Out of Africa

Supply Chain Shaman

Most global multinational companies have a solid base now in South America and Asia, but the race is on for Africa. I spent this week at SAPICS in South Africa. South Africa is uniquely positioned to gain benefit in the race for supply chain modernization of Africa.

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Africa Logistics Initiative

SCM Research

The Kühne Foundation invited me to support its Africa Logistics Initiative. Teaching Africa Humanitarian Logistics Image Supply Chain Management

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Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Africa

SCM Research

As you might know, I had the great opportunity to travel to East Africa several times, where I gave logistics and supply chain management lectures ( see my previous post ). Indeed, although Africa – a continent with more than one billion people – certainly faces huge challenges, the situation is changing rapidly. In a new pwc report, Africa Gearing Up , future prospects in Africa for logistics and supply chain management are described.

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Africa: Emerging Markets’ Final Frontier

Enterra Insights

In a review of a book entitled Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s Last Frontier Can Prosper and Matter, Katrina … Continued The post Africa: Emerging Markets’ Final Frontier appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Current Affairs Globalization Risk Management Supply Chain

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Rwanda Heads Technology Revolution in Africa

The Network Effect

Rwanda is a tiny country in Africa, the fourth smallest to be exact, but one making giant strides in embracing the latest technology. Yet this hasn’t stopped it fast becoming the technophile nation of Africa.

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Case study: Halliburton expands in Sub-Saharan Africa

Supply Chain Movement

Halliburton’s sourcing & supply chain team has made a huge contribution to the expansion of the business in Sub-Saharan Africa, where it has expanded from four to fourteen countries in just eighteen months. Working in Africa is definitely challenging. >> Cases Africa cost control crisis expansion Halliburton materials management regional spend single sourcing sourcing spend supply chain supply chain scorecard

The Avocado Supply Chain

SCM Research

This example demonstrated how “a number of supply chain improvements have enabled Kenyan avocados to be profitably exported to high-value markets in the European Union” It illustrates that supply chains “must be able to react to changes in market dynamics in order to maintain a virtuous cycle” Practice Teaching Africa Report Supply Chain ManagementAmong the best ways to teach supply chain management is by discussing different types of real-world supply chains.

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Supply Chain Remedies Can Help to Combat Malaria

Supply Chain @ MIT

Featured Humanitarian Africa supply chains delivering medicines in Africa fighting malaria humanitarian supply chain MIT malaria supply chain study

Selling E-Commerce in Africa


In a June 30, 2016, New Yorker article, Jake Bright describes these merchants and Jumia, the company that might change commerce as Nigeria, and perhaps even Africa, knows it. Jumia is branding itself as the “largest e-commerce platform in Africa

The Rise of China-Africa Trade: Why Transportation and Logistics Should be Front and Center

Supply Chain Nation

President Barack Obama’s trip to Africa in early July had many media outlets lamenting about the U.S. being late in recognizing the trade potential with Africa, and that the States had ceded the trade supremacy to China. Perhaps these are premature obituaries, but there is no doubt that the China-Africa trade is a significant phenomenon to reckon with and will have global economic implications in the years to come. And everyone knows this is a big challenge in Africa.

Vanilla Sourcing in Madagascar

SCM Research

Practice Africa Corporate Social Responsibility Procurement Relationship Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Sustainability Video In a previous post, I demonstrated how Symrise creates added value beyond corporate boundaries by closely collaborating with vanilla farmers in Madagascar.

DHL delivers rugby to Africa

Logistics Middle East

The DHL Africa as One journey formed part of the build-up to Rugby World Cup 2015 in England

Supply and demand in Africa - it's a sport relief

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

It culminates in an evening of television entertainment, the purpose of which is to raise as much money as possible for various causes in the UK and overseas including for needy children in Africa. And in Africa, children love their schools.

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The Dark Secret of the Chocolate Supply Chain

SCM Research

Practice Theory Africa Corporate Social Responsibility Report Supply Chain Management Supply Chain SustainabilityWe cannot spare our students the dark secrets of supply chain management. As future decision makers, they need to understand the social and ecological consequences their decisions might have somewhere else on this planet.

