Member Benefits


1. Inside Supply Managment

Our monthly magazine contains national and international information on new trends and developments in the profession plus insightful “how-to” articles. The magazine is published exclusively for ISM members.

2. ISM Report on Business

Published by ISM, our 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.

3. Purchasing Advocate

No one understands better than ISM how purchasing affects the bottomline. One of our objectives is to promote the purchasing profession. Members have access to all ISM printed and electronic materials to help promote purchasing within the organizational infrastructure. We can help you communicate your value-added contributions to the senior management of your organization.

4. Affiliates

Gain valuable contacts within your community during monthly meetings and educational functions. Keep on top of local industry changes and commodity trends. Be a part of a growing association run by and for purchasing and materials management professionals.

5. CPSM and CPSD Programs

Whether you want to stand out in your current career role or take your expertise to the next level, becoming a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) is essential. A CPSM certification will set you apart as an expert in critical areas of global supply chain management such as sustainability, strategic sourcing & forecasting and risk/compliance. As an ISM member you will receive discounted exam pricing and have access to exclusive online study materials and resources.  If your responsibilities include supplier diversity, expand your knowledge by becoming a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD). Professionals who participate in the development of diverse supplier initiatives within their organization also earn their CPSM to set themselves apart as leaders in the field. There’s no better way to demonstrate to your employer, colleagues, customers and suppliers that you adeptly speak the language of purchasing and supply chain.

6. ISM Members Only web site

A web page providing job-related information to supply management professionals. This area includes searchable databases and employment listings. Only members have access to the employment database, bibliographic database of purchasing-related articles, and the networking area devoted to topical purchasing issues and challenges.

7. Committees

Acquire new skills in planning, managing, and organizing while developing your leadership potential. Some committee members report on economic conditions (the primary statistics become the highly-respected Report on Business®), direct ISM’s annual conference, set membership goals, assist in program development, and much more. Only ISM members can participate.
8. Special Interest Groups and Forums

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 a special interest group or forum.

9. Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies (CAPS)

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

10. Seminars

Enhance your professional development and job performance when you enroll in ISM seminars taught by experienced instructors. Over 90 seminars are conducted annually throughout the United States; intensive, one-week purchasing management programs are also conducted at selected universities. Members save up to $200 on each two-day seminar and $400 on each management program. Our satellite seminar series addresses different purchasing/supply management issues and is offered several times throughout the year. This live program allows you to interact with speakers and peers without leaving your city or affiliate area.

11. 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.

12. ISM InfoEdge

A monthly subscription publication furnishing job-related tools for purchasing and supply management professionals. The ISM InfoEdge mission is to provide specific, hands-on information that readers can readily apply to their daily tasks. ISM members receive a discount on all subscription pricing.

13. Annual International Purchasing Conference

Network with 2000 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. Workshop presenters are selected as a result of ISM’s “Call for Presentations.” The conference attracts distinguished speakers to discuss current national and international issues and features several sessions highlighted by prominent corporate leaders. Members receive significant savings on registration fees.

14. International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management

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.

15. Recognition and Awards

Earn recognition when you are rewarded for exemplary service to ISM and the profession at large. The J. Shipman Gold Medal, established in 1931, is the purchasing profession’s highest honor; other awards are given to ISM members for outstanding public relations, professional development, membership activities, and international activities.