Social and relationship capital
Longstanding support of ORT SA (Educating for Life) continued, as did support to Nkosi’s Haven.
Corporate UK – charity cycle
Bidcorp Corporate’s UK team participated in the “Bionic Challenge” for the second year in a row, raising funds for two British charities – “Whizz-Kidz” and the “British Lung Foundation”. The challenge involves 13cyclists, some from Bidcorp Corporate UK, cycling 650km from Arnhem Bridge in Holland to Cookham in Berkshire, UK.
Bidcorp continues to support Nkosi’s Haven with monthly donations enabling them to continue to provide accommodation, ARVs, nutritional foods and other assistance for those living with HIV/Aids. Nkosi’s Haven also ensures that each child is given the opportunity to attend and complete schooling.
This year, Bidcorp volunteers were at the ready to help make an amazing day for a very needy group of children, mothers and staff at Nkosi’s Haven. Using an array of our own brand products the children, mothers and staff were treated to a delicious lunch. Christmas gifts were presented to all. Donations from Bidcorp made sure the pantry was fully stocked at the end of the day.
Nelson Mandela day 2019
The NMD 2019 initiative fed the children at Meadowlands ACFS (African Children’s Feeding Scheme). Warm pies prepared by staff were packed for delivery on July 18 2019 along with cool drinks and packets of sweets for the children.
Bidcorp Corporate Services, with offices in South Africa and UK, complements the work of decentralised operational divisions through a range of services, including:
- executive training, oversight and management of group-wide financial services;
- access to corporate finance;
- Bidfood own brand support;
- investor relations and corporate communications;
- risk and sustainability support; and
- strategic direction.
The corporate centre adds further value by identifying strategic and investment opportunities while promoting experience-sharing across divisions and fostering synergies and savings. Supported by a finance team in the Isle of Man, Bidcorp Corporate Services has developed an in-house financial consolidation tool ensuring smooth and efficient monthly consolidation process of our globally diverse businesses and internal reporting systems. Bidcorp Corporate also houses the group’s investments.
Corporate office oversees the activities of several entities that deliver strategic services to the group.
BidOne is the New Zealand-based ecommerce development division of Bidfood. BidOne develops and deploys an integrated suite of web enabled ecommerce trading products, including an online shop and supplier portal and EDI gateway. myBidfood is widely known as Bidcorp’s implementation of the software suite developed by BidOne.
Good progress was made with the ‘Bdirect Cloud Project’, rehosting the current platform. Revamped sales enablement/CRM application ‘BidIQ’ is being readied for a pilot sales team and once user acceptance training is completed will be available for roll out. Already in test phases with Bidfood Australasia, uptake of BidIQ is gaining momentum with Bidfood Chile, Bidfresh UK, Bidfood UK and Bidfood SA.
The newly developed ‘Supplier Turn In Order’ app is near ready for implementation and will be rolled out to Bidfood Australasia. ‘Bdirect Multi-tenant’ has been approved and is ready for use to those businesses ready for adoption.
Ongoing roll out, updates and new myBidfood implementations are ongoing. Angliss Asia, Bidfood Iberia, Baltics and Brazil are all in the final stages of testing and roll out of the ecommerce platform. With these implementations comes quite a significant culture change, especially in the sales and account management teams. With training and understanding the teams quickly come to realise the benefits of engaging with their customers, presenting value-add solutions such as menus, products and solutions, leaving the ordering process to real-time online engagement by the customer through the app.
Bidfood Procurement Community (BPC) is a direct importer of food and non-food products for the group. Global sourcing brings the benefit of in-house quality control, stable quantities of supply through a central team able to engage with suppliers in their own language and time zones.
Key product lines that have grown over the past year include Chinese sourced tinned fruit, frozen vegetables and frozen meat. Products from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines, have also grown in popularity. Non-food products such as foils, cling films, trays, cutlery are sourced from Asian suppliers for Bidfood global distribution.
Direct imports into all four divisions have been well received and engagement by each business has been positive. BPC is able to initiate an introduction to a supplier, and able to engage long-term as the intermediary between the business and the supplier.
The BPC team have offices in Hong Kong and the UK. A Hong Kong based support team of seven provide the buying skills, quality assurance services and product knowledge to Jackie Kwok, BPCHKgeneral manager and John Schofield, BPC Europe supply chainmanager.
Quality assurance processes provided include supplier profile review, verification of the suppliers safety and quality certificates, clarification of any quality concerns and support in right pricing the product for each business. BPC is able to follow up on the in-line control processes of a supplier when required, as well as conducting lab testing, FIR inspections before shipments and also traceability investigations.
Ongoing use of collaboration tools, social media platforms and online presence is growing, extending the BPC reach into Bidfood. BPC’s growth is a group priority and further gains are anticipated in the year ahead.
|Bidfood own brands, BPC.|