Knowledge Theatre

CeMAT AUSTRALIA: Knowledge Theatre

CeMAT AUSTRALIA provides a significant learning opportunity for you and your team via the Knowledge Theatre. Located on the show floor, the sessions are free and open to all visitors to allow as many attendees as possible to benefit from the expert knowledge offered. Enhance your CeMAT experience by leaning insights from industry leaders. The 2018 program is listed below and the CeMAT Australia 2019 program will be on this page around April/May time.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018


Registration opens

10.30am – 10.55am

The value of automation and collaboration within modern supply chains 

From self-driving vehicles, or automated guided vehicles (AGV) to smart robotics – it is important that businesses keep pace with advances in automation throughout the supply chain. It is also vital that businesses collaborate with their supply chain partners on new technology to continue to unlock efficiencies and meet consumer demands for convenience and variety. This session will explore the topic of automation and collaboration with a focus on materials handling, providing case studies on companies that have achieved best practice in both areas.

Darren Johnstone, Manager, Innovation and Product Development, CHEP Australia

11.00am – 11.25am

A look at how market dynamics have changed in recent years and how Australia Post is working with major eCommerce businesses to fulfil their supply chain demand

Online purchases were up 19.2% in 2017, after an 11.5% rise in 2016. We expect that by 2020, one in 10 items will be bought online.

Consumers are increasingly exposed to price comparison sites and are more aware of alternative options. The rise in online sales events such as ‘Black Friday’, is also changing customer buying behaviour. Shoppers are prepared to wait for these events to potentially grab a bargain. Come listen to how Australia Post is working with retailers to fulfil the growing appetite of online shoppers.

Rod Barnes, General Manager Delivery, Australia Post 

11.30am – 11.55am

The future of eCommerce and retail order fulfilment as well as innovations in automation for eCommerce and omni-channel

Pas Tomasiello, Senior Director ISG ANZ, Dematic
Arthur Dardoumbas, General Manager – Business Development Retail, Consumer & Healthcare, Toll Global Logistics


12.30pm – 1.30pm

The changes that will affect every business in Australia: NHVL – Chain of Responsibility law changes in 2018

Changes to the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws are coming in mid-2018 with these changes aligning CoR laws more closely with workplace health and safety laws in Australia. The upgrade of these laws makes it critical for every organisation to understand the legal liability and criminal prosecutional aspects aim of CoR, which is to make sure everyone in the supply chain share responsibility for ensuring breaches of the HVNL do not occur.

COR Review Process provides an effective risk management system through:

  • Improving compliance planning processes by enabling the key focus to remain on core business and helping to ensure continuity of service delivery without breaching Transport, Infrastructure and Traffic processes
  • Reducing the likelihood of potentially costly ‘surprises’ and assists with preparing for challenging and undesirable events and outcomes through direct and indirect Chain of Responsibility Breaches
  • Contributing to improved resource allocation by targeting resources that produce the highest level of risks to the organisation across transport interaction
  • Improves efficiency and general performance for the organisation in managing COR risk
  • Contributing to the development of a positive organisational culture, in which people and agencies understand their purpose, roles and direction when assessing COR
  • Improving accountability, responsibility, transparency and governance in relation to both decision-making and outcomes
  • Adding value as a key component of decision-making, planning, policy, performance and resource allocation, when subject to continual improvement and changes in National Laws

Steven Asnicar, Director, Chain of Responsibility Australia


2.00pm – 2.25pm

From research to best practice in workplace health and wellbeing

There is a need to educate and train personnel about practical ways to manage and understand how physical and mental health significantly impacts personal wellbeing. This coincides with recent research from the University of Wollongong – finding that OzHelp’s programs are world-leading in its approach of equipping Australians with lifestyle and wellbeing skills to improve mental health and suicide prevention.

For fifteen years OzHelp has had a strong presence in the construction and mining industries, and over time they have seen increased demand for accessible evidence-based mental health services and suicide prevention education programs in many Australian workplaces.

