Skilled labour force increases productivity

September 15th, 2020|0 Comments

Despite the country moving to level two of the national lockdown, most industries are still reeling from the upset caused by the pandemic and reduced economic activity. This is exacerbated by the loss of quality talent that most companies are facing due to the restructuring they had to undertake to remain afloat during the economic downturn.   “Quality labour is important to a business’s success as it is hard to [...]

Now is the opportune time to start a business

August 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Whether you are looking to replace lost income due to COVID-19 or simply aiming to plug a gap in the market, serial entrepreneur, Arnoux Maré says now is the opportune time for you to start a business.   “During difficult times, it can be hard to focus on the bigger picture because our efforts are directed at dealing with immediate problems. But difficult times are also the most opportune time [...]

Truck driving provides secure employment for women

August 20th, 2020|0 Comments

Women have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus in the jobs sector and this economic devastation has now led to women seeking alternative modes of employment. Arnoux Maré, Managing Director of Innovative Learning Solutions encourages more women to consider the transport industry as an option.   The National Income Dynamics Study-Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (Nids-Cram) found that of the 3 million jobs lost because of COVID-19, 2 million of [...]

5 ways outsourcing can save struggling business

August 17th, 2020|0 Comments

It has been more than four months since South Africa joined the rest of the world and entered a national lockdown to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Since then a series of socio-economic events have unfolded with more than 3 million people facing unemployment and numerous companies, especially Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) closing. South Africa was already in a technical recession before the lockdown, but [...]

More organisations turning towards outsourcing to pivot

August 7th, 2020|0 Comments

It has been more than four months since South Africa joined the rest of the world and entered into a national lockdown to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Since then a series of socio-economic events have unfolded with more than 3 million people facing unemployment and numerous companies, especially Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) closing down. South Africa was already in a technical recession before the [...]

Outsourcing can unleash marketplace presence for struggling SMMEs

July 27th, 2020|0 Comments

As more companies battle to stay afloat during the lingering pandemic and global economic meltdown, Arnoux Maré, Managing Director of Innovative Staffing Solutions says organisations that wish to survive this grilling period have to examine their core mandates, identify tasks that fall outside of it, and look to outsource to third parties.   “Companies are already dealing with limited resources in a competitive environment, with hiring, managing and training non-core [...]

Insights on business continuity plans to secure the future of SMMEs

July 9th, 2020|0 Comments

Managing and growing a business is no easy feat, this task becomes even more difficult when you factor in recessions, economic downgrades, and pandemics. But the hurdles entrepreneurs and their businesses are currently facing can also be an opportunity to pivot their companies and brands. Arnoux Maré, business mentor to SMMEs and Managing Director of Innovative Solutions Group, a billion Rand+ organisation that employs over 19,500 full-time employees, shares how [...]


June 18th, 2020|0 Comments

COVID-19 cannot be an excuse for relaxing drug testing requirements. To keep their drivers and other motorists safe, Innovative Staffing Solutions (ISS) says it will continue to uphold its rigorous drug testing methods.   “Despite COVID-19, Innovative Staffing Solutions, one of the largest full-time employers of truck drivers in South Africa, will continue drug-testing our drivers to make sure none of them gets behind the wheel if they have consumed [...]


June 11th, 2020|0 Comments

By Arnoux Maré, MD of Innovative Staffing Solutions It has been more than a week since a large majority of businesses have been allowed to operate again as the country reached level three of the national lockdown. While it may still be too early to expect businesses to get back to their pre-COVID-19 lives, a large number of companies will continue to recoil from the impact of the national lockdown. [...]

Giving up is not an option, you need to push through the hard times.

April 28th, 2020|0 Comments

Three years ago, Innovative Staffing Solutions only had 6,700 employees, today we have more 19,000 permanent staff members. While I am grateful for what we’ve achieved this over nine years, I often sit back in amazement at the astonishing number of jobs that we have created over such a short space of time. And I mean this in the most humbling way! Getting here has not been an easy task. [...]


