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In This Issue ...
  • April Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: NMI at 43.7% — Read more.
  • Spring 2009 Semiannual Economic Forecast — Read more.
  • Latest JPMorgan Global PMI: Global Report on Manufacturing — Read more.
  • Free ISM Web Seminars — Earn while you Learn — Read more.
  • C.P.M. Exam Registration Deadline Extended to September 30, 2009 — Read more.
  • ISM Names 2009 Richter Award Winners — Read more.
  • ISM Launches Knowledge Center Offering — CPSM® Bridge Online Review — Read more.
  • ISM Conducts Survey on Impact of Financial Market Turmoil — Read more.
  • Term of the Day — Read more.
  • Contact Us — Read more.


April Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: NMI at 43.7%

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector contracted in April, 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 Hotels Corporation. "The NMI (Non-Manufacturing Index) registered 43.7 percent in April, 2.9 percentage points higher than the 40.8 percent registered in March, indicating contraction in the non-manufacturing sector for the seventh consecutive month, but at a slower rate. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased 1.1 percentage points to 45.2 percent. The New Orders Index increased 8.2 percentage points to 47 percent, and the Employment Index increased 4.7 percentage points to 37 percent. The Prices Index increased 0.9 percentage point to 40 percent in April, indicating a slightly slower decrease in prices from March. According to the NMI, seven non-manufacturing industries reported growth in April. Respondents' comments are mixed and they vary by company and industry about economic conditions."

To read the entire release, click here.

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Spring 2009 Semiannual Economic Forecast

Economic decline to continue in the United States throughout the remainder of 2009, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in their spring 2009 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations for the remainder of 2009 have weakened in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors.

These projections are part of the forecast issued by the Business Survey Committee of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM). The forecast was presented today by Norbert J. Ore, CPSM, C.P.M., chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee; and by Anthony S. Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, and senior vice president — supply management, Hilton Hotels Corporation.

To read the entire forecast, click here.

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Latest JPMorgan Global PMI: Global Report on Manufacturing

Global Manufacturing Downturn Eased Further in April

The global manufacturing recession continued in April. Rates of contraction for output, new orders and employment all remained historically steep.

At 41.8 in April, the JPMorgan Global Manufacturing PMI posted a reading below the neutral mark of 50.0 for the eleventh successive month. However, rising from 37.3 in March, the PMI posted its greatest month-on-month gain in the series history and reached a seven-month high.

For the complete JPMorgan release, click here.

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Free ISM Web Seminars — Earn while you Learn

Each month, ISM presents sponsored Web seminars that bring you new trends, methods and products that can make you more effective as a supply management professional. Participate from any location — all you need is a computer with an Internet connection, speakers or headphones. Plus, you will earn one Continuing Education Hour (CEH) for each event you attend.

2009 Completed ISM Sponsored Web Seminars:

Now, Get Your Affiliate Link!

Affiliates can now receive their own link to new ISM Sponsored Web Seminars. Just contact Mike Shirra with your full contact information, including phone and preferred email address and you'll be updated for each new event.

For more Web Seminar information, click here.

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C.P.M. Exam Registration Deadline Extended to September 30, 2009

Due to overwhelming demand, ISM has extended the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) Exam registration deadline. Don't miss this opportunity to earn a globally recognized credential and boost your competitive edge in today's tough job market.

Since the C.P.M. Exam registration deadline on December 31, 2008, ISM has been inundated with requests from individuals for additional time to register for the C.P.M. Modules. C.P.M. Exam registrations will be accepted through September 30, 2009. All exams (including retakes) must be completed by December 31, 2009. No exceptions.

ISM encourages candidates to schedule testing as soon a possible to avoid scheduling conflicts at testing centers. Register for C.P.M. Modules by calling or ISM Customer Service at 800/888-6276, option 8, or online, click here.

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ISM Names 2009 Richter Award Winners

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) announces winners of its Fourth Annual ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management. Award winners will be recognized and will share their winning stories in Charlotte, North Carolina, during ISM's 94th International Supply Management Conference, May 3-6, 2009.

Winners were selected from applications received in four categories: Process; Technology; People; and Organization/Structure. The 2009 Richter Corporate Award recipients are:

  • Alltel Communications Inc. LLC (Organization/Structure)
  • KPN Energy Management (Process Category)
  • United States Postal Service (Technology Category)

Alltel Communications Inc. LLC (Organization/Structure Category)
In the wireless industry, there is the forward flow of handsets out into the consumer market, and the reverse flow of used handsets returning to the company. Alltel's Procurement and Logistics Group consolidated and centralized all of the supply management functions throughout the life cycle of a wireless handset or accessory. Members of Alltel's supply management group will share how they consolidated reverse logistics and process improvements to yield millions in expense reductions during ISM Conference Workshop Session FJ on May 5, 2009.

KPN Energy Management (Process Category)
Throughout Europe, there are growing pressures and strict goals to reduce energy. For Royal KPN Telecom in the Netherlands, forming a cross-functional energy management group allowed the company to get a much better grip on cost and consumption as well as realize energy efficiency within the supply chain. Members of KPN Energy Management will discuss their innovations in energy savings, energy management and sustainable procurement during ISM Conference Workshop Session GJ on May 5, 2009.

