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As we get deeper into the Fall season, the ISM-Philadelphia programs are starting to heat up. We have a mini mega networking event on October 9th revolving around mentorship with young professionals. We partnered with other organizations to provide an avenue for supply chain professionals to hobnob and expand their network. The aim is to encourage lifelong learning, considering that 10% of all new jobs in the USA over the next decade will be in the Supply Chain profession. The October dinner meeting will focus on the topic of Sourcing Excellence in Category Management. We will get some insight on how to enact Category Management no matter where you are in your career as a Supply Management professional.
Which brings us to the value of the ISM-Philadelphia membership. As you may know, we are in the midst of a renewed membership campaign which will allow us to sustain ourselves over the long term. As a member, ISM-Philadelphia can help you grow in your chosen field. The dinner meetings are one pathway since we invite speakers to discuss topics of interest. We are also planning seminars which will allow members to focus on a particular topic, such as negotiations. In addition, we hold monthly “Network after Work” events which provide opportunities to not only mingle but enlighten in a more relaxed setting. Plus, we are in the midst of rolling out ...   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

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Board of Directors!

President: Rene Polutan, C.P.M. 
1st Vice President: Erica S. A. Patterson, M.A., M.M.
Treasurer: Ron Heere 
Past President: Jim Moran - C.P.M.; CPSM; CPCM; CCMAP

Craig Campbell

Frank Juhasz
llen Riddick 
Christopher Robert, CPSM
Steven Schwartz, C.P.M., CPSM

Elections were held at the ISM-Philadelphia May Dinner Meeting on May 10, 2018 and new officers were installed at the June 14th dinner meeting.
Harvey P. Sommerer Memorial Scholarship Winner!

Congratulations to Thomas Allen.  He is the recipient of the 2018 Harvey P. Sommerer Memorial Scholarship

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

The Role of a Mentor in Your Career
By Frank Juhasz

Many professionals that I’ve met over the course of my short career have suggested finding a mentor in order to further develop and challenge myself as I progress in the Supply Chain Management field. This advice has been delivered through multiple forms – internships, networking events, class presentations and after-work industry meetings. Many will see it as an opportunity to build their network and to polish skills under the advice of industry veterans, but really, it’s about building those relationships and fostering continuous learning within your community.
A common thought around mentorship is that in order to become a mentor, one has to have a certain amount of experience to qualify. However, a blog post by Sarah Scudder that I recently found on Inside Supply Management Weekly seemed to challenge that idea. Her post, titled “Mentoring Has No Age Requirement” discusses that years of experience isn’t a requirement in becoming a mentor. The key to becoming a successful mentor is being able to analyze your successes and failures and to share the lessons learned with others. With each experience, there is value to be gained through knowledge sharing.
I found the blog to be very relatable to many of our experiences. Many of us may have been intentionally seeking a mentor while others have come across theirs by accident. However, instead of ... Read More


Welcome New Members!

  • William Mayer
  • Elizabeth Lopes, Jacobs Engineering
  • Bryan Bickmore, Jacobs Engineering
  • Judson Goldsborough, Siemens
  • Kerri Horn, Asplundh
  • Justin Grodsky, AmeriHealth Caritas
  • Alexander Cohen, DLL Financial Sercives Inc.
  • Tanvi Kothari, Temple University
  • Nada Sanders, Lehigh University
  • Almas Ayaz, Temple University

Economic Indicators

October '18 PMI at 59.8%

October '18 NMI at 61.6%

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EPG Program

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Procurement Articles

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Term of the Month

Supply Base Rationalization

According to the ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms, Supply Base Rationalization is the process in which current suppliers for a category and/or item are evaluated and reduced based on a number of factors that include cost-to-maintain and risk. In the short term, rationalization could involve the immediate reduction of suppliers. A long-term view would be to manage a network of the correct suppliers in which magnify the impact of value creation projects to your organization through the optimized focus of resources and reduction in total cost of managing supply bases.
Source: ISM Glossary

Recent Job Postings

August 2018
Greater Philadelphia Area – Warminster, PA

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Area Events

ISM Fundamentals of Strategic Sourcing
June 12-13, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

You have the fundamentals down, now it’s time to take the next step. This seminar is an excellent follow-up to the Fundamentals of Purchasing because it offers the knowledge you need to succeed as you grow in your supply management career. This strategic-focused seminar offers hands-on exercises using quadrant analysis and supplier evaluations. It also examines how to developing content for a service-related RFP.

You will learn:
Supply management strategy and techniques for developing a strategy
Key elements of negotiation
How to develop a strategic sourcing process
Supplier management methods
Cost management tools and techniques.

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