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: INCOTERMS ® 2020 RULES
13 February 2020
Premier Hotel, OR Tambo, Jhb

To accommodate changes as the global trade environment has evolved, a revised version of the Incoterms® rules [Incoterms® 2020] has been released by the ICC which will take effect from 1 January 2020.

Incoterms ® are fundamental to international trade, providing a set of contract terms for international trade and delivery of freight. The Incoterms ® 2020 is a must know for all parties involved in any form of international trade and need to be clearly understood in order to ensure compliancy and clearly define the seller & buyers' responsibilities, risks and costs. This one-day programme will include:

·         The current Incoterms ® 2020 rules in detail

·         What are the key changes in the latest Incoterms ® revision?

·         How to implement these rules into every contract of sale

·         Which Incoterms ® 2020 to quote in order to zero rate VAT on exports

·         Understanding the delivery of every Incoterm from EXW – DDP

·         Why traders would choose one set of Incoterm rules over another

·         How to insert Incoterms ® 2020 into your import and export costings

·         Commonly misused terms and how to avoid the consequences

·         Practical exercises

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MASTERCLASS: EXPORTING INTO AFRICA
19 - 20 February 2020
Premier Hotel, OR Tambo, Jhb

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.

This 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 and how to implement up-to-date export administration processes within every organisation.

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EFFECTIVE DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT
25 - 26 February 2020
Protea Hotel OR Tambo, Jhb

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 performance effectively and create an environment of continuous improvement

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BEST PRACTICES: DEMAND PLANNING & INVENTORY OPTIMISATION
25 - 26 February 2020
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.

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 and optimise inventory performance in your organisation.

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EFFECTIVE INVENTORY MANAGEMENT
11 - 12 March 2020
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. This workshop is aimed at an intermediate level.


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BEST PRACTICES: DEMAND PLANNING & INVENTORY OPTIMISATION
17 - 18 March 2020
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.

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 and optimise inventory performance in your organisation.

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LOGISTICS COSTINGS WORKSHOP
7 May 2020
Premier Hotel, OR Tambo, Jhb

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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MASTERCLASS: IMPROVING WAREHOUSE PERFORMANCE
11 - 12 May 2020
Premier Hotel, OR Tambo, Jhb

Facilitated by three experienced practitioners and led 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 measure and improve operational performance within their own distribution centres.

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 facilitators 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.

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