Linkage uses advanced technology and data to deliver effective collaborative system for stakeholders within a corporate to drive shared value.
We digitalise the interaction between corporates and SMMEs.
We make it simple to achieve supplier diversity and supplier development in emerging markets through a customised digital solution.
Linkage is an integrated, cloud-based digital platform that facilitates seamless collaboration and transparency between stakeholders to achieve supplier diversity and small business development.
Linkage was developed by Hepsy Mkhungo and Mpopi Khupe of Zevoli Growth Partners, a women-owned company with a footprint throughout South Africa, whose focus is ESD strategy implementation and business optimisation.
They recognised that a key challenge facing their corporate clients was how to identify and retain quality SMME suppliers in order to ensure supplier diversity, build sustainable partnerships and serve their markets effectively.
Corporates don’t have an end-to-end digital solution to measure true social impact.
Corporates struggle to coordinate and collaborate internal initiatives aimed at diversifying supply chain and localizing spend in order to demonstrate shared value. This gap means that initiatives do not result in tangible access to opportunities for SMMEs because of the uncoordinated internal approach.
Supply chain teams, ESD teams, finance teams and end users (SMMEs and suppliers) do not have coordinated workflows that link their efforts as a single approach.
Lack of internal capacity to deliver impactful, bespoke enterprise supplier development (ESD) strategies.
Lack of collaboration and data sharing across departments interacting with SMMEs.
Multiple and fragmented internal SMME interfaces.
At no cost, the freemium package allows corporates to use Linkage to view and recruit SMMEs.
This package focusses on linking qualifying SMMEs to procurement opportunities whilst providing visibility of those who require development to ESD practitioners.
This package caters for corporates who typically link their development efforts to procurement outcomes.
The ultimate package that has the full functionalities of both Basic and Pro packages. The Enterprise package allows for customisation and integration into other internal corporate systems.
Linkage makes it easier for large enterprises and SMMEs to work together by facilitating:
Linkage has automated and digitized this process, allowing both procurement teams and ESD specialists to work together towards a common goal of integrating SMMEs into supply chains through transparent workflows that respond to the unique challenges presented by a corporate environment.