Monday, March 3, 2008


University of San Diego School of Business Administration


93rd Annual International Supply Management Conference

In This Issue ...
  • February Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 48.3%.  Read more.
  • Best Practices in Supplier Enablement.  Read more.
  • CPSM Train-the-Trainer Courses are Here!  Read more.
  • Improve Your Efficiency with Supply Chain Management.  Read more.
  • Web Site of Interest.  Read more.
  • Term of the Day.  Read more.
  • It's Easy to Subscribe to the Just in ETime Newsletter.  Read more.
  • Contact Us.  Read more.

February Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 48.3%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in February, while the overall economy grew for the 76th 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. "The manufacturing sector failed to grow during the month as the PMI fell below 50 percent, which indicates weaker performance in February when compared to January. Manufacturers' order backlogs continue to erode as the New Orders Index remained below 50 percent for the third consecutive month. With the Inventories and Customer Inventories Indexes indicating that manufacturing inventories are at reasonable levels, the major concern is rising prices and falling volume."

To read the entire release click here.

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Best Practices in Supplier Enablement

March 13, 2008
2:00 pm Eastern, 11:00 am Pacific

Supplier participation is critical for the success of any eProcurement initiative. However enabling and managing suppliers have long been the Achilles heel of most eProcurement initiatives, leading to issues ranging from a failed implementation to a significantly lower than expected ROI from the system.

From our experience, most purchasing organizations tend to grossly underestimate the level of effort and budget required to enable and manage suppliers, supplier content and transactions. We have also found that most procurement executives recognize this issue and believe that supplier enablement is vital to the success of their e-procurement initiatives.

This complimentary Web seminar identifies the key issues involved with enabling suppliers and suggests a solution that facilitates supplier enablement at significantly lower costs and resource requirements. You will learn how to:

  • Target and recruit suppliers efficiently to maximize supplier coverage within your eProcurement system
  • Increase your spend under management without growing your organization
  • Manage and measure multiple procurement initiatives such as supplier diversity, green and minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) supplier initiatives
  • Determine a new approach to supplier connectivity that increases supplier adoption and reduces transaction and administration costs

This Web Seminar qualifies for one CEH credit at ISM.

Don't miss this one-hour STREAMING ONLY Web event hosted by ISM and sponsored by Ketera.

For full information and to register click here.

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CPSM Train-the-Trainer Courses are Here!

Get the tools you need to develop and teach CPSM review courses—Free!

You will receive:

  • Instructor Manual with teaching notes, case studies and sample exam questions
  • Access to PowerPoint slides
  • Participant Manual with permission to copy
  • Your name listed on ISM's Web site as a CPSM Review Instructor (must attend full program)

Please note: The CPSM Study Guide is a required text for this course.

Program dates:

  • March 25-26, 2008 — Tempe, AZ
  • April 17, 2008 (Bridge only) — Phoenix, AZ
  • May 1- 2, 2008 — St. Louis, MO
  • May 8-9, 2008 — St. Louis, MO
  • May 21, 2008 (Bridge only) — Chicago, IL
  • June 26-27, 2008 — Charlotte, NC
  • June 30, 2008 (Bridge only) — Dallas, TX
  • July 23-24, 2008 — Boston, MA
  • August 3, 2008 (Bridge only) — Las Vegas, NV
  • September 16-17, 2008 — Tempe, AZ
  • December 2-3, 2008 — Phoenix, AZ

For more information or to register click here.

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Improve Your Efficiency with Supply Chain Management

An instructor-led, online course offered through ISM's Knowledge Center

Supply Chain Management (#3787), explores the management of supply chains to improve your organization's overall supply efficiency. Other concepts include the definition of supply chains; an overview of methods, processes, and systems used in the operation of supply chains; and the applications of methods, processes and systems to improve supply chain performance.

This course runs from March 7 — April 4, 2008

  • Registration Fee: $495.00 members, non-member Price: $595.00
  • Discount Special: First 10 signed-up save $100

Supply Chain Management will provide an in-depth focus on:

  • The concept of Supply Chain Management, input links, interconnectivity
  • The identification of distribution side concepts, methods, process and systems
  • Supply Chain analysis of objectives, time-based strategies and supplier selection
  • Planning for performance improvement / performance indicators
  • Generating activity which improves supply chain performance

ISM provides online courses that are facilitated by proven subject-matter experts. These courses require 10 or more participants and run four weeks in length with defined timelines in which work must be completed. Instructor-led courses have defined start and end dates, and include online interaction with the course instructor and other participants. Although individual and team activities are included, these courses are offered in an asynchronous format which allows access to the content any time day or night. Participants should plan to devote 4 to 6 hours per week working on their coursework.

For more information or to register click here.

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Web Site of Interest

This month's Web Site of Interest is: ACQUISITION CENTRAL.

ACQUISITION CENTRAL is the Web site for the federal acquisition community. This site can help you access shared systems and tools that can help you conduct business efficiently.

An interesting area of the Web site is the Seven Steps to Performance-Based Acquisition. Here you'll find a flow-chart, samples and examples, articles, a resource library, a Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) area and more.

To access the ACQUISITION CENTRAL Web site click here.

To access the Seven Steps to Performance-Based Acquisition area 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: REVERSE DISTRIBUTION.

Definition: Recall of a defective product.

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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It's Easy to Subscribe to the Just in ETime Newsletter

The Just in ETime e-mail newsletter delivers ISM- and supply/procurement-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 ISM's certification programs, as well as Web sites of interest to supply/procurement professionals.

It's easy to subscribe to the Just in ETime newsletter, all you need is your e-mail address. Best of all — there's no charge to become a subscriber!

To subscribe to Just in ETime click here.

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Contact Us

Questions/Comments? Contact RaeAnn Slaybaugh.

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