by Aitor Marroquin, EV Cargo
Global supply chains continue to grow in depth and complexity at an unprecedented rate. Retailers are increasingly diversifying and de-risking their supply chains, changing traditional ‘East-West’ sourcing models into a more balanced strategy including near-shore production and mid-distance alternative markets. The continuing growth of omni-channel is also pushing retailers to re-think how to thrive in an industry where real-time stock availability and fast reaction times are now a must to remain competitive.
In addition to increased complexity, the industry is also facing exceptional levels of disruption. The impact of COVID-19 to supply chains has been evident and widely reported by mainstream media worldwide, affecting stock availability, shortages of production and shipping prices. However, while the pandemic has put supply chain on the map, disruptions in the industry are not new. Challenges such as port strikes, weather conditions, supply/demand space constraints and shortages of labour have been common over the last decade.
As a result, retailers are looking to review the level of control and visibility within their supply chains. A common challenge in the industry is simple to articulate, yet surprisingly difficult to overcome: the lack of a centralised and accurate ‘end to end’ view of the supply chain from product source to end customer. Retailers often use multiple systems and tools, spreading responsibilities across many departments, to track different stages of the supply chain. This practice runs the risk of creating disconnects and losing sight of the bigger picture. In order to achieve lead time reductions and flexibility, retailers are shifting their focus beyond just the movement of goods, by going upstream and aligning all processes involved in the product development lifecycle in to a single agreed critical path.
Coordination across activities, such as new product sourcing, new supplier/factory accreditation with ethical requirements, quality control, sample management, packaging and artwork sign off, packaging optimisation, is becoming a crucial step in order to establish a strong supply chain foundation.
Technology can help to tackle this challenge by providing collaborative, holistic and integrated solutions. Centralised platforms allow retailers to plan effectively and react to changes dynamically in an ever-evolving landscape. Effective and transparent critical path management provides a vital role from the moment a decision to source a SKU (when a SKU is added to a product range) until the point the product is in the customer’s hands. Having all parties collaborate on one platform following a standard process and working towards the same goal, gives retailers the best chance of not only meeting the pre-shipment product development lead time but also pushing towards an optimised and agile process.
Technology can help reduce time-consuming and costly data administration by connecting buying, sourcing, supplier, factory, 3rd party auditor, QC parties and logistics providers through data integration. Managing by exception, measuring against KPIs and using the power of predictive analytics to identify trends, provide the right tools for retailers to effectively manage their supply chains from beginning to end.
Global retailers are already benefiting from using technology to manage their critical paths. Some of these benefits include 25% reduction in source to shelf lead time, 20% increase in productivity, and 15% improvement in on-time delivery. Retailers are finding significant opportunities by optimising upstream processes and saving time in the early stages of the product lifecycle.
However, the true potential is unlocked when origin processes are not only optimised but connected and integrated with the rest of the supply chain to provide true end to end visibility. As global supply chains continue to evolve, technology can provide the tools needed by retailers to both remain competitive, become agile and prepare for the uncertainties ahead.
About EV Cargo
Headquartered in Hong Kong, EV Cargo is a leading global freight forwarding, supply chain and technology services company with over $1.4bn in revenue. EV Cargo powers the global economy by managing supply chains for the world’s leading brands, with a vision to transform logistics into a technology industry.
EV Cargo was created in 2018 by Hong Kong-based growth-oriented private equity investment group EmergeVest, facilitating a step-change in value creation via a sizeable, scalable and diversified logistics-technology company, well-positioned for future growth. Now a global leader, EV Cargo is driving the transformation of logistics into a technology industry, underpinned by its core values of growth, innovation, and sustainability as a signatory to the UN Global Compact.
ASCI's last newsletter for 2021 is now out!
Our last newsletter for the year shares ASCI's news and 2021 wrap up - read it now!
After another challenging year in business and life for all, businesses have proven their resilience, ability to adapt and innovate, and drive forward in an unsettled economic climate. From this we have seen in the supply chain sector new markets open up and opportunities arise.
