Supply Management goes monthly

I've just read - and I confesss we certainly didn't have the inside track on this piece of news - that Supply Management magazine is moving to monthly publication from mid-March, with a re-designed 'more substantial' format.

The writing has been on the wall for some time with the decline in recruitment advertising in particular. What used to be 10 pages or more in each issue is now struggling in most editions to be 2 or 3.  Partly the jobs market but largely the move to on-line advertising I suspect.

Just two comments for now.

1. Any bets on how long before it goes electronic only?

2. What are the implications for CIPS more widely?  Totally coincidentally, last weekend I was writing a piece on some of the issues facing professional Institutes, for publication tomorrow. I now need to work on a little more... all will be revealed on Monday.

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  1. David Atkinson:

    I think this is a good move. I wouldn’t support it going web-based only, as it’s message will get lost amongst the blogs and all that stuff.

    I find the magazine useful to read over a coffee and then flip it into the recycling. It used to be such a good source of ideas and inspiring case studies. I’m not sure it’s maintained a sufficientlt high stadard in that regard, despite being more professionally presented than before.

    If it is going to become more substantial as a monthy (and that’s my point above), then I wonder what impact it’ll have on CPO Agenda. I’m a subscriber to the latter but it still feels rather invisible amongst the multitude of sources. How much life does it have left in it?

  2. bitter and twisted:

    What are the alternatives to CIPS qualifications?

  3. Christine Morton:

    Funny, because I only read the SM hardcopy version and not the online site – I don’t like it for some reason.

    It does beg the question – where is CIPS providing value to its members? Right now it’s coasting on its reputation for handing out worthwhile procurement credentials, and that market is fuelled by those insisting on it in job applications.

    But what if that stopped?

  4. Rob:

    Many procurement folk have intimated that they rarely read the hard copy version now.

    I, for one, feel that SM should provide an option for CIPS members to state their preference ie: hard copy (yes/no). Perhaps they do, but I receive a weighty ‘quality’ paper output (is it printed on recycled paper or from sustainable sources?), along with other paper-based fliers, through the post (trucks, tyres, fuel…) wrapped in plastic (an oil-based product), where nine times out of ten, it is immediately separated for recycling (because I’ve already read the online version).

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