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 or contact the Smart 2009 Secretariat on (02) 9223 9366, email

Coles COO to head up supply chain

Mick McMahon Coles COO supply chain

Mick McMahon, currently chief operating officer of Coles, will take up an old/new senior position after Ian McLeod starts later this month as managing director of the Coles division of Wesfarmers.

As director – Liquor, Express and Supply Chain, Mr McMahon will be responsible to Ian McLeod for the division’s liquor, fuel and convenience store businesses (Coles Express) and the supply chain function across supermarkets, liquor and Express.

Wesfarmers managing director Richard Goyder said Mick McMahon had made a great contribution in the five months since Coles was acquired.

“I am very pleased Mick will continue to play a central role in the Coles operations,” he said. “With Terry Bowen as finance director and John Durkan as merchandise director, plus others yet to be appointed, Ian McLeod will have the high quality team he needs to lead and transform the Coles business.”

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

Leaner means greener

Maersk Logistics, part of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, has launched a new carbon footprint reduction service worldwide. The new service – the SupplyChain CarbonCheck – is a consulting service aimed at supporting companies in reducing carbon emissions from their supply chains. The service is claimed to be the first of its kind developed by a logistics provider specifically to address global supply chains.

Maersk recognises that global warming is one of the largest challenges of this century. Carbon emissions are the main contributor and are a key target in its efforts to provide environmentally friendly solutions.

“An increasing number of customers are showing interest in their carbon footprint from supply chain-related activities and are asking us for ways to reduce it”, said Henrik Ramskov, global head of Maersk Logistics. “Traditionally, efforts for reducing carbon emissions have focused on manufacturing processes and domestic distribution. However, for our customers involved in international sourcing, the global supply chain holds significant potential for reducing carbon emissions; potential that has so far largely gone untapped.”

“With our new service offering, Maersk Logistics identifies and implements solutions for reducing carbon emissions in our customers’ supply chains,” said Erling J. Nielsen, global head of supply chain development for Maersk Logistics. “And for our customers, there are additional benefits from conducting a SupplyChain CarbonCheck and putting the findings into practice. In supply chains, leaner means greener. This is why reduced carbon emissions typically come along with lower overall logistics costs and maintained or even improved service levels. A win-win situation for our customers and the environment!”

Once it has calculated a customer’s current carbon footprint, the service simulates carbon emissions for alternative supply chain scenarios and compares the results with the current footprint. This comparison reveals potentials for reducing carbon emissions, which are then evaluated in terms of ease of implementation and cost savings. Finally, Maersk assists the customer in putting the recommendations into practice.


Lean consulting service aims for sustainability

CHEP Asia-Pacific has urged its food supply chain partners to think about sustainable distribution right across the supply chain, not just within company boundaries, to secure the future of an increasingly fragile food supply ecosystem.

Speaking at the Sustainable Supply Chain Forum in Sydney, the President of CHEP Asia-Pacific, Howard Wigham, said all parties would benefit if they minimised operational risks – both physical and environmental – while identifying new opportunities from the changing landscape.

“CHEP recognises that there is an opportunity to help food producers respond to climate change and increasing input costs,” Mr Wigham said. “While our expertise isn’t in food production, we can share our experience in food distribution.”

“In an environment of constrained supply, reducing waste, shrinkage and spoilage throughout the supply chain becomes critical.”

Mr Wigham said CHEP’s expertise in managing reusable, returnable supply chain packaging solutions could play an important role in helping the food industry to respond to sustainability challenges.

Best Results Australia organised the forum. Participants, including some of Australia’s largest food retailers, processors, wholesalers, growers, seed companies, banks and financiers, were told the only way to achieve sustainable agricultural supply throughout Australia’s farming community was through industry collaboration and wide scale change to existing supply chain practice.

The chairman of Best Results, Patrick Byrne, said CHEP could play an important role in reducing waste and input costs.

Mr Wigham said CHEP was seeking opportunities to work more closely with the food industry to ensure knowledge is shared more effectively.

“CHEP is in a unique position to observe the movement of fresh and processed goods through the supply chain – and we operate in 44 countries around the world,” Mr Wigham said.

“We want to build collaborative bridges with our supply chain partners, working with our customers and the industry to remove waste – compressing time, cost and space through lean thinking, reducing environmental footprints through green thinking and reducing physical harm by thinking safe.

“We have listened to our customers and many feel they would benefit from advice on lean consulting. We’re developing a new service in this area and would like to hear from organisations who’d like to participate in a pilot program,” Mr Wigham said.

For more information contact CHEP Asia-Pacific on

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