Rob O’Byrne Info
Rob O’Byrne is the founder, owner and CEO of Logistics Bureau Group (now 6 businesses) providing a broad range of Supply Chain and Logistics consulting, benchmarking and education services. Rob has over 35 years experience in Supply Chain and Logistics and has an MSc in Logistics from Cranfield University in the UK.
Whilst Rob calls Sydney home, he operates from Logistics Bureau’s offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Bangkok, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City where Logistics Bureau provides services to many of the world’s leading businesses and organisations.
Rob’s areas of specific interest are in Supply Chain strategy alignment and concepts such as cost to serve which he uses to assist organisations to improve performance and reduce costs.
As well as leading major consulting projects, Rob has two main passions.
Education, through his Supply Chain School which has a thriving and very active membership, Rob's purpose is to help our next crop of industry leaders to succeed. He puts this quite simply as "we share with our members 1,000 years of collective hard won knowledge". This is possible through a wide range of programs from faculty members all over the World.
Helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Rob and the Logistics Bureau team do this by partnering with the Buy One Give One 'Business for Good' Program. Rob's next milestone is to reach 2 million giving impacts. You can check their progress here. Thanks a Million.
One of the more 'diverse' parts of the Logistics Bureau Group, is an Outsourcing Centre in the Philippines. Set up as a Social Enterprise to provide employment and long term careers for bright young people in a poor area of the Philippines; Virtual Done Well provides back office support to Logistics Bureau and a growing number of external SME clients and entrepreneurs.
As Rob enjoys pointing out though, this Outsourcing Centre is 'Really Cool'. Because it is majority owned and managed by the local staff! So it's really more of a Social Enterprise.
Group Managing Director - Logistics Bureau
Mobile: +61 417 417 307
29/09/2015 5 Key Factors for Effective Supply Chain Benchmarking
To help you get a handle on the business of external benchmarking, here are 5 key factors for effective Supply Chain Benchmarking.
22/09/2015 Building on Supply Chain Benchmarking and KPIs for the Future
How important is it to build on Supply Chain Benchmarking and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the future?
20/08/2015 Cost To Serve – A Smarter Way to Improved Supply Chain Profitability
Supply chains are complex entities. Even if you simplify your product range and your upstream suppliers, you still have to deal the ramifications of diverse customers, their expectations, their location and the logistics needed to meet their requirements.
30/07/2015 Warehousing, the Rise of IT and the Sort-of-Rise of Automation
From a simple place to stock goods, warehouses have developed in many ways, function and form included.
29/07/2015 8 Reasons Companies Bring Outsourced Processes Back In-house
Companies that outsource logistics and other activities sometimes recognize the need to bring competencies back in-house.
28/07/2015 Trends, Triumphs and Traps in Supply Chain Outsourcing
Outsourcing offers the chance to boost a company’s performance with greater efficiency and effectiveness than if it stuck to internal resources alone.
26/06/2015 6 Supply Chain Trends That Could Truly Shake You Up
Trend identification is a tricky business. Supply chain trends make it yet more complex because they represent the intersections of so many different domains. What is a supply chain trend-spotter to do? Some pick out particular statistics to make precise, but meaningless forecasts.
22/05/2015 Distribution Networks: The Industrial Influence
How the Distribution Networks might be designed for specific industries
21/05/2015 Care and Feeding of the High-Performing Physical Supply Chain Network
A lean but rigid or ‘lifeless’ supply chain network may give good results today, but be significantly out of step tomorrow.
20/05/2015 7 Common Warehousing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
To help you keep on top of your warehouse management and ensure your storage facilities don’t generate undue supply chain costs, take note of the following seven common warehousing mistakes.
21/04/2015 Please join me for a Conversation that Really matters
It took me a while to work out my answers, and I’m going to be sharing these online in a discussion with my good friend and Business Mentor Paul Dunn.
20/02/2015 Consultant Objectivity
How independent do you expect your Management Consultants to be?
20/02/2015 Saving Distribution Costs - Low Hanging Fruit
Ways to save costs by up to 16%
20/10/2014 The 7 Supply Chain Mistakes
article by Rob O’Byrne at 20141020 10:15:30
21/08/2014 Logistics Outsourcing Anxiety
What makes people anxious about Logistics Outsourcing? Here are my thoughts...
