Navigate through disruption with optimised planning and logistics frameworks

23 – 25 February 2022 | Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

It’s been a highly challenging and disruptive year as the supply chain sector has been faced with increased number of challenges, including demand volatility, transportation obstacles and supplier shortages, and more. 


As a result, many companies around Australia currently struggle to ensure a smooth supply chain journey whilst operating in a highly disruptive and unpredictable environment.


Akolade’s Supply Chain Planning & Logistics Summit will provide attendees with practical tools and frameworks to get their supply chains back on track, including how to navigate the ongoing shipping backlog and transportation challenges, plan and forecast in times of high demand volatility and manage supplier and customer relations. Attendees will also get the latest information on how automation and technology can assist in driving supply chain efficiency. 


This event will also take place on our virtual platform, which has the capacity for full networking, live Q&A, 1 to 1 meetings, contact sharing, notes plus much more. The sessions will also be recorded and then available for four weeks following the event should the attendees miss any sessions and wish to watch in their own time.


This event is co-located with the Retail Fulfilment Summit.

Attend this summit and learn how to:

Manage and optimise your logistics and transportation for increased efficiency 

Improve your planning and forecasting process during times of high demand volatility 

Diversify your suppliers and manage and grow your supplier relations 

Effectively mitigate and manage supply chain risk 

Utilise automation and technology for increased supply chain efficiency 

Hear from 30+ leading supply chain experts

Kelli Eaton

General Manager Transport and International Operations
Super Retail Group

Mathew Smith

Director, Logistics Operations
Schneider Electric

Sergey Astakhov

Head of Supply Planning

Barbara Phillips

Deputy Director General COVID-19 Supply Chain Surety and Corporate Services
Queensland Health

María Clara Esguerra

Supply Chain Director

Andrew Spence

National Manager Operations and Supply Chain

Francis Murugan

Sea Logistics Director

Emma Crabtree

IBP, ANZ Customer Management and Demand Lead
Mondelēz International

Victor Cheung

General Manager - Finance and Merchandise Planning
Supercheap Auto

George Loiterton

General Manager Supply Chain, Logistics and Retail NSW

Nicolas Binse

Linear Medical National Supply Chain Manager
Ramsay Health Care

Shane Walden

Managing Director

Timothy De Coster

Group Supply Chain Design and Planning Manager
Asahi Beverages

Catherine de Fontenay

Productivity Commission

Simon Rowe

Supply Chain Transformation and Operations Leader ANZ
Kimberly-Clark Australia

Felix Ohle

General Manager Logistics
Viva Energy Australia

Jackie Connor

Procurement Category Manager Logistics

Alexandra Riha


Natalie Greyze

Head of Key Client Management

Susie Harwood

Executive Director Freight
NSW Transport

Shanaka Wijesuriya

Chief Financial Officer ANZ and Planning/Logistics Director ANZ
Kellogg Company

Craig Dunlop

Head of Distribution and Logistics

Sivakumar Ayyaswamy

Head of Logistics – Regional Asia Pacific
BSH Home Appliances

Alan Hagues

Supply Chain Manager ANZ

Brian Bedford-Moisan

Logistics Director Oceania

Ryan Klose

General Manager - Operations
National Pharmacies

Tomer Bar-Ami

Head of Merchandise Planning and Supply Chain
Cheap as Chips

Jessica Bai

Head of Supply Chain - Australia

Ben Sheehan

General Manager Operations
Fisher & Paykel

Mark Pearson

Head of Planning
Bega Dairy & Drinks

Aleksander Debicki

Head of Supply Chain
Pierre Fabre Group

David Woods

Head of Demand Planning Australia
Coca-Cola Amatil


  • Conference Day 1 - 23 Feb 2022
  • Conference Day 2 - 24 Feb 2022
  • Post-Conference Workshops - 25 Feb 2022

8:00 AM

Registration opens

8:50 AM

Opening remarks from the Chair 

Alexandra Riha, President, ASCI  

9:00 AM

Identifying vulnerabilities in Australia’s supply chains

  • Developing a framework to identify key vulnerabilities across Australia’s supply chain
  • Assessing risk management strategies used to prepare Australia for future supply chain disruptions
  • Examining who is responsible for managing supply chain risks, including the role of government

Catherine de Fontenay, Commissioner, Productivity Commission 

9:30 AM

Case study 

Building the supply chain of tomorrow through technology and automation 

  • Examining the process of digitising Schneider Electric’s supply chain 
  • Including the human component and a tailored supply chain journey through digitisation 
  • Effectively connecting your supply chain from end-to-end across procurement, manufacturing, planning and delivery 

