Address the entire supply chain to drive consumer behaviour

Changing consumer behaviour and creating loyalty throughout the supply chain are areas every FMCG manufacturer is trying to achieve. By Jaco Saunders, unit lead at MacMobile However, these are the last links and typically the most difficult elements to manipulate....

Volatility, uncertainty can disrupt the supply chain

Take a look at the news headlines today and you’ll find volatility is a trend across the globe. Consider Brexit or the trade wars between the US and China or even, more recently, trade wars between the US and Mexico. All of this uncertainty leads to anxiety and...

Importance of researching and vetting third parties

Numerous risk management procedures can be employed in support of an organisation’s best interest. However, few practices are as significant as due diligence. Due diligence involves meticulously understanding third parties, which include suppliers, partners,...

JIT is key to optimising the FMCG supply chain

The ability to manufacture ‘just enough’ stock to cover orders and deliver ‘just enough’ product to every retailer is the optimal supply chain scenario in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry. By Andrew Dawson, commercial director at...

Reduce wasteful expenditure in the supply chain

The Auditor General of South Africa defines irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure (IFW) as ‘expenditure that was made in vain and could have been avoided had reasonable care been taken’. In supply chain, wasteful expenditure occurs when hidden...

Best practice for supplier selection

Supplier services are essential in helping a business to function and reach its operational objectives. Considering their significance to the performance of a business, it is of utmost importance to work with the right suppliers. While there is usually a diverse pool...