Michael Forbes at the SMART Research Forum

Michael Forbes, Biarri Optimisation Expert, presented on “An Integrated Approach to Supply Chain Redesign: Team, Process and Tools” at the SMART Research Forum in Sydney in June. He examined how rapid and effective supply chain redesign requires a team representing all stakeholders; a process that identifies, quantifies and implements practical savings and tools that produce accurate estimates of the potential gains together with realistic plans. In his paper he presented an approach distilled from many years of international consulting on major supply chain redesign projects. Keys to this approach are the wide number of roles represented in the project team and the appropriate application of well chosen optimisation tools. A case study was presented in which significant savings were produced very quickly.