SCLAA WA – Crowd Solutions in Supply Chain Management

Thanks to Michael Holden and Nathan Vartesi and Jenni Castro from Bustle for presenting recently at Curtin Uni their technology-based platform for linking suppliers, customers and operators. Thanks also for the enthusiastic support for the event from Curtin, its Supply Chain undergrads and lecturers. Use the following links to find out more about Bustle and the SCLAA.                          


2016 ASCL Award Finalists Announced



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

Winners of the Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards will be announced on at the ASCL Award Gala dinner to be held on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 in the Grand Ball Room at Luna Park, Sydney. Click here to register to attend the ASCL Awards Gala Dinner.

Industry Excellence 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: Dr John Gattorna, Gattorna Alignment; Charles Kim, Toyota; Nikki Barbi, Ergon Energy; Melissa Taylor, Taylor’s Removals and Storage; Anthony Goninan, Department of Defence; and Kingsley Cherry, Pacifix.

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 2016 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: Kieran Boyce, eStore Logistics; Nathan Sugars, Lion Dairy and Drinks; Dillon Singh, IBM; Luke Alford, Silk Logistics; Chayal Ramjee, Queensland Transport and Main Roads; Jeff Zhang, Fletcher/Tradelink; and Kylie Cue, Downer EDI.

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: Kathmandu;   Andrew McSweeney, ScuzzTrans;   David Munro, Queensland Rail/David HR Consulting; Timothy Joseph, Department of Defence/Inovasys; Tony Nichols, Toll; and Haymans Electrical Brisbane Airport.

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: Mike Steele, National Mailing & Marketing; Belinda Polglase, All Purpose Transport; Matt Clark, Young Guns Container Crew;and Prof Behnam Fahimnia, University of Sydney.

Information 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: Leigh Williams, eStore Logistics;   Dawn Burdett, Cloud Logistics Solutions; Warwick Mendham, SVS Australia; Nigel Edwards, Australian Red Cross Vision Systems; Nigel Edwards, Australian Red Cross Bulk Shipper (Blood); Nigel Edwards, Australian Red Cross RFID; Deanne Hawkswood, Department of Transport & Main Roads; and David Horton, Department of Housing and Public Works.

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 will of this Award will be announced on the night.

International Supply Chain Award
Recognising that Supply Chains know no boundaries, the ASCLA 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: ICOS LIVE, Kathy Ross; Toyota/Siecap, Charles Kim; and Kathmandu

To register to attend the 2016 Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards visit the
2016 ASCL Awards Gala Dinner page on the SCLAA website.

For any queries, please contact the SCLAA National Secretariat on or 1300 364 160. 

New SCLAA National Partner – Toll


The SCLAA is 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, one of which we newly welcome is Toll. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.


The Toll Group is a world-class integrated logistics provider. We operate in over 50 countries around the world in over 1,200 sites, employing approx. 40,000 people around the world. The Toll Way is how we undertake our business; it explains what is important to us at Toll. We value integrity and trust, safety, continuous improvement, teamwork and being open and transparent.

Toll People are a unique business unit within the wider Toll Group. We were established in part due to the lack of specialised recruitment services available within the marketplace. We have a genuine passion to provide quality recruitment services. The Toll Group’s standards for employment services were, and still are so exacting that the recruitment was brought in-house and Toll People began its operations of sourcing and placing candidates internally.

While we were incredibly successful in supporting the Toll Group, we found ourselves in the position of having a tried and true recruitment process through which we were sourcing the best candidates in the market. Given this success, we saw an opportunity to not only assist Toll but our highly valued partners. With a mission to supply and retain temporary and permanent candidates of a quality superior to that provided by our competitors, we provide executive permanent recruitment, labour hire and business support personnel to Toll but also to a number of key external business partners.

Toll People entered the mainstream recruitment market and 12 years on, we are Australia’s most recognised provider of Transport, Logistics, Supply Chain and Warehouse staff.

Digital Transformation at the Forefront of JDA FocusConnect – Event Showcases Profitable Strategies to Deliver on Customer Promises Every Time


Attendees at JDA’s annual EMEA conference will benefit from success stories of leaders such as ALDI, ConAgra Foods, DHL, Energizer, E & J Gallo Winery, Nestle Purina, PepsiCo, Virgin Media and others

JDA Software Group, Inc., has announced its keynote speakers and customer presenters for JDA FocusConnect 2016, scheduled for November 7-9 at the new London Intercontinental Hotel at The O2 Arena in London, England.

