How to disconnect from online fatigue

Covid-19 has fundamentally changed how (and where) people work. Working from home has already become the new-normal, with a recent Gartner poll indicating that 48% of employees will continue to work remotely in a post-Covid future. By Janneke Henning, regional...

How digital tech can help SMEs navigate the Covid crisis

Even before the pandemic and the hard lockdown, small South African businesses were navigating a time of relentless change — new technologies, new customer expectations, a shifting economic landscape. Now, Covid-19 has put change on steroids and every small business...

Trends that will drive success for SMEs in the future

Forming the backbone of the economy, SMEs serve as a critical engine of economic growth, generating employment and fostering innovation. Christiaan Engelbrecht, financial director at Rectron In South Africa, SMEs contribute nearly 98.5% of the number of formal firms...

We don’t need to be depressed about the future of work

The reality of an increasingly digital world is shaping the future of our youth and our country, whether we’re ready for it or not. By Byron Clatterbuck, CEO of Seacom There is no doubt that the future of work will look different; so much so that the World Economic...

COVID-19 highlights the vibrancy of SA’s informal economy

The COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown have highlighted the central role that township and informal businesses play in the local economy as well as their resilience under the most difficult circumstances.  Accounting for an estimated 3 million non-agricultural...

Cyber adversaries are exploiting the pandemic at enormous scale

The first six months of 2020 witnessed an unprecedented cyber threat landscape. The dramatic scale and rapid evolution of attack methods demonstrate the nimbleness of adversaries to quickly shift their strategies to maximize the current events centered around the...

Trends driving a radical shift in supply chains

Supply chains are in the middle of an evolution that will change completely how chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) organise and operate their organisations, according to Gartner. “CSCOs are tasked to design a supply chain organisation that fits into this new era,”...

IoT hits Trough of Disillusionment

The Gartner 2020 Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Strategy shows that the Internet of Things (IoT) has reached the bottom of the Trough of Disillusionment. The market will begin to climb out of this trough, as the technology advances and practitioners succeed in defining...

Stronger networks will boost supply chains

Single connections between customer and supplier are often not resilient enough in crisis situations, so supply chain leaders must address that challenge by adding more partners and building an ecosystem, according to Gartner. “Major disruption, such as the Covid-19...

Supply chain professionals focus on circular economy

Just over half (51%) of supply chain professionals expect that the focus on their circular economy strategies will increase over the next two years, according to a survey by Gartner. In May and June 2020, Gartner surveyed 528 supply chain professionals and found that...

Concerns that supply chain officers need to address

While the Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the structural and organisational weaknesses of many organizations chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) should address three important CEO concerns, according to Gartner. “When we conducted the annual Gartner CEO and Senior...

Supply chain leaders urged to develop culture of quality

A single disruption in an organisation causes an average culture of quality to drop 9%, according to a survey by Gartner. And organisations experience on average three disruptions per year. “Covid-19, digital transformation, sudden facility shutdowns or an expansion...