BME - a strong Community for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics
The Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME), founded in 1954, is the professional association for supply chain managers, buyers and logisticians in Germany and Central Europe. We see ourselves as a service for our members who belong to all industrial and service sectors, including distributive trade, banking, insurance and public institutions. Our aspiration includes the know-how transfer in the fields of supply chain management, procurement 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 global developments.
Said in figures:
The BME looks back on a 60-year-old history in which its member number has grown to 9,500 individual and corporate members (31.12.2016) - from small businesses to large enterprises. In 2010, the purchasing volume of our members summarized to 1.25 trillion euros, representing around the half of the German gross domestic product (GDP).
38 regions create a network and organize annually about 400 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, around 900 events in Germany and abroad are established by the BME and its subcompanies. The range goes from certified courses, seminars and management forums to large conferences. Every year, wide more than 2,000 buyers, supply chain managers and logisticians are meeting in Berlin for the largest buyers' congress in Europe – the BME-Symposium.