New Supply Chain & Logistics Course dates announced by SCBI

The Supply Chain Business Institute recently announced its complete Melbourne & Sydney Supply Chain Short Course Schedule for 2013 and 2014.
New Supply Chain & Logistic Short Course dates announced

Sales & Operations Planning
Melbourne - September 3rd & 4th
Sydney - September 10th & 11th

Demand & Supply Planning Excellence
Melbourne - October 22nd & 23rd
Sydney - October 29th & 30th

Supply Chain Strategy & Design
Melbourne - February 4th & 5th
Sydney - February 11th & 12th

Logistics Planning: Warehousing & Transportation
Melbourne - March 25th & 26th
Sydney - April 1st & 2nd

To find out more information about the courses download a Course Brochure Form from our website.

About SCBI - The Supply Chain Business Institute is a professional development organisation delivering premierSupply Chain Training & Education. It was created in response to a market need for quality instructor-led courses in the Australian Supply Chain and Logistics space that empower professionals with the knowledge, insights and tools to take their supply chains to the next level.
The Supply Chain Business Institute delivers its supply chain & logistics training offerings in association with GRA, an expert consulting firm specialising in supply chain and logistics strategy, planning & execution.

Supply chain consulting firm GRA partners with Officeworks to implement flagship software GAINS for better business planning

After achieving much success with its retail planning implementation, Australian supply chain consulting firm GRA has again partnered with Officeworks to develop the business’s planning function, including significant improvements to processes and systems, with the integration of GRA’s flagship forecasting and planning software, GAINS, and its IT platforms.

With revenues of $1.5 billion and 150 stores, Officeworks is Australia's leading retailer and supplier of office products and solutions for home, business and education needs, and has joined GRA’s extensive list of blue-chip clients. Officeworks is Australia’s largest office supplies retailer, catering for households and businesses of every size with around 15,000 products across a range of departments. Officeworks provides customers with three easy ways to shop - in store, online or by phone.
GRA Partner Luke Tomkin said: “We’re excited to help another retail client implement a truly demand-driven supply chain; especially one with such a significant footprint across Australia’s retail landscape.  Officeworks offers its customers what they need, when they need it and at the lowest prices. Just in implementing this solution demonstrates its ongoing commitment to this promise.
“For a company like Officeworks, demand planning every product at every location uniquely equates to more than 1.8 million forecasts on a daily basis, no small feat. So it requires both sophisticated business processes and planning systems,” he continued.
“Couple that with Officeworks’ customer service promise and multiple channels to market and you have a big challenge, but one that offers big rewards.  What Officeworks has achieved with GRA’s help will substantially improve the customer experience whilst reducing operating costs and excess inventory.
“Competitive pressures mean supply chains need to become increasingly responsive to customer needs, and enabling a bottom-up demand driven planning process is critical in achieving this,” he said
  “As with all our clients, we look forward to a long term partnership with Officeworks.  This is just one step in optimising Officeworks’ supply chain and planning functions.  It is an exciting journey.  Delivering results is what drives our culture, and for Officeworks that means ensuring they meet their customer service promise; what you need, when you need it and all at the lowest prices,” Mr Tomkin concluded.

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