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Sourcing in Africa: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges


Countries on the African continent have not typically been viewed as places to source manufactured goods, with the exception of South Africa. Trade outsourcing

Conflict Minerals Disclosure Deadline is June 1st: How Does Your Supply Chain Measure Up?

Logistics Viewpoints

Procurement/Sourcing Regulations Central Africa conflict mineralsConflict minerals – Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten and Gold (3TG) – and supply chain transparency will be in the news. Monday, June 1, is the deadline for more than 6,000 Public U.S. companies to file reports with the SEC to disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals. The US passed a legislation in 2010, called “Dodd Frank Act Section 1502“, […].

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Africa major growth market says DP World

Logistics Middle East

DP World has reported a 22% increase in profits in the first half of 2015, with the greatest profit growth coming from Africa

What If You Could Take The Guesswork Out Of Forecast Planning? Guest Post from Osgood Vogler

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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Dubai gears up to be ‘Africa’s staging post’

Logistics Middle East

Knight Frank report says it is more cost-effective for African FMCG firms to operate from Dubai than in Africa

Etihad Cargo increases freighter services to Africa

Logistics Middle East

Etihad Cargo now operates to 11 freighter-only destinations, with Brazzaville in Africa being the latest addition

Lean versus EOQ? What’s best for your organization?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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World Food Programme’s Humanitarian Supply Chains

SCM Research

As part of the Kühne Foundation’s certificate program on humanitarian logistics, I have, again, been teaching logistics and supply chain management modules in East Africa during the last couple of weeks. Practice Africa Humanitarian Logistics Supply Chain Management This year, the program was held at the University of Dar es Salaam and the National Institute of Transport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as well as at Makerere University Business School in Kampala, Uganda.

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UASC adds two new rotations to West Africa loop

Logistics Middle East

UASC expands services to West Africa with two new service rotations, taking total scheduled rotations to three

Africa is 'the place to be', says DHL

Logistics Middle East

DHL will continue its aggressive expansion strategy in Africa, with a number of upgrades this year

A Moral Revision of Electronic Supply Chains (Guest Post by Bas van Abel, Fairphone)

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He is co-editor of the book “Open Design Now” Practice Africa Closed-Loop System Corporate Social Responsibility Guest Post Procurement Supply chain complexity Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Sustainability To make the supply chain more transparent, Fairphone opens up the entire system to understand what shapes our economy. I am happy to share the following guest post by Bas van Abel, CEO and founder of Fairphone. Thank you for contributing to my blog.

SPECIAL REPORT: It's Africa's time to shine

Logistics Middle East

While few believe that the whole of Africa is suffering from famine, disease, corruption and war, many Africans believe such deep-rooted perceptions frustrate the continent?s s economic growth

UAE firms sign contracts worth $19bn for West Africa

Logistics Middle East

Contracts announced at recent inaugural West Africa Investment Forum

Focus on Africa: The Continent Brings New Light for Sourcing

Supply Chain 24/7

In recent years, Africa has emerged as a particularly attractive manufacturing option for U.S. apparel and footwear companies

DHL appoints new MD for Sub-Saharan Africa

Logistics Middle East

Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to grow the share of revenues generated in emerging markets and the Sub-Saharan Africa region will play a vital part in this strategy

Creating Added Value beyond Corporate Boundaries

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Dubai's Aramex buys South Africa's PostNet franchise

Logistics Middle East

Stores will still be owned & operated by their respective franchisees

Agility to invest $100m in Africa this year

Logistics Middle East

The company is looking to expand its footprint in Ghana, Mozambique, Angola and Nigeria this year

Dubai logistics group expands into East Africa

Logistics Middle East

Indi Maritime & Logistics has opened a head office in Djibouti

Saudia Cargo appoints ACP Worldwide as South Africa GSA

Logistics Middle East

In response to this appointment, ACP?s s Johannesburg based-team has deployed additional reservations and operations staff who will be dedicated to the Saudia Cargo portfolio

Global Supply Chain News on Western Apparel Companies Increasingly Look to Africa for Sourcing, but Many Challenges Remain for the Continent

Supply Chain Digest

Monthly Wages Average Just 21 Dollars in Ethiopia Versus a Whopping 67 in Bangladesh. Plus, You Can Grow Your Own Cotton