September 20, 2006 at 15:33 PM EDT
Purchasing and Aberdeen Bundle Industry-Leading Research
The Industry's Leading Supply Management Research Practice and Publication Have Bundled Research in a Convenient, Low-cost Package for Procurement Professionals.

BOSTON, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Aberdeen Group and Purchasing Magazine have partnered to provide a comprehensive, Web-based research package for procurement and supply management professionals. The research is unbiased and fact-based and reflects the interests and priorities of a combined community of 240,000 members.

AberdeenAccess and Aberdeen's Supply Management Research Channel provide ongoing access to a dynamic virtual learning center allowing you to assess your company's supply management competency and define strategies for improvement using the actionable research, benchmarks, briefings, and value assessment tools.

Purchasing Magazine provides timely, buyer-oriented data that can be used as economic indicators, a basis for forecasts, and a point of comparison for performance. The bundle includes topics:

    * "Energy Flash Report" -- Quarterly pricing trends/forecasts in oil,
      natural gas, electricity ...
    * "Transaction Prices Forecast" -- Quarterly transaction price forecasts
      for 100+ industrial commodities
    * "Price Index Package" -- Commodity price inflation/deflation via raw
      materials category
    * "Business Activity, Forward Demand, and Price Trend Indexes" --
      early-warning economic statistics
    * "Product Leadtimes" -- Average delivery times for 150+ industrial
      commodities

"This bundle is truly unique. There is no other single source that provides comparable breadth and depth of research," says Vance Checketts, Channel Director for Aberdeen. Anne Millen Porter, Business and Product Development Manager for Purchasing states, "From the tactical buyer in a small organization to the CPO at a large multinational enterprise, this bundle has real appeal." Jamie Bedard, Chief Executive Officer at Aberdeen adds, "We are pleased to partner with Purchasing Magazine to offer this focused research bundle. It is one example of how we are both driving the industry and the procurement function to new heights and new efficiencies."

For a limited time the research bundle will be offered with complimentary registrations to the second Annual CPO's Summit in Boston, November 16-17, 2006. See the following site for details on this event.

http://www.aberdeen.com/events/live/cpo06/

    To order the bundle or for more information call 617-723-7890.

    About Purchasing Magazine

Purchasing -- the magazine for chief procurement officers and supply chain executives -- is read regularly by over 90,000 professionals working in manufacturing, process, and services companies.

About Aberdeen Group, Inc.

Aberdeen provides fact-based research and insights focused on the global, technology-driven value chain. Aberdeen's benchmarking, market and solution assessments, sales acceleration programs, and conferences support Global 5000 value chain and technology executives--and the solution providers who serve them. For more information, visit http://www.aberdeen.com or call 617-723-7890.

    Contacts:
    Anne Millen Porter, Purchasing Magazine
    781.734.8202, anne.millenporter@reedbusiness.com
    Vance Checketts, Aberdeen Group
    617.854.5222, vance.checketts@aberdeen.com

Source: Aberdeen Group, Inc.

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