At ASCI we have also been continually evolving throughout the year with staff, State Chapter members, Board Directors, and committee member changes, the annual conference moved to next year to ensure a valuable event is provided, and exciting developments with the Professional Accreditation Scheme.
We have seen this year the Professional Accreditation Scheme doing well with a double increase in registrants for accredited professionals compared to same time last year. ASCI has also just launched its new Professional Development Colleges.
On behalf of ASCI, I would like to thank so many people who volunteer their time, if it wasn’t for these dedicated people ASCI simply would not exist. Sincerely thank the following people for their tireless work during 2021:
ASCI has an exciting year planned ahead in 2022. The 2022 program is live on our website and open for enrolment to programs, courses and events throughout the year so you can plan your professional learning for the whole year now. ASCI’s annual conference is under way and we are currently finalising speakers for the conference which will be held in the first quarter of the year, more information to come soon. Organisations are also appreciating the value in ASCI’s corporate membership packages with interest returning as businesses return back to form of normality.
In 2022 we continue our commitment to working towards professionalising supply chain management with ASCI’s new Professional Development Colleges. I encourage everyone to work towards their accreditation and registrar under the Professional Accreditation Scheme in your chosen stream. After personally gaining my registration in Operations allowing me now to carry the nominals ‘RegPracOps’. I not only feel a great personal achievement within my chosen industry, it has also provided my career a professional recognition.
ASCI wishes you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas. We hope you are also able to get a break away and see loved ones, if you have like many experienced lock downs throughout the year. We look forward to a prosperous 2022 and seeing you at one of our events or working towards your accreditation. Thank you for your ongoing support to ASCI.
ASCI continues to refine and further develop its Professional Accreditation Scheme and has established four Professional Development Colleges aligned to each of the current registration streams.
The role of the Professional Development Colleges is to be the intellectual custodian of each registration stream, whether that is logistics, procurement, operations management or integrated logistics support.
The Professional Development Colleges are the foundation of ASCI's ongoing learning/Continued Professional Development objectives. The Colleges will be responsible for ASCI's formal definition of the aligned registration stream. They have scoped the respective domains consisting of key elements and focus areas that will structure ASCI's Continued Professional Development and training opportunities.
The Colleges have commenced the development of online resource libraries to support the ongoing learning in each of the streams of registration.
They will also assist the ASCI Technical Committee to ensure that the registration and accreditation processes are consistent with fundamental contextual thinking relevant to each stream and provide further technical advice and inputs to the broader ASCI CPD program.
In future, the Colleges will develop guidance and potential career path illustrations for candidates towards their career development as practitioners in the longer term.
Each College is led by a College Council that is responsible for the functioning and operations of the College. The College Councils comprise Registered Practitioners only, providing an exclusive opportunity for Registered Practitioners to be instrumental in the further development of the scheme.
The four Colleges are:
The establishment of these professional development colleges is a significant step in progressing toward ASCI's objective of professionalising supply chain management. It is the first time in Australia such colleges have been established for supply chain disciplines, and ASCI is excited to lead this exciting opportunity for the supply chain sector.
The ASCI Ethics Committee is inviting members to express their interest in joining the Ethics Committee.
The ASCI Ethics Committee forms one of the critical components of ASCI as a Professional Accreditation Body.
The purpose of the ASCI Ethics Committee is to have the necessary mechanisms in place to ensure that the ASCI Ethics Management Program is designed to have formalised structures for ensuring that ASCI and its members are perceived as fair, honest, responsible, and just. The Committee serves as the ASCI Ethics Management Program; it conveys ASCI’s corporate values and guides ethical challenges.
The Committee comprises of dedicated ASCI Members who bring their own unique set of skills, experience, and gifts to the Ethics Committee and contribute to the development of the Ethics program. The Ethics Committee and Ethics Management Program form an essential element of the ASCI professionalisation program.
The ASCI Ethics Committee members share and uphold the ASCI Ethics Commitment, values, the standard of conduct and professional principles.
For more information please read the ASCI Ethics Committee, functions and obligations of members.
If you are interested in expressing an interest in serving as a committee member, please complete the expression of interest form.
