09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
09:15 Visionary Keynote:
Are You Ready to Embrace Next Generation of Procurement and Supply Chain Systems with Artificial Intelligence?
Jaydeep-Solanki-roundedJaydeep Solanki
Director – Program Purchasing Management
GM International
09:45 How 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Will Have a Disruptive Impact on Global Supply Chain Logistics and Trade Players 
  Leon-Prentice-roundedDR. LEON H PRENTICE
Research Program Director
CSIRO Manufacturing
 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
10:30 Imminent Industry 4.0 Disruption: Why Manufacturing’s Next Big Act Will Demand a More Responsive and Flexible Supply Chain Innovations 
  • Industry 4.0: How digitization makes the supply chain more efficient, agile, and customer-focused
  • Why Supply Chain Integration is Crucial in the Industry 4.0 Era
  • Using smart sensors to drive supply chain integration with Industry 4.0
11:00 How Blockchain will Improve Trust, Operational Efficiency and Security in Global Supply Chain and Trade
Mehrdokht-Pournader-roundedDr. Mehrdokht Pournader
Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Macquarie Graduate School of Management
 11.30 Case Study: Lessons Learnt from Australia Post in Re-Designing Their Digital Supply Chain to Meet Customers New On-Demand Expectations
Marc-Gauci-roundedMarc Gauci
General Manager, Parcel & eCommerce Sales
Australia Post
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12:00 How RICOH Supply Chain Leverages Workplace Technology to Enable Successful Transformation
Is your organisation ready to transform? Adopting disruptive technology without readiness can destroy rather than create value.

 Ricoh’s toolbox for transformation:

  • The importance of strategic alignment & disruptive technologies
  • Conducting an organisational health check for readiness
  • Examples of how workplace technology enables organisational change
Yelitza Guerra

Head of Supply Chain
  Networking Luncheon
13:30 Reducing Supply Chain Forecasting Error and Improve Demand Planning with AI and Machine Learning
  Accurate sales and demand forecasting becomes more and more challenging, with short product life cycles, slow-, fashionable and seasonal sales in a big data environment with typically tens of thousands of products in thousands of stores. We will discuss recent developments in this area leveraging novel forecasting techniques from Statistics, Machine Learning and AI, such as hierarchical forecasting, time series clustering, neural networks and others.

  • How do you produce accurate forecasts automatically?
  • How do you produce forecasts that are consistent across spatial hierarchies, across product categories, and across seasons?
  • How can you use other data sources to find relationships in sales/demand patterns to further improve forecasts and get insights from your data?
Christopher-Bergmeir-roundedChristoph Bergmeir
Lecturer in Data Science
Monash University
Monash University
14:00 Inventory Case Study: How to Leverages Machine Learning to Optimize Inventory, Improve Service Levels and Increase Inventory Turns
  male speaker logoSimon Rowe
Supply Chain Transformation Leader ANZ

14:30 Data Driven Supply Chain Case Study: Empowering the Next Generation Digital Supply Chain with Big Data Predictive Analytics
Supply Chains are about to be transformed by new technology that will allow us to collect more data, store it more efficiently and share it more easily both within and between organisations. Perhaps most importantly Artificial Intelligence (AI) is allowing organisations to make sense of data at scale and make predictions on everything from labour deployment, buying, logistics, infrastructure, network planning and more.

You will see the results of new research in to data driven supply chain adoption in Australia, examples of the AI technology and its benefits and case material on what AI is delivering in the supply chain

Gareth-Jude-roundedGareth Jude
Retail Industry Executive
15:00 Getting Data Right in Australian Supply Chains
Focus on telematics, regulatory reforms needed, use of data standards, blockchain and freight visibility.
  male speaker logoSimon Morgan
Director Government & Communications
Australian Logistics Council
Australian Logistics Council
15:30 Utilizing Advanced Analytics to Predict Weather, Route Networks and Optimize Transportation Costs
Dickson Leow

Principal Technology Leader Future Transport Technology
Australia Road Research Board
 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session
16:30 Technology Roundtable Discussion (20 mins per table):
  • Table 1: Emerging Technologies Used by Australian Supply Chain Organisations
John-Hopkins-roundedJohn Hopkins
Program Director: Master of Supply Chain Innovation
Swinburne Business School
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  • Table 2: Improving trust in supply chains in
    exponential times
Partner and Chief Data Scientist
  • Table 3: Latest Developments on Drone Delivery
Bernard-Lee-roundedBernard Lee
Head of Strategy & Policy, Autonomous Delivery
Australia Post
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  • Table 4: How On-Demand Disruptive Business Models Are Radically Changing Supply Chain
Justin Passaportis

General Manager Victoria & South Australia
17:00 Chief Supply Chain Officer Panel: Disruptive Innovations in Last Mile Delivery – Crowdsourcing Apps, Drones and Delivery Robots
  Mark-Franke-roundedMark Franke
Procurement Manager(Asia Pacific- convenience Retail)

Apurva-roundedApurva Chiranewala

VP- Strategy & Growth

David Mclean
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17:30 Closing Remark by Conference Chairperson
17:45 Champagne Networking Session
  champagne Networking

Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.

