Introducing SCLAA’s New National Partner – Zebra Technologies

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The SCLAA welcomes our newest National Partner, Zebra Technologies. 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.

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As a global provider of next-generation supply chain and logistics mobile solutions, Zebra is excited about the opportunity to bring Visibility that’s Visionary to SCLAA members.

With Zebra Technologies, SCLAA members will have access to industry knowledge, consumer insights and mobile technology solutions to help them build experiences that will connect them with drivers, simplify operations and respond to customer demand, inventory turnover and regulatory requirements.

By deploying next generation innovative technology, SCLAA Members can:

1)  Offer flawless fulfilment every step of the way

  •  Offer better customer engagement and manage demand in real-time
  •  Provide drivers with mobile computing solutions that are fast, reliable,
    secure and always connected
  •  Give staff the tools to make smarter decisions

2)  Enable the smart warehouse

  •  Integrate supply chain with best-in-class hardware and software
  •  Automate manual processes and instantly track shipment contents
  •   Improve order turnaround times
  •   Utilise effective task interleaving

3)  Connect with the fleet – anytime, anywhere

  •  Increase driver and asset visibility
  •  Track driver performance
  •  Manage rising fuel and component costs
  •  Ensure regulatory compliance

4)  Put Efficiency on the Fast Track

  •  Increase standards of asset and facility management
  •  Enable cross-docking
  •  Reduce yard wait times

Zebra can help you design a transportation and logistics solution to help you meet your needs.

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Introducing SCLAA’s New National Partner – Vertical Talent

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The SCLAA welcomes our newest National Partner, Vertical Talent. 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.

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Founded in 2005, Vertical Talent was established in response to the need for a dedicated procurement and supply chain agency. We are distinct from the commoditised, ‘one size fits all’ philosophy of other firms within the Australian recruitment sector.

Our approach is simple. We provide a consultative, non-transactional approach which leverages our global expertise to achieve unmatched results. We offer true value for both candidate and client while continuously upholding our enviable reputation as one of Australia’s leading procurement, supply chain and operations recruitment specialist.

Following our 2008 acquisition by Drake International, we now benefit from the scale and resource of a leading global recruitment agency while retaining our standing as a boutique, specialist provider.

During our twelve years of operation we have gone from strength to strength, rapidly expanding our presence across the world and growing our recruitment capability across new sectors for our clients. We operate as a dedicated recruitment and career management platform supporting and partnering with our clients, and have extensive experience across a broad range of projects in size and scale.

As a thought leader and innovator in our approach to recruitment, we seek the same levels of leadership and creativity in our people. The team at Vertical Talent has been hand selected for their consultative approach as well as the networks and specialisations they bring. Our team work across the following industry specialisations:

  • Procurement
  • Logistics & Warehousing
  • Manufacturing & Operations
  • Supply Chain Planning.

Our ultimate goal has not changed since our inception 12 years ago, and that is to provide an outstanding service with an emphasis on attracting and retaining the very best talent in supply chain, procurement and logistics for our clients.

To find out more, visit

SCLAA Chairwoman – AIB Industry Guest Lecturer and Industry Partner

SCLAA Chairwoman – AIB Industry Guest Lecturer and Industry Partner

Understanding Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Amanda O’Brien – Australian Institute of Business

Amanda O’Brien is a Transport & Logistics Professional and the CEO and Managing Director of Australian Worldwide Logistics Pty Ltd trading as Xtreme Freight with head office based in Melbourne. Amanda’s particular expertise is in strategy and solving logistical challenges for Global Freight Forwarders and increasing efficiencies in the supply chain through strong partnerships and transparent analysis. Her belief is that developing people’s talents is fundamental to achieving great results and that flexibility and outside the box thinking is the greatest catalyst for change which is essential in keeping up with globalisation.

Past experience in diverse fields ranging from Telecommunications, Airlines and Retail holding both management and procurement roles has seen Amanda involved in projects that return investment to companies with people at the core. Changing the image, increasing the efficiencies and developing seamless logistical solutions for clients in the Transport & Logistics sector is fundamental to her philosophy.

Amanda joined the committee of the Victorian Division of the SCLAA in 2012 to contribute to the growth of female participation in the industry and believes that giving back to the community and awareness of social and political issues is cognisant with greater results.

Thought Leadership Series – “How will autonomous vehicles, drones and AI change the transport and logistics industry in the future?”

The SCLAA hosted its 3rd Thought Leadership event for 2017 on Wednesday 2nd August at Honey Bar in South Melbourne. The buzz and excitement in the room was evident throughout the evening. We had a fantastic turnout with over 60 attendees to hear from industry experts on what the future of autonomous vehicles, drones and AI looks like for the transport and logistics industry. Thankyou to Mark Tipping, Bernard Lee and Matthew Lloyd for speaking and the SCLAA committee for their hard work in making this event run smoothly.


