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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 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)
A formal process has been initiated in an effort to rebuild trust that had been “catastrophically” destroyed between government and the construction industry in the wake of revelations of widespread collusion, Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas has revealed.
He said it would be premature to disclose who from industry and government was participating in the initiative, which was being facilitated by the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors. However, Laas disclosed that two meetings had already taken place and that four Ministers had participated in the interactions, with the most recent meeting having occurred on April 8.(Read Full Article)
Businesses should map their supply chains, review supply chain practices and hold their suppliers accountable to control anti-trafficking risks in their operations.
These recommendations are in a briefing aimed at tackling modern-day slavery by not-for-profit organisation Sedex Global. It includes information from Verité and Sedex on the causes of modern-day slavery, how workers are affected, and indicators of forced labour in factories and on farms.(Read Full Article)
Civil engineering construction contractor Stefanutti Stocks Civils MD Werner Jerling has iterated the call for government to include input from consulting engineers and contractors “early on” in the tender conception process of large infrastructure projects to expedite the award process and provide “invaluable” project timeline and budget-related input.(Read Full Article)
A procurement professional is unique, maybe more so than their counterparts in finance or sales. Every business has different suppliers, different supply challenges and, of course, it needs a unique profile of expertise to deliver value in those circumstances.
The perception of procurement, which individuals and teams are working to dissipate, is often that buyers know everything about cost, but nothing about what suppliers are worth to the business. Undoubtedly that’s true in some cases, but where procurement can prove its worth is by knowing more than anyone else in the room about what the business is buying, why ...(Read Full Article)
Government procurement regulations in Uganda have been revamped to support local businesses, speed up processes and "eliminate influence peddling”.
Under the changes bid evaluation teams will have to work to fixed time frames, and officials and ministers will not be allowed to bid for contracts with the government institution they are employed by or responsible for. A tribunal will also be established to handle complaints about the work of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA).
The new regulations include preference schemes that give advantages to local suppliers when procuring goods, services and works.(Read Full Article)
Have your supplier relationships gone flat? Has the initial excitement fizzled out? 10 experts share their top tips to put the spark back into your partnerships.
Picture the scene: With the ink not yet dry on the contract, the enthusiastic purchaser and eager, hungry supplier get ready to celebrate the start of a burgeoning relationship. What could possibly go wrong? But leap forward a few years, and all is not well. Targets have been missed, innovation has stalled, and there’s an atmosphere of distrust between the two parties.
Sometimes, relationships with suppliers simply need freshening up, often as a ...(Read Full Article)
Switzerland’s Holcim unveiled an all-share deal to buy France’s Lafarge on Monday to create the world’s biggest cement maker with combined sales of €32bn.
The partners billed the deal as a merger of equals under which Lafarge shareholders will receive one Holcim share for every Lafarge share held, with the combined group to be based in Switzerland and listed in Zurich and Paris.
Shares in Lafarge rose 4% at the open, the top gainer on France’s blue-chip CAC 40 index, while shares in Holcim were up 5.4%. The new entity, worth just less than $60bn ...(Read Full Article)
We have heard the rationale behind strategic sourcing for so long that you’d think the concept would be universal today, or at least widespread. Is it? Bob Rudzki doesn’t think so, and he has a theory of why it isn’t.
Back in the early 1980s, the venerable Harvard Business Review published an analytical piece by Prof. Peter Krajlic that called for a more strategic approach to purchasing. Even before then, some leading CPOs had been preaching the gospel of strategic sourcing.
When looking at complex spend categories there are a number of things to take into consideration. First: Don’t make assumptions. Second: Gathering requirements from budget holders and users of the goods or services is vital. In this paper, Peter Smith of Spend Matters UK/Europe provides other important practices in executing category management processes.(Read Full Article)