link sheds its feathers

Link sheds its feathers

Suppliers ready to soar with Link

UPD’s Bongani Ngoma, Supply Chain Executive, says that the UPD / Link presentation to South Africa’s top pharmaceutical companies will go a long way in helping Link to achieve its vision.

On a sunny November morning at the Eagle Canyon Country Club, the industry was informed of Link’s vision and strategy, given open feedback on progress to date, and were invited to work with Link in key areas such as Communication, Category Management and Promotions.

“We had a full-house, which was fantastic,” says Bongani. What was extremely encouraging however was the fact that our supplier partners were genuinely excited about Link’s progress and eager to become involved in opportunities presented to them. Having UPD’s key suppliers working more closely with Link will give our pharmacies new momentum.

Bongani reaffirmed the commitment of UPD to the achievement of Link’s vision and complimented the effort and determination of Ryan Conybeare in ensuring that the Link vision is achieved.

As we move into 2018, perhaps the choice of venue (Eagle Canyon) was symbolic of our onward journey with much to be learnt from the eagle.

Lesson 1
Eagles fly with eagles,
not with sparrows or small birds. Let’s lift our heads and expect to win.

Lesson 2
Eagles have strong vision.
They have the ability to focus on a target. When they see their target, they narrow their focus and set out to get it. There will be obstacles along the way but let’s stay focused on our vision. We will succeed.

Lesson 3
Eagles feed only on fresh prey.
Vultures eat dead animals. Let’s do our research well to investigate fresh opportunities and avoid outdated thinking.

Lesson 4
Eagles love the storm.
When clouds gather, eagles get excited. The eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift it higher. When the market becomes scary or disrupted, let’s embrace the challenges and use them to our advantage while others hide in the trees.

Lesson 5
The Eagle tests before it trusts.
When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate, she puts him through a stringent test before deciding that he is worthy. Let’s always test the commitment of those wishing to partner with Link.

Lesson 6
The Eagle prepares for changes.
When ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach. They go to extraordinary lengths to create a safe and comfortable nest. We are all going to face change – let’s create a solid platform and help each other to move from today to tomorrow safely.

Lesson 7
When an eagle grows older,
his feathers become weak. He retires to a place where he plucks out his old feathers. New feathers then emerge. Let’s shed off old habits that won’t get us to where we want to be.

We look forward to emerging stronger in 2018, focused on a narrow vision – to be the most admired independent community pharmacy group in South Africa.