One of the world’s three top experts in logistics, according to Logistics and Transport NZ president Tim Munro, is to visit this country next month.
Martin Christopher, professor of marketing and logistics at the UK’s Cranfield School of Management, will give talks on the latest techniques of supply chain improvement.
He will be accompanied by John Gattorna, recently retired from a position with Accenture, and also regarded as one of the leading thinkers on logistics.
Supply chain automation thinking is in a constant state of change, says Munro. After a period of tolerating high costs to satisfy the customer, “almost a question of having one of something everywhere”, the industry switched to being “lean and mean”, Munro says. It is now attempting to find the best of both worlds in “agile” logistics.
Many companies are also having to pay attention to the processes of combining two or more supply chains or finding ways of letting them co-exist, following a merger or internal restructuring.
While Gattorna and Christopher will be addressing these topics, Christopher will give an account a new technique called “hedge and deploy”. Munro was unable to give any details of this last week. “I’m looking forward to finding out,” he says.
The workshops, entitled “new thinking in logistics and supply chain management”, will be held in Wellington on Tuesday April 1 and in Auckland the following day.