HEALTHCARE LESSONS FROM NIGERIA FOR SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS

A supply chain membership platform for the private sector in Nigeria has strengthened private sector spending for public health. Azuka Okeke, who pioneered the project, will be sharing her experiences and insights at the upcoming SAPICS Spring Conference in Johannesburg. This event is hosted by SAPICS – The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management. “Okeke oversees supply chain transformation projects in several African countries, with a key focus on Nigeria.  She is an expert in engaging governments and is currently serving as a thought partner and advisor to national ministries…

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Clear visibility into supply chain complexity

In January 2019, the MSC Zoe lost more than 375 cargo containers in the North Sea, some of which contained organic peroxides, hazardous materials with explosive capability. The cost of locating and retrieving the cargo, some of which had sunk to the depths of the ocean, was born by MSC. The hunt was costly and time-consuming. In February 2019, the Safety and Shipping Reviewreleased its 2019 report that revealed the cost of the around 230,000 insurance industry claims over the past five years had almost reached $10 billion. The international shipping…

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Kenya to use blockchain to boost food security

  NAIROBI – Kenya plans to use block chain technology to boost food security, a senior government official said on Thursday. Joe Mucheru, cabinet secretary in the ministry of Information Communication and Technology (ICT), told journalists in Nairobi that technology such as artificial intelligence can be used to track agricultural produce from end-to-end from seeds to marketplace.  “We will also be introducing a citizen service to track the origin of food products and report unsafe food products,” Mucheru said when he received a report from the distributed ledgers technology and…

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CIRCULAR ECONOMY IS SAVING THE PLANET AND BOOSTING PROFITS

Shoes made from ocean plastics, packaging material made from mushrooms and a green partnership between Ford and Heinz to build car parts from tomato fibre are examples of the circular economy in action.   In a traditional linear economy, materials flow in a line; they are taken from the earth, made into an item in an affordable way, and waste goes into landfills when we are finished using the product. Circular economy has been inaccurately referred to as “recycling on steroids”. It was shown to be much more in an…

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UNCERTAINTY IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY, BUSINESS AND SUPPLY CHAINS

While South Africa’s power crisis is reportedly costing the country up to R80 billion a month, it is not load shedding itself that is currently the biggest threat to the economy. According to Dr Robert Besseling, executive director of risk consultancy EXX Africa, the main business and supply chain disruption in South Africa today is uncertainty – around the power blackouts, as well as industrial action and key pieces of legislation. “When will load shedding end? The real disruption is not actually switching off the power, but the nebulous information…

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SAPICS AND ASCM AIM TO IMPROVE AFRICA’S PUBLIC HEALTH SUPPLY CHAINS

SAPICS AND ASCM AIM TO IMPROVE AFRICA’S PUBLIC HEALTH SUPPLY CHAINS

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FIGHTING THE SUPPLY CHAIN SKILLS CRISIS

Reflecting its commitment to tackling the supply chain skills crisis head on, SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, recently hosted the 11th annual Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards. This event recognises individuals, organisations and educators who are going the extra mile to advance and develop the supply chain and operations management profession. In his 2019 State of the Nation address, President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the importance of effective supply chain management in Government’s service delivery objectives. “In improving the capabilities of public servants, the National School of…

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How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its filthy act

Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a lot looser. Big changes start next January, though, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime Organisation mandate steep cuts of sulfur emissions associated with respiratory disease and acid rain. Much tougher rules are supposed to take effect in 2050, when the IMO will require ships also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least half. By itself, next…

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World’s first all-inclusive Supply Chain Compendium to be officially launched in Ghana

Africa’s first ever appointed professor extraordinaire for supply and value chain management, Prof. Douglas Boateng, is set to launch the world’s most-sought-after Supply Chain Management (SCM) compendium on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at Labadi Beach Hotel. The Second Edition of the book titled “Executive Insight Series: Compendium of Supply Chain Management Terms” contains thousands of definitions to help the public and private sector officials understand and apply aspects of the supply chain management thinking to their respective value chains, support industrialisation and competitiveness, and improve service delivery quality. Commenting ahead…

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