Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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In This Issue ...
  • This Month in the Inside Supply Management® Magazine  Read more.
  • In the November/December 2008 Edition of eSide Supply Management  Read more.
  • ISM-NBTA Summit on Travel & Meetings Scheduled for January 27-28 in Charlotte, North Carolina  Read more.
  • 2009 NARTS Program Cancelled"  Read more.
  • ISM's Solution to Improving Your Human Capital Management Strategy: The 2009 Conference Career Center  Read more.
  • Calendar of Events for January  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.

This Month in the Inside Supply Management® Magazine

Have you checked out the latest issue of Inside Supply Management Magazine? The December 2008 issue is full of useful information, including the following articles:

  • The Challenge to Cut Carbon Emissions
    Environmental legislation in the United Kingdom may be a solid model for the United States to follow at a time when the global economy is stretched thinner than ever.

  • Turning Crisis Into Opportunity
    Supply management professionals tell us how they are coping during uncertain financial times, and how they plan to make the most of the challenges that lie ahead for all of us in supply management.

  • Vanishing Industry Boundaries
    When did General Electric and IBM change from manufacturing companies to services companies? Or have they?

  • Shoring Up Your Tier-2 Suppliers
    When one of your key supplier's suppliers is on shaky financial ground, is there anything you can, or should, do to make sure all of the links in your supply chain remain strong and solvent?

To access the complete December 2008 issue of Inside Supply Management® Magazine click here.

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In the November/December 2008 Edition of eSide Supply Management
  • 10 Credibility-Building Tactics
    At any professional level, it doesn't take much to undermine your credibility in the workplace — and more often than not, you won't even realize you're doing it. In this article, you'll learn 10 behavioral changes you can make immediately to re-establish your credibility among your peers and executives.

  • Green Skills That Pay: eSide Asks a Specialist Recruiter
    Today, many organizations are paying a premium for supply management professionals with green skills — as much as 20 percent above the asking price for most positions, according to Nick Ellis, managing partner of Bright Green Talent. Not surprisingly, job seekers are taking note. But which skills really pay?

  • Doing Business in Germany
    Germany is the largest national economy in Europe, the third largest in the world by nominal GDP and an important transportation hub given its central location. Many supply management professionals will find themselves traveling to this major sourcing destination at some point, so we've compiled a quick-reference guide to common business etiquette.

To access the latest edition of eSide Supply Management, ISM's bimonthly e-publication for up-and-coming supply management professionals, click here.

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ISM-NBTA Summit on Travel & Meetings Scheduled for January 27-28 in Charlotte, North Carolina

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 indirect spend category. 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.

Register online — click here.

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2009 NARTS Program Cancelled

After discussions with various academic leaders, the 20th Annual North American Research and Teaching Symposium on Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (NARTS), scheduled for March 12-13, 2009, has been cancelled. The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) apologizes for any inconvenience this cancellation may have created.

The economic challenges experienced globally over the last several months have caused very real challenges for academia and business alike. Feedback from the business and academic communities indicates that budgetary constraints exist at this time. In making this difficult decision, ISM re-evaluated the program's expenses and took into consideration the program's financial impact upon all organizations involved.

We are pleased to report that we received numerous quality papers for this event. ISM would like to thank those educators who submitted papers, as well as many of their colleagues who may have given input for their completion. We also appreciate those individuals who reviewed submitted papers and provided essential feedback regarding the submitted papers. These submissions represent the importance the academic and business community place on supply chain management — and makes the decision to cancel the event even more difficult.

Each year, NARTS surfaces unique and innovative papers from academic professionals across the globe. Although we anticipate that the 2010 program will proceed as scheduled, ISM will notify all concerned parties regarding the status of the event at a later date.

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ISM's Solution to Improving Your Human Capital Management Strategy: The 2009 Conference Career Center

Take part in this year's Conference Career Center during the 94th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, May 3-6, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

How Does It Work?

ISM offers all Conference participants the opportunity to submit their résumés for consideration. Participating employers will have the opportunity to review submitted résumés and meet with top candidates during the Conference.

Who's Attending?

The ISM Conference hosts more than 2,000 supply management professionals each year. Global attendees are from both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors:

  • 90 percent of attendees have three or more years of experience in the supply profession.
  • 25 percent of attendees have at least one professional credential.
  • 50 percent of attendees have a bachelor's degree and/or some graduate school experience.
  • 29 percent of ISM members have a graduate degree.

What You Receive as a Participating Employer

  • Review résumés in a special online database designated for the event prior to and after the Conference.
  • List job postings, company profile and link to your organization's Web site on the Conference Career Center portion of the Web site.
  • Prescreen your candidates by phone and schedule onsite interviews at the Conference.
  • Interview walk-in attendees.
  • Your own private interviewing room.
  • Lunch daily for up to two recruiters.
  • 10'x10' interviewing space, draped table and two chairs.
  • Access to the Conference Career Center Cyber Café.
  • Company profile and logo in the Conference Guide and Navigator if the commitment is made by March 1, 2009.

2009 Conference Career Center Hours:

Sunday, May 3, 2009 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday, May 4, 2009 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Employer Participation Fee

The employer participation fee for the 2009 Conference Career Center is $2,150. To participate in the 2009 Conference Career Center, please contact Toni Caserta, manager — Professional Development Services, at 480-752-6276, extension 3095 or by e-mail at

New Career-Building Sessions

In addition to employers looking for today's top talent in supply management, the Conference Career Center will be hosting career building sessions this year:

Monday, May 4, 2009

  • 9:20 a.m. — 10:20 a.m. — Sessions ZB, BF
    "I Want to Become a CPSM®, Where Do I Begin?"

    Karen P. Collins, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P.
    Manager, Professional Credentials

  • 10:40 a.m. — 11:40 a.m. — Session CJ
    "Career Transitioning in Supply Management"

    Patrick Knoblock, M.B.A., M.S., B.S.
    Instructor, Management Development Programs and Services
    Pennsylvania State University

    Randy Ingbritsen
    Continuing Education
    Pennsylvania State University

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

  • 8:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m. — Session ZC
    "The Boomer Exodus — Importance of Succession Planning"

  • 10 a.m. — 11 a.m. — Session ZD
    "Rewriting the Rules — Preparing for the Net Generation"

    Melanie Holmes, Vice President, World of Work Solutions

For more information on the 2009 Conference Career Center, visit the ISM Web site — click here.

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Calendar of Events for January

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: LEADING-EDGE.

Definition: Going in advance or showing the way. In the context of supply management, leading-edge typically refers to a process, practice or procedure that is more advanced than that performed by most organizations.

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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