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Make Sure You Know Your Place in the Chain of Responsibility

Make Sure You Know Your Place in the Chain of Responsibility

Australia is a country famous for uniqueness … Kangaroos, wallabies, Duck-Billed whatchamacallits—the list goes on. In road transport legislation too, we have a set of regulations which while not totally unique, are not yet adopted on a widespread basis around the rest of the world. I say not yet … but I believe the time will come when the “chain of responsibility” concept becomes adopted in many western nations. In fact, COR legislation was recommended to the United States Congress in 2014 and is currently under consideration.     Back at home, knowing your place in the chain of responsibility is critical if your business is to steer clear of liability for something that happens literally a way down the Australian highway.   What is the Chain of Responsibility? In a nutshell, chain of responsibility legislation applies to pretty much any entity involved in a supply chain; at least if that supply chain involves goods transportation by road. Essentially, if a truck driver commits an offence under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and you exerted even a small degree of influence over the event, you can be held liable in part for the offence.   Here’s an example … As a simple example of how you might be liable for a driver’s HVNL breach, imagine you are responsible for unloading inbound deliveries from a supplier. Your team is under pressure when a truck comes in and consequently, the truck is held for some time before the goods on board finally get unloaded. As a result, the truck driver fails to take a scheduled break in his efforts to get back to base and is subsequently involved in an accident for which he is blameworthy. Now here’s the bad news … under COR law, you are potentially blameworthy too.   It Pays to Know Your Place This is of course, a simplified example, but hopefully the message is clear. If you and your company are in a position to influence the course of events in the transport of goods by road (and you are in Australia), you should know your responsibilities under COR legislation. So do yourself a favor; if you aren’t already aware, get yourself up to speed post-haste and know your place in the chain of responsibility.   See also related articles: Chain of Responsibility Part 1 – an Easy Guide Chain of Responsibility Part 2 –...

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Supply Chain and Logistics KPIs Online

Supply Chain and Logistics KPIs Online

The Supply Chain Benchmarking Vault is Open! Via our Supply Chain Benchmarking Business, Benchmarking Success, we’ve been benchmarking Supply Chain and Logistics for almost 20 years.  In that time we’ve benchmarked close to 1,000 Supply Chains across most industries. This Benchmarking database is a veritable Gold Mine, because it’s used to compare the performance of our client’s businesses, against a comparable set of similar organisations. I’m sure you can see the value of that!  This data, allows you to see where your key performance gaps are, compared to others in your industry.  It provides a great focus, motivation and clear targets for performance improvement. Well, that database has now been opened up!  Yes, after almost 20 years of being guarded like the ‘Crown Jewels’ that database is now publically available.   A series of special Supply Chain Benchmarking reports have been produced to cover 6 key industry sectors, and these are now available online. Just go to Supply Chain KPIs Online.  I’ll see you over there, where I’ll explain what these reports are all about.   Best Regards Rob O’Byrne Email or +61 417 417...

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Thank You for Helping Us to Give a Helping Hand

Thank You for Helping Us to Give a Helping Hand

I’m not sure if you know this, but helping people is what gets us out of bed each day at the Logistics Bureau Group. The obvious part, is through our consulting and education businesses. But the less obvious, and really great part, is helping those in need.  Let me explain how it works.  It’s quite simple really. Our wonderful clients come to us for a range of services.  Once they pay for those services, we give a proportion of our income to worthy causes all around the World.  We manage this through a fantastic organisation called B1G1. Buy One Give One.  By being a B1G1 partner, we’re able to integrate giving into our every day business transactions, really simply.  And we know that every cent we give, goes directly to those in need. Because B1G1 actually audits all the member charities on our behalf.  It’s a really cool organisation run by some of the most compassionate people I’ve ever met. Actually, we don’t just give to worthy causes when people buy our services, books, education programs or whatever.  Because giving gets quite addictive!  So when people give up their time to come to our free seminars, we give on their behalf.  Even when they interact on our websites, perhaps by liking or sharing content, we give on their behalf too.  We’ve set ourselves a goal you see.  I want to see if we can reach 2 million giving impacts by the end of 2014.  And I think we’ll do it. You can track our progress here And this is REALLY Cool. You can see where in the World our giving activity takes place. We try to pick different worthy causes and countries that we think might resonate with our clients. For further information about our B1G1 Giving Program, check out these links. Thank You for a Win-Win-Win Playgrounds at School are kid ‘magnets’ Thanks a Million   Best Regards Rob O’Byrne Email or +61 417 417...

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Hiring a Supply Chain Consultant – Tips

Hiring a Supply Chain Consultant – Tips

Our CEO Rob O’Byrne was recently interviewed for Global Logistics Media, on the topic of ‘hiring Supply Chain consultants’. This short video highlights some handy tips to ensure you get value from your Supply Chain consultants.     You can contact Rob through email or +61 417 417...

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Jo Baker joins Logistics Bureau Group

Jo Baker joins Logistics Bureau Group

Joene (Jo) Baker joins Logistics Bureau Group on 1st  March 2013. After a break of almost 10 years, Jo Baker returns to the Logistics Bureau Group, this time as General Manager Education.  During the last 10 years, Jo has led the growth of the Logistics Association of Australia in the role of Executive Manager. Jo’s role at Logistics Bureau Group will be to head up the newly established education division that provides both online and offline Supply Chain education with a focus on fast tracking member’s careers and business success by leveraging the knowledge and experience of an expert faculty. The education division includes such brands as Supply Chain School (an event based education program) and Supply chain Secrets that delivers innovative online education services. Additional brands that are close to being launched will be added to Logistics Bureau’s education division during the first half of 2013. Rob O’Byrne, the founder and Group Managing Director of Logistics Bureau remarked “I’m so pleased that Jo has agreed to head up our new education services.  I’ve followed her outstanding success at the LAA over the years, and Jo was my first (and only) choice for this new role.  She is made for it.  Jo was a key staff member at Logistics Bureau when we launched the business in 1997, and it’s great to have her back on the team” Jo Baker replied “I’m very sad to be leaving the LAA, but had reached the point where I really needed new challenges.  And given my interest in training and mentoring this role seemed a perfect fit.  I look forward to maintaining close ties with the LAA though and will remain an active supporter and promoter of the Association” Ms Baker joins Logistics Bureau Group on 1st March 2013, and on 12th March launches the first of the Supply Chain School series of 2013 based in...

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Supply Chain Seminars go On Tour

Supply Chain Seminars go On Tour

Logistics Bureau has been providing free Supply Chain and Logistics seminars to the industry since 2003. Over that time thousands of executives have enjoyed the information sharing and networking they provide.     Our seminar series have traditionally rotated around locations such as Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.  But last month, we hit some new locations in Australia, such as Brisbane, North Ryde, Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra.  Thanks to all who gave up their time to come along and for the great feedback.  It’s always appreciated. Our next events in Australia will include a return to Victoria and maybe South Australia.  So if you are not yet on our invitation list, you can fix that right now. Just register on this link, and we’ll make sure you receive future invitations: Free Supply Chain and Logistics Seminars We look forward to seeing you at one of our events very soon…   Best Regards     Rob O’Byrne Email or +61 417 417...

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