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.

A Supply Chain Conference for the Cost of an Average Dinner



A unique Supply Chain and Logistics Conference just for SCLAA members from the Logistics Bureau.

All day round-table coaching and discussion sessions, with 20+ experts from across our industry.

  • You can pick the topics you want to hear about.
  • Only $47 per ticket…including lunch!  Great information, great networking.
  • And the $47 even goes to charity!  (You must use the Promo Code SCLAA)

Get all your questions answered on Outsourcing, Systems, Contracts, Safety and lots more.

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Logistics Bureau CEO, Rob O’Byrne, is looking forward to seeing you there.


IBS rebrands as Iptor Supply Chain Systems with promise to help distributors ‘Rule the exception’




Iptor Supply Chain Systems builds on industry and cloud services expertise to help businesses manage the 10% of orders that drive added value in distribution

Solna, Sweden – September 12, 2016 – International Business Systems (IBS), a leader in supply chain management, planning and logistics software and services, today announces its global rebrand as Iptor Supply Chain Systems.  The new name reflects the company’s strategic mission to help distribution-focused organisations solve their most complex order management and fulfilment challenges in a world where exceptions are the rule.

The organisation’s forward-thinking approach is built on its expertise in cloud based systems and solutions that help its customers handle the full range of customer orders and fulfilment requirements.  Recent research undertaken by Iptor Supply Chain Systems points to a fundamental truth: for many distribution businesses, about 90% of processes and orders are routine. The other 10%—the exceptions, the one-offs, the special requirements—can wreak havoc on the business if not managed properly.

Iptor Supply Chain Systems calls this the ‘90/10 rule’ and it highlights the importance of being able to rule the exception in a distribution market that is ever-changing, increasingly complex, and highly competitive.

Jayne Archbold, CEO, Iptor Supply Chain Systems, comments, “This is more than just a rebrand – our name signals a fresh, refined approach to how we focus our experience and expertise to better serve our existing and future customers.”

She continues, “The idea of ruling the exception was born out of customer research.  Over 1,250 distribution businesses use our products and services to manage their operations. They operate in many sectors and in 40 countries yet they consistently tell us that a key challenge is handling the 10% of non-standard orders and added-value services that differentiate their offering.  Without good systems support, these exceptions can disrupt established workflows and eat into operating margins.  We partner with customers to help them not just manage, but rule the exceptions.  We help them reduce complexity, improve efficiency and accuracy and we give them real time visibility across all their operations.”

Boasting past expertise and industry knowledge, Iptor Supply Chain Systems has grown into a specialist supplier of ultra-reliable ERP and WMS solutions to the distribution and publishing sectors worldwide.  Its software applications are backed by a global customer service team and can be delivered on-premise or as a managed cloud service.

Archbold adds, “Today, over 17% of our customers use our cloud services.  And our expertise in cloud and managed services means that we can help customers integrate with their partners, upstream and downstream, and adapt quickly to new opportunities.  It means that our customers can focus on their core business, and those exceptions, while we take care of infrastructure and connectivity.  We are a full-service partner, dedicated to helping customers solve their most complex order management and fulfilment challenges.”

About Iptor Supply Chain Systems

Iptor Supply Chain Systems is a global leader in supply chain management, planning and logistics software and services.  The company helps distribution-focused organisations solve their most complex order management and fulfilment challenges within fast-moving, multi-channel and global supply chains.

Serving 1,250 customers with 4,000 installations in more than 40 countries, Iptor Supply Chain Systems provides fully integrated enterprise solutions, with highly adaptable and robust software backed by world-class support from supply chain experts.  Available on-premise or as a fully managed cloud service, Iptor Supply Chain Systems offers compelling value to customers across distribution, 3PL and publishing sectors.

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JDA Powers the Always-on Supply Chain with Latest JDA Manufacturing Planning Release


Latest release of JDA Manufacturing Planning powers always-on synchronization and execution, in-memory workflows, prescriptive analytics, and real-time collaboration to better manage complex supply chains

Scottsdale, Ariz. – September 7, 2016 – Increased demand volatility, business velocity and intense competition are placing increased pressures on supply chains to be responsive to disruptions and changes. Manufacturers are struggling to cope with this accelerated pace of commerce and still deliver profitable business performance.

