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.

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.

For more details and booking, just check out:

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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About JDA Software Group, Inc.

At JDA, we’re fearless leaders. We’re the leading provider of end-to-end, integrated retail, omni-channel and supply chain planning and execution solutions for more than 4,000 customers worldwide.  Our unique solutions empower our clients to reduce costs, increase profitability and improve collaboration so they can deliver on their customer promises every time. Using JDA, you can plan to deliver.

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