EXCELLENCE IN SUPPLY CHAIN EDUCATION AND YOUTH PROGRAMMES
This is a drum that has been beaten for a long time while organisations work to empower the next generation of supply chain professionals. Education and the development of young supply chain professionals must always be a priority. By shining a bright spotlight on this important topic attention from industry will increase, support from organisations and individuals will gather momentum so that we can work together to develop educated supply chain professionals who can manage efficient and effective supply chains to ensure they are globally competitive. This award will recognise the best of the best from other awards, education programmes and other initiatives that are aimed at providing quality education offerings to those already in and also those which are directed at supporting young professionals and students.
INNOVATIVE SUPPLY CHAIN PROJECTS AND OPERATIONS
Project based or partner collaborations which are innovative in applying supply chain methodologies or implementing new ones in the development of structures, processes and/or the workforce to achieve supply chain success in the financial or operational aspects of an organisation or project will be recognised in this category.
SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAINS (GREEN) AWARD
Sustainable business practices have become as important as the creation of shareholder returns. These practices may impact operations in the short term, the implementation of environmentally sound processes will provide incalculable benefits in the long term in terms of cost savings and operational efficiencies. Most companies, however, are still struggling to factor sustainability into the “hard” areas of their business, such as supply chain and the budget. Companies can position the supply chain to respond to the accelerating trends of Green House Gas (GHG) emission management and the successful consideration and implementation of circular economy practices will be eligible for this award.
RESPONSIBLE SOURCING AND PROCUREMENT AWARD
Procurement and Sourcing are key components to any supply chain process. Projects and processes where responsible (and ultimately sustainable) sourcing and procurement can be demonstrated and that have had an impact into the economic success of the organisation, business or project will be acknowledged in this category.
SUPPLY CHAIN DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Digital transformation is at the top of most organisations’ agendas today. Supply chain digitalisation aims to leverage digital technologies to ensure that supply chains are more connected, have end-to-end visibility, are more resilient, flexible, efficient and cost-effective than ever before. Projects and organisations demonstrating the role of technology in the supply chain to transform financial outcomes whilst recognising the technology advancements and automation advances to transform processes and practices will be considered in this category.
EXCELLENCE IN TRANSPORT AWARD
Transporters in Africa are playing a vital and pivotal role in moving goods through the Continent in increasingly difficult circumstances. Considering challenging infrastructure, cross border complexities, driver shortages, political unrest, corruption and often a lack of safety and security. This category will recognise the organisations which are succeeding in successful transportation models ensuring the safe transportation of goods as well as the safety of the individuals managing these models.
The role of marketing in the supply chain ensures the efficiency and effectiveness of business operations and profitability. Marketing supports supply chain agility and flexibility. Through a collaborative relationship, marketing provides essential marketplace information that impacts changes in demand. Additionally, it is responsible for strengthening the company’s competitive position and building the internal and external relationships that support operational efficiency. This category recognises marketing initiatives which can clearly demonstrate the understanding of the supply chain within an organisation or project and the role that marketing has played to ensure the success of this project or organisation.