by Marelize Hoffmann

Supply chain and logistics

Supply chain roundtable will drive global competitiveness

Logistics industry must join forces to improve global competitiveness
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Knowledge sharing is critical for South African businesses aiming to compete successfully in the global marketplace, where increasingly complex supply chains, cost constraints and sustainability are among the challenges.

This is according to the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) which has launched a Supply Chain and logistics executive round table initiative aimed at bringing companies together to share best practices in supply chain management and drive global competitiveness.

Lew Roberts, who is leading the initiative for GIBS, stresses that local companies that aim to compete on the global stage face a barrage of challenges.

“They need to learn to manage increasingly complex supply chains, formulating integrated supply chain strategies on both a local geographic and global basis,” he said.

“They also need to learn to manage costs in the face of the recent global recession, and understand, and adhere to, world-class standards of environmental management, health and safety.”

As part of its drive to help South African companies navigate this minefield, GIBS will host a number of executive roundtable discussion each year.

“The primary focus of these will be to provide a structured, facilitated forum for the dissemination of supply chain and logistics information and knowledge, including white papers and the latest research findings,” Roberts adds.

These round tables will take place at GIBS or onsite at a member company. 

In addition to facilitating knowledge sharing, a key focus of the roundtable project is also to collect data though surveys. Roberts elaborates: “Members will have the opportunity to participate in the annual global State of Logistics Outsourcing survey and report, as well as the annual South African State of Logistics survey.

"They will then have timely access to survey data collected, enabling them to address areas of weakness and improve their supply chain and logistics performance.” 

GIBS is aiming to put together a network of about 25 companies for the roundtable, and Roberts says that the institute is looking for member companies with major regional and global supply chains, as well as those seeking to expand globally.

“In addition to the members of the roundtable, leading local and international experts in the field will be invited to contribute to the roundtable discussions and meetings from time to time,” he adds.

IMPERIAL Logistics, a global leader in logistics and supply chain management, has announced its participation in the GIBS roundtable. Chief Integration Officer Cobus Rossouw comments: “Stimulating debate between executives on supply chain and logistics topics is essential to drive improvement.

"We believe that the GIBS Supply Chain and Logistics Executive Round Table will provide invaluable opportunities for supply chain and other executives to engage with, and learn from, each other.”

For further information kindly contact Lew Roberts at Robertsl@gibs.co.za 

About IMPERIAL Logistics

With extensive operations throughout Europe and Africa, IMPERIAL Logistics is uniquely placed to partner companies in leveraging the value inherent in their supply chains.

By positioning ourselves as an extension of a clients’ business - building our clients’ brands alongside our own - we are co-collaborators in unlocking the competitive advantage contained in complex and dynamic logistics environments.

Our own differentiators lie in a combination of an extensive resource base of transportation, warehousing and distribution operations and best-of-breed integrative process and technology solutions.  We apply our pre-eminent supply chain management skills to manage operational processes across end-to-end value chains on behalf of our clients. 

As a multi-branded business, we are in a position to optimise the benefits, scale and synergies that are derived from large businesses, while retaining agility, customer focus and an entrepreneurial flair that characterises smaller businesses.

We recognise that our clients’ requirements are unique and customise our service offerings accordingly, whilst leveraging our experience to benefit each client. For more information, please visit www.imperiallogistics.co.za.

 About GIBS

Founded in 2000, GIBS is an internationally accredited business school based in Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub. As the “business school for business”, GIBS’ purpose is to significantly improve the competitive performance of individuals and organisations through business education.

Consistently rated as one of the top business schools in South Africa, in October 2011 the GIBS MBA was ranked amongst the top 100 business schools globally in the prestigious Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings 2011. GIBS is the only business school in Africa to appear in these rankings.

In May 2011 GIBS was again ranked as one of the top business schools globally by the Financial Times, the only African business school to be placed in the top 50 business schools worldwide for open executive education programmes. T

his is the eighth year running that GIBS has achieved this accolade. GIBS is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the Council for Higher Education and is a member of the South African Business Schools Association, the Association of African Business Schools and the European Academy of Business in Society. For more information, please visitwww.gibs.co.za.

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