Queensland award winners

The winners of the inaugural T&L Industry Development Awards have been announced at the 2008 Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Conference.

The T&L Future Leaders Award, sponsored by Queensland Transport, was jointly won by professional heavy vehicle operator Athol Carder, and Desmond Roche, commercial analyst at Powerlink.

The award was designed to provide incentive for young individuals working or planning a career path in the transport, supply chain and logistics industries.

Judges said Mr Carter set a high benchmark in heavy vehicle safety, load restraint, industry knowledge and presentation. Mr Roche has been recognised for his contribution to the community wellbeing by participating in business projects, along with his professional development focusing on procurement.

Louise Perram-Fisk, director of Queensland Transport Industry Capability said the judging panel was

Sustainable manufacturing a focus at international conference

More than 30 leading Australian and international supply chain industry professionals will gather in Queensland in June to present research and strategies aimed at assisting businesses achieve excellence in manufacturing and associated supply chain activities.
The Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society (apics) will host its biennial International Conference from 15–18 June 2008 at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort.
The two-day conference is being led by conference chairman Ian McLardy.  “There is an increasing awareness that the real key to sustaining success will come from improvements in areas such as operations management, purchasing, social and ecological responsibility and people”, said Ian.
apics recognises that continuing education is the key to competitive growth in today’s competitive workforce, and this conference provides the opportunity for individuals and business to seek that education. If that is a novel approach, a different strategy, an improved technology, a better communication method or just a practical hands-on example of your peers’ achievements, this event will deliver some, if not all, of this valuable information”, he said.
apics national president, John Ballantyne, will be attending and assisting with parts of the educational program. "apics provides learning opportunities. In my 26 years involvement with apics it has never stopped providing me with learning opportunities!”, said John.
“I have lost count of the conferences and seminars I have attended but there is one stand-out truth: never once have I attended a conference where I learned nothing.  Whereas some are better than others, I have always come away with a new idea and a bag-full of valuable tips”, he said.
“The organisers create a relaxed atmosphere in which, by the end of the conference, everybody seems to know everybody else. This makes it a great networking opportunity as well”, he said. 
Several high-profile keynote speakers will set the tone of the conference. As the theme is sustainability you can expect to see a number of business case studies relating to this and current government legislation surrounding the issue.
Keynote speakers include Will Arnott, director of Lexian Solutions and manager of logistics for the Australian Olympic Team; Trevor Barrow, market development manager of Supply Chain Consulting; James Tarr, principal of J.D. Tarr Associates; and Jeff Frank, vice president of Lawson Software. These keynotes will present on topics such as measuring carbon footprints, keys to effective performance measurement, and the convergence of sustainability and business software.
This event is proudly sponsored by Cognos – an IBM Company, JDA Software Group, Supply Chain Consulting, GRA Supply Chain Consultants, and Dowling Consulting.
For further information, please visit the Conference website at: www.apicsconference.com.au/.

Don’t miss the apics 2008 International Conference!

The apics 2008 International Conference, themed “sustainable manufacturing” is scheduled to be held from 15–18 June 2008 at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa on Gold Coast.

The conference, hosted by the non-profit organisation Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society (apics), will discuss topics including  case studies, integrated business management, sales & operations planning, enterprise resource planning, manufacturing resource planning, distribution resource planning, demand management and forecasting, production and inventory planning, emerging trends, small business issues and supply chain management.

Keynote speakers include:

James Tarr – Business intelligence for the rest of us

Trevor Barrows – The supply chain carbon economy

Jeff Frank – The convergence of sustainability and business software

Will Arnott – Measuring carbon footprints

For more information on the conference registration and schedule, please visit www.apicsconference.com.au.

Lean Supply Chain Management, 3-4 July 2008, Parramatta

Lean Supply Chain Management, a two-day course supported by the Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society (apics), will provide information on how to optimise logistics solutions such as Lean, S&OP and MRPII.

The interactive course, presented by Bill Belt and Phil Heenan, will offer practical principles and case studies that demonstrate improvements achieved by implementing Lean, S&OP and MRPII.

The topics to be discussed include creating a high-performance supply chain, managing variable demand, improving supplier performance, reducing inventory while ensuring excellent customer service, and implementing tools to improve reliability and coordination.

Companies and organisations hoping to learn how to implement and benefit from Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRPII/ERP) and Lean Thinking are recommended to register.

For more information on registration,

please visit www.apics.org.au.

T&L Industry Development Awards closing soon

Submissions for this year’s T&L Industry Development Awards close on 13 June 2008.

The awards, Queensland T&L Industry Future Award and T&L Future Leaders Award, have been developed by the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia in conjunction with the Australian Logistics Council, APICS, CIPSA and the Queensland Transport Industry Capability Unit.

Queensland T&L Industry Futures Award

The Queensland T&L Industry Futures Award, sponsored by EsSCO, will be awarded to the company, institution or organisation with the best proven record in providing people with an entry to, and pathway in, the transport, supply chain & logistics industries.

The T&L Industry Futures Award includes education or training, implementing flexible work practices, workforce development and support in career progression.

EsSCO managing director Liam Stitt said: “By identifying leading organisations that are going above and beyond the norm to engage people in our industry is an ideal way to help others understand how to deal with this issue.

“The younger generation must be encouraged and supported as they take over for the future, and what better way to do this than by supporting such a wonderful initiative as the T&L Awards program.”

To be eligible for the award, companies must be Queensland-based and should provide the details of the project implemented in the past 12 months, results and prospects of the initiative.

T&L Future Leaders Award

The T&L Future Leaders Award, sponsored by Queensland Transport, will provide incentive and recognition for individuals working in transport, supply chain & logistics industries that are planning a career path within the Industry.

Nominees must reside and work in Queensland and be under 30 years of age to be eligible for the award.

For further information and to obtain the submission form,

please email qld@sclaa.com.au.


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