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he LAA Ltd Board is currently leading
the LAA Ltd through the most significant
transition since formation; a transition
to the next phase of its development. LAA
Ltd members and Friends are key to LAA Ltd
completing this transition.
For a number of years the LAA Ltd was in
discussions with the SCLAA regarding a
potential merger between the two organisations.
Late last year, LAA Ltd received a proposal
from apicsAU to integrate the LAA Ltd into its
Professional Supply Chain Community.
As advised in the October and November
editions of LAA Dispatch, the LAA Ltd Board
has managed a deliberate process to choose
between the two proposals.
In the second week of November 2014, value
proposition statements from the SCLAA and
apicsAU were provided to LAA Ltd members for
them to express a preference in a non-binding
vote. Members voted in favour of the apicsAU
value proposition, by a margin of 4:1. On this
basis, and with other information that the LAA
Ltd Board sourced directly from SCLAA and
apicsAU, the LAA Ltd Board voted unanimously
in favour of the apicsAU proposal.
This vote was advised to all LAA Ltd stakehold-
ers in the December edition of LAA Dispatch.
Over the December/January period LAA Ltd and
apicsAU have worked collaboratively to develop
the strategy for integration of LAA Ltd. The
agreed end state is that LAA Ltd members be
encouraged to join apicsAU ‘Professional Supply
Chain Community’ with other similar industry
bodies, in order to be part of a future single
A four-phase integration strategy has been
Phase One. Familiarisation and groundwork
started immediately and finished at the end of
Phase Two. We are now in this phase,
developing the Transition Plan. The key is to win
LAA Ltd members support at a vote planned for
late March 2015.
Phase Three. Transition LAA Ltd members,
Friends and select programs to apicsAU. This
will be ongoing over a period of 12 months.
Phase Four. Concurrent with Phase 3, the LAA
Ltd Board will organisationally wind up LAA Ltd.
LAA Ltd members vote
At a members meeting to be scheduled soon,
members will be invited to vote for/against
the transition of the LAA Ltd membership and
Friends, to apicsAU. In support of the case
for this transition, LAA Ltd members will have
access to a package of documents, including:
• The apicsAU value proposition.
• Financial information on LAA Ltd.
• apicsAU Board resolution to change its
constitution subsequent to integration.
• An outline of the Professional Supply Chain
Community that LAA Ltd, apicsAU and a
number of other similar industry bodies aim
• The transitional arrangements for LAA Ltd
members and Friends.
• The draft agreement governing the parties
obligations, liability, ownership and disposition
apicsAU has moved to providing networking
and professional development opportunities
through special interest groups. These currently
include Research, Lean Manufacturing,
Operations Management and Supply Chain
Management. A Transport & Logistics Special
Interest Group will be added to better integrate
LAA Ltd members.
Preliminary program changes
There is a lot of work to be done to achieve the
transition and finite management assets available
to complete this work. Over the past few months
the LAA Ltd Board has undertaken a strategic
review of the structure and programs of LAA Ltd.
As a consequence of this review, in the past few
months LAA Ltd has suspended a number of activ-
ities to better focus on the transition, these being:
• ITLS Board of Advice Member.
• Training Convenor for Short Course.
• LAA Leadership Awards (our 2015 focus is
• Supply Chain Report (previously in
conjunction with Logistics Bureau).
• Charity Golf Day.
These were advised to LAA Ltd stakeholders in
the December edition of LAA Dispatch. With the
recent development of the integration strategy,
the LAA Ltd Board has also reviewed the Certified
Professional Logistician (CPL) program. The
conclusion is that this program, and the current
direction it is being taken by The Transport and
Logistics Certification Council, does not fit with
the ‘Professional Supply Chain Community’.
As such, LAA Ltd has withdrawn from the
Transport and Logistics Certification Council
with effect the end of February 2015. LAA Ltd
is currently in negotiation with CILTA regarding
the transfer of the management of Continuing
Professional Development for those members
for which LAA Ltd has approved CPL status. The
final transition arrangements will be available on
the LAA Ltd website.
I am very excited about the next phase of
our development. A positive vote by LAA
Ltd members is the key to a future within a
Professional Supply Chain Community with:
• National governance by directors selected
• The application of e-commerce and social
networking principles to membership
• Professional development based on
• Education through world-class research,
conferences and multi-media communication.
Allan A. Murray CSM
MEMBERS AND FRIENDS KEY
TO LAA LTD TRANSITION
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