INFORMAL ECONOMY HAS THE POWER TO TRANSFORM AFRICA

    If your response to vendors plying their trade on South African streets is one of pity and despair, you need a lesson on the power of Africa’s informal economy, according to author, entrepreneur and informal business guru GG Alcock.   Alcock says that the informal business sector is the next great frontier of Africa and it is undergoing an economic revolution. “This is a new world of small people doing big things and transforming the continent,” he asserts. “Not only are these outlets and traders paying VAT on…

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AFRICA’S BIGGEST EVER ONLINE EVENT FOR THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND PROCUREMENT PROFESSION

AFRICA’S BIGGEST EVER ONLINE EVENT FOR THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND PROCUREMENT PROFESSION

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THE POWER OF SUPPLY CHAINS AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

With the Covid-19 crisis having highlighted the interdependence and fragility of global supply chains, the circular economy offers a far-reaching solution to improving supply chain resilience. Supply chain integration is also critical for the success of any organisation’s circular business model, according to internationally acclaimed supply chain specialist Deborah Dull. United States based Dull is a member of the SAPICS supply chain community and one of the international subject matter experts working with SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, on its Covid-19 support programme for Southern African supply…

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SA SUPPLY CHAINS GEAR UP FOR LEVEL 4 AND DEMAND FOR WINTER GOODS

As South Africa enters the second phase of the country’s Covid-19 lockdown – Level 4, which includes some easing of the initial restrictions on business and movement – the supply chain industry faces new challenges, according to SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management. These may impact the availability of winter clothing and homeware, SAPICS notes. “Businesses not supplying essential goods have had to find short-term storage solutions for their products during the lockdown. Some were able to move their products to bonded storage facilities to delay the payment…

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SAPICS POSTPONES THE LEADING EVENT IN AFRICA FOR SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS AMID COVID-19 CRISIS

The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management,In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, has announced the postponement of the 2020 SAPICS Conference, Africa’s leading knowledge sharing and networking event for supply chain professionals. New dates for the conference, which was scheduled for the end of June, have been secured from 22 to 25 November 2020 at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town. “This is the first time in the annual conference’s 42-year history that a decision like this has had to…

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DEMAND DRIVEN WORLD AFRICA AT SAPICS 2020

Data from the Harvard Business Review reveals that businesses are disappearing faster than ever before, and that companies are dying younger because they are failing to adapt to the growing complexity of their environment. Today’s supply chains are more complex and volatile than ever before; despite this, however, many organisations are using material requirements planning (MRP) systems that still plan the same way that they did 50 years ago, according to Kea Mpane, president of SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management in Southern Africa. To enable African supply…

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GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN THOUGHT LEADER JOHN GATTORNA AT SAPICS 2020

One of the world’s pre-eminent supply chain thought leaders, Dr John Gattorna, will be a keynote speaker at the 2020 SAPICS Conference, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management has announced. Based in Sydney, Australia, Gattorna has helped to shape the thinking, understanding and practice of logistics and supply chain management globally for more than 40 years. His belief that the supply chain is “all about the people” has influenced many of today’s leading multi-national corporations. “We are thrilled to give SAPICS delegates the opportunity to learn from a supply…

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INTERNATIONAL ACCOLADE FOR AFRICA’S PROFESSIONAL BODY FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

The vital role being played by SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, in skills development in Africa was recognised at the recent APICS Regional Learning Partner Awards in the United States. This inaugural event was hosted by ASCM (The Association for Supply Chain Management), which represents a vast global network of supply chain professionals. “We are honoured to have been named the Outstanding Channel Partner for the Middle East and Africa (MEA),” comments SAPICS chief operating officer Jenny Froome. “The ASCM Global Channel & Alliances team recognised the…

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SAPICS INSPIRES ASPIRING YOUNG SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS

This year’s 5th annual Young Professional and Student Conference, hosted by SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, was a resounding success, the organisers report. Held recently in Johannesburg, it attracted up and coming supply chain talent from around the country. SAPICS president Kea Mpane says that several universities were invited to send students to the one-day conference, including the Universities of South Africa, Johannesburg and Pretoria, North-West University, and the Tshwane and Vaal Universities of Technology. “The energy, enthusiasm and commitment of this year’s attendees was inspiring,” Mpane…

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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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