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At this time the sun is shining, the wind is blowing, the temperature is climbing, but we still need to stay prepared for winter’s last gasp. As we approach spring, we are all very hopeful of new beginnings leading to success in our careers. The same is true with ISM Philadelphia. We are looking forward to our new program year as we close out our current year with the annual mega meeting coming up the 14th of March, the April diversity meeting, the May dinner event where a local General Counsel form one of our member companies will speak about what the contract T&C’s mean, a port tour of the Philadelphia Port in May and then the final dinner meeting where we will on board our new officers and board. 


This year, ISM’s CEO Tom Derry will be the key note speaker for the March event. Tom will discuss the PMP and NMI and what the numbers mean along with the importance of education which is our prime mission. All that in addition to the annual ISM Conference in Nashville which should be a great event for all those members who are planning to attend. Your executive board will have 3 members attending as well. As we look forward to next year we are planning a full slate of events to include dinners, network events, possibly seminars, one of which ...   Read more

Welcome to ISM-Philadelphia

One of the nation’s largest and most active ISM affiliates!

ISM-Philadelphia has served the purchasing and supply management professionals of the Greater Philadelphia area since 1915. The local association is a not-for-profit professional educational association, affiliated with the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and offers seminars and educational meeting programs designed to meet the needs of today’s supply management professionals. Read more...

Latest News & Annoucements

2018-19 Board of Directors Nominations
Any Regular Member interested in serving on the ISM-Philadelphia 2018-19 Board of Directors should contact the Nominating Committee at office@ism-phila.org or 215-878-3389. Elections will be held at the ISM-Philadelphia May Dinner Meeting on May 10, 2018

Blockchain in Manufacturing: Enhancing Trust and Cutting Costs 
Blockchain technology is poised to disrupt manufacturing by redesigning inefficient supply chain management and trade finance processes. Discover how your organization can benefit ‐ download the whitepaper HERE 

New Corporate Sponsorship Program

Attention fellow members! Your Vendor Relations Committee is launching a new Corporate Sponsorship Program, providing vendors many ways to connect and engage with our members. Options include Dinner Meeting sponsors and Monthly Networking Event sponsors, plus Premium Video-Dinner Sponsorships on our ISM-Philadelphia training videos. To learn more about our Corporate Sponsor Program, email contact Ken Chan or click here for more information.

Supply Management Certificate Program - Penn State Abington
Philadelphia Institute of Supply Management® affiliate members get a 10% discount. CLICK HERE for more information.

ERP / SAP Training

Penn State University offers an Enterprise Resource Training curriculum with SAP Certification at their Abington and other campuses. Details on their website. CLICK HERE for more information.

Director's Blog

Negotiation Strategies
By Ron Heere

Topic: Closing the Deal

Overview: Once a negotiation strategy has been decided, the Supply Management Professional (SMP) must work with the team to identify how to bring the negotiations to an end. Here are some tips and the associated Benefits and Drawbacks for each.

Using any of these options requires both a short term and long term commitment by the SMP and the company. You should not hop from one plan to another because in time, bidders will include contingencies in their offers to address your various plans, and in the end, you will not know, for sure, whether you have received the best offer or not. How the deal is closed and the feelings by members from both companies about the close, often determines how successful the overall engagement of delivery will be for both parties.


Welcome New Members!

  • Michael A. Oliveri, CenterPoint Group
  • George Burkholder, Day & Zimmermann
  • Andy Lau, Temple University
  • Aga Patry, Tekni-Plex Inc.
  • Brad Walentukonis, Penn State University - State College

Economic Indicators

February '18 PMI at 60.8%

Februar'18 NMI at 59.5%

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EPG Program

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Area Events

ISM-Philly Poll

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