Monday, October 1, 2007


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In This Issue ...

September Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 52%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the eighth consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 71st 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 in September while some sectors of the economy are apparently struggling. The trend is toward slower growth in manufacturing as the rate of growth in both the New Orders Index and Production Index slowed. The sector is apparently in excellent shape with regard to inventories as the Inventories Index fell to 41.6 percent, indicating significant inventory liquidation, and the rate of growth in the Employment Index increased slightly in September. Overall, September looks like a good month for manufacturing."

To read the entire release click here.

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J. Shipman Gold Medal Award

The J. Shipman Gold Medal Award was created by the Purchasing Management Association of New York in 1931, and is presented to those individuals whose modest, unselfish, sincere, and persistent efforts have aided the advancement of the supply management field. Those chosen for the award have also assisted and guided members of the supply management profession in their endeavors.

ISM is now taking nominations for the 2007 J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. Nomination deadline is January 31st. For information about J. Shipman nominations or to read about past award winners click here.

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ISM Social Responsibility Web Site Navigation Tool

It is the mission of ISM to promote excellence in social responsibility through the development of principles and the sharing of tools, information, and best practices that will assist in the implementation and continuous improvement of supply management organizations and professionals.

To make access to this information quick and easy, ISM has created a PDF index that includes descriptions of the various elements available in ISM's Social Responsibility Web site.

To access this index click here.

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Speaking Opportunities

Have you ever thought about being a presenter at one of ISM's educational programs? As a progressive institute with a mission to provide national and international leadership in supply management, the Institute for Supply Management™ is always looking for knowledgeable supply management professionals who are willing to share their expertise at our various educational programs.

ISM needs speakers for conferences, seminars, satellite seminars, and Web events. For more information about presenting at an ISM educational event click here.

If you are interested in becoming a speaker at a local affiliate event, submit your speaker information to the ISM Speaker Bureau Directory. The directory is used as a resource by event organizers in ISM's local affiliate organizations. To submit your entry click here.

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Web Site of Interest.

This month's Web Site of Interest is: QUINTESSENTIAL CAREERS.

This Web site provides over 15 free career and job-related tutorials. The tutorials include:

  • Cover Letter Tutorial
  • Job Interview Tutorial
  • Résumé Tutorial
  • Salary Negotiation Tutorial
  • Rebounding After a Layoff Tutorial

The Quintessential Careers Web site also includes other career resources such as articles, a newsletter, various samples and examples, and a bookstore.

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: National Fire Protection Association.

Definition: An international nonprofit association with a mission to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.

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 currently taken from the ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms.

ISM members can access the online Members Only Glossary 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 online Glossary click here.

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

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