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Fewer Suppliers, More Engagement, Better Results

28 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

22 November 2013 Research findings: collaborative relationships with suppliers a leading contributor to success New research shows that deeper relationships with service providers are a leading contributor to the overall success of companies, especially those involved in the supply chain. That’s according to a global study of over 400 companies conducted by US-based research firm SCM World. "As with most…

Mindset Change Needed For SA Wine Industry To Become More Competitive

28 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

27 August 2013 A lack of supply chain awareness is hampering the competitiveness of South Africa’s wine industry. However, supply chain experts believe that with some changes made to the industry’s supply chains, SA wine will be able to compete far more effectively on the global market. This belief is backed by a recent study conducted by Stellenbosch University (Wine…

The Great Debate on Training Versus Development

23 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

Growing your talent pipeline and creating a bench of effective leaders is reliant on finding the right leadership development tactics that work with individual needs and organisational goals. Many companies have employed training programs in the hope of developing strong leadership potential. While training focuses on technique, content and curriculum, development focuses on people. Where training adheres to standards, development…

The Evolution of Greening Events

23 August 2013 EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

Greening is on the rise throughout the event industry. Meeting strategists worldwide predict that the demand for green meetings and events is growing with no signs of stopping. As the demand for green events propagates, service providers are re-establishing themselves to assist event producers in becoming greener and the competitive market continues to be on the rise with new participants…

Trends in Skills Development and Training Influencing Today’ s Job Market

23 August 2013 HR ESSENTIALS

As sustainable job opportunities shrink and the need to keep a competitive edge becomes increasingly more important in the ever-changing South African business landscape, we start to see the needs of the South African workforce evolve. The challenge is striking a balance between the cost of T&D (Training and Development departments) acquiring an abundance of available unemployed graduate potential and…

The Future of Sustainable Business, the Catalyst for Industry Change and Organisational Innovation

23 August 2013 GREEN BUSINESS

Green business practices continue to be the bud of conversation among thriving corporates and small business practices with the need to stay abreast of the latest Green trends. Sustainable business practices echo opportunity value for entrepreneurs, as they stand ready to embrace the latest in Green technology, in order to develop more environmentally conscious products that their customers are becoming…

Finding the Key to Sustainable Procurement Policies

23 August 2013 ABC OF BEE

The single biggest pillar of BEE (Black Economic Empowerment), is Procurement - making up nearly a quarter of the BEE scorecard. More important than ownership and management, Enterprise Development can see companies engage in communities beyond their corporate interface and strategically assist small black-owned businesses to move them from survivalists to being sustainable. Companies can support these enterprises through providing…

Trends shaping Health and Wellness in 2013-2014

23 August 2013 HEALTH AND WELLNESS

The health and wellness space continues to be a topic of great debate and controversy while consumers, legislators and care providers try and predict how the next wave of innovation will impact the wellness environment. With the rate of technological innovation, the future of consumer health will be influenced by more than legislative and cultural curve balls; how will smartphones…