Friday, August 1, 2008
   


University of San Francisco

Green Supply Chain

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EBSCO Industries, Inc.

In This Issue ...
  • July Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 50%  Read more.
  • Round Up The Recruits  Read more.
  • New CPSM® a Win-Win for ISM, Educational Institutions  Read more.
  • Door Is Open for Online Applications for 2009 ISM R. Gene Richter Awards  Read more.
  • ISM-NBTA Summit on Travel & Meetings: Supply Management's Critical Role  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.


July Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 50%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector was unchanged in July, while the overall economy grew for the 81st 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. "In this month's report, manufacturers indicate no change in overall business activity when comparing July to June. This continues a trend biased toward relatively minor contraction established more than 12 months ago. Manufacturing has maintained a reasonable level of activity during a period in which other sectors of the economy have been in recession. While the PMI indicates little to no change has occurred during this period, it would be hard to convince manufacturers who are faced with higher costs and uncertain demand that there is little change taking place."

To read the entire release click here.

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Round Up The Recruits

Remember the days when filling a job opening involved simply listing a one-inch-long classified ad, and then waiting for the faxes to start printing? The pile of résumés was reduced to several qualified applicants, with one lucky enough to fill the vacancy by week's end.

Today, there's still one lucky candidate. But that vacancy may exist for several weeks or maybe months before an individual, who may not have been actively job hunting, is hired to lead the strategic initiative of a department or organization. The difference is that in the past it was about filling a vacant office; now, it's about recruiting future leaders for the organization.

To read this Inside Supply Management® article, click here.

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New CPSM® a Win-Win for ISM, Educational Institutions

University of San Francisco online program incorporates CPSM® body of knowledge.

(Tempe, Ariz.) July 10, 2008 — Institute for Supply Management™'s (ISM) new qualification — the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM®) — is rapidly gaining recognition among supply management professionals as well as leading academic institutions, including the University of San Francisco (USF). The CPSM® debuted in early May, and encompasses all of the main components of supply management. In late May, USF announced that its certificate program is the first online program to closely align with the CPSM® body of knowledge.

USF's Master Certificate in Supply Chain Management is a three-course program designed for working professionals. Supply management professionals who pursue an online master's certificate from USF will also be encouraged to review ISM's CPSM® study materials prior to sitting for their USF certificate exam.

The speed at which educational institutions and organizations are embracing the CPSM® does not surprise ISM CEO Paul Novak, C.P.M., A.P.P. "The CPSM® recognizes the global skill sets required for success in strategic supply management," Novak says. Institutions such as the University of San Francisco that pride themselves on presenting a global perspective understand that the advanced-level skills necessary to achieve the CPSM® are a logical complement to their own programs. It's a win-win-win ... for ISM ... for USF ... and for supply professionals!"

For more information, click here.

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Door Is Open for Online Applications for 2009 ISM R. Gene Richter Awards

The ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management are open to supply management departments of all sizes and geographic locations, both domestic and international. ISM is accepting entries through an online submission process from July 1 to September 19, 2008. Entries should address big challenges for which new solutions have had wide organizational and/or supply chain impact. Multiple entries are welcomed in one or more of four categories: Process, People, Organization/Structure and Technology. For the 2009 awards, the project/initiative must either (1) have been completed and/or implemented or (2) have measurable outcomes within the date range of October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2008.

An application fee of $1,000 per organization is required for 2009 award applications. Organizations that submit multiple applications will only be charged this fee once, regardless of the number of applications they submit.

Richter award recipients will be notified in January 2009 and will be honored at an awards dinner on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at the ISM Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Charlotte, North Carolina. Winning organizations agree to present a Conference session describing their project.

For information on entry categories, to apply for the 2009 awards or to download the 2008 Richter Award Winners Brochure, click here.

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ISM-NBTA Summit on Travel & Meetings

Travel & Meetings: Supply Management's Critical Role
January 27-28, 2009
Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina

The ISM-NBTA summit "Travel & Meetings: Supply Management's Critical Role" is an outstanding opportunity for experienced professionals with oversight responsibilities for business travel and meeting spend within supply management operations.

The conference will focus on the challenges associated with the complex task of managing travel and meetings — the largest category of indirect spend. Its goal is to facilitate strategic dialogue between professionals who directly oversee the travel and meetings management functions within their companies and those in the procurement organization who have direct supervision over those functional areas.

The ideal conference attendees are:

  • Senior travel management professionals who report to their companies' procurement (supply management) operations;

  • Senior meetings management professionals who report to their companies' procurement (supply management) operations; and

  • Senior purchasing professionals to whom the travel and/or meetings functions report.

Whether you're a supply management professional or a travel or meetings management agent, a lot of knowledge can be gained from the views and suggested solutions of professionals on both sides of the spectrum.

Registration begins soon. For details, click here.

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Web Site of Interest

This month's Web Site of Interest is: Supply Excellence: Next-Generation Strategies for Supply Management.

This forward-thinking blog profiles supply strategies, best practices and case studies. Intended as an interactive forum, it enables supply management professionals at all levels to share best practices on all aspects of supply management — from determining the right organizational structure and capitalizing on low-cost country sourcing opportunities to defining supplier segmentation and development approaches and evaluating and deploying the right supply management automation solution to support needs, infrastructure, and budget. Links to relevant white papers, Webcasts and dozens of other blogs.

To access Supply Excellence: Next-Generation Strategies for Supply Management, 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: CONFIGURATION CONTROL.

Definition: The process of ensuring that the product built corresponds to the product designed and ordered: the correct features, options and engineering changes have been incorporated and documented.

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