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SCLAA NEWSLETTER June - July 2016
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In this editionWomen in Logistics - HighlightsASCL Awards - Call for SubmissionsNew National PartnerEmpowering Communications
June - July 2016
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The Women in Logistics Conference at the MCG was an outstanding success - read on for a full roundup of the day.
1. Pre-event was a great time to network
2. Amanda Blesing
3. Tracey Waring
4. The audience were enthralled
5. The iconic view from the top of the MCG!
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1. Air Commodore Christine Tolson
2. Amanda OBrien is CEO Xtreme freight
3. The audience got in the act!
4. Jody Freestone General Manager Freestones Transport
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1. Mark Skipper - Chairman SCLAA
2. Sharyn Grant Managing Directir LSC Solutions & Amanda OBrien CEO Extreme freight
3. Hon MP David Hodgett
4. Peter Anderson CEO Victorian Transport Association (L) Amanda O'Brien (Middle) Hon MP David Hodgett (R)
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SCLAA National Partner LSC Solutions Pty Ltd proudly supported Women In Logistics (WIL) The Final Frontier held at the MCG on Friday, 29 April 2016. The event was attended by over 200 people. LSC Solutions Pty Ltds Managing Director and Supply Chain Value Creator, Sharyn Grant described the event as very educational and informative.
A highlight of the event included Amanda Blesings speech Confidence vs Competence: which is more useful when it comes to getting ahead? Her presentation provided considerable evidence that a focus on competence, rather than perceived confidence, is one of the things holding a lot of women back from pursuing their goals. Additionally, a lack of strategy around career progress is preventing women from progressing to senior positions and participating on boards. Amandas presentation provided statistics showing that companies with women in senior positions and on boards are more successful.
Other speeches included:
Tracey Waring - Authentic Leadership: What does it truly mean to be an authentic and influential leader and lead an authentic life?
Christine Tolson - Fearless Leadership: Change Leadership is about People not Organisations
Jody Freestone - Managing Change in a 40 Year Family Business
Sharon felt that all speeches provided significant inspiration for both women and men at the event, to review how they are approaching their career and professional life, and the value that women have contributed to the supply chain and logistics industry.
It is her belief that, women in supply chain and logistics need to increase confidence substantially, be authentic and fearless leaders, communicate change requirements clearly and regularly, and engage effectively and compassionately with all people and levels within an organisation.
Possibly the biggest learning for women in supply chain and logistics is the need to increase confidence. When identifying the most common traits of highly confident
women, it could be inferred that the most successful women in supply chain and logistics are those that:
live in the present and keep their eye on the prize
are assertive and ask empowering questions
consider themselves important and are comfortable being themselves
trust themselves, their intuition and keep their expectations high
focus on their strengths, admit their flaws and know when to ask for help
understand that things constantly change, and know when and how to reposition herself (source: summary of multiple internet search results).
Sharyn recalls when first pursuing her career in human resource management, it was her first class in logistics and operations management that gave her an OMG moment. I first wanted to help people, but when I was introduced to powerful analyses and strategies that can help entire companies and their supply chains, I knew instantly that was what I wanted to do.
Sharyn has since also completed her Logistics Masters and is now half way through her Doctorate in Supply Chain Performance Management. I see the Women In Logistics initiative being the ideal platform to raise awareness for women regarding the different career opportunities available to them in supply chain and logistics.
LSC Solutions Pty Ltd is a supply chain consulting, coaching and training company, was founded in 2004. The company recently expanded nationally and now delivers its services via its agencies Supply Chain Manager and Supply Chain Coach to assist firms and to empower individuals and teams to establish world-class supply chains and operations.www.lscs.com.au www.supplychainmanager.com.auwww.supplychaincoach.com.au
Women in Logistics Silver Sponsor Sharyn Grant
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Mark SkipperChairmans report The SCLAAs Women in Logistics Half Day Event at the MCG in Melbourne in late April was a resounding success with lots of positive feedback from attendees. We have a feature article on the event in this newsletter.
In the last year the SCLAA has added many member benefits, including World First fee free foreign exchange transactions close to the spot rate, saving considerably on the bank rates. I recently did a trade in US Dollars to buy inventory and saved $A7, 000 on the bank rates / fees. Members can trade almost 6 x 24, to take advantage of foreign exchange rates / spikes, that are live from around 8am Mondays through to 10am on Saturday, depending on daylight saving time. Also recently added was free access to Inside Retail and Inside FMCG magazines to complement our MHD Magazine and Transport & Logistics News complimentary subscriptions. Many members either directly or indirectly interact with Retailers or Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies / suppliers, so these publications will provide a valuable resource as to what is happening in the industry. Lastly, our up to 5c/litre off Caltex and Woolworths / Caltex fuel offer has been popular and have saved many members, their families and the Companies of members on fuel costs. Its available at over 2000 stations across Australia.
Again, there has been high profile news of a fleet of chicken delivery trucks being allegedly tampered with, so they can exceed the 100 km/h truck speed limit. You have to wonder why the Directors of this well-known operation take these personal risks which could see them either jailed or fined or both, let alone the impact on brand reputation.
The SCLAA is supporting the CeMAT Convention and Expo in Melbourne from July 12 14 and we will have a stand there. CeMAT will provide you with a platform to access the latest industry innovations, the opportunity to exchange ideas and gain insights on the warehouse and supply chain of the future.
The CeMAT Knowledge Theatre has a new structure to provide a significant learning opportunity for attendees.
This year two international keynote speakers as well as a plethora of Australian presenters who will outline case studies on their biggest successes and how they overcame their biggest challenges.
The exhibition will be featuring some of the worlds leading suppliers ready to showcase their innovations. Visiting the exhibition will give you a direct opportunity to network with decision makers across all areas of the supply chain, including warehousing, logistics, transport management, inventory, IT, and more.
Back by popular demand, the CeMAT Site Visits will once again return in 2016. With tours of Australia Post, Fastline and Silk Contract Logistics, you have the opportunity to see how some of Australias largest distribution centres operate.
SCLAA Visitor passes are complimentary, register your free pass here or at this link http://www.cemat.com.au/register/
The 56th Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards will be held in the Grand Ballroom at Luna Park in Sydney this year. 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 Awards drinks.
The SCLAA Board has been working to increase the value we provide to Members and some exciting announcements will be made shortly.
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 Divisions Committee. Great for your career exposure as well.
Mark SkipperChairman SCLAA
Mark Skipper is Chairman of the SCLAA. With over 37 years of experience as Executive and Non Executive Company Directors Mark has supply chain and logistics experience in both consumer and customer facing industries.
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