Event in Review: Disrupting the Food Chain March 2018

Disrupting the food supply chain in 2018!

The SCLAA hosted its first Thought Leadership event for 2018 last week at an exciting new venue in the Melbourne CBD, WeWork.

The buzz and energy in the room was evident throughout the evening. Fittingly for a food tech event, we were left with full bellies as everyone enjoyed the catering by Deliveroo. We had a fantastic turnout with over 60 attendees to hear from industry experts on what the future of food looks like in the supply chain industry.

Thank you to Angeline Archariya, Matt Kuperholz, Tiffany Gould and Jeff Bourne for their involvement and the SCLAA committee for their hard work in making this event run smoothly.

Our next event is on AI in supply chain which you won’t want to miss.

Keep your eyes peeled!

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

The SCLAA is pleased to join the celebration of International Women’s Day today, 8 March, where we highlight the importance of the achievements and continued challenge of working for gender parity globally.

As a global celebration, International Women’s Day provides the opportunity to identify the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and has been observed since the early 1900’s.  This was a time of turbulence and great expansion in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.  It is a collective day of all the history and future landscape of women’s experience and it is on this day that we remember and recognize this.  Whatever industry or field or stage of life women are at their contribution is immeasurable.  Women’s contribution adds not only financial benefits to all economies but also adds an unyielding strength to the fabric of all civilisations and society.

I was fortunate to be a guest of the Queensland Trucking Association Women in Logistics breakfast held in Brisbane yesterday and the group of outstanding individuals who all have a story to tell was exceptional.  Belinda Polglase, Project Manager All Purpose Transport and 2017 QTA Trucking Woman of the Year Winner, gave an insight into her amazing life and what travel, experience and a passion for lifelong learning had given her with one key message Press for Progress.  Michelle Black, Retrieval Medicine Nurse Manage Life flight, who is a passionate advocate for women’s rights in a male dominated industry has a remarkable career with a change late in life to Life Flight that instils her with passion and is a remarkable change agent for the industry.  Michelle who is a leader in her field states that Life Flight is a way of life and their mission is to not only save lives but to serve the community through the provision of rapid response critical care.

Particular mention goes to Varenya Mohan-Ram, National Business Relationship Manager TWUSUPER, who paid a particularly moving tribute to his mother and all the women in his life for without them he stated he would not be achieving the life he has without their dedication and sacrifice to make him the man he is today. Varenya also stated that a solid relationship and female family members support many of the outstanding men in society and help them achieve their success to make a difference in the world.

It would unfair to omit mention of all the wonderful women in my life who take on so many roles and I thank them for their amazing support.  When I say this I mean the truck drivers, the Operational staff, the medical staff, the accountants, lawyers, supply chain specialists, the carers, the friends, the confidantes and the inspiring women leaders who surround me and inspire me to greater heights everyday.  It is from all their experience that I gain true resilience and for this I am thankful.

The SCLAA is also pleased to announce the upcoming Women in Logistics lunch in Melbourne on Friday, 3 August. This truly will be an event like no other, it will challenge your perceptions and make you want to stand up and be counted, a not to miss event.

In conclusion, whatever you do on this International Women’s Day don’t forget to acknowledge those women in your life who continue to support, inspire, challenge and drive themselves to make it a better world for all of us.

In the words of the suffragettes: ”Deeds not Words” “Courage is a muscle” and “Men of quality do not fear equality”.

 Happy International Women’s Day from all of us at the SCLAA


2018 SCLAA NSW Mentoring – Members Expression of Interest

Looking to take the next step in your Supply Chain & Logistics career?

Looking to challenge and inspire those wanting to take the next step?

In 2018 we’ll be launching a new mentoring program. We’d like to extend an early invitation to you to take part, either as a mentor or mentee.

About the SCLAA Mentoring Program

What’s in it for Mentees?

  • Exposure to senior Supply Chain & Logistics executives with a wealth of experience across various industries.
  • Improve problem solving skills and execution of Supply Chain & Logistics strategies by learning from experienced practitioners.
  • Help define the next step in your career.
  • Opportunity for cross-industry exposure.
  • Develop a stronger network and build long term relationships.
  • Multiple mentors accessible if explored by mentees.
  • One-on-one discussions and help with complex problems in any scope of your career.

What’s in it for Mentors?

  • Develop a stronger network.
  • Opportunity to pass on skills and experience to the next generation.
  • Build long term relationships with the next generation of industry leaders.
  • Help shape future Supply Chain & Logistics professionals and practitioners.
  • Work together with mentees to define the next step of their careers.


