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A focused theme:
After considerable research, we have given our program
a strong theme and are developing the content and
selecting speakers around this theme. Specifically we are
looking at “competencies for competitive advantage”:
with the program having a keen focus on exposing and
then addressing the likely attributes that supply chain
management, leaders and teams will need to acquire and
develop in order for supply chain management to add value
to the business.
A focus on value-add content:
The program will be “tighter” and keenly focused on
providing learning around the key challenges that exist
and/or are emerging in the supply chain arena. Topics will
not be included for the purposes of “filling streams” – but
rather for the purposes of addressing key issues. The
conference will therefore not have streams.
Attendees will be able to search the program and identify
sessions through subject matter criteria, job title or
competency like Agility, Innovation, Process Improvement,
Procurement, Inventory, Warehousing and Leadership.
A focus on learning:
Like any spend, an investment to attend Smart 2015 needs
to deliver an ROI. For this reason, all speakers at Smart will
be challenged to deliver presentations that offer attendees
a clear “learning outcome”. The sharing of real world
data and experiences, will be encouraged and speakers
selected on their ability to deliver on this criteria. Sessions
will be structured to make these “learnings” evident,
that is, each session outline will clearly show the learning
outcomes or competencies, so that attendees can easily
select and adjudicate where they might benefit most.
It is our desire that Smart 2015 provides an opportunity
for supply chain practitioners, experts and suppliers to
congregate, enjoy peer-learning and grow; and that the
program not only inspires, but fills a knowledge gap or
builds a competency that adds real value to supply chain
practitioners and business.
Supply Chain Management is a relatively young (30 years old),
rapidly evolving discipline. Today’s Supply Chain Managers are
required to demonstrate competency and excellence not only
in the traditional functional roles from which the discipline has
and is evolving, like the management of supply, inventory,
production, transport and warehousing, but in a range of
skills that allow them to deliver products and services across
the entire supply chain (both within and outside the firm to
customers and suppliers) in a manner that creates value for
the customer and profit for the business.
The challenge for today’s Supply Chain Manager is to leverage
the supply chain so it continues its evolution from a ‘cost of
doing business’ item, to a strategic business enabler that
impacts profitability and customer service levels.
This transition requires managers to think of supply chain in
terms of a process or system and not just about achieving
excellence within its functional parts. In order to do this,
Supply Chain Managers have to demonstrate competencies like
understanding the global orientation of business, anticipating
and responding to changes in demand and societal pressure,
managing transformation and change, collaborating across the
organisation and with customers and suppliers, harnessing
the potential of new technologies, anticipating and preventing
disruptions – all while trying to create value for the business.
The challenge is significant; as are the rewards for those
The objective of the Smart 2015 conference is to define the
key challenges for supply chain leaders and teams, and the
competencies required to meet them. Smart 2015 provides
Supply Chain Practitioners with an arsenal of competencies,
and a view on how to employ them, to achieve value for the
business. The Conference will provide new thinking and best
practice examples to demonstrate excellence and innovation
within traditional functional competencies as well as those
competencies that are emerging as essential attributes of
the dynamic, agile, end-to-end Supply Chain Manager and/or
supply chain team.
The word “competencies” is by definition linked to people
and is intentionally selected to emphasise the fact that it is
people and their ability that will fundamentally affect the value
your supply chain is able to create for the business. Acquiring,
leading and inspiring the right people, with the right functional
and process competencies, will be key.
Wherever you are in the supply chain management evolution,
Smart 2015 will fill a knowledge gap, build a competency or
allow you to plan to acquire competencies that are essential for
adding value through supply chain management and building
For the first time ever Smart will be hosted in Melbourne. This
change in location offers attendees an opportunity to expand
their professional networks beyond the Sydney locale, and
to learn from a new range of locally sourced speakers and
practitioners. It provides Smart Sponsors and speakers with an
opportunity to connect with new delegates and practitioners.
The Smart Conference is co-located with National
Manufacturing Week (NMW) where more than 200
manufacturing, technology and equipment suppliers will
showcase their products and services. This provides Smart
attendees an excellent opportunity to source, view and explore
the latest products and services in one place and at one time.
Or simply catch up with suppliers and reinforce relationships.
For more information on Smart Supply Chain
& Logistics Conference 2015, head to the
website. It is regularly updated and contains all
the latest information on the event.
Smart Info Line
T: +61 2 8586 6288 or 1300 789 845
SMART Conference is recognised within Australia and
internationally as the leading supply chain and logistics event
in the Australasian region. The event has been held every two
years since its inception in 1993 and has grown significantly
with more than 600 delegates attending the conference
& expo. SMART conference is proudly brought to you by
The Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society
(apicsAU) and the Logistics Association of Australia (LAA).
SMART conference will be held for the first time outside of
Sydney, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
on 26th & 27th May 2015. It promises to continue the
strong tradition of delivering relevant supply chain & logistics
practices, strategies and valuable information along with many
networking opportunities directly to industry leaders.
We are looking at advancing the conference program to
address the rapidly evolving disciplines which are currently
affecting the industry. It will, in keeping with its tradition,
provide supply chain and logistics practitioners with an
opportunity for learning through presentations and workshops
delivered by industry experts, thought-leaders, practitioners,
peers and academics.
The 2015 event has a number of key features that are
new and which will refresh, and enrich the experience for
all attendees, from delegates and speakers to exhibitors,
supporters and partners.
Proudly brought to you by
Melbourne Convention &
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