SCLAA announce new partnership with foreign exchange company World First

The cost of Foreign Exchange transactions can be expensive when you see the margins and transaction fees paid to Banks, versus the current spot rate.

The SCLAA has negotiated with World First to deliver a transaction fee free very competitive rate close to the Spot Rate, thereby saving members considerably for all Foreign Exchange transactions.

You can trade online, watching the live rate updated every 20 seconds in your chosen currency or on the phone.

Detailed information has been forwarded to SCLAA members.

World First logoWho are World First?

World First is one of Australia’s fastest growing foreign exchange companies, specialising in currency transfers for individuals, online sellers and businesses. Every year we help tens of thousands of people and businesses transfer money overseas.

World First are specialists in Supply Chain and Logistics businesses foreign exchange requirements and are dedicated to offering the best products and services to benefit the industry.

Our Sydney office is supported by our global head office in London, which launched in 2004. We also have offices located in Hong Kong, Singapore and Austin.

Why World First?

For your business:  

  • Tailored solutions. We offer unique foreign exchange hedging products which are unavailable through banks and other brokers. We endeavour to understand your business first, and offer product solutions second.
  • Award winning service. You’ll receive a dedicated FX dealer who is personally responsible for managing your account and understanding your businesses FX requirements. You’ll also have access to our global office, meaning you can speak to an expert for advice, or book a trade online 24/7.
  • Customer satisfaction. Once our clients make the switch, they don’t look back! 97% of our clients are satisfied with our service and are highly likely to recommend us to their peers.
  • Market insights. Keep abreast of what’s happening in the market through our daily currency updates, rate alerts and live rate information.

For SCLAA Members:

Looking to personally send money overseas? We can save you up to 4% compared to the banks* – that equates to as much as $800 on a transfer of $AU 20,000 to U.S. dollars! You’ll still receive a personal currency specialist and will have the flexibility to trade online, over the phone or through our app!

Register in May and win

To celebrate the launch of this partnership, we are giving away a double pass to any upcoming 2016 Roosters home game to all SCLAA members who register in May, either as a business or individual.

Additionally, the first business to register and make a transfer in May will receive one double pass to the exclusive East Club at Allianz Stadium hospitality, which includes food, drinks and entertainment to any remaining 2016 Roosters home game this season.  


Attracting students to the transport and logistics industry



The I2I resources are found on the Attracting students to the transport and logistics industry page of the ‘Employment and Jobs site’ of the Queensland Government website. The resources are free for businesses to use when forming an industry-school partnership and attracting youth into the industry.

The TLI Connect team are proud to reach this milestone in collaboration with the Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Committee (TLWAC) and I2I pilot group members who have helped shape the resources and engagement model for businesses to educate students/schools that transport and logistics is a career option.

The success of the I2I pilot program in June 2015 within the Logan area has shaped the release engaging with over 800 students through tailored engagement activities such as Career Expo, Ute Day and year presentations. It is a credit to the pilot group’s commitment to see this program become a key engagement tool for businesses to engage with youth.

Please feel free to use and share the I2I resources within your business, networks and associations. The TLI Connect team will start its release promotion with industry and secondary schools across the state, so you will see more information in the coming months. If you have any questions or feedback about the program please contact the TLI Connect team on 3066 0785 or via email to

Inside Retail Partners with SCLAA

Inside Retail partners with SCLAA

Storage Ideas Wins Colby Distributor of the Year Award

Sydney-based Storage Ideas has won the Colby Storage Solutions Distributor of the Year award for 2015.

Storage Ideas0010For almost 40 years, Storage Ideas has played a leading role in providing complete service in the design, supply and installation of warehouse and distribution centre storage equipment to Sydney businesses.

“We have a real commitment to outstanding service from the top down,” said Robert Burke, Principal, Storage Ideas. “And while we hold stock to meet most standard storage requirements, we also offer impressive delivery lead times on tailor-made solutions. What’s more, our delivery and installation crews are highly experienced and this vital aspect of our service means customers have peace of mind that they will receive quality storage solutions, on time and on budget.”