David Butt, Interim CEO, OzHelp Foundation

2.30pm – 2.55pm

Intralogistics optimising at Coles: Improving efficiencies throughout the warehouse to ensure customers have great availability and fresh product every day

Kevin Gunn, General Manager Supply Chain, Coles

3.00pm – 3.25pm

Automation of your distribution centre… and all done via your 3PL

  • How do you future proof operations and what is the biggest roadblock when implementing new technologies?
  • When to leverage 3PL investment in physical technologies vs investing in-house
  • 3PLs – how do they use automation and get a ROI when on a short contract

Arthur Dardoumbas, General Manager – Business Development & Solutions – Retail, Consumer & Healthcare, Toll Global Logistics

3.30pm – 3.55pm

A deep dive into the interrelationship of materials handling and its connection to Industry 4.0

In this session, Martin will explore notions such as how investment in automation can optimise processes, not only in your warehouse but throughout your supply chain. Furthermore, he will explain the changes that are happening in the picking area of intralogistics and how goods to robot technologies will shape the future of the industry. Martin will discuss the advances in technology that are shaping the industry, including collaborative robots such as ItempiQ and fully automated pallet solutions like ACPaQ that are creating warehouses of the future.

Martin Kohl, Senior Consultant, Swisslog


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Wednesday, 25 July 2018


Registration opens

10.30am – 10.55am

The top 10 global supply chain trends and Australia

Pioneers, Progress or Paralysis?

  • Introduction
  • Review of the Top 10 Global Trends in detail
  • Comparison with the Australian business climate
    • Invention
    • Adaptation
    • Adoption
  • Projections
  • Q&A
  • Session Wrap

Erica Gilcrist, Independent Director, SCLAA 

11.00am – 11.25am

The Kaizen Paradox: How incremental improvements impede innovation

Paul will discuss the ‘Kaizen Paradox’ which is a common predicament for many businesses, where investments are made to achieve productivity gains, but in doing so they dilute the business case for a better investment, causing them to plateau at a lower level of productivity. He will explore the different paths to automation i.e. a Kaizen approach that involves continuous improvement and Kaikaku which consists of a major step forward or radical change. Furthermore, taking a deep dive into how this false start can be evaded with advances in Industry 4.0 technology and modular systems that mitigate long-term business risks.

Paul Stringleman, Senior Consultant, Swisslog

11.30am – 12.15pm

Supply chain management at the cross-road: The hope, the despair and the challenges

  • Bright lights at the cross-roads: Technological bonanzas in the offering and opportunities for supply chain operations
  • Consumerism 4.0: The fast-changing multi-faceted faces of digital commerce and the coming of age of the goods of flows
  • Tsunamistic reconfiguration: Responding to the A-factor in order fulfilment – the rise of consumer and personal logistics
  • Back to the future: Educational needs and occupational imperatives of the next generation supply chain professionals

Professor Booi Kam, Program Director of Supply Chain and Logistics Management, RMIT University


1.00pm – 1.25pm

Future flexibility in warehouse automation – AGVs and roaming shuttles

Warehouses are critical to the achievement of customer service levels – distribution centres are often the final point in the supply chain for order assembly, value added services and dispatch to the customer.

Whilst there is a huge growth in automation occurring, there is also a need for supply chains to become more agile so as to serve rapidly changing markets. Many market places are now highly volatile and demand is difficult to predict.

This session will explore how new technology, including the OSR™ Shuttle Evo or Open Shuttle free roaming AGVs, can help create a warehouse system that is scalable in size and function, providing space-saving and secure warehousing for the future.

Michael Kemeny, Director of Sales & Engineering, KNAPP

1.30pm – 1.55pm

The challenges and solutions for picking small and large orders for multiple clients out of a single warehouse

Servicing multiple customers of variable size presents numerous challenges in a distribution environment. The movements required, the range mix, delivery frequency and method of delivery can be vastly different between a small footprint retailer, a convenience outlet and a large supermarket. Remaining nimble and efficient in spite of this variance in customer size and scale is critical as a service provider.

This session aims to highlight the challenges presented in the picking and distribution of orders to both large and small retailers but also the solutions that can work to serve the needs of various customer types.

