COVID-19_125.jpegTo 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.

Supported by industry professionals, subject matter experts and global education organisations, SAPICS has put together these resources to provide supply chain professionals with relevant information and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the toolkit and helpline, supply chain professionals have access to a team of local and international subject matter experts who have volunteered to provide guidance, answer questions and offer advice and recommendations to assist with challenges experienced during this testing time.

Supply chain professionals are responsible for maintaining South African supply chains; ensuring the efficient supply and distribution of food, basic goods and medicine; and mitigating the risks posed by the pandemic, the challenges of lockdown regulations and associated extraordinary consumer behaviour, such as stockpiling and panic buying.

“SAPICS’ mandate includes providing support and guidance where it can”, notes SAPICS President Kea Mpane.

“SAPICS may not be an official essential service during the lockdown but our role in facilitating collaboration, knowledge and resource sharing, in offering support and guidance, and in disseminating information and education to supply chain professionals is absolutely vital at this time.”

Along with the toolkit and helpline, SAPICS has also launched a collaboration platform on LinkedIn.

“The idea is to share solutions that SAPICS members are already implementing or working to implement in our South African supply chains, to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. These include supply chain management learnings as well as measures that are being implemented to ensure the safety of employees that are the vital link in every supply chain”, explains Mpane.

“It is our responsibility as supply chain professionals to work to counter the catastrophic effects that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on South African supply chains. Collaboration is critical”, Mpane stresses. “We, as a supply chain community, need to work together.”

“We are all in unchartered waters. We need to do everything that we can to work together, to ensure that essential goods get to South Africans when and where they are needed, and to ensure the ongoing operation of essential services.”

Since its foundation in 1966, SAPICS has become a leading provider of knowledge in supply chain management, production and operations in Southern Africa. SAPICS builds operations management excellence in individuals and enterprises through superior education and training, internationally-recognised certifications, comprehensive resources and a country-wide community of accomplished industry professionals.

The 2020 SAPICS Conference will take place in Cape Town from 22 to 25 November 2020.