About Vicenda

In an environment as dynamic and complex as supply chain management, it is imperative for supply chain professionals to keep in touch with industry trends, best practices and technological advancements in order to maintain an optimal and competitive supply chain.

Vicenda is an innovative services company delivering business information services to the logistics and supply chain industry. Our focus is to provide executives with tailored business platforms that allow them to keep informed and up-to-date with the latest industry trends. Our workshops, conferences and roundtables bring together industry experts and seasoned practitioners to share their knowledge, experience and insight in interactive learning environments.

Although content is always based on sound academic principles, we have a strong focus on sharing fresh perspectives and practical solutions to the business challenges that supply chain executives encounter daily.

Supply Chain Update is our online industry publication. Now in its fifth year, it continues to provide a valuable platform for industry news, articles, perspectives, multimedia, events and supply chain jobs. Visit the site here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ESSENTIALS OF EXPORT MANAGEMENT
8 - 9 February 2017
Premier Hotel, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg

This two-day workshop is aimed at providing delegates with an understanding of best inter-processes, South African government statutory requirements and how to implement important export administration processes within every organisation.

The content covers the real-world application of how to effectively handle the technical aspects relating to exports.  It is highly practical and will also highlight potential problems that could arise from incorrectly applying these technical processes and how to evade the pitfalls relating to Exports. Practical exercises are included in this workshop which will provide delegates with the necessary information and practical skills which can be easily implemented in the work-place.

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DEMAND PLANNING & MANAGEMENT
15 - 16 February 2017
Premier Hotel OR Tambo, Jhb

The volatility of sales in today’s highly competitive marketplace lends itself to less reliable sales forecasts and the consequent necessity of higher inventory levels to maintain reasonable customer service levels. Accurate demand forecasts are a necessity in order to maintain service levels and optimize inventory levels in a lean operating supply chain. A Fundamental understanding of the forecasting process and requirements for an accurate forecast are a necessity for any supply chain professional involved in the demand planning process.

The content of this workshop is practical and delegates will leave with proven methodologies that can immediately be implemented in their supply chain. Attendees will be encouraged to participate, debate, and discuss the topics that are presented. The presenter will also address the fundamental issues challenging modern organisations and will offer strategic and practical approaches for consideration to consistently improve forecast accuracy in your organisation.

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LOGISTICS COSTINGS WORKSHOP
16 February 2017
Premier Hotel, O.R. Tambo

The logistics costs of satisfying customer demand can be substantial, yet these costs are generally not fully understood by organisations as typical accounting systems tend to be focused on detailing product costs as opposed to customer service costs.

Every company has its own unique supply chain, with highly individualized logistics cost inputs, yet most companies seem to suffer from a lack of visibility of costs as they are incurred through the supply chain pipeline. In order to effectively monitor, manage and optimise their operational costs, logistics professionals must understand the specific logistics cost elements and drivers as well as the true costs of servicing different customer types / channels & market segments.

The content of this workshop has been designed to empower delegates with a solid understanding of logistics cost elements and drivers as well as the critical relationships between physical activities, operating performance, cost generation and pricing within a logistics environment.

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IMPORT & EXPORT DOCUMENTATION
22 February 2017
Premier Hotel, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg

Documents move goods from one continent to another, banks pay on the presentation of key documents, Customs and Excise globally allow products entry into a country based on documentary evidence and the only proof of performance that an exporter or importer has are the documents provided. This programme will ensure that you understand the four essential contracts of international trade, namely the contract of sale; the contract of payment; the contract of transport and the contract of marine insurance

Practical exercises are included in this workshop which will provide delegates with the necessary information and practical skills which can be easily implemented in the work-place. 

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MASTERCLASS: OPTIMISING COSTS & EFFICIENCY ON OUTSOURCED TRANSPORT
22 February 2017
Premier Hotel, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg

Many companies/cargo owners believe their transport operations are efficient with little room for improvement – “if costs are the same or less than last year then we’re doing ok?”. Very often the only area where attention is focused is upon negotiating ‘a better rate’ – a simplistic solution for what is a complex problem. However - the companies that are achieving exceptional savings in their logistics are successful by taking a new, integrated approach to the entire transportation process.

This workshop offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable, fresh insights into this integrated approach to transport optimisation. Delegates will benefit from the first-hand knowledge and experience of some of South Africa’s foremost consultants in this specialised field, to uncover hidden inefficiencies and unlock new areas for savings and performance enhancement. The session will also enable delegates to benchmark their own organisation against industry best practice to help develop their own Transport Improvement Plan. 

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STORES MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE
8 - 9 March 2017
Premier Hotel, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg

Effective Stores Operations play a critical role in the profitability and success of each business. The manner in which stores are managed can impact significantly on inventory, customer service levels and ultimately, the company’s bottom line. This workshop will provide delegates with a complete understanding of current best practices in stores management and importantly, how to apply them effectively in their current environment. The aim of this workshop is empower delegates with the knowledge to increase efficiency, improve productivity and be more customer focused and service oriented.

The content is practical and over these two days, delegates will gain knowledge of the fundamentals in managing stores effectively as well as proven methodologies that can immediately be implemented in their stores or warehouse.

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ESSENTIALS OF IMPORT MANAGEMENT
15 - 16 March 2017
Premier Hotel, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg

This two-day workshop will provide delegates with a complete perspective of the latest international trade processes. The presenter will discuss the real-world application of how to effectively handle the technical aspects relating to imports. This practical two day programme will highlight the potential problems and provide guidelines to ensure compliancy.

When importing into South Africa, the statutory requirements must be understood and implemented correctly in order to ensure compliancy and avoid possible fines & penalties. Practical exercises are included in this workshop which will provide delegates with the necessary information and practical skills which can be easily implemented in the work-place. 

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MASTERCLASS: SALES & OPERATIONS PLANNING
16 March 2017
Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg

Effective planning is critical to business success and in the current economic climate, companies are under additional pressure to be more responsive to challenging market conditions. To cope successfully with these challenges, cross-functional collaboration between operations, sales and finance is a necessity in order to effectively synchronise demand and supply-side imbalances in an enterprise.

If you’re looking to implement Sales & Operations Planning in your company or to improve your current planning process, this Masterclass offers a practical guide to designing, implementing and maintaining an effective S&OP process in your own organisation.

This Masterclass provides a unique opportunity to gain insight from an experienced practitioner directly responsible for implementing and leading a world-class Sales & Operations Planning process implementation together with years of cross-industry supply chain management experience. 

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THE BEER DISTRIBUTION GAME
27 March 2017
Premier Hotel, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg

Developed by professors at MIT Sloan School of Management in the 1960’s, the Beer Distribution Game is a business simulation used to effectively illustrate the challenges of managing demand & supply within a traditional supply chain – without the advantage of information sharing or collaboration.

The Beer Distribution Game is experiential learning at its best! For individuals or teams – beginners or veterans, this is a truly worthwhile experience for anyone involved in supply chain management.

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