Not just about trucks

With Australia’s logistics sector representing about 10 per cent of GDP, there is a lot more to the sector than trucks.

Integrating complex networks of suppliers is the focus of a CSIRO and Logistics Association of Australia (LAA) course next month.

The course, ‘Integrated Logistics and Supply Chain Management’, gives a US and Australian perspective on the science of logistics.

Bringing world-leading researchers in logistics to ‘deliver the goods’ to supply chain and logistics executives in Australia, the course will be held in Sydney on 28-30 May,

International speakers include Luw Roberts and Professor John Bartholdi, from the Georgia Institute of Technology (US), who will be giving training courses in Australia for the first time.

Local experts are from the University of Wollongong and CSIRO.

Dr Simon Dunstall, leader of CSIRO’s Adaptive Supply Networks team, said managing logistics in any industry is largely about choosing between a vast array of supply chain options in a way that is sound, quantitative and exhaustive.

“A significant part of the course will focus on innovations in supply chain and logistics and how to manage supply networks in an integrated way,” Dr Dunstall says.

Dunstall’s work in wine supply chains, for example, involves planning systems that span hundreds of stakeholders working together across time and distance to get quality wine to our tables.

“Collaboration is a major component in getting step changes or transformations in the performance of a network.”

“These courses will help senior managers choose and manage the supply chain configurations that give them best value for their businesses,” he says

The Logistics Association of Australia, for logistics and supply chain professionals, is looking to attract a broader range of professionals including those in business development, procurement, marketing and engineering to the course.

Mr Brad Harrison, President of the LAA, says while Logistics and Supply Chain specialists are custodians of the supply pipeline, everyone in a firm contributes to its daily workings.

“With CSIRO, we’re pleased to offer an international program enhanced with local knowledge and research,” Harrison says.

More information about the course

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