Food for thought


of food consumed in South Africa is sold by retailers.1


million tonnes

of food is produced in South Africa each year.2


million tonnes

goes to waste3

A supply chain that’s
as resilient as it is agile

Things can change in a split second, which is why it’s crucial that your supply chain be able to adapt to new conditions quickly and reduce the risk of large amounts of spoilage.


of food wasted in South Africa is linked to supply chains, agricultural and production stages, processing and packaging, distribution and retail.4

While speed is crucial, security is everything.

In 2019 South Africa recorded a 195% increase in cargo thefts in 2019.5

Sustainable supply chain management (SCM)

As the world continues to change, it’s crucial you’re able to address customers’ issues faster, with greater visibility and control over your supply chain.


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of organisations surveyed are either using or piloting a range of innovations…6

  • AI

    Almost half use AI to ensure audit accuracy and regulatory compliance.7

  • IoT

    Incorporating IoT data into their supply chain has shortened the time it takes to fulfil orders by an average of 6 working days.8

  • Blockchain

    Over three-quarters agree that blockchain technology will reduce incidents of fraud in their supply chain by 50% or more over the next 5 years.9

  • Digital assistants

    69% say SCM solutions powered by digital assistants increase employee productivity.10

From the farms…

When it comes to sourcing and producing foods, you and your customers want to be able to track and trace where your produce comes from.

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say it provides assurance over the quality of their produce – building trust with partners and customers.11

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of organisations believe blockchain in SCM reporting can help them automate track and trace.12

…to the warehouses

Back in the factory, you need to juggle a number of tasks: controlling your inventory, checking quality standards and distributing foods quickly.



of organisations are using AI to track the quality of their products.13


use IoT to monitor their factory operations and how much they’re producing.14

In the trucks

Having passed quality control, your food is now packaged up and on its way to retailers across the country. But how can you keep track of its whereabouts and inform your customers?

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are able to provide automatic live updates to customers on expected shipment dates and delays.15

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of organisations use AI to full orders faster and deliver produce on time.16

On the shelves

The last thing your customers want to see is empty shelves. If you don’t have the item they’re looking for, someone else will.


look to IoT to better plan for consumer demands and predict changes in things like weather and shopping patterns.


of organisations using IoT in their supply chain have reduced stock-outs by 25%.17

The agility to
adapt proactively

To learn more about how you can make the most of advanced technologies (such as Oracle Intelligent Track and Trace) across your supply chain, read our full report: Emerging Technologies – Driving Financial and Operational Efficiency.