To address this challenge, JDA Software Group, Inc., today announced innovative new capabilities in JDA® Manufacturing Planning  including intelligent and prescriptive demand-supply planning, real-time and collaborative cross-functional scenario analyses, and an innovative in-memory foundation for an always-on supply chain. These capabilities allow manufacturers to proactively plan risk-aware strategies, optimize business performance, and respond to disruptive events with unparalleled speed and intelligence. JDA’s industry-leading Manufacturing Planning solution offers a seamless experience on a single platform, spanning diverse supply chain processes such as network design, sales and operations planning, demand, inventory and supply planning, order promising, production scheduling, procurement and cross-enterprise collaboration.

“Our adaptable manufacturing strategy allows companies to maximize return on invested capital by staying agile and flexible in the face of high demand volatility, while staying resilient and responsive to supply disruptions,” said Puneet Saxena, vice president, solutions strategy, manufacturing planning, JDA. “Today, we introduce leading-edge innovation that accelerates intelligent decisions and provides robust real-time capabilities across demand and supply scenarios, extending our already-industry-leading control tower solution. These capabilities help manufacturers thrive in an ever-changing, high-volume, omni-channel world by empowering associates across the manufacturing supply chain to easily and collaboratively manage complex processes and deliver profitable results.”

New capabilities within JDA Manufacturing Planning enable:

  • Always-on synchronization, providing a comprehensive control tower view of all demand and supply activities. This single, shared in-memory model spans all demand and supply functions, including all related dependencies and constraints. Using the in-memory control tower, a change anywhere can be immediately seen and propagated across the entire portfolio and supply chain, and shared between demand and supply planners.
  • Real-time collaboration and reconciliation capability to drive consensus and alignment. The solution’s in-memory computing framework facilitates real-time reconciliation and synchronization of top-down and bottom-up inputs across demand and supply processes.  User judgments can be incorporated in real-time to enable interactive and collaborative consensus planning.
  • Predictive analytics to enable end-to-end scenario planning across demand and supply. Built-in planning and simulation capabilities enable users to predict performance outcomes of decisions or changes. This allows planners to explore alternate strategies and build consensus on contingency plans before enacting the most effective and profitable decisions.
  • Prescriptive analytics with guided levers resolve demand, supply and business performance exceptions. Prescriptive resolution levers and playbooks are available to help orchestrate consistent business processes and response actions across demand and supply activities.  The solution helps identify potential problems and suggests appropriate resolution actions before any material impact to the business.
  • New in-memory workflows increasing planning agility across all manufacturing functions. Forecasting workflows leverage enhanced in-memory computing and Excel to maximize user adoption and information transfer. In-memory workflows also improve scalability, enabling manufacturers to handle larger scenario models with low-memory requirements.

These enhancements demonstrate the accelerated pace of innovation at JDA. “With these enhancements, we continue to deliver powerful supply chain capabilities and innovation that enable our customers to achieve breakthrough levels of business performance with one solution and platform. We have made tremendous progress on the real-time front, as we offer customers a ‘one workflow view’ across demand and supply for a synchronized view spanning all planning activities,” noted Saxena.

“JDA has one of the most comprehensive supply chain planning and execution footprints in the market. With the new capabilities of JDA Manufacturing Planning, JDA delivers an integrated solution on a single platform that enables manufacturers to create agile, intelligent and resilient supply chains,” said Steve Banker, vice president, Supply Chain Management, ARC Advisory Group.

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Winners announced for the 2016 Queensland SCL Awards

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Winners announced for 2016 Queensland SCL Awards

The winners of the 2016 Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Awards, which have been developed by the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia in conjunction with ABB Enterprise Software, All Purpose Transport and Leadership Management Australia (LMA), were announced in front of 300 people during the annual charity dinner at the 17th Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Conference which was held at the SOFITEL Brisbane Central.

