NOSCAR award: The ‘heroes of safety’ win again!

DEKRA Industrial SA’s formidable reputation as the leader in non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspections has received further endorsement, with the recent win of a NOSCAR Safety Award. This is acknowledged as a very prestigious accolade and confirmation of excellence in the field of occupational health, safety, environment and risk management — bringing DEKRA Industrial closer to its avowed Vision 2025: to be ‘the global partner for a safe world’. Already in possession of a NOSA 5-star safety grading and declared regional winners of the NOSCAR safety award in 2018, DEKRA Industrial…

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TACKLING THE SCOURGE OF MODERN SLAVERY IN SUPPLY CHAINS

No matter which part of the world you live in or what industry you work in, modern slavery is closer to you, your business and your country than you may think, according to Rachel Wu, managing director: Asia at Axis Group International. Wu recently shared her insights and experiences on modern slavery in supply chains in a webinar hosted by SAPICS (The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management).  Her compelling presentation on the role that supply chain professionals must play in fighting modern slavery is also on the programme for…

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Fico survey reveals that financial services firms are severely lagging in online consumer services

VVast majority of traditional banks and fintechs are either far behind their transformation goals, or missing them outright   HIGHLIGHTS:  FICO and Arizent release new report entitled Clear and Present Danger: The Threat of Digital Disruption in Financial Services and What Banks Can Do to Vanquish It.   Only three percent of bank executives are extremely confident their insitution has taken all the necessary measures to protect their businesses against digital disruption, while a majority (71 percent) voiced doubts around their company’s ability to respond to digital disruption.   Just…

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Making merchandising count

Pyrotec PackMedia, October 2020: In today’s highly visual retail environment, the way products are merchandised in-store has a big effect on sales.   Pyrotec PackMedia assists you to create custom merchandising solutions for marketing and selling your products.         Busy s  hoppers appreciate efforts to reduce their shopping time. Placing complementary products together in one aisle helps to decrease the time spent in the store. This also increases sales by promoting the purchase of both products.   Additionally, products that are well-packaged and visible on retail shelves…

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City planning is a critical lever to address urban food insecurity

While food insecurity in South Africa is commonly framed as a rural problem, food insecurity is increasingly concentrated in urban areas. Food system activities – including production, processing, retail and waste – take place within cities. However, neither food insecurity nor the food system have been given enough recognition or thought in the ways cities are designed. These are the central arguments of ‘Food Sensitive Planning and Urban Design – A Blueprint for a Future South African City?’, a new working paper published by the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security.…

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Put best foot forward in local sneakers to power economy

When last did you rock an SA-produced footwear? If your answer is never, then think twice and get yourself a pair to start supporting local businesses. It is astonishing to see the popularity of SA sneaker brands being recognised locally. SA designers are boasting with pride their distinctive brands that are confidently making their dominance felt in the local fashion market. Sneakers such as Bathu, Spelete and Drip have become popular household brands in SA. The design and fashion invested in the sneakers resonate well with the target markets across…

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