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The evolving world of Supply Chain – Classic FM Interview

Following the highly successful SAPICS 2017 Business Unusual conference, David Crewe-Brown, previously Planning Manager: Africa, ABInBev (previously SAB Miller), Karl Thorington Supply Chain Director at McCain Foods SA and Paul Dickson, Business Development Executive: Managed Services, Resolve Solution Partners, were in studio at Classic FM, to talk about the evolving world of Supply Chain, discussing […]


Supply chain training to boost state healthcare delivery

06 April 2017 – Johannesburg, South Africa: State health departments could soon improve their service delivery, as global healthcare supply chain leaders DSV partner with integrated healthcare experts Sanofi to roll out training workshops for South Africa’s state-run medicine depots.


Food, beverage supply chain under focus at SAPICS 2017 conference

06 April 2017 – Johannesburg, South Africa: Food production is the world’s largest manufacturing sector, and in Africa it is second only to the oil and gas industry – based on the combined revenue of the 111 largest African agro-food companies. Potential for further growth is substantial, but it relies on efficient and innovative supply 


Can international certifications stimulate local success?

By: Mungo Park, President of SAPICS – representing the SA supply chain community Developed countries are usually the source of globally recognised certifications, yet local industry professionals face challenges typically unique to South Africa. Are these programmes designed for their own advanced economies? Or can they address conditions outside their borders?


Lost at Sea

By APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE The title of this week’s Supply Chain Management Now isn’t from a new Hollywood thriller; this situation is real, and it’s serious. One of the world’s biggest shipping companies, South Korea-based Hanjin Shipping, filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, leaving as much as $14 billion worth of […]


A different set of professional qualifications is needed in response to the changes in the global marketplace. The traditional MBA is challenged by the need for more practical oversight and management of a variety of business areas.



The 38th Annual SAPICS Conference and Exhibition for supply chain professionals coincided with the 50th anniversary of the organisation. “It is remarkable to reflect on how supply chain management has evolved,” said Mungo Park, new president of SAPICS, during his opening speech. “In its early days only a few knew about supply chain and logistics, […]


Even though new levies and rising tariffs peck at what little fat remains of business resources, cost-cutting options related to energy use are far from exhausted. Producing energy efficient buildings and operations, and replicating the supply chain structures, holds enormous potential. Therefore, a broader look at energy use in South Africa’s manufacturing sector and related […]


Many South African manufacturers’ efforts to expand into Africa have failed. Two mistakes – according to speakers on the line-up for the 2016 SAPICS conference for supply chain professionals – are applying familiar product-focused processes, and discounting the importance of working within the existing framework of local culture. Think distribution first, manufacturing second “Focusing too […]


Supply chain failures result in empty store shelves, infrastructure in various states of breakdown, basic services and resources that are just not available when and where they’re needed, and even increased pollution levels. All these problems are preventable if the relevant supply chains are managed by skilled professionals. Supply chain management is commonly misunderstood as […]



Different to the tourism or marketing environments where digital integration has been absorbed organically, supply chain and manufacturing professionals have been sluggish to phase out what is a deeply entrenched traditional mentality. Thinking must change Prominent supply chain analyst and founder of Supply Chain Insight, Lora Cecere, believes that supply chain professionals have defined their […]


The supply chain management community of South Africa wants to highlight another critical error made in shifting the blame of the Nkandla scandal to supply chain mechanisms: the correct terminology to use would have been public procurement mechanisms. The term supply chain describes far more than just procurement. This very specialised profession encompasses all activities […]


A broader look at energy use in South Africa’s manufacturing sector and related supply chains – which saps a quarter of global energy annually – could lift businesses away from fiscal watershed. Even though new levies and rising tariffs peck at what little fat remains of business resources, cost-cutting options related to energy use are […]