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Körber brings Elevate conference to APAC region

Calling all supply chain, distribution, logistics, e-commerce, and retail professionals – Elevate APAC is here.

Offering a unique opportunity to connect, network and share supply chain technology transformation journeys with some of the region’s leading individuals and organisations, the inaugural Körber Elevate APAC 2021 is the must-attend supply chain event of the year.

Körber Supply Chain has re-imagined its iconic Elevate conference as a hybrid in-person and virtual event in the Asia Pacific region for October this year.

Last September, Cohesio Group – one of the region’s most prominent supply chain and technology solutions providers – merged with eleven of the world’s top supply chain technology providers from around the world to become Körber. 

Highjump, a US-based leading provider of software solutions for the warehouse, who was also part of this rebrand, historically held its Elevate conference once a year. An action-packed unmissable event that offered supply chain professionals unparalleled educational training, networking opportunities, panel discussions and brainstorming sessions, this year will see Elevate re-emerge as a multi-region event. 

Körber has celebrated several major project wins in the Asia Pacific region over the past 12 months and Elevate offers an opportunity for customers and partners to come together to celebrate this success and explore more opportunities to work together and drive the industry forward.

Some highlights for Körber in Australia include deploying more than 100 Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) for, delivering an award-winning solution to provide Chemist Warehouse with same-day delivery, as well as an Australian-first in the deployment of Android Voice picking across Kmart’s fulfilment operations. 

“We have achieved so much as one Körber – a regional Elevate will celebrate the learnings from our achievements and bring supply chain professionals together to learn, discuss and evaluate critical innovation pathways for the future. It will deliver as much a learning platform for professionals as it will be a celebration of people and technology that support the backbone of the supply chain,” Nishan Wijemanne, Managing Director APAC and Global Leader for AMR at Körber Supply Chain says.

What is Elevate APAC?

Elevate will inspire ambition, encourage innovation, and develop knowledge in the ever-changing and challenging sector of supply chain. 

Offering unrivalled networking opportunities, Körber Elevate APAC will see some of the industry’s leading experts and organisations, as well as Körber’s leadership team, share their transformation journeys and best practice on how to conquer supply chain complexity. 

Körber Elevate APAC will serve as an agent of change and transformation. Reimagined in a virtual format, this year’s Elevate is set to feature maximum engagement and participation and will emerge as the must-attend event of the year in the APAC region. 

The inaugural Körber Elevate APAC will have a special focus on post pandemic supply chain excellence, flexible and scalable automation technology, digitising supply chains – and trends that are rapidly penetrating supply chain operations as well as a special focus on sustainability, career pathways and diversity in supply chain industry.

Körber, famously touted as the “home for entrepreneurs”, will be true to its name with Innovation Hackathons as well as entrepreneurship and interpreneurship think-tanks that will be enjoyed by participants and will form a generous portion of Körber Elevate APAC’s agenda.

Coupled with leadership series and executive round tables, Elevate APAC will aim to define the success factors for today’s supply chain leaders.

Virtual DC tours will also be a key focus and attendees will be able to enjoy an immersive tour of some of Australia’s most notable distribution centres (DCs). These DCs have recently taken the leap of innovation and transformation and this rare opportunity will allow a unique and first-hand experience of the supply chain operations in high-performing DCs.

Elevate APAC will feature a well-curated line-up of esteemed speakers. The full line-up is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

When and where will Elevate APAC take place?

Elevate APAC will take place 5-8 October. All sessions will be offered virtually and there will also be a number of physical events including an awards and network event in Melbourne.

The inaugural Körber elevate will end with the Körber gala awards and networking event in Melbourne, celebrating the winners of outstanding achievements within Körber’s customer and partner ecosystem as well as individual achievements by professionals and achievements by leading women in supply chain and tech.

Who should attend Elevate APAC?

Ideal for every professional that is passionate about technology, Elevate APAC offers a platform for supply chain, distribution, logistics and transport professionals, through to retail operations and e-commerce as well as emerging graduates, to learn, develop and network. 

Special keynotes and virtual networking parties will include stories from some of the thought leaders and entrepreneurs of our decade, providing a chance to reflect on a truly transformative period for the supply chain. 

Körber Elevate APAC will end with a gala awards and networking event in Melbourne celebrating winners of outstanding achievements within Körber’s customer and partner ecosystem as well as individual achievements by professionals and women in supply chain and tech.

Attendees will be able to gain exclusive details about key solution and product updates along with hearing keynotes from Chad Collins, CEO of Körber Supply Chain and Joe Couto, CEO of Africa, Asia Pacific & Latin America as well as a keynote and panel sessions by Nishan Wijemanne – Managing Director of Körber Supply Chain Software APAC and Global Leader for AMR Solutions. 

