Logistics software provider Dovetail Business Solutions in conjunction with logistics and transport services provider Baker SA Limited hosted a Southern African round table discussion with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) on September 16, 2014.

The discussion focused on the success that can be achieved through collaborative partnership of logistics services companies, focusing on IT integration, skills development, network design, advanced fleet configurations and MHE enhancement in the logistics industry.

Supply Chain Transformation

The transformation improved service delivery by appointing a single logistics service provider to service the networks’ end-clients, which included the implementation of Dovetail’s warehouse management system (WMS) software into its supply chain.

The redesigned network took the facilities count from ten warehouses to two, enabling the provision of real-time cross dock solutions on a national basis.

Delivery efficiencies were improved and were realised through the implementation of improved product handling techniques, upskilled material handling equipment, and an up-skilled workforce, which was achieved through training programs such as driver training, forklift instructor training and modules training.

Setting the Technology Benchmark

One of the project highlights was the introduction of a global technology into the local market; Bakers SA was the first company to use the Intelligent Clamp in South Africa in August 2009.

The Round Table Discussion ended with a site visit to Baker’s warehouse in which the company demonstrated the operational side of handling its clients product and what role its WMS plays in ensuring efficiency.

Intelligent Clamp

Bakers was the first company in South Africa to use the Intelligent Clamp.

More than 40 logistics industry stakeholders attended the round table discussion along with students from the University of Johannesburg.

In November, Dovetail will be hosting another CSCMP round table discussion in which it will talk about the key highlights of its book: The Book on Logistics Software and stimulate debate regarding logistics issues in the industry.

About the CSCMP

Founded in 1963, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is the preeminent worldwide professional association dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge on supply chain management. With over 8,500 members representing nearly all industry sectors, government, and academia from 67 countries, CSCMP members are the leading practitioners and authorities in the fields of logistics and supply chain management. The organization is led by an elected group of global officers with its headquarters located in Lombard, Illinois, USA

Through its many publications, as well as education and networking opportunities, CSCMP provides its members with what they need to become more effective supply chain managers. Over 100 CSCMP Roundtables across the world serve to enhance your career and advance your profession at the local level. Special membership categories are available for both students and emerging professionals just entering the work force.

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