What Productive Procurement Looks Like

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In six years of Return on Supply Management Assets (ROSMA) annual evaluation reports of procurement organizations — a collaboration of A.T. Kearney, Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) — the results have shown remarkable stability. Or disappointing monotony, as ISM CEO Thomas W. Derry remarked in What Good Looks Like, a white … [Read more...]

Supply Management Attracts Top Talent

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By Tisha Danehl, Vice President, Ajilon Consumer expectations for faster delivery have sparked a tremendous change in the way things are operating in both logistics and throughout the supply chain itself — with a greater emphasis being placed on speed and enhanced technology. Amidst this changing business landscape, specialized workers in supply chain and logistics are becoming more valuable … [Read more...]

US poised to be most competitive manufacturing nation

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In recent years, China has ranked as the world’s most competitive manufacturing nation. But by 2020, it will likely fall to No. 2, relinquishing the No. 1 spot to the United States, according to the 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte Global) and the Council on Competitiveness. Michelle Drew Rodriguez, manufacturing leader, Center … [Read more...]

Young Talent Recognized in 2016’s 30 Under 30 Program

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Who's who in up-and-coming supply management talent? To find out, one only need take a look at the newly announced list of 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars. This year's list was released on February 29 by ThomasNet and Institute for Supply Management, recognizing some of today's top supply management talent. Founded in 2014, the list is compiled annually to call attention to the achievements … [Read more...]

ISM Indirect 2015 Conference Highlights

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When it comes to being indispensable as a procurement professional, it's key to be considered a trusted resource. That was one of the common takeaways during today's presentations at ISM Indirect 2015. We're in warm Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort to soak up as much information about indirect procurement best practices as possible. (Soaking up the sun in true Florida fashion … [Read more...]

How Did You Get Started in Supply Management?

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In the November/December 2015 issue of Inside Supply Management®, a panel of supply management practitioners share their thoughts about the profession, how to best add value to one's organization, and what companies can do to attract and retain young employees. Most supply management professionals come from a range of backgrounds, and the panelists in our article, "Through the Eyes of the Next … [Read more...]

Nominate 30 Under 30 Rising Stars by October 30

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It's October 1, and the clock is ticking. If there is a young (30 or under) supply management professional that deserves recognition for the contributions and talent he or she lends to your organization, nominate them now for 2016's "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars." This unique recognition program from ThomasNet® and Institute for Supply Management® was launched last year and attracted a … [Read more...]

Nominate a Rising Supply Chain Star This Month

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If you know exceptionally talented supply chain professionals under the age of 30, it’s time to nominate them for the 2nd annual “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” recognition program. Nominations are due by July 31, 2015. The program was a great success in its inaugural year, and was launched by ThomasNet® and Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) to inspire members of the Millennial … [Read more...]

Honoring a Role Model

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Citing the inspiring words of John Quincy Adams -- “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are leader” -- Bradley J. Holcomb was introduced at ISM2015 Tuesday as the 84th recipient of the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. With a career spanning over 35 years and six companies, Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, was honored as a visionary leader, successful driver of … [Read more...]

Finding the Right Value

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The value supply management brings to a company varies depending on where the business is on the maturity curve, whether it’s in a start-up phase or the more mature innovating phase. The challenge for supply management practitioners is bringing the right value at each stage of a company’s growth. In a packed session on opening day of ISM2015, Conrad Smith, senior director, global procurement at … [Read more...]