Supply Chain Management Purchasing

Camellott Communications now provides training for warehouse management, transport staff, chain partners and operations managers through its latest supply chain management workshop.

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.

The aim of the Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards is to encourage and acknowledge the outstanding achievement of organisations and individuals that have demonstrated significant achievement in supply chain management education.

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technological growth and globalisation, traditional logistics and supply chain management systems and processes are outdated.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
fields.

The manufacturing industry is key to a healthy economy. South Africa’s manufacturing industry faces many challenges, including a turbulent global economy, globalisation, and issues relating to labour productivity and efficiency.

Recently, research firm Gartner released a report on the importance of the Internet of Things (IoT), a buzzword that simply refers to the connectivity of physical objects, devices and products not technically considered computers.

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
line.

Inventory levels directly affect the clash flow of a business. One of the biggest
problems that companies encounter in running their business is excess on-hand
inventory.

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.

The announcement of a R1.5 billion increase in the National Student Financial
Aid Scheme to help more students study further has been welcomed by the
Supply chain management professionals? body.

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.

ROSMA (Return on Supply Management) is a new initiative that sources
performance measurement standard that helps procurement organizations
quantify their financial contributions to companies.

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.

With the aim of accelerating leadership development UNISA Graduate School of
Business Leadership appointed Douglas Boateng as the continent?s first ever Professor
Extraordinarius for Supply Chain and Value Chain Management.

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.

CIPS Africa has developed a broad-based competency evaluation system that assists in developing the procurement and supply management profession. The tool defines the competencies of a procurement practitioner and calculates competency levels.

CIPS Africa announced a number of new additions to its Strategic Advisory Board. The appointments are part of the company's one Africa professional vision which aims to promote socio-economic development.

The Open Learning Group has received provisional accreditation which is part of its Vision 2020 strategy, allowing students to gain entry at various points on the NQF learning path while enabling clients to upgrade their service by investing in an employee?s skills set through the workplace skills plan.

To help our students succeed in the labour market, we at Oxbridge Academy decided to analyse a cross-section of supply chain-related job advertisements to find out what exactly employers are looking for in a supply chain manager.

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

Limited registrations available for SAPICS regional supply chain conferences so apply now.

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