Updated: Aug 14
“These awards have given me hope. The companies and individuals have shown that it is not only possible to survive during difficult times but also to thrive. We as judges have seen some amazing stories of innovation, determination and perseverance. The results have blown me away.” Judge David Crewe-Brown, and director of SAPICS
Almost 200 African supply chain professionals attended the awards dinner in Sandton where top honours, outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals working in the supply chain profession in Africa were recognised and celebrated, in the eight categories in the 2022 Inaugural Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards showcased the resilient, innovative and world-class African Supply Chain Professionals.
Coronet Blockchain was amongst the companies recognised next to industry giants for supply chain digitisation category
Shadrack Kubyane the CEO and Co-Founder of Coronet Blockchain
After our success of scaling a startup from R5000 to R30 Million, the demand that came from across the continent with brands wanting the same success sent us back to the drawing boards. We were asking ourselves a number of questions around How can we help as many startups as possible to scale their business? Who can do what we did with the other startup, not just at scale with agility, meaning how can we achieve the same success in a shorter period of time? What other industries can benefit from the solution when we find it?
Our first response was to first observe best practices from other industries as to how they have been solving the same pain-points around product quality, consistency, product sourcing across global supply chains and business systems that speak to each other instead of silos. Secondly we looked for existing solutions available across industries.
We unfortunately could only find a number of solutions that could not really deliver a holistic platform that solve the above pain-points in a holistic way, we would have to get a number of solutions that would not really speak to each other. This proved to be an expensive exercise as most of these solutions were designed for enterprise business with bigger budgets and bigger teams.
We soon realised that we needed to build our own solution with small and medium business in mind. Affordable, easy to use and solving real pain points faced by African based SMEs. That is how our journey of creating a blockchain based supply chain solution began. We’re very privileged to have received this recognition today.
Here’s what other judges & expects had to say about the Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards:
Dr Juanita Maree, chief executive officer (CEO) of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF),
Concurred, and said that her experience as a judge had filled her with hope, pride and an unwavering belief that now is our time in South Africa and Africa. “With excellence like what we saw in the final rounds, we can create a different narrative and unlock value where we operate,” she said.
Africa is poised for greatness
Judge Adebayo Adeleke Founder of Supply Chain Africa
Stated that the awards project and outstanding entries had restored his hope that Africa is poised for greatness. “This experience showcases strength, uniqueness and beauty in African supply chains. This is a beginning of greater things within the continent and excellence is just the beginning.”
Judge Martin Bailey of Industrial Logistic Systems & CILTSA.
“Regardless of the multitude of problems facing our industry, we continue to show that our supply chains are innovative and resilient and can create great solutions to better service our communities,” commented judge Martin Bailey of Industrial Logistic Systems and CILTSA.
Gavin Kelly, chief executive officer of The Road Freight Association,
Who was also one of the judges who evaluated the outstanding entries received, said: “The entries showcased the resilience, innovation and world class ambitions of companies in the African supply chain. Being in the supply chain business has been exceptionally difficult in recent years, but the green shoots and dedicated pursuit of perfection are definitely alive and well in Africa and will deliver the greatest value to all the beneficiaries in supply chains.”.
Judge Clayton Thomas, director of Industrial Logistic Systems
Rated the inaugural Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards as “an inspiring and insightful experience”. He asserted that the event highlighted the ingenuity and capability of the African supply chain industry and its people and their commitment to developing and delivering best in class solutions to benefit everyday lives.
World class vision and execution of supply chain professionals
Judge Charles Dey
“The inaugural Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards provided objectively verifiable proof not only of the world class vision and execution of supply chain professionals on this continent, but also of the globally comparable skills and knowledge being built in this area,” commented judge Charles Dey.
The leading organisations that joined forces to launch and promote the first ever Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards are the African Centre for Supply Chain (Nigeria), the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM), The Road Freight Association, the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF), Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering (SAIIE), South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) and SAPICS (The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management).
About the Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards: By the Industry, For the Industry
The Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards (ASCEA) celebrate organisations and individuals excelling in Supply Chain Management in Africa.
The organisations and individuals who work throughout the supply chain profession have a unique view on what makes the world go around. Managing a supply chain is so much more than moving goods and is a complex role within any organisation to ensure its success and relevance in this volatile world we live in.
The Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards has been set up as a not-for-profit entity. It is the firm objective that funds raised by the Awards and associated events will go towards the creation of sustainable bursary opportunities for worthy individuals looking for supply chain education opportunities.
For more information, contact +27 11 678 1906;https://www.ascea.co.za/