New supply chain report to address the state of the industry in Australia

The Logistics Association of Australia Ltd (LAA) and leading international supply chain and logistics management consultant, Logistics Bureau, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement signalling the commencement of a definitive report on the state of the logistics and supply chain industry in Australia.

LAA President Brad Harrison spoke enthusiastically about this program.  “We are delighted that Logistics Bureau has come on board to research this report which will provide a regular annual update on the state of the industry for all our members.”

Under the agreement, Logistics Bureau will provide research content and analysis on its research findings once a year. The first annual report will comprise an economic update and a market update; define market participants and review Australian industry performance. It is anticipated that second annual report will also include findings on employment and training and regulatory environment.

Commenting on the new Supply Chain Report, Logistics Bureau Group managing director Rob O’Byrne said he welcomed the opportunity of partnering with the LAA on this initiative. 

“Undertaking to deliver this research report reflects our commitment to promoting logistics and supply chain management practices, analysis and benchmarking for the benefit of the industry,” he said.

Based in Sydney and SE Asia, consultant Logistics Bureau provides direction and support in driving improved profitability, improved customer service and increased supply chain flexibility for a wide range of businesses. Logistics Bureau is also a Friend of the LAA and has been instrumental in adding value to the industry through its strong support of a number of the LAA’ s education and research programs.

For more information contact Joene Baker, Executive Manager LAA Ltd, tel: 02 9635 3422, email laamanager@laa.asn.au.

LAA University Scholarship winners

The Logistics Association of Australia Ltd (LAA) has announced the winners of the Swisslog and Logistics Association of Australia Ltd University Scholarships Program for 2008.

The University Scholarships Program provides an incentive for undergraduate and postgraduate university students to undertake logistics and supply chain streams and majors, with the aim of pursuing careers in these areas.

In announcing the winners of the 2008 University Scholarships, Mark Pearce, LAA committee member and program convenor said he was delighted at the response to the program.

“It was very encouraging to see such an enthusiastic response from so many young people keen to further their careers in the supply chain and logistics industry. The LAA would like to express its appreciation to Swisslog for supporting an initiative that promotes academic excellence in this field,” he said.

Swisslog’s managing director, Andrew Manship said: “We are pleased to be able to support education in logistics and the supply chain through this joint program. We believe that academic study is critical to the advancement of the logistics and supply chain management profession.”

Four scholarships have been awarded – two of $2,500 each at undergraduate level and two of $5,000 each at postgraduate level. Each award includes membership of the LAA and will contribute to course-related costs.

Undergraduate Scholarships for 2008 go to Timothy Latta from the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania and to Paul Wilkie from RMIT, Melbourne. Both students are undertaking Bachelor of Business degrees. Timothy Latta is specialising in Maritime Logistics Management and Paul Wilkie in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

The winners of the Postgraduate Scholarships for 2008 are Mark Wilson and Teresa Xavier.

Mark Wilson is currently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate of Business, majoring in Supply Chain Management at Victoria University.

Teresa Xavier is undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of South Australia.

The program’s sponsor, Swisslog Australia, has been a “Friend of the LAA” since 2000 and is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for automatic or manual warehouses and distribution centres. Swisslog’s solutions optimise customers’ production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase their flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service, while minimising operational costs.

The LAA Ltd has a solid record in promoting excellence in logistics and supply chain education. The 2008 Scholarships program further fosters growth of Australian tertiary education in these areas.

For more information contact Jo Baker, LAA executive manager on 1300 651 911, email laamanager@laa.asn.au or visit www.laa.asn.au.

The state of the industry

The Logistics Association of Australia Ltd (LAA) and leading international supply chain and logistics management consultant, Logistics Bureau, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement signalling the commencement of a definitive report on the state of the logistics and supply chain industry in Australia.

LAA President Brad Harrison spoke enthusiastically about this program.  “We are delighted that Logistics Bureau has come on board to research this report, which will provide a regular annual update on the state of the industry for all our members.”

Under the agreement, Logistics Bureau will provide research content and analysis on its research findings once a year. The first annual report will comprise an economic update and a market update; define market participants and review Australian industry performance. It is anticipated that second annual report will also include findings on employment and training and regulatory environment.

Commenting on the new Supply Chain Report, Logistics Bureau Group Managing Director Rob O’Byrne said that he welcomed the opportunity of partnering with the LAA on this initiative. 

“Undertaking to deliver this research report reflects our commitment to promoting logistics and supply chain management practices, analysis and benchmarking for the benefit of the industry,” he said.

Based in Sydney and SE Asia, consultant Logistics Bureau provides direction and support in driving improved profitability, improved customer service and increased supply chain flexibility for a wide range of businesses. Logistics Bureau is also a Friend of the LAA and has been instrumental in adding value to the industry through its strong support of a number of the LAA’ s education and research programs.

Further information: Joene Baker, Executive Manager LAA Ltd, tel:

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