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In This Issue...
  • September Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 59.4%.  Read more.
  • How to Get Started on Your C.P.M. Designation.  Read more.
  • The Future of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.  Read more.
  • Institutions Offering Programs and Curriculum in Supply Management.  Read more.
  • Web Site of Interest.  Read more.
  • Term of the Day.  Read more.
  • Just in ETime Subscriptions are Free.  Read more.
  • Contact Us.  Read more.

September Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 59.4%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in September for the 28th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 47th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M., chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The manufacturing sector grew for the 28th consecutive month in September based on the ISM data. The PMI made a strong move to the upside as New Orders and Production rose significantly. This move was supported by slower deliveries and growing order backlogs. While energy prices and the impact from Hurricane Katrina are major concerns, the manufacturing sector has regained significant momentum."

To read the entire report click here.

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How to Get Started on Your C.P.M. Designation

You've decided to strengthen your skills set and expand your career by getting your C.P.M. Congratulations! If you're like most people, you probably have a lot of questions – questions about eligibility, study materials, testing requirements and certification. That's why we've developed a new online guide that will help direct you to where you can find answers on ISM's Web site. While not all-inclusive, it is designed to help C.P.M. candidates understand what is involved in the certification process and how to prepare for your C.P.M. exam modules.

To check out this online guide which details the C.P.M. certification process, click here.

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The Future of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Making a strategic contribution —
A half-day forum hosted by Economist Conferences and supported by ISM
November 10th 2005 at The Metropolitan Club, Chicago

Join Tony Milikin, member of the Board of Directors, Institute for Supply Management™ and Senior Vice President - Global Supply Chain, MeadWestvaco Corporation at this invitation-only event for senior executives. Thought leaders from H.J. Heinz Company, PepsiCo, RadioShack, and more will attend.

To view the agenda and request a *complimentary* invitation, click here.

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Institutions Offering Programs and Curriculum in Supply Management

Are you thinking about returning to school to finish your degree? Would a listing of institutions offering programs and curriculum in supply management be helpful? ISM has a list for you! This listing is comprised of institutions offering supply management related degree programs, certificate programs, C.P.M. Exam preparation courses, and distance learning opportunities. Courses may be in supply management, materials management, logistics, purchasing, operations management or related areas. Degrees may be a business degree with emphasis in one of these areas. Distance learning opportunities can include courses offered through the Internet, video, satellite or other means. This list is not all-inclusive but may serve as a starting point for identifying training and development opportunities.

To view the listing of educational institutions, click here.

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Web Site of Interest

Today's Web site of interest is: iSixSigma™.

iSixSigma™ provides free information and resources to help business professionals implement quality within their organizations. This Web site offers articles, news, discussion forums, press releases, blogs, and resources such as glossaries, tools and templates.

To access this Web site click here.

Please note: This external Internet address contains information created, published, maintained, or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of ISM. Links from this Web site, or any other Web site(s) accessible from this Web site, to any product, entity, service, or information, do not constitute a recommendation by ISM. ISM is not responsible for the contents of any other Web site.

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: DELIVERY TERMS.

Definition: Conditions in a contract relating to carrier and routing, freight charges, place of delivery, and time of delivery.

A different Term of the Day is posted on the ISM Home Page ( each day -- 7 days a week. The Term of the Day is taken from the Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms.

ISM members can access the online Members Only Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms 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 Glossary click here.

If you are not a member but would like membership information click here.

Help us update this Glossary! If you don't find the term or definition that you are looking for let us know. We will be updating the ISM Glossary in the coming months, and your input will be useful for the new edition. To contact us regarding the Glossary, e-mail:

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Just in ETime Subscriptions are Free

The Just in ETime e-mail newsletter delivers ISM- and purchasing/supply-related news and updates to subscribers' desktop every other week -- FREE!  Breaking news, such as the ISM Report On Business®, information on upcoming seminars and programs, changes to certification rules/requirements, as well as Web sites of interest to supply/procurement professionals.

For your free copy of the Just in ETime newsletter click here.

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