ASCI’s AGM was held on Saturday 6th November 2021 and was open for ASCI members to attend as a guest via Zoom. The following Board Director appointments and farewell took place at the AGM.
Alexandra Riha was re-elected to the Board of ASCI as Director and re-appointed as ASCI President. Alex was initially appointed as ASCI President in December 2019.
Alex brings to ASCI a wealth of industry experience and a genuine passion for the institute and the supply chain sector. "We are committed to creating a recognised Supply Chain profession - enabling individuals and businesses to build sustainable and profitable supply chains", stated Alex. Alex is also registered as an Operations Practitioner under ASCI Professional Accreditation Scheme.
ASCI Treasurer Geoff Palm retired from his position as ASCI Board Director and Education Officer.
Geoff has made a huge contribution to ASCI where he first joined the WA Chapter in 1993 and then became a Director for ASCI and ASCI President in the early 2000's. More recently Geoff has been the ASCI Treasurer, ASCI Education Officer and the person behind the enquiries email and phone. Geoff has not only been an active Board member he has also organised and ran all of the ASCI programs for members throughout the course of the year.
Geoff’s established career in supply chain enabled him to bring his valuable expertise and insights to ASCI while illustrating his commitment to his profession and to the supply chain sector. In addition, Geoff saw and helped guide ASCI through many changes over the years.
Everyone at ASCI would like to thank you, acknowledgement and farewell Geoff for his tireless and ongoing work he has done for ASCI. We wish you Geoff a relaxing retirement however we will no doubt see you at one of our events in the future.
Following Geoff’s retirement, ASCI would like to extend a warm welcome to Michael Harich as Treasurer, and was previously an ASCI Board Director.
Michael took over as ASCI Treasurer on 6 November, following outgoing Treasurer Geoff Palm.
Michael has a long career in the supply chain sector and his experience ranges from sales and business development, solution design, implementation, project management, operational and performance management to controlling and optimisation. While also being active with ASCI, Michael has his own renovation business in Sydney. Welcome Michael and we all look forward to working with you in your capacity as Treasurer.
A/Prof Flavio Macau, lead research investigator and ASCI WA Chapter President, has finalised ASCI’s State of Supply Chain Management Report 2021.
The report highlights are now available, with the full report available for download to ASCI members .
To find out how you can become a member and work towards your professional accreditation contact us for more information.
The State of Supply Chain Management report measures the current status of Australian enterprise supply chains. It provides an analysis of the situation within the supply chain industry in Australia and New Zealand, as a result of the quantitative analysis carried out on the basis of survey responses. Year on year, this report aims to demonstrate the role of supply chain within the organisational structure and the overall business operations across these countries. While data is acquired locally, the results are part of a global conversation.
In the 21st century, it is not companies that compete but their global supply chains. The report provides an understanding of the maturity across eight components of supply chain management (SCM):
2. Technology and Automation
4. Compliance and Regulation
5. Logistics and Distribution
6. Risk Management
COVID-19 accelerated structural changes in most supply chains. Where disruption was king, organisations in collaborative ecosystems thrived, defining new ways to carry on with procurement. Technology and automation transformed how we work, as distance ceased to be an obstacle for remote control centres and home offices. Integration enabled flexibility and quick responses to a fluid environment, an important ally to risk management. Compliance and regulation increased as organisations adapted their logistics and distribution to ever-shifting restrictions, often reviewing processes on a weekly basis. And while sustainability was initially eclipsed by the pandemic, it emerges as the next big thing.
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Sydney, 16 June 2021: Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) has announced new leadership for the ASCI Victorian Chapter, ASCI’s second largest region. The new appointments (volunteer roles) include:
The Victorian ASCI supply chain community is largely dominated by FMCG and manufacturing supply chain specialists who have a keen interest in S&OP advancements as well as Industry 4.0 technology.
According to the ASCI President, Alexandra Riha RegPracOps, these appointments demonstrate commitment to local Victorian members to ensure that they have access to relevant and timely continued professional development activity in the state.
“Christine has spent the last two years in the Vice President’s role under Matthew Jackson’s leadership and is well placed to take the Chapter to the next level,” said Alexandra.
