An introduction to the SAPICS Conference 2018

For the benefit of parties who have not participated in a SAPICS Conference over the past 40 years, we outline some background information on the nature of the SAPICS Conference of 2018.

Presentations

The event is known as the leading event in Africa for Supply Chain Professionals for good reason. SAPICS officials scour the globe searching for the most interesting and skilled presenters. Preference is given to relevant case studies and securing a speaker slot each year is increasingly competitive. Papers are submitted months before the event and careful selection is made by a totally impartial Speaker Selection Committee drawn from many sectors of industry.

Other programme inclusions

The Conference programme contains a selection of workshops, mainly on the Sunday afternoon of June 10, for which there is no surcharge. In addition, a variety of fascinating site visits are arranged at a nominal charge, mainly for Wednesday June 13. Pre-booking of both workshops and site visits is required, as there is limited space available. In summary, the programme provides 2.5 days of outstanding presentations, educational workshops, relevant site visits, networking and social activities, designed to enhance delegates’ professional knowledge, experience and standing.

The Venue

The recently opened Century City Conference Centre is an immaculate modern and upmarket venue with comfortable hotels within walking distance. It has proven attractive to the dedicated conference-goer, free from the unwelcome distractions of golf courses and slot machines. The design of the venue is conducive to constructive networking over the period of 3 days.

The Exhibition

The central ground floor area is the scene of a medium-sized exhibition with service providers of many kinds exhibiting. Given that access to the venue as a whole is restricted to registered delegates, it allows for a lengthier and more in-depth exchange between exhibitor and delegate to mutual benefit.

Gala Dinner and Banqueting

Although included for many years in the past, the capacity of the venue does not allow us to schedule a gala dinner. Despite this and unlike many other conferences, delegates are well served with generous and quality cuisine, beverages and entertainment. Unlike many other conferences, we are committed to providing enjoyable and quality social events after the official business of the day concludes.

The leading event in Africa for supply chain professionals!

Annually, professionals with a passion for supply chain management meet at the SAPICS Conference to discuss various topics, explore resources relevant to the
supply chain profession, and to benefit from valuable networking opportunities.

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The conference was an eye opener and very informative! Above all it was a great blessing, I won an APICS CSCP course worth +/-R29,000.00
Siyabonga Kundayi, Value Chain Manager, Supply Chain - Aspen Pharmacare
Insightful – Inspiring – Exciting – Cutting Edge
Jan-Adrian Craggs, Industrial Engineer - Insync Solutions
The SAPICS 2016 Conference was an amazing experience that has opened my understanding and passion for Supply Chain optimisation, I would like to thank the events team and all the participating companies that were present for the effort: an exceptional Conference
Chadwin Pylman, Business & Performance Analyst, Supply Chain Services – Transnet Freight Rail
As ever SAPICS 2016 provided great insights, networking and a lively forum for debate, while enabling informal discussions of considerable value between key industry people on
collective issues and opportunities
Nick Gazzard, CEO, Incept
As a long time champion of the SAPICS conference, Imperial is delighted by 2017’s move to a Cape location.
We look forward to contributing to a world class learning and networking event – instilled with new energy and aflame with a collective passion for our industry. Business unusual? Bring it on!
Michelle Neilson, Marketing Executive, Imperial Logistics
SAPICS is for me the premier global SCM Organisation.
Steven Melnyk, Prof. Operations & Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University

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