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April 11, 2019  

ASCI CEO Update Episode 6

In this latest episode, Ivan Imparato, CEO, ASCI continues the discussion on robots taking over the world and talks about an article which encourages stop-think-plan framework.

April 4, 2019  

ASCI CEO Update Series Episode 5

In this podcast, ASCI CEO Ivan Imparato addresses a devastating statistic featured in the AFR this week: Robots to take 6.5 million jobs (1/4/19).

In a timely fashion, it segues into ASCI's conference theme, Leadership Series and Networking Series events from May onwards until September, and a national member survey in partnership with AFGC and Six Degrees, launching this week to address "What makes a great supply chain and how will the industry evolve in the future." Look out for the survey and please tell us what you think. 

Read more in ASCI's news release and register your teams to all the free events featured in this link as attachments to get involved!


If you are not a member, now has never been a better time to join our community of supply chain leaders. Click here to become an ASCI Member for just $275 per annum. 

March 28, 2019  

ASCI CEO Update Episode 4

ASCI CEO, Ivan Imparato, shares the week that was, including the launch of ASCI's March Newsletter featuring a photo gallery of the ASCI Community at events including International Women's Day. He shares why best practice knowledge will position you well for supply chain transformation. 

Download the March Newsletter as you join Ivan on the ASCI Lounge!

March 28, 2019  

Short Term Integrated Tactical Planning - a Masterclass

Mike Reed, Managing Partner, Oliver Wight, joins us on the ASCI Lounge to share a how to masterclass via podcast on "The Short Term Integrated Tactical Planning Process" in a nutshell. A great professional development expertise for your commute!

For further information, visit the Oliver Wight website for white papers:

Integrated Tactical Planning - Rod Hozack

March 21, 2019  

ASCI CEO Update Episode 3

This week, ASCI CEO, Ivan Imparato, welcomes new ASCI Corporate Members; shares his experience at the ASCI Networking Breakfast Series event this week in Melbourne; and challenges members to think about including customer service departments into the S&OP/IBP process. 

If you missed the two minute ASCI video launched this week, click here to watch!

March 14, 2019  

ASCI CEO Update Series Episode 2

Ivan Imparato, CEO, ASCI, recaps on his first week at the helm and his take on the ASCI Leadership Series events for International Women's Day.


Article of interest: Three Vs

March 14, 2019  


James Hargraves, Business Development Director, Adjuno, joins us on the ASCI Lounge to address the hot topic of sustainability; the regulatory environment; and the role of technology for sustainability and compliance.

James' career spans global 3PLs, focusing on international supply chain design and optimisation through SCM technology solutions.

Further reading can be found out:

Adjuno video: James Hargraves talks Adjuno solutions

Adjuno blog: The Sustainable Palm Oil Puzzle

Adjuno solution: Raw Materials Timber

Adjuno solution: Ethical Trade 


March 6, 2019  

ASCI CEO Update Series Episode 1

In this new ASCI Lounge podcast series "CEO Update" we hear from Ivan Imparato, ASCI's CEO, on what's happening at ASCI and its progress towards professionalising supply chain management. 

According to Henry Brunekreef, President, ASCI, Ivan’s appointment demonstrates the board’s commitment to deliver our vision, mission and strategy, that is, to elevate the Supply Chain Management field as a profession and a professional community in Australasia. You can read more about his appointment on the ASCI website

Look out for weekly episodes in this series!

March 6, 2019  

Establishing a great demand review with Oliver Wight’s Mike Reed

In this podcast interview ASCI's Monique Fenech interviews Oliver Wight's Managing Partner, Mike Reed, to cover the essentials of a great demand review: what are the characteristics; how  statistical forecasts should be used; whats is consensus demand planning; how we should we use assumptions and deal with uncertainty when we plan? A must download podcast! 

Attend our upcoming ASCI Networking Breakfast event with Mike Reed on Supply Chain's role in the S&OP Process in Melbourne CBD on 20 March. Register via 

Further reading is available from the Oliver Wight website when you register for white papers:

  • Demand Review – Tell the Story (Colleen Crum)
  • Realising the Full Potential of Demand Planing – Parts 1 & 2 (Rod Hozack)
  • Effective Demand Planning (Peter Metcalfe)
December 18, 2018  

Retail Analytics

Next time you visit your favourite retailer store, ask yourself why they're located where they are. Matt Copus, Head of Retail Analytics - Australia - for CBRE's Advisory & Transaction Services (Retail) division knows why, and a whole lot more about you, the customer, too. He joins us on the ASCI Lounge to share his 17 years of experience in retail analytics. He tells us how big data and digital channels are combining with more traditional demographic data to provide unrivalled insights that drive revenue growth for clients. 

Hosted by Monique Fenech, ASCI 

December 13, 2018  

Sales & Operations Planning

Daniel Kohut, Director, Solutions Advisor at JDA, joins us on the ASCI Lounge to share his sales and operations planning expertise starting from his career pathway, to the present day and the importance of professional development for supply chain experts in the midst of an era of digitisation transformation.