Christine is a senior executive leader with deep international experience in supply chain. She has proven effectiveness in driving business transformation and delivering results. Christine has developed and implemented solutions covering strategy, network design, organisational design, operating models, cost reductions, and transition management. Christine leads CBRE’s Supply Chain Advisory practice in the Pacific Region and supports mentoring of emerging supply chain talent. She’s active as an NED and currently sits on the board of Flinders Port Holdings in SA.
Daniel Majman, Vice President, is a passionate and innovative transformation agent with 20 years of leadership experience within supply chain and operations across a variety of industry sectors and verticals. He is a driven leader, able to communicate effectively at all levels, with a focus on steering transformation strategies to reduce baseline costs and the creation of high performing team cultures allowing teams to thrive. He has delivered end to end supply chain transformation success backed by contemporary thinking through the delivery of continuous improvement frameworks and sustained commercial value creation across the value chain.
Terry Bloom, Secretary, is a supply chain professional currently working as a Senior Account Manager at Kettering Professional Services. He has almost 30 years' experience working exclusively with manufacturing companies to transform their business processes through the implementation and effective use of industry specific ERP solutions. He spent 25 years working for QAD in a variety of roles having started his career as a programmer before advancing through consulting, pre-sales and management positions.
Martin Lewis RegPracLog has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of Supply Chain including S&OP and Planning, Logistics and Procurement. His experience includes delivery of significant projects in infrastructure, ERP systems, business change and cost optimisation using a combination of analysis, synthesis and stakeholder engagement.
Lee Rowland has been an executive leader for many years, working across all aspects of the Supply Chain in a career spanning more than 20 years, he has been Supply Chain Director in the wine industry at Fine Wine Partners. He has worked as the National Logistics Leader driving the largest cold chain network in the country and is currently leading the Bega Dairy & Drinks Supply Chain Digital Transformation journey deploying Intelligent Automation tools such as RPA, OCR and AI. Lee is a qualified ASCI lecturer and maintains all current ASCI accreditations including CPIM, CLTD and CSCP as well as partner accreditations in S&OP/IBP and Demand Driven Planning.
“Our thanks goes to outgoing President, Matthew Jackson, for his hospitality and enthusiasm hosting our events and webinars for the past two years. He has fostered a community culture of networking and sharing that we know will be carried on in the new committee.
“Congratulations to Christine, Daniel, Lee, Martin and Terry on your appointments and we look forward to your leadership in Victoria,” said Alexandra.
About Australasian Supply Chain Institute
Australasian Supply Chain Institute is the not-for-profit Professional Accreditation Body for Supply Chain Management In Australia. Drawing from its education heritage since 1964, ASCI has developed a professional framework to the requirements of the Professional Standards Authority and runs a Professional Accreditation Scheme that makes available registration to the entire supply chain management community.
ASCI provides access to a Continued Professional Development program, including global industry certifications, webinars, events, podcasts, research and resources for registration maintenance and professional learning.
Please visit www.asci.org.au for more information about our registrations, memberships and programs. For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Monique Fenech on 0439 320 152.
Sydney, 2 June 2021: Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) has announced new leadership for the ASCI Western Australian Chapter. The new appointments (volunteer roles) include:
Dr Flavio Macau, Chapter President
The West Australian ASCI supply chain community is a vibrant and active cohort of procurement, logistics and operations practitioners across small to medium businesses and large enterprises representing the mining industry with close connections with tertiary institutes in the region.
Flavio has 25 years of experience in Supply Chain, Logistics & Operations Management. He is a senior lecturer, researcher, and Director of Academic Studies at the School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University. He is also a consultant for the resources industry. In the past 10 years, Flavio supervised 18 research projects; lectured 70+ units to 2,500+ students; published one book, three case studies, and 10+ international peer-review articles in top academic journals; assisted 120+ short-term consulting projects; authored conversation pieces and interviews on TV, radio, and newspapers.
