Vodafone Qatar: the importance of supply chains
Hicham Nehme, Senior Supply Chain Manager at Vodafone Qatar, discusses the importance of supply chains in telecommunications with Supply Chain Digital.
Hicham Nehme Senior Supply Chain Manager at Vodafone Qatar, has had 18 years experience in the supply chain industry working in different organisations and industries. However for the last eight years he has specialised in telecommunication procurement. “I've been CIPS-certified since 2013 and am a holder of an MBA and business administration system degree.”
When speaking to Supply Chain Digital in this month’s magazine, Nehme discusses the state of flux that the telecommunications industry is currently experiencing not only in Qatar but globally. Telecom operators are facing financial challenges, due to the shrinking of their margins,” Nehme explains. “What the company realised is that the only way to fix this problem is by reducing costs, and to achieve these goals, we must use the supply chain. The supply chain has become a critical department across the organisation. Our involvement now starts from the planning stage, not just the execution. We can help the decision makers to build their strategy and to properly put their plans in place.”
In addition to financial change, Nehme also highlighted the evolution of technology and how Vodafone is at the forefront. “We’re proud to be the first company providing 5G for their customers in Qatar. We are leading 5G within the country and in the world at large, an achievement we are really proud of.” Implementing 5G requires upgraded infrastructure, and “Vodafone Qatar is taking the lead to be part of that growth in the coming years,” says Nehme. “The telecommunications industry is critical for any country, and that’s where we play our role in the growth of the economy.”
With these changes, Nehme has been developing clean supply chains strategies, in order to thrive in an evolving industry. “Something that’s impacted our way of thinking is the five rights of procurement, which is providing the right number of the right materials at the right time and at the right place for the right price. We're not just focused on the finish anymore, now we analyse spending. We analyse the product as its bought. We use technology to enhance our procurement strategy and gather data from different resources. This all helps us to build a strong strategy for the supply chain, and to achieve our goals and objectives in the long and the short-term.”
To read the full Vodafone Qatar feature, check out the February edition of Supply Chain Digital.
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Accenture Acquires SCM Software Firm Blue Horseshoe
Accenture has announced its acquisition of Blue Horseshoe, a US-based supply chain management software provider and consultancy firm.
Upon completion, Blue Horseshoe’s 349 professionals will join Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations group, expanding the professional services group’s capabilities to create more interconnected and resilient supply chains for clients.
“To be competitive, companies need to transform their supply chains to deliver the innovative and hyper-personalised products, services and experiences that are in high demand—and fulfilment is core to that transformation,” said Renato Scaff, Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations North America lead. “Blue Horseshoe’s deep fulfilment consulting experience and methodologies support Accenture’s vision for building customer-centric, resilient and responsible supply chains that benefit people, society and the planet.”
Who are Blue Horseshoe?
- Founded: 2001
- CEO: Chris Cason
- Employees: 349
- Offices: 4 in USA, 1 in Amsterdam, 1 in Estonia
- Key customers: Lids, Pabst Brewing Co., Half Price Books, Britax, Major Brands
Founded in 2001 in Indiana, USA, Blue Horseshoe now operates from six offices across the US and Europe. The company provides cloud-based solutions for supply chain management, ERP, warehouse management and transportation management systems, including its own Supply Chain Cloud platform, as well as Oracle NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management as a Microsoft Inner Circle Partner.
Blue Horseshoe specialises in fulfilment and distribution solutions, with expertise in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and retail distribution industries. Over the past 20 years, the company has improved around 700 supply chains, including those of leading companies such as fashion retailer Lids, cosmetics company Regis Corporation, Pabst Brewing Co., and family-owned bookstore chain Half Price Books.
“For two decades, we’ve worked with clients to build connectedness, efficiency and automation across their enterprise and supply chain operations,” said Chris Cason, CEO, Blue Horseshoe. “As part of Accenture, we will bring increased scale and combined expertise to help clients put in place next generation supply chain and fulfillment strategies that meet customer expectations and support business growth.”
Accenture's acquisition of Blue Horseshoe is subject to customary closing conditions.