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In This Issue ...
  • This Month in Inside Supply Management® Magazine — Read more.
  • No-Cost Web Seminar Next Week: "New Supplier Identification — Reinventing the Process" — Read more.
  • Feature Article: Are You Prepared for a Pandemic? — Read more.
  • Register Now for the 12th Annual ISM Services Conference — Read more.
  • Calendar of Events for November — 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 October/November 2011 issue is full of useful information, including the following articles:

Access the complete October/November 2011 issue of Inside Supply Management® online.

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No-Cost Web Seminar Next Week: "New Supplier Identification — Reinventing the Process"

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Time: 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT
Price: No cost
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Streaming-only
Sponsor: Ariba
Host: ISM

Identifying new suppliers is a key element that directly impacts your purchasing efficacy. Sourcing, unplanned purchases, spot buys, supplier diversity initiatives and supplier risk management are instances that often require new supplier input — and those situations mandate a quick response to ensure streamlined processes.

Internet searches, tradeshows and cold calling continue to be the typical methods of identifying new suppliers, but new approaches now exist. Attend this web seminar on October 26 to learn more about them, including intelligent matching tools that accurately identify suppliers that meet your needs.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Reduce the time and cost of traditional supplier identification and qualification methods by up to 90 percent
  • Efficiently manage online business postings, sourcing, bidding and awarding of contracts
  • Use rich supplier information for improved, more informed decision-making
  • Reduce sourcing cycle cost consumed by supplier discovery and qualification, which comprises 30 percent to 50 percent of the overall cost.

Featured Speakers:

  • Brett Mauser
    Director, Strategic Sourcing
    Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

  • Bruce Eaves
    Sr. Manager, Purchasing
    Pilot Travel Centers

  • Chris Wang
    Director of Marketing, Ariba Discovery
    Ariba, Inc.

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

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Feature Article: Are You Prepared for a Pandemic?

Imagine that a flu pandemic hits the United States and approximately 20 percent to 40 percent of your work force is ill in waves lasting two to six weeks. Those employees able to come to work must practice social distancing by staying far apart from coworkers, and emergency medical supplies such as face masks and hand sanitizers must be immediately available. One of your critical suppliers is hit so hard by the pandemic it shuts down its operations. Is your supply management organization ready to handle all of this?

Health officials say it is not a matter of "if" but "when" there will be a severe pandemic outbreak. The 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates infected about 61 million people from April 2009 through April 10, 2010, was not as severe as expected. A flu pandemic is an outbreak caused by a new human flu virus that spreads around the world. Because it is a new virus, few people have immunity, and it can spread easily from person to person. Influenza also is unpredictable and can occur in waves, lasting for a year or more.

In today's global economy, businesses shouldn't ignore the need for pandemic planning, because a flu that starts in a remote part of the world can spread quickly with far-reaching ripple effects.

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

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Register Now for the 12th Annual ISM Services Conference

Register now to attend the 12th Annual ISM Services Conference, December 1-2, 2011 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix. Presented by Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), this program is designed for supply management professionals responsible for not only acquiring services but also for developing the supply chain strategies that support the goals and objectives that move the organization forward.

The one-and-a-half-day program features some of the best leaders in the profession, covering everything in services from green initiatives to nontraditional services spend. Highlights include:

  • Nontraditional Services Purchasing
  • Disaster Response Supply Management
  • Marketing Procurement
  • Corporate Mobility Spend
  • Software Licensing
  • Negotiation Best Practices for Services
  • Temporary Labor Sourcing
  • Supplier Relationship Categories
  • Diversity and Green Initiatives

Registration fee is US$845 for ISM members and US$1,045 for nonmembers. To register online to attend the conference, visit the ISM website. Attendees can earn 10.25 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).

All sessions are at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020. Book your hotel room online or call +1 602/866-7500. Book online to receive the special room rate of US$139 single/double with in-room high-speed Internet and resort fee included. The cutoff date for the ISM room rate is November 7, 2011, or until room block is sold out.

You can save US$200 when you register for both the Services Conference and this year's pre-conference seminar, "Strategic Services Procurement: Applying Strategic Sourcing Principles to the Procurement of Services", November 29-30, 2011 in Phoenix.

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Calendar of Events for November

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT LIFE-CYCLE.

Definition: A methodology used to develop, maintain and replace information systems. Typical phases in the SDLC are: analysis; design; development; integration and testing; and implementation and maintenance.

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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