Benefits You Will Receive From The National ISM Organization

In addition to all of the ISM Portland/Vancouver benefits, you will also enjoy all of the following national benefits:

Unlimited Web Access

Receive unlimited access to the national ISM site

Unlock the possibilities of this valuable resource. Members can search an extensive database of supply management information, take part in professional forums, contact affiliates or other related organizations, and learn about ISM's assortment of educational products and services.
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Inside Supply Management

Catch up on all the trends in our industry

ISM's monthly magazine contains thought-provoking discussions and information on those topics most relevant to today's forward-thinking, strategic supply managers. Published exclusively for ISM members.  Contains national and international information on new trends and developments in the profession plus insightful "how-to" articles.

Journal of Supply Management

Discounted rates for the journal

The nation's first scholarly journal devoted exclusively to purchasing and materials management research and development. New members receive more than one-half off the 1 year subscription rate.

Annual Conferences

Discounts on conference registration

Network with more than 2,000 peers at the only international conference devoted exclusively to purchasing and supply management. Examine emerging trends and challenges during comprehensive workshops conducted by your peers. The conference attracts distinguished keynote speakers to discuss current national and international issues and features several sessions highlighted by prominent corporate leaders. Members receive significant savings on registration fees.

Supply Chain Mgmt Seminars

National ISM seminars to educate

Enhance your professional development and job performance when you enroll in one of ISM's many seminars held throughout the country each year. Experienced instructors, thought-provoking sessions, and numerous topics are just some of the reasons these programs often fill up quickly. And don't forget, members save hundreds with each registration.  Also available are satellite seminars, broadcast to participating ISM affiliates or external companies.


Stand out from the crowd

Being active in your profession speaks volumes to coworkers, colleagues, customers and others you interact with every day. For those taking it to the next level, ISM honors members for outstanding performance in the categories of Education/Learning, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Marketing/Communicating and Volunteerism.

Volunteer Opportunities

Participate on a variety of different levels

Hone your interpersonal skills and leadership abilities while serving your profession. ISM provides a bevy of volunteer opportunities in both the local and global levels. Participate in key projects at your affiliate, serve as an affiliate officer, contribute to an ISM Group or Forum, or serve on an ISM committee, such as the ISM Business Survey Committee, and get into the action.

Development Resources

Self-study to broaden your knowledge

ISM offers a wide variety of products to help complete your supply management information library. Our books and other self-study products will broaden your knowledge and sharpen your skills. Topics include, but are not limited to, global sourcing, supply management, negotiations, legal issues, and leadership. All ISM members receive discounts on professional development resources.

Groups & Forums

Making connection across the U.S.

Gain a deeper understanding of your purchasing specialty and develop valuable connections across the U.S. when you join an ISM special interest group or forum. ISM has groups in interest areas ranging from materials management to health care providers, to federal acquisitions. Only through ISM can you participate in the ISM special interest groups or forums.

Spotlight on Groups & Forums

Keep up on special interests

This publication is a report of current activities and information from the ISM national special interest groups and forums.

Supply Management Advocate

Know the bottom line

No one understands better than ISM how supply management affects the bottomline, and no one promotes the profession like ISM. As a member you have access to ISM's printed and electronic materials which can help you do this within your organizational infrastructure as well. Let us help you communicate your value-added contributions to senior management.

Annual Salary Survey

See how you compare to others

View ISM's annual Salary Survey and see how you compare to others in the industry. The full report available free to ISM members.

Online Career Center

Search job listings across the country

Search a database of employment listings from across the country, post your résumé for organizations to see, search for the perfect employee, or take advantage of other career-enhancing tools. New features added often.

ISM Report on Business

Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing

ISM's monthly survey of purchasing statistics is the first of its kind. It's considered by many economists to be the most reliable, near-term economic barometer available today. The full report is delivered to ISM members each month within the pages of Inside Supply Management® magazine.

Book Reviews

Via the Business Source

Concise summaries of popular business books delivered to your in-box each month. Learn best practices and powerful insights from leading thinkers such as Stephen Covey, Malcolm Gladwell and Jack Welch. Members receive a subscription to the Business Source for 70% off the retail price.

Glossary of Key Terms

Don't get lost in the lingo

A valuable tool for supply professionals, academics, researchers and students, the fourth edition of the Glossary includes information from all disciplines within supply management.

Commodity Tracking


Customizable commodity updates sent directly to your in-box each week. Track steel, plastic, coffee, or other commodities relevant to you, then use that information in your negotiations to ensure best performance. Members receive an extended, free trial period and $300 off annual subscription fees.


Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies

ISM members receive purchasing-related research studies and benchmarks free from CAPS Research, the only national not-for-profit research center in purchasing and materials management. CAPS Research sponsors three international roundtables throughout the year in North America, Europe, and Asia. Participants include more than one hundred Fortune 500 companies.

Educational Resources

Professional development resources

Over 80 different audio/video programs and over 50 different books to choose from. All programs are designed to heighten your acumen in a variety of subjects, including: global sourcing, negotiations, legal issues, and supply management. Video tapes are easily adaptable to individual or group presentations. Publications include: textbooks, workbooks, the Technotes series, with subject matter covering purchasing topics plus general business information. These professional development resources accommodate your unique schedule and pace, and ISM members save on all purchases and rentals.


Get your CPM and CPSM here

Known throughout the world, the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) program focuses on the managerial, administrative, and strategic, as well as tactical aspects of the supply management function. Also available is CPSM — reflecting the expanded education, skills and experience needed for supply managers to be successful as the profession evolves into the 21st Century.
Both programs are designed for those working in any of the major private, public, or non-profit work sectors. As a member you'll receive substantial discounts on study materials, testing and other related fees.

ISM InfoCenter

Find anything relating to SM & purchasing

The Online InfoCenter is a fast and easy way to find information on supply management and purchasing-related topics. You can get the information you need – when you need it, and right at your fingertips!

ISM Knowledge Center

Online classes

The ISM Knowledge Center provides a number of supply management classes which you can take online, at your own pace. Covering topics from cost price analysis to supplier management, the ISM Knowledge Center is a terrific way to sharpen your skills. ISM members receive a discount on registration fees. Even better, selected courses are available for free. Test one out today.

Online Independent Studies

Continuing education

ISM offers interactive self-paced and instructor-led online programs for continuing education and earning CEHs.

Bid Specification Database

ISM's sample document library

Need to draft a bid-specification document for your organization but don’t want to start from scratch? Try finding a similar document in our samples database! We have compiled hundreds of statements of work (SOW), requests for quote (RFQ), contracts, requests for proposal (RFP), and invitation to bid documents from organizations across the country.

ISM Resource Guide

Spcific and timely informaiton

The ISM Resource Guides are topic-specific electronic "packets of information" on a variety of supply management subjects. Each guide includes 5-10 articles from various ISM publications, suggested reading lists, valuable links to related Web sites, plus contact information for a variety of other resources and information on each topic. ISM's Resource Guides deliver specific, timely information on the topics you are most interested in — right to your computer desktop.