18th Annual SCLAA WA Peter Smith Memorial Golf Day

Congratulation to Savills Australia – James Condon, Murray Simcock, Richard Pickerill and Shane Gruber on winning the 2017 Golf Day presented by Corrine Smith.


Group photo of all 76 players.

SCLAA 2017 Women in Logistics Lunch

The Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia held the much anticipated 2017 Women in Logistics Lunch at Leonda by the Yarra last Friday 20th October, 2017.  The event hosted over 150 people and was a great success.  A special thank you to Leadership Management Australia/Think Perform (Gold Sponsor) and Maxitrans (Bronze Sponsor) for their valued contribution.  To our supporting partners Cash flow Finance, Vertical Talent and our latest National Partner Employsure, SCLAA appreciates your continued collaboration

Amanda O’Brien, SCLAA Chairman, was delighted to chair the day. There were many key messages which included, taking gender out of our conversation, overcoming adversity and encouraging change – messages which transport and logistics professionals understand well. Women working in logistics are competent and purposeful individuals who strive to work and be heard in an unyielding industry.  It is not just about being invited to the table, it is about being asked to make a contribution at that table that counts.  It is only through continual collaboration with industry that unified voices will be heard.

The key note address by Mr Peter Anderson CEO of the Victorian Transport Association sent a strong message on the value of work carried out by women in the Supply Chain.  Thought provoking, inspirational and well-articulated deliveries on the need for change and the continuation of this conversation, were expertly delivered by Lydia Kendray, Erica Gilcrist and Christine Tolson.

“Women in the workforce is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. It’s about outcomes, productivity, resource, liability, risk and return.  It is really important that our processes and policies; how we think and behave are reliant with and support our objectives in terms of employing women in logistics.  So have a think about what you are going to do differently from this day forward.  How and where are you going to critically examine and perhaps change strategy, policy, process, behaviour or language?  It matters not whether the change you make, the thing you do differently, is large or small, what matters is that you make a difference” – Christine Tolson (Air Commodore – Director General Logistics – Airforce)

For your viewing pleasure please link to the highlights from the day.  We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Please do not forget to book to attend our prestigious Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards Gala Dinner coming up on November 17th at the iconic Luna Park.  This is our most celebrated event of the year.  Head to the Awards Gala Dinner event page for more information and to make your reservation.

Photographs from the 2017 Women in Logistics Lunch

2017 ASCL Award Finalists Announced


Finalists Announced for the
2017 Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards


The Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia, in conjunction with Dematic, today officially announced the finalists for the longest running and most prestigious awards program in the industry. Having served the industry for fifty-seven years, the ASCL Awards are the most recognised and esteemed awards for an individual or a company to receive.

Winners of the Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards will be announced on at the ASCL Award Gala Dinner to be held on Friday, 17 November 2017 in the Grand Ballroom at Luna Park, Sydney. Click here to register to attend the ASCL Awards Gala Dinner.

Industry Excellence Award

This Award recognises and acknowledges outstanding achievements and contribution by an individual currently engaged across the supply chain industry. Persons nominated for this most prestigious award will be leaders and will have made significant change to the way a supply chain is managed and improved either academically, physically or technologically. Originally awarded in 1987 and dedicated to Mike Munns, FAIMM, this award remains a cornerstone of SCLAA’s commitment to recognising and promoting the importance of the supply chain industry and its people to continuously improving organisational strength and growth.

Finalists are:
Mark Skrzypiec, Miele ANZ
Pooja Bhatt, Pitney Bowes
Sharon Rudd,  TNT

Future Leaders Award

The purpose of this award is to provide incentive and recognition to young supply chain professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path. Nominees for this award should be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to taking the supply chain toward tomorrow. The SCLAA wishes to showcase finalists and provide impetus to continue to attract the brightest to the industry. First awarded in 2009 and dedicated to Vince Aisthorpe.

The winner of the 2017 Future Leaders Award will be awarded an enrolment into the Leadership Management Australia’s ‘The Performance Edge’ 10-week development program. The program assists participants to improve their personal performance and productivity as well as that of their team. The prize includes consultation in the workplace, assistance in the development of some professional goals, all course material, attendance at 10 interactive workshops, facilitation, client support and access to LMA’s unique on-line feedback system.

Finalists are:
Corey Carl, Young Guns Container Crew
James Murrey, Claims Central
Katherine Fawcett, Rexel Holdings
Levi Del Fierro, Flip Group
Nathan Tanner, 2K Container Services
Patrick Jordan, Australia Post
Primo Danieletto, ABM

Supply Chain Management Award

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the oversight of materials, information, and finances as they move in a process from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer. This award recognises an organisation that can demonstrate significant achievement within a section or across their entire supply chain. Nominees should be able to clearly state the design and achieved results of the project or process that was envisaged and then implemented. The trophy was first awarded in 1984 and is dedicated to Doug Beattie.

