Call for Smart papers

Australia’s leading logistics and supply chain event Smart 2009 Conference is seeking speakers to address innovation and sustainability.

Under the theme: Bridging the gap with innovation and new business strategy, the conference will deliberate on strategies to solve current and future supply chain challenges.

“Smart 2009 will provide timely advice for those keen to find new and innovative ways to sustain and grow their business while addressing these challenges in an uncertain global and domestic climate,” said Warwick Hughes, chairman of Smart 2009 Organising Committee.

 

Mr Hughes said the committee is currently seeking speakers who can address key areas including:

•         Energy Security & Sustainability – including the growing gap between demand and supply of transport fuels, and the repercussions of targeted greenhouse gas emission levels.

•         Infrastructure – such as the gaps between actual and required investment levels, and the need for new infrastructure to support new energy paradigms.

•         The Human Factor – the current and growing skills crisis, and injury levels versus ‘zero targets’ in workplace safety.

•         Connected Supply Chains – specifically, the opportunities offered by connecting geographically dispersed global supply chains, and business strategies, technologies and systems needed to achieve and support future supply chain potential.

The conference will take place from 10-11 June 2009 at Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Those interested in speaking at Smart 2009 can lodge their application to present a paper at www.smartconference.com.au or contact the Smart 2009 Secretariat on (02) 9223 9366, email admin@smartconference.com.au.

Big changes at Dematic

The new chief executive of Dematic ANZ, Glen Borg.

The new chief executive of Dematic ANZ, Glen Borg.

On the back of another record year where growth exceeded 18%, material handling and logistics automation company Dematic ANZ has announced two significant senior management changes.

Glen Borg has assumed the role of chief executive officer ANZ. Glen joined Dematic as an engineering graduate in 1987. Since his early roles in purchasing, manufacturing and supply chain planning, Glen has held many senior positions within Dematic including the head of consulting and general manager of the company’s Logistics Systems Division. Glen is well known to the industry having developed many of the country’s leading supply chain and distribution systems.  He is a renowned public speaker presenting leading-edge papers at a number of SMART Conferences and Dematic’s 2020 Seminars.

Simon Barrow, who held the position of general manger engineering, has been promoted to the role of chief operating officer ANZ. Simon has been responsible for Dematic’s successful project delivery team as well as overseeing the development of innovation in the Colby range of products, by Dematic’s industry-leading structural design team. He has an extensive background in engineering program and operational management gained prior to joining Dematic in early 2003.

Steve Reeve will continue in his role as CEO of Dematic’s Asia Pacific business which oversees the ANZ business. During the last five years, Steve, as dual head of Asia Pacific and ANZ, has driven tremendous growth including the establishment of a manufacturing plant in China servicing both domestic and international requirements.

Dematic’s growth throughout Asia Pacific is expected to continue to increase significantly through market development, expansion into adjacent markets and a number of key strategic acquisitions throughout the region.

More time to submit your Smart papers

The deadline to apply to present a paper at Smart 2009 has been extended to October 13, to enable all interested potential speakers the opportunity to submit their abstract.

Under the theme ‘BRIDGING THE GAP with Innovation and New Business Strategy’, Smart 2009 will feature multiple streams, each focusing on a specific area of the supply chain and strategically designed to help address current and future supply chain challenges.

Smart 2009 organising committee chair Denis Horder said: “Due to the introduction of several new streams in 2009, the Smart organising committee is keen to ensure experts in these fields have time to submit their applications so we can guarantee the most highly credentialed line-up of speakers.” 

Speakers are currently being sought to address the following key areas:

•         Energy security and sustainability – including the growing gap between demand and supply of transport fuels, and the repercussions of targeted greenhouse gas emission levels.

•         Infrastructure – the gaps between actual and required investment levels, and the need for new infrastructure to support new energy paradigms.

•         The human factor – the current and growing skills crisis, and injury levels versus ‘zero targets’ in workplace safety.

•         Connected supply chains – specifically, the opportunities offered by connecting geographically dispersed global supply chains, and business strategies, technologies and systems needed to achieve and support future supply chain potential.

Applications to present a paper can be lodged via online at www.smartconference.com.au or contact the Smart 2009 secretariat on (02) 9223 9366, or email admin@smartconference.com.au.

About Smart Conference

Smart 2009 Conference takes place 10 – 11 June 2009 at Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour. Smart 2009 is organised by a committee of independent advisors and representatives from leading industry associations: Logistics Association of Australia (LAA), APICS (Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society), Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australia (CIPSA), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia (CILTA), and The Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA).

Westpac to join IBM at Smart breakfast seminar

Corporate social responsibility is a key to boost supply chain performance, and two industry leaders will speak at the Smart breakfast seminar on the topic.

Westpac sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) manager Yvonne Goldsmith joins IBM’s global corporate social responsibility leader Jeffrey Hittner at the first instalment of the Smart breakfast seminar series on October 14 in Sydney.

The seminar will revolve around the theme of corporate social responsibility and supply chain’s role, with Mr Hittner presenting an international perspective on how companies can improve their brand image and competitive advantage through reducing carbon emissions via supply chain management.

Ms Goldsmith will outline how Westpac is working with suppliers in the region to influence the development of supplier sustainability performance, encouraging marketplace change.

Westpac’s SSCM process is now rated by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as exemplifying world’s best supplier management practice for banks.

Smart 2009 organising committee chairman Warwick Hughes says: “Westpac is clearly showing how embarking on a corporate sustainability program is not only good for the environment, but has a positive impact on the whole organisation and how it is viewed in the broader business community.”

Tickets for “Corporate social responsibility and the supply chain: supply chain’s role in reducing carbon and contribution to growth” are $66 inc GST and include a hot breakfast.

Register online at the Smart 2009 website: www.smartconference.com.au.

About Smart Conference

Smart 2009 Conference is organised by a committee of independent advisors and representatives from leading industry associations: Logistics Association of Australia (LAA), APICS (Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society), Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australia (CIPSA), The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia (CILTA), and The Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA).

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