Leon Fairfield, Logistics Operations Manager – Victoria, Metcash

2.00pm – 2.25pm

IoT in warehousing, distribution and the supply chain

This session will explore how the Internet of Things and other emerging technologies can transform your business operations.

Whilst the supply chain is the lifeblood of many organisations, lack of data as well as poor visibility and access to data that exists across the supply chain costs money, causes significant waste and prevents supply chain participants from being able to effectively optimise their business operations.
Improved visibility and real time insights on everything from raw materials and finished goods to warehousing and logistics, all of which are fuelled by the Internet of Things (IoT), is providing unprecedented potential to remove friction or otherwise add value across all points in supply chain operations.

In this session you will learn about key applications of IoT in across the supply chain:

  • Tracking location and condition of raw materials, goods and assets
  • Inventory management
  • Planning & Forecasting

Praveen Senadheera, Internet of Things Specialist, Telstra Global Enterprise


3.00pm – 3.25pm

The importance of strategic partnerships in successful supply chain management

Join us as we deep dive into successful supply chain management. We’ll cover the important issues that should be considered when looking for a strategic business partner and how C.H. Robinson has helped one of Australia’s largest oil and gas companies operate their single project, cross-border logistical requirements across 6 countries; Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. We will cover a range of topics from IT to HR including language barriers, the importance of communication and culture.

Paul Spadoni, General Manager for Western Australia, C.H. Robinson

3.30pm – 3.55pm

Moving forward: Discover why businesses are turning to disruptive technologies to support an integrated digital supply chain

Marc Amelung, General Manager for Mobile Solutions and Security Systems, Panasonic

4.00pm – 4.25pm

Process Intelligence in warehouses

Lorena Diaz, Process Improvement Engineer, Vanderlande


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5.00pm – 7.00pm

Keynote Speaker: Industry Leaders’ Drinks Reception

Our speakers and other industry leaders will be invited to join us for the informal drinks reception at the close of show on Wednesday 25th July where our keynote speaker, Ashley Davies, will give an operational and logistical overview of what it takes to deliver the F1 Australian Grand Prix as well as share some anecdotes of his time with the corporation working on the event.

Ashley Davies, Deputy CEO & General Manager Operations, Australian Grand Prix Corporation

Thursday, 26 July 2018


Registration opens

10.30am – 11.10am

How are the latest technology trends manifesting and effecting modern warehouse management?

With new technology in areas including automation, interconnectivity and IoT, new power sources, and warehouse design, is it best to completely replace legacy technology or is there a hybrid solution that makes the best of existing technology alongside new innovation? What will achieve the best ROI?

Panellists will discuss the latest technology innovations they’re rolling out and give case study examples.

Philip Graham, National Product Manager, Adaptalift Group
Jason Mair, Product and Marketing Manager, SICK
Pas Tomasiello, Senior Director ISG ANZ, Dematic
Rob Whitmore, Manager, Strategic Development – Customers & Product, Cascade Australia

To be moderated by:
Allan Leibowitz
, Editor, Forkliftaction News

11.15am – 11.40am

A look at Toll’s journey in Australia over the past 20 years: Challenges overcome and what the future holds

  • The history of Toll in Australia and how the company has facilitated year-on-year growth in APAC
  • A historical timeline of this growth and its challenges
  • Where we are presently and our mission to be carbon neutral in 2018
  • What the future holds and how we will get there

Ryan Foenander, Senior Operations Manager, Toll Global Logistics 

11.45pm – 12.10pm

Smart Picker technology for small-and medium-sized warehouse management

Developed by RMIT, Smart Picker is a cost-effective solution based on mobile technology and Artificial Intelligence techniques, which makes it suitable for small-and medium-sized warehouses because implementation and adoption cost is lower than existing commercial products. Smart Picker analyses the dynamics in warehouse operations, then optimises the internal arrangement so the warehouse productivity can be improved. The project is supported by the Futures Funds from Victorian Government and won iAwards in the category of Industry and Resources.

Dr Andy Song, Artificial Intelligence Group, RMIT University


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