Queensland Future Leaders Award

The Future Leaders Award, which is sponsored by All Purpose Transport, is designed to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the Transport, Supply Chain and Logistics Industry. The winner of the 2016 QLD Future Leaders Award has been awarded an enrolment into the Leadership Management Australia’s ‘The Performance Edge’ 10-week development program valued at $5000. The LMA program assists participants to improve their personal performance and productivity as well as that of their team.

Nathan Sugars1The winner of the 2016 Future Leaders Award is Nathan Sugars, SEQ Network Coordinator, LION Dairy & Drinks.

Nathan began his career in Logistics. It is an area in which he thrives and in which he sees a fantastic future for himself and other wanting to put in the hard yards.

Nathan has been responsible for a number of successful projects that have resulted in very significant improvements in efficiency and cost savings.  Most recently and perhaps most significantly, Nathan has been responsible for implementing transport management software for Lion that has enabled transparency for the business, achieved DIFOT (Delivered In-Full, On-Time) and cost targets. This system is to be rolled out nationally.

Nathan has a strong will to succeed, a strong work ethic and excellent people management skills and relationship building. He sees his preferred role as a job that offers consistent challenges with the opportunity for strategic planning and problem solving. He hopes to complete his Masters in Supply Chain Management at Griffith University in 2017.Chayal Ramjee 1


A High Commendation was awarded to Chayal Ramjee, Principal Procurement Advisor, Chief Procurement Office, Department of Transport and Main Roads.


Finalists were: Luke Alford, Warehouse Supervisor, Silk Contract Logistics, Kylie Cue, Category Manager, Downer EDI Mining, Max Pearson, Procurement Project Officer, Stanwell Corporation, Chayal Ramjee, Principal Procurement Advisor, Chief Procurement Office, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Nathan Sugars, SEQ Network Coordinator, Lion Dairy & Drinks, Luis Vargas, Purchasing/Procurement Officer, Capral Limited and Jeff Zhang, Business Analyst – S&OP, Planning and Performance, Fletcher Building Limited – Tradelink Plumbing Supplies.

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Queensland Industry Excellence Award

The Industry Excellence Award, recognises and acknowledges the outstanding achievements and contribution by an individual currently working within the Transport, Supply Chain & Logistics Industries.

Nikki Barbi 1The winner of the 2016 Queensland Industry Excellence Award is Nikki Barbi, General Manager Fleet & Logistics, Ergon Energy.
Nikki has worked in the electricity industry for 28 years and is a highly experienced professional who is an expert in procurement, logistics, fleet, finance, works programming and planning and customer service.  Nikki has led strategic projects and initiatives across a number of these areas leading to significant cost savings and innovation for her employers.

The most notable projects include:

  • Implementation of a Talent Placement program for personnel to work with her team for 6 – 12 month with the effect of increasing the business understanding of the Logistics function and the end to end Supply Chain.
  • Implementation of technology in the Logistics operations such as bar coding, expanding use of equipment and improved workforce scheduling to deliver:
    .–  a reduction in Operation Inventory holdings of $7M during 2015/16; and
    .–  cost saving of $2M per annum.
  • In the 2015 Cyclone Marcia response, her team:
    –  established a temporary warehouse in 2 days; and
    –  provided fleet support with provision of fuel stations and pre-operational safety
    ….checks of all fleet on a daily basis.
  • Implementation of Ellipse 5 (ERP System) improvement opportunities delivering $8.8M in benefits.

Nikki is an outstanding candidate who has contributed significantly to the industry and who is sure to continue to drive innovation and change that will benefit the Supply Chain and Logistics industry for years to come.Melissa Taylor 1

A High Commendation was awarded to Melissa Taylor, Managing Director, Taylors Removal’s Storage.

