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.