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The Virtual Event for Supply Chain Professionals - 2020 Refocussed

The Virtual Event for Supply Chain Professionals - 2020 Refocussed

When: Tuesday, 23 June 2020
09:00 - 17:00 (SAST, GMT +2)
Where: Online Zoom Conference
South Africa
Contact: SAPICS
+27 (0)11 023 6701

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The Virtual Event for Supply Chain Professionals - 2020 REFOCUSsED


Individual Registration Fees

SAPICS Member fees:  R 450 or US$25

Non-Member fees: R 900 or US$50

SAPICS Student Members: Free of charge

Full time Students (non-members) R 200 or US$11

All prices are quoted exclusive of South African VAT which is charged at 15%


About the event

We all know that June would not be the same without the SAPICS Annual Conference and Exhibition - the leading event in Africa for supply chain professionals.


Sadly we can't all be together this June due to COVID-19 but physical distancing should not stop us connecting and learning.  


On the 23rd of June SAPICS will be bringing you a full day series of exceptional presentations and discussions designed especially to help us all refocus on 2020 and our supply chains.  This will be a taste of what’s to come in the programme for SAPICS 2020 which is being held from 22nd – 25th November 2020. (2020 SAPICS Annual Conference & Exhibition)


With speakers from Sydney to Seattle, exceptional content from Africa and the traditional warm SAPICS welcome we sincerely hope you will join us.


The platform we will be using to host this virtual event is Zoom.




Click here to view the exciting programme


Confirmed Speakers

Notation: listed alphabetically by surname

Dr. JOHN Gattorna is Executive Chairman of Gattorna Alignment, Australia
The Supply Chain World beyond Covid-19

The Covid-19 virus crisis has had the effect of accelerating change, thereby moving desired changes forward by at least 10 years! Changes we were grappling with before, but undecided about, are now mandatory as we design our enterprise supply chains for the post-Covid era. What we have also learned, is that if supply chains stop, our entire lifestyle is threatened. That’s how pervasive they are. Now we must set out to embed resilience ( balance against risk) in our enterprise supply chains, sufficient to withstand business-as-usual type volatility [+-50 percent variation in demand/supply], whilst being prepared for the large one-off unexpected disruption [+-100 percent variation in demand/supply] if/when it comes. We have to move into the next decade with a dual mindset, managing a parallel universe of supply chain configurations to ensure we are one of the survivors in our industry.

Gary Benatar, ReLog South Africa and Peter Njonjo, Twiga Kenya
The Twiga Story – a story of African ingenuity

Twiga has revolutionised food supply to the informal, independent and small traders in Kenya.  Founded in 2014, Twiga Foods leverages on its technology to aggregate the requirements of the informal retailers through its m-commerce platform and to efficiently source produce directly from farmers and food manufacturers. By doing so, Twiga has created a more transparent and efficient supply chain, delivering the product directly to the retailers and reducing post-harvest losses on fresh produce.  The supply chain is integrated with agents procuring products from substance and commercial farmers, from other suppliers using technology to assist with payments and then then co-ordinating full supply through their distribution centres and depots with deliveries to the informal trades on the side of the road. Everything is live, GEO linked and using technologies such as QR-codes, RFID and NFC for real time accurate information and control with full block chain supply chain tracking and management.  Join Gary and Peter as they whet your appetite for their presentation at SAPICS 2020 in November and share the learnings and challenges of this exciting project as well as the opportunities and applications in South Africa.


Is your Supply Chain ready to Pivot for the Next Big Challenge?

Precis coming soon! 

Sheri Hinish, SupplyChainQueen® and Deborah Dull, GE Digital, USA

The Human Side of Supply Chain: Still Critical in Industry 4.0

In this digital age, we all begin to use the technologies made possible by Industry 4.0. We are using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and smart contracts. And yet, supply chains are still run by people. These people use human intelligence, human learning, and human-driven contracts. The humans that operate global supply chains are younger and older, dynamic and static, lighter and darker, and a range of years in the workplace. This session explores connections among supply chain professionals who think, act, and challenge a little differently than those around them – and the financial and performance benefits that a diverse workforce brings to an organization. 

Keri Leicher, Exx Africa
Supply Chain Disruption in 2020 in Africa

The onset of COVID-19 in Africa is expected to tip the continent into recession for the first time in 25 years. This impact will be hardest felt through trade, due to a rare mix of global shocks in both demand and supply as a result of the virus. Join EXX Africa as we explore how this pandemic has affected African trade in commodities and manufacturing this year in addition to other political and security risks, such as elections and conflict, which continue to impact the sector. Case studies will be provided.

Azuka Okeke, Regional Director, Africa Resource Centre, Nigeria
Covid-19 –Impacts on Healthcare Supply Chains in Africa

As the world continues to battle the global pandemic that has disrupted supply chains on every level we must not lose sight of the fact there are countless opportunities to learn from this and from each other. How far have we come with development from where we were to where we are now? How integrated is our response to this pandemic in Africa? With particular focus on Nigeria, Azuka will share insights gleaned from the work that she and the ARC team are doing in a variety of countries in Africa to combat the disruption on healthcare supply chains.

Herbert Pechek, Chief Supply Chain Management Service, United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), Kenya
Transforming United Nations Peacekeeping Operations into a Horizontal Supply Chain

United Nations peacekeeping has evolved and has been transformed over the past decades into a complex and multidimensional operation with countless strands, activities, and functions. Each one of those is complex and is supported by a network of resources and driven by intricate requirements. This often seemingly chaotic cluster of tasks was assessed, analysed, and moulded into a new framework aligned to standardized supply chain processes and practices over the past few years. Herbert Pechek was the main architect of this transformation for the UN operations in Somalia and was instrumental for the global efforts to transform peacekeeping into a modern, horizontal, and integrated supply chain.  Herbert was voted the Best Speaker at SAPICS 2019 and is delighted to share his story of supply chain transformation particularly at this time of disruption.

Cobus Rossouw CSCP, Group Chief Digital Officer at Imperial, South Africa
Disruptive Digitisation in the Supply Chain (for Dummies)

There is little doubt that digitalisation will fundamentally change supply chain management. But how do we distinguish between hot air and pragmatic opportunities? How many new inventions are merely fancy new terminology invented to inflate the valuations of technology providers and start-ups? How do we identify where to invest our money and efforts to ensure that we learn as we go and prepare for this new world? Lessons from the real world of logistics and supply chain management.

Supporters, Sponsors and Media Partners 

SAPICS is grateful to the committed support for the SAPICS 2020 Annual Conference from the following organisations and welcomes their participation in this June Virtual Event for Supply Chain Professionals:

 Sponsors Media Partners
 Argon SCE  Blue Yonder  BizClik Media
 Argon SCS  Netstar  Creamer Media
 Blue Yonder    Retail Brief Africa
 Cradle Technology Services    SA Media & Digital Holdings
 Eazi Access    Supply Network Africa
 Industrial Logistic Systems (ILS)    Trader’s Friend
 Kent Outsourcing Services & DDAfrica    
 Operation Smile    
 OPSI Systems    
 University of Pretoria    



Event Terms and Conditions:

  1. Registration fees are non-refundable, however substitutes may be made by written advice.
  2. SAPICS and the host company reserve the right of admission. 
  3. Neither the Company, The Client nor any other party associated with the Event (nor any of their agents and/or representatives) will, under any circumstances, be liable for any injury, loss and/or damages, suffered by the Delegate, arising directly and/or indirectly from the Event. 


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