Mathew Smith, Director, Logistics Operations, Schneider Electric 

10:00 AM

Sponsored Session

10:30 AM

Morning refreshments

Optimising your logistics and transportation management  

Optimising your planning and forecasting strategies to manage risk and demand volatility 

11:00 AM

Case study 

Effective ways to overcome global shipping challenges  

  • Staying ahead of the game by reading signals early through internal collaborations  
  • Developing strong partnerships with your shipping lines and freight forwarders to secure ongoing delivery of goods 
  • Easing the impact of disruptions from current shipping backlogs through continued solutioning and effective communication 

Kelli Eaton, General Manager Transport and International Operations, Super Retail Group 

Driving a customer-centric supply chain to mitigate risks 

  • Building relationships and gaining customers’ trust in data sharing 
  • Learning from customer-driven market trends and the impact on your demand planning strategy 
  • Gaining data insights by improving the customer journey 

María Clara Esguerra, Supply Chain Director, Nestlé

11:40 AM

Panel discussion 

The ongoing shipping backlog – what’s happening? 

  • Examining what’s currently being done to ease the current shipping backlog 
  • Planning for continued disruptions 
  • Increasing visibility of global shipping demand 
  • Integrating organisational planning systems into shipping networks 

Shane Walden, Managing Director, ANL 

Natalie Greyze, Head of Key Client Management, Maersk 

Francis Murugan, Sea Logistics Director, Kuehne + Nagel 

Panel discussion 

Managing and mitigating risk in times of volatility 

  • Embedding agility and flexibility into your planning framework 
  • Creating a risk scenario process 
  • Utilising predictive supply chain models as a means to address demand volatility 

Simon Rowe, Supply Chain Transformation and Operations Leader ANZ, Kimberly-Clark Australia 

Mark Pearson, Head of Planning, Bega Dairy & Drinks

Brian Bedford-Moisan, Logistics Director Oceania, Lactalis

Emma Crabtree, IBP, ANZ Customer Management and Demand Lead, Mondelēz International 

Tomer Bar-Ami, Head of Merchandise Planning and Supply Chain, Cheap as Chips

Shanaka Wijesuriya, Chief Financial Officer ANZ and Planning/Logistics Director ANZ, Kellogg Company  

12:10 PM

Sponsored Session

Sponsored Session

12:40 PM

Networking Luncheon

1:40 PM

Case study 

Examining new plans to better support the supply chain sector   

  • Discussing the future of transport and how to better support the movement of goods  
  • Identifying and seizing new innovative opportunities in tech  
  • Improving collaborations across states and territories  

Susie Harwood, Executive Director Freight, NSW Transport  

Integrating demand planning and inventory management for best results in times of volatility

  • Examining Superacheap Auto’s journey in overcoming challenges caused by the pandemic
  • Monitoring inventory levels and developing stock capability frameworks
  • Aligning inventory with your demand planning strategy
  • Effectively integrating your forecasting and inventory management systems

Victor Cheung, General Manager – Finance and Merchandise Planning, Supercheap Auto

2:10 PM

Cutting costs and increasing productivity through effective logistics tendering 

  • How to effectively evaluate tenders and knowing what factors to consider 
  • Finding the balance between price, quality and availability 
  • Identifying areas to reduce costs and finding financially viable options 
  • Effectively managing internal and external relations  

Jackie Connor, Procurement Category Manager, Logistics, Metcash 

Developing a Just-in-Case (JIC) planning framework to manage risk  

  • How to develop and implement a JIC framework into the wider organisation 
  • Balancing a JIC framework with a Just-in-Time (JIT) model 
  • Effectively responding to supply volatility and its impact on planning and delivery 
  • Improving business outcomes by implementing an IBP process  

2:40 PM

Case study 

Lessons learnt – how to effectively project manage and avoid collateral damage when collaborating with external parties

  • Communicating and setting strong foundations when working with third parties 
  • How to collaboratively identify and mitigate risk  
  • Successfully integrating systems and processes during change executions 

Brian Bedford-Moisan, Logistics Director Oceania, Lactalis

The mad rush for essentials – agility at its finest 

  • How to manage and handle the extreme demand volatility around essential goods   
  • Developing and implementing a framework to mitigate risks in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) world  
  • Managing customer relations in times of crisis 

