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Some might say the move is long overdue, but that would be a judgment made absent of the knowledge of the history of both these groups individually and together. ISMA, formerly the American Supply & Machinery Manufacturers Association, is more than 100 years old.
I.D.A. was formed in the late 1980s by bringing together three long-standing regional organizations. A common characteristic and strength of these groups has always been the independent and entrepreneurial nature of the individuals and leaders who put the time and effort into making these associations function extremely well. You can argue it's the very same reason why reaching consensus on change is happening now, and not before. The time is right.
You can analyze this to death, and point to shifts in distributor/manufacturer relationships, alternate channel threats, China, the rise of buying groups, or any of a number of other reasons. The truth is probably a little of all the above.
Ten years from now, will this new organization be sitting down with the primary supply chain management association, whose members include purchasing and supply chain managers, to discuss how to create one supply chain organization, perhaps with one annual meeting where there's a forum for education, business development and transactions?