Tuesday, April 1, 2008


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In This Issue ...
  • March Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 48.6%.  Read more.
  • ISM Conference Registration Deadline Fast Approaching!  Read more.
  • CPSM Train-the-Trainer Courses are Here!  Read more.
  • SMART — ISM's Assessment Tool.  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.

March Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 48.6%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in March, while the overall economy grew for the 77th 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 in March as the PMI fell below 50 percent for the second consecutive month. This completes the weakest quarterly performance for the U.S. economy since Q2 of 2003. Manufacturers' order backlogs continue to erode as the New Orders Index failed to grow for the fourth consecutive month. Additionally, manufacturers continue to experience heavy cost pressures, as the prices they pay are still rising even with slower overall demand. Some manufacturers are still benefiting from strong export demand and continue to see growth in export orders."

To read the entire release click here.

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ISM Conference Registration Deadline Fast Approaching!

The deadline to register for the ISM Annual Conference and qualify for the discount pricing is April 20th. Don't miss this opportunity to receive the lowest remaining rate for the premier supply management event of the year!

ISM is pleased to present the 93rd Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. Join us this year as we travel to the heartland of the U.S., St. Louis, Missouri for four days of supply management training and education, May 4-7, 2008.

The 2008 Conference Proceedings are already available on the ISM Web site. If you haven't yet decided to attend this year's Conference, see what you could be missing by browsing this year's Proceedings.

For more information, to access the Proceedings or to register for the Conference 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!

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: There is no charge for this course, however, the CPSM Study Guide is a required text.

Program Dates:

  • May 1-2, 2008 — St. Louis, MO
  • May 8-9, 2008 — St. Louis, MO
  • May 21-22, 2008 — Chicago, IL
  • June 26-27, 2008 (1 1/2 day program only) — Charlotte, NC
  • June 30-July 1, 2008 — Dallas, TX
  • July 23-24, 2008 — Boston, MA
  • August 3, 2008 (1 day program 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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SMART — ISM's Assessment Tool

Appraise your team's effectiveness, uncover knowledge gaps and become more effective.

SMART, ISM's Supply Management Assessment Tool, appraises your supply team's skill level, uncovers knowledge gaps and assists you in prioritizing your professional development initiatives.

As a self declarative assessment model, individuals rate their skills and level of knowledge using a Web-based questionnaire. Supervisors then rate the same skills and level of knowledge that they would expect individuals in that job title to possess, the importance of the task, frequency and the function performed. These results are compiled into an executive summary, knowledge based report outlining a prioritized training and development strategy specific to your organization's needs. The report validates your business case for training and provides a structured path to improving your operation.

Developed through research studies and expert focus groups that evaluated tasks within the profession, SMART helps align management and staff expectations, duties and identifies educational opportunities that will help you develop a stronger supply management operation. SMART consists of numerous supply management topics identified by ISM from an extensive analysis of the supply management field.

Available internationally, SMART ensures that your entire supply management team is always leading your organization forward.

To find out how SMART can deliver your focused training solution click here.

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Web Site of Interest

This month's Web Site of Interest is: SAFETYPAGES.COM.

SafetyPages.com is a Web portal with numerous links to safety resources including safety tips, incident reports, articles, and training resources, as well as links to specific safety concerns such as chemical hazards and fire safety.

To access the SafetyPages.com 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: MONEY SUPPLY.

Definition: The amount of money available for investment and spending in an economy.

A different Term of the Day is posted on the ISM Home Page (www.ism.ws) 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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