Leading supply chain solutions provider, Manhattan Associates, has released that over 150 people recently headed to Studio 3 in the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne to attend one of Australia’s largest supply chain conferences; Momentum Australia/ New Zealand 2006. Organised by Manhattan Associates, Momentum 2006 enabled attendees to understand how to maximise a true competitive advantage in their supply chains.
Momentum 2006 offered a fresh outlook on the complexities of today’s supply chain along with the solutions, tools and knowledge needed to overcome business challenges and optimise operations. The annual conference provided an unparalleled opportunity for companies of all sizes and across multiple industries to come together for strategic thought leadership, networking and idea sharing, and proved to be an ideal forum to help attendees gain Supply Chain Know How, Right Now as the event tagline suggested.
Keynote Speaker, Pete Sinisgalli, President and CEO of Manhattan Associates, spoke on the topic of supply chain transformation and how global trends are affecting the Australian market. Issues like globalisation and outsourcing, increased regulation, shorter product life cycles, integration, channel convergence and emerging technologies all play a major role in the way Australian companies are doing business.
According to Sinisgalli, the key is to see these issues as opportunities. Businesses who turn these challenges into opportunities will be leading companies for the next decade and beyond. Businesses today have more suppliers and partners than ever, resulting in an increased need for collaboration across the supply chain and making visibility paramount to success. As a first step, it is crucial that businesses have visibility within their own supply chain and that they are flexible, adaptive and predictive.
The day’s agenda was broad and extensive, incorporating case studies, discussions on key industry issues and global strategy updates. Case study speakers included Manhattan Associates’ clients Joanne Wyman, Logistics Manager of Village Roadshow, Graham Chad, General Manager – Group Logistics from Super Cheap Auto and Theo Jacometti, owner of Boomaroo Nurseries. The event also featured industry thought leaders from Manhattan Associates’ partner community, including Matthew Miller, Logistics Lead at IBM Global Business Services and Nathan Taylor, from Dematic’s Real Time Logistics Group.
Manhattan Associates’ event was supported by some of the big names in the supply chain and IT sectors, including IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Dematic, LXE, Gamma Solutions and UPS.