Sergey Astakhov, Head of Supply Planning, Kimberly-Clark

3:10 PM

Afternoon refreshments

3:40 PM

Interactive Round Table Discussions 

  • Round Table 1: Utilising real-time data to improve forecasting accuracy

  • Round Table 2: Optimising you inventory through a connected supply chain
  • Round Table 3: Embarking on the journey of IBP to optimise your outcomes

  • Round Table 4: Drive operational efficiency through the use of 3PL

    Aleksander Debicki, Head of Supply Chain, Pierre Fabre Group

  • Round Table 5: Develop and implement a successful E2E supply chain management

  • Round Table 6: Creating a roadmap for warehouse automation to cut costs and increase efficiency

4:40 PM

Case study 

Optimising your supply chain through a digital twin strategy 

  • Discussing the benefits of using a digital twin to optimise your full supply chain lifecycle 
  • Utilising digital twins to respond to disruptions and improve your decision-making  
  • Creating a roadmap and embarking on the journey of implementing a digital twin strategy 

Timothy De Coster, Group Supply Chain Design and Planning Manager, Asahi Beverages 

5:10 PM

End of day one and closing remarks from the Chair

8:00 AM

Registration opens 

8:50 AM

Opening remarks from the Chair 

Alexandra Riha, President, ASCI  

9:00 AM

Case study 

Examining the enhancement of QLD Health’s supply chains  

  • Evaluating the journey from the onset of COVID-19 to the creation of strategies for the future  
  • Identifying opportunities and overcoming challenges in strengthening the resilience of QLD’s supply chain  
  • Developing collaborative partnerships with other local agencies and leveraging existing supplier relationships  

Barbara Phillips, Deputy Director General COVID-19 Supply Chain Surety and Corporate ServicesQueensland Health 

9:30 AM

Case study 

Implementing an automated end-to-end supply chain 

  • Overcoming cultural challenges to successfully implement real-time visibility 
  • Creating a proactive approach to data management and digital supply chain management 
  • Setting, implementing and monitoring KPIs to ensure a successful E2E integration 

Felix Ohle, General Manager Logistics, Viva Energy Australia 

10:00 AM

Sponsored Session

10:30 AM

Morning refreshments

Optimising your logistics management through technology 

Optimising your planning and forecasting strategies through integration and collaboration 

11:00 AM

Innovative ways to overcome warehouse space shortages   

  • Identifying ways to optimise and utilise your existing space efficiently for all processes
  • Looking for innovative solutions in the short-term
  • Creating effective ways to manage increasing storage and warehouse space costs as demand rises
  • How to manage your current space efficiently with investing in the right equipment

Craig Dunlop, Head of Distribution and Logistics, PharmaCare 

Integrating your demand planning with your S&OP process

  • Discussing the importance of effectively integrating your demand planning, forecasting and S&OP process
  • Increasing transparency and visibility in order to make the right decisions
  • Creating the right performance measures to drive organisational success

Mark Pearson, Head of Planning, Bega Dairy & Drinks

11:30 PM

Case study 

Optimising your operations through an automated load planning system  

  • Understanding the benefits of an automated load planning system 
  • Increasing your agility and keeping costs down through load automation 
  • Improving safety and reducing human error by codifying decision making in complex load planning  

Andrew Spence, National Manager Operations and Supply Chain, BlueScope 

Developing an agile supply chain management system to better respond to changing demand

  • Transforming your supply chain management to put agility at the centre
  • Preparing your systems and processes to support agility and adapt quickly through the right capabilities
  • Identifying new systems and tools to drive agility

Emma Crabtree, IBP, Supply Planning and Commercialisation Lead ANZ, Mondelez International

12:00 PM

Sponsored Session

Sponsored Session

12:30 PM

Networking Luncheon

1:30 PM

Maximising supply chain capabilities through strategic distribution management  

  • Examining ways to optimise your supply performance and cost of supply 
  • How to effectively mitigate and manage risk 
  • Supporting successful product launches  

Alan Hagues, Supply Chain Manager ANZ, AbbVie 

Case Study: Speeding up the planning cycle and driving forecast agility in a collaborative environment 

  • When S&OP isn’t fast enough – how to speed up the demand and supply planning process 
  • Getting all relevant S&OP parties on board the continuous in-the-moment forecast changes  
  • Developing a scenario-mapping process to mitigate risk
  • Other planning learning from living through COVID – what is the new norm?