  • Mentees are expected to drive engagement with their mentor (e.g. setting catch up dates and time).
  • Mentor time commitment of at least 4 one hour catch ups over the year.

If you’re interested please complete the expression of interest survey: https://goo.gl/forms/2Acv4cti3PLKuX0v2


Invitation to SCLAA members who work in or with ports in Australia

Efficient Facilitation of Major Infrastructure Projects
Port Planning and Development Survey – Australia

The University of Melbourne in Australia in collaboration with The Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada and Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember invite you to take part in an online survey – Efficient Facilitation of Major Infrastructure Projects – Port Planning and Development Survey – Australia – to investigate:

  • Which investment strategies and options facilitate project initiation that attracts international engagement?
  • How to effectively plan and develop existing ports and new ports to increase regional and national productivity?
  • What related infrastructure development is necessary to support the port and port development?

This questionnaire is an important part of the work from the Australian Indonesia Centre Infrastructure Cluster Research Group and seeks to learn from your own personal experience in the planning and development of sea ports.

The questionnaire is voluntary and confidential and will take about 15 minutes of your time.

The Link to the online survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VYQ9SXD

Copies of the Plain Language Statement and Consent form are linked for your convenience.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important study.

Professor Colin Duffield
Deputy Head of Department
Department of Infrastructure Engineering
The University of Melbourne
Dr Felix Hui
Chief Investigator
Dr Sally Wilson
Research Fellow

2018 VIC/TAS Launch Event

To celebrate the New Year, the VIC/TAS Division of the SCLAA held our annual launch event on 6 February at the Aer Rooftop Bar in Melbourne’s CBD.

Melbourne’s weather shone through and the committee and members from over 30 different SC&L companies came together to celebrate the new year on the sunny rooftop bar.

Thought provoking discussions were had, from discussing the challenge of tackling the counterfeit wine industry to the integration of the sharing economy into logistics via proof of providence and advanced pallet technology. Whether at the beginning of their career or an industry expert, everyone walked away with a fresh perspective on a current issue, and of course, some great new connections in the world of supply chain and logistics. Looking forward to the next event!

The Western Australian Transport, Supply Chain and Logistics Awards 2018

Award Categories, Call for Submissions and Sponsorship Opportunities

The Western Australian Transport and Logistics Awards have been held since 1996 and have become a highlight in the WA business calendar.

They have grown to become the pre-eminent Transport & Logistics Industry awards in WA through the voluntary efforts of the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (WA) (CILTA), generous sponsorship, the spirit of fellowship between those who gather, and most importantly the outstanding calibre of the individual and corporate award candidates.

The Awards have become recognised by Industry and Government as pre-eminent in recognising outstanding performance by individuals and organisations and it is anticipated that they will be just as successful in 2018.

Members of the organising associations represent all major supply chain, logistics and transport related industry sectors including FMCG, retail, freight logistics, manufacturing and mining.

A crowd of 140 Transport and Logistics professionals is expected to attend the Awards event, which will be held on Saturday 26 May 2018 at Matilda Bay Restaurant (Roe Room) overlooking the beautiful Swan River and Perth City.

Please diarise this important date so you are available to join us. Also spend a moment to ponder the great things that your Company and staff have achieved, and consider nominating for one of the award categories. To register to attend the WA Awards dinner, click here.

Award Categories / Call for Submissions

  • Young Professional of the Year
  • Excellence in Transport Planning, Supply Chain & logistics
  • Innovation
  • Excellence in Training & Professional Development

Information on the Award Categories and how to make an Award Submission are provided in the Awards Brochure. The brochure also showcases past Young Professional Award winners.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We suggest that your organisation takes advantage of its participation in this high-profile event is a success by aligning its brand with the recognition of high achievement in our industry and choosing to be an event sponsor.

A number of sponsorship packages are available allowing your sponsorship to be tailored to your budget. Features of each of the sponsorship packages and their costs are highlighted below.

If you would like to sponsor the Awards, it would be gratefully appreciated if you could indicate your willingness to sponsor by 28th February 2018, so that we can include your Company’s logo on promotional material.

If you’d like to participate in this exciting event, or simply require further information, please do not hesitate to contact members of the Organising Committee, WA Transport & Logistics Awards 2018:   Brian Lynn, 0427 312867 / wa@sclaa.com.au    |   Graham Willis, 0411 424 471