Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ariba Survival Guide Series


ISM's 95th Annual International Supply Management Conference

ISM and NBTA Summit on Travel & Meetings

In This Issue ...
  • This Month in Inside Supply Management® Magazine — Read more.
  • No-Cost Webinar December 10: Cost Containment at The Container Store — A Lesson in Smarter Spending — Read more.
  • 10th Annual ISM Services Conference — Services Procurement Strategies in Today's Tough Economy — Read more.
  • Save the Date for Upcoming Summits — Read more.
  • On-site CPSM® Exam Review and Testing — Read more.
  • Calendar of Events for December — 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 November 2009 issue is full of useful information, including the following articles:

  • The Global Reality of Geopolitics
    Terrorism, war, disease and political unrest are just some of the geopolitical pressures that supply management executives face today — is your supply chain prepared?

  • When Downsizing Is an Opportunity in Disguise
    In today's economy, almost no job is guaranteed, so it can be a wise career move to have a contingency plan in place.

  • Top Talent, Top Strength
    Top performers are considering job shifts as the economy begins to stabilize. Here's how to motivate them to stay with your organization.

  • Policies With Teeth
    Developing procurement policies that facilitate behavioral change and sustainable compliance are possible with proper planning.

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

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No-Cost Webinar December 10: Cost Containment at The Container Store — A Lesson in Smarter Spending

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009
Time: 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST
Sponsors: ISM and Coupa
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: Free

Let's face it — 2010 will be tough. Expect:

  • $3-per-gallon gas to be the new norm
  • Consumers to continue to cut back, saying goodbye to $4 cups of coffee and nightly take-out
  • Companies to respond to declining sales and thinning profit margins with continued hiring and budget freezes
  • That, despite all the economic changes challenges, you will be asked deliver 10 percent more savings with 10 percent less resources.

The businesses that will end up on top are ones that can contain their cost structure and embrace next-generation procurement as the foundation for complete spend control and savings management.

The Container Store: Putting a Lid on Supply Management Costs

From purchasing processes to shipping, businesses must rely on efficiencies to keep costs low and productivity high. For retailers like The Container Store, being able to efficiently manage the non-merchandise supply process by using next generation procurement has delivered great results.

During this live, one-hour Web event, you will have the opportunity to learn from purchasing and supply management practitioners and discover how The Container Store is:

  • Saving 36 hours a week that was previously wasted maintaining in-house inventory and manually shipping supply orders by integrating their supply management process with warehouse management and supplier systems.
  • Giving managers a reality check of just how much they are spending by stockpiling and over-ordering supplies by exposing end costs to inventory managers.
  • Accurately charging supply costs to individual stores based on supply us, not just by arbitrary measures such as percent of sales volume.
  • Delivering greater price discounts by creating a supply management machine that automates the req-to-pay process and allows purchasing to focus more on negotiating strategic contracts instead of pushing paper.

Featured Speakers:

  • Scott Jones
    Purchasing Manager
    The Container Store

  • Mike Morrow
    Purchasing Agent
    The Container Store

  • Jason Hekl
    Vice President of Marketing
    Coupa Software

Attendance of the live session of this Web Seminar qualifies for one CEH credit at ISM.

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10th Annual ISM Services Conference — Services Procurement Strategies in Today's Tough Economy

Date: December 3-4, 2009
Location: Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020

The 10th Annual ISM Services Conference offers lessons learned over the last decade, and real-world accomplishments from some of the world's most visible and successful organizations. During the two-day Conference, the following breakout sessions will be offered:

  • Practical Ways to Select and Manage Service Suppliers in a Challenging Economy
  • Putting Service Back into Services Procurement!
  • Developing an Effective Strategic Procurement Plan
  • Developing a Well-Defined Program to Manage Contingent Workers
  • Six Sigma Applications in the Indirect Sourcing Process
  • Academy Award Performances: Big-Screen Lessons for Supply Chain Professionals
  • Reviewing the Contract: What to Look For in the Terms and Conditions
  • Outsourcing: When, Why and How to Manage
  • High-Quality Service Delivery: Collaboration — The Ultimate KPI
  • End-to-End Supplier Management in a Telecom Environment
  • A Practical Guide to Agency Compensation Assessment and Benchmarking
  • Procurement's Value in the Midst of Mergers and Acquisitions

All sessions are at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. For reservations, call 602/866-7500. Be sure to mention ISM to receive the special room rate of $169 (single/double). The ISM rate is offered until November 8, 2009. Rooms sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve your room early.

For more information, or to register, click here.

Or, call ISM Customer Service at 800/888-6276, option 8.

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Save the Date for Upcoming Summits

Do you have a passion for supply management and value diversity and innovation? ISM helps you fuel the recovery at one of our diversity summits – Black Executive Supply Management Summit, Hispanic Supply Management Summit or Women Executive Supply Management Summit – in San Diego, California in February.

Choose the program that resonates with you, or your organization's goals, for learning, sharing, mentoring and building your professional network. Attendees have access to sessions in all three programs, as space permits, for additional learning and networking opportunities. All summits will take place at the Omni San Diego Hotel.

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On-site CPSM® Exam Review and Testing

Get a group of your members certified for the CPSM® at your affiliate's location (minimum number required). On-site exam review and testing gives you control of the schedule while you reduce test anxiety and increase networking opportunities among your members.

You choose if you want to offer your members on-site exam review, on-site testing or both. Both computer-based testing and paper-and-pencil testing is available — you decide the best option.

Schedule your on-site exam review or testing now with Kathy Braase or Trish True by calling 800/888-6276 or +1 480/752-6276, extension 3061 or 3086.

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Calendar of Events for December

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: FREE TRADE ZONE (FTZ ).

Definition: A site in which imported goods are exempted from customs duties. Many countries of the world establish these in order to encourage economic development such as manufacturing and distribution.

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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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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Contact Us

Questions/Comments? Contact RaeAnn Slaybaugh.

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