David Woods, Head of Demand Planning Australia, Coca-Cola Amatil

2:00 PM

Case study 

Optimising your logistics network and developing robotic solutions for improved order management 

  • Evaluating your distribution footprint to create a roadmap for service availability, delivery performance and cost optimisation 
  • How to effectively implement and manage a robotics system for order management and logistics returns 

Sivakumar Ayyaswamy, Head of Logistics – Regional Asia Pacific, BSH Home Appliances 

Case study 

Utilising machine learning, AI and Industry 4.0 to improve forecasting accuracy 

  • Embracing digitisation and automation across your business 
  • Building effective data strategies to gain customer insights 
  • Understanding the benefits of machine learning and AI and how to best utilise them 
  • Discussing the benefits of IoT  

George Loiterton, General Manager Supply Chain, Logistics and Retail NSW, Telstra 

2:30 PM

Panel discussion 

Driving flexibility and agility in logistics through increased use of technology 

  • How to increase your capacity to respond quickly 
  • Improving the coordination of information across departments and functions 
  • Implementing technology and cloud-based solutions to drive flexibility 

Craig Dunlop, Head of Distribution and Logistics, PharmaCare 

Felix Ohle, General Manager Logistics, Viva Energy Australia 

Ben Sheehan, General Manager Operations, Fisher & Paykel

Panel discussion 

Collaborating across the business to utilise data for improved forecasting accuracy 

  • Changing the orgainsational mentality around data  
  • Identifying what data to collect and analyse 
  • Discussing what technologies are required in order to effectively utilise real-time data 
  • How to integrate real-time data with your own systems and processes 

Ryan Klose, Executive General Manager – Retail, Wholesale, Buying and Supply Chain, National Pharmacies 

George Loiterton, General Manager Supply Chain, Logistics and Retail NSW, Telstra

3:10 PM

Afternoon refreshments

3:40 PM

Case study

Creating a roadmap for IBP success

  • Assessing where your business processes are at before embarking on your IBP journey
  • Aligning your people, processes and technologies and supporting change management
  • Setting clear goals and KPIs to measure performance and outcomes

Jessica Bai, ANZ Supply Chain Manager, Baxter Healthcare

4:10 PM

Redesigning your supply chain and distribution networks 

  • Examining new agility requirements and consequences on your existing network design 
  • Redesigning your networks to meet service and cost objectives 
  • Identifying weaknesses and areas for improvements in your network design 

Nicolas Binse, Linear Medical National Supply Chain Manager, Ramsay Health Care 

4:40 PM

Mitigating and managing risk by diversifying your supplier network  

  • How to successfully sourcing quality goods and services  
  • Negotiating and setting expectations with prospect suppliers  
  • Building “back-up” supplier relationships to mitigate risk during disruptions 

Tomer Bar-Ami, Head of Merchandise Planning and Supply Chain, Cheap as Chips 

5:10 PM

End of day two and closing remarks from the Chair

Workshop A

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Leveraging technology and data to improve the demand planning process 

Effective demand planning is a critical component for any company’s success. However, it’s never been so difficult to achieve accurate forecasting given the increased demand volatility and disruption caused by the pandemic.  

The recent year has demonstrated the importance of real-time data and the use of assistive technologies in ensuring forecasting accuracy and to improve demand planning processes. 


Attend this practical workshop and learn how to: 

  • Ensure correct data input for optimal decision making 
  • Develop and implement KPIs to effectively track the progress of your planning and forecast accuracy 
  • Utilise advanced predictive and prescriptive analytics frameworks 
  • Implement internal and external market data for increased forecasting precision  
  • Utilise machine learning for better demand predictions 
  • Implement a cloud-based system to drive forecast accuracy 

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Networking Luncheon

Workshop B

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Effectively automating your supply chain operations to improve efficiency and cut costs 

Automation is considered the future of supply chain, and as the world becomes more digital, having an integrated and digitally enabled supply chain is critical. 

It has become evident that Australia’s supply chains are both vulnerable and fragile, and it’s vital for organisations to automate and integrate processes in order to remain resilient and mitigate any future risks. 


Attend this practical workshop and learn how to: 

  • Identify the latest trends in automation, machine learning, AI and Industry 4.0 and how they can better support your supply chain 
  • Improve your agility and ability to respond to the unexpected with the right technologies 
  • Utilise technology to increase visibility and transparency of your supply operations  
  • Identify your needs and what technologies will best support your goals 
  • Create a roadmap for your digitalisation journey 
  • Integrate systems and streamline processes to maximise results 
  • Measure the ROI of your automation 



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