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In This Issue ...
  • March Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: NMI at 55.4% — Read more.
  • Latest JPMorgan Global PMI: Global Report on Manufacturing — Read more.
  • It's Time to Re-Subscribe to Just in ETime! — Read more.
  • April 15 Webinar: Two Leading CPOs Share Their Top 5 Strategies for Profitable Supplier Relationships — Read more.
  • ISM Offers Student Rate for 95th Conference — Read more.
  • Industry Spotlights Are New for ISM 95th Conference — Read more.
  • Discover New Strategies in Hospitality Supply Management — 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.

March Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: NMI at 55.4%

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in March for the third consecutive month, 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 Worldwide. "The NMI (Non-Manufacturing Index) registered 55.4 percent in March, 2.4 percentage points higher than the seasonally adjusted 53 percent registered in February, and indicating growth in the non-manufacturing sector. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased 5.2 percentage points to 60 percent, reflecting growth for the fourth consecutive month. The New Orders Index increased 7.3 percentage points to 62.3 percent, and the Employment Index increased 1.2 percentage points to 49.8 percent. The Prices Index increased 2.5 percentage points to 62.9 percent in March, indicating an increase in prices paid from February. According to the NMI, 14 non-manufacturing industries reported growth in March. Respondents' comments are mostly positive about business conditions and the direction of the economy."

To read the entire release, click here.

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Latest JPMorgan Global PMI: Global Report on Manufacturing

Growth of the global manufacturing sector accelerated in March, with the latest expansions in output and new orders emanating from a broad base of nations. At 56.7, up from 55.4 in February, the JPMorgan Global Manufacturing PMI rose to its highest level since May 2004. The headline PMI has remained above the no-change mark of 50.0 for nine consecutive months.

Production increased again in March, extending a sequence of expansion that began in June last year. The rate of growth was sharper than in the previous month and only slightly below January's 68-month high. The average PMI output index reading for Q1 2010 is the greatest since Q2 2004.

For the complete JPMorgan release, click here.

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It's Time to Re-Subscribe to Just in ETime!

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April 15 Webinar: Two Leading CPOs Share Their Top 5 Strategies for Profitable Supplier Relationships

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010
Time: 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT
Price: No-Cost
Length: 60 Minutes
Sponsor: Emptoris

Supplier management is more than a scorecard — it's a strategy. Best-in-class procurement organizations realize this. They know that having an accurate and complete supplier picture, from on-boarding to contract execution, is essential to increasing performance, reducing risk and realizing sustainable savings. They understand that suppliers — with their strong domain expertise — can be their best source of innovation.

But, how do these leading organizations determine the right suppliers to partner with? How do they segment their supplier base? What communication best practices do they employ?

Join us for an interactive conversation with two procurement leaders: CPOs from Wolters Kluwer and Con-Way. Each will share their top five recommendations to identify and deepen the right supplier relationships while mitigating a myriad of supplier and procurement risks.

Attendees will learn:

  • Why a 360-degree view is essential to increased performance and reduced risk
  • Key components of effective supplier relationship and performance management
  • Proven frameworks for supplier management segmentation
  • Strategies to balance cost reduction with supplier innovation
  • How proactive management of supplier contracts drives bottom-line results

Featured Speakers:

  • Stephen D. Nied
    Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Operational Excellence
    Wolters Kluwer

  • Mitch Plaat
    Vice President, Procurement (Chief Procurement Officer)
    Con-way, Inc.


  • Sean Correll
    Director, Consulting Services
    Emptoris, Inc.

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

*Effective April 1, 2010, all ISM Web Seminar registrants will be required to register individually for each online event in order to receive CEH credit. Those wishing to view presentations with a group, must register individually and also provide the registrant's (Group Leader) email address under which you will be viewing the event.

Register online now!

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ISM Offers Student Rate for 95th Conference

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) welcomes students interested in attending its 95th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. This year's Conference will be held in San Diego, April 25-28, 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center. ISM's discounted student rate of USD $250 provides complete Conference registration, including educational sessions, meal functions and the Exhibit Hall. In addition, student attendees are invited to attend an evening of free networking and fun on Monday, April 26, 2010 at the 3rd Annual ISM Student Reception.

Students who are entering the field of supply management may be studying business, purchasing/supply management, logistics, management, operations management or related curriculums. College students who wish to take advantage of the discounted 2010 ISM Conference rate must be active ISM student members. ISM offers dues-free membership to students who are enrolled in an accredited community college or four-year college or university. To secure a dues-free membership in time to register for the ISM Conference, download the special application available on the ISM Web site.

