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Reflection Annual Benchmarking Survey

Unveiling Insights: Reflections from the Annual Benchmarking Survey

The recent Annual Benchmarking Survey has sparked a profound redefinition of the procurement landscape in South Africa. Hosted by Debbie Tagg, COO of SmartProcurement, and MJ Bronkhorst, MD of Oxalys, the webinar delves into an enlightening exploration of procurement dynamics and its transformative impact on organisations. The survey’s evolution is a focal point, with discussions […]

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5 Things Your Procurement Teams Should be Addressing

Future-Ready Procurement: 5 Things Your Procurement Teams Should be Addressing

In recent years, global supply chains have faced adversity from various fronts, hampering trade. Many organisations perceive a perpetual crisis, prompting a focus on resilience in boardrooms worldwide. A significant portion of supply chain leaders acknowledge vulnerability to disruptions, primarily due to rising costs and geopolitical uncertainties. Axis Group based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,

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private procurement renewables

Private Renewables Procurement May Mitigate Boom-Bust Cycles Curbing South Africa’s Green Industrialisation

The combination of public and private procurement of large-scale renewables in South Africa signals increased stability for manufacturers of key components, according to a new GreenCape report, whose insights Creamer Media shared with SmartProcurement. Published ahead of the release of the much-anticipated South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), which will outline the country’s official approach

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Sustainability, Business Continuity, Sales and Operations Planning

Integrating Sustainability, Business Continuity and Profit Priorities into Sales and Operations Planning for Business Success

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, achieving success goes beyond mere profitability. It entails a careful balance between sustainability, business continuity and profit priorities. Integrating these elements into the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process is crucial for ensuring long-term resilience and competitiveness. Speaking to SmartProcurement, Bob Forshay, SupplyChainPro2Know Principal at Mastermind Group, based in

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Futureproof Supply Chain Sub-Saharan Africa

How to Futureproof the Supply Chain in Sub-Saharan Africa

In today’s dynamic global supply chain arena, trade resilience stands as the cornerstone of triumph, says Mohammed Akoojee, CEO & MD for sub-Saharan Africa at DP World in an article published in WhyAfrica. Against the backdrop of escalating macroeconomic perils and swift transformations across diverse regions, fortitude has become indispensable for navigating the intricate intricacies

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Purchasing Managers’ Index

Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) April 2024

The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) improved in April, following a dip below the neutral 50-point mark in March. The headline PMI rose to 54 in April from 49.2 points in March. The rebound comes from improved business activity, while better domestic demand filtered through to higher new sales orders. A full month

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The Incredible Power of Networking & Collaboration For Business Growth, New Opportunities

The Incredible Power of Networking & Collaboration For Business Growth

Join us in this enlightening episode of the Elevate Procurement Podcast as we sit down with the remarkable Debbie Tagg, COO, to explore the profound impact of networking and collaboration in procurement. Gain invaluable insights and strategies to drive transformative change in your procurement practices. also available in audio format on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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AI in Corporate Travel Procurement

The Transformative Power of AI in Corporate Travel Procurement

Many companies are looking at ways to implement AI solutions into their core business, but how many are looking into ways to maximise the power of AI for their travel programme. Wings Global Travel is leading in many of the fields of AI and will be introducing AI tools in 2024. To help companies understand

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Interrupted Supply Chain Infrastructure

Interrupted Supply Chain Infrastructure: Global Supply Risk or Opportunity?

Congested ports and serious shortages during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns might be a distant memory in many of the world’s trading hubs, but in South Africa, it is looming over many industries post-festive season and beyond. In this piece, Broll Property Group (Pty) Ltd.’s Risk Management Director, Jason Griessel unpacks to SmartProcurement, the

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South Africa's Port Infrastructure

Navigating Port Challenges: The Path Forward for South Africa’s Port Infrastructure

In South Africa, the efficient functioning of ports is crucial for the export of fruits, a vital sector for the economy. Recently, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) provided an update on the status of port equipment, shedding light on the challenges faced and the strategies being pursued for recovery. Additionally, insights from the Fresh Produce Exporters

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