GRA, the social supply chain consultants


GRA was one of the first supply chain consulting firms in Australia to embrace social media. More than four years ago we set up a group Supply Chain & Logistics Australia on LinkedIn for supply chain and logistics professionals in Australia and New Zealand. The group is now the largest of its kind with active participation and debate. GRA are across many other social media platforms, so please do join us:












www.linkedin.com/company/gra-supply-chain-consultant

www.twitter.com/grasupplychain

www.facebook.com/SupplyChainAustralia

www.gplus.to/grasupplychain

www.pinterest.com/grasupplychain

New article on S&OP trends, fundamentals and framework published in Australia's Supply Chain Review Dec 2012

GRA's Carter McNabb explores the growing importance of S&OP, new trends evolving, as well as the fundamentals and framework required for a robust S&OP system - that will ultimately drive superior financial performance and deliver strategic outcomes.


In the fairy tale The Three Little Pigs, the big bad wolf tears through houses made of straw and sticks, until our porcine protagonists finally find shelter in a house made of bricks. So it is with Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). 


Read the entire article here





Watch GRA's Leading Supply Chain Strategies Video

GRA Partner Carter McNabb featured at the TechnologyOne Evolve conference at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in early 2012. 

Carter's presentation discusses the topic 'Leading Supply Chain Strategies - From Cost Centre to Competitive Advantage' and covers emerging supply chain challenges and trends with reference to Australian supply chain benchmarketing data.

To see the presentation live on Youtube click here.
Demand Planning & Inventory Optimisation Courses

GRA Partner Carter McNabb will facilitate four demand planning and inventory optimisation courses around Australia.

27 & 28 August 2012 - Melbourne

3 & 4 September 2012 - Sydney

13 & 14 September 2012 - Brisbane

17 & 18 September 2012 - Perth

The course has been formulated to provide participants with an understanding of the techniques and tools required to take their forecasting and inventory management capabilities to the next level and deliver “best in class” performance.

This course aims to:
  • Educate in the principles of forecasting & inventory management
  • Provide a “how to” framework for their application
  • Explore the pros and cons of different forecasting & inventory management approaches
  • Assess the impact that improved forecasting & inventory management can have on business performance
  • Discuss successful implementation approaches
  • Identify opportunities for participants to apply the knowledge they have gained in the course within their organisations
For more information or to register, click here to download the full brochure.

From Cost to Advantage


Over the past ten years, Supply Chain Management has begun to transition from the back office to the boardroom.


Organisations now recognise the upside of effective supply chain management.

GRA Partner Carter McNabb discusses the opportunities for 'supply chain ready' companies in the APRIL 2012 edition of Dispatch Magazine.

Click the link below to download a pdf copy of the article.

Supply Chain Australia exceeds 2,000 members

Linked In's Supply Chain Australia Group is the most rapidly growing group of it's kind in Australia.  

In late April 2012, Supply Chain Australia member numbers exceeded 2,000.  Congratulations to Ms Barbra Wynn from GlaxoSmithKline on becoming the 2,000th member to join.

Thank you to Lindt & Sprungli for delivering a delicious chocolate prize pack to our 2,000th member.


The Supply Chain Australia Group posts discussion points, job ads, promotes members' events and creates opportunities for members to network.

Game Changer - Part 2

Cross-channel retailing is the new retail blueprint and logistics service providers must adapt to the new status quo.

GRA Partner Carter McNabb discusses cross-channel retailing as a solution to the issues retailers are currently facing in the April edition of Supply Chain Review Magazine.

"Is cross-channel the end-state or just another step towards a fully integrated online environment?'

The entire article is available as a download below:

http://www.gra.net.au/assets/articles/2012/Supply_Chain_Review_Game_Changer_Part_2.pdf

The retail revolution - why do we need to adapt?

GRA Director and supply chain strategist Matt Miller challenged Retail Leaders Forum attendees in Sydney earlier this week.  Speaking alongside Mark Garwood (CEO Retail & Supply Chain Fantastic Holdings) and Rick Wight (CEO Foodworks), Miller urged the audience to “act now to develop a strategy to address the inevitable technology led changes in buyer behavior.”

“The digital media revolution is not just an added channel as most bricks and mortar retailers seem to regard it,” said Miller. “It is the tip of an iceberg and has the potential to rip the base out of the retail sector as we know it today.”

“Development of a cohesive strategy addressing all the channels a retailer chooses is critical to the success of today’s retailers,” said Miller.  “A sound, analytically based understanding of customers’ values and satisfaction drivers, particularly for their target customer segments is also a necessity.”

Supply Chain Network Optimisation Course  
May - June 2012

28 & 29 May - Stamford Plaza, Melbourne

31 May & 1 June - Sir Stamford Circular Quay, Sydney

4 & 5 June - Stamford Plaza, Brisbane

11 & 12 June - Medina Grand, Perth


Course Leader and GRA Director, Mark Gibson, will provide participants with an understanding of the techniques and tools to take their supply chain networks to the next level and deliver “best in class” performance.

This course aims to:

  • Educate in the principles of network design, resource sizing and network optimisation
  • Provide a 'how to' framework for their application
  • Understand the impacts of network design on meeting the customer
    service objectives
  • Explore the pros & cons of different network models
  • Discuss successful examples of effectively designed networks
  • Identify opportunities for participants to apply the knowledge they have gained in the course within their organisations
Click here to download the Supply Chain Network Optimisation course brochure for further details and registration information.

GRA ramps up events in the Year of the Dragon

Premier supply chain consulting firm GRA heralds the Chinese Lunar New Year with a quick fire series of events to usher in the Year of the Dragon. 

First up GRA Partner Carter McNabb speaks at the TechnologyOne Evolve conference at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on 23 February 2012. Presenting on the topic 'Leading Supply Chain Strategies - from Cost Centre to Competitive Advantage', Mr McNabb will discuss emerging supply chain challenges and trends with reference to recent Australian supply chain benchmarking data.  Areas covered include: common issues businesses face, the role of technology, essential skills for your supply chain team and why streamlining the supply chain delivers significant savings.

On 6 March 2012, GRA participates in the Retail Leaders Forum at the Sydney Marriott Hotel in a roundtable discussion panel on the theme, ‘Retail Revolution: What’s going on?  What’s changed and why do we need to adapt?’ 

GRA to speak at Evolve conference

GRA will speak at the TechnologyOne Evolve conference on 23 February 2012 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. 

GRA Partner Carter McNabb will present on the topic 'Leading Supply Chain Strategies - From Cost Centre to Competitive Advantage' and will discuss emerging supply chain challenges and trends with reference to Australian supply chain benchmarketing data.

The Technology One Evolve conference is to be held on 23 February 2012 on Queensland's Gold Coast.

To see the presentation live on Youtube click here.

Carter McNabb is a founding partner of GRA, an expert consulting firm specialising in supply chain strategy, planning and execution.  GRA's clients include Wesfarmers, The Australian Defence Forces, Amcor, Lion Dairy & Drinks, Officeworks, Symbion Pharmacy Services, Rio Tinto and The Super Retail Group.