For more info click through to:

December 3, 2018  

Advanced Analytics

Tim Williamson, Regional Director for Logility, shares his views on the obstacles implementing or running advanced analytics; the top business priorities; and how much companies are spending to get analytics right. This 20 minute interview with unpack analytics delivering a seemingly simple way forward for you and your organisation. 

To test your analytical ability, attend the upcoming ASCI Networking Breakfast Series to participate in a free advanced analytics workshop for ASCI Members with Tim and clan on 27 February 2019 in Brisbane and 16 April 2019 in Sydney. Register at 


Fore more information about Logility's solution, head to: 

November 16, 2018  

Intelligent Supply Chain for Assets

Indrasen Naidoo, Director, Supply Chain System Transformation, Roy Hill (a 55 mega tonne per annum iron ore producer in Western Australia), joins us on the ASCI Lounge to reflect on Roy Hill's roadmap for Intelligent Supply Chain for Assets, highlighting the need for leadership capacity; rethinking flows; and applying expert technology. He presents at Mastering SAP Supply Chain and Procurement 18-20 November 2018, Gold Coast. Further recommended reading: 

  • The Goal – Elijah Goldratt
  • System of Profound Knowledge – Edwards Deming
  • Fifth Discipline – Peter Senge
  • Industry 4.0 – various publications
  • What got you here wont get you there – Marshall Goldsmith
  • Transforming your leadership culture – McGuire Rhodes
November 1, 2018  

Supply Chain Design

Shaun Gates, Inventory Optimisation Evangelist, shares his expertise in supply chain design. If you like what you hear, attend our free workshop in Melbourne 6 December where Shaun will take you through an interactive exercise in supply chain design. Check our our APICS CSCP blog (supply chain design is the first module) for five reasons why this certification will be your most audacious career move yet

August 22, 2018  

Australia’s Omni-channel revolution and its impact on real estate

How do retailers, owners and investors respond to the omni-channel revolution in their bricks-and-motar strategy? Darren Searle, Head of Development Australia, LOGOS Group and Christine Miller, Head of Supply Chain, CBRE, join us on the ASCI Lounge to nut out this hot topic.

August 22, 2018  

Not to be missed: Strategy Execution via IBP 17 September 2018

This interview with ASCI Corporate Member, Mike Reed, Oliver Wight Asia Pacific, offers compelling reasons to attend the upcoming Strategy Executive via IBP conference to be held on 17 September 2018 at Pullman Melbourne on the Park. View the program here: 

ASCI is a proud partner of this annual event and ASCI members receive a 10% discount using the Promo code: WFXASCI

Register to the conference at


See you there!

August 22, 2018  

The State of Supply Chain Management: Insights from Dan Majman

This is the second in a four part series in response to the ASCI report findings from The State of Supply Chain Management with insights from ASCI Member: Dan Majman, Head of Operations and Supply Chain, Mercator.

We currently live in the era of customer experience and supply chains are required to be more agile and flexible in order to provide a more personalised experience. In addition, supply uncertainty and complexity have created a larger risk profile for Australian supply chains. And, last but not least, physical and administrative automation and digitalisation require more knowledge and understanding of supply chain principles by each of the supply chain operators from the warehouse worker, truck driver, demand planner, inventory planner all the way up to the CEO.So where exactly are we vulnerable?

ASCI Members can request to receive the full report here: 

To become an ASCI Member, visit 

August 20, 2018  

The State Of Supply Chain Management: IBP spotlight with Mike Reed

This is the first in a four part series in response to the ASCI report findings from The State of Supply Chain Management where 55% of ASCI Members said they're integrating their production plans across business functions. If you're in supply chain management and supply chain planning roles this spotlight interview on IBP/S&OP with Mike Reed is a must. 

Mike Reed is Managing Partner at Oliver Wight Asia Pacific.  He has specialist expertise in strategy management, product & portfolio management and Integrated Business Planning/Sales & Operations Planning.  Prior to joining Oliver Wight, Mike accumulated 30 years hands-on experience in industry in a variety of production, operations and corporate roles with multi-national firms Unilever, Mars and Simplot.

August 20, 2018  

ASCI’s launch of Practitioner Registrations in Australia

Drawing from its rich 50-year history as a not for profit member-based organisation in supply chain education, ASCI is a neutral entity and well positioned to take on the accreditation representation for the supply chain industry, making available the first evidence-based practitioner registrations for supply chain in Australia. Dr Pieter Nagel, CEO-Professionalisation, ASCI, shares the key points in this interview. To find out more, download our information pack: 

May 10, 2018  

ASCI Lounge - ASCI2018 - Daniel Majman

Daniel Majman is the Head of Supply Chain & Operations at Mercator. Download our podcast to hear about what he will be discussing at the ASCI2018 Conference in the logistics sector and what he is looking forward to seeing. Mercator is the largest supplier of air movement products in the Australian market. 

You can visit the ASCI2018 conference website here: