ASCI Lounge Podcast


ASCI, Australasia's premier professional supply chain community, discusses issues facing the supply chain world today with some of the industries best thought leaders.


ASCI Lounge Podcast navigateright Episode

ASCI Lounge | ASCI CEO explains the vortex

In this latest podcast, ASCI CEO Ivan Imparato, says we are experiencing a vortex not felt before in our careers. This vortex is not a spiral down, but rather, a spiral up! We’re heading up, outside of our safety zones and comfort zones, to the upper echelons of the organisation. 

He shares his experience presenting at CEBIT this week on The Future of Work and Industry 4.0 to a mainstream business audience, many of whom are not used to hearing supply chain strategies tabled at one of their Tech events. Now is our chance to take the recognition and prestige we deserve.  How? Listen to this podcast and download our latest newsletter for ways you can travel up the vortex!

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Upcoming events:


ASCI Pharmaceutical Round Table Series: Track & Trace

When: 7.30-9.30am Tuesday 26 November

Where: Michael Page: Level 32, Grosvenor Place, 225 George St, Sydney

Cost: Free for ASCI Members and their guests | $50 non members

RSVP: [email protected] 

Track and trace is a key challenge for pharmaceutical supply chains. In this last roundtable for the year, we look at some great track and trace success stories and explore some blockchain early successes that are already appearing in our community.

Increasingly, pharmaceutical companies are putting blockchain to the test in order to track and trace the drugs they manufacture and ship. In fact, according to USA's Healthcare Weekly, blockchain is “getting massive attention” in health care, with 40% of industry executives reporting that it is in their top five priorities.

We'll table how one company is working to achieve pharmaceutical supply chain precision utilising a blockchain startup solution for tracking and managing of prescription medication through the supply chain while preventing misuse.

Other countries are seeing some success. Ugandan government is tracing counterfeit drugs within the country. The blockchain-based platform enables the recording of prescription medication, thus identifying counterfeit drugs and preventing their distribution in the pharmaceutical supply chain. United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Health and Prevention also launched a blockchain system for recording and sharing health care data.

Where is Australia making progress on this front?

Who should attend?

Individuals represent themselves and not their pharmaceutical organisations in this roundtable series. It is a sharing and learning environment which follows the strict guidelines as set out by ACCC. Any ASCI Member who is a supply chain, operations, procurement, or logistics practitioner working in the pharmaceutical industry is welcome to attend.


When: All day 12 November

Where: 120 Spencer St, Melbourne

Cost: Free for ASCI Members

RSVP: Event Brite link

Join an interactive day long PLANathon led by Anaplan

  • Leverage the wisdom and skill base of the Australasian startup ecosystem, supply chain transformation and technology leaders

  • Create prototype innovations in supply chain planning, modelling and management.

  • Benefit from coaching from leading local and global consultancies who act as team mentors throughout the day.

  • Attend pre event briefings and training to prepare you for the day

Anaplan’s Supply Chain Innovation PLANathon supports the creation of actionable, implementable supply chain management assets.

This condensed one day innovation program will bring together think tanks of people working towards supply chain management innovation with best practice tools for identifying innovation needs, generating solutions, and implementing them on the ground.

ASCI Networking Breakfast Series: How can technology solve packaging compliance, sustainability and ethical trade challenges?

When: 7.30-9.30am Thursday 14 November

Where: Michael Page: Level 19, 600 Bourke St, Melbourne

Cost: Free for ASCI Members and their guests | $50 for non members

RSVP: [email protected]

Following on from the series of Sustainable & Ethical Procurement Round tables held around the country for ASCI members in June 2019, this two hour briefing drills down deeply into one of the common challenges which was identified across the supply chain community.

Sustainability and ethical trade are increasingly business critical topics for any board room and are now directly impacting consumer buying behaviour. Today consumers are encouraging brands to be more vocal about sharing information and being transparent. Implementing sustainability and ethical trade best practice requires collaboration across the supply chain and implementation of technology.

To begin, let's first look at what we can improve. There are an extraordinary amount of packaging inefficiencies that exist throughout the supply chain. And yet, consistency in packaging can result in meeting sustainable and ethical standards and enable cost saving optimisation of pallets, containers and warehouse space.

To meet your ethical standards you need to build a trusted supplier and factory network. Ethical Trade allows retailers to record factory audit results and manage the resolution of corrective action plans (CAP’s). Companies need a single database to record all the audit information, factory profiles, certification, audit reports, next audit dates, risk rating all in one place, preferably shared with their suppliers and factories.

Have we ticked all the boxes?

By end of this session, James Hargraves from Adjuno will ensure you have ticked all the boxes to understand how to implement efficient, ethical and sustainable solutions.

This is a must-attend event to help you understand how technology can optimise, improve and drive greater compliance with packaging, sustainability and ethical trade throughout the supply chain.

Ethical & Sustainable Supply Chains

When: 5:00pm-7:30pm Wednesday 13 November 

Where: Koolinda House Board Room, 2nd Floor, 3 Birksgate Road, North Quay, North Fremantle

Cost: Free for ASCI Members using the promo code ASCIVIP

RSVP: via Event Brite

The Australian Trade & Logistics Corporation (ATLC) will be holding a “Importer/Exporter Networking Event in partnership with Fremantle Ports, CBFCA and The Ethical Trade Alliance, and now ASCI. This event is a fantastic way to network and learn more about the latest international trade; and will give attendees the opportunity to meet importers, exporters and logistics professionals. This event will also include insightful presentations on ethical and sustainable supply chains and its impact importers, exporters and distributors worldwide.