Rob O'Byrne

Thanks for taking the time to visit Supply Chain Secrets!

This is where I share decades of Supply Chain and Logistics knowledge with those still on the career path!

After 35 years in the supply chain business, I’m excited to be bringing you this new offering from the Logistics Bureau Group. Let me explain with some background.

Back in 1993 I moved to Sydney from London after 20 years in senior supply chain and logistics roles. Eager to help companies with their own challenges, in 1997 I co-founded the Logistics Bureau.

To make a long story short, after 1,200 client assignments across 23 countries we’ve been able to help clients save an astounding $1.87 billion while also helping them to measurably improve their supply chain performance.

Until now, much of this hard won knowledge has been supplied exclusively to our clients in the form of face-to-face consulting.

However, in order to help meet the needs of a much broader customer base, we’ve decided to package the depth of our experience into a series of six core services under the banner of Supply Chain Secrets.

As you’ll see, the six core services meet a wide range of needs from supply chain newcomers to seasoned professionals.

And to be clear, one of our core aims with Supply Chain Secrets is to also address the needs of non-supply chain professionals from other disciplines such as finance, engineering, HR, IT, procurement, etc. who find themselves needing to interact more effectively with those in supply chain.

Everybody likes a secret. I just happen to like sharing them—at least the ones that will shorten your supply chain learning curve, save you grief, save your business money, and accelerate your career.

I’d be honoured if you’d let ‘my pain (from lots of honest but painful mistakes over the years) be your gain’ as you embark on your own supply chain journey with the help of Supply Chain Secrets.

All the best,
Rob O’Byrne

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The Role of the Human Resources Specialist in Supply Chain IT Procurement

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Procuring a new technology solution is a process that requires the collaboration of multiple functional teams, whether your company is selecting a WMS, TMS, CRM or ERP solution, or any other key business software product. HR and its Place in The Procurement Process If you’re a human resources specialist, you may have been asked to take part in previous business technology purchase projects. However, if you haven’t, here is why your involvement in future purchases will be important and why you shouldn’t be shy about stepping forward with...

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Is Performance Management A Hot Potato In Your Supply Chain Company?

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As I’ve mentioned before, Supply Chain Secrets is for anyone who has involvement in supply chain matters, especially those who work in support functions such as human resource management. HR of course, plays a vital role in maintaining an efficient and effective supply chain, so I thought I’d pick up briefly, on one of those issues that occasionally puts human resource and operational management teams at odds with one another—performance management. Performance Management: Whose Job Is It Anyway? A good performance management program can...

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Using Fossil Fuels in Supply Chain: There’s Always a Consequence

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During your supply chain career, there is every chance you will be involved in making decisions that impact our environment. More than likely, you will take part in some green initiatives, since it’s every responsible company’s goal to reduce environmental pressure. Greening the supply chain is a complex process—a little like a chess game. You identify what you think is the right move to make, yet an initiative that seems, on the face of things, to be environmentally beneficial, often creates a negative impact somewhere down the...

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Keep a Finger on the Pulse of Your Customers’ Financial Health

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Supply Chain Secrets is about helping anyone who’s involved in supply chain, either directly or indirectly. With that in mind, this month’s post touches a topic in which financial managers and staff share a common interest with operators—the financial health of customers. While remembering that excellence in customer service is an essential aspiration for any supply chain, it’s important too, to keep a weather eye on your customers’ financial health. The best customer service provision in the world won’t help your business when one...

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Jo Baker now Heads Supply Chain School

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Joene (Jo) Baker returns after a 10 year break to head the Education Division of the Logistics Bureau Group. Read more here: www.supplychainschool.com/supply-chain-school-general-manager-jo-baker/

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5 Supply Chain Events in 5 Cities in 5 Days

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Well, our free Supply Chain seminar series last week was awesome.  Great fun.   And meeting so many new people is always fantastic.  So thank you to all those who came along and for the great feedback during and after the events. Whilst doing 5 events in 5 cities in 5 days seemed like a great idea at the time, I’m not sure I could handle that again!  I felt sorry for our guests in Canberra, as the last stop on the tour.  I hope the failing energy levels were not too obvious…. That topic, the 5 Essential Supply Chain Levers...

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Awesome Supply Chain & Logistics Training – Supply Chain School Opens

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Supply Chain School, part of the Logistics Bureau Group, opened its doors in November 2012 with ‘early bird’ opportunities being snapped up by those who can ‘recognise a good thing’!  It’s now recognised as one the best places to accelerate Supply Chain Knowledge Supply Chain School was created for those who want a ‘fast track’ to gaining knowledge about Supply Chain and Logistics and don’t want to spend years of study or work experience to get there. Rather than Supply Chain A to Z, Supply Chain School takes the 80/20...

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Free Supply Chain & Logistics Training Seminars

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Hi,  If you happen to be based in Australia, our next free seminar series will be in February.  I think this tour will take in Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle, Wollongong, and North Ryde (Sydney).  Probably a few more, but they don’t tell me.  I just rock up and enjoy the event and sharing lots of information and tips. These free events are run by my Consulting company, Logistics Bureau. Hopefully we’ll be doing a SE Asia tour soon as well. If you don’t already receive invitations for our free Supply Chain and Logistics...

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Logistics Outsourcing Guide – Article Series

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I wrote a series of three articles on Logistics Outsourcing recently that people seemed to find very useful. You can grab part one here, and then follow the links to parts 2 and 3. Logistics Outsourcing Article And I actually have an eBook on Logistics Outsourcing too.  It’s written as a Novel to make it easy to read and understand.  It comes with loads of valuable free bonuses too. That’s over here.  Logistics Outsourcing...

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Supply Chain and Logistics Tips on Video

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If you haven’t been across to my YouTube channel yet, you’ll find lots of great Suply Chain and Logistics videos over there. Here’s the link.  Rob O’Byrne’s Supply Chain Videos  

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