ISM® Report On Business®

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November 2020 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in November, with the overall economy notching a seventh consecutive month of growth, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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Supply Management News & Reports

‘Peak Season’ Has Been Here for Months

November 10, 2020

COVID-19 has challenged companies’ supply, materials handling and delivery networks, but the holiday online sales surge will be an even greater test.

Being certified by ISM, whether it's a CPSM or CPSD, is one of the most important decisions you will make.

Those four letters after your name carry a lot of weight in the global supply management field because ISM certification has been respected as the foundational benchmark by the profession for nearly 40 years.

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An Accelerated Path To CPSM Certification

Ready to enhance your career with a CPSM designation to take control of your career development and create more agility in your professional life? The CPSM Guided Learning Accelerated Bundle helps keep you on track through the certification process. Each course is six weeks long and provides you with self-study reading and activities. Plus, you’ll have weekly webinars with your instructor that you can view live, online or on-demand. Register now and set yourself on the path to achieving CPSM certification.

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Upcoming Education

  • December



    Are you a current supply management major preparing to graduate in December 2021 or Spring 2022? Attend this webinar to learn about the ISM R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program. This webinar will teach you how to complete an application, what supporting information is required and answer those questions you may have as you strive to make your application stand out. In addition you will have the opportunity to hear from former scholarship recipients on how the scholarship has changed their lives personally and professionally.

    • Topics covered include:
    • Recipient criteria
    • Tips and tricks to complete an application
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • What it means to be a part of the ISM and Richter family and this elite networking of supply management professionals..
  • December



    Legal issues play a significant role in the supply management profession. It’s essential as a supply management professional that you have a strong understanding of the legal concepts that impact your role and work. This course will provide you with a broad and necessary understanding of the legal concepts that impact our profession. It is a “must attend” course for today’s modern supply chain professional. From ethics to e-commerce, legal issues play a key role in the supply chain, and you need to have a strong grasp of these roles. This supply management education course will help professionals understand the laws that affect their work with suppliers and customers. It will examine various aspects of contract law, international contracts and electronic communications. Gain a solid understanding and legal foundation to better protect yourself and your organization.

    Helen M Pohlig, J.D.
  • December



    It is imperative to differentiate cost and price to gain a competitive advantage. Cost analysis is made up of several components and it is our goal to calculate, document and leverage each. In this course, you will gain insights on application with various supplier segments. Having solid cost data allows an organization to use multiple strategies to gain the best value. You will learn how to gather information from many sources and make an educated decision on how to proceed.

    *** Please Note: ISM uses Zoom Meeting for its virtual learning sessions, this free application is required to participate.

    Richard G Weissman, C.P.M.
  • December



    Forward-thinking companies strategically leverage Indirect Procurement to unlock the hidden value across the organization. Learn from MGM Resorts International's journey of creating value through supplier relationships, as well as, a diverse group of industry executives who will provide their insight and advice on how to create and deliver value, organize leadership support and influence stakeholders, effectively communicate the strategic importance of Indirect Procurement, and the importance of talent development.

  • December



    This webinar provides knowledge regarding the many benefits that come with being a part of the ISM community. Join us and learn about the essential tools, vibrant community, and exceptional learning that enhances your professional development. You'll also gain insight into the array of programs, services, and resources that are available to you through your membership.

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Increase the agility and broaden access to education, tools, research and more for your supply chain team. ISM offers programs for organizations to help provide a framework for continuous learning and access to valuable membership resources and products 24/7/365

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Joining the ISM community gets you access to education, tools, research, events as well as a network of peers who face and solve for some of the same challenges you encounter. Invest in your own professional agility.

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