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Buyers have backed the use of charters that set out the “rules of engagement” in supplier relationships, according to a survey.
The SM Jury voted by eight to four in favour of charters, with members saying they promoted ethical behaviour and improved supplier relations.
Cristian Martin, procurement and contracts officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, said: “It is important for suppliers to understand what standards your process is aligned to; everyone understands what everyone’s rights are. If you are not aligning to a standard, a charter would help suppliers understand your process better.”(Read Full Article)
The Veeder-Root Company has acquired FuelQuest, Inc. Located in Houston, Texas, FuelQuest is the recognized Software as a Service (SaaS) provider for retail and commercial fueling logistics applications. With over 15 years of experience in logistics software development and analytics, FuelQuest will combine with Veeder-Root's Insite360 Fuel business to provide a best in class, end-to-end solution for controlling wet stock from rack to nozzle.
The acquisition demonstrates Veeder-Root's commitment to supporting retail and commercial fueling customers' desire for increased control of their fuel purchases, deliveries, variance, flow, compliance and managed maintenance needs.(Read Full Article)
While effective supply chain risk management programmes recognise things don’t always go according to plan, they also aid businesses build a more resilient operation in response.
The risks of supply chain disruptions aren’t limited to first tier suppliers and customers. The ability to access information from every part of the trading network in real-time can help businesses identify and anticipate risks, as well as inform the range of decisions needed to mitigate them. That visibility fuels the approach behind collaborative planning and execution.
Here are three ways to improve risk management across a company and its trading partner ...(Read Full Article)
It means that the hundreds of thousands of farms that supply Nestlé with its dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Nestlé said it is the first major food company to form an international partnership with an animal welfare NGO.(Read Full Article)
As companies pursue growth in an environment where operations risk is pervasive, and where supply chain risk has become a top priority, a robust risk management capability is key to designing and operating supply chains. A recent Accenture study of senior executives found that the majority believe supply chain risk management is important or very important.(Read Full Article)
Recent research from The Hackett Group claims that procurement’s ability to generate big savings is declining dramatically. Despite what you might think, that’s good news.
It’s not that savings are unimportant. Of course, they’re important, and they always will be. They are a large part of what organizations expect from procurement. But, as every CPO knows, they aren’t the only things procurement can provide.
For example, in manufacturing companies, procurement can identify suppliers who can suggest alternatives to new product designs that can accomplish the design intent more cost effectively.
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The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has signed a R51-billion order for 600 new trains. However, all of these trains will not be delivered at once, which means Prasa’s refurbishment programme will have to run another 15 years. Irma Venter visited CTLE, where some of the coaches are being refurbished.(Read Full Article)
Oil firm Sasol is working to increase the number of local firms in its Mozambican supply chain, a conference was told. Benjamim Cavel, local content manager for Sasol in Mozambique, said the company had to “lead by example” and it was working with local suppliers to bring them up to the level where they can compete with multinationals.
Embattled telecommunications giant Telkom is eyeing significant procurement cost cuts as part of actions to return the group to sustainability. In the 2014 financial year, Telkom spent roughly R17-billion with suppliers, chief procurement officer Ian Russell said at an investor presentation earlier this week.(Read Full Article)
AsiaInspection, a global provider of quality control services for businesses importing from Asia, Africa, Southern Europe, and Latin America, maintains that supply chain managers should pay more attention to risk irrespective of region.
The Hong Kong-based consultancy has just released its 2014 Q2 Barometer, a quarterly synopsis on outsourced manufacturing and quality control indicating that supply chain transparency is far from adequate nearly everywhere in the emerging markets matrix.(Read Full Article)
Better supplier relationship management could significantly improve company profits, with "soft" benefits offered by suppliers worth more than the value achieved from price concessions.
OEM Profitability and Supplier Relations - which is based in part on data gathered over the past 13 years from the annual Working Relations Index Study published by consultancy Planning Perspectives - found the better the relationship an automotive manufacturer has with its suppliers, the greater its profits are.
It explained the relationship “quantifies the economic value of suppliers’ non-price benefits to the OEM”.(Read Full Article)
Despite crippling industry-wide strikes, uneasy foreign exchange rates and an uncertain post-election period, the building industry in South Africa is on the mend and is showing signs of recovering beyond several analysts’ expectations, Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar has asserted.(Read Full Article)
ACTIVITY in the manufacturing sector fell for the fourth consecutive month in July as a strike by metals and engineering industry workers limited production.