Finalists were: Nikki Barbi, General Manager Fleet & Logistics, Ergon Energy, Kingsley Cherry, Managing Director, Pacifix, Bob Dover, Matthew Guthrie, Senior Supply Coordinator, QLD Health, Ken Newton, Project Manager, TAE Gas Turbines, Graham Staier, Category Specialist, Stanwell Corporation and Melissa Taylor, Managing Director, Taylors Removal’s Storage.

Queensland Supply Chain Management Award

The Supply Chain Management Award is designed to encourage and acknowledge the outstanding achievement of an organisation that has demonstrated significant achievement in managing the integration of Supply Chains.

There were two winners for the 2016 Queensland Supply Chain Management Award, Haymans Electrical and ScuzzTrans.

Haymans Electrical 1Haymans Electrical has been a part of the Queensland electrical wholesaling landscape for over 30 years.

In 2013 Haymans decided that it needed a new, additional facility to house its expanding stock profile and accommodate its support people involved in projects, contracts and Logistics. Brisbane Airport Precinct was selected as the best logistical position for the business with the Gateway Arterial, tunnels and freeways all central and easily accessible.

This move gave Haymans everything that it needed with Gateway access(north and south) fast access to the city and Port of Brisbane and a growing precinct with constant investment by BAC. There was a huge increase in Haymans ability to hold inventory, accommodate containers and run two shifts to service customers from 4.00 am to 8.00 pm, five days a week and 9 hours on Saturday.

The new facility allows for one manager, one management team and one procurement team across 2 businesses. This investment has provided a huge investment in its Supply Chain that will benefit Haymans and its customers for many, many years.

ScuzzTrans is a family-run Queensland-based transport company, with more than 30 year’s experience loading containers in and around the Port of Brisbane.

Scuzztrans 1ScuzzTrans was looking for a way to streamline its Supply Chain which was becoming more and more complex with time. They needed a way to effectively manage the process of loading and offloading containers and freight and scheduling vehicle work flows. The answer came in the implementation of a track and trace management system combined with a Transport and Logistics management system.

The result was an integrated system that simplified the Supply Chain Management process that:

  • Grew ScuzzTrans business by 35%;
  • Streamlined processes in the office and the cab;
  • Increased container movement while retaining the same amount of staff; and
  • Delivered cost savings.

The system knows where its vehicles are at any one time and exactly what is on board. The impact of this system on ScuzzTrans has been enormous and it will continue to derive benefits for many years to come. It is a fantastic example to companies in Supply Chain & Logistics of what can be done over a relatively short period of time to streamline process and deliver benefits now and into the future.

Finalists were: Foodbank Queensland, Haymans Electrical, Pacifix, Queensland Rail & Davidson HR Consulting and ScuzzTrans.

Queensland Training, Education & Development Award

The Training, Education and Development Award is presented to the company or institution that best demonstrates a significant achievement in aspects such as recruitment process, training, HR Systems, formal education and development programs which is both relevant to, and promotes the Supply Chain and Logistics Industry.

The Winner of the 2016 Queensland Training, Education & Development Award is All Purpose Transport.

APTFor over forty years All Purpose Transport has been a significant Queensland specialist logistics company. Based on its core value of ‘Best People = Best Business’, APT set about an industry-first program (Project APT) in 2012 to train its entire workforce. Based on the enthusiasm of its people, APT decided that it would build on its Project APT and expand training to its Owner Driver fleet to ensure that they maintain and practice the skills they had achieved. In partnership with TAFE Qld, APT’s owner-drivers were encouraged to deliver and assess the Certificate III in Driving Operations qualification to APT’s Owner Driver fleet.

Project APT was further developed by APT and includes the following initiatives:

  • Nationally accredited qualifications for its entire workforce;
  • Management Team undertaking a Bulletproof Manager Program;
  • Converting the Bulletproof Manager Course to an Internal Training Program; and
  • Participation in the GenR8 program with a student from Kingston College commencing the 20-week program on 11 April 2016.

Project APT is now in its 4th year and the process has been well documented for the purpose of providing a ‘How to’ guide for other employers through the Industry Skills Body.  Its data and intelligence provides a clear and consistent source of information to all industry businesses seeking to raise their profile as an Employer of Choice through educating their people.’

