Supply Managers’ Work Spotlighted

Outstanding achievements among supply managers are being recognized by the Institute for Supply Management–Michigan State University Awards for Excellence in Supply Management. The winners are:

• IBM Corporation |Technology category
IBM’s entry detailed the deployment of an innovative critical parts management tool which provided real-time visibility of its multitier supply chain.

• Cisco Systems, Inc. | Process category
Cisco’s Supply Chain Risk Management team developed and implemented four key processes to embed end-to-end resiliency in the supply chain and ensure business continuity during supply disruptions, including last year’s natural disasters in Japan.

• The American Red Cross | Organization/Structure category
A new organizational structure created synergy with the business units, a simplified way to work with clients and suppliers, and saved in excess of $40 million the first two years in operation.

• T-Mobile USA, Inc. | Sustainability category
This project focused on inventory reduction and associated cash flow release. Among the key successes were that T-Mobile closed the ecosystem, giving it cradle-to-grave control of the handsets, which helped reduce waste and increase the bottom line.

Institute for Supply Management–Michigan State University Awards for Excellence in Supply Management winners will be recognized next month in Baltimore at ISM’s 97th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, to be held May 6–9, 2012. Representatives from the winning organizations will detail their projects in sessions on Monday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

The 8th annual Institute for Supply Management–Michigan State University for Excellence in Supply Management call for entries will open on July 2, 2012. Multiple entries are welcome in one or more of the following categories: Process, People, Transformation of the Organization, Technology and Sustainability. For more information, visit

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