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Businesses that ignore fire safety likely to have the heat turned...

Businesses that experience significant damage due to fire – such as the loss of warehousing space, equipment, or stock-holding – struggle to regain their competitive advantage. This is why it is critical for all businesses to ensure that they have adequate fire-safety measures in place.

Moving into the digital space: electronic COCs

The digital domain has evolved into a world of its own, endless online opportunities have been availed for various processes which were previously traditionally facilitated. Although these methods themselves have not changed much, society has, and it is vital that we also keep up with the times.

Reducing energy consumption and cost

In the first quarter of the year, Eskom and the government committed to developing a workable strategy to stabilise the national grid as capacity is ramped up and maintenance is scheduled. Following a briefing by deputy president David Mabuza on events at the national utility and electricity constraints, a Technical Review Panel appointed by the Eskom board and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan promised a plan by April.

Fixing the organisation starts with competent quality practitioners

This paper argues that when organisations compete in conditions of a complex economy in turmoil, quality remains an important aspect of competitiveness. The key issue still remains as to how quality management is implemented and continually organised, rather than just delving in just quality issues. Although respective literature points out that quality be the responsibility of management, the question still remains as to how this responsibility is organised and executed and what the roles of the quality managers are.

Transforming workspaces to enable business growth

Around the world, workspace requirements are changing dramatically. Fuelled by an increasingly tech-driven business ecosystem, office spaces have to evolve in order to meet new workplace demands.

JIT key to optimising FMCG supply chain

The ability to manufacture ‘just enough’ stock to cover orders and deliver ‘just enough’ product to every retailer is the optimal supply chain scenario in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry. This is known as Just in Time (JIT) manufacturing and delivery. However, while there are many benefits to this type of hyper-optimised supply chain, achieving it has historically proven to be challenging.

How AI is growing in the workplace

So far the effects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been slow to reveal themselves in businesses in South Africa but the scale of the oncoming change is starting to become apparent overseas. AI’s influence is growing in the workplace and will bring substantial change to South African offices in the next few years as machine learning, task automation and robotics are increasingly used in business.

Why co-working is the future of work

Co-working spaces are increasingly popular in South Africa and around the world as more people and companies jump on the trend. From what we have seen in past few years and the massive expected further adoption of shared work spaces as the norm, we think it is the future of work.

PODCAST | In imports, timing is everything

An interview with Dr Greg Cline, Head Corporate Accounts, Investec Import Solutions, and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing timing in relation to importing. Common sense indicates that when the currency is stronger, it becomes cheaper to import. But, if we consider that the trade market changes constantly and that there are a number of factors that affect the sector – beyond currency fluctuations, is there really a right time to import?

Power grid set to surge

Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, purportedly granted a welcome deviation from South Africa’s existing power generation licensing regulations that should see a relaxation of the process, encouraging additional power supply into the local grid. The change comes amidst growing concern over an already-strained national power supply and its ability to tolerate the increased winter load.
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