More than 500 supply chain professionals from across the retail, manufacturing, wholesale distribution and logistics industries will gather at this regional user summit for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Over the course of three days, representatives from more than 40 JDA customers will detail their supply chain transformation journeys. Session speakers include industry analysts and other supply chain thought leaders discussing the issues raised by today’s digital transformation. Intel and Starware are platinum sponsors of the conference. Agora Europe, Centiro, Cognizant and REPL Group are gold sponsors.

The theme of FocusConnect 2016 — “Plan, Profit and Deliver” — highlights the challenges companies face as they seek to balance the digital transformation with increased profitability.

“In today’s digital, connected world, it’s tempting to try to differentiate your business and win the sale based on offering incredible customer service at all costs,” said Franck Lheureux, regional vice president, EMEA, JDA. “Today, the most successful companies are planning for profitability from the earliest stages and transforming their supply chains to be more agile and nimble in delivering goods to customers. They don’t make customer promises they can’t keep; instead, they take a modern, data-driven, approach that leverages increased visibility across the entire supply chain and balances customer satisfaction versus margins on an ongoing basis.”

Attendees will benefit from the success stories of supply chain leaders including ALDI, ConAgra Foods, DHL, Energizer, E & J Gallo Winery, Nestle Purina, Philips, PepsiCo, Virgin Media, Wacom and Waitrose. In addition, FocusConnect 2016 will feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Andy Clarke, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Asda Stores Ltd: Andy Clarke is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Asda Stores Ltd, the UK’s second-largest supermarket retailer. In his role, Clarke was committed to Asda’s promise to save customers money so they can live better. Clarke’s career with Asda spanned almost 20 years, having originally joined the company from Morrisons in 1992 as Manager of the Edinburgh store before rising to the position of Retail Director. In 2000, he became Chief Operating Officer for Matalan, a position he held for two years before being appointed as Managing Director of Iceland. In 2005, Clarke re-joined Asda as Retail and Operations Director, becoming Chief Operating Officer two years later and CEO in May 2010.
  • Rob Bingley, Vice President, Supply Chain & Logistics, Global Tools & Storage division, Stanley Black & Decker. Rob Bingley is the VP Supply Chain & Logistics for the Global Tools & Storage division of Stanley Black & Decker covering EANZ and the Emerging Markets Group of Middle East, Africa, Russia, CIS and India based in Diegem, Belgium. Bingley is a career supply chain professional, who, prior to SWK, worked in logistics & supply chain at BOC Medical (Ohmeda) before joining the now divested Stanley Doors Operations in Drakehouse, Sheffield.
  • Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Humanist, Author, Keynote Speaker and CEO, The Futures Agency. In his new book, Technology vs Humanity, Leonhard explores the myriad of ethical and social questions which urgently require answering before we blindly forego our very humanity. For organizations in the grip of disruption, self-driven or otherwise, Leonhard supplies visionary insights and concentrated wisdom that inform key decisions makers today. He was listed as one of the top 100 influencers in technology by Wired magazine in 2015. Leonhard’s clients include over 200 companies and organizations in more than 50 countries, including Google, UBS, Roche, WWF, Cisco, KPMG, Unilever, US Social Security Agency, the BBC, Universal Studios and the EU Commission.
  • Bal Dail, Chairman of the Board and CEO, JDA. Prior to leading JDA, Dail was an operating partner at New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm based in New York. From 2005 to 2012, he served in a number of executive roles at Aon Corporation — including CEO of Aon Hewitt and of Aon Consulting, COO of Aon Benfield, and CIO of Aon Corporation. Prior to Aon, Dail was a principal at McKinsey & Company focused on the high-tech sector. Dail started his career in the technology group at Marks & Spencer, a leading retailer in the United Kingdom, and he has also held leadership positions at JP Morgan, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Ford Motor Company.
  • Razat Gaurav, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Chief Revenue Officer, JDA Software. Gaurav is responsible for leading JDA Industry Solutions, Product Management and Global Sales. Gaurav has been with JDA since 1999, most recently as EVP and General Manager of JDA’s Global Industries and Solutions where he led teams responsible for developing industry solution vision and product portfolio strategies, support and cloud operations. Previously he served as Senior Vice President, International and Strategic Initiatives, where he was responsible for driving sales in JDA’s EMEA, APAC and Latin America regions. He also managed JDA’s strategic initiatives around Flowcasting and the 3PL business. Gaurav has held a variety of global leadership positions during his tenure at JDA, i2 Technologies, and Ernst & Young.

