“The Fresh Connection
Challenge” is

an innovative business simulation that is delivering big benefits for companies
around the world. Developed in the Netherlands nine years ago, it was launched
in South Africa in 2010 by leading Southern African supply chain and operations
management association SAPICS. “To date,
The Fresh Connection has been experienced by more than 12 000 professionals in
600 companies and 12 000 students in 100 universities across the world,”

reveals SAPICS president Mungo Park. “Businesses
benefiting from The Fresh Connection include Fortune 500 multinational
manufacturing businesses,”
he states.

This latest challenge, hosted in Johannesburg by SAPICS,
will focus on the application and benefits of Demand Driven Materials
Requirement Planning (DDMRP) in supply chain and operations management. Park
elaborates: “There has been a lot of hype
in recent years about DDMRP. To highlight what it really is and what it means
for business, SAPICS decided to offer a series of internationally collaborative
workshops. One of these is a Fresh Connection match featuring teams and
facilitators from France and South Africa, as well as renowned international
presenters. Through The Fresh Connection simulation, participants will be able
to experience the new and innovative DDMRP approach in an environment that is
risk free. They will be able to explore and understand the conceptual
differences between conventional supply chain methodologies and emerging
flow-based practices like DDMRP, which are more fitting for the volatile,
uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world that we find ourselves in.”


Teams from France-based supply chain association FAPICS
will compete in this Fresh Connection challenge against South African supply
chain practitioners, and the competition and workshop will be facilitated by industry
gurus Caroline Mondon and Tracy Cheetham. With over 25 years’ experience in
managing operations in French and international manufacturing companies, Mondon
has significant expertise in supply chain management and functions, planning
and scheduling and in the Demand Driven Adaptive Enterprise Model. Cheetham is
an experienced supply chain professional and educator with a background in
operations and ERP systems in the manufacturing, service and logistics
industries. She has held a range of leadership roles in South Africa and the
United States and is a past president of SAPICS.

“Given that France pipped
South Africa to the post by being awarded the 2023 Rugby World Cup, this
international business challenge may be an opportunity for some payback,”
Park concludes.

This workshop and Fresh Connection Challenge takes place on
5 April 2018. For more information, or to register to participate in the event,
011 023
6701 or email