United States Postal Service (Technology Category)
Sourcing events at the United States Postal Service can be very complex, with the average event involving 715 line items, 23 suppliers and $128 million in spend. The United States Postal Service's Richter Award-winning entry detailed how it implemented optimization-enabled sourcing technology to allow suppliers the flexibility to choose items from the total solicitation package on which to bid, create their own bundles and offer conditional discounts. Representatives from the United States Postal Service will share how they use optimization-enabled sourcing to deliver big savings during ISM Workshop Session GI on May 5, 2009.

Named after supply management leader and innovator R. Gene Richter, the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management were established to recognize innovative supply organizations of all sizes and geographic locations that through strong leadership have dramatically increased their contribution to organizational success. Award winners are recognized for:

  • Leadership and innovative practices
  • Heightened recognition for supply management departments
  • Approaches that optimize resources
  • Supply management as a strategic contributor to the organization
  • Real-world success stories that you can apply in your organization

Winners join an esteemed group of innovators, representing a variety of organizations including: BP p.l.c.; DaimlerChrysler; Fluor-Hanford; HP, Johnson & Johnson; KLA-Tencor, Lockheed Aeronautics Company, Masco Corporation and Rockwell Collins.

Sponsors for the 4th Annual ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management are:

Gold — A.T. Kearney; HP
Silver — ADR International; Anklesaria Group; Bank of America; BP; eclaro international; McKinsey & Company; Tyco International

Winners in the 2009 competition were selected from applications received in an online submission process held during July 2008. The fifth annual R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management call for entries will open July 1, 2009. For more information, log on to the ISM Web site: click here.

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ISM Launches Knowledge Center Offering — CPSM® Bridge Online Review

The latest tool for supply professionals seeking to acquire the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification is here. Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) now offers a CPSM® Bridge Exam Online Review Course through the ISM Knowledge Center. A special introductory member price of $99 is available through May 6, 2009. Regular cost is $195 for ISM members, $295 for nonmembers. As with all ISM Knowledge Center online courses, supply professionals have access to their desired courses for one year starting from the date of purchase.

The CPSM® Bridge Exam Online Review Course is for current Certified Purchasing Managers (C.P.M.s). with a bachelor's degree who are preparing for the CPSM® Bridge Exam. C.P.M.s in good standing who meet CPSM® requirements have the advantage of taking a single CPSM® Bridge Exam instead of the CPSM® Exam, which is comprised of three separate tests.

Participants get an in-depth review and assessment of the material in the CPSM® Study Guide by tailoring their course to their specific study needs. The course includes sample test questions, case studies and bonus supplemental content developed by subject-matter experts.

Visit ISM's Knowledge Center for a list of all other courses, pricing information and four easy steps to purchase online courses. For questions on the CPSM® qualification, contact ISM Professional Credentials. CPSM® Bridge Exam candidates can register for the online review course at: click here.

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ISM Conducts Survey on Impact of Financial Market Turmoil

Capital spending and production capacity is likely to lessen in the coming year, according to a special survey conducted by the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM). ISM surveyed members with senior-level job titles on how the financial market turmoil has affected their firms' plans for capital spending and production capacity. Of all respondents, 57 percent indicated their firm's primary line of business was a manufacturing industry while 43 percent selected a non-manufacturing industry.

The survey identified:

  • Seventy-seven percent of respondents indicated that their organizations plan to reduce substantially or reduce slightly planned capital spending in 2009. Thirty-five percent indicated they would substantially reduce capital spending while 42 percent would slightly reduce capital spending.

  • Among respondents indicating reduced capital spending plans, 79 percent selected at least one or more of five options as factors. The options indicated as most important factors in the decision were: worsening sales prospects; economic uncertainty; high cost of financing, difficulty obtaining financing and high cost of inputs.

  • More than 42 percent of respondents indicated that their organization plans to reduce substantially or reduce slightly production capacity for 2009.

  • Among respondents indicating plans to reduce production capacity, 90.1 percent indicated that the reduction is expected to be temporary and 9.9 percent responded that the reduction is expected to be permanent. Respondents were also asked to rank items in order of significance to their operations. The factor that was reported as having the most significant effect on their operations was reduced demand for the organization's products/services.

From time to time, ISM conducts surveys of its members and other audiences to measure the impact of issues or events on the business community and supply management in particular. For the just-released survey results on the impacts of financial market turmoil, responses were collected for several weeks in late November and early December 2008, which resulted in 304 completed responses — a response rate of 14.3 percent.

A downloadable PDF of the survey report is available online, click here.

ISM offers fee-based customized research through the Research on Demand service of the ISM Resource Center. For more information, click here.

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: DESIGN FOR EXCELLENCE (DFX).

Definition: Thoughtfully concurrent processes focusing on developing a market-driven output demonstrating the very best in product development.

A different Term of the Day is posted on the ISM Home Page (www.ism.ws) 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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