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Vodafone Qatar: the importance of supply chains | Supply Chain Management

Vodafone Qatar: the importance of supply chains | Supply Chain Management

Hisham Nehme, Senior Supply Chain Manager at Vodafone Qatar, discusses the importance of supply chains in telecommunications with Supply Chain Digital.

Hisham Nehme Senior Supply Chain Manager at Vodafone Qatar, has had 18 years expertise in the supply chain business working in numerous organisations and industries. However for the final eight years he has specialised in telecommunication procurement. “I’ve been CIPS-certified since 2013 and am a holder of an MBA and business administration system degree.”

When chatting with Supply Chain Digital on this month’s journal, Nehme discusses the state of flux that the telecommunications business is presently experiencing not solely in Qatar however globally. Telecom operators are dealing with monetary challenges, on account of the shrinking of their margins,” Nehme explains. “What the company realised is that the only way to fix this problem is by reducing costs, and to achieve these goals, we must use the supply chain. The supply chain has become a critical department across the organisation. Our involvement now starts from the planning stage, not just the execution. We can help the decision makers to build their strategy and to properly put their plans in place.”

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In addition to monetary change, Nehme additionally highlighted the evolution of expertise and the way Vodafone is at the forefront. “We’re proud to be the first company providing 5G for their customers in Qatar. We are leading 5G within the country and in the world at large, an achievement we are really proud of.” Implementing 5G requires upgraded infrastructure, and “Vodafone Qatar is taking the lead to be part of that growth in the coming years,” says Nehme. “The telecommunications industry is critical for any country, and that’s where we play our role in the growth of the economy.”

With these adjustments, Nehme has been growing cleat supply chains methods, with a view to thrive in an evolving business.  “Something that’s impacted our way of thinking is the five rights of procurement, which is providing the right number of the right materials at the right time and at the right place for the right price. We’re not just focused on the finish anymore, now we analyse spending. We analyse the product as its bought. We use technology to enhance our procurement strategy and gather data from different resources. This all helps us to build a strong strategy for the supply chain, and to achieve our goals and objectives in the long and the short-term.”

To learn the full Vodafone Qatar characteristic, try the February version of Supply Chain Digital.

For extra info on all subjects for Procurement, Supply Chain & Logistics – please check out the newest version of Supply Chain Digital journal.

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