Finalists are:
Quintiq & Viva Energy Australia
Getinge Australia
Orora Limited
National Mailing and Marketing
Northern Co-operative Meat Company Ltd
Toyota Motor Corporation

Training, Education & Development Award

Training, education and development remains a vital part of allowing knowledge to be utilised for new ideas and supply chain improvements to be discovered and then implemented This award will be presented to a company that can best demonstrate their committeemen, application and results of providing training, education and development of their people.. The trophy was first awarded in 2002 and is dedicated to the late Professor Peter Gilmour.

Finalists are:
Albert Amato, eStore Logistics
Danielle Mulvey, Learning Sphere Training Solutions
Manu Chaudhary, Polar Fresh Cold Chain Services
Samantha Martin-Williams, Hunter Valley Coal Chain

Information Technology and Management Award

Information remains the most important requirement of any supply chain. Information technology is where the majority of supply chain improvements have been made. Nominees for this award will demonstrate where their use of existing or new technology has provided significant improvements to their management of information and/or their supply chain processes. The trophy was first awarded in 1994 and is dedicated to the late Len Smith FAIMM.

Finalists are:
Anchanto Pte Ltd
Datapel Systems
Go People Pty Ltd
Health Promotion Board
iCOS Live
IFC Global Logistics
Linus D’Crus, SmartTrans Express
Northern Co-operative Meat Company Ltd

Environmental Excellence Award

The ASCL Environmental Excellence Award recognises corporate leadership contributing to the solution of environmental sustainability within our industry through performance and action. The trophy was first awarded in 1966 and is dedicated to Mr Ken Pike.

Finalists are:
Erica Santy/Oliver Milliner, Kathmandu
Simon van Leuven, Vanden Recycling

International Supply Chain Award

Recognising that Supply Chains know no boundaries, the ASCL International Supply Chain Award is given to a Company, Association or an Individual that may operate internationally and are able demonstrate their capability, commitment and achievements across any spectrum of the sciences, practices, disciplines or efforts to promote and improve the knowledge and acceptance of the importance of the supply chain.

Finalists are:
Ashley Allchurch, National Department of Health PNG – Health and HIV Implementation
Far Eye
Health Promotion Board (HPB), Ministry of Health, Singapore
Northern Co-operative Meat Company Ltd
PGT-Reclaimed (International) Ltd
Saigon Coop / Xact Solutions
William Weatherald, MRX Technologies

Logistics Management Award

This is a new award and for one of the longest standing disciplines of any supply chain and replaces the Storage and Materials Handling award. Recipients may stem from nominees for any of the other SCLAA awards at the judges’ discretion, or from a direct application, where the demonstrated achievement, improvement or results have required a logistical approach to improvement or major change to their logistics management.

The winner of this Award will be announced on the night.


To register to attend the 2017 Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards visit the 2017 ASCL Awards Gala Dinner page on the SCLAA website.

For any queries, please contact the SCLAA National Secretariat on secretary@sclaa.com.au or 1300 364 160

Introducing SCLAA’s New National Partners – LMA and Think Perform


The SCLAA welcomes our newest National Partners, LMA and Think Perform.  As a not for profit Industry Association, run by members for members, our ability to support the SCLAA infrastructure and to expand is highly dependent on our National Partners. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can. One tangible way that you can show your support is by attending the Women In Logistics Lunch in Melbourne this Friday. Lydia Kendray, Head of Group Operations for LMA and Think Perform will be speaking and it will surely be an interesting presentation.

LMA Overview

is the proven best choice for unlocking the potential in people to positively impact results and the bottom line.

At a time when industry in Australia and New Zealand is finding it increasingly difficult to attract and retain talent, investing in the people you already have is not only wise, it’s crucial.

LMA has been empowering and developing people and driving better results and profits for over 45 years. We have been at the forefront of people development and are the best at what we do – delivering exceptional leadership, performance, sales and people development solutions.

We work with organisations to boost their bottom line by:     

  •     Developing the leadership of their key people
  •     Improving their employees’ performance and productivity.

LMA has worked with over 130,000 people from thousands of organisations across Australia and New Zealand enhancing their leadership skills, team dynamics, performance, productivity and sales skills.

Call 1800 333 270 or click here to speak to us about how we can improve the productivity and performance of your people.

Think Perform Overview

Think Perform is the proven best choice for empowering people to drive continuous improvement and to positively impact culture, results and the bottom line.