Mail the completed application, along with your school-issued class schedule for the current semester showing full-time status. For more information, contact ISM at 800/888-6276, option 8.

The Conference Navigator — containing inside information on all Conference events, including the Industry Spotlights, the Career Center, Exhibit Hall and more — is available online, click here.

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Industry Spotlights Are New for ISM 95th Conference

Take the first step toward tapping your suppliers for innovation. Join us in the Exhibit Hall at ISM's 95th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in San Diego, April 25-28, 2010. This year's Conference marks the launch of Industry Spotlights. These mini educational sessions are filled with applications you can use when you return to the office.

Industry Spotlights are conducted by senior executives from some of the ISM Conference's major sponsoring organizations. Speakers are available to answer questions after their sessions. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with leaders in their field, who are well-versed in their unique products and solutions. Detailed information is available online.

The following Industry Spotlights take place on Monday, April 26, 2010 in Hall D of the San Diego Convention Center:

8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. | Presented by American Express
Gregory A. Laufer, vice president, B2B product management, Global Commercial Card presents "How Payment Automation Can Impact Your Bottom Line."

9 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. | Presented by Office Max
Reuben Slone, executive vice president, supply chain, presents "The New Supply Chain Agenda: The Five Steps That Drive Supply Chain Excellence."

2 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. | Presented by BC Hydro
Tony Morris, CA, C.B.V., acting chief procurement officer, presents "Responding to Significant Change: BC Hydro Power's Procure-to-Pay Excellence."

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. | Presented by Concur
Christopher A. Juneau, CTE, senior director, segment marketing, presents "Gaining Control, Compliance and Visibility Into Employee T&E Spending."

5 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. | Presented by Oracle
David Hope-Ross, senior director, procurement and SCM, presents "Having Your Cake and Eating It Too: Positioning Procurement to Boost Cash and Margins."

5:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. | Presented by Travelocity Business
Deanne Dale, vice president, sales and account management, presents "Maximizing the Value of Your Corporate Travel Program."

For Conference registration, to download The Conference Navigator, check out hotel accommodations and more, click here.

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Discover New Strategies in Hospitality Supply Management

Hospitality Supply Management, an Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) Forum, presents the 2010 Hospitality Supply Management Conference, May 19-21, 2010 in Downtown Chicago. The program features a wide variety of session topics specifically geared toward the supply management professional in the hospitality industry. Come prepared to learn about:

  • Taking Responsibility for Food Safety in the Produce Industry
  • Detecting and Preventing Supply Disruptions to Your Business
  • Lean Supply Management: How to Do More With Less
  • Using Collaborative Technology to Combat Costs
  • Best Practices for Purchasing Energy in Deregulated Energy Markets
  • Economic Outlook

"We invite supply management professionals in all segments of the hospitality sector to attend," says HSM Forum Chair Don Miller, C.P.M., CFPM. "Year after year, this event delivers relevant, updated content as well as networking opportunities that give our attendees unmatched opportunities to exchange best practices and explore new ideas."

Registration fee is $595 (USD) for ISM members and $795 (USD) for nonmembers registering before April 19, 2010. After April 19, 2010, add $200 (USD) to the registration fee. Student Member fee is $250 (USD). Team discounts and guest/spouse packages are available. To register by phone, contact ISM Customer Service at 800/888-6276, or 480/752-6276, option 8. Agenda and registration are available online.

The 2010 Hospitality Supply Management Conference takes place at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60605. ISM would like to acknowledge the NRA (National Restaurant Association) for partnering on attendee accommodations for the ISM Hospitality Supply Management Conference. Please visit the NRA Web site for information on hotel rooms. Hotel rates have been reduced from last year, so attendees are encouraged to book early to secure the best rate. Travel discounts with major airlines are also available at the NRA Web site.

ISM Forums are comprised of members who are employed in a specific sector and come together for the sole purpose of exchanging information and ideas about supply management in that specific sector. Hospitality Supply Management Forum membership is limited to supply management professionals, including foodservice purchasing managers in the hospitality sector.

To visit HSM Forum online, click here.

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: CUSTOMS BROKER.

Definition: An individual or an organization licensed by a government to assist in processing incoming shipments through customs; receives a commission.

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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