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

DEMAND PLANNING & MANAGEMENT
17 - 18 August 2016
Premier Hotel OR Tambo, Johannesburg

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.
 
Attendees to this workshop will be encouraged to participate, debate, and discuss the topics that are presented. The facilitator 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. The content of this workshop is practical and delegates will leave with proven methodologies that can immediately be implemented in their supply chain.

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10TH ANNUAL WAREHOUSING SUMMIT
24 - 25 August 2016
Premier Hotel, O.R. Tambo, Jhb

Vicenda is proud to celebrate our 10th Warehousing Summit - consistently providing a high standard of content each year and a unique platform for the industry to learn, share and engage with each other. To increase the value proposition for delegates and create a more convenient and accessible event for delegates to schedule time for the specific content they’re looking for, we’ve broken this year’s Summit into 2 separate days and delegates can attend either day or the full two-day Summit:

Day 1:  is a structured one-day Masterclass on Warehouse Layout & Design

Day 2:  features case studies and unique insights from industry experts

This Summit will assist delegates to explore ways to optimize their distribution centres in order to build higher throughput and a flexible system for superior customer service while minimizing operational expense. The content of this conference is designed to be practical and delegates consistently leave this Summit with fresh ideas and proven methodologies that can immediately be implemented in their supply chain.

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THE BEER DISTRIBUTION GAME
7 September 2016
Premier Hotel, O.R. Tambo

The Beer Game is the ideal simulation game for your supply chain planning team however it’s also an excellent learning experience to ensure that people from different functional areas within your business (distribution, sales & marketing, finance, customer service, procurement, manufacturing, etc.) gain a shared understanding of what is required to address the challenges of managing demand & supply.

This event caters for individuals or teams of any size. Although each team in the game consists of 8 participants, the majority of attendees will be individuals or a few representatives from each company that we will then integrate into teams of 8. This is a half-day event – so attend either the morning or  afternoon session.

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LOGISTICS COSTINGS - JHB
8 September 2016
Premier Hotel OR Tambo, Johannesburg

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. This is a workshop environment where delegates will be expected to discuss, engage and participate. Laptops with Excel will be provided by Vicenda for the workgroup sessions. Delegates will leave with a template spreadsheet to assist in setting up their own logistics costing model.

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OPTIMISING COSTS & EFFICIENCY ON OUTSOURCED TRANSPORT
13 September 2016
Protea Hotel, OR Tambo

Many companies 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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LOGISTICS COSTINGS - CAPE TOWN
15 September 2016
Protea Hotel, Tyger Valley, Cape Town

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. This is a workshop environment where delegates will be expected to discuss, engage and participate. Laptops with Excel will be provided by Vicenda for the workgroup sessions. Delegates will leave with a template spreadsheet to assist in setting up their own logistics costing model.

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EFFECTIVE WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT
11 - 12 October 2016
Premier Hotel OR Tambo, Johannesburg

Facilitated by Clayton Thomas, one of the leading warehouse experts in SA, this interactive two-day workshop is designed to provide delegates with the skills and knowledge required to effectively manage operations within a modern warehouse or distribution centre.

The practical nature of this workshop ensures that delegates will leave with techniques and methodologies that can immediately be implemented in their operations. In addition, our experienced facilitator will also address some of the more common issues challenging modern organisations and will offer strategic and practical approaches for consideration in transforming your distribution centre into a value-adding link in your supply chain. Attendees will be encouraged to participate, debate, and discuss the topics that are presented. This workshop is aimed at an intermediary level. 

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