Think Perform are leaders in delivering transformational business improvement programs, built around strong values and respect for our client organisations and their people. We are the best at what we do – partnering with organisations to achieve operational excellence and a sustainable future.

Think Perform’s unique delivery process empowers employees at all levels of the organisation to deliver sustainable performance improvements. This approach underpins and inspires a cultural transformation.

People have the power to deliver a performance edge. However, before this power can be harnessed or leveraged, people need to be developed and equipped with the skills and attitudes to drive sustainable change. They also need to be engaged, committed and encouraged to consistently look for improvement opportunities that contribute to the achievement of the organisation’s objectives.

As a member of Thrive Alliance, we have over 45 years’ experience in training and developing people to achieve greater performance and productivity in the workplace. Put simply, we drive sustainable change which leads to better results.

Call 1300 667 099 or click here to speak to us about how we can help you to reduce waste and improve the operational efficiency of your organization.


Introducing SCLAA’s New National Partner – OZ Labourforce

The SCLAA welcomes our newest National Partner, OZ Labourforce. As a not-for-profit Industry Association, run by members for members, our ability to support the SCLAA infrastructure and to expand is highly dependent on our National Partners. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.


OZ Labourforce Overview

OZ Labourforce
was conceived in 2009, and proves a suite of Labour & Logistics Management Services to Transport, Warehousing, 3PL & Intermodal Operations across Australia whilst specializing in “Fixed-Price” Container packing/unpacking services.

Since then, OZ Labourforce has traversed from their head office and National Training Centre in Brisbane, with offices and training centres in every state of Australia directly employing over 150 staff.

The experience of both Directors who have over 20 years involvement within the Logistics Industry traversing 3 continents at board level allowed us to use the insights of all 3 continents.

The directives were simple from the outset.  Build a business backwards from the clients perspective, encompassing and surpassing each and every Industry, Organisational & Legal requirements along the way. Recruit full time professionals in all areas of the business and provide the highest quality training to everyone with a clear, ongoing, comprehensive training program throughout.  Implement and Operate and ‘Investors in People’ program defining and structuring long term career paths by continue to develop key skill areas within our most valuable asset.

Redefine the measures taken to ensure that safety is not just managed, but that every single opportunity is exhausted to know our team have the most comprehensive training and understanding of safety and is becomes their natural default setting at the forefront of their mind at all times. On-line training and simulation programs, practical courses, accreditations and examinations are all part of our comprehensive and strict Safety Management Plan.

Untie all the ‘red tape’ and operate a unique system that offers complete transparency to our clients throughout all areas of our operations. No more self-regulated auditing but live- in real time auditing giving every single client 100% security & confidence we undertake all activities on your site, meeting all compliances, regulations, Laws, by Laws, safety first whilst operating with a high degree of social conscience.

Engaging OZ Labourforce is your cast iron guarantee to yourselves and your clients you have absolved and mitigated every conceivable industry directive that causes apprehension by the engagement of 3rd party contractors

OZ Labourforce is dedicated to creating long term cohesive relationships with all clients as ‘Service Partners.’

TODAY IS International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl

To celebrate the potential of girls in different cultures around the world, and to highlight the threats, discrimination and issues facing their well-being, join with the SCLAA today to mark 11 October as the International Day of the Girl!

A survey of more than 1700 Aussie girls has discovered most feel they are treated unequally to boys in most aspects of their lives (Plan International). At the heart of this issue is a lack of visibility about the experiences of girls – and it’s time we listened to what they have to say about this.

This is a day for us to be thankful for the women who have made such a difference to our lives. It is also a day for reflection on what we as individuals can do to improve the lives of young girls in our own communities and around the world.

Spare a moment today to consider how you could make a difference.

SCLAA fully support Women throughout the industry and are looking forward to the 2nd annual SCLAA Women in Logistics Lunch being held in Melbourne on 20 October and The Women in Logistics and Supply Chain Leadership Summit 2017 in Sydney from 30 October to 3 November.

Inspiring speakers and Great Networking Opportunities

2017 Women in Logistics, 20 October 2017, Leonda by the Yarra, Melbourne.

Peter Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Transport Association, to open the 2017 Women in Logistics Lunch.

Peter Anderson is one of Australia’s foremost experts in transport and logistics, with a lifelong career working in the business of freight movement for private businesses, and more recently Victoria’s peak transport industry representative group.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Transport Association, a role he has held since late 2014, Peter is the voice of over 800 transport and logistics operators in Victoria, with a focus on enhancing the productivity, safety, workforce development and sustainability of the industry through leadership and advocacy.

