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At the ISM Board meeting in August, the Certification Committee provided recommendations on the future of the A.P.P. and C.P.M. programs. Among other things, the BOD accepted the Committee recommendations to: 1)End the A.P.P. program, 2) Continue with the study to determine the content/focus of the C.P.M. program before determining what changes will be necessary to position the credential for our customers in the future. ISM has already taken action to notify people that the A.P.P. program will be discontinued.
I think the plan to update the program is a good idea, but I also think we need to keep in touch with those plans and provide our suggestions and ideas. I recommend every person concerned about the C.P.M. program: 1) Read the committee recommendations, 2) review the ISM actions described in the latest NewsLine, 3) discuss the topic among your peers 4) provide feedback and comments to the certification committee.
You can find the latest NewsLine in the members only section of the ISM web site at: www.ism.ws/MembersOnly/Newsline/Newsline1004a.cfm
You can find the Certification Committee recommendations in the members only area of the ISM web site under association governance. It's Appendix G to the August BOD meeting minutes: http://www.ism.ws/MembersOnly/MinutesReports/BOD081904Appendices.cfm
Kudos to NAPM Alaska for hosting the 61st Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference. I heard some awesome speakers, had excellent food service from the hotel, had a lot of fun at the dinner mystery theater and saw some wonderful scenery. Who'd have known we were in the wild frontier?
Anthony S. Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM ISM BOD Chair, gave us a lot of insight into the complexity of managing the supply process for Hilton Hotels.
Ben Beard, our very popular speaker on the Uniform
Commercial Code (UCC), gave us some insight into the latest plans for
developing a International Terms for electronic transactions. The UN
Committee met in Geneva this month to draft a set of terms which should be
available for comment later this year. Ben (who is one of the ABA
representatives to the committee) was hoping the new draft will mirror some
of the provisions of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act
Why do I care about international terms? Read a previous article on the subject: http://www.mltweb.com/tools/buytrain/Incoterms.htm Link here to the UN International Trade Law Committee
The UETA has now been adopted in 48 jurisdictions (notably one of the holdouts is Washington State). UETA does a lot to protects buyers and consumers in electronic transactions. The other act under consideration (UCITA) is more insidious and favors software companies. (hmmm wonder who is blocking UETA in Washington State?) What are these ACTS? Read some of my previous articles on the subject. E-Commerce Legal Update E-Commerce Update (they are a few years old, but good for getting the basics).
The hotel manager for Marriott presented a fascinating program on hotel safety for travelers. Among other things he provided a lot of tips about guest security. I think this would be a great topic for all conferences and dinner programs. Major hotel chains send their managers to hotel safety conferences on a regular basis. Let's give them a chance to share some of that knowledge by asking a hotel manager to be our speaker. Here are two examples we heard in Anchorage:
For your security, front desk clerks no longer shout out your room number when checking in. This so that miscreants hanging around the lobby won't know where to look for you laptop when you leave for dinner (or worse).
Hotel staff should know and point out emergency exits as they guide you to your room. I think this is a great idea and I plan to help spread the practice by specifically asking each hotel staff person about emergency exits, so they will get in the habit.
I updated my Negotiation Tips and Tricks workshop. The handout is posted online; item one at http://www.mltweb.com/seminars/index.htm. Also as part of the preparation for the workshop I added several new negotiation web sites to the Purchasing ToolBox
Do you get involved in Federal Contracting, or are you a prime contractor to a Federal Agency. If so, here is an online forum which has discussions and questions about many federal contracting regulations. Where in Federal Contracting
While we are talking about the Fed.... Ever get into a discussion about how the Fed allocates money to your prime contracts? Here is a new resource that might help. The GAO has just released the 3rd editions of their Principles of Federal Appropriations Law www.gao.gov/special.pubs/3rdeditionvol1.pdf
Am I an employee worth keeping? What makes a great employee? (hint: It's more than just showing up for work on time... Companies use personnel resources to accomplish goals and meet objectives. Just like the commodities we purchase everyday, personnel resources have to be the right quality, meet company needs, add value, etc.) Watch future newsletters for some thoughts and articles on this topic.
These from the latest ISM NewsLine www.ism.ws/MembersOnly/Newsline/Newsline1004a.cfm
The decision to cease issuing new A.P.P.s received the support of ISM's Board of Directors. Beginning in March 2005, ISM will reallocate credentialing resources to activities of greater interest and benefit to supply management professionals.
In the next year, the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) designation will be reviewed and updated. The A.P.P. will still be recognized and honored within the supply management profession. ISM encourages individuals who have achieved the A.P.P. designation to continue citing it as part of their professional identity and consider acquiring the C.P.M. designation. ISM will send communications to all A.P.P. professionals, and the ISM Web site will continue to offer detailed information on all Certification resources at www.ism.ws/Certification/index.cfm Contact ISM Certification at firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:email@example.com or 800/888-6276, extension 3027.
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