2017 ACT Training Awards

Join CBR Canberra to celebrate the best of the best in Canberra’s vocational education and training (VET) sector!

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The Awards presentation event is the premier event for the ACT VET sector and in 2017; we will be celebrating 80 years of the ACT Training Awards.

Across 14 categories, the awards encompass the opportunity to recognise and reward the success of individuals and organisations in the ACT.  Join us to celebrate the success of our local apprentices, trainees and VET students, as well as teachers/trainers, registered training organisations (RTOs) and employers.

Tickets can be purchased online via the ACT Training Awards webpage:

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Business Consultation Notification – Capital Allowances


Business Consultation Notification – Capital allowances: effective life review of assets used in wholesaling industries

A new public consultation was recently submitted to the Business Consultation website. You can access the details of the consultation by clicking on the link below.

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You are invited to participate in an effective life review of assets used in wholesaling industries

VIC/TAS Logistics Solutions for Smart Cities

How good is collaboration! Last night the SCLAA held a site tour to Emporium to view their start of the delivery receipt system combined with a thought leadership events and networking drinks!

We head from some amazing speakers including David Sanders Russel Thompson Paul Landgren on the important role that supply chain has in keeping our cities sustainable!

We capped off the night with Bestrane, announcing their corporate membership with SCLAA.

A Site Visit to Remember: an hour long tour of Emporium, Melbourne’s high-end, interconnected, vertical retail environment that offers a total 188,000m² of retail, with almost 2000 retailers.  During the tour, the event’s participants witnessed Emporium’s: integrated exis ting heritage facades with new buildings and extensive glazed features from a bird’s eye view; commitment to sustainability from the 24/7 washing up hub (the 40 food outlets is serve food on crockery to reduce rubbish); and innovative awarding winning approach to receiving over 100 deliveries daily in one of the most congested and parts of the city.

…and some amazing pink vests…

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Invitation to participate in a Monash University study about supply chain resilience following extreme weather




To register for this survey, click here…

NSW: AXIS Rehabilitation Industry Breakfast

Despite the torrential rain, NSW members gathered at the Sofitel Wentworth on Thursday June 8 to attend the AXIS Rehabilitation Industry Breakfast. Members were keen to learn about the latest research in health and wellbeing strategies.

Axis Business Partner, Michael Tew, opened the day and introduced the first of two keynote speakers – Dr Jay Spence, from Uprise.

Dr Spence provided an overview of current research into Health and Wellbeing strategies, and the effect that these strategies can have on workplace engagement. Among the key findings was that perceived support from managers have the greatest impact on staff wellbeing. Dr Spence revealed how positive outcomes can be achieved with interventions targeting the different levels of a business, from the individual to the organisation. Dr Spence remained afterwards to discuss mental health and wellbeing strategies with many of the attendees.

Following Dr Spence’s presentation, David Brentnall (Managing Partner from Axis) highlighted the importance of early intervention when managing workplace injuries. He provided attendees with 5 key principles highly performing workplaces are using to streamline injury management. David also presented data demonstrating the amount of money businesses save when implementing early intervention initiatives. In particular, reducing the length of time a worker is on light duties, and reducing the likelihood of a worker developing a chronic condition. In one year, this saved a truck manufacturer more than 80% in statutory claims cost.

Some great questions were raised by the audience during Q&A time, regarding implementation of onsite physiotherapy clinics. David highlighted that providing a suite of additional injury prevention services; such as risk assessments, task analyses, and health and wellbeing initiatives, makes good business sense.

It was a terrific breakfast, with many staying to network until the end.

SCLAA members can access AXIS’ exclusive whitepaper, which includes the seminar content by visiting

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VIC-TAS Mentoring and Networking


Last night, 15 June, marked the successful launch of the inaugural VIC-TAS SCLAA mentoring program at RMIT Building 80. Participants are treated to fun-filled activities that broke the ice, as well as interesting anecdotes about past mentoring relationships from our senior members. Mentees were also given a few tips on how to engage new industry contacts for the networking drinks event that followed the launch.

We would like to give special mention to our moderator, June Parker for moderating such a fun and engaging event on her birthday. We would also like to thank KNAPP, Selection Partners and RMIT  for generously supporting our goal to increase the capability of the supply chain industry through this program.

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Left to right: Kok Khuan Lim, Levi del Fierro, Agnieszka Stopyra, Divya Gupta, John LaVacca, Matt Gibson, Danny Busija, June Parker, Michael Vogler, Stewart Warne, Andy Irving and Federick Nasol


Thanks to all those who attended our networking event at The Crafty Squire Brewery Lounge on 127 Russel Street on Thursday 15 June 2017.

We had an amazing turn out with everyone enjoying Craft beers, canapes and some networking! See you next time!

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