Thursday, September 4, 2008


Green Supply Chain

University of San Francisco


EBSCO Industries, Inc.

In This Issue ...
  • August Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: NMI at 50.6%  Read more.
  • Latest JPMorgan Global PMI: Global Report on Manufacturing  Read more.
  • Executive Coaching: A valuable Tool for Transitioning Executives into Leadership Roles  Read more.
  • CPSM® Train-the-Trainer Courses Are Here!  Read more.
  • Last Chance to Register For C.P.M.  Read more.
  • Call for Presentations and Program Announcement  Read more.
  • Save the Date for a Free ISM Web Seminar  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.

August Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: NMI at 50.6%

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in August, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Anthony Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee; and senior vice president — supply management for Hilton Hotels Corporation. "The NMI (Non-Manufacturing Index) increased 1.1 percentage points in August to 50.6 percent, indicating growth after two months of contraction in the non-manufacturing sector. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased 2 percentage points to 51.6 percent. The New Orders Index increased 1.8 percentage points to 49.7 percent, and the Employment Index decreased 1.7 percentage points to 45.4 percent. The Prices Index decreased 7.9 percentage points to 72.9 percent in August, indicating a slower rate in price increases than in July. According to the NMI, 10 non-manufacturing industries reported growth in August. Respondents’ comments remain mixed about business conditions and reflect concern about the uncertainty of the economy."

To read the entire release click here.

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Latest JPMorgan Global PMI: Global Report on Manufacturing

Downturn of Global Manufacturing Sector Continued in August.

The JPMorgan Global Manufacturing PMI posted 48.6 in August, to signal a further deterioration in the overall economic health of the worldwide manufacturing sector and record its lowest reading since April 2003. Conditions continued to weaken in the Eurozone, the UK and Japan. The temporary effects of transport and production restrictions imposed by the government during the Olympics led to a contraction of the Chinese manufacturing sector. PMIs for the US and Russia also fell below 50.0 and, for Russia, this was the first sub-50 reading for over three-and-a-half years.

Although August data pointed to only a moderate contraction of manufacturing production, the rate of decline was the fastest since January 2002. Output continued to fall in the Eurozone, Japan and the UK. Rates of contraction slowed in the euro area and the UK, but in Japan accelerated to the quickest since late-2001. The deterioration in the Eurozone broadened, as Germany saw output decrease following a sustained period of expansion. Chinese manufacturing production fell at the fastest pace in the survey history, but this mainly reflected temporary restrictions (in certain regions) on output during the Olympics. Growth of output slowed slightly in the US, and remained at an elevated level in India.

For the complete JPMorgan release click here.

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Executive Coaching: A valuable Tool for Transitioning Executives into Leadership Roles

For retiring baby boomers, rising through the executive ranks was a process that often took years to achieve. By proving themselves in more challenging roles, a talented executive could hold a senior-level position upon retirement.

However, in today's corporate environment where change is constant and turnover is widespread, the systematic, gradual climb to the leadership ranks no longer exists. Rather than a progressive slope, there is, in some cases, a steep learning curve for employees entering management positions.

This is where an executive coach can provide value by training a rising star, a newly appointed executive or even an entire executive team in the behavioral skills needed to succeed as leaders.

Read the complete Inside Supply Management® article online, 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; and
  • Your name listed on ISM's Web site as a CPSM® Review Instructor (must attend full program).

Program Dates:

  • September 16-17, 2008 — Tempe, Arizona
  • December 2-3, 2008 — Phoenix

Most programs grant 14 CEHs for your participation. Please check the ISM Web site for the precise number of CEHs offered by selecting the link to the specific program in which you are interested, as shorter programs offer fewer CEHs.

Please note: The CPSM® Study Guide is a required text. Please be sure to bring your laptop computer.

For more information or to register, click here.

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Last Chance to Register For C.P.M.

Make your plans now to register for your C.P.M. Exams before the final registration deadline on December 31, 2008. Your exam registration is valid for one (1) year from the date you register.

Even though the renowned C.P.M. will be moving into recertification-only status in January 2013, ISM recommends that you register and complete all modules before December 31, 2008 to allow time for registration of any failed exams. After the deadline, you will not be able to register any exams including retakes.

For more information, or to register, click here.

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Call for Presentations and Program Announcement

The 20th Annual North American Research and Teaching Symposium on Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
March 12-13, 2009
Embassy Suites, Phoenix-Tempe
Tempe, Arizona

The North American Research/Teaching Symposium on Purchasing and Supply Chain Management provides a unique forum for academicians and practitioners to share completed research, discuss future research programs and discuss instructional issues. This program serves to motivate involvement in rigorous and relevant research as well as supporting creation of collaborative research agendas and publications.

Prime objectives include encouraging increased interdisciplinary research in purchasing and supply management. The program includes addresses by senior business leaders, provocative panel discussions, presentations of competitively selected original research papers, sessions on instructional techniques and material, and scheduled time for informal discussion and collaboration.

For more information and to download the NARTS Call for Presentations brochure, click here.

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Save the Date for a Free ISM Web Seminar

Maximize Your Training Dollars: Making Assessments Work for You
Thursday, October 23, 2008
11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern


  • Rene Yates, CPSM, C.P.M.
    ISM Professional Development Services Manager

  • William L. Michels, C.P.M.
    CEO, ADR North America LLC

With the current downturn economy, organizations are searching for ways to save money and find the most effective ways to maximize their training investment. Yates and Michels will share what assessment methods work, surprising research findings, and how to inform and create trust with employees.

Registration begins later this month. Keep an eye on the ISM Web site for developments: click here.

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: IMPORT DECLARATION.

Definition: Statistical document used to inform the government of an importing country about the nature, value and origin of goods being imported.

A different Term of the Day is posted on the ISM Home Page ( 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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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!

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