We hope that you have had a successful and prosperous 2017, and that 2018 is shaping up very well for you and your company.
2017 - A Year of Disruption and Transformation
“ If you aren’t out there disrupting yourself, then some else is going to come along and disrupt you”
A very relevant quote from Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO, who has transformed Qantas to be one of the world’s leading airlines and a star on the ASX Index. The many changes happening across industry, show how important it is for you to be informed and connected to remain ahead of the game.
The Best Practice Network provides you with the opportunity to see how your peers are innovating and operating differently. I have recently observed just how many of our member companies are embarking on game changing strategies. Call it “disruption” but the challenge is to transform to remain competitive. Australian retailers are now under pressure from Amazon, who just opened its first distribution warehouse in Melbourne. Robert Bruce, who is well known to our manufacturing community, is at the helm of this distribution centre. Two large Aussie icon manufacturers - Murray Goulburn and Godfrey Hirst - are about to be acquired by international companies. And CUB was recently taken over by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer. Interesting times!
We at the Best Practice Network have also had a fantastic year, with more companies joining in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. As our Network grows larger, we provide you with more and more opportunities for networking, collaboration and industry sharing. It is especially pleasing to see our members travelling interstate to participate in events and activities.
What’s ahead for 2018?
On 23 February 2018, we will hold our annual Operational Excellence National Summit - in 2018 we are holding it in the stunning surrounds of the Sunshine Coast. The Summit is your opportunity to hear from leading Australian companies on how they are “Leading Transformation and Building Capability” across their business to stay competitive. Attendance at the Summit is included as part of your membership. The program has been designed to deliver innovative, attendee-driven content that will answer your key questions on this exciting theme.
Drew Locher, author and multiple Shingo prize recipient, is our International Keynote Speaker at the Summit. Drew will also be facilitating lean and Value Stream Mapping workshops across Australia. More international workshop presenters are planned for 2018 - watch this space.
Member Survey - Help Improve Your Network
A reminder to complete your Member Survey - your feedback is critical to help us deliver events and activities tailored to your needs. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete. The survey was emailed to all members last week. However, you can also complete the 2017 Member Survey online here (closes 22 December).
Survey respondents go into the draw to win a $100 Hoyts Gift Card - a great prize for the Christmas holidays.
Thank You for a Great Year
On behalf of the Best Practice Network team, we sincerely thank you for your involvement with us over the past year. Enjoy the Christmas break with your family and friends and make it safe for all.
See you in 2018!
National Facilitator - Best Practice Network