“We have re-imagined our iconic Elevate conference to suit the new world we live in,” says Joe Couto, CEO Asia Pacific, Africa & Latin America at Körber Supply Chain. “As a virtual event we can broaden the experience and make the conference available to more members of your team than ever before. After the success of Elevate North America, Elevate APAC is set to feature the latest developments in one of our fastest growing regions.”

Chad Collins, CEO of Körber Supply Chain says: “As a virtual event you can immerse yourself in live presentations and learn from customers who share the same challenges and opportunities as you. The past 12 months have been challenging for everyone. The pandemic tested business models and supply chains throughout the world and the impact of COVID-19 on our supply chains is now permanent. Elevate APAC will provide you with the tools you need to re-imagine your supply chain today and well into the future.”

A full line-up of panel speakers and keynote speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Supply chain and retail professionals already confirmed for Körber Elevate APAC include:

Gabby Leibovich – Co-Founder and author of
Gabby Leibovich built from his garage in 2006 into a $230 million company that was acquired by Wesfarmers in 2019. Gabby co-founded – an online food delivery service which merged with Menulog in early 2015, and was consequently sold to The Just Eat Group for $855m. He also co-founded Co-, a daily deals website which has now merged with the Lux Group. He will bring his unique e-commerce insights to Elevate APAC.

Marie Varrasso — Head of Supply Chain Operations at Officeworks
Marie Varrasso is a passionate Supply Chain Director with an innate belief in putting the customer at the centre of all supply chain processes while focussing on “safety first”, innovation, continuous improvement and collaborative partnerships with all stakeholders. Marie’s impressive career spans across multiple industries including fashion retail, publishing and media. Marie recently joined Officeworks as Head of Supply Chain Operations. Marie is a well-known, enthusiastic leader who is sure to inspire Elevate attendees.

Brett Kelly — General Manager Supply Chain at Officeworks
Brett Kelly is General Manager, Supply Chain at Officeworks. Brett has more than 20 years’ experience in supply chain and operations. Working in leadership roles for large organisations such as Woolworths and Linfox, Brett has been at Officeworks for nearly 10 years. As one of the nation’s most loved retailers, Officeworks has experienced phenomenal growth over the past year. Brett will share insights into the leading retailer’s omnichannel offering and growth.

Jackie Robb – Chief Operating Officer at Chemist Warehouse
Jackie Robb is an award-winning global C-suite leader. She’s spent more than 20 years in the Australian pharmaceutical industry, and held various C-suite roles in Finance, IT, and Supply Chain at Sigma which led to a VP role in Supply Chain at Staples Australia. In 2018, Jackie returned to Australia to join Chemist Warehouse as their COO. She is also currently the Director of Global Women Connect, a not-for-profit organisation that provides a platform for professional women to access mentors for their development and career needs.

Richard Whetton —Head of Fulfilment at
Richard is an experienced supply chain and operations professional with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. As Head of Fulfilment for he is responsible for all distribution and fulfilment activities for the group, including DC operation, 3PL operations and freight. Richard played a critical role in the deployment of more than 100 Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) at the leading e-commerce retailer’s warehouse in Truganina, Melbourne. Richard will share insights as Head of Fulfilment for one of Australia’s leading e-commerce retailers.

Nathan Narayanan – General Manager at Galipo Foods
Nathan Narayanan has worked for Galipo Foods for 12 years. In his current role as General Manager, Nathan leads the $120m food service distributor and manages more than 160 staff members at its fulfilment centre in Adelaide. Nathan played a critical role in the deployment of AMRs across Galipo’s chilled operations. This project was a world-first and as a true innovator Nathan will be a great addition to the Elevate conference as he discusses all things automation in a cold-storage environment.

Tom Weinmann —Head of Supply Chain at Officeworks
Tom Weinmann is a progressive, flexible and strategically focused leader with more than 18 years logistics and supply chain management experience. Tom has been with Officeworks for more than nine years and most recently has taken up the position of Head of Supply Chain. Tom’s previous roles include Logistics Manager for Pacific Brands and Distribution Manager for Adidas at Linfox. As a passionate, dynamic and committed supply chain professional Tom will be sharing insights from Officeworks’ supply chain people and their journey.

Kari Banick – General Manager at Linfox
Kari Banick is an experienced leader in supply chain strategy. Most recently awarded a Supply Chain Industry SMART award for business continuity execution, Kari is currently General Manager for Linfox. Well versed in supply chain automation with state of the art solutions in warehousing, Kari has more than 20 years’ experience in supply chain and operations and has held a number of senior roles, including as National General Manager of Logistics for Metcash. As GM of Linfox, one of Australia’s largest and most respected 3PLs, Kari has great insight to share with delegates at Elevate APAC. 

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