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July PMI drops from June, but still points to improved manufacturing activity

The Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for July 2020 declined slightly compared with June, but continued to signal a further month-on-month improvement for conditions in the manufacturing sector. The PMI declined to 51.2 index points in July, from 53.9 in June, thereby staying above the neutral 50-point mark for a third consecutive month. This suggests that official manufacturing output should still reflect a month-on-month improvement in activity, but that levels are stabilising and that July's increase is likely to be significantly less than those signalled by the PMI in May and June.

Reinventing procurement: the case for new operating models

MatthiasGutsmann_New_86.jpegIn late July, Digital Procurement World (DPW) brought together some of the world's most progressive chief procurement officers (CPOs) for a virtual roundtable discussion on how the ever-changing digital environment can help procurement challenge the status quo and design operating models that deliver both innovation and value.

Matthias Gutzmann, Founder of DPW, gives us the key takeaways from this discussion:

COVID-19 pandemic: a rocky road to a new business norm

RockyRoad_150.jpgBy Gordon Reid with input from Mieka Cleghorn, SA Managing Director, Transparent

As a semi-retired business executive, and after spending the past twenty plus years working for some of South Africa's leading companies, the COVID-19 lockdown has afforded me valuable time for some serious thinking.

Many businesses will need to change the way they operate to remain afloat. Useful insights and lessons from company closures will undoubtedly surface in time, but for now we should focus on the future and what can be done now to keep our businesses running.

The intention of this article is to stimulate discussion, thought and imagination with a view to developing a roadmap to traverse the rocky road to economic survival post-COVID-19.

Africa's largest virtual conference for supply chain and procurement professionals coming in August

ASCA_125.pngSmartProcurement has joined forces with SAPICS to offer Africa's largest-ever online event for supply chain and procurement professionals.

Africa Supply Chain in Action takes place on 19 and 20 August 2020. It is expected to bring together more than 1 000 supply chain and procurement professionals.

PMI: activity continues to improve as lockdown easing lifts production levels

PMI_June2020_200.pngThe Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for June 2020 showed that conditions continued to improve in the South African manufacturing sector. This is after most of the sector came to a near standstill during the nationwide Level 5 lockdown in April 2020 and only partially returned to normal production levels in May 2020.

The headline PMI rose further to 53.9 index points in June, up from 50.2 in May.

Importantly, while the headline PMI rose to a multi-year high, this does not mean that the level of actual manufacturing production rose to a multi-year high. "Instead, the further rise in June merely means that a solid month-on-month increase was likely recorded", said the Bureau for Economic Research (BER).

Coronavirus has exposed just how delicate our procurement eco-system really is

IanThompson_100.jpgDo we need to fundamentally re-imagine what our procurement eco-system looks like? Ian Thompson, Regional Head at Ivalua, thinks so and here is why...

PMI sub-components tank: manufacturing during April lockdown at near standstill

Virus_image_100.jpgThe Business Activity Index of the Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) survey crashed to an all-time low of a mere 5.1 index points in April 2020. The decline means that manufacturing output came to a near standstill during the nationwide lockdown, with almost all respondents reporting a decline in activity compared to the previous month.

The self-disruptive CPO: why we need a new kind of procurement leader

BernhardRaschke_100.jpegWhat kind of future-ready procurement leader is needed to survive a rapidly-changing business world? Only a few months ago, the stock market was looking strong and the ongoing trade war between China and the United States indicated future pressure on global supply chains. No one could have predicted that schools and universities would close, companies would tell their employees to work from home and people would be stockpiling toilet paper, of all things.

16 tried-and-tested tips on running productive meetings remotely

ProductiveRemoteMeetings_200.jpgBy Michael Healy, Supply Chain Partner

The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced companies to get creative about how they connect and meet with customers and teams.

Working with cloud applications allows us to workshop, design and configure systems remotely. With apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, working remotely can be easy and cost effective. But making it a positive and productive experience for everyone joining in does take some planning.

Here is a checklist from Supply Chain Partner to help you get the most out of your remote sessions:

Supply chain management toolkit among the support measures launched by SAPICS

COVID-19_125.jpegTo support supply chain professionals and to ensure that they have the resources they need to maintain supply chains during the coronavirus crisis, supply chain management professional body SAPICS has launched a number of special support initiatives to aid the profession. This includes a supply chain management toolkit, helpline and collaboration platform.

