Carol Ptak, Don Telford, Transport for NSW, Pet Circle stand out at SMART 2017

News Release

SMART Conference 2017 Round Up

Carol Ptak, Don Telford, Transport for NSW and Pet Circle stand out at the two day conference

Sydney: 31 March 2017: Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) is pleased to announce a successful SMART Conference held at the International Convention Centre this week over 29 and 30 March 2017.

Over 400 supply chain practitioners gathered to seek clarity around Innovation, Productivity and Performance in an Age of Disruption - the conference theme.

International keynote presenter, Carol Ptak, Partner of Demand Driven Institute, wowed delegates with her overwhlemingly convincing and well documented argument why supply chains must "Adapt or Die." Supply Chain practitioners are encouraged to seek out new ways to compete while staying connected to "deep truths" about operations management. In an exclusive interview with ASCI's Podcast Channel, ASCI Lounge, Carol implored Australian organisations to "stop doing dumb things" and follow the likes of France, Columbia and USA where demand driven supply chains are becoming the norm. 

ASCI congratulated Don Telford as the recipient of the Individual Award for Excellence at last night's Supply Chain Industry Dinner and SMART Awards, which was indeed a highlight of the conference. Don's career spans over 40 years within the transport & logistics industry as a director of NSW Ports, the new owners of the privatised ports of Sydney and Port Kembla. He has recently retired as chairman of the Logistics Council of Australia and chairman of the McAleese Group. He reflected on his career highlights covering the whole spectrum of the logistics industry, commencing with Mayne Nickless, TNT, throughout the growth years of Toll Holdings from 1997 to 2007 and as CEO of Pacific National. In an exclusive interview with ASCI's Podcast Channel, ASCI Lounge, Don shares his optimism for the future of the logistics industry in Australia, where innovation is going to be the key to success.

Transport for NSW stole the show for an Australian operation performing to its best. Marg Prendergast, CBD Coordinator General, Transport For NSW, presented its generational level of change with Urban Congestion and National Connectivity. A phenomenal level of transformation with public and private sector infrastructure projects are being undertaken in Sydney's CBD, a $70BN economy. Transport for NSW is the global spotlight, in a good way, according to ASCI and supply chain delegates at the conference.

Pet Circle received a crowded reception as James Edwards, Cofounder & Chief Operating Officer, shared his successes. PetCircle is Australia’s largest pet-focussed eCommerce company, shipping thousands of parcels across the country every day, servicing over 100,000 customers right across the country and employing over 50 team members. Selling a broad variety of pet supplies from small to bulky items, the logistics and supply chain challenges faced by this retailer are demanding and complex. Delegates were impressed to see smart order routing and innovative technology such as shipping platform Shippit to make it all happen.

The ASCI Lounge was a flurry of excitement, as Dr Pieter Nagel, CEO, ASCI, announced the new name and logo, two new directors to the ASCI board and a new initiative, ASCI Initiative, which will lay foundations for professionalising supply chain management. In an exclusive interview at the ASCI Lounge, Dr Pieter Nagel expressed his passion for developing a clear pathway and a professional status for supply chain management in this country. Amongst all the exciting new changes, there are many constants, including the re-appointment of its APICS Premier Channel Partnership for 2017.

"On behalf of my team at ASCI, I would like to thank our SMART volunteer committees, corporate partners, sponsors, delegates and our partner Interpoint for contributing to the SMART Conference in 2017. We value your contribution to the industry and can see a very birght future ahead for all involved in our professional supply chain community," said Dr Pieter Nagel, CEO, ASCI.

"Many of the guests who took part in exclusive interviews at our ASCI Lounge Podcast interviews at SMART said volunteer work with their industry bodies assisted their career development. We hope that our ASCI Initiative attracts volunteers who are passionate about their career and its future foundation for a professional supply chain management status."