The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) has indicated in its period index report that national factory activity fell from 51.8 in March to 50.8 in April. However, April was the second consecutive month of expansion AND had the second highest reading since last summer ended.  Commentators and industry pundits are optimistic that this news indicates that the worst is over, with manufacturing recovering from plummeting commodity prices and less then stellar global growth.

Still, many challenges still exist. These challenges will no doubt be explored at the ISM2016 Annual Conference in Indianapolis in under two weeks. Thousands will gather at the Indianapolis convention center for the landmark supply management event of the year - to learn, to network, and to propel the industry's growth into true business partner territory.

Source One's team of procurement experts and industry thought leaders hopes to see you there. Please visit us at Booth #528, or catch our folks during the talks about the New BPO for Procurement or Personal and Professional Procurement Branding (with help from MRA Global Sourcing).  Supply Management executives of organizations with $1.5B in revenue can also find us during the exclusive event known as the Exec IN forum, where we'll be helping procurement and sourcing leaders shape the future of procurement.

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Ken Gaul

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