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Taking the long view on environmental sustainability can seem somewhat remote from the day job of most people working on the front lines of procurement and supply chain. However, embedding this thinking into business strategy and management has never been more important to improving resilience and competitive advantage. Labour productivity and cost has improved over the past decades thanks to ICT, mechanisation and moving production to low-cost countries.(Read Full Article)
The poll of 330 purchasers of the technology by research organisation Gartner found 60 per cent said high acquisition costs had delayed their adoption of the technology “While the technology is already in use across a wide range of manufacturing verticals from medical to aerospace, costs remain the primary concern for buyers," said Pete Basiliere, research director at Gartner.(Read Full Article)
The government’s substantial infrastructure programme outlined in the National Development Plan is expected to drive demand for steel over the next decade, says Department of Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina. He told over 250 delegates to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)/South Africa Workshop on Steelmaking Raw Materials, in Cape Town, that he expected steel demand, both upstream and downstream, to grow between 6% and 10% a over the next decade.(Read Full Article)
A study of 430 companies conducted by the Italian sustainable procurement organisation Acquisti & Sostenibilità found two thirds of firms define the factors of sustainability across the supply chain. According to the Sustainable Supply Chain Review 2014 , which analysed sustainability reports from businesses in 40 countries worldwide between January and August 2014, 44 per cent of companies provided training for staff in supply chain sustainability.(Read Full Article)
SMA Solar Technology South Africa, the market leader for solar inverters will be officially launching their multimillion rand manufacturing facility in Cape Town on Friday, 12 December.
The facility includes a production line and quality test centre for Sunny Central inverters, warehousing as well as the African branch of the renowned SMA Solar Academy training centre.(Read Full Article)
Acquisition of Dangote Flour Mills hits group’s earnings, heightening ‘desire to make sure we don’t drop catches’, says CEO Peter Matlare.
Mr Matlare concedes that Tiger got it wrong when it came to assessing the competition in Nigeria as well as the country’s "commercial architecture" — or ways of doing business.(Read Full Article)
Premier Foods, one of the UK's biggest manufacturers, has been asking its suppliers for payments to continue doing business with the firm. One supplier said the practice - known as pay and stay - was like "blackmail". Newsnight understands the struggling company has received millions of pounds from its suppliers in this way. Premier Foods said it was confident the scheme did not break any rules under competition law. The government said it was "concerned by recent reports".(Read Full Article)
State-owned freight company signs a memorandum of understanding with CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive to set up manufacturing facilities in SA(Read Full Article)
Clorox is one of the leading practitioners of open innovation. Not many people really know this, but it becomes obvious, when you interact with Clorox people and listen to their presentations.
Navin Kunde, Business Networks Leader at Clorox, recently gave a great presentation at the Open Innovation Summit in Chicago. The presentation, which he has given me permission to share with you, focused on three key takeaways.
1) Focus on fewer partners who can deliver deeper, more effective relationships that drive business results(Read Full Article)
BUSINESS conditions in the private sector continued to improve last month but at a lesser extent when compared with October, an index showed on Wednesday.
This is in line with another index released last month that showed business confidence rose in the current quarter.
The Markit/HSBC SA seasonally adjusted purchasing managers index (PMI) fell slightly to 50.5 last month from October’s 22-month high of 52.7. Readings above 50.0 signal an improvement in business conditions on the previous month, while readings below 50 show a deterioration.(Read Full Article)
BHP Billiton signalled that there would be no slowdown in the drive by global iron ore producers to boost production even as prices slump. “Even the iron ore price where it is today can induce more volume,” Jimmy Wilson, BHP’s president of iron ore, said yesterday on Australia’s Nine Network.(Read Full Article)
Iron ore has plunged 47% this year to near the lowest level since 2009 as investment in new mines deepens a global glut(Read Full Article)
For various reasons, the fleet category is one that has often been tricky for procurement functions to get their heads around and deliver on promise. However, with high budgets being put towards it by businesses each year, it is one category where recent innovations could mean a plethora of opportunities for fleet buyers.(Read Full Article)
The supply base plays a pivotal role in any organisation’s success. Without a robust system to evaluate supplier performance, a business can never reach the point at which it can derive real value from its suppliers. CPOs need a system in place for evaluating, selecting and re-evaluating the suppliers they work with. Here are seven tips to help effectively rate suppliers and monitor their performance: 1.(Read Full Article)
Carlyle Group has agreed to buy South African tyre retailer Tiger Automotive from Ethos Private Equity, Ethos said on Wednesday, the US buyout firm's first deal in Africa's most developed economy.
Carlyle - like other private investors - has been targeting rapid economic growth and growing consumer spending in sub-Saharan Africa.(Read Full Article)
When it comes to driving compliance and adoption of your new P2P system by your supplier base, you really don’t have any control at all. Suppliers are usually overlooked in this process, but the supplier represents half the transaction, and can easily say no to your new system.(Read Full Article)
Supply chain and logistics software and technology provider JDA Software Group Inc. and technology bellwether IBM announced last week they are collaborating to provide shippers with an integrated omni-channel supply chain that will enable shippers to make smart real time sourcing decisions and provide customers with the best buying experience possible(Read Full Article)
South Africa plans to spend $2.2-billion over two years to buy HIV/AIDS drugs for public hospitals, a government minister said on Monday, as a study shows the prevalence of the virus is rising.
Speaking at a manufacturing plant of drugmaker Aspen Pharmacare, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the government aims to buy three quarters of the drugs from local manufacturers.(Read Full Article)
ONE of the country’s most experienced corporate leaders, Mark Lamberti, says South Africa’s problems are structural, not cyclical — and turning things around will take time.
The CEO of Imperial Holdings, the R100bn-a-year logistics and industrial services company, is determined to be optimistic about South Africa’s chances no matter what — and walks out of dinner parties if the talk is too downbeat.
But, he says, urgent action is required. If the government does not “hammer away” at the National Development Plan(Read Full Article)
The weaker rand helped to offset financial pressures facing the mining industry in the year ended June 2014, PricewaterhouseCooper's (PwC) SA mining report has found.
“The industry was somewhat rescued by the weak rand,” PwC energy and mining assurance partner Dion Shango said on Tuesday. This was viewed as only a temporary respite because it would lead to inflation and cost pressures.
The total revenue for the mining industry, as reported by Statistics SA was R351.3 billion, marginally increased from R345.4bn the previous year but down from R358.4bn in 2012.(Read Full Article)
Manufacturing increases by 8% year on year, after falling by revised 1% in August after strike in July disrupts output, Statistics SA data show(Read Full Article)
Category managers require a breadth and depth of visibility into supply markets unlike that of their corporate brethren. At a high level, they need to have significant supply market knowledge in order to ensure that they’re effectively managing and advising the enterprise stakeholders on the best way to source, procure, use, and manage specific categories and commodities.(Read Full Article)
The apparel manufacturer’s efforts are a great example of the economic benefits that can accrue to companies that pursue sustainability and promote ethics in their supply chains.
Kudos to Levi Strauss, which announced last week that it will partner with the International Finance Corporation to reward suppliers in developing countries who score highly on environmental, health, safety and labour standards.
These types of brands are more likely to spend more time with suppliers and understand them at a personal level, the study says. Often design-led, luxury brands are also always pushing suppliers’ capabilities and testing their flexibility. Procurement consultancy State of Flux’s study of luxury brands, part of its annual research into supplier relationship management (SRM) launched yesterday, said 59 per cent of luxury brands reported more innovation from suppliers as a result of their SRM programmes. This compared to 43 per cent across all industry sectors surveyed. Premium brands have a better understanding of the value of SRM ...(Read Full Article)