remain above the neutral 50.0 mark for the forty-sixth successive month.

For the complete JPMorgan release click here.

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New Group Web Site
The Electronic and Supply Management Group (ESMG) has launched a new Web site. The site is intended to serve as a forum for Group members to share insights regarding technology capabilities, strengths and weaknesses, implementation and economic considerations, and industry/market trends. The ESMG wants to provide a third-party perspective regarding strengths and weaknesses of technology that is not biased toward any particular vendor, integrator or technology platform. You can reach the site directly by clicking here. The ESMG welcomes feedback and strongly desires input from ISM membership. If you are interested in contributing to or even becoming an editor of one of the content areas, please do not hesitate to contact Jim Pfeiffer or any of the board members. Contact information is available on the site.

For a complete listing of all ISM Group and Forum Web sites click here.

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Download the Certification Programs Presentation

A PowerPoint presentation discussing critical dates, program requirements and general information regarding ISM's new Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) is now available on ISM's Web site.

Intended as a valuable tool to help professionals understand the changes taking place within the profession and ISM, the presentation also focuses on credentialing changes related to the C.P.M. program.

For more information click here.

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Take Control of Your Future — ISM's 3rd Annual Conference Career Center

Curious about the possibilities of a new position? Good news may be waiting for you in Las Vegas.

  • Conference attendees may submit résumés for inclusion in the special Conference Career Center database for view exclusively by participating employers
  • World-class organizations will conduct onsite interviews
  • Free résumé critiques by a career expert on Monday, May 7th
  • Opportunity to introduce yourself to prospective employers
  • Ability to review online Conference Career Center job postings
  • Questions? Contact Sue at

This may be the opportunity you have been waiting for. Don't wait; make it a point to visit the Conference Career Center this year for your dream to come true.

Conference Career Center Hours

  • Sunday, May 6th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 7th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Is your organization looking to add to its supply management staff in 2007? Join the Conference Career Center as a participating employer. Space is limited; please contact Toni Caserta at 800/888-6276, extension 3095, or e-mail

For more information or to register for this year's Conference click here.

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ISM Teams with Accenture to Expand Knowledge Center Offerings

The Institute for Supply Management™ has teamed with Accenture's Supply Chain Academy to bring supply professionals more choices and greater access to online courses. The expanded offerings round out ISM's Knowledge Center to provide visitors greater choices and continuing education opportunities.

The Accenture Supply Chain Academy offers global training programs designed specifically for supply chain professionals. With world-class content developed by experts from more than 30 leading organizations, professional associations, industry consortia and educational institutions, the ISM and Accenture online courses compliment each other. They are accessible at any time to meet the user's self-paced requirements.

Whether you're looking to improve your own skills as an individual or interested in building the capabilities of your organization, ISM's Knowledge Center is your total resource.

For more information on how ISM's Knowledge Center can help develop your skills click here.

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Definition: Organization formed to serve world business by promoting trade and investment, open markets for goods and services, and the free flow of capital.

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.

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Contact Us

Questions/Comments? Contact RaeAnn Slaybaugh.

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