Ignacio has more than 10 years of experience working in supply chain areas of diverse industries FCMG, SME, 3PL, and OEM. His career development in manufacturing and service companies has mainly focused on strategic planning, inventory management, continuous improvement, processes and business analysis, leadership, negotiation, and operations management. Ignacio holds a Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineer.
According to the ASCI President, Alexandra Riha RegPracOps, these leadership appointments demonstrate that the commitment that the ASCI West Australian chapter has to mentorships and professional development.
“Our thanks goes to outgoing President, Indrasen Naidoo, for his leadership and developing a culture of learning and sharing amongst the committee. This approach not only lives out our values but also solidifies the longevity of the ASCI Western Australian Chapter.
“Congratulations to the newly appointed leaders – Flavio and Ignacio – who have already demonstrated leadership and expertise in the Chapter. We look forward to the next two years of your leadership.”
Sydney, 4 May 2021: Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) has announced new leadership for the ASCI Queensland Chapter – its fastest growing region in 2021. The new appointments (volunteer roles) include:
Attributing to the rapid growth is economic prosperity in the region and new corporate members.
Justin Butcher is a senior supply chain manager with over 18 years’ experience delivering supply chain outcomes for Australian blue-chip mining and manufacturing companies.
Justin has had a broad career, from leading long-term capacity planning of rail, port and intermodal assets to managing integrated business plans that maximise the economic utilisation of materials, plant and network assets to fulfil customer demand.
Justin has also held senior roles, accountable for strategic sourcing and contract management across a wide-variety of direct and indirect categories. Justin has brought these elements together as a divisional manager responsible for procurement, purchasing, inventory and logistics management, gaining a unique insight into their interdependency and opportunities to unlock end-to-end supply chain value.
According to Justin, the ASCI Queensland Community provides a unique opportunity.
“Our Queensland Chapter Committee is a team prepared to promote increasing importance of global and local supply chains to economic and social outcomes – and empower its career professionals through industry networks, bodies of knowledge and the progression of ASCI’s Professional Accreditation Scheme in Queensland,” he said.
James Scotland, Vice President, has a career history in senior management in widely different industries including Logistics, Insurance and Education; followed by several years as a business consultant, strategist, corporate trainer and small business owner. He has practical experience in helping Australian businesses to improve, grow and succeed. He is currently General Manager, Mining & Energy Services Council of Australia: Ai Group member service to meet challenges faced in traditional mining through to renewable energy, generation and storage.
Craig Bennett, Secretary, is a Registered Practitioner (Operations) and Business Consultant who is at the forefront of leveraging analytical insight to drive supply chain excellence. Over the past decade, Craig has worked in various supply chain roles for global and domestic companies and has leveraged various competencies to achieve strategic objectives.
Craig is currently the Managing Director of Centre of Business Pty Ltd, a boutique supply chain and analytics consulting company that achieves results through focusing on improving people, process and technology.
Craig has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Master of Business Administration and attained an academic award after completing a graduate certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Craig also holds project management and change management qualification.
The Queensland Chapter Committee also includes:
Adriaan Van Wyk – an industrial engineer with nearly two decades of professional experience in industries ranging from manufacturing, engineering, automotive, and the waste industry.
Bree Clements – recruitment specialist in Procurement & Engineering roles. Across her career Bree has developed and extensive experience in permanent recruitment, fixed term contracts, project volume recruitment, assessment centres, unbundled and shortlisting services as well as workplace health and safety.
Scott Theuerkauf - supply chain management professional with a proven track record of achieving success across diverse businesses, geographies, cultures and functions. Current role at Hastings Deering as Manager of Supply Chain (Parts Excellence).
“The Queensland Chapter Committee is part of the national office working group for gender diversity and look to grow the female members of the Queensland community as part of the value add to the entire Queensland supply chain community,” said Justin.
According to ASCI President, Alexandra Riha RegPracOps, this leadership team is well equipped with the experience and dedication to harness the rapid growth of our Queensland membership community.
“On behalf of the ASCI Board, we congratulate and thank Justin, James and Craig for accepting their nomination, particularly James for his prior leadership of the Chapter, and look forward to supporting them to drive the ASCI vision: advancing supply chain as a recognised profession in Queensland.”
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