Executive Board's

As I enter my last month as your president, I want to take the time to reflect on all the work your board has done over the past 12 months, all the work still to be accomplished and to thank all of you for your support during that time.

It has certainly been a busy period in my life. However, I am thankful for the dedication of our board as we completed several items we identified as we started our year, last June.  We identified membership as a critical task in July, and we created a comprehensive campaign which was launched that month. While results were not what we expected, we maintained our focus and where able to obtain moderate success throughout the year. We also concentrated on ensuring quality educational programs for you throughout the year and through your survey responses you indicated that we met that goal at an 85% satisfaction rate with in excess of 90% participation at all dinners. Your comments were and continue to be very valuable. As we look at other goals we find that ...   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

Negotiating for Mutual Benefit
By Keld Jenson
November/December 2010, eSide Supply Management Vol. 3, No. 6

Seven tried-and-true strategies can help your organization — and your suppliers — get more of what you both want from procurement negotiations?
Studies recently conducted by MarketWatch and the Copenhagen Business School in Scandinavia show that, despite best efforts in the areas of project management and attempts to make the process more professional, more than 60 percent of all corporate negotiations conclude with a result that is less than what was originally expected from the transaction.
The research also indicates that the true potential of these types of transactions is rarely reached. Moreover, these same projections show that in the U.S., an estimated US$80 billion is untapped because negotiators are unskilled in leveraging the nonvisible value in the transaction. This value lays dormant in hidden and unexploited variables.

What's Going on Here?
 Analysis of the research results has... Read More


Welcome New Members!

  • John E. Pohlhaus, PM Fasteners
  • Alexei Main, Arkema
  • Loran Garnett, Temple University
  • Frank Cullen, Penn State Harrisburg
  • David Zamudio-Becerril
  • Nada Sanders, Lehigh University

Economic Indicators

August '18 PMI at 61.3%

August '18 NMI at 58.5%

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EPG Program

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Procurement Articles

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Term of the Month

Risk Management

The forecasting and evaluation of financial risks together with the identification of procedures to avoid or minimize their impact.

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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ISM-Philly Poll

What are the advantages of being a Philadelphia-ISM member?