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- Bespoke supplier development event presents ‘new ideas and thinking’ | by Ahmed Patel
- CLM: Solving the challenge of visibility and access
- Thinking about TCO? Context is everything | by Dion de Gruchy
- Fleet procurement – A holistic approach
- ‘Sledgehammer approach’ not the only solution | by Dr Gerhard van Rensburg
- A community model for local content and supplier development | by Gareth Palmer
- IASTA-Bespoke partnership: Turning intelligence into wisdom | by Olwethu Bogoshi
- Towards a positive change of heart in leadership culture | by Gerhard van Rensburg
- New contributing editor for Bespoke Procurement Bulletin
- Mobile strategies for agile supply chains | by Dave Tootill
Project to double capacity of Dar es Salaam port moves a step closer with the signing of an MoU.
The aim is to increase the capacity of the port to 28 million tons by 2020, compared with the 14.6 million tons handled in 2013/14.The aim is to increase the capacity of the port to 28 million tons by 2020, compared with the 14.6 million tons handled in 2013/14. - See more at: http://www.supplymanagement.com/news/2014/project-to-double-capacity-of-dar-es-salaam-port-moves-a-step-closer#sthash.zuBKKTKN.dpufThe aim is to increase the capacity of the port to 28 million tons ...(Read Full Article)
Transnet Port Terminals CEO Karl Socikwa says the assembly of rolling stock will be beneficial for the development of the local manufacturing sector.
Speaking at the South Africa Local Content Summit for oil and gas in Cape Town on Wednesday, Transnet Port Terminals CEO Karl Socikwa said the state-owned company had a significant role to play in driving economic growth and transformation in SA.(Read Full Article)
Nestlé South Africa announced plans on Wednesday to invest a further R2-billion over the coming five years to grow its domestic manufacturing base, which would increasingly be used as a platform to supply into fast-growing sub-Saharan African markets.
The Swiss food and beverage group, which first entered South Africa in 1916, recently emerged from a R3.5-billion domestic investment programme and the new project pipeline would be focused on areas such as coffee and infant-nutrition products.(Read Full Article)
More than 80 per cent of chief executives in Africa say bribery and corruption is a threat to growth, according to PwC’s Africa Business Agenda 2014. It also found that almost a fifth of CEOs are tackling fraud by developing supply chain management plans.
say bribery and corruption is a threat to growth, according to a survey.
PwC’s Africa Business Agenda 2014 also found that almost a fifth of CEOs are tackling fraud by developing supply chain management plans.- See more at: http://www.supplymanagement.com/news/2014/corruption-a-threat-for-eight-in-10-african-bosses#sthash.jABD6bRC.dpuf
say bribery and corruption is a ...
Commission finds no evidence of anticompetitive conduct from exclusive supply agreements between Aspen Pharmacare, Mylan Inc and its affiliates(Read Full Article)
Agreement between Airbus, Denel Aerostructures and Aerosud Aviation an effort to increase South Africa’s competitiveness in the aerospace manufacturing industry(Read Full Article)
A study conducted by AT Kearney, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and CIPS found leading teams generate almost £1 million in financial benefits per procurement employee each year. Building the ...(Read Full Article)
Phones4u has gone into administration after contracts with EE and Vodafone were not renewed. The collapse of Phones 4u (P4U) has been described as a “classic example of a relationship breakdown with a series of strategic suppliers ...(Read Full Article)
15 September, 2014 The most successful CPOs “have highly developed interpersonal skills” and create an environment that “fosters the development of trust”. CPOs in ...(Read Full Article)
At Novozymes, an industrial bio-tech company, internal crowdsourcing is an important means to engage the employees in the creative process. The crowdsourcing campaigns have proved to be very successful with high engagement levels and many qualified proposals, some of which even led to patent applications. This is what we have experienced of do’s and don’ts when it comes to achieving successful crowdsourcing.
How Crowdsourcing Becomes an Innovation Engine – 6 Rules to Follow(Read Full Article)
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aims to improve the enforcement of localisation by having the Auditor General flag as “irregular expenditure” any flouting of buy-local procurement rules by government departments and State-owned companies.
Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act regulations came into force on December 7, 2011, empowering the DTI to ‘designate’ the products that should be sourced locally.(Read Full Article)
The winners of the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2014 were announced on 11 September. The even took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Take a look at the category winners and runners up.
