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

MASTERCLASS: EXPORTING INTO AFRICA
8 - 9 May 2018
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban

This two-day workshop will cover the real-world application of how to effectively handle the technical aspects relating to exporting into Africa.  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 the unique nature of Exporting into Africa.

Delivered by the Master Trainer for the International Chamber of Commerce for Africa, the workshop is aimed at providing delegates with an understanding of current best inter-processes, South African government statutory requirements, the benefits offered by trade agreements such as SADC, EAC, COMESA and SACU and how to implement up-to-date export administration processes within every organisation. 

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EFFECTIVE INVENTORY MANAGEMENT
16 - 17 May 2018
Premier Hotel, OR Tambo, Jhb

This two-day workshop will provide delegates with a comprehensive understanding of current best practices in inventory management and importantly, how to apply them effectively in their current environment. Specifically, the workshop will cover:

   - The role & functions of inventory within the supply chain
   - Best practices for the management of inventory
   - Performance measurement & improvement
   - Solutions to inventory management challenges
   - Understanding the real cost of inventory
   - Supply chain principles & management issues
   - Implementation action plans

The content of this workshop is practical and delegates will leave with tools, ideas and proven methodologies that can immediately be implemented in their supply chain.

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EFFECTIVE DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT
23 - 24 May 2018


For any company that offers goods or services, it is vital to conduct efficient and cost-effective distribution in order to reduce operating costs, maintain customer service levels and sustain growth in today’s highly competitive marketplace.

This workshop will provide delegates with an understanding of the components required to create and maintain an effective distribution network and will also take into account some of the changing dynamics of our South African landscape. The content is a combination of proven methodologies and valuable perspectives.

On completion of this workshop, delegates will be able to better understand:

   - how to improve and maintain a high level of customer service
   - the costs associated with servicing customers
   - proven techniques to improve distribution strategy and execution
   - how to reduce distribution costs through improved efficiencies
   - how to apply processes and technology to optimise the efficiency of your operation
   - effective tools for problem solving distribution issues
   - how to measure 
& improve performance effectively

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EFFECTIVE WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT
5 - 6 June 2018
Premier Hotel, OR Tambo, Jhb

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. 

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DEMAND PLANNING & MANAGEMENT
25 - 26 July 2018
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.


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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