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In This Issue ...
  • This Month in Inside Supply Management® Magazine — Read more.
  • Feature Article: Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Stagflation? — Read more.
  • No-Cost Webinar Next Week: "Lexmark Uses Cloud Collaboration to Deliver 99 Percent Spend Compliance" — Read more.
  • ISM Offers Résumé Writing Services — Read more.
  • No-Cost Web Seminar August 3: "How to Study for the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) in Seven Steps" — Read more.
  • Calendar of Events for August — 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 June/July 2011 issue is full of useful information, including the following articles:

  • A Career of Progressive Approaches and Leadership
    "In supply management, you don't work alone." This is the present-day truth and future vision for Shelley Stewart, Jr., CPSM, and J. Shipman Gold Medal Award recipient. Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) presents the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award annually to an individual who displays modest, unselfish, sincere and persistent efforts for the advancement of purchasing and supply management. As the 81st recipient of the Shipman Medal, Stewart joined an elite group of supply management luminaries when he accepted the award in May in Orlando, Florida.

  • Ahead of the Curve
    Ten students, representing seven leading universities, are recipients of 2011 R. Gene Richter Scholarships. Winners receive tuition assistance of up to US$5,000 and the benefits of an executive mentorship, which pairs the student with an established executive mentor and a junior mentor who is a former Richter scholar. Winners were recognized on May 15, 2011 at an awards dinner held during Institute for Supply Management™'s 96th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Orlando, Florida.

  • Reaching for New Ideas
    Innovation sparks growth and change in today's competitive business environment. It is hard to imagine an organization that is not continually trying to improve and update its products or services to stay ahead of the curve. As companies outsource and offshore their manufacturing processes and services, it is only natural to expect them to also reach out to their suppliers for innovation. While concerns exist, outsourcing innovation is becoming more common because innovation is key to revenue generation. The issue for supply management professionals then becomes how to effectively establish, manage and monitor innovation outsourcing.

Access the complete June/July 2011 issue of Inside Supply Management® online.

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Feature Article: Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Stagflation?

The United States and the majority of the world economy have experienced a recession that is considered the deepest since World War II. Although indicators seem to show that the bottom has been reached, a clear upward direction of the economy is not visible.

For our analysis, we have followed ISM's PMI index very carefully since the onset of the recession in 2008. The Manufacturing ISM Report On Business® released on June 1, 2011 (containing May 2011 data) showed a PMI of 53.5 percent (the first reading below 60 percent in 2011), and indicated growth in economic activity in the manufacturing sector for the past 22 months, as well as overall economic growth for the 24th consecutive month.

However, some negative details cannot be overlooked. Customers' inventories are still — for 26 consecutive months — too low. The May Report On Business® stated, "Slower growth in new orders and production are the primary contributors to this month's lower PMI reading. Manufacturing employment continues to show good momentum for the year, as the Employment Index registered 58.2 percent, which is 4.5 percentage points lower than the 62.7 percent reported in April. Manufacturers continue to experience significant cost pressures from commodities and other inputs."

The question emanating from these observations is: Are we heading for inflation? Reports and comments from major economic institutions provide a confusing picture. While the National Inflation Association believes the United States is certainly headed toward hyperinflation, the U.S. Federal Reserve believes otherwise thus far.

How could a scenario of inflation, hyperinflation or even stagflation develop?

Read the full article on the Inside Supply Management® website.

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No-Cost Webinar Next Week: "Lexmark Uses Cloud Collaboration to Deliver 99 Percent Spend Compliance"

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Time: 2 p.m. EDT/ 11 a.m. PDT
Format: Streaming Only
Length: 60 minutes

When it comes to streamlining internal processes, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are great. But when you're transacting with your many suppliers and managing those relationships, business commerce happens outside your four walls, in the space between companies.

In that space, most companies struggle with:

  • No visibility into order, invoice, or payment status
  • Low catalog use; more maverick spending
  • Wasted staff time on managing exceptions and fielding supplier calls
  • Inability to adapt business processes for different spend categories

But you can fix all that.

Attendees will hear from Matt Montgomery of Lexmark International as he shares how they leveraged cloud-based solutions to extend the power of their ERP systems and achieve:

  • 99% spend compliance
  • 75% reduction in supplier record requirements
  • 60% faster set up of new online supplier catalogs
  • 30% improvement in invoice and payment processing

And Matt did all this with limited IT and business resources. You can, too.

Featured Speakers:

  • Matt Montgomery
    Manager, Corporate Supply Base Management
    Lexmark International, Inc.