March PMI improves, but quarterly performance weakest since 2009

PMI_down_100.jpgDuring Quarter 1 of 2020, the seasonally-adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) experienced its weakest quarterly performance since 2009. The PMI averaged at 45.9 index points, compared with 47.6 in Quarter 4 of 2019.

The weak quarterly outcome was despite the PMI improving to 48.1 index points in March 2020, from 44.3 index points in February. Nonetheless, the PMI still remained in contractionary terrain for the 14th consecutive month.

'CPO' stands to become the Chief Purpose Officer through digital transformation

ChiefPurposeOfficer_300.jpgBy Dr Marcell Vollmer, Chief Digital Officer, SAP Ariba

How does a Chief Procurement Officer measure success?
In the past, executives responsible for sourcing, contracting, purchasing and payment gauged success chiefly on their ability to wring savings out of the value chain. Without question, reducing costs remains as crucial today as ever. But, with the advent of digital networks, Chief Procurement Officers find that they now have an exponentially greater opportunity to create value. By linking together buyers and suppliers in real time, digital networks allow procurement leaders to foster collaboration, spur innovation and drive much of the strategic value that fuels growth.

These activities, of course, can benefit the balance sheet. But there are others, equally important, that a spreadsheet cannot easily capture.

PMI continues its decline to 2009 financial-crisis levels

PMI_down_100.jpgThe seasonally-adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) declined for a fourth consecutive month to reach 44.3 points in February 2020. The 0.9-point decline brought the index to its lowest level since the second half of 2009 when the economy started to recover from a deep recession triggered by the global financial crisis.

"At four points below the average reading in 2019, the current level is only six points above the lowest point reached in 2009", noted the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) in a statement.

How the coronavirus will influence your supply chain and what to do about it

Coronavirus_150.jpgWhat key steps can you take to limit the potential effects of the coronavirus on your organisation?

On 9 February, the world received news from China that it didn't want to hear.

The number of confirmed deaths from the coronavirus had overtaken that of the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), with more than 1 000 casualties.

In addition to that, the virus is spreading at an alarming rate. There are now more than 40 000 confirmed cases. And this number is increasing with as much as 20% every day.

While the virus is terrifying from a public health perspective, it is also alarming in terms of supply chain. Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the virus and now a city in total lockdown and complete disarray, is one of the world's largest industrial hubs.

Procurious Founder, Tania Seary, takes a look at how the coronavirus is affecting global supply chains - and what you can do about it.

Procurement perspectives: justifying consultancy fees

StephenBauld_100.jpgBy Stephen Bauld

One might wonder why, as a consultant for over a decade, I would write about overpriced consultants. Being in this industry, I often hear stories about the high costs incurred when securing consulting services; these stories are widespread and frequent.

Indeed, it is surprising how many consultants are so sensitive to this issue. So much so that they actually make a point of declaring in their advertising material that "we are not going to charge you outrageous fees". Much of the adverse newspaper commentary in relation to the cost of consultants to government is exaggerated.

PMI ushers in 2020 with a decline

PMI_Economy_150.jpgThe seasonally-adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) started 2020 on the back foot and declined further in January. The PMI lost 1.9 points to reach 45.2 index points, the lowest level since September 2019.

The performance of the five major sub-components was mixed, with two indices recovering somewhat from multi-year lows reached in the previous month, and three declining in January.

Why procurement can and should be the epicentre of business innovation

SueBarrett_100.jpegBy Sue Barrett, Founder, Barrett Consulting Group

Procurement, whether they are aware of it or not, is the epicentre of innovation and leadership of complex systems management within organisations and across supply chains. Or at least they should be...

PMI paints a bleak picture of the manufacturing sector's 2019 performance

PMI_Economy_150.jpgThe Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) edged lower in December 2019 to 47.1 index points, down from 47.7 points recorded in November 2019. The December figure is about 1 point below the average recorded throughout 2019.

The PMI paints a bleak picture of the manufacturing sector's performance in 2019 as the headline PMI managed to edge above 50 points for only two months in the year. Bouts of load shedding, persistent weak domestic demand and more intense headwinds from the global economy likely weighed on activity during the year.


 

 

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