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Based on recent events and the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone the summit to later in 2020. We will announce the new dates once confirmed. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: helen.turnbull@akolade.co

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Supply Chain Innovation 2020 is about exploring and examining this decade’s innovation trends across not just technology, but current and upcoming customer and workplace trends.

Supply Chain Channel’s 4th Annual Supply Chain Innovation Summit brings innovation, technology, creativity and revolutionary trends together under one roof to share insights into how to drive organisations into the next decade of E2E supply chain.

Overall, there will be 2 streams that focus across logistics management to meeting current demands, warehouse innovation and designing a fulfillment service that is customer focused. We welcome over 50 speakers from the largest and fastest growing industries passionate about progress and delivery over 20 hours of content.


Join an alumni of industry professionals, educators and thought leaders to explore innovations in technology, customer experience, sustainability and workforce management.

Event Agenda

Day 1
Day 2

Preparing for the next decade of logistics and Supply Chain 

  • 9:00 AM
    International Keynote Developing an agile and adaptable supply chain management system

    • Transforming your supply chain management to ensure you are agile and fast enough to respond to changing customer demands   
    • Implementing Agile into your supply chain and investigating the ROI   
    • Preparing your infrastructure and systems to support agility and adapt quickly through the right capabilities, property, tools and technologies 
    Ruben Dario Taborda
    Senior Director Johnson & Johnson Medical and Pharmaceutical
  • 9:40 AM
    Data is the new fuel driving influence across the supply chain

    • Exploring, evaluating and capturing big data opportunities across your supply chain 
    • Improving efficiencies in supply, manufacturing, deployment, materials management, and waste 
    • Using data and quantitative methods to improve decision making
    Vanessa Spring
    Manager, Innovation E2E Planning Mondelez International
  • 10:20 AM
    Discussion Innovation to implementation: What is actually worth the investment?

    • How important is new technology for your evolving supply chain?  
    • Which of these game changers have the best ROI?  
    • Managing new technology and the impact it has on your people 
    Rajiv Menon
    Director, Supply Chain Operations Department of Health
    Barry Savage
    Former General Manager, Strategic Projects Aseleo Care
  • 11:00 AM
    Morning Tea
  • From “cost centre” to customer value add – Putting Supply Chain at the heart of your CX

Designing a sustainable supply chain that doesn’t cost the Earth

    Stream A: Collaboration as key to achieve sustainability goals

  • 2:00 PM
    Panel Promoting sustainability in your supply chain

    A practical look at sustainable practices and how making small changes across your supply chain can lead to significant benefits, not only for the environment, community and stakeholders, but in savings and productivity.

    Hayley Jarick
    Chief Executive Officer Supply Chain Sustainability School
    David Hodge
    Managing Director Plastic Forests
    Michelle Thomas
    Acting Chief Executive Officer GECA
    Dr. Phoebe Wynn-Pope
    Head of Business and Human Rights Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • 2:30 PM
    Better together – partnering to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Some still believe a sustainable supply chain is too hard, too costly and not relevant but others have banded together to show how it’s done! 

    Hayley Jarick
    Chief Executive Officer Supply Chain Sustainability School

    Stream B: Visibility and transparency as a tool for business growth

  • 2:00 PM
    A consumer obsessed view of innovation

    • Differentiating on experience when it comes to sustainability 
    • How customers and business are changing purchasing habits to help the environment 
    • Creating premium experiences that exceed expectations 
    Jared Athvale
    Global Supply Chain Centre of Excellence GSK
  • 2:30 PM
    The how's and why's behind building responsible supply chain operations

    Looking at how putting sustainability at the heart of your operations management can contribute to cost reduction, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance a company’s competitive position 

    Molly Harriss Olson
    Chief Executive Officer Fairtrade Australia

The 2020-2030 Workforce – Upskilling teams to manage innovation

    Stream A: Value vs cost – Short term investments for longer-term impact

  • 11:30 AM
    Barry Savage
    Former General Manager, Strategic Projects Aseleo Care
  • 12:00 PM
    Coles’ approach to optimise end to end supply chain – From supplier to customer

    • Streamlining International supply chain
    • Reducing process wastage and enabling automation in fulfilment
    • Optimise transport to mitigate ‘the last mile’ problem.
    Joydeep Sengupta
    Solution Architect Coles
  • 12:30 PM
    What to do today to get the best of Industry 4.0 tomorrow

    For many business leaders, reducing manufacturing costs seems like fighting a losing battle. With the cost of introducing advanced technologies and automation solutions reducing significantly, many explore these often as the last resort to remain competitive in Australia. However, is your business ready to embrace these concepts? Are you simply looking to reduce costs in desperation? What can you do today to make the most of tomorrow’s Industry 4.0 technology?

    Stream A: What’s next for innovation?

  • 2:00 PM
    Pitch Fest – Melbourne University

    Introducing three PhD Students from Melbourne University, who will be sharing their innovations to adapt supply chain processes to meet the needs of the decade:

    Khalid Aljohani: Consolidated deliveries in the CBD

    Jasmine Guo: Shared Courier Networks using Parcel Lockers

    Xiaoshuai Peng: Integrated production-inventory-distribution systems using the Physical Internet

    Carly Cummings
    Distribution Optimisation Manager DuluxGroup

We guarantee you a solid return on investment:

  • 1. Mix with Australia’s growth industries and chat with leaders transforming their Supply Chain
  • 2. Meet the needs of your customers without breaking the bank
  • 3. Shape the next phase of Supply Chain – absorb valuable content and learn how to cut through the competition
  • 4. Improve your process, visibility and transparency
  • 5. Prepare your teams and company for future innovation
  • 6. How to manage rapid innovation in technology and business trends



Update your knowledge from selfless industry leaders



Meet new people and exchange insights



Your next business partner might be your event seatmate

Supply Chain Innovation 2020 is the movement for transformational supply chain

Our mission is to bring innovation, technology, creativity and revolutionary trends together in one room, to show you how to drive your organisation forward.  

This is for organisations looking to take their Supply Chain to the next level.

We welcome over 60 speakers from the largest and fastest growing industries, over 200 attendees passionate about progress and over 20 hours of content to demonstrate how to manage the modern-day consumer, how to leverage new tech and how to identify which trends are worth your investment.  

Design your next level of Supply Chain success.

Partnership Opportunities

Mix with Australia’s growth industries looking to transform their Supply Chain
Help Supply Chain leaders find cost-effective ways to improve efficiency
Shape the next phase of Supply Chain through thought-leadership opportunities
Provide ways for Supply Chain leaders to automate and digitise their processes
Connect with leaders passionate about progress and innovation

Don’t just take our word for it...

“It was certainly worth the investment. The conference covered a vast but related number of topics and provided a very good understanding of impacts and importance of technological advancements in Supply Chain.”
“This SC Innovation summit has left me with the confidence that we have already built strong foundations and possess the right tools, skills and vision to further enhance the wider Supply Chain through Business Intelligence improvements – that will deliver real and tangible savings.” 
“Thank you Akolade for once again providing a supply chain conference that was both informative and thought-provoking. I really appreciated the focus on technological innovation and future challenges and opportunities in Supply Chain Management.” 
“Supply Chain Innovation provides a great opportunity to network with industry professionals. The summit allows you to learn firsthand from experts in the field that have similar challenges and how they have been able to solve issues.”


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