Single day supply chain management update now available

Registrations for SAPICS Regional Conferences open

The knowledge required for successful supply chain management needs to be kept up to date on a regular basis in order for it to remain of value to companies. Time and money spent on training and professional development is however decreasing due to turbulent economic times.

“We recognise the need for limiting time away from the office, and the limited budgets companies have to work with,” said Jenny Froome, general manager of SAPICS, the industry association for supply chain professionals. “That’s why we’re taking the value of the national conference to three regions in a condensed format that combines a one day conference with an Imbizo.”

The SAPICS Regional Conferences will be held on 16 August at the The Forum in Bryanston in Gauteng, 17 August at the Hilton Hotel in Durban, and 19 August at the Lord Charles Hotel and Conference Centre in Somerset West, Western Cape.

Managing a supply chain demands an understanding of an entire value chain; all the suppliers that work seamlessly together to ensure that doctors have the necessary machinery to perform life-saving operations, that enjoying fresh seafood is possible even thousands of kilometers away from the sea, and that an online shopping order arrives at a time and place convenient for the customer.

The SAPICS Regional Conference conferences, sponsored by Syspro, Chep, and the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA), will offer a selection of some of the most popular presentations from the SAPICS National Conference as well as a few new presentations.
More information and registration forms for the SAPICS Regional Conferences are available at

The Gauteng event on 16 August will also host the Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards (SCMEEA) that recognise the effort of companies to bridge the skills gap that keep hampering many industries.

“Whilst the lack of skills has its founding in a mismatch between education and training on the one hand and the needs of the commerce and industry on the other, there have been numerous engagements with the public sector and many excellent initiatives in the private sector,” explained Froome.

The SCMEEA is made up of two principal categories; the first, for those offering qualifications in the Higher Education tier, and the second, for providers in the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF). More information is available at