Executive Board's

As we approach the holiday season, ISM-Philadelphia is gearing up to finish out 2018 successfully.  To start us off, the month of November is filled with enlightening dinner meeting topics and captivating opportunities to expand our professional networks. Topics consist of current trends and best practices in key areas within Supply Chain.  Some of the topics include Block Chain Technology, Latin America Supply Chain, Tariff Impact on Sourcing, and Unconscious Bias as it relates to strategic sourcing, vendor selection, and diversity & inclusion. The primary theme of November is to enhance our business acumen in the Supply Chain Profession.  We round out the month with our staple networking event “Network After Work”.  November is a great transitional month as we move towards December where we will continue to educate but most importantly celebrate the success of you and the organization.

ISM-Philadelphia is highly committed to enhancing the value and performance of procurement and supply chain professionals by providing standards of excellence through diverse topics, networking opportunities, collaborative learning approaches, and membership engagement.

As I conclude this message, the one thing that comes to mind is to “Be where your feet are” which means to be present.  Come out, engage, and build relationships for a lifetime. I look forward to seeing you very soon at the next ISM-Philadelphia event.

Thank You,
Erica Patterson, M.A., M.M.
Vice President, ISM-Philadelphia
Director, Contracts Management and Supplier Diversity
Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW)

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

ISM 2019 Annual Conference

April 7 - 10, 2019, Houston, TX
Early Bird Pricing until December 6, 2018
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  • Agenda
  • Speakers
  • Pricing

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

Contract Negotiations: Master Service Agreements and Statements of Work
By Jim Moran, Past President, ISM-Philadelphia and Senior Category Management Lead (Indirect) for Ricoh USA, Inc. 

What is a Master Service Agreement:
According to Wikipedia a Master Service Agreement (MSA) is a contract reached between parties, in which the parties agree to most of the terms that will govern future transactions or future agreements. A master agreement permits the parties to quickly negotiate future transactions or agreements, because they can rely on the terms of the master agreement, so that the same terms need not be repetitively negotiated, and to negotiate only the deal-specific terms.

Contracts in the information technology, contract research, and similar "open ended" fields in support of an organization’s functional support areas such as HR, Finance, Marketing and Supply Chain are often negotiated as a "Master Service Agreement" and a "Statement of Work." Typically, the Master Service Agreement specifies generic terms such as payment terms, product warranties, intellectual property ownership, dispute resolution, geographic location and venue of law and  other items such as corporate social responsibility, business ethics, network access, facility access and others that an organization deems critical to its mission for all agreements.
What is a Statement of Work:
According to Wikipedia, a statement of work (SOW) is a formal document that captures and defines the work activities, deliverables, and timeline a vendor must execute in performance of specified work for a client. The SOW usually includes  ... Read More

Welcome New Members!

  • Jennifer Sharpe, ARI/Holman Enterprises
  • Bonnie M. Sykes, Genworth Financial Life Insurance Co.
  • Kevin Jilbert, Gerdau
  • Ed Gallagher, Southco
  • Tricia Weber, Southco
  • Sung Eun Kim, Arkema
  • Sharon Manker, American Water
  • Alexa Garomon, Temple University
  • Lauren Madeira, Temple University
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, Temple University
  • Thao Nguyen, Temple University
  • Zachary Blair, 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

Diversity and Inclusiveness - Supply Base

According to the ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms, Diversity signifies variety, including variety in the ownership of organizations. In supply management, diversity typically means an organization's efforts to include different categories of suppliers in its sourcing process and active supply base and to address the opportunities and challenges that arise from differences and similarities. 
Also, an ISM Social Responsibility Principle urging organizations to make an effort to engage different categories of suppliers in sourcing processes and decisions, and to encourage members of their supply chain to do likewise.  
Source: ISM Glossary

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