Finalists were: All Purpose Transport and Pacifix.

Queensland Information Management Award

The 2016 Information Management Award, which is sponsored by ABB Enterprise Software, will go to the business that can best demonstrate it has made a significant achievement in the application of Information Technology within its Supply Chain.

The winner of the 2016 Information Management Award is the Chief Procurement Office, Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Chief Procurement OfficerThe Chief Procurement Office’s Data Classification (UNSPSC) focused on one thing: improving the quality of its procurement data – based on the premise that the cleaner the data that enters the system the more confidence CPO can have in relying on it for analytics, decision making and reporting.

The scope of the project was to use a standardised set of material masters linked to TMR categories, GL codes and meaningful units of measure, in order to capture quality data (up front) to help drive better value for money outcomes through informed procurement practices and information. It also delivered better functionality in SAP that allowed for the identification of contract leakage and to encouraging purchasing under contract.

The result was that for TMR’s addressable spend in financial year 2015/16:

  • 89% of dollar spend was classified using the new classification structure.
  • 73% of transactions were classified using the new classification structure.

The design, approach, and learnings from this project are very applicable and transferable to other organisations that are looking to drive benefits from improved procurement data. The lessons learnt have been shared across a number of government organisations and forums with considerable interest and positive feedback.

Apart from providing better quality information to CPO’s procurement professionals and its business customers about their buying and suppliers, this piece of work highlighted the commitment and drive by a group of staff to do something that would make a difference. That is a credit to those in this profession/industry.

The Queensland SCL Awards are the state feeder program for the Australian Supply Chain and Logistics Awards which will be held in November. The ASCL Awards have been running for over 50 years and are the most prestigious in the industry.

Toyota Altona Manufacturing Plant Tour

The Victorian SCLAToyota Pic 1A had the opportunity to host a free site visit at the Toyota vehicle manufacturing plant based in Altona, Melbourne on the 30th August 2016. The tour consisted of an overview of Toyota’s history in Australia followed by an in-depth walk around their stamping plant, highly automated body and paint shop while finally going through the vehicle assembly line where participants saw how the cars (Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion) gets put together using the Kanban system which is used to improve manufacturing efficiency.

Another highlight of the tour was the successful implementation of multiple automated guided vehicle’s (AGV) across the facility which contribute to improved workspace and process efficiency. It was clear to see that engineering and manufacturing a car is an extremely complex process and showcased Australia’s automotive manufacturing capability that we should all be very proud of.
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Richard White’s Wisetech beats forecasts and turns projected loss into a profit

Richard White - picWhile many ASX-listed companies operating in the ports/shipping/logistics space have reported falling profits, newcomer Wisetech stands out as it increased revenues and profits, thereby turning a forecast loss into a surplus.


Wisetech founder and CEO, Richard White.
Photo by Jim Wilson

Development scholarships for women leaders

$4,000 scholarships are now being awarded to female leaders across the country to support the nationwide launch of Executive Ready – WLA’s new flagship development program for mid to senior level managers.

Informed by the experiences of hundreds of talented and respected women across all industries, Executive Ready is a leadership accelerator designed to stretch participants and propel them towards executive level performance, behaviours and mindsets. Developed by the country’s foremost authority on women leaders and their unique needs, Executive Ready is for women who want to lead more confidently, transform the performance of their team and fully realise their future career/life potential.

The program’s content is purpose designed to extend leadership ability in preparation for future advancement. Due to its applied nature and performance orientated outcomes the program is also appropriate for leaders looking to consolidate their current position and independent business owners looking for practical advice and strategy to transform the performance of their staff.

To view the Executive Ready program prospectus Click here

To view WLA’s suite of women’s development programs Click here

Please note: Scholarships cover approximately 40% of the total enrolment fee.

Nomination Process

To make a scholarship enquiry, please respond via email to and include the details below. A program expert will then make contact to discuss current opportunities in your state:
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Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Nick Williams via email on or on 1300 735 904.