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COVID-19 Supply Chain Management Toolkit
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As the professional body for supply chain management SAPICS’ mandate is to not only to develop and build skills capacity in the profession but to provide support and guidance where it can. As supply chain professionals we are all in totally unchartered waters. We need to do all that we can to work together to ensure supply chains continue working and providing the products – whatever they are -  to the people who need them.

SAPICS is working alongside and has the support of a vast array of industry professionals, subject matter experts and international education organisations.  SAPICS is able to bring you a variety of resources to try to help you with necessary information and support.


Join our LinkedIn group - SAPICS COVID-19 Collaboration Platform

Amidst the Corona virus pandemic it is our responsibility as Supply Chain Professionals to contribute towards stabilising the catastrophic effects that it is having on South African supply chains. Collaboration is critical! We, as a community need to work together for the greater good for all. The group is intended to provide a platform for engagement for all SAPICS supply chain professionals. Share your Ideas, solutions and challenges.

Join our LinkedIn group now: Click here


Community Connect


Week 1 topic of discussion:  How are you as a supply chain professional managing during COVID-19?

16 April 2020 15:00 - 16:00 (GMT+2)

Week 2 topic of discussion: This weeks community connect session will follow on from our webinar with EY -

28 April 2020 16:00 -17:00 (GMT+2)

Week 3 topic of discussion: South Africa's Level 4 Lockdown and your take on the implications on Supply Chains

30 April 2020 15:30 - 16:30 (GMT+2)

Week 4 topic of discussion: What do laptops, medicines and food have in common during a global pandemic?

7 May 2020 15:00 - 16:00 (GMT+2)

Week 5 topic of discussion:  What steps are we, as supply chain professionals, going to need to ensure are in place to ensure a strong and swift recovery from COVID-19?

14 May 15:30 - 16:30 (GMT+2)

Week 6 topic of discussion: What skills will be required for the Supply Chains of the future?

21 May 15:00 - 16:00 (GMT+2)

Week 7 topic of discussion: How Covid-19 is disrupting supply chains through spiralling logistics costs

28 May 2020 15:00 - 16:00 (GMT+2)

Week 8 topic of discussion: Professionalisation of a profession that's not recognised

4 June 2020 15:00 - 16:00 SAST, GMT+2


 SAPICS Learning Community Connect


BB Op Ex Solutions

Are you self-studying the APICS CPIM?  Would you like some help but don’t know who to ask?  Would you like to meet others who are also self-studying?

If you answered yes to any of the above then Lerato Thabede CPIM has a solution for you.

Lerato Thabede CPIM will be hosting free weekly webinars using the Zoom platform to assist self-studying individuals towards obtaining their APICS CPIM certifications.

To take advantage of this offer and get more details please send an email with your questions and areas of concern to Lerato.

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Help Line


We have established a team of local and international subject matter experts who have volunteered to provide guidance, answer questions and make suggestions to point you in the right direction for solutions to help YOU during this challenging time.

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Publications and articles


A compilation of articles and published works from industry experts covering different aspects of the supply chain.


Redesigning Supply Chains To Withstand Disruptions Like Coronavirus Crisis

COVID-19, SAPICS and Supply Chain Management

Force Majeure and contractual obligations - Norton Rose Fulbright

Supply Chain Management Has A Key Role To Play In COVID-19 Crisis

The effect of the lockdown regulations on commercial landlords and tenants

Five Steps For Supply Chain Leaders As The Pandemic Turns The World Upside Down - Lora Cecere

Supply Chain Management Support To Relieve Covid-19 Challenges

SC Risk Mitigation for Coronavirus

Six Supply Chain Related Leadership Lessons From Sir Winston Churchill We Need Today!

LEAN Institute Africa -Take your life in your hands

LEAN Institute Africa - Relentless Leadership. In a Time of Crisis

Strong Supply Chains Required For an Economic Rebound: Six Steps To Take - Lora Cecere

Supply chains need some love during the coronavirus pandemic - Brooke Masters

Recession-Proof Your Supply Chain - Bruce C. Arntzen

PtD - Building Human Resources for Supply Chain Management Theory of Change

Building a resilient Enterprise




A list of upcoming and available webinars covering topics that touch every aspect of supply chain management.




 SAPICS FREE Webinar Series


Free Webinar with Carol Ptak -  Where Do Supply Chains Go From Here? Conclusions for Post COVID-19 Supply Chains - 2 June 2020

Free Webinar with Clem Sunter - The history of scenario planning and why it is such an essential management tool in these uncertain times - 5 June 2020

Free Webinar with Douglas Kent - Supply Chain: The New Normal - 11 June 2020

Free Webinar with Ken Titmuss - Precisely Wrong - 17 June 2020

Getting Started with a Circular Supply Chains Free Webinar with Deborah Dull - 30 June 2020


 SAPICS Workshop Series


Improving Operational Productivity in Warehouses Online Workshop with Martin Bailey - 4 June 2020


 Other Webinars


Supply Chain Now Radio - Trivia Quiz with SAPICS - 3 June 2020

Demand Driven Technologies: How Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) Optimized Its Supply Chain with Demand Driven MRP webinar with Barry Anderson - 10 June 2020

ASCM:  Supply Chain Technology Future for Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Data - 18 June 2020

Supply Chain Bunker Weekly Webinar Series


To view the SAPICS webinar recordings click here



How to maximize SAP MRP in these critical times.

Supply Chain Insights with Lora Cecere

Supply Chain Revolution

Bicara Supply Chain

What You Don’t Know About Your Supply Chain Can (and Will) Hurt You with Grey Schlegel

Supply Chain Now Radio


Online Learning


A variety of learning tools that are accessible online which will enable you to learn and develop your knowledge and skills during the lockdown period.


Free online workshops / courses 

ASCM PoD training module (Basics of Distribution and Logistics) - FREE

CLX: 'Become A Global Logistics Manager'- FREE ONLINE COURSE

Workshops and courses

Certified Supply Chain Analyst (CSCA) Online Workshop

30 June - 2 July 2020

SAPICS member price : R 11 000.00

Non-member price: R 12 500.00

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Basics of Stores and Stock Control

SAPICS' Authorised Education Partner, Education in Industry (EII) is now offering the BSSC online.

Starting 23 June 2020 to 6 August 2020

6 weeks of learning and support online!

It is vital that the people in your store can tell you what you have in it, how much you have and where it is – otherwise you might just as well not have it!

Exceptional Value.

Ready Player X (RPX)

Restricted to home for weeks? Join the ultimate Value Chain experience!  Ready Player X (RPX). Expand your network and improve your end-to-end ValueChain understanding by joining this  2-week online experiential learning with the world’s #1 Value Chain simulated strategy game TheFreshConnection -  All you need is an internet-connected laptop/tablet!

DDI (Demand Driven Institute)

DDI are offering deeply discounted packaged Self Study Bundles (Webinar Based, On-Line Learning and Professional Certification) Demand Driven Planner Professional ( DDPP)  and Demand Driven Leader Professional (DDLP) contact Ken Titmuss - or Liezl Smith for more information on how to access these packages.

Once in a lifetime opportunity....85% off bizzco short courses

Take advantage of the R200 special for various courses

Contact them for further details:  Contact number: 010-0010283 Email: OR




Apple - COVID-19 Screening Tool

Johns Hopkins University and Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center


Supply Chain Communities

Partner Bodies


International Association of Public Health Logisticians


Africa Resource Centre (ARC)

Lean Institute African (LIA)

Health Procurement Africa




SAPICS is proud of its network of authorised education providers who offer excellent supply chain training.

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