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The composite supply chain efficiency model: A case study of the Sishen-Saldanha supply chain

Leila L. Goedhals-Gerber
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 10, No 1 | a209 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v10i1.209 | © 2016 Leila L. Goedhals-Gerber | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 August 2015 | Published: 29 January 2016

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Leila L. Goedhals-Gerber, Department of Logistics, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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As South Africa strives to be a major force in global markets, it is essential that South African supply chains achieve and maintain a competitive advantage. One approach to achieving this is to ensure that South African supply chains maximise their levels of efficiency. Consequently, the efficiency levels of South Africa’s supply chains must be evaluated. The objective of this article is to propose a model that can assist South African industries in becoming internationally competitive by providing them with a tool for evaluating their levels of efficiency both as individual firms and as a component in an overall supply chain. The Composite Supply Chain Efficiency Model (CSCEM) was developed to measure supply chain efficiency across supply chains using variables identified as problem areas experienced by South African supply chains. The CSCEM is tested in this article using the Sishen-Saldanda iron ore supply chain as a case study. The results indicate that all three links or nodes along the Sishen-Saldanha iron ore supply chain performed well. The average efficiency of the rail leg was 97.34%, while the average efficiency of the mine and the port were 97% and 95.44%, respectively. The results also show that the CSCEM can be used by South African firms to measure their levels of supply chain efficiency. This article concludes with the benefits of the CSCEM.


Model; Supply Chain Efficiency; Supply Chain Management; Supply Chain Measurent


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