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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain the buying and planning functions in the wholesale and retail industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252276  Explain the buying and planning functions in the wholesale and retail industry 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Retail and Wholesale 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Wholesale and Retail 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for people who work in the buying/planning function of an organisation. They will have a specific role within this team and need to have a full understanding of their own and the rest of the team's role and how they all interact.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify and describe the buying cycle as it applies to an organisation.
  • Identify the roles of role players in the buying cycle as it applies to an organisation.
  • Explain the effect of the external factors and trends on the buying & planning function as it applies to an organisation.
  • Describe the impact of the buying and planning function in an organisation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and describe the buying cycle as it applies to an organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The buying cycle in an organisation is identified and compared with the buying cycle in the Wholesale and Retail industry as a sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The steps to buying and planning are described as they apply to an organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The management of the supply chain and its impact on the buying cycle is explained as it applies to an organisation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the roles of role players in the buying cycle as it applies to the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different role players in the buying cycle of the organisation are identified and described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The roles of each role player in the buying cycle are described as they apply to an organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The inter-relationship between the role-players in the buying cycle of an organisation are identified and explained in terms of the success of the buying cycle. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the effect of the external factors and trends on the buying & planning function as it applies to the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    External factors and trends that impact on the buying and planning function are identified and explained as they apply to the industry and an organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of external factors and trends on the buying and planning function in an organisation is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Methods to maximise positive effects and minimise negative effects are identified and explained from an organisational perspective. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe the impact of the buying and planning function in the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The impact of buying and planning and other functions is described from an organisational perspective. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Functions include but are not limited to:
  • Finances, marketing, sales, administration, and operations.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of the buying and planning function on profitability is described as it applies to an organisation. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA; which has a MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA, according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The buying cycle in the Wholesale and Retail industry.
  • Organisational buying cycle.
  • Organisational steps to buying and planning.
  • Supply chain management in the organisation and its impact on the buying and planning function.
  • Role players and their roles in the buying cycle for the organisation.
  • The inter-relationship between the role-players in the buying cycle in the organisation.
  • Factors and economic trends that impact on the buying & planning function.
  • The effect of these factors and economic trends on the buying and planning function.
  • The impact of buying and planning on other functions in the organisation.
  • The impact of the buying and planning function on profitability. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solving problems.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Explain the effect of the external factors and trends on the buying & planning function as it applies to an organisation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Identify and describe the buying cycle as it applies to an organisation.
  • Identify the roles of role players in the buying cycle as it applies to an organisation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Identify and describe the buying cycle as it applies to an organisation.
  • Identify the roles of role players in the buying cycle as it applies to an organisation.
  • Explain the effect of the external factors and trends on the buying & planning function as it applies to an organisation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Identify the roles of role players in the buying cycle as it applies to an organisation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related system.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Identify and describe the buying cycle as it applies to an organisation.
  • Explain the effect of the external factors and trends on the buying & planning function as it applies to an organisation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Fundamental  59299   National Certificate: Wholesale and Retail: Buying Planning  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  W&RSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Edcon Ltd 
    2. Edutel Wholesale & Retail Academy 
    3. IQ Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.