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- Are you achieving “Preferred Customer” status? | by Francois Naudé
- Choice is good, right? | by Sharon King
- Using reverse auctions - a modern-day sourcing tool | by Wilhelm Greyling
- How to successfully implement a procurement transformation project | by Chimae Goncalves
- Transforming procurement - it's all about people | by Elaine Porteous
- Can stress actually be your friend? | by Sharon King
- Be More Than A Customer To Your Suppliers.
- 5 Ways to build Effective Supplier Relationships
- Information Sharing And Trust The Key To Building Valuable Supplier Relationships
- Can you put the spring back into a non-performers step? | by Sharon King
The prolonged strike of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) in the platinum belt is highlighting the colossal potential opportunity loss to the South African economy should the country lose out on its platinum patrimony, which has an amazingly bright latent future. Platinum has the potential to tick all the important economic boxes for a South Africa that is striving to add maximum value to its metals and minerals. A fuel cell industry, ...(Read Full Article)
The Silverline Group, which claims to be the only franchised construction company in South Africa and one of only a few in the world, won the Franchise Association of SA (Fasa) franchisor of the year award earlier this month.
With 30 outlets and growing at a rate of 25 percent a year, the group specialises in light steel frame construction and high performance alternative building solutions.
Silverline chief executive Jonathan Pepler said it offered a low initial franchise investment opportunity with an exceptional return on investment and a unique offering, with its business model teaching “building contractors to become business ...(Read Full Article)
Contract lifecycle management looks so easy when you see the solution provider’s demo. Meanwhile back in the corporate jungle, your contracts are negotiated and executed on other companies’ paper, amended in emails, with final versions left sitting as hard copies in file cabinets, and then you probably have acquired a plethora of group companies with dubious contracting histories. Technically speaking, you should also be concerned with sell-side contracts. What is the risk exposure?(Read Full Article)
A team of British accountants will travel to Nigeria to advise the government on how to tackle procurement fraud.
Staff from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) will “train several government bodies to stop corruption in government procurement”.
The project is part of an initiative by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) to improve financial management in developing countries. Under DFID’s Investment Facility for Utilising Specialist Expertise (IFUSE) scheme, teams from five chartered accountancy institutes will be travelling to countries including Zambia and Ethiopia to share international best practice.(Read Full Article)
The majority of the businesses were based in Asia, with two in the Americas region, and one in EMEA.
“We work closely with our suppliers to help them improve their performance. However, where we face situations of severe or repeat non-compliance we can and do terminate business relationship with suppliers,” the report said. “In 2013, we terminated agreements with nine suppliers for compliance reasons."(Read Full Article)
At American Airlines, John MacLean - retiring this month (April) - expanded purchasing and supply chain management to new heights, piloting the company through some of the worst storms in the airline industry’s history.
"Get in the game early. Don’t sit on the sidelines."
THE latest Ernst & Young-Namibian Fraud & Corruption Landscape Survey shows that 79% of Namibian businesses view fraud and corruption as a big risk.
Executive management and risk management staff of 90 Namibian companies were surveyed for their views on fraud, bribery and corruption in Namibia and their efforts to mitigate these risks.(Read Full Article)
Last month, the Hackett Group, as part of its Procurement Executive Insight series, released its 2014 Procurement Key Issues report on Rethinking How Procurement Defines Its Value, Balances Risk, and Gets the Most from Technology Investments. It had some very interesting findings, including the fact that Procurement in 76% of companies surveyed indicated that a top priority was to expand procurement's scope/influence.(Read Full Article)
When is the best time to fire a non-performing service provider? Should we take action as soon as serious problems become evident? Once they’ve had a chance or two to sort out the issues (but have failed in those initial attempts)? Or only as a very last resort, after a lengthy period during which they can try to rectify errors? There are a number of key issues to be considered here.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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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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 ...(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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).(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
We’ve seen many years of debate over the best way to organise procurement within complex organisations. And the question of whether it is better to centralise or decentralise, hold or devolve power, is still one of the most heated talking points among procurement executives. Now, technology has evolved to a level that means we may no longer need to choose between one or the other, or indeed try to make both models fit where an organisation has a siloed, category-led structure in place.(Read Full Article)
Sustainability within supply chains has been an important issue for some time, as more and more companies include corporate social responsibility in their business model. The Sedex Global conference on responsible sourcing in London on Wednesday highlighted the need for transparency and collaboration if businesses are to successfully reach their sustainability goals.(Read Full Article)
Labour instability is a potential handbrake to further investment by the Ford Motor Company in the expansion of its manufacturing capacity in South Africa as its seeks to take advantage of growth opportunities in Africa.
Stephen Odell, the executive vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said this week that Ford had created a stand-alone Middle East and Africa business from the beginning of this year because this was a growth area in terms of population, wealth creation and wealth spread
In 2013, 80% of supply chain leaders had a material supply chain disruption. It was not just one. The average company had three. Yet, in a study that we just completed, when asked about business pain, supply chain risk rates low. How come?
It is new. It lacks a consistent definition and set of practices. Companies reward the urgent. Risk management requires a focus on the important. It requires leadership and orchestration. Teams don’t know what to do. The companies that are the most mature learned the hard way. They had a disruption.(Read Full Article)
Many organisatations have made use of the famous Kraljic model. Our recent strategy report summarises some of the key learning points leading organisations have experienced
One of the most successful ideas in procurement is the model proposed by Peter Kraljic in 1983. In his article ‘Purchasing must become supply management’, the writer called for a more intelligent way of managing an organisation’s buying. As a part of his key message, Kraljic stated that placing procurement in the heart of the business is based on a understanding of the supply base and how the capabilities of vendors can best align ...
Hong Kong-listed property development group Shanghai Zendai has outlined ambitious plans for the development of an R84-billion 22 km2 “city” on the sprawling Modderfontein property the company bought from South African chemicals group AECI for R1-billion in November.
The development, dubbed Zendai Modderfontein, would be funded by Zendai, the Export-Import Bank of China and the China Development Bank and was envisaged to house 100 000 residents, and employ a further 200 000 people upon its completion in 2024.(Read Full Article)
Shares of South Africa's Telkom SA rose on Wednesday after its chief executive told a newspaper he aims to cut 1 billion rand in annual costs for the next five years, as part of a drive to turn around the operator.
Telkom, South Africa's largest fixed-line operator, will not be able to avoid job cuts, Sipho Maseko told Business Day, adding he would begin discussions with trade unions next week on possible job cuts.
“It's clear in my mind that Telkom will shed a bit of weight,” the newspaper quoted Maseko as saying.
“We are way out ...(Read Full Article)