Monday, April 2, 2007


ISM's 92nd Annual International Supply Management Conference

ISM Career Center

Institute for Supply Management

In This Issue ...

March Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 50.9%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the second consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 65th 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 improved slightly in March as the PMI reflected growth for the second consecutive month. The New Orders and Production Indexes advanced while the Employment and Inventories Indexes declined. A positive for March is the Customers' Inventories Index (falling below 50 percent after five consecutive months above the breakeven line), which is a possible indication that manufacturers' inventories are nearing satisfactory levels. On the negative side, prices appear to be surging for certain commodities in the face of slower growth."

To read the entire release click here.

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2008 Call for Presentations Now Open

ISM invites you to submit a proposal to present a workshop at its 93rd Annual International Supply Management Conference, May 4-7, 2008 in St. Louis, MO. Share your knowledge, ideas, success and insight with the profession. Motivate your colleagues to reach new heights. Inspire newcomers to embrace the profession.

Submission deadline is July 1, 2007.

For more information on the 2008 Call for Presentations click here.

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Credentials Discussion Forum Provides Valuable Information

The ISM Credentials Discussion Forum can be a valuable, informative tool for networking and certification information. Recently enhanced to be more user-friendly, the forum provides a virtual meeting place for supply managers to discuss challenges, opportunities and areas of interest related to ISM's certification programs and the profession.

When you enter the discussion forum area, you will notice subject "threads" listed in the left column. These threads represent continuing discussions regarding the listed subject. Find the subject in which you're interested, read prior entries made by your peers and connect. You can ask questions and get tried and true answers from other professionals who have had similar experiences. Best of all, it's free to members and nonmembers alike. The next time you need good information, find it in ISM's Credentials Discussion Forum.

To access the Credentials Discussion Forum click here.

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2007 ISM Conference Proceedings

The 2007 ISM Conference Proceedings is now available on the ISM Web site.

The Conference Proceedings contains over 80 Conference presentations submitted for publication by this year's Conference presenters. The online Proceedings can be sorted by title, author, or topic.

To view or download the 2007 ISM Conference Proceedings click here.

Future ISM Conference Dates

When it comes time for ISM's Conference, don't be left behind! Mark your calendar now with ISM's future Conference dates.

  • 2008: May 4-7 — St. Louis, MO
  • 2009: May 3-6 — Charlotte, NC
  • 2010: April 25-28 — San Diego, CA
  • 2011: May 15-18 — Kissimmee, FL (Orlando)
  • 2012: May 6-9 — Baltimore, MD
  • 2013: April 28-May 1 — Grapevine, TX (Dallas)

It's not too late to register for this year's 92nd Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. The 2007 Conference takes place May 6-9, at the Bally's Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

For complete Conference information, or to register for the 2007 Conference click here.

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Web Site of Interest

This month's Web Site of Interest is: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ROLLA.

This Web site offers an area titled "The Purchasing Professional's Web Assistant." Here they've compiled lists of resources helpful to purchasing/supply management professionals. Here's just a sample of the available resources:

  • Auctions
  • Business News
  • Electronic Shopping Agents
  • Government Information
  • Higher Education News/Information
  • Legal
  • Product/Company Source Locators
  • Standards/Codes

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: RAW MATERIALS.

Definition: Materials such as commodities in their "as-received" state which will be further processed during incorporation into an organization's outputs.

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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Subscribe to Just in ETime Newsletter

The Just in ETime e-mail newsletter delivers ISM- and purchasing/supply-related news and updates directly to subscribers' desktops 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!

To subscribe to Just in ETime click here.

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