Australia’s premier supply chain conference, Impetus 2008, by GS1 Australia will have international and Australian speakers speaking on topics in supply chain management. Topics in the spotlight include how Australian food businesses would cope with a twenty-first century pandemic, major health reform in Australia’s healthcare sector and the transformation of industry supply chains, from hardware to meat and fresh produce.
Representatives from a range of Australian businesses will share their hands-on experience in supply chain implementation and transformation. Conference delegates will have the opportunity to hear from leading-edge experts in RFID/EPC. Simon Langford from Wal-Mart will share strategy and learning with EPC/RFID at Wal-Mart and the Sam's Club wholesale club chain.
Dr Sanjay Sarma from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will discuss the latest developments in RFID technology across the globe and what implications they will have in Australia. Steven Newton from Metcash Limited, will discuss what the food industry needs to consider when facing a pandemic, whether existing supply chain infrastructure is robust to sustain heavy demands, what technologies need to be in place and what security measures must be activated to ensure vital supplies are delivered to those in need.
Prof Peter Dapiran from University of Melbourne will reveal what supply chain challenges lie ahead for Australian businesses. Richard Umbers from Woolworths will discuss on current and future supply chain challenges as faced by one of Australia’s largest retailers.
The expert session will be followed by a panel discussion on the challenges of supply change management taking into consideration issues such as global competition, environmental sustainability, skill shortages, increasing cost of doing business, local adoption of the GS1 System and leading-edge technologies.
The conference will run for two days and at the end of the first day, GS1 Australia will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with a cocktail party for invited delegates. The GS1 Australia 2008 Supply Chain Excellence Awards will also be presented at the conference. An individual or a company may be nominated for an award at the GS1 Australia website and nominations will close on Friday, September 28.
A free trade show presenting the latest supply chain and technology solutions will run concurrently with the conference. Created for the supply chain professional and their business, the Impetus Expo provides an opportunity for conference delegates to explore and compare the up-to-date technology and talk to more than 30 GS1 Australia Alliance Partners and associates.
The GS1 Impetus Wireless Internet Café, located in the heart of the Expo, will have wireless hot spots to ensure conference delegates stay connected with their business, colleagues, friends and family. Impetus 2008 will run on Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24 at the Sofitel Hotel, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne.