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THE GREAT SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTION CONTINUES IN 2023, WARNS PROFESSIONAL BODY FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Unprecedented disruptions and volatility in recent years have stretched supply chains to breaking point. In 2023, we can expect the “Great Supply Chain Disruption” to continue to challenge industries around the world, according to SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management in Southern Africa. War, raw materials shortages, rising energy costs and extreme weather conditions […]

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INDABA PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON FRAUD, WHISTLEBLOWERS AND THE POLITICAL PRESSURE ON PROCUREMENT AND SUPPLY CHAIN PRACTIONERS

Irregular expenditure in national and provincial government departments and State-Owned Enterprises is costing South Africa billions of rands every year. Political interference in public sector procurement was one of the compelling topics on the agenda at the 16th annual Smart Procurement World Indaba. Thandy Pino, who is the founder and CEO of Ntakha Consulting and former […]

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SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS LOVE THEIR JOBS AND THEIR EARNING POTENTIAL IS ON THE RISE, SURVEY FINDS

People working in supply chain management love their jobs and their earning potential is up. However, employers are placing more emphasis on professional development in the supply chain profession, which has been in the public eye more than ever since the pandemic and other recent disruptions.  These are some of the findings of the 2022 Supply […]

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The emerging markets e-commerce opportunity

Author: Mike Bhaskaran, Group COO of Digital Technology at DP World Online retail has boomed in the last two years, triggered by the pandemic which drove consumers to buy their goods on the internet. While this presented a major challenge for bricks-and-mortar retailers, it created a lucrative opportunity for online vendors and e-commerce platforms. Meta […]

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THINK GLOBAL AND ACT LOCAL TO REMEDY PROCUREMENT MYOPIA AND ENSURE BUSINESS SUCCESS AND RESILIENCE, EXPERTS ADVISE

Procurement myopia can be a death sentence for an organisation. This has never been more true than in today’s fragile, post-pandemic and disruption fraught business environment, where economies are still reeling, and business resilience and innovation are more important than ever. “Glocalisation” is a remedy for procurement myopia, according to Dr. Jones Mathew, who is […]

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MORE SUPPORT AND CAREER PATHING NEEDED FOR WOMEN IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

A lack of career opportunities is the main reason that women leave the supply chain profession, according to respondents in the recently published seventh annual Gartner / AWESOME Women in Supply Chain research survey. MJ Schoemaker, president of SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management in Southern Africa, notes that while supply chain management has […]

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The role of railways in empowering AfCFTA’s success

Trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) commenced in January 2021, creating a huge single market of 54 African states – all but Eritrea – of almost 1.4 billion people. It’s a game changer for Africa with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) estimating (1) that AfCFTA has the potential both to boost intra-African […]

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