Gaining cost transparency is a critical aspect of any negotiation or category planning exercise. It is understanding which cost drivers can be influenced by procurement that informs us which lever should be applied and whether or not the objective is cost reduction.
Achieving cost transparency for physical products can be achieved by teardowns aimed at identifying the type and quantity of raw materials and components – often a lengthy process, but a reliable route to better understanding the underlying drivers of cost.(Read Full Article)
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Monday that government had made “great” progress in countering corruption within State institutions, noting that President Jacob Zuma had, since 2009, signed 36 proclamations authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe departments and entities in the three spheres of government as well as State-owned enterprises.(Read Full Article)
SA’s small-business policy is like a mother feeding a baby with one hand and throttling it with the other. Small business is big business, if new Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu is taken seriously. But will her department be another costly farce? What small business needs is not rocket science. Nor is that which makes it almost impossible for her to succeed: all of her Cabinet colleagues and most departments and agencies contribute to a relentless tsunami of anti-small-business measures.
Meaningless promises of red-tape reduction have been made repeatedly by President Jacob Zuma and the worst-offending ministries: finance ...(Read Full Article)
Drawing from the results of a quantitative research study conducted by Spend Matters and the Institute of Supply Management, this two-part report discusses why meeting demand requires Supply Management 2.0: fluid collaboration between companies and their external network partners in a multi-tier and multilevel fashion that orchestrates both process and information silos.(Read Full Article)
It’s said that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” This is particularly true when it comes to standardizing and streamlining business processes; greater coordination between stakeholders results in situations where everyone the process touches wins in some way. This truth also extends to the procure-to-pay (P2P) process, which when improved accrues benefits to both internal [...](Read Full Article)
The shortfall on South Africa's current account widened more than expected to 6.2% of GDP in the second quarter of the year from a shortfall of 4.5% previously, hit by prolonged strikes and lower global demand, the central bank said on Tuesday. Economists had expected a 5.45% gap.
In its latest quarterly bulletin, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said declining commodity prices also severely dented the country's export performance in the quarter.(Read Full Article)
With the original B-BBEE Codes released in 2007, the BEE Act allows various industry sectors to issue their own sector codes. Nine sectors, including construction, have their own codes and the Construction Sector Codes were issued in June 2009.
This implies that anyone in the construction sector must follow the construction codes. The construction codes apply to any business involved in “construction related activities”.(Read Full Article)
- Basware has the largest electronic invoicing network in the world — one million organizations generating 80 million transactions a year, worth $500 billion, and growing at 50 per cent annually. MasterCard has one of the largest payment networks, and it is fully global. They’ve joined forces and created Basware Pay.
- The solution connects buyer’s and supplier’s payment processes through the Basware Commerce Network which provides an open and interoperable network that only authenticated buyers and sellers can use. Once the invoice is approved by the buyer it becomes available for payment through a virtual MasterCard account number.
Successful executives in any firm are those who can win the trust of others and then capitalize on that trust to collaborate on projects. Those who do that achieve their own objectives while helping their colleagues achieve their objectives. Some might call efforts to win trust nothing but politics. Maybe it is. But, no function requires such trust building and collaboration (and politicking) more than procurement(Read Full Article)
Power parastatal Eskom has signed a contract that will see the replacement of steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant, it confirmed.
“Eskom is pleased to announce that the contract between it and Areva NP was signed on Friday,” said Eskom on Saturday.
The signing of the contract comes as Westinghouse Electric, a manufacturing company, withdrew its high court application to interdict Eskom. Westinghouse had filed an urgent application to the court in order to see documentation relating to Eskom’s awarding of the R4 billion tender.
When it comes to spend analysis there is at least one particularly powerful tool out there that will meet the majority of the needs of any organization and probably at least one tool that will do, with elbow grease, just about any analysis an analyst can think of. Since businesses have wanted reports and analytics since the days of the first spreadsheets, analysis tools are always advancing and most are beyond the ability of the average user to fully utilize their functionality.
Despite the plethora of options available, today there is only ONE thing I would do to improve spend ...(Read Full Article)
We never used to think that much about risk in supply chains. Those were the days when most manufacturing was domestic or products were purchased from one or two international factories that we monitored closely. But oh, have things changed!
Now risk management is an important function within most supply chain organizations. Global supply chains have become longer, stretching worldwide; and with every stretched link comes the potential for a weak spot and additional risk of failure.
As a result, managing risk of failure in supply chains has become a hot topic. With events like 9-11, the Japanese tsunami, the ...(Read Full Article)