Congested supply chains are the biggest challenge facing Kiwi exporters. Already isolated from the world, it is becoming increasingly hard for our exporters to stay competitive overseas.

As the cost of freight skyrockets, some exporters are knocked out of the market, while others can’t find containers to meet orders on time or are having to absorb increased costs amid the challenges from Covid-19.

What can we do about it?

ExportNZ and the North Asia Centre for Asia Pacific Excellence have convened an expert panel to cover the business and policy implications of our turbulent environment. Drop into this free event, to hear from those on the front lines of the push to get NZ products to international markets.

Key information

Event Date: 16 June 2021 3:45pm-5:45pm

Location: Wellington

Venue: Wellesley Club, 2-8 Maginnity Street, Wellington

Cost (Members and Non-Members): Free

Register: please click here

The Event’s Agenda:

3:45pm: Doors Open

4:00-4:05: Introductions, Promotion of CAPES and Export Awards

4:05-4:20: A Special Presentation from Zespri’s Rahul Badge

4:20-4:40: Guided Conversation with the panel

4:40-5:00: Open to the floor for Q&A

5:00-5:45: Networking drinks/ nibbles

Speaker Bios:

Catherine Beard: Executive Director – ExportNZ & ManufacturingNZ

Catherine has spent the last 20 years as a lobbyist and advocate for several industries, including on climate change issues for the energy-intensive sector, all aspects of the fire and general insurance sector and dairy issues in the agricultural sector. She now works with government and other key decision makers on issues of concern to Exporters and Manufacturers.

Nick Leggett: Chief Executive – Road Transport Forum

Nick is the Chief Executive of the Road Transport Forum, the national advocacy organisation for the commercial road freight industry. Nick was previously the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Alcohol Beverages Council, and prior to that was Mayor of Porirua for six years.

David Robb: Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management – University of Auckland

David is Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management and Deputy Director in the Graduate School of Management at the University of Auckland Business School. He has worked in and consulted for various companies, including Dulux Paints, Fletcher Steel, Fletcher Aluminium, New Zealand Post International, Scott Panel & Hardware, and Zuellig Pharma, developing and implementing inventory/logistics management systems in manufacturing and distribution settings. He has taught Operations Management/Strategy and Supply Chain Management on various programmes and companies such as Adams & Robertson Shoes, Aventis China, Fletcher Building, Sellagence, Sinopec, and Whitcoulls.

Tony Spelman: Corporate Development Manager for Swire Shipping

Tony is Corporate Development Manager for Swire Shipping in New Zealand, the deep sea shipping arm of Swire group.  His role primarily encompasses export business development with a focus on Asia markets and works a large number of New Zealand’s leading commodity exporters and importers.  He is also involved with strategic trade development projects across the company’s other divisions activities in New Zealand.  Tony previously worked as General Manager Sales & Marketing for a DHL, New Zealand Post joint venture and has particular experience and expertise across supply chain and logistics functions.

And a Special Presentation from Zespri’s Rahul Badge

Rahul is the Senior Director of Great China Supply Chain for Zespri International. A supply chain executive with 22 years of experience in global supply chain management in US, Asia, China and India – Rahul has worked in Fortune 500 firms like Microsoft/SiemensSanDisk, along with high growth technology startups like Ikanos. Rahul has worked in nearly every component of the Supply Chain and Manufacturing Strategy, Supply chain – Sourcing, Material Planning, Operations planning, Supply chain operations and Fulfillment and Logistics - leading cross functional, regional and global teams.

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