09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
09:15 Autonomous Forklifts, Automation and Collaborative Robotics in Digital Warehouse of the Future
  • How collaborative robotics is driving the next wave of
    productivity and efficiencies
  • In cases where safety and complexity are paramount,
    not only do collaborative sensing robots work sideby-
    side with a human counterpart, but they’re also
    able to complete complicated and dangerous tasks
    that traditional robots or humans simply can’t
09:45 Innovation Showcase: Transforming Smart Picking,Packing and Efficiency with Next Wave of Vision Picking Smart Glasses
  • With smart glasses, productivity improvements
    average at 25 percent, with higher accuracy rates
    and approval ratings by users
  • Vision picking enables hands free order picking and
    greatly increases productivity
 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
10:30 Case Study: Improving Visibility and Supply Chain Efficiencies With IoTs
  Sean-Starling-roundedSean Starling
General Manager – Research, Development and Innovation
Meat & Livestock Australia
Meat & Livestock Australia
11:00 Smart Ships and their Impact on the Supply Chain
  Smart ships are remotely controlled, or fully autonomous, unmanned vessels that make use of data from Internet of Things (IoT) devices to provide safe vessel navigation in open waters and efficient transit between ports. IoT data originating from a range of on board sensors and external sources is used by the onshore operator, or in the future artificial intelligence program, to optimally manage the vessel and facilitate its smooth operation. This includes monitoring of the vessels relative position to land and other vessels, speed, direction, and on-board components (engines, fuel, thrusters and containers). Connection of the vessel to the internet allows meaningful data to be transferred to onshore port operators enabling efficiencies in vessel turnaround time including fast parts replacement and load transfer.

Understanding the capability and potential productivity gains associated with smart ships is important for operators along the entire supply chain so that complementary infrastructure and technologies can be implemented that take full advantage from the port gateway to the end user.

  Rachel-Johnson-roundedRachel Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne)
11:30 How AI and Blockchain is Solving Supply Chain
Kyle-Rogers-roundedKyle Rogers
Vice President of Thought Leadership
Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia
Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia
12:00 How Blockchain Technology Can Transform Trust and Security: Case Study from DB Schenker’s Blockchain Implementation on Wine Shipment from Australia to China
Pieter-Vandevelde-roundedPieter Vandevelde
Chief Revenue Officer
 Networking Luncheon
13:30 How Autonomous Trucks and Truck Platooning Will Cut Delivery Costs & Make Supply Chain Logistics More Efficient
  “Huge money is being spent on R&D to develop Autonomous Vehicles and Truck Platooning.  Some level of success seems inevitable, but how much difference in delivery costs is possible with Autonomous Trucks?  What savings could Platooning make and is it viable in Australian conditions?”
Mike Robertson

Managing Director & Engineering Manager
14:00 Regulatory Updates: New Australian Regulations Supporting Implementation of Driverless Trucks and Vehicles
  • Australian road traffic authorities can begin the roll out of intelligent transport systems (ITS) that enable vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-person, or vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, thanks to new regulations introduced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Dickson Leow

Principal Technology Leader Future Transport Technology
Australia Road Research Board
 14:30 Disrupting technologies impacting both transport & warehouse systems, first and last mile delivery – How DB Schenker are Responding
 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session
15:30 Supply Chain Network Design Excellence: Secrets of Success for Coles
Kevin Gunn

General Manager Supply Chain
Coles Supermarkets
Coles Supermarkets
16:00 5G and The Future of Delivery with Advanced Drones, Smart Robots and Driverless Vehicles
  Introducing the most important use cases, technical requirements, 3GPP roadmap, reference architectures, and corresponding enabling technologies for Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC). Follow by a summary of the most important activities ongoing globally and results attained during 5G tests and trials.
David-Soldani-roundedDr. David Soldani
Chief Technology Officer
Huawei (Australia)
16:30 Improving China Market Access by Transforming the Food Supply Chain
Impact of ‘Disruptive Innovation’ and ‘Digital Transformation’ on managing China food import supply chain risks;

  1. Managing product quality and integrity to end consumer
    • Single point accountability
    • Real time condition monitoring
    • Product traceability
  2. Ensuring China import compliance and timely border clearance
    • Process transparency
    • Data integrity
  3. Protecting brand reputation in the China market
    • Anti-counterfeit / product tampering measures
    • China distribution management
  4. Meeting / exceeding consumer expectations
    • Product provenance
    • Direct consumer engagement
Peter Verry

Managing Director
Peloris Global Sourcing
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17:00 Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman


09:00 – 12:00 Site Tour A: Robotics and Automated Warehouse of the Future
Did you know that Catch of the Day’s warehouse in Melbourne is the size of Melbourne Cricket Ground, but yet it has less than 80 employees managing the entire warehouse? Processing 15,000 orders per day, Catch of the Day’s fully automated, robot-driven technology represents a major transformation from the manual warehouse management processes. Using 70 robots to automate the entire warehouse, the automation is a world’s first where fully automated robots retrieve products from bins and deliver the 25,000 bins to four goods-to-person picking stations where operators pick product into order totes. By automating its warehouse, it has cut its delivery times by half and doubled its fulfillment capacity.
13:00 – 16:00 Site Tour B: Autonomous Trucks and Vehicles Site Tour

Do you know that Telstra has joined forces with the NSW Government to launch the NSW’s first trial of a driverless vehicle in Sydney Olympic Park that will run over a two year period. The site visit will showcase how the transport and supply chain logistics industry will be shaped with the advances in automation technology and the Internet of Things. Driverless trucks can bring about a 400% price-performance improvement in ground transportation networks. Significantly reducing labour costs and work limitations, a driverless truck can drive nearly 24 hours per day. Driverless trucks will effectively double the output at one quarter of the current cost.

Fuel efficiency gain is another distinct advantage. Driverless trucks can maintain optimal cruising speed and coupled with the self-driving fleet’s platooning technologies in which trucks draft behind one another in highway trains, fuel efficiency is greatly enhanced. Safety is also markedly improved given that more people are killed in traffic accidents involving trucks than in all domestic airline crashes in the last 45 years combined.