In support of the supply chain industry, Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has once again partnered with SAPICS – this time the leading materials handling equipment supplier sponsored the ‘Corporate Educator of the Year’ award at the recently-ended Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards.      

SAPICS’ Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards (SCMEEA) event occupies an important spot on the supply chain industry’s calendar. The SCMEEA event was established some 10 years ago to give recognition to individuals, organisations and learning institutions that have heeded the call of the skills shortage and have made a substantial contribution to skills development in the field of supply chain learning – a topic which is very close to GLTC’s own goals.

As a leading professional body for the supply chain management profession, SAPICS established SCMEEA to recognise individuals and organisations that have achieved operational excellence and improved business performance through education and training initiatives.

Debby Marx, Group Marketing Communications Manager at Goscor, says GLTC is very involved with the supply chain industry as it forms an integral part of its customer base. Thus, GLTC is closely affiliated to SAPICS to be able to add value to the supply chain management sector. At this year’s SCMEEA, hosted by SAPICS on the 7th of February in Midrand, Johannesburg, following last year’s postponement, GLTC was the proud sponsor of the ‘Corporate Educator of the Year’ award.

Explaining the reason behind GLTC’s sponsorship of this particular award, Marx says: “We chose to sponsor this award as it encompasses the heart of our business and is a true reflection of Goscor Lift Truck Company’s commitment to the industry and appreciation to other corporates and their young emerging talent,” she says.

The Corporate Educator of the Year award is extended to organisations which recognise the value and importance of supply chain management and actively educate and train their employees in this field. “The main criteria that the winning company was judged on was the investment in continued development of its people and being able to demonstrate continuous improvement and positive support and attitude to skills development in supply chain management,” explains Ronald Ryan, Sales Manager Gauteng at GLTC, who presented the award on behalf of GLTC.

Strong partnership

GLTC has previously partnered with SAPICS on many of the association’s events. Last year, the materials handling equipment leader was the Bronze Sponsor of SAPICS 2018 conference. GLTC will be the Silver Sponsor of the SAPICS conference to be held in Cape Town, in June this year.

“Partnering with a large professional industry body like SAPICS has certainly leveraged our brand into the hearts and minds of our direct target markets. As leaders in the forklift and materials handling industry, we need to be supporting and encouraging development in all levels of the supply chain industry, from corporates to young professionals,” says Marx.

“We are committed to this country and its people. We want to remind the market that we have been around for over three decades, and we are still as solid as a rock and here to stay.  Leveraging the various SAPICS platforms has definitely helped us achieve this,” she adds.

More than just an association

Most supply chain and operations management professionals know SAPICS for its annual conference and exhibition. The association is, however, much more than this. SAPICS, via its network of carefully selected education partners, offers exceptional training programmes, internationally recognised certifications and comprehensive resources.

In addition to the world-class education on offer, SAPICS provides the supply chain community with a year round calendar of professional development events, as well as the impressive annual conference and exhibition which has become the leading event in Africa for supply chain professionals.

As a professional membership-based association, SAPICS aims to advance individuals and organisations in the supply chain profession, through participation in its educational programmes, conferences and events. SAPICS is the local representative linking the industry to the vast global network of supply chain professionals who are members of APICS.

To meet the needs of the broader community around the continent, SAPICS is supported by a strong network of valued, authorised education providers. The executive committee is based in Johannesburg, Gauteng, and the Board of Directors, comprising leading South African supply chain and operations management professionals, oversees the strategic direction of the association. SAPICS is managed on a day-to-day basis by the professional administration delivered by Upavon Management.

SAPICS strives for quality, professionalism and continuous improvement. It is South Africa’s leading source of knowledge and expertise in supply chain management, including production, inventory, materials management, purchasing, distribution and logistics. SAPICS is also a proud APICS Diamond Channel Partner in Africa, as well as a valued partner of the Demand Driven Institute, Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning and Fapics.

Ronald Ryan, Goscor Lift Truck Company Sales Manager – Gauteng, represented the company at the SAPICS SCEEMA awards.

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