THE supply chain profession has rarely been more challenged than in today’s volatile environment. That’s according to MJ Schoemaker, president of The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management (SAPICS).
Speaking at the 2022 SAPICS’ annual general meeting, Schoemaker noted that 2021 had been a challenging year for the profession and that this year had seen more obstacles thrown at supply chain professionals.
“The positive spin-off, however, is that the pandemic and numerous other disruptive occurrences have highlighted the importance of supply chain management. SAPICS membership has grown and there has been an increased uptake in corporate partner packages.
“More individuals and organisations recognise the importance of supply chain education and training. SAPICS’s education partners were kept busy throughout the year, with growing demand for supply chain education.
“We were delighted to shine the spotlight on supply chain professionals in Africa through our Supply Chain Now podcasts, which connects supply chain professionals around the world through live streams, vlogs, virtual events and articles,” Schoemaker said.
Schoemaker said training supply chain management continued to be a core focus of SAPICS. “The professional designation levels have been finalised and we can now celebrate our first group of SAPICS designated supply chain professionals,” she said.
The launch of SAPICS mentorship programme was a highlight said Schoemaker. “It’s imperative that we continue to grow the pipeline of talent so we can ensure a positive future for the profession,” she stressed.
The organisation has also launched a Small Business Hub, which assists SMMEs with supply chain education and networking.
New directors appointed to board
Three new directors joined the board — Thato Moloi, Karen Pretorius and Jan Tukker. MJ Schoemaker will serve as president for another year as president. Moloi is the senior manager for Solutions Development & Enablement for Barloworld Logistics. He cares deeply about people and their development as well as giving back to society. He is passionate about using technology to drive innovation, and the circular. “Thato Moloi’s supply chain experience, knowledge and skills will add tremendous value to the Board of Directors,” Schoemaker said.
Karen Pretorius is founder and owner of KPICubed. She has more than 20 years’ industry experience across government, financial service, IT, 3PL, manufacturing and retailing, as well as roles as both a supply chain practitioner and consultant. She brings in-depth knowledge and passion for the profession to SAPICS. Pretorius is interested in sustainability across all areas of supply chain management and hopes to drive this across the SAPICS community.
Jan Tukker is an accomplished business leader with 22 years of industry experience gained in retail, pharmaceutical, the FMCG and manufacturing industries. He aims to add value to the supply chain community through engaging on various supply chain driven thought leadership events. Having run multiple business units at a large corporate for many years, he is well-placed to enhance SAPICS’s operations, including on the marketing, finance and leadership fronts.
The annual SAPICS’ conference will takes place from 12 to 15 June at Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town.
For more information about the event, and to register: visit the SAPICS conference website at https://conference.SAPICS.org