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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Align logistics activities to achieve competitive advantage 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252288  Align logistics activities to achieve competitive advantage 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
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 
The person credited with this Unit Standard will be able to identify the specific areas which need to be considered when implementing a comprehensive supply chain strategy within an organisation and to carry out a supply chain strategy implementation process for world competitiveness. They will also be able to design and implement a business strategy for the purpose of creating and delivering value for customers by integrating the functions which make up the organisations supply chain.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Implementing supply chain strategies.
  • Optimising supply chain functions.
  • Measuring supply chain operations.
  • Enabling supply chain operations with technology.
  • Maximising returns on supply chain investments. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will be assumed competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent in Second Language. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Implement supply chain strategy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Elements of the organisation's supply chain are identified for the purpose of integrating them. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Conditions for collaboration between all parties are created by defining the nature of the relationship between the strategic partners and players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A demand network is created by aligning key organisational functions to customers demand. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Agility, flexibility and responsiveness is incorporated into the supply chain to prevent loss of sales. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Supply chain forecasting and visibility are incorporated into the organisation's information systems by the use of collaborative information sharing and enhanced accessibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Supply chain auditing, modelling and planning are applied through the use of analytical tools, management exercises and management team integration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Relationships with supply chain providers are managed through the allocation of resources. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Resources may include but are not limited to in-house, partnership, co-source, outsource to fourth party logistics provider, subcontract to third party logistics provider.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Optimise supply chain functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Distribution networks are built in order to satisfy cost and service level criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Inbound logistics systems are structured in order to meet the requirements of the demand network. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Freight forwarding solutions are developed to integrate with the international procurement requirements of the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Optimisation tools are applied to manage the organisations inventory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A logistics management strategy is executed which integrates upstream and downstream operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Strategic sourcing and procurement strategies are implemented with strategic suppliers of goods and services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    An integrated transport is implemented for maximum up and downstream integration at least cost in use of final product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Warehousing operations are integrated with the overall supply chain. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Measure supply chain operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Supply chain audit is conducted to identify areas for continuous improvement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The supply chain is benchmarked against international metrics using models. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reference models may include but is not restricted to stock and lambert, porter and integrated framework model.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Best practices used by local and international companies within an organisation's field are sourced in order to assist implementation of the organisations best practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A structured, measurement driven process is carried out to continually monitor and improve supply chain performance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Enable supply chain operations with technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information systems are integrated across the supply chain to follow for maximum visibility by all functions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The information system of the organisation is organised to achieve maximum integration between key supply chain elements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Supply chain elements may include but are not restricted to key products, key customers and key processes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Operational Information Communication Technology (ICT) systems are integrated to provide and optimise supply chain integration. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Operational ICT systems may include, but is not limited to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Systems Application Programme (SAP), Materials Requirement Planning (MRP), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Maximise returns on supply chain investments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The supply chain of the organisation is mapped, audited and benchmarked in order to monitor costs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Fixed assets are reviewed in order to achieve maximum agility and responsiveness to the needs of the demand network. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Risk elements in the supply chain are identified in order to manage them. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Global supply chain.
  • Methods and techniques for enhancing collaboration and supply chain integration.
  • Demand network analysis.
  • Supply chain forecasting.
  • Planning and organising techniques.
  • Communication skills.
  • The theory of continuous improvement.
  • Supply chain technology.
  • Procurement techniques.
  • Logistics operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to the implementation of the supply chain strategy, the optimisation of supply chain functions and operations, the use of technology and the maximising of supply chain investments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others to build and create conditions for full collaboration between all parties. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information which have a positive impact on the achievement of competitive advantage and the optimisation of supply chain functions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with all role players and stakeholders to ensure that all logistics activities are carried out so that competitive advantage is achieved. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to enable and implement supply chain operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the proper alignment of logistics activities leads to the achievement of competive advantage. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of:
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities in building competitive advantage. 

  • 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
    Core  59304   National Diploma: Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  74149   National Certificate: Supply Chain Management  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. Academics Dynamics (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    3. BPL Academy 
    4. Centre for Logistics Excellence (Pty) Ltd 
    5. College for Business and Maritime Studies 
    6. College of Production Technology 
    7. COMMERCE EDGE SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    8. Global Maritime Legal Solutions Pty Ltd 
    9. KVR TRAINING AND BUSINESS SOLUTIONS PTY LTD 
    10. Metro Minds 
    11. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    12. School of Shipping 
    13. UKWAKHILE TRAINING 
    14. Y2K College 



    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.