This was suggested by the Kagiso purchasing managers index (PMI), which indicates activity in the manufacturing sector. The index, released on Friday, fell to 45.9 in July from 46.6 in June — remaining below the desired 50 level.(Read Full Article)
A CASE study on South Africa’s aluminium sector has found that BHP Billiton’s special pricing agreement for its Bayside and Hillside smelters in the Richards Bay industrial development zone has now cost Eskom R11.5bn.
The parastatal’s huge deficit has significant import for industrial policy development in South Africa as a function of cost-benefit analysis in respect of the relative benefits of "state-led" or "state-facilitated" economic growth.(Read Full Article)
SAPPI’s share price fell 5.37% to R40.69 on Thursday despite the pulp and paper products group indicating it was on track to report a profitable 2014 financial year, as lingering debt worried the market.
The group has made $67m profit in the first three quarters of its 2014 financial year, from a $161m loss last year. In its third quarter ended June, Sappi’s net profit was $17m, the company reported on Wednesday.(Read Full Article)
Nampak, Africa's biggest packing firm, is considering doubling the capacity of its Nigerian beverage can factory to meet its fast-growing demand.(Read Full Article)
South African businesses have been called on to take advantage of opportunities in Angola.
A South African business delegation is in Angola at the Feira Internacional de Angola (FILDA) trade exhibition in Luanda.
“Energy, water, construction materials, telecommunications, chemicals, mining and distribution are all projects where foreign investment is needed,” said Joao Rocha of Termat Comecio Geral, a company that is on a mission to attract and promote South African goods and services in Angola.
Rocha was addressing the South African business delegation at FILDA on Sunday. The delegation of 27 representatives is participating in FILDA with the assistance of ...
Comprehensive Category Management
Spot buying individual categories at market lows or evening running reverse auctions at opportune times is not category management. And for that matter, neither is an event that covers the entire category. At this point you probably think that the doctor is losing it a little, because how could it not be category management if you are addressing the whole category?(Read Full Article)
The old assumptions driving supply chain design and strategy were focused on achieving the lowest possible cost of goods and the most efficient distribution to stores. Today, a new model is emerging, not driven by enterprise technology or supply chain innovations - but by customers. In the omnichannel retail world, almost every single store-driven assumption about supply chain is being challenged and getting replaced by a digital-driven future.(Read Full Article)
On 26 June 1974 - just over 40 years ago - a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum became the first item to be scanned at a supermarket checkout, a year after the retail industry adopted the GS1 barcode as a unified standard for identifying and tracking products. Today, barcodes are still an integral retail technology and part of the high street experience.
According to GS1, the not-for-profit organisation that monitors demand chain standards, the barcode has created huge efficiencies in the supply chain, enabling 21 per cent shorter lead times for warehouse operators, 42 per cent lower costs for ...(Read Full Article)
Samsung Electronics said it halted business with a supplier in China over suspected use of child workers, the first time it has taken such a step, after criticism that its monitoring of labour practices at suppliers was inadequate.
The decision, announced on Monday, comes less than a week after US-based China Labour Watch said it found "at least five child workers" without contracts at the supplier and called Samsung’s monitoring process to halt such practices "ineffective."
Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, said it conducted three audits since last year of the supplier, a wholly owned subsidiary of ...(Read Full Article)
As the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa-led metal and engineering sector strike continues, vehicle manufacturers have started halting production at some plants as car component supply is interrupted. Toyota, which maintained full production for the first 14 days of the strike, owing to contingency build-up, was set to shut down two production lines on Tuesday.(Read Full Article)
A CONCERTED effort by the major platinum companies is needed to bring mines back into production as quickly as possible to restore confidence in the sector, says Derek Engelbrecht, who has retired after 22 years as head of marketing for Impala Platinum (Implats).
In addition to denting South Africa’s reputation as a reliable and sustainable platinum supplier, the strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union had reduced above-ground stocks of the metal, Mr Engelbrecht said in an interview marking his retirement.(Read Full Article)
Supply Managers are only heroes in those leading organizations that were forwarding looking enough to let Purchasers gain influence in both the inbound and outbound supply chain and raise the profile of the organization in the eyes of both customers and suppliers. Their new practices, global view, and risk mitigation not only raised their profile, but also the profile of the organization as a whole. They were given more respect and authority, and soon after were the heroes of their organization.
But not every organization had the foresight of these leading organizations and, as a result, it is still only ...(Read Full Article)