  • John Lark
    Sr. Solutions Marketing Manager


  • John Yuva
    Manager and Editor - Inside Supply Management®
    Institute for Supply Management™

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ISM Offers Résumé Writing Services

To ensure every ISM member has access to the very best in résumé writing and career services, we have partnered with industry leaders Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark, two of the most widely published authors in the careers field and founders of the Résumé Writing Academy, the world's premier professional résumé training program.

Enelow and Kursmark have hand-picked a small team of Academy Certified Résumé Writers (ACRWs) to work with ISM members. Each writer is a top graduate of the Academy and has many years of experience working with supply chain management professionals — from entry-level, to mid-level, to top executive positions.

ISM is pleased to offer the following to our members:

RÉSUMÉ REVIEW — Learn from the experts!
An ACRW will analyze your résumé and current search objectives, then provide specific recommendations so that you can make your résumé more compelling and competitive, strengthen its content and presentation, and better position you for your next great opportunity.

Fee: $25; includes 15- to 20-minute phone consultation or written review (sent by e-mail).

Get started by sending your résumé to an Academy Certified Résumé Writer:

  • Lorraine Beaman, ACRW
    A certified résumé writer with a record of producing interview-securing résumé, Beaman assists supply management professionals turn planned and unplanned career changes into career advancements.

  • Janet Beckstrom, ACRW, MRW, CPRW
    Beckstrom is a multi-credentialed résumé writer with 20 years of experience creating powerful job search documents that showcase clients' qualifications and unique value, prepared with friendly, personal attention.

  • Jewel Bracy DeMaio, ACRW, CPRW
    DeMaio specializes in writing résumés to make candidates' number of interviews greater, get them employed faster and raise their salary higher, all for an investment they can recoup in less than one week.

  • Lesa Kerlin, ACRW, MPA, MBTI Master Practitioner
    With more than 20 years of experience in corporate HR and college career services, Kerlin brings wide expertise to the challenge of résumé writing. She has worked extensively with recent graduates, mid-career and C-level professionals.

These experts can also offer additional professional résumé writing services, such as:

PROFESSIONAL RÉSUMÉ WRITING — Let the experts do it for you!
If résumé writing is not your strong suit and you struggle to find the right words to tell your career story, then hire a professional to do it for you. Never is it more important to make the best first impression than with your résumé; you'll never have a second chance.

Your résumé writer can also assist you with your LinkedIn and other online profiles, cover letters, career biographies, job search coaching, interview training, branding and related services — all designed to accelerate your search and position you for long-term career success. Specific services and fees can be discussed following your Résumé Review.

For complete details, visit the ISM website.

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No-Cost Web Seminar August 3: "How to Study for the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) in Seven Steps"

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Time: 2 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT
Format: Streaming Only
Length: 60 minutes
Price: No cost

Have you decided to become a Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®)? Attend this web seminar to find out the most time-efficient and cost-effective ways to study for the CPSM® and CPSM® Bridge Exams. You'll get a brief overview of the requirements and a breakdown of the various study aids.

But the best part of this ISM sponsored web seminar is the tips you'll get from recent CPSM®s — David Castro, CPSM, C.P.M., Sourcing Manager, Republic Services; and Catherine S. Herr, CPSM, Senior Director, Global Manufacturing Procurement, Eli Lilly and Company. These CPSM®s will offer real-world tips on preparing for the CPSM® Exams and CPSM® Bridge Exam. They'll also share their personal success stories of how the CPSM® has strengthened their careers.

Have your questions about the CPSM® ready! Time will be reserved for Q&A.

Topics covered:

  • A brief overview of ISM's Certified Professional In Supply Management® (CPSM®) program
  • How to study while saving time and money
  • How the CPSM® designation can help you transform your career

Featured Speakers:

  • Jerri Kapelka, MBA, CPSM, CPSD
    Manager, Professional Credentials
    Institute for Supply Management™

  • David Castro, MBA, CPSM, C.P.M.
    Sourcing Manager
    Republic Services

  • Catherine S. Herr, CPSM
    Senior Director, Global Manufacturing Procurement
    Eli Lilly and Company


  • Nora P. Neibergall, CPSM, C.P.M.
    Senior Vice President
    Institute for Supply Management™

Attendance of the live session (minimum of 50 minutes) of this web seminar qualifies for one CEH credit at ISM.

To register, visit the ISM website.

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Calendar of Events for August

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: PRIME RATE.

Definition:The interest rate that commercial banks charge their most creditworthy borrowers, such as large corporations. The prime rate is a lagging indicator.

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.

Access the online Glossary.

If you are not a member but would like membership information, visit the ISM website.

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