DSV and Sanofi collaborate on state training initiative

Graeme Lennie, customs manager at DSV South Africa State health departments could soon improve their service delivery, thanks to a partnership between DSV and Sanofi to roll out training workshops for South Africa’s state-run medicine depots.

The training focuses on total quality management (TQM) in the supply chain within these state depots. Its methodology aims to achieve sustainable successes in operational practices through proven continuous improvement techniques.

‘We were excited to be asked by the state to share our logistics knowledge gained over the past 23 years, and have begun the process of hosting a number of training workshops across the country,’ says DSV South Africa’s operations director, Ralton Moses. ‘Besides the knowledge-sharing, the time spent with supply chain professionals in the depots is incredibly valuable. It will help us build relationships and develop a better understanding of the challenges faced by state officials, as well as their requirements when working with them.’

Moses is also a director of SAPICS, the professional knowledge-based association for the supply chain community.

The training is expected to have a considerable impact on improving the distribution of medicines. A total of 64 delegates have already been trained on basic Lean and Six Sigma principles.

Upcoming SAPICS conference

DSV’s expertise in supply chain management will  be showcased at the upcoming annual SAPICS conference for supply chain professionals. The event is taking place at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town from 4 to 7 June, where the company’s customs manager, Graeme Lennie will present a talk entitled Customs: What They Did ‘Not’ Teach You?

‘It is often surprising that few people in the logistics profession have sufficient knowledge about customs administration,’ says Lennie. ‘It’s an area of business which – if not managed properly – can have a significant impact on the success of a company’s supply chain operations.’

Inventory optimisation is the focus of another DSV presentation at SAPICS, where the company’s head of inventory optimisation, Jamie Wates, will give delegates insight into how collaboration and visibility were addressed in a case study on Fiat Chrysler Automotive SA.

Site visit and workshops

SAPICS delegates from the health care sector will also appreciate the opportunity to attend a site visit at the R200 million CiplaMed facility in the Western Cape. This 16 500m2 building is state of the art and fully compliant with Good Distribution and Warehousing Practices as defined by the World Health Organisation and the Medicines Control Council of South Africa.

Short workshops on the first and second days of the conference will provide valuable capacity building opportunities to delegates at no extra charge. There will also be longer, in-depth workshops on day three which are included in the conference registration fee.

Hot topics and exciting developments

The multi-faceted conference programme will cover various topical issues ranging from managing and identifying supply chain risk to addressing the worrying skills shortage in the industry. Demand Planning, supply chain research and warehouse management innovations will also be addressed.

Important research papers will be tabled during the inaugural academic track, which is being held for the first time in collaboration with the Production and Operations Management Society.

Exciting developments in technology and services will be showcased at the exhibition and delegates will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one sessions with international guest speakers.

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