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Article by Leading Architecture - Gregg Cocking 13 June 2013

Nampak Sacks wins Afrisams key supplier of the year award

“It’s a two-way street,” comments AfriSam’s Supply Chain Manager, Calie Ehrke. “Our suppliers are integral to our own growth and success and we value our long term relationships with them highly. We incentivise one another to keep raising the bar and in that way, are motivated to strive for constant improvement as we build our future together.”

Suppliers are nominated from different business units and regions according to specific categories and then rated against criteria considered critical to AfriSam’s business imperatives. Internal awards are accorded for above average performance, and this year were attained by the Procurement division, with Johan van Staden collecting the prize for the Strategic Sourcing Team as the best improved procurement region/area for 2012 and Dries Naude and Hendrik Nel representing Dudfield for the best procurement region for 2012.

“Competition for all the awards is stiff,” adds Ehrke. “We have some 3 200 vendors on our vendors’ list and each one appreciates its importance to our company. We consider a range of criteria that vary from total spend to BBBEE status, from safety records to quality of service or product, from contribution to our brand to pricing policies and future market trends, to mention just a few.”

The plum of the awards: AfriSam Key Supplier of the Year 2012, was granted to Nampak Sacks which came out on top despite very stiff competition.

AfriSam remains committed to the principles of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE, [Status]) and is currently a level 2 contributor.

The company’s main drive is to assist current suppliers with their transformation requirements, whilst ensuring that all new suppliers adhere to the minimum legislated requirements.

“One of our key priorities over the next five years in this regard is to support the establishment and growth of black-owned business, especially black women-owned business,” concludes Ehrke.

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