Supply Chain Management Purchasing

Supply Chain Management is a term that we have all become familiar with, but really,
whose job is it? Is this the job of someone appointed as a Supply Chain Manager? Or
do all in the management team have a need to understand the elements of Supply
Chain Management?

The newly launched supply chain and logistics programme, offered by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and IMPERIAL Logistics, is aimed at elevating the visibility of supply chain management in Africa and changing the image of this sector by increasing its appeal as a promising field of employment.

With the ever-changing business landscape, exponential technological growth and globalisation, traditional logistics and supply chain management systems and processes are outdated.

What is the difference between supply chain management and operations
management? Both encompass the activities relating to the provision of a service or
manufacturing of a product, however there are distinct differences between the two

Skills shortages continue to bedevil the logistics and supply chain industry, with
practitioners reporting shortages of up to 64% in positions that require a bachelor’s
degree. Investment in this sector is would be a vital contributor to a profitable bottom

There are still challenges facing the development of the Logistics and Supply
Chain Management sector across Africa, in terms of a lack of foreign
investment. Despite these issues the local outlook is encouraging.

The process of negotiation contains key elements irrespective of the industry
or sector. Frank Susini talks about the basic skills that every good negotiator
must have to be effective.

External motivation is a key element in closing the skills gaps of various
industries in South Africa. Having the most skilled and experienced employees
will positively impact on the bottom line of any business.

A new training institute aims to partner with industry to improve the general
calibre of professionals who are pursuing careers in logistics and supply chain
and related disciplines.

Research shows that while operational ability is not in short supply, management
skills within the supply chain sector are sorely lacking. For this reason a new Bachelor
of Commerce (BCom) degree in Marketing and Management Science is being offered
by the IMM Graduate School of Marketing.

CIPS received a stamp of approval by the South African Qualifications Authority after being labelled as the professional body for supply chain management professionals in public sector procurement by the South African National Treasury.

Supply chain management concerns itself with recognising, acknowledging and managing key business linkages and relationships. To achieve this, collaboration is the order of the day. But while collaboration is an admirable business objective, it can prove difficult to attain.

Given the rapidly changing business environment facing all industries, the role of the procurement function and specifically the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) will need to adapt and change. Will you be ready for the future?

What business strategy is all about is, in a word, competitive advantage.

New certification for logistics, transport, and distribution sector launched at SAPICS conference.