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Smart Conference 2017

For the first time in four years, the supply chain industry’s most comprehensive conference is returning to Sydney with expert industry keynotes, case studies and research amidst the industry’s most disruptive period since the Industrial Revolution. Read on!
Headlining this landmark event will be one of the most respected thought leaders in the global supply chain industry – Carol Ptak, Partner, Demand Driven Institute. Keynoting the Smart Conference for the first time, Carol will aptly address the conference theme “Innovation, Productivity and Performance” with her “Adapt or Die” approach to successfully managing the volatile supply chain.
Smart Conference 2017
Previously in roles at Pacific Lutheran University as Visiting Professor and Distinguished Executive in Residence as well as senior roles at PeopleSoft and IBM Corporation culminating in the position of global SMB segment executive, Ms Ptak is a leading authority in ERP and supply chain tools used to drive improved bottom line performance.

Today’s detailed planning and scheduling systems are rooted in assumptions and practices from 40 years ago,” said Ms Ptak. “Best practices are no longer best – they are simply antiquated and in many cases inappropriate. Optimising these inappropriate rules through today’s more powerful ERP products is fraught with risk. Sustaining competitiveness in the face of rising complexity and volatility in supply chains requires a fundamentally different approach.”

Delegates can choose from five streams representing all of the supply chain sectors to hear how innovative companies are navigating disruption including HP, Hastings Deering, Samsung, Xerium Group, Roy Hill, Ineenco Group, Sealed Air, Woolworths, Onesteel, Nuplex, DHL, Blackmores, Headland Machinery, Kuipers Engineering and more. There are international keynotes and research papers from KPMG, Gartner, Dematic, Transport for NSW, CSIRO and Data61, AusIndustry, Instatruck, Knapp and more.

In an era of unprecedented and rapid change in supply chain and logistics, Smart has been the one constant. Since 1993, Smart Conference has maintained a reputation as the leading independent supply chain conference “brought to industry by industry.”  Renowned for its thought leadership and drawing delegates from a broad spectrum of industry associations it is currently owned by apicsAU and by Interpoint Events who are affiliated with the leading media titles MHD and T&L News, part of the Intermedia Group.

According to Dr Pieter Nagel, CEO, apicsAU, now is the most imperative time for supply chain and logistics professionals to adapt, to guard, and to future-proof their organisation’s supply chains against any future disruptions.

“Supply chain and logistics used to be considered as the engine that drives manufacturing in this country. However, in this digital age of faster computing power and real time data availability, the need for every organisation to improvise and re-engineer the way they do business is very imperative.”

Date: 29 to 30 March 2017
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Smart Conference 2017 has extensive opportunities for delegates to engage, connect and network via site visits, SMART Expo 2017, Supply Chain Industry Dinner & Smart Awards.

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