Category Management

Total Cost of Your Travel Programme

Do You Know the Total Cost of Your Travel Programme?

“We often receive inquiries from companies seeking guidance on managing their travel costs”, Kevin Lomax, Managing Director of Wings Travel tells SmartProcurement. “To answer this question, we have a discussion that helps us understand the Total Cost of Travel and the drivers of said cost components throughout the travel service lifecycle.” Strategic Context “Firstly, we […]

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BMI Foresees Better Growth in South Africa, Despite Disruptions at Local Ports

In the current discourse, as articulated by BMI sub-Saharan Africa Country Risk Analyst Andreu Paddack in a recent publication sourced from Creamer Media, it is forecasted that Nigeria and South Africa, having exerted a retarding influence on sub-Saharan African economic advancement in 2023, are poised to invert this trajectory in the ongoing annum. This reversal

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Procurement trends

Procurement Trends for 2024 According to Experts

In this second article of a 3-part series, Marijn Overvest, founder of Netherlands-based company, Procurement Tactics, continues to unpack a wealth of advice for industry professionals to use in their planning for 2024. We pick up at Number 4 of 11 trends in procurement, predicted by experts for the coming year. Trend 4. Procurement forecasting

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Loadshedding impact on SC

Loadshedding’s ripple effect on SA’s supply chains

In the realm of supply chain management, where efficiency and precision are paramount, disruptions can send shockwaves through even the most finely-tuned systems. One such disruption that has cast its shadow over the supply chains of South Africa is loadshedding. This IMM Graduate School blog delves into the intricate web of challenges that loadshedding poses

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Backlog at Durban container terminal

No quick fix for congestion at Durban container terminal

The prevailing backlog of ships at anchorage outside South Africa’s largest container terminal in Durban is currently forecast to be cleared only by the end of February next year, amid persistent equipment shortages and insufficient maintenance, writes Terence Creamer in this article, republished courtesy of Creamer Media’s Engineering News. However, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) reports

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Brand equity

Personal Brand Equity as a Strategy for Success

Trust, reputation and a unique value proposition. These are often touted as the hallmarks of brand equity. In this article, executive coach, leadership & talent strategist, and founder / managing director of People Shop in Cape Town, Chantal Kading, seeks to elucidate some of the strategies professionals use to build their equity. As a strategy

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Local content & procurement

Creating Sustainable Industries in West Africa via Local Content & Procurement

Senior Group Category Manager at Endeavour Mining in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Balla Niambele, MBA, examines how mining can underpin the development of sustainable industries in West Africa, placing emphasis on the significance of local content and procurement, and the challenges and opportunities that come with these. West Africa’s economic growth and development have long been

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Pharmaceuticals in Africa

The Imperative of Backward Integration and Strategic Sourcing in Africa’s Pharmaceutical Sector

Africa’s pharmaceutical sector is in the midst of a significant transformation, writes Head of Supply Chain at Kimberly-Clark in Nigeria, Adenike Onasoga. With over 70% of medicines consumed on the continent being imported, this sits at $14 billion. It’s evident that this poses a huge threat to the continent, given the various global disruptions in

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Fragmentation of African supply chains

Addressing Fragmentation: The Way Forward for Africa

In Part 2 of her article on fragmentation of African supply chains, Adenike Onasoga, Head of Supply Chain at Kimberly-Clark, Nigeria, says regional integration in Africa has come a long way through social advancement, political stability and economic expansion throughout the continent. However, more needs to be done to actualise the set goals, which she

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Panama Canal drought

Update On Panama Canal Drought – Increased Transportation & Cost Risk

Jan-Henner Theissen, founder and managing director of procurement advisory firm, targetP! in Berlin, warns that the drought in the Panama Canal showed no signs of improvement at the time of publication at the end of August.  Due to the drought, transit capacity has been adjusted which means further delays and costs should be expected. His

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