President's Message

Welcome Back Everyone... 

It is hard to believe, but the summertime is drawing to a close, fall is just around the corner and for the team at ISM-Philadelphia, our focus is on you.  Whether it is the new Board members who just joined us in June, or those who have been with us for years, we are all invigorated and excited to plan, for you our members, a great year of activities, services, events and more.

This year, we all will be focusing on the question “What is our Value Proposition”.  What is it that we can do better than anyone else, to support the needs of Supply Management professionals in the Philadelphia region and beyond.

Yesterday, I was reading an old article from the PMAP (ISM-Philly predecessor) archives which said:
“We exist to educate, develop and advance the supply management profession.”
This year, that will be our focus, our mantra.  It’s simple, direct and when we do it right, as I know we can and will, we’ll invigorate our base, attract new members, and provide the value proposition that will differentiate us, for you, our members...Read more.

Supplier Spotlight

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...


Current Activity by ISM-Philadelphia


There are nearly 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley facing hunger each day. To combat these issues, organizations such as Philabundance provide food to approximately 72,000 people per week through a network of nearly 500 member agencies, direct neighborhood distribution programs and food acquisition programs. On August 16, 2014, members of the Institute of Supply Management Philadelphia (or ISM-Philadelphia) volunteered at Philabundance main office and hunger relief center.

ISM continued to put the people first and to improve lives in the hours spent at Philabundance, sorting and packaging food, cleaning and discarding trash. Working alongside Philabundance staff, ISM volunteers gained the opportunity to see how their efforts would directly impact those in need across the region. Working in frigid temperatures to sort fresh peppters, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and more, the day of selflessness for our members, friends and families had a huge impact on others in need. Members of ISM-Philadelphia were able to process over 7700 pounds of produce. 

For organizations like ISM-Philadelphia, volunteerism is of the utmost importance. Volunteerism is a way in which organizations invest int he communities and individual they serve, and is also a wonderful way of saying thank you.



Monthly Director's Blog

Procurement and XXXXXX; Friend or Foe:  A treatise on the use of Customer Service and Communication skills in Indirect Strategic Sourcing in 3 parts.
By Jim Moran. Member of the Board of Directors, ISM Philadelphia and Strategic Sourcing Manager (Indirect) for Ricoh Americas Corporation.

Part 1 of 3
Are you a Friend or a Foe?
Last year I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the World Employee Relocation Council (WERC) annual symposium in Dallas on this very topic. Panelists included myself representing the procurement aspect, a Human Resources representative fulfilling the procurement need from a major corporation and a former corporate procurement professional now competing for business as a consultant in the HR space.
Each of us had the opportunity to present the methodology we used to source, negotiate and implement our company’s global employee relocation program from our initial involvement until that present day. Read More...


Welcome New Members!

Harren Bray, Johnson Matthey
Samuel Friedman, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Carol Edden, AgustaWestland
Tyler Croffi, Philadelphia Gas Works
Alisa Sok, Philadelphia Gas Works
Juliana Rios, Philadelphia Gas Works
Gamal Dopwell, BDP International

Economic Indicators

August '14 PMITM at 59%

August '14 NMITM at 59.6%

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Recent Job Postings

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ISM-Philly Poll

ISM Phila is planning a Charity Black Tie Event at the Union League for December in support of Philabundance.