From the Director’s desk, March 2018

28 March 2018

Welcome to the first edition of Supply Chain Link for 2018. Here at the University our semester has only been going for a few weeks, so I’ll take advantage of that fact to wish you a (belated) Happy New Year!

As usual this newsletter describes the events we have hosted since the last newsletter, and profiles a couple of members.  As many of you know, Brian Stocking ended with us at the end of last year and we sincerely thank him for five years of excellent service. His role has now been absorbed into a larger role around Productivity and Sustainability, and we are very pleased to announce that Marcus Rinaldi will be joining us in this role on 4 April.

In March the Centre for Supply Chain Management hosted Rob Howard, Founder and CEO of Grand Junction (recently acquired by Target) and Ensenda (acquired by Transforce). He covered the increasing importance of the last mile in the supply chain, the emergence of same day delivery, as well as discussing key drivers for Amazon and Google in their supply chain strategies. He also broadly discussed various supply chain technology trends in the US.

This year NZPICS is organising a Supply Chain Conference on the 10 April. This is a great opportunity to hear New Zealand’s prominent industry leaders talk about Operational challenges in the aviation supply chain, Delivering operations excellence in supply chain, Blockchain and its applicability to supply chains and so many other concerns in the context of the supply chain.

In this newsletter, Dr Subhamoy Ganguly, Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Management, tells us about his perspective on supply chain challenges that ports face, particularly Ports of Auckland. One of our masters’ students Minh Duc Do provides an article explaining his research on “improving the bargaining power of New Zealand’s container ports”.

This year, the Business School will again offer our executive programme in Strategic Supply Chain Management. This programme has been co-designed with the Centre for Supply Chain Management and leading New Zealand business executives in order to actively develop mid-career professionals from various parts of the supply chain into strategic supply chain leaders.

Finally, the centre is planning new activities and After 5’s events in the next few months and invitations will be sent out closer to the date. Most notably, we have an After 5’s event with Alan Day from the UK on the 9 April. Please watch your email and do feel free to forward announcements to anyone you feel may be interested.

Professor Tava Olsen
Director of the Centre for Supply Chain Management