EVENT: Future planning at Qld supply chain and logistics conference

By: Jason Whittaker

A ‘strategic futurist’ will open a 2008 Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Conference dedicated to supply chains of the future

A ‘strategic futurist’ will open a 2008 Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Conference dedicated to supply chains of the future next month.

With the theme ‘Moving Forward: Supply Chains of the Future’ it is apt that strategic futurist Marcus Barber will open the two-day conference from July 31 at the Sofitel Hotel in Brisbane.

Barber is one of Australia’s top value systems specialists. He is the facilitator of the strategic futures block at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, the premiere management training program for the Department of Defence that brings military personnel from around the globe to a year-long residential strategy training program.

Barber is also the co-presenter on the National Geographic Channel’s TV series ‘Future Matters’, author of ‘The Money Tree and How to Grow One - Creating Success in Your Business’ and the soon to be completed ‘Killing Trends: the Graceful Art of Innovation. He is also on the advisory boards of the recently established Australian Strategic Planning Institute and the Australian Bill of Rights Initiative.

Additional keynote speakers or the conference will include: Professor Alan Harrison, Cranfield Centre for Logistics and SCM in the UK, Dr Robyn Keast from the Australian Centre of Business Research, Michael Mitchell, General Manager of Perkins Shipping Domestics Logistics Services, and Dr Jeremy Davey, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety.

The Supply Chain & Logistics Conference is expected to attract about 400 delegates from all over Australia and internationally through the newly extended program.

A large proportion of the delegates will be key decision-makers, organisers say, capable of influencing debate and decision. Delegates will include chief executive officers, senior executives and management who are involved at all levels of procurement, manufacturing and materials management, and the people responsible for contracting, outsourcing, warehousing and logistics and other supply chain activities in the private enterprise, government (state, local) or public sector business enterprises.

The Supply Chain and Logistics Conference is organised by leading industry associations including the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia, (SCLAA) the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), QUT School of International Business, CIPS Australia, the Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) and the South East Queensland Procurement Network group. The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) also supports the event.

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