1. Recent Articles

    1. Weigh up the pros and cons of moving to the cloud

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Apr 16 2014)

      Weigh up the pros and cons of moving to the cloud

      The declining cost of hosting technology applications in the cloud means this is one avenue for corporations to drive efficiency and add value. The business case for CPOs and CIOs is strong, but due to uncertainty and its nascency, it’s only recently that many companies have begun to engage with these services. There are some benefits of this: • Addressing shifting needs. An abundance of data is available in today’s connected world.

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    2. Is a new nuclear programme for SA affordable?

      Explore Polity.org.za (Apr 15 2014)

      Is a new nuclear programme for SA affordable?

      South Africa may have difficulty in financing new nuclear power plants (NPPs), an Academy of Science of South Africa symposium in Pretoria has been warned. The concern was expressed by University of Cape Town Energy Research Centre director Professor Harald Winkler.

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      Comment Mentions:   Russia   South Korea   Japan

    3. EU Calls For Cutting Red Tape in Supply Chain

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Apr 15 2014)

      At the 6th European Logistics Summit in Brussels last month, Charlie Dobbie, Executive Vice President for Global Network Operations at DHL Express presented European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potocnik with key recommendations to ensure comparable, simple and valuable environmental and carbon reporting for the logistics sector. Speaking on behalf of the Alliance for European Logistics (AEL), Dobbie called for the promotion of a consistent global standard for carbon calculation and reporting in the transport of goods, ensuring Europe’s approach is fully aligned within existing international frameworks


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      Comment Mentions:   SAP   Brussels

    4. ‘Not impossible’ for retailers to source responsibly

      Explore Home - Supply Business (Apr 15 2014)

      Retailers should put their own checks in place when sourcing from other countries and not blame governments for a lack of regulation, says Tesco’s group director of ethical trading.

      According to Giles Bolton: “It is not impossible if you are a responsible retailer - regardless to what else is going on in the industry - to make sure you are sourcing responsibly.”

      He added companies should not blame governments for not doing enough in terms of regulation. “If you want to trade from that country the responsible thing to do is to make sure that you have your own systems in ...

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      Comment Mentions:   London   Tesco   Ghana

    5. Transnet applies for electricity licence

      Explore BDlive (Apr 15 2014)

      Transnet applies for electricity licence

      State logistics group Transnet has applied for a licence to generate electricity, and plans to regenerate 38MW by 2017, mostly using the technology of its new locomotives.

      Transnet, a member of the Energy Intensive Users Group, will need as much as 66% more energy than its present consumption to implement its R300bn port, rail and pipeline expansion plans.

      Eskom is struggling to meet growing electricity demand and it is urging its major customers to cut consumption. Transnet Freight Rail applied to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for a power-producer licence in November 2012.

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      Comment Mentions:   South Africa   Transnet   Eskom

    6. Energy Minister opens way for coal, cogen IPPs, extends renewables allocation

      Explore MiningWeekly.com (Apr 14 2014)

      Energy Minister opens way for coal, cogen IPPs, extends renewables allocation

      Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins confirmed on Monday that the long awaited cogeneration and coal independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes would be initiated in April and May respectively. In addition, in something of a surprise move, the Minister announced that further renewable-energy projects would be added to the list of 17 preferred projects selected in November, following the third bid window under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

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      Comment Mentions:   South Africa   Eskom

    7. R12.45bn Mzimvubu water project launched

      Explore Polity.org.za (Apr 14 2014)

      R12.45bn Mzimvubu water project launched

      President Jacob Zuma on Friday launched the more than R12.45-billion Mzimvubu water project, which would include the building of the Ntabelanga and Laleni dams, in the Eastern Cape.

      The Ntabelanga dam, which would store about 490-million cubic meters of water, would be used for domestic and agricultural water supply requirements, while the Laleni dam would be used for hydropower generation.

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      Comment Mentions:   South Africa   Jacob Zuma

    8. Supplier Development Fund helps small farmers

      Explore iol.co.za (Apr 14 2014)

      Since its inception in 2011, the Supplier Development Fund, an investment worth R242 million towards developing Massmart’s South African-based small suppliers, has deployed funding to 183 black-owned group suppliers.

      The supplier fund, set up as a condition for Walmart’s purchase of a majority stake in Massmart, focuses on areas such as farming, manufacturing and services.  Cucumber and pepper farmer Kobela Mokgohloa runs the Korema Farm in Winterveld, outside Pretoria. Mokgohloa, who is part of the supplier development fund, said the programme had helped him secure a market for his crops


      Since its inception in 2011, the Supplier Development ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Walmart   Pretoria

  2. Recent Articles for Social Media in Supply

    1. What has WhatsApp's sale told us about stakeholders?

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Mar 10 2014)

      What has WhatsApp's sale told us about stakeholders?

      Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for a reported $19 billion (£11.3 billion) shows how procurement can get involved in high-risk high value projects, such as IT systems and major capital expenditure. Here are three points to inform your thinking: • Cost, price and value. The acquisition price of $19 billion has very little to do with cost because WhatsApp employs about 55 people and charges 69p in the UK for an annual service – it’s free for the first year.

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    2. Established Companies, Get Ready for the Collaborative Economy

      Explore HBR Blog Network (Mar 4 2014)

      Established Companies, Get Ready for the Collaborative Economy

      As more and more startups like Airbnb, Etsy and Kickstarter crowd into the space of the collaborative economy, big brands are starting to get in on the action, too.  Staples sells products developed on Quirky; Avis has acquired Zipcar; Walgreens has partnered with TaskRabbit for delivery.

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      Comment Mentions:   Canada

    3. What Are The Benefits Of Using A Supplier Portal?

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Feb 24 2014)

      One of Procurement Leaders’ members is keen to learn more about supplier portals from the community and the scenario he posited gave insight into what can be a tricky area for functions.

       He posed a question asking for advice from members about whether they are using a supplier portal and if so, whether it was custom built. He also wanted to know the best version of xml to use, and any advice about the Global Upstream Supplier Initiative (GUSI).

       Whether the short term pain of introducing a specific new technology is outweighed in the longer term by cost and process ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Oracle

    4. Supplier Relationships take you to the top

      Explore MarketSqr Blog (Jan 29 2014)

      Supplier Relationships take you to the top

      We all want to be at the top of our industry. To achieve that we are today just as dependent on exceptional supplier relationships as we were fifteen years ago.  It as become a lot easier yet still only a few organisations get this right.  Consider the example of how Honda and Toyota started dominating the US auto market in the nineties.  Applying these principles are just as valid now but more achievable through the communication habits and tools at our disposal today.

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      Comment Mentions:   Toyota   Honda   Ford

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