Key to Storage Ideas winning the Colby Distributor of the Year award was the company’s strong growth in 2015.

“We’re thrilled to have been recognised as a leader in the supply of storage equipment. Storage Ideas is committed to being an integral part of the national Colby Storage Solutions distributor network,” added Robert.

Dematic’s Director of Storage Equipment, Tony Woodlock, said: “Robert and the team at Storage Ideas have shown great commitment in delivering the highest quality storage systems and unmatched levels of customer service for their Sydney customers. I congratulate them for their efforts.

“Storage Ideas’ exceptional customer service standards have resulted in them often being trusted to support their clients’ storage needs over many years, and sometimes even decades. They have also been progressive in that they recognised the need to the move west to Prestons as many of their clients also moved to better, purpose-built industrial premises in that part of Sydney.”

Colby Storage Solutions combines the flexibility of a national network of independent distributors, with the resources of global materials handling leader Dematic. Dematic maintains its commitment to manufacturing Colby storage equipment locally, to the highest possible standards, at a competitive price.


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

Life, the Universe and Everything IT

The weather may have been gloomy and the traffic may have been a standstill but that didn’t stop the cheerful conversation and the free flowing exchange of information that occurred at the Melbourne Graduate House on March 10 at the SCLAA VIC/TAS event – Managing the Future Workspace.

SCLAA’s members and students were treated to information regarding Matrix 42, a software that holds the key in integrating the workspace across multiple devices. Their speaker, Michael Alf, eagerly shared its possible applications as a tool for supply chain professionals. He began with the acknowledgement of the pervasiveness of technology in everyday life. Each individual owns multiple personal devices: a combination of mobile phones, tablets, laptops, personal computers, and burgeoning wearable technology apart from the devices that are used for work. Each device is then served by a multitude of software – all of which make for quite a clutter. Together with the emerging trend of bringing your own device to work, Michael presented Matrix 42 as a tool to integrate all personal devices by acting as an interface to company and personal software.  Various elements of the IT system such as security, compliance, and license management will be facilitated by Matrix 42 from the moment the user joins the organisation until the time of departure. The users will then have a personalised workspace seamlessly spread across all of their personal devices. While Matrix 42 may not provide the answer to life, the universe, and everything, it surely makes it easier for you to discover it by managing your IT workspace.

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Matrix 42 (2)

Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier

Why you should register to attend ‘Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier’ proudly presented by the SCLAA.

Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier : Inspire / Collaborate / Change

Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier

Inspire / Collaborate / Change

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The Supply Chain & Logistics Association is proud to be presenting a ground-breaking and inspiring event at the MCG on 29 April 2016, which calls for an end to workplace bias.

Your industry needs you! 

Join us, help start the dialogue and be part of the change you want to see – no matter what industry you work in.

The event will aim to highlight the necessity of working on a way that ensures that all individuals have equitable access to opportunity, training and development within all industry sectors.

The event will showcase high profile speakers who discuss topics such as:

  • Confidence vs Competence which is more useful when it comes to getting ahead
  • Authentic Leadership: What does it truly mean to be an authentic and Influential Leader and Lead an Authentic Life
  • Fearless Leadership: Change Leadership is About People Not Organisations
  • Managing Change in a 40 Year Family Business

The Hon David Hodgett MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Ports and Public Transport who will be addressing the gathering stated; “I look forward to attending the Women in Logistics: The Final Frontier event in Melbourne later this month”

“It’s time for our industry to become gender neutral. Men and women need to unite, collaborate and excel together.” says Amanda O’Brien, National Director of SCLAA & CEO of Xtreme Freight.”


Don’t miss the Conversation at the MCG 29th April, 2016.

BOOK NOW – Tickets Selling Fast

Due to an overwhelming response, registrations for this event will now close on
Tuesday, 26 April 2016

SCLAA would like to acknowledge and thank our Sponsors.
Without their valuable support the conversation would not have begun!

