Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD May-Jun 2016 Contents I recently attended the Transport and Logistics
Living Lab an initiative of NICTA now called Data
61.They organised industry presentations on sea
container tracking, truck wireless safety vehicle
communications and other interesting topics.
The truck wireless safety presentation
discussed how wireless communications
between trucks and other vehicles is improving
road and driver safety, by alerting drivers to road
hazards/traffic delays. The system works by
trucks vehicles communicating with other trucks
vehicles about hazards and delays in a certain
area, so that they can slow down or avoid
the area before they reach it. A trial is being
conducted to improve the technology before it is
The container tracking project also aims to
improve efficiency by informing freight users of
the precise location of containers on ships, rails
and road, so they may plan and deploy assets
more efficiency to move those containers.
The 56th Australian Supply Chain &
Logistics Awards will be held at the Grand
Ballroom at Luna Park in Sydney this year, this
is the same stunning venue we used in 2010.
The awards night is Wednesday November 23
and the ballroom will have the stunning back
drop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and city
behind the presentation stage. With daylight
saving at that time of the year, the setting
sun will be an excellent backdrop to the pre-
The SCLAA Board has been working to increase
the value we provide to members and some
exciting announcements will be made shortly.
We continue to see site visits as popular
events, with one we planned at Proctor &
Gamble being oversubscribed in less than 90
minutes. If you know of a site that will be of
interest to members please let us know.
We are all volunteers at the SCLAA and we
would appreciate an injection of fresh ideas
across the country, so please put your hand
up to join your local state division’s committee.
Great for your career exposure as well.
Mark Skipper is the national chairman of
the SCLAA. Contact Mark at mark.skipper@
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A MORE EXCITING TIME
TO...YOU KNOW. THERE AREN’T PROPRIETARY
SUPPLY CHAIN SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS READILY
AVAILABLE SO WHAT CONCEPTS SHOULD BE
DRIVING THE DESIGN OF SUPPLY CHAIN SYSTEMS?
SUPPLY chain is business and all businesses
are technology businesses. A key question is
what technologies will be right of entry rather
than competitive advantage in the future?
What data-driven value-added services will our
customers be prepared to pay for? What related
knowledge and skills will our future supply
chain managers require?
Effective supply chain management is more
likely to occur if supply chain integration can
be achieved. The mechanisms to achieve
integration are structural (supply chain and
logistics network design), systematic (sales and
operations planning (S&OP)) and process-based
(decision making and information flows). Most
published analysis of supply chain management
decision making strategy suggests that we must
source and use both structured and unstructured
sources of information to respond in a timely
manner to environmental and system changes
and reduce lead times; to work our assets to
achieve cost and performance outcomes.
While we are comfortable with the
structured sources (materials, forecasts,
inventories), what sorts of supply chain issues
should C-level executives be discussing and
what sorts of unstructured data should inform
Some examples could be:
At the operations level, the raison d’etre of
every good supply chain manager is adding
value to our customers’ supply chains. While
procurement focuses on upstream (suppliers) and
logistics focuses on downstream (customers), the
supply chain manager focuses on ensuring that
the supply and demand information required by
both is timely and accurate and relevant to the
decision making processes that they employ. If
the decision making processes they employ are
not based on predictive analytics and business
prototyping, designed to speed up decision
making and reduce lead times, then are they
managing or merely supervising?
If we seek the courage to change the things
we can, the serenity to accept the things we
can’t, and the wisdom to know the difference,
then what should we be getting excited about?
Perhaps it is being accountable for short-term
results in a manner that positions ourselves
(technologically) for blue sky concepts that
have long-term potential.
And in regard to the capabilities of our future
supply chain managers, isn’t it time that we
had a national accreditation program for supply
chain and logistics tertiary courses? No-one is in
a better position to achieve that outcome than
the profession itself!
Steve MacPherson is the managing director
of Supply Chain Services Australia.
Example(s) of Unstructured Source of Data Issue
supply chain risk
the potential for a hot war in the middle east
the future of encryption
Apple’s fight with the US Department of Justice
the potential of encryption
the role of blockchain in all commerce
demand and supply chain risk
oil price war, China – one belt one road
API and the composable enterprise, big data
demand and returns on capital
negative interest rates and their consequences including potential restrictions on owner-
ship of gold, real estate and cash to stimulate spending
MHD SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS — MAY / JUNE 2016
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