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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July hotel, food and beverage data highlight lockdown’s mounting economic costs

  The third quarter of 2020 began on 1 July and data show some sectors picking up pace after the hard lockdown to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and the second quarter’s annualised 51% contraction. But things remained bleak on the hotel accommodation and food and beverage front. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released two data sets for July on Monday 21 September that underscored the costs of lockdown to sectors that remained in effect shut down even as other parts of the economy were rebooting. “Measured in nominal terms (current…

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Managing complex supply chains with automation and innovation

The world has drastically changed for discrete manufacturing, and only now are many organisations realising that they haven’t driven sufficient innovation in their supply chains to respond to these challenges. If asked “what do you feel is the biggest threat to manufacturing organisations in 2019?”, you might suggest any of the following: The increased need for product customisations More pressure than ever to get to market faster than the competition The logistics challenge of global supply chains It’s becoming very real for a lot of manufacturers, with rising prices for…

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Clover, Milco merger puts 657 jobs on the line

JOHANNESBURG – A total of 657 existing jobs will be on the line at Clover Industries in the next two years if the R4.8 billion merger between the JSE-listed dairy company and Israel-based Milco is approved by the Competition Tribunal. These were the final figures submitted by Clover to the tribunal yesterday as the group made additional submissions in the hearing of its proposed merger with Milco. In July, the Competition Commission recommended that the proposed large merger be approved with conditions, especially those relating to employment and local procurement. Milco…

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NESTLE EMBRACES BLOCKCHAIN TO GIVE CONSUMERS SUPPLY CHAIN VISIBILITY

The world’s largest food manufacturer Nestle is investing in supply chain transparency through a collaboration with OpenSC, a blockchain platform that allows consumers to track their food back to its source. The company, also Australia’s largest food manufacturer with six factories, is the first major food and beverage company to pilot open blockchain technology. Founded by WWF-Australia and The Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures, the OpenSC platform provides access to independently verifiable sustainability and supply chain data. The pilot program will trace milk from farms in New Zealand to Nestle…

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First Cut ‘cuts’ a vibrant new profile in Mpumalanga

First Cut is developing an exciting new profile in the Lowveld at Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit). Their presence builds on the foundation of an existing company, Bremsaw, which is a well-known local saw doctor business, explains Director of First Cut, Gary Willis. Dave and Anna Bremner owned the company for some 20 years. While the company had been a customer of First Cut for many years buying various sawing-related products, a change came about when Dave and Anna decided to sell their business. Willis has had a long and successful relationship…

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