April 16th, 2020|0 Comments

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP PIECE BY ARNOUX MARE, MD OF INNOVATIVE STAFFING SOLUTIONS    “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” – Thomas Edison Time management is perhaps the most essential tool for companies right now as they battle against the lockdown and the uncertainty COVID-19 is having on the economy. As a service provider to the transportation industry, [...]

Business as usual but from home this time

April 14th, 2020|0 Comments

Working from home has come as a new experience for many South Africans, now in day 19 of an extended lockdown period to curb the spread of COVID-19 and, while some businesses have closed shop until the period is over, others have opted to allow their employees to telecommute. “While many staff members may finally be receiving what they assume to be the best solution – working from home – [...]

Leading with humility

April 6th, 2020|0 Comments

Companies working remotely during the nationwide lockdown will need to place a huge amount of faith in their employees' abilities to deliver on their mandates. While Service-Level Agreements and Key Performance Indicators may contractually bind employees to their targets, it's a particular type of leadership that will supplicate the best out of the organisation and its staff, says Arnoux Maré, managing director of Innovative Staffing Solutions. “During times of crisis, [...]

Innovative Staffing Solutions to continue distributing essentials during lockdown

March 26th, 2020|0 Comments

Innovative Staffing Solutions has been exempted from the national lockdown declared by South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday. “We take our exemption very seriously as we know that millions depend on the products which we will be transporting across the country,” explains Arnoux Maré, CEO of Innovative Staffing Solutions. The 21-days lockdown which is scheduled to commence on March 26, at midnight, is the latest move by the country’s [...]

Skilling Up

January 30th, 2020|0 Comments

Innovative Solutions Group CEO Arnoux Maré on the myriad benefits of an outsourced workforce, and addressing talent shortages Having an agile talent pool allows companies to scale up, or down, as market conditions change. This can be a costly exercise, and somewhat soul destroying for staff who find their positions threatened by, for example, industry disruptors such as technology. Such work shifts are increasingly more common and it’s something that, nine [...]


December 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Innovative Solutions Group (ISG) CEO, Arnoux Maré, has been honoured with another “CEO of the Year Award” at this year’s Africa Leadership Awards, making this his third victory.  ISG received three awards, which included the “Operational Excellence and Quality Award”; “Outsourcing Provider of the Year Award” and “Excellence in Customer Service Award”. “This brings me great joy. We are honoured that the judges recognise the hard work we have put [...]

Because people matter

December 1st, 2019|0 Comments

In the South African business environment, new startups and small- to medium companies often struggle to compete with the large, dominant enterprises.  Once established, they may find it difficult to access further capital and the resources needed to them to grow.  Then there are the business functions that require the owner’s or CEO’s full attention: accounting, auditing, staffing etc. Wouldn’t you want to concentrate on what really matters – growing [...]

National Violent truck Strike No Match For Innovative Staffing Solutions

September 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

South Africa’s truck industry is currently under attack from what government is calling “economic sabotage… spearheaded by criminal elements”. There have been several truck torching incidents and driver kidnappings throughout the country that have been reported on the news after a nationwide truck protest turned violent this week. But despite these national mutinies, local outsourcing company, Innovative Staffing Solutions has managed to keep all their truck drivers and client’s trucks out of [...]


December 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Innovative Solutions Group TM, a South African based company with headquarters in Pretoria, has walked away with seven prestigious awards during the recent African Leadership Awards, held in Mauritius on Wednesday, 5 December 2018.  Innovative Solutions Group TMreceived four awards for the Best Outsourcing Service Provider in Africa, Operational Excellence and Quality, Excellence in Improvement and Innovation as well as The Dream Company To Work For. Head of the Company, Arnoux Maré [...]


November 12th, 2018|0 Comments

The South African government has recently released a draft aimed at amending picketing rules for public comment. The amendment is intended to alter how unions embark on a protected strike, effectively tipping the scales in favour of the employer, some pundits have argued. “Whilst these [proposed] changes have been met with mixed emotions in the labour industry, Innovative Staffing Solutions has taken a more inclusive approach, making history by being [...]