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Inside FMCG and SCLAA Partnership Launch

Many of our Members interact with Retailers and Fast Moving Consumer Goods Manufacturers (FMCG), Distributors or Suppliers to these companies.As such, it is important that our Members are kept to update with Retail and FMCG Industry news and developments, as this will give you competitive advantage.

The SCLAA is pleased to announce that Members and National Partners can now subscribe to receive a FREE copy Inside FMCG, the industry’s newsletter delivered by email and the quarterly print magazine.  The Newsletter has been available for over 35 years and use to be called Foodweek.  I can recall receiving Foodweek when I started my career in 1982 and it proved an invaluable industry resource and I have received copies every since.  We will announce details for its sister publication Inside Retailing shortly.

Even if you do not professionally interact with the Retail or FMCG industry, you do at some stage when you buy everyday items!

Together with our MHD Magazine partnership, the SCLAA is providing in depth industry coverage for our members.

Inside FMCG are also providing Members and National Partners discounts on advertising rates in their publications.

Instructions on how members can sign up for free Inside FMCG subscription have been emailed directly to all members. Should members have any queries, please contact the SCLAA National Secretariat on 1300 364 160


SYSPRO Software wins Bronze STEVIE® Award in 2016 Asia-Pacific STEVIE Awards

Sydney, Australia – 21 April 2016 – SYSPRO Software was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award for the Innovation in Technology Development category in the third annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards today.

Bronze Stevie Award - SysproThe Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are the only business awards program to recognize innovation in the workplace in all 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The Stevie Awards are widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards, conferring recognition for achievement in programs such as The International Business Awards for more than a decade.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala banquet at the Westin Hotel in Sydney, Australia on 27 May.

More than 600 nominations from organizations across the Asia-Pacific region were considered this year in categories such as Award for Excellence in Innovation in Products & Services, Award for Innovative Management, and Award for Innovation in Corporate Websites, among many others. SYSPRO Software won in the Innovation in Technology Development category.

“Espresso delivers the mobility businesses are now looking for as well as great value,” Shaun Butler, CEO of SYSPRO Asia says. “We spent time perfecting things like the look and feel, inherent simplicity, and no-nonsense functionality of the product – all critical in satisfying a workforce that increasingly craves instant access to information and services.”

SYSPRO Espresso offers convenience, choice and mobility. This platform allows users of SYSPRO ERP to access their vital business data in any location at any time for device agnostic data collection and transaction processing. It is one of the first platforms of its kind to use a single source codebase to create native applications for any mobile device, with built-in powerful customisation capabilities for both the end-user and developers to engage.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 50 executives around the world acting as judges in March and April.

“We look forward to celebrating this year’s group of Stevie Award winners in Sydney for their innovations and achievements,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “We extend our warmest congratulations to all of this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.”

To find out more about SYSPRO Espresso, you can download a Espresso_Fact_Sheet or watch a concise video of this award winning mobile solution:

Details about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at

Shaun Butler


Seeking expressions of interest for ALC Diversity & Inclusion Summit

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The Australian Logistics Council is seeking expressions of interest to speak at the upcoming ALC Diversity & Inclusion Summit, to be held in Sydney on 10 November.

The inaugural ALC Diversity & Inclusion Summit, held in November 2015, saw ALC commit to taking a leadership role, with a series of strategies identified to encourage and retain more women in the logistics industry, to widen the recruitment pool and help bring a new perspective to the industry.

ALC’s publication, Diversity – Opportunity for Change, clearly outlines the task ahead and the work that needs to be done to build on the good work already underway by many leading logistics companies to develop greater diversity in the workplace.

In 2016, the Agenda for the ALC Diversity & Inclusion Summit will be expanded to include attracting youth to the industry and indigenous employment.

Read more
about ALC’s People policy area.

Please send your expression of interest (up to 250 words) to by 30 June 2016.  

Please make the following details clear as part of your submission:

  • Full contact details
  • Position and organisation
  • Presentation title

All interest will be considered by the ALC People committee.