Author - Doug Hunter

Doug Hunter

Doug Hunter
Doug Hunter

The Malted Scot

Doug currently heads up Professional Services for SYSPRO Africa. He has been a Scotsman in Africa for 30 years. He spent 14 of them at SAP through their initial to recent SCM solution growth. His last role there was Head of Africa Pre-Sales. He has worked in SADC, East, West and Francophone Africa. At heart he’s a manufacturing/logistics business professional - rather than an IT techie. His passion is to help companies discover and implement innovation using people, processes and appropriate business IT. Doug enjoys writing, traveling, mountain bike riding and drinking Malt Whisky - but not at the same time!

Blogs by Doug



3 Ways to Boost Your Warehouse Management with ERP 3 Ways to Boost Your Warehouse Management with ERP 3 Ways to Boost Your Warehouse Management with ERP

3 Ways to Boost Your Warehouse Management with ERP

Author: | Post Date: 13 May 2019

So your warehouse is bulging – why? Because product demand is high and you’re holding buffer-stock to protect your customer service, like all well-trained inventory managers do. But are you holding the right stock? Are you actually protecting the brands you know because your ear to the market is too far removed? And suppliers, maybe you’re dictating what brands you push to retailers, funding [...]


4 Dos and Don’ts of Inventory Management for All Manufacturing Operations 4 Dos and Don’ts of Inventory Management for All Manufacturing Operations 4 Dos and Don’ts of Inventory Management for All Manufacturing Operations

4 Dos and Don’ts of Inventory Management for All Manufacturing Operations

Author: | Post Date: 11 Apr 2019

The current power crisis in South Africa is teaching all of its citizens a few lessons in inventory, distribution and asset management. Here’s how these lessons translate into better inventory management for all manufacturing operations.   (more…)


ERP Boosts Procurement Creating a Channel for Innovative Business ERP Boosts Procurement Creating a Channel for Innovative Business ERP Boosts Procurement Creating a Channel for Innovative Business

ERP Boosts Procurement Creating a Channel for Innovative Business

Author: | Post Date: 07 Mar 2019

ERP or rather MRP systems for many years (in SYSPRO’s case, for 40 years!) have enabled Purchasing via requisitions through approval – then purchase orders with more approval – receiving via a GRN process – and finally payment of supplier invoices. This system still works fine and is best loved by administration and micro-managing Procurement Managers. (more…)


Circular Economy: the Future of Manufacturing Circular Economy: the Future of Manufacturing Circular Economy: the Future of Manufacturing

Circular Economy: the Future of Manufacturing

Author: | Post Date: 29 Jan 2019

On a recent business trip to Cape Town, I had the pleasure of visiting a retail outlet that is operating completely plastic-free. This got me thinking about the concept of a circular economy. Visualize taking a straight line and bending it inwards on itself until the endpoints meet to form a circle. This depicts the evolution from the existing linear economy to an insular one [...]


Manage Your Inventory like a Pro this Festive Season Manage Your Inventory like a Pro this Festive Season Manage Your Inventory like a Pro this Festive Season

Manage Your Inventory like a Pro this Festive Season

Author: | Post Date: 11 Dec 2018

To most families the “Festive Season” is the celebration of a relevant religious festival or significant historic event. It could be Eid or Ramadan, Yom Kippur, Diwali or Christmas. Whichever, it creates a period of local or general change in behaviour. Families prepare elaborate meals, buy presents, take trips to meetings of like-minded people or family gatherings. Goodwill is shared, spread and enjoyed. (more…)


Future Perfect – ERP the Enabler Future Perfect – ERP the Enabler Future Perfect – ERP the Enabler

Future Perfect – ERP the Enabler

Author: | Post Date: 24 Oct 2018

I’m doing the rounds of SYSPRO Africa’s offices. It’s Monday 30 June 2031 (my birthday), and SaloME, chatbot and partner of KenDO, our latest chat releases, have everything under control. Having already arranged my trip, they just completed agreed roles and actions I set up with them via SYSPRO GOsist. (more…)


Putting Service Delivery First … the USA Way Putting Service Delivery First … the USA Way Putting Service Delivery First … the USA Way

Putting Service Delivery First … the USA Way

Author: | Post Date: 25 Sep 2018

I often ask myself if just-competitive mediocrity has become the service benchmark in the eyes of our customers.   I have been travelling again – this time to the most influential economy in the world – that’s right, USA. I’ve passed through before but never stopped. I’ve met US tourists abroad who abrasively ignore the “When in Rome …” process. Like you, I’ve watched enough brain-numbing [...]


The many Faces of Business Mobility The many Faces of Business Mobility The many Faces of Business Mobility

The many Faces of Business Mobility

Author: | Post Date: 07 Aug 2018

Mobility covers many facets of life. It could describe cargo transportation or people bussing to and from work. What about displacing people to other areas or countries to avoid natural/political problems? We could also talk about the propensity of people to live and work in many countries – true global citizens. (more…)


Is it Time to Blockchain Your Supply Chain? Is it Time to Blockchain Your Supply Chain? Is it Time to Blockchain Your Supply Chain?

Is it Time to Blockchain Your Supply Chain?

Author: | Post Date: 29 Jun 2018

The next Big Thing has arrived – Blockchain – a silver bullet full of promise, albeit early in the hype cycle. Will it help your business and supply chain? Is it time to Blockchain? Are you already capitalizing on your supply chain opportunities? Many of us are well down the track – alas, supply chains remain full of gaps to fill. (more…)


How to Maximize your Food and Beverage Supply Chain with ERP How to Maximize your Food and Beverage Supply Chain with ERP How to Maximize your Food and Beverage Supply Chain with ERP

How to Maximize your Food and Beverage Supply Chain with ERP

Author: | Post Date: 10 May 2018

Taking the food supply chain for granted these days is risky. Different rules apply when bacteria is found in your product as opposed to, for example, the odd squirt of petroleum grease that may affect the automotive industry. And, to add to the horror, it may still be growing, ripening or fermenting in its packaging. Completely unlike the problems experienced with automotive components or [...]



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