In a tight and competitive economy what is the one thing that can set your organisation aside and give you a competitive advantage? Efficient and effective supply chains of course.
While technology and processes play a large role in achieving efficient supply chains, it is the people who run the technology, implement and manage processes and bring about the strategic ideas and concepts that bring supply chains to life, keeping them efficient and effective and thereby giving your organisation the edge it needs to keep ahead of your competitors.
Tough economies like ours are seeing cuts. We are often seeing that the first budgets to be cut are those relating to education and training. Improving the skills, knowledge and competence of people within an organisation is the one sure thing that can have the biggest impact on improving efficiency, productivity and business operations.
The Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards (SCMEEA) organised by SAPICS, gives recognition to individuals, organisations and learning institutions that have recognised the critical skills shortage in our country and around the world. It also honour those companies that have made a substantial contribution to skills development in the field of supply chain learning within their organisations and the broader supply chain community.
During the decade that SAPICS has hosted these awards the supply chain community has been privileged to be able to recognise amazing and motivating stories of education and skills development. The 2017 Awards, hosted recently at the SAPICS Annual Regional Conference in Gauteng, were no less exceptional.
Sponsored by The Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) and hosted by SAPICS a professional body focusing on the professionalization of supply chain management, awards were celebrated in the following categories:
- Higher education and training student
- Vocational student
- Education organisation
- Corporate education.
The Higher Education and Training Student of the Year was awarded to Chené Scholtz a BCom Honours in Logistics Management student, from the University of Johannesburg. Scholtz obtained the qualification Cum Laude and in addition had an incredible list of achievements during her 2016 year of study. She also co-authored a research project; the primary objective of the study was to understand the nature of last-mile logistical problems that are experienced by end customers of major FMCG retailers in South Africa based on complaints lodged on the Hello Peter website.
The Vocational Student of Year was awarded to Victor Leeuw who is currently working at PnP as a DC operations manager. His studies, while full time employed have seen an increase in productivity and overall business improvement within the distribution centre for which he is responsible.
Dynamic and inspirational education and training provider, The Centre for Logistics Excellence (CLX) picked up the award in recognition of their creative learning solutions for the supply chain management profession as well as the manner in which this organisation has contributed to substantial business improvements recognised by their clients directly as a result of the excellent education and training provided.
Finally, the hotly contested award for Corporate Educator of the year was handed over to Imperial Logistics with Sasol coming second by a very fine line.
This category was a very closely contested one providing the independent panel of judges with an unenviable task. This category is extended to organisations that recognise the value and importance of supply chain management education and training for their employees. The judges were exceptionally impressed by the quality of the submissions from all those who participated and commend the work being done by all.
SAPICS would like to congratulate all the finalists of this category for the outstanding work being done and for their commitment to the supply chain management profession.
- Barloworld Logistics
- Imperial Logistics
- Vector Logistics
SAPICS would like to thank all the participants of the SCMEEA for their incredibly valuable contribution to changing the skills landscape in South Africa. SAPICS President, Mungo Park CSCP, closed the awards by reminding all who attended that it is only through initiatives such as these we have seen submitted this year are we able to improve our supply chain capabilities. This in turn will enable South African companies to compete more effectively in the global market and improve the economy of our country.