Peter was appointed VTA CEO after serving as a Board member since 2007. His involvement with the VTA dates back to 1994, serving on numerous committees and as honorary Chair of the VTA’s General Freight Committee and its Container Group.

Coming from a transport family, Peter has lived and breathed freight and logistics his whole life. He has held management positions since 1983, becoming only the second Chief Executive Officer at The Scott Group of Companies, where he drove major cultural change and business improvements.

For more information and to register: https://goo.gl/5ZVMrx


Inspiring speakers and Great Networking Opportunities

2017 Women in Logistics, 20 October 2017, Leonda by the Yarra, Melbourne.

Christine Tolson v2Christine Tolson, Air Commodore, Director General Logistics – Air Force

Christine joined the Air Force on 15 January 1985. Throughout her career she has performed in a number of capacities and has acquisition and through life logistics experience and qualification. Of note, she has held four separate Command appointments during her career the most recent of which was as Director General Supply Chain, in which role she was responsible for wholesale warehousing and distribution, maintenance and operational supply chain functions for the Australian Defence Force. She took up the role of Director General Logistics Air Force in early September 2016. In this role she is responsible for designing the future Air Force logistics system to support airpower and joint warfighting.

Christine has spent much of her career driving change and reform and her most recent post­ings are no different. She has extensive contract development, negotiation and management and supply chain design experience. A firm believer in strategic planning and that ‘the data will set you free’, her career has also seen her invest significantly in instilling planning and performance management ethos and frameworks within the various organisations that she has led.

Her great passion lay in leadership and in mentoring the logistics officers and female leaders of the future. She also enjoys fishing, camping, baking, reading and shopping (for shoes of course!).

For more information and to register: https://goo.gl/5ZVMrx

Inspiring speakers and Great Networking Opportunities

2017 Women in Logistics, 20 October 2017, Leonda by the Yarra, Melbourne.

Lydia-1Lydia Kendray, Head of Group Operations, Leadership Management Australia

Lydia Kendray is a VET RTO Specialist currently employed as Head of Group Operations across both Leadership Management Australia and Think Perform.

Lydia has over 25 years experience in the VET sector, from managing RTO’s to having owned and operated her own national RTO for 15 years.

Lydia specialises in conducting and completing comprehensive training needs analysis for or­ganisations, and designing, developing and implementing quality and engaging training and assessment that are national recognised training programs, whilst ensuring the tailored training solutions meet both industry and organisational needs.

Lydia draws upon her experience to be a passionate hands on leader, mentoring and motivat­ing her team in change management, accountability and increased productivity. Her true passion is in professional development, providing a commitment to develop and mentor people at all levels, which she believes is a funda­mental key in achieving transformational change whilst creating exceptional results.

Lydia’s experience within the Transport and Logistics industries spans over 20 years with a sound knowledge of all the rudiments regarding compliance governing the transport and logistics industries. Her expertise includes her in­novative approach to commercial business growth, compliance and the building of successful, mutually rewarding business relationships.

For more information and to register: https://goo.gl/5ZVMrx


Inspiring Speakers and Great Networking Opportunities

2017 Women in Logistics, 20 October 2017, Leonda by the Yarra, Melbourne.

E Gilchrist - pic

Erica Gilcrist, General Manager Sales – MaxiTRANS

Erica has a 20+ years’ history working within the Logistics and Supply Chain Industry globally. Reaching back to the mid-1990s, Erica began her career working in 3rd Party Logistics supporting the fast-paced automotive industry in Detroit, Michigan. It was there that Erica realised her niche for Supply Chain development and implementation after successfully leading start-ups ranging from greenfield warehousing and sub-assembly operations, JIT transport network planning, central materials stores, min/max bank and buffer programs and supply chain design (order to delivery). Upon its inauguration in 2001, Erica moved to Vector Supply Chain Management, a 4PL joint venture between Conway (Menlo) and General Motors.

It was during her days working for Vector SCM that Erica found her way to the Asia-Pacific region. Tasked with implementing the Vector SCM 4PL Model in SE Asia and Australia, Erica found her new home in Melbourne Australia where she has been living and working for the past fourteen years. During her time here in Australia, Erica has integrated herself into the Australian Transport and Logistics Industry working with, and alongside major companies such as Toll, Ceva, Amcor (Orora), Bluescope Steel, Woolworths and Target. In her more recent years, Erica moved into the wharf sector running a wharf services business in the Port of Melbourne before moving on to ACFS Port Logistics as GM of the Southern Region, including empty container parks Nationally. Erica’s current role as General Manager Sales at MaxiTRANS Australasia’s leading supplier of road transport equipment is synonymous with her expertise and ability to motivate, lead and inspire.

For more information and to register: https://goo.gl/5ZVMrx