[ISM website] The Institute for Supply Management? (ISM) and Forrester Research. Inc. announce the release of the latest ISM/Forrester Research Report On eBusiness. a first-of-its-kind report that tracks online activity for both manufacturing and non-manufacturing organizations.
The primary finding of the new Report indicates that the percentage of direct materials purchased online surpassed the percentage of indirect materials purchased using the Internet for the first time since the fall of 2000 when this Report was developed. Survey respondents spent an average of 11.7 percent of their total direct materials spend using the Internet in Q2 2003. up 1.7 percent from Q1. Indirect materials spending remained flat at 11.0 percent.