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Perspective: Next-Generation Australia Supply Chain Leaders Forum
This Manufacturing Insights Perspective reviews the next-generation 20 (NG20) closed-door discussion held at the Next-Generation Supply Chain Event in the Gold Coast in August 2011. As things stand, Australian manufacturing and retail is going through challenging times. The high strength of the dollar, and the boom in the mining and resource industry have all led to issues in selling goods produced in Australia to the outside world at competitive cost, and a challenge in recruiting staff.
Through the discussion, the ongoing theme of cost management and productivity resonated with all the attendees. Many of the organizations were in the process of implementing some form of productivity improvement in an effort to save costs. Examples included the consolidation of production plants, manufacturing excellence programs, and supply chain optimization, with many retailers looking to implement direct-to-store shipments from their suppliers in China.