ISM forges deal to expand in Asia Pacific

Industry analysts agree that the dynamism and complexity of the Asia Pacific transport and logistics market offers the best prospects for growth and returns

By Patrick Burnson · August 31, 2011

A new agreement between global supply chain groups may boost world class procurement and supply management training in Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Industry analysts agree that the dynamism and complexity of the Asia Pacific transport and logistics market offers the best prospects for growth and returns.

A recent development at the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) underscores that conclusion, with the announcement of a strategic partnership in the region.

According to spokesmen, ISM has entered a partnership that significantly expands training opportunities for supply management professionals throughout the Asia-Pacific region. ISM and global consultancy ADR North American, LLC have entered an agreement with Procurement and Sourcing Insitute of Asia and TransProcure Corporation.

“This agreement will help ISM serve companies in Southeast Asia and the Middle East whether they are local units of foreign owned companies or domestic companies,” ISM CEO Paul Novak told LM in an interview.

(PASIA/TransProcure), are both based in Manila, Philippines. Spokesmen said that the partnered organizations will adhere to a consistent business strategy for responding to requests for proposals and other opportunities to deliver customized in-company training and web-based e-learning.

Spokesmen noted that PASIA has gained trained members from outside of its home country of the Philippines, throughout Asia and the Middle East. TransProcure, likewise, delivers services complementing PASIA’s programs. ISM and ADR North America combined resources more than two years ago to leverage exclusive resources and products including ADR’s Development Needs Analysis (DNA) learning assessments and ISM’s Knowledge Center. 

Novak noted that the partnership agreement formalizes the alignment of ISM and ADR’s training and assessment resources with PASIA/TransProcure’s educators and consultants,” said “All three partner organizations have a clear path and expanded outreach to future clients in Asia-Pacific and Arab/Gulf/United Arab Emirates countries.”

“PASIA maintains a strong and dynamic presence in this part of the world,” said Charlie Villaseñor, CEO – TransProcure and affiliate officer of PASIA. “This joint effort to establish consistent processes around the delivery of world- class material reinforces our goal of championing professionalism throughout the entire Asia-Pacific and Middle East and serving the profession better.”


About the Author

Patrick Burnson
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

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