SUNConferences, 29th Annual Conference of SAIIE

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Looking beyond the storm
Renier Steynberg, Ashleigh Jacobs

Last modified: 2018-09-25

Abstract


RCL FOODS is a leading African food producer based in Durban, South Africa. Employing over 20 000 staff and with operations across South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda and Zambia, RCL delivers much loved brands to foodservice customers & consumers. The logistics division of RCL FOODS, Vector, is a sales & merchandising and specialist multi-temperature supply chain partner covering bulk & secondary warehousing and transport service solutions, offering services to both RCL FOODS and external partners.

Given the prevailing economic climate, stagnant GDP and increasing political instability prior to 2018, South African businesses were faced with continued low growth prospects & rising costs. The added volatility and disruption in the form of imports, avian flu, drought, and retailer centralisation, coupled with the rise of the digital supply chain and ever increasing customer expectations, made this challenging business environment even more turbulent for Vector to navigate.

These challenges, and the journey that was taken by the company to navigate this period, are discussed.


Keywords


Supply Chain