BME - a strong community
The Association Supply Chain Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME) has established itself as a professional association for buyers and supply chain managers in Germany. Founded in 1954, we see ourselves as a service for our members who join us from all industrial and service sectors, including distributive trade, banking, insurance and public institutions. Our aspiration includes the know-how transfer in the fields of materials management, purchasing and logistics. It is achieved through a continuous exchange of experience, education and training services as well as the scientific work on new methods, procedures and techniques. In addition, the BME supports its members in the development of new markets and also configures economic processes and developments.
Said in figures:
In 2014, the BME looks back on a 60-year-old history in which its member number has grown to over 9,000 individual and corporate members - from small businesses to large enterprises. In 2010, the purchasing volume of our members summarized to 1.25 trillion euros, representing a 42 percent share of their sales.
38 regions create a nationwide network and organize annually about 350 meetings like lectures or company visits. More than 30 specialized experts' panels are working on new practical concepts, which are provided to our members and the public. 4 sections combine our activities in various segments. In addition to the procurement categories. we provide an own section each for public procurement, logistics and service providers.
Since its founding, the BME has welcomed 200,000 visitors to its education and training opportunities. Year by year, some 900 nationwide events are established by the BME Academy. The range goes from certified courses, seminars and management forums to large conferences. Every year, more than 2,000 guests are meeting in Berlin for the largest buyers' congress in Europe – the BME-Symposium.