With more than 60 sessions in eight content tracks, FocusConnect 2016 offers topics that are relevant to every supply chain professional. In addition, networking events and JDA Special Interest Group sessions will provide ample opportunities for knowledge sharing and peer networking.

Learn more about JDA FocusConnect 2016 and register to attend the conference.


About JDA Software Group, Inc.

JDA Software is the leading provider of seamless supply chain planning and execution solutions for retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers and wholesale distributors.  Our unmatched solution portfolio enables our clients to reduce costs, increase profitability and improve visibility so they can deliver on customer promises every time.   More than 4,000 global customers run JDA, including 78 of the top 100 retailers, 78 of the top 100 consumer goods companies, and 8 of the top 10 3PLs.  With JDA, you can plan to deliver.


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Warehousing sought for F35 parts

The Australian Department of Defence and the United States Government are looking for companies capable of providing warehouses in the Asia Pacific region for F35 Joint Strike Fighter support.  It is a request for information at the moment.

They have asked the SCLAA to let members know.     Details are available here   or at CASG/JSF/RFI0366/16

If you have capability, please respond directly via the above link.

Toll Group and Dematic to develop a fully automated fashion distribution centre with a focus on eCommerce and omni-channel delivery

SYDNEY, NSW – 10 October 2016 – Asia Pacific’s leading provider of integrated logistics, Toll Group, is working with Dematic to develop a market-leading distribution centre (DC) in Sydney. The DC will be one of the first in Australia designed to cater for the growing eCommerce/fashion market.

The 32,000 square metre state-of-the-art DC with advanced automation technology will enable fast and efficient delivery for Australian retailers to stores and customers.

The new DC will include a number of Dematic automation solutions, including 24 RapidPICK Goods-to-Person (GTP) Pick Stations and 24 aisles of Dematic Multishuttle storing 150,000 totes, which will increase Toll’s eCommerce and omni-channel capabilities. The system will also include 32,000 pallet positions of ColbyRack selective and narrow aisle pallet and carton storage.

The facility will increase Toll’s eCommerce speed to market. Same day shipping will be supported by the capacity for 30 On-Line Processing Stations, automated bagging and bag take-away machines, as well as ergonomic eCommerce processing stations.

“We are very excited to be offering Australian retailers a new DC specifically designed to meet their eCommerce and omni-channel needs,” said Mark Cowley, Executive General Manager, Customised Solutions – Toll Global Logistics Division. “We are particularly proud that our new facility will be an Australian first in automation for eCommerce processing and distribution.

“We look forward to working with Dematic to enable a fast, efficient and cost-effective supply chain for Australian retailers and their customers.”

Toll’s first customer at the new facility is Specialty Fashion Group, whose brands include Millers, Katies, Autograph, Crossroads, City Chic and Rivers Australia. The new DC will meet the demands of the retailer’s strong growth, and support its continual focus on improving omni-channel delivery, including online and ‘click and collect’ ordering. Apparel distribution innovations which will benefit Specialty Fashion Group include freight-efficient order finishing, where dispatch order cartons will be cut down to fill height with no air shipped in the cartons, Garment on Hanger (GOH) storage and picking, and the ability to batch pick full cases for loading into the dispatch sorter.

“With this new facility, Toll will lead the way in offering Australian apparel retailers a logistics option that is specifically geared towards delivering orders placed online,” said Pas Tomasiello, Dematic’s Director of Integrated Systems. “Dematic’s solution for Toll utilises innovative, high level automation which is perfectly suited to retailers striving to meet the increasing omni-channel demands.”

The DC, which will be located in Prestons Logistics Estate in Sydney, has been designed to be flexible so it can be scaled up based on seasonality, business growth, and new customers, and is also capable of 24/7 operations if necessary. Toll’s DC is scheduled to go live in October 2017.

Further information: Dematic Pty Limited, 24 Narabang Way, Belrose NSW 2085, Australia. Tel: +61 2 9486 5555. Fax: +61 2 9486 5511.


