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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
   


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2009 ISM Annual International Supply Management Conference

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In This Issue ...
  • This Month in Inside Supply Management® Magazine"" — Read more.
  • ISM Extends C.P.M. Exam Registration Deadline to September 30, 2009 — Read more.
  • ISM Names 2009 Richter Award Winners — Read more.
  • ISM Fine-Tunes Annual Conference to Address Economic Climate — Read more.
  • Calendar of Events for May — 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 Inside Supply Management® Magazine

Have you checked out the latest issue of Inside Supply Management magazine? The April 2009 issue is full of useful information, including the following articles:

  • Ecological Intelligence: A New Evolution
    The demand for sustainability throughout the supply chain sends a clear message to organizations: It is now an expectation, not an exception.

  • Achieving Total Supply Chain Management
    Alltel's supply management organization creates a winning advantage by integrating all aspects of handset and accessory life cycle under one umbrella, one well-executed step at a time.

  • Cross-Functional Synergy Drives Energy Management
    With an initiative-laden agenda, Royal KPN Telecom is transforming how the company and its value chains leverage energy usage.

  • Getting the Most From Optimization
    The U.S. Postal Service takes optimization to the next level, creating a powerful tool that helps supply management save money and work smarter.

To access the April 2009 issue of Inside Supply Management® magazine, click here.

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ISM Extends C.P.M. Exam Registration Deadline to September 30, 2009

Due to overwhelming demand, ISM has extended the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) Exam registration deadline. Don't miss this opportunity to earn a globally recognized credential and boost your competitive edge in today's tough job market.

Since the C.P.M. Exam registration deadline on December 31, 2008, ISM has been inundated with requests from individuals for additional time to register for the C.P.M. Modules. C.P.M. Exam registrations will be accepted through September 30, 2009. All exams (including retakes) must be completed by December 31, 2009. No exceptions.

ISM encourages candidates to schedule testing as soon a possible to avoid scheduling conflicts at testing centers. Register for C.P.M. Modules by calling or ISM Customer Service at 800/888-6276, option 8, or online: click here.

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ISM Names 2009 Richter Award Winners

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) announces winners of its Fourth Annual ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management. Award winners will be recognized and will share their winning stories in Charlotte, North Carolina, during ISM's 94th International Supply Management Conference, May 3-6, 2009.

Winners were selected from applications received in four categories: Process; Technology; People; and Organization/Structure. The 2009 Richter Corporate Award recipients are:

  • Alltel Communications Inc. LLC (Organization/Structure)
  • KPN Energy Management (Process Category)
  • United States Postal Service (Technology Category)

Alltel Communications Inc. LLC (Organization/Structure Category)
In the wireless industry, there is the forward flow of handsets out into the consumer market, and the reverse flow of used handsets returning to the company. Alltel's Procurement and Logistics Group consolidated and centralized all of the supply management functions throughout the life cycle of a wireless handset or accessory. Members of Alltel's supply management group will share how they consolidated reverse logistics and process improvements to yield millions in expense reductions during ISM Conference Workshop Session FJ on May 5, 2009.

KPN Energy Management (Process Category)
Throughout Europe, there are growing pressures and strict goals to reduce energy. For Royal KPN Telecom in the Netherlands, forming a cross-functional energy management group allowed the company to get a much better grip on cost and consumption as well as realize energy efficiency within the supply chain. Members of KPN Energy Management will discuss their innovations in energy savings, energy management and sustainable procurement during ISM Conference Workshop Session GJ on May 5, 2009.

United States Postal Service (Technology Category)
Sourcing events at the United States Postal Service can be very complex, with the average event involving 715 line items, 23 suppliers and $128 million in spend. The United States Postal Service's Richter Award-winning entry detailed how it implemented optimization-enabled sourcing technology to allow suppliers the flexibility to choose items from the total solicitation package on which to bid, create their own bundles and offer conditional discounts. Representatives from the United States Postal Service will share how they use optimization-enabled sourcing to deliver big savings during ISM Workshop Session GI on May 5, 2009.

Named after supply management leader and innovator R. Gene Richter, the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management were established to recognize innovative supply organizations of all sizes and geographic locations that through strong leadership have dramatically increased their contribution to organizational success. Award winners are recognized for:

  • Leadership and innovative practices
  • Heightened recognition for supply management departments
  • Approaches that optimize resources
  • Supply management as a strategic contributor to the organization
  • Real-world success stories that you can apply in your organization

Winners join an esteemed group of innovators, representing a variety of organizations including: BP p.l.c.; DaimlerChrysler; Fluor-Hanford; HP, Johnson & Johnson; KLA-Tencor, Lockheed Aeronautics Company, Masco Corporation and Rockwell Collins.

Sponsors for the 4th Annual ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management are:

Gold — A.T. Kearney; HP
Silver — ADR International; Anklesaria Group; Bank of America; BP; eclaro international; McKinsey & Company; Tyco International

Winners in the 2009 competition were selected from applications received in an online submission process held during July 2008. The fifth annual R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management call for entries will open July 1, 2009. For more information, click here.

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ISM Fine-Tunes Annual Conference to Address Economic Climate

If you're like the rest of us and have an eye on the economy, then you won't want to miss ISM's 94th Annual International Supply Management Conference May 3-6, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

This is a pivotal year for most organizations, and the supply chain continues to be an area that can contribute to organizations' overall success. ISM is fine-tuning its Conference content so attendees gain the tools to power through 2009 and enter 2010 with solid traction. All Conference sessions will include the most current information about the marketplace and how it relates to supply management issues.

Be sure to attend the Tuesday, May 5 session when ISM will present the Economic Outlook featuring the Report On Business®. Two prominent economists will offer their insight into the coming year.

Registration information, brochure and 2009 Conference Navigator are available online: click here.

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Calendar of Events for May

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: VALUE-ADDED RESELLER (VAR).

Definition: An organization that purchases a product from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and sells it to another organization after adding enhancements to the product. This term is often used in the computer industry.

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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