Optimising the Supply Chain to Achieve Sustainable Business Growth

October 06, 2016

By Kate Stubbs, Executive Business Development, Marketing & Communication, Barloworld Logistics

When looking ahead at the various business challenges facing South African companies, particularly with regards to sustainability, it is useful to look back and briefly chart the most significant changes and trends. In the late eighties and early nineties, we witnessed the emergence of the ‘one world’ economy – which coincided with the arrival of the Internet and rapid digital transformation. The resulting changes triggered quantum leaps in global trade and duly affected national and regional economics, politics and business practices. Moreover, the new era empowered the world’s customers and consumers. On the back of these seismic shifts in the global business ecosystem, the role of supply chain management and logistics came to the fore as a powerful means to creating competitive advantage and sustainable business models to satisfy the needs of the extended markets.

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Peering into the Future of Global Waste & Resource Management

September 23, 2016

By Marilize Worst, Managing Director, SmartMatta

Global population growth is skyrocketing. In 2025, there will be approximately 1.8 billion more middle class consumers. These consumers will be adding to the existing mounds of waste – a problem that will be compounded by an increasing reliance on packaged products.

In 2013, reports indicated that only 25% of 11 billion tons of waste was recycled. Encouragingly, this figure is set to double by 2025 (vs. 2005). This increase is being driven by growth in diversion, recycling, the recovery of valuable secondary raw materials, waste-to-energy activities, and e-waste and sustainable packaging strategies.

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Complex Marketplace Demanding ‘Smart Strategy’

September 09, 2016

By Kate Stubbs, Executive Business Development, Marketing & Communication, Barloworld Logistics

In today’s business environment, one of the major obstacles to long-term success is the belief that a business can generalise – and be all things to all people. Given the disruptive nature and complexity of this marketplace, the generalist approach can be fatal. The business ecosystem is large and constantly evolving. As a result, it is those companies that instead choose to specialise and provide a niche product or services that are best positioned to succeed.

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Cashing in on the Circular Economy – Why it’s a Business Imperative

August 17, 2016

By Marilize Worst, Managing Director, SmartMatta

Within many companies around the world, there is a growing understanding and awareness of the value of waste. Instead of a mere hassle, waste is being viewed as an important resource – particularly among the larger and more established corporates. Indeed, the shift from considering waste management as a cost saving exercise to a value-add to the bottom line is slowly infiltrating strategic business thinking worldwide.

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Women in Logistics: Harnessing the Opportunity to Drive Sustainable Growth

August 17, 2016

By Shirley Duma, Executive Human Resources, Barloworld Logistics

In recent years, several major studies have demonstrated that having more female leaders, board members, managers and supervisors leads to better business outcomes including higher levels of productivity, safety and improved financial returns. More specifically, research referenced in the 2009 Women in Supply Chain report demonstrated that improving the proportion of women leads to higher financial returns for logistics companies. This insight was supported by the PWC Transportation & Logistics 2030 report, which stated that companies with the most women board directors outperformed those with the least by 16% in return on sales, and by 26% in return on invested capital. These studies make a compelling business case for gender diversity and inclusion, which in previous decades has been largely ignored and under appreciated among the higher echelons of business leadership.

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