Thought Leadership

Our thought leadership section has been created to present and share a variety of strategic, tactical and operational best in class ideas, concepts and examples  with a focus on specific South African supply chain areas.


Spotlight on Warehouse Management and Distribution Centre Automation: WMS & WCS Integration 2.0

Category: Warehouse Management

The basic function of a warehouse is to provide an efficient means to store inventory and to dispatch ordered goods in a timely manner to the next node in the supply chain, be it adownstream assembly plant, a retail outlet or the point of final consumption. The systems that run the warehouse are designed to enable an efficient and unrivalled goods distribution operation by optimising the way personnel, inventory, and equipmentare all managed. Typically the Warehouse Management System(WMS) focuses on the first two – so optimising the way orders, inventory and people are deployed to respond to changing demand patterns - whilst the Warehouse Control System (WCS) focuses on the third – the optimal usage of the available transport means and storage methods, otherwise known as materials handling equipment (MHE), and controlling them in an integrated fashion. Examples of MHE might include conveyors, sorters and automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS).

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What defines a successful Supply Chain Management (SCM) solution implementation?

Category: Supply Chain

The degree of sophistication in supply chain management and optimisation technologies has advanced. Supply chain solution components are now more integrated and more interoperable than ever before, dramatically expanding the opportunities to improve supply chain performance. The scale of supply chain technology deployments has grown along with the complexity of solution implementation. The key to maximising rewards is minimising the level of risk. Organisations can do this by:

• Understanding the scope of the supply chain challenges they're trying to address

• Ensuring any new supply chain technology supports the organisation's overall business strategy

• Assembling a great project management team that combines internal as well as external resources where appropriate

• Attaining results through meticulous project planning and execution supported by effective organisational change

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Benchmark your Warehousing and Distribution Operations against the best

Category: Supply Chain

Far too often the US and Europe are referenced as having "best in class" logistics and supply chain operations, but how far behind are we here in South Africa? The below questions provide a starting baseline to help you measure and benchmark your DC's performance.

If you are unsure of the answers to the information below, this survey is also a great way to help you understand what's important in measuring your DC performance. With a little information I think we might all be surprised at just how well we stack up to our highly regarded northern brothers!

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