A key theme of this year’s Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards, which were announced during a recent digital event, was just how dependent we are on each other. Founder and CEO of Fetola Catherine Wijnberg, one of the hosts of this year’s awards, together with Cold Press Media and Arena Holdings, said that Covid-19 has taught us: “When one domino starts tumbling, it’s felt all the way down the line.” 

This is a time when businesses should be looking out for each other. Now is the time, she said, for a deliberate strategy to foster collaboration in our ecosystems, strengthen supply chain and small supplier resilience, rethink and restructure value chains to maximise opportunities, and innovate to achieve competitive advantage and reignite growth. Supplier development, she said, presents a golden opportunity to do just that. ..

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