What kind of future-ready procurement leader is needed to survive a rapidly-changing business world? Only a few months ago, the stock market was looking strong and the ongoing trade war between China and the United States indicated future pressure on global supply chains. No one could have predicted that schools and universities would close, companies
By Lari Numminen, Chief Marketing Officer, Sievo Having a robust spend analysis solution in place has become a prerequisite for running a professional sourcing organisation. But do you get all the possible benefits from your current spend cube? At Sievo, we have worked with hundreds of clients across most industries. Here are 12 of the
By Michael Healy, Supply Chain Partner The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced companies to get creative about how they connect and meet with customers and teams. Working with cloud applications allows us to workshop, design and configure systems remotely. With apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, working remotely can be easy and cost effective. But
By Hemant Harrielall Factory collapse, fraud in food supply chains, modern day slavery. It is shocking to hear how poorly some supply chains are managed, with such dangerous consequences for life and limb, in almost every country and region of the world. No country has escaped a scandal of this kind. Allegations of state capture
By Vijay Pandiarajan, Director: Product Management, IBM Sterling What is next in supply chain systems? There is plenty to be excited about…First-generation supply chains were good at automating and optimising processes. But they were restricted to functional silos – and that is not enough for what we need in supply chains today. Advances in supply
SMME Clinic interviews BP’s Regional Procurement Manager (Sub Saharan African) Vusani Gurrine. Gurrine provides insight into BP’s procurement response to COVID-19, as well as some lessons for small business and the new role of procurement in a pandemic.
To support supply chain professionals and to ensure that they have the resources they need to maintain supply chains during the coronavirus crisis, supply chain management professional body SAPICS has launched a number of special support initiatives to aid the profession. This includes a supply chain management toolkit, helpline and collaboration platform.
Coronavirus is a massive challenge for world leaders: what China, Italy and the US teach us about leadership
By Robert Glazer, Founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners We often learn the most about leadership by observing our leaders in times of crisis. As world leaders attempt to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19, they must simultaneously perform two opposing and difficult tasks: prepare their countries for significant risk and avoid inciting panic. What
During Quarter 1 of 2020, the seasonally-adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) experienced its weakest quarterly performance since 2009. The PMI averaged at 45.9 index points, compared with 47.6 in Quarter 4 of 2019. The weak quarterly outcome was despite the PMI improving to 48.1 index points in March 2020, from 44.3 index points in