About Dematic

Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 5,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located across the globe. Dematic has implemented more than 5,500 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.

Colby® products are designed, engineered and manufactured by Dematic Pty Limited. “Colby” and the “Colby Chevron Mark” are registered trademarks of Dematic Pty Limited.

About Toll Group

Toll Group is the Asia Pacific region’s leading provider of logistics services, employing approximately 40,000 people across some 1,200 locations in more than 50 countries. Toll’s second-to-none capabilities and global reach help provide customers with logistics solutions capable of serving the most comprehensive global supply chains

SCLAA VIC/TAS Announcement

Newly elected Future Leader Group President and Vice President

At the recent VIC/TAS Committee meeting, the Committee elected a VIC/TAS Future Leaders Group President and Vice President

Charles Edwards – VIC/TAS Future Leaders Group President

Charles is a management consultant with GRA based in Melbourne, Australia and comes from an engineering and finance background.

He has experience in supply chain strategic review, sales and operations planning, inventory optimisation, 3D printing and demand and replenishment planning.

His previous clients within the supply chain industry include the Defence Force, MROs and ASX listed retail businesses within Australia.


Federick Nasol – VIC/TAS Future Leader Group Vice President

Federick Nasol has been heavily involved in the ports and shipping industry in Manila, Philippines before moving to Melbourne last year.

He is now handling vehicle imports for Ford Australia.


For information on the current VIC/TAS State Committee, view the
VIC/TAS Division page on the SCLAA website.

Any VIC/TAS members who would like to become involved with the State Committee should contact Ming at

New SCLAA National Partner – Logistics Bureau

As you are aware the SCLAA is 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, one of which we newly welcome is the Logistics Bureau. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.

We help busy and frustrated Senior Executives boost their Supply Chain and Logistics performance in terms of cost and service. 

We do this with a focus on management consulting, benchmarking and education services.

Often it’s a question of just not having the time, the right resources, or specific experience to get traction on a really important business initiative.  That’s where Logistics Bureau adds value on all three counts…

Logistics Bureau is a leading privately owned specialist management consulting company focused on the field of Supply Chain and Logistics. Yes, we’ve been helping our clients since before the term Supply Chain was even in common use!

Logistics Bureau was established in 1997, and over the years has grown into a group of complimentary services, focused on Supply Chain and Logistics consulting, education and benchmarking. Rob O’Byrne is the Founder and Owner of the Logistics Bureau Group.

The Logistics Bureau Group first expanded outside Australia in 2000, opening offices in Bangkok, Thailand. Since that time, operations have now spread to Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Our core focus on helping businesses and individuals improve performance through these core services:

Management Consulting:

Management Education:

Industry Education:

Performance Benchmarking:

We are very pleased to become a National Partner with the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) and along with the existing National Partners look forward to adding value to SCLAA members and our industry.

New SCLAA National Partner – Logistics Bureau

SCLAA discount: UQ Supply Chain Reform professional development course

uq-bis-school-logoThe University of Queensland (UQ) Business School Executive Education is offering SCLAA members a 10 percent discount to attend its short course
Supply Chain Reform in October.

UQ Business School Executive Education produces high-performing leaders and high-impact business results. Their professional development courses and programs are delivered by some of the brightest minds in the business world, and combine leading research, case studies, guest speakers and experiential learning techniques.

Make the shift from supply chains to value chains – register by the end of September using the code QSCL10.

The two-day course, facilitated by Liam Stitt, Managing Director, Essential Supply Chain Optimisation Pty Ltd, is designed for managers and professionals looking to optimise and improve their organisation’s supply chain and supplier management.

You will be challenged to critically review elements of the supply chain for your company, including the procurement process, logistics and alliance networks versus sub-contracting.

By attending this course you will:

  • Increase your knowledge of tools, technologies and methodologies to leverage benefits from disruption
  • Discover how to make the shift from supply chains to value networks.

UQ Business School Executive Education will also hold its Leadership for Senior Executive Women program in October – a program that receives consistently high feedback. Facilitated by Professor Polly Parker, UQ Business School; and Tessa Raeburn, Raeburn Keslake International, the program empowers attendees to drive change and lead in a way that is both personally and professionally satisfying.

To learn more about Supply Chain Reform or Leadership for Senior Executive women, contact UQ Business School Executive Education’s Client Services Team on +617 3346 7111 or at Alternatively, click here to visit the website.