The Produce Marketing Association is a key International trade organization representing companies from every segment of the global fresh produce and floral supply chain. The PMA helps members grow by providing connections that expand business opportunities and increase sales and consumption. Their mission is to connect, inform and deliver industry solutions to enhance their members’ prosperity.
Each month, we will be focusing on a major area of South African fresh produce and discussing that all with the country’s key industry experts so we can learn and appreciate fantastic South African Fresh Produce.
In our second Broadcast we will be exploring the amazing and fast growing online marketplace development in South African Fresh Produce. The innovation and digitisation taking place around online marketplaces in South Africa and Africa as a whole in phenomenal. We speak to some of the leading business to find out what they are seeing and the benefit they can bring to the sectors.
Included in our speaker line up is:
Giles Barker – CEO KisanHub. Giles co-founded the very impressive KisanHub business which is a world-leading enterprise software provider to the agricultural and fresh produce sectors Internationally. Its Crop Intelligence Platform allows users to manage their supply chain and field trials more effectively through the cloud-based platform. The platform drives greater visibility, insight and decision making throughout the season for the whole supply chain. UK based.
With a farming background he is fully aware of the challenges in agriculture and fresh produce production. His vision of building a team that blends both agri-business/fresh produce and software experience has become the backbone of KisanHub.
Grant Jacobs of HelloChoice. Grant is an inspirational leader with more than 20 years business development and management experience across a range of sectors. He has held director and senior management positions at New Concept Mining, Sebata Holdings (formerly MicroMega Holdings) and the State IT Agency (SITA), and founded Amkela Investments in 2005. Grant holds a B.Comm (University of KwaZulu-Natal) in Information Systems, Finance, Economics and Business Administration), and a Certificate In Management (Henley Institute). To view his business – www.hellochoice.co.za
Louis de Kock – Founder, Nile.ag
Louis’s e-commerce experience includes launching Amazon Go’s produce division in the United States of America. Amazon Go is a retail concept that leverages ‘Just-Walk-Out’ technology to revolutionize the in-store shopping experience. Louis previously managed Amazon Fresh’s Meat & Seafood division in the United Kingdom, at the time when the company rolled-out its ‘Ultra-Fast Groceries’ service. He also worked at Jumia, where he was responsible for developing a new B2B e-commerce concept for Africa’s leading online retailer. Louis recently moved back to South Africa to launch Nile.ag, an online sourcing platform that enables direct transactions between farmers and traders across Africa. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford.
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Filmed late Feb 2021
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