Industry & Market

The benefits of shorter supply chains in Nigeria

We have given you an understanding of your supply chain and you now know the three flows of supply chain. One of the main goals of a supply chain is to build efficiency along the chain, but more importantly is to have a supply chain that is agile, adaptable and aligned. Along with the other benefits […]

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Made in Nigeria: Government’s role in supporting local manufacturing

#BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira You may have recently seen the #BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira phenomenon going on online for almost two weeks now. If you are out of the loop check out some of the recent posts here on twitter. This has been spurred by the actions of the Senate President and Sen Ben-Murray Bruce to support Nigerian-made products in order to […]

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Prof. Pedro Gardete: The benefits of information sharing in business

During our conversation with Prof. Pedro Gardete of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, we discussed the benefits of information sharing among competitors in the business world especially within the manufacturing industry. Professor Gardete specializes in marketing strategies in contexts of high uncertainty. In his current work he studies the DRAM manufacturing industry and analyzes the use […]

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The benefits of manufacturing in Nigeria

Nigeria has a current population of close to 200 million people. If you don’t think that’s substantial enough, consider that there are only six countries in the world that have a population bigger than that of Nigeria. From an economic perspective, that’s a huge market and there is a high demand for products that are required […]

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6 challenges facing manufacturing in Nigeria & Ghana

I remember telling my uncle about my interest in manufacturing and he looked at me and said: “Anyone that wants to do manufacturing in Nigeria has to have the heart of a lion”. Basically, you have to be strong to be in this industry. This is because, in addition to the problems that plague businesses […]

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5 ways the 2016 Nigeria budget affects local producers

With our focus on building a productive economy, we took a look at how the 2016 Nigeria Budget aligns with the makers and manufacturers in our society. The core of the budget was focused on setting Nigeria on a path of sustainable growth by fighting corruption, boosting national security, diversifying the economy & creating jobs. […]

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Suame Magazine: Land of the artisanal engineers

“We are creators and imitators, We dissemble and reassemble” That’s how one of the elders of the Ghana National Association of Garages (GNAG) at the Suame magazine describes the industrial area in Kumasi, Ghana. I, particularly, had a hard time describing what Suame magazine was while walking through the area. I was increasingly amazed walking through the […]

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Prof. Katherine Casey: Involvement of Government in Manufacturing

Katherine Casey is an Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She teaches a Strategy Beyond Markets course for first year MBAs that is tailored to the particular opportunities and challenges facing firms investing in developing economies. Katherine holds a PhD in Economics from Brown University and a Masters in Public […]

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Jason Mayden: Africa is Design

So we caught up with Jason Mayden and we had a conversation about product design and talked about the history of design and how it relates to the African continent. We also talked about some of the inspiration that goes on behind the process of designing a new product. A brief background – Jason Mayden was once […]

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Prof. Hau Lee (Part 1): The importance of manufacturing to development in Africa

Hau L. Lee is the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His areas of specialization include global value chain innovations, supply chain management, global logistics, inventory modeling, and environmental and social responsibility.  He is also the faculty director of the Stanford Institute for Innovations in Developing Economies, […]

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