SAPICS 2019 Post-Conference Ezine - Page 24



SAPICS E-ZINE SEP 2019
REALITY TV SURVIVES AND
THRIVES THANKS TO SUPPLY
CHAIN MANAGEMENT
The terms reality TV and supply chain management rarely appear
together. The reality is, however, that the production of popular shows
like Survivor is only possible with the most efficient supply chains.
#survivor
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just finished filming their 39th season,”
Tebbutt informed SAPICS attendees.
“The concept has been adapted by
other countries, making it an international
reality show phenomenon that continues
to attract viewers year after year.”
his is the contention of Antoinette
Tebbutt, a supply chain education
specialist who develops content
for training and skills development
programmes for supply chain
professionals. In 2018, she was the
outspoken contestant known as Toni
on Survivor South Africa, spending 30
days living on different islands in the
Philippines. Tebbutt shared her Survivor
experiences and reality TV insights
with delegates at the 2019 SAPICS
Conference in Cape Town.
What struck her when she was a
contestant was the logistics feat that the
show represents, Tebbutt said. “People
do not just appear on islands. Cameras
do not just fall out of the sky. Props
do not just materialise from coconut
trees. I think it is safe to say that this
show thrives and survives thanks to the
seamless supply chains. Being someone
“Reality show Survivor started in 2000
in the United States, where they have
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