03/08/2014 The Race to the Bottom
The pressure is on to reduce costs
03/08/2014 Free Logistics Outsourcing Seminar
All my Logistics Outsourcing Secrets
03/08/2014 Logistics Outsourcing Guide
I hope this contents page will help you from missing anything vital in your own RFT preparation
03/02/2014 Supply Chain Strategy Made Simple + 5 Easy DIY Performance Tips
There is some disturbing news on the horizon for the economy in Australia. I’d like to share that with you and show you how to rise above it.
12/08/2013 Supply Chain Tips for Tough Times
Managing any Supply Chain is always a balancing act between keeping costs down and maintaining adequate customer service levels.
28/05/2013 Major Supply Chain Trends for 2013 and What Many Companies Might Miss
How do those three words “supply chain trend” grab you? Perhaps there’s a sense of something new; issues to be resolved maybe, but also opportunities to be seized, with a notion of change that lets you savour developments as they unfold.
22/04/2013 Simon Wrangham rejoins Logistics Bureau
After a 'Sabbatical' from consulting that actually lasted four years, Simon Wrangham returns to Logistics Bureau.
16/04/2013 FREE EVENTS : Half Day 'Supply Chain Intensive'
This information covers what Rob believes are the 5 Key Levers to lasting Supply Chain cost reduction and service improvement, that sadly only 18% of businesses seem to get right.
20/02/2013 Supply Chain School Launches Like a Rocket : March 12/13th
Rob O’Byrne – Group Managing Director of Logistics Bureau, revealed the School concept to guests at a recent series of seminars and was delighted with the response. He remarked that “Supply Chain School has obviously struck a chord and met a real need in the industry, based on the over whelming support for the concept at our recent events. I can’t wait to get started
10/12/2012 Logistics Outsourcing Tips – a Practical Guide Part 3
OK, so as I explained in Part One, that in my view logistics outsourcing is like a marriage! And so I’m providing this three part article to help you with these sometimes challenging relationships. Outsourcing that is……I’m certainly no marriage counsellor.
07/11/2012 Logistics Outsourcing Tips – a Practical Guide Part 2
OK, so as I explained in Part One last month, that in my view at least, logistics outsourcing is like a marriage! And so I’m providing this three part article to help you with these sometimes challenging relationships. Outsourcing that is……I’m certainly no marriage counsellor.
02/11/2012 Cost to Serve Part 2 - Rob O’Byrne
So last time in Part 1, we discussed the impact of small orders and cost to serve within the distribution centre and warehouses. You can read Part 1 here.
22/10/2012 Logistics Outsourcing Tips – a Practical Guide
I’ve been involved in well over 100 outsourcing projects (I’ve lost count), from both sides of the fence. Helping customers get the right outsourcing partner in place and also helping 3PLs develop their solutions and cost models. So I’m happy to share these tips with you in the hope that they will help you find the right outsourcing partners:
07/08/2012 Cost to Serve Part 1- Rob O’Byrne
Some of you will know that I have a ‘thing’ about cost to serve and seem to talk about it at the drop of a hat. “Maybe that’s all he knows about” you might be thinking?
04/08/2012 The Underdeveloped Strengths of Australia’s Supply Chain Industry
Rob O’Byrne, Group Managing Director of Logistics Bureau, reviews data from the research carried out by Logistics Bureau for the Supply Chain Report 2011-12, and discusses opportunities to improve Australia’s worldwide ranking and cut supply chain costs by half.
22/05/2012 Supply Chain KPI's – The stuff you really need to know
We’ve all seen it. The phone-book like reports full of KPIs. Or the noticeboard 10 metres long, with charts for every aspect of performance. But using KPIs to effectively manage and improve your business is about quality, not quantity.
01/09/2011 Supply Chain Secrets - A must have!
Rob O'Byrne and the Logistics Bureau team have just released the first of a series of books on Supply Chain and Logistics. Advance copies were made available at the Smart 2011 conference in Sydney and were sold for Charity. All proceeds going to 'Youth off the Streets'.
03/09/2010 Location, Location, Location…..Is it really that important?
We are constantly told by Real Estate companies that the three most important elements of any real estate purchase are location, location, location. But does this really hold true for industrial real estate and in particular distribution centres (DCs) and warehouses? I would like to argue….not quite!