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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
19 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 The conference is held every two years and is the largest supply chain and logistics event staged in Australia, where practitioners share insight on the latest supply chain challenges facing businesses worldwide. This year’s theme was ‘Bridging the Gap, with innovation and new business strategy’. ADNCM(SU) provided funding to attend the conference, including entry to industry conference-related events such as the welcome cocktail reception, the keynote breakfast presentation and the Supply Chain Industry Awards dinner. At the dinner, a lifetime achievement award is presented, on this occasion to Lindsay Fox, the trucking magnate. He gave an entertaining and stirring acceptance speech, urging the industry to ensure the safety of truck drivers – a lynch pin of the logistics industry. Staged over two days, the conference (MC’ed by ex-Today Show host Steve Liebman) attracted more than 500 delegates from all facets of the logistics industry. Participants could attend any of more than 50 presentations in logistics streams such as Supply Chain Management and Strategic Planning, Global Supply Chains, Procurement and Supply Chain Strategies, to name but a few. The conference keynote opening address was provided by Tim Costello (CEO of World Vision Australia), who urged delegates to remember that at the end of most supply chains were poor communities and individuals, many living on the border of poverty, exploitation and abuse. Other keynote speakers were John Pattullo (CEO of CEVA Logistics), Professor Richard Wilding (Professor of Supply Chain Risk Management, Cranfield School of Management, UK) and Chris Richardson (Director, Access Economics). These are all very eminent personalities in the business and educational world and provided very interesting perspectives on the supply chain and logistics in general. I urge anyone seriously interested in the logistics industry to attend these types of events (Especially noting that funding is provided by Defence to CILTA members) to broaden their awareness of logistics issues, and you might even come away with some ideas that could be applied to your place of work. Many thanks to ADNCM(SU) for making this opportunity available, and I sincerely hope funding can be found for such future events. I gained a great deal of insight into the challenges facing the logistics industry, and some very enlightening developments throughout the private sector, all in the name of streamlining operations and providing smarter supply chains. WOSN Marty Olson is currently the Logistics Services Manager in JLU(W). He has previously been posted to HMAS CAIRNS, HMAS SUCCESS, HMAS WATERHEN, Fleet Supply Team, and served in operational support roles in East Timor and twice as RANLO Christmas Island. Logistics & Administration – The Smart 2009 Conference In June 2009 the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour hosted the Smart Supply Chain Conference. BY WOSN MARTY OLSON