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LOGISTICS: SAPICS Scores with Another Outstanding Conference


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elighted delegates have given a unanimous nod of approval following this year’s SAPICS Conference and Exhibition for supply chain and operations management professionals, which wrapped up recently at Sun City. The organizers have announced that attendees rated the 32nd annual event as one of the best ever, with attendance up to a record high of 1050.

BTS was the principal sponsor of the 2010 SAPICS Conference and Exhibition for the second consecutive year, and the event was once again co-hosted by the Supply Chain Council (SCC).

At the glittering gala dinner that ended the conference on a festive note, prizes were awarded to outstanding speakers and exhibitors, and competition winners were announced. This year, the Terry Smee Award for the Best Speaker at the Conference was presented to Karl Manrodt of Georgia Southern University in the USA, whose presentation on "Vested Outsourcing" inspired delegates.

The South African Breweries Award for the Most Innovative Presentation was this year awarded Abrie de Swardt of IMPERIAL Logistics, for his presentation entitled "Greening Transportation in the Supply Chain".

The SAPICS Award for the Best written Paper from a Practitioner was presented to Mark Hunter, of Eskom whose paper addressed “Getting rid of your clutter”.

The winner of the exhibitor's award for the Best Stand went to SYSPRO, and SAPICS president Reuben Badana says that this year's exhibition was outstanding, thanks to the huge investment made by the exhibitors in creating an exhibition of value to the delegates.

Exhibitors ran fabulous competitions during the conference, and prizes included a Hyundai Atos from IMPERIAL Logistics. .

Reflecting its commitment to investing in the future of the supply chain profession, SAPICS and conference co-host the Supply Chain Council invited students from various higher education institutions to attend the SAPICS conference. For the first time, six students were invited to create poster presentations, which were well-received by delegates. "Our students created interesting and professional poster presentations, and we applaud their efforts and are grateful to Volition Consulting Services for their support of this initiative," Reuben said.

Sponsors were also recognised at the gala dinner, with certificates of appreciation presented to BTS, IMPERIAL Logistics, MTN Business, UTi, Oliver Wight, Volition Consulting Services and Value Logistics. "The support SAPICS has enjoyed this year from our sponsors has been exceptional," Reuben commented. "We are encouraged by the enormous effort that each and every sponsor has made in adding tremendous value to this event."

A new element at this year's conference, which was especially well-received by delegates, was the interactive exchange session. At these informal get-togethers, a selection of keynote speakers were available to discuss their presentations, or elaborate on certain areas, with small groups of delegates. "Praise is pouring in for these," Reuben comments. "They truly encompassed the conference's aim to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing."

The SAPICS Conference and Exhibition has gone from strength to strength since the very first conference was organised for 35 delegates in 1975. This year's conference had special significance, following hot on the heels of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. "Our aim this year was to equip delegates with the skills and knowledge to help them maintain the success and momentum of the World Cup, and reap the rewards of this event long after the last vuvuzela was blown at the final at our magnificent Soccer City. I think we achieved that, and believe delegates left thinking 'ayoba'," Reuben concludes.

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