The impact of e-procurement on Namakwa Sands
Smith, Dirk Johan
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In this dissertation the impact of a-procurement on Namakwa Sands was studied. Clear objectives were set in this regard. Firstly the impact on the respective users was to be established. Secondly, the preparedness of the company as well as all users was discussed. The last objective was to render some recommendation as to the implementation of a-procurement. A thorough empirical study was conducted to study and analyse the current status of user groups and to establish the expected impact of a-procurement on Namakwa Sands. In this regard suppliers, end users in operations and the Materials Management department were addressed. A literature study provided support for the empirical study and also identified advantages, areas of concern and added some valuable initiatives as to the implementation of a-procurement solutions. Recommendations were made to support the objectives of this study. Further recommendations were made that may assist in future studies within this field. The importance of this project cannot be overstressed. Namakwa Sands, as a division of the greater Anglo American worldwide, has to be at the forefront of implementing a-procurement solutions in South Africa and globally. Any aprocurement initiative requires extensive capital investment and change management within the company to realise the benefits thereof. To be well prepared can only assist the company in obtaining its objectives: • Improve efficiency • Reduce costs • Increase profit margins for sustainable development.
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