Author - Rob Stummer

Rob Stummer

Rob Stummer
Rob Stummer

Chief Executive Officer at SYSPRO APAC
The pROBlemsolver

Rob Stummer is the CEO for SYSPRO APAC. With nearly 20 years of leadership roles, Rob is a senior technology industry leader who lives and breathes client success through the application of relevant technology, including SaaS and cloud solutions. Rob enjoys finding a vision, creating a strategy with purpose, and then connecting people through collaboration, engagement and open communication.

Blogs by Rob



How Malaysia Food Manufacturers can Avoid Leaving a Bad Taste in their Supply Chain How Malaysia Food Manufacturers can Avoid Leaving a Bad Taste in their Supply Chain How Malaysia Food Manufacturers can Avoid Leaving a Bad Taste in their Supply Chain

How Malaysia Food Manufacturers can Avoid Leaving a Bad Taste in their Supply Chain

Author: | Post Date: 13 Oct 2020

There have been a number of scary stories doing the rounds for years around unhygienic food conditions. From mass food poisonings at festivals to tofu being made in dirty back alley “factories” and even headlines of authorities withdrawing bottled water over bacteria concerns. There was even a notorious example of the scandal where needles were inserted into strawberries. While these examples sound just like [...]


3 Steps Australian Manufacturers can Take to Secure their Industry’s Future Beyond COVID-19 3 Steps Australian Manufacturers can Take to Secure their Industry’s Future Beyond COVID-19 3 Steps Australian Manufacturers can Take to Secure their Industry’s Future Beyond COVID-19

3 Steps Australian Manufacturers can Take to Secure their Industry’s Future Beyond COVID-19

Author: | Post Date: 24 Sep 2020

There is no denying that the Coronavirus pandemic is a disaster for global economies, but could it provide a silver lining for the manufacturing industry in Australia in terms of instigating a revival? Australian manufacturers have become aware of the need to urgently adjust their operational strategies and increase agility while maintaining continuity. It may feel like steering into a storm, but there are [...]


8 Positive Technology Trends to Come out of COVID-19 8 Positive Technology Trends to Come out of COVID-19 8 Positive Technology Trends to Come out of COVID-19

8 Positive Technology Trends to Come out of COVID-19

Author: | Post Date: 03 Sep 2020

For decades the world has remained in a comfort zone.  Business models have been largely ‘analog’ in nature – reliant on cash transactions, human contact, and centralized office spaces.  As we enter the world of ‘digital’ brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the adoption of new technologies will change the world as we know it. (more…)


5 Ways Australian Manufacturers will be more Competitive in the Challenging Post-Pandemic 5 Ways Australian Manufacturers will be more Competitive in the Challenging Post-Pandemic 5 Ways Australian Manufacturers will be more Competitive in the Challenging Post-Pandemic

5 Ways Australian Manufacturers will be more Competitive in the Challenging Post-Pandemic

Author: | Post Date: 30 Jul 2020

Over the last few months, the movement towards favoring local Australian made goods has gained momentum. The ‘shop local’ movement started to gain momentum throughout the drought and bushfire season and has continued to be driven by COVID-19, which revealed the vulnerability of the country’s supply chain and dependence on global manufactured goods. As a result, Australians have become wary of foreign-made products and [...]


Manufacturing the New Normal – Strategies for Asia’s Rebound Manufacturing the New Normal – Strategies for Asia’s Rebound Manufacturing the New Normal – Strategies for Asia’s Rebound

Manufacturing the New Normal – Strategies for Asia’s Rebound

Author: | Post Date: 15 Jul 2020

Manufacturers and distributors across Asia have needed to remain resilient despite operating in intensely pressured times. The YOY in Q1 saw a 0.5% contraction – contributed by declines in the electronics and chemical industries despite expansions in biomedical manufacturing and precision engineering industries.  The Singapore Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), an indicator that measures how much purchasing (or materials) local manufacturers are engaging in, saw a [...]


Top 5 Famous Australian Food Recalls of the Last 5 Years Top 5 Famous Australian Food Recalls of the Last 5 Years Top 5 Famous Australian Food Recalls of the Last 5 Years

Top 5 Famous Australian Food Recalls of the Last 5 Years

Author: | Post Date: 23 Jun 2020

This month we observed World Food Safety Day. This year’s theme of “Food safety, everyone’s business” is particularly relevant as approximately 650 products including food-related items are recalled in Australia every year, but only about half of them are returned to the retailer. In October last year, the ACCC reported that there were about 1.7 million recalled products still in Australian homes. (more…)


Key Benefits of COVID-19 Resulting in a Localization of Supply Chains Key Benefits of COVID-19 Resulting in a Localization of Supply Chains Key Benefits of COVID-19 Resulting in a Localization of Supply Chains

Key Benefits of COVID-19 Resulting in a Localization of Supply Chains

Author: | Post Date: 09 Jun 2020

The disruption caused by the coronavirus has led global supply chains to re-think globalized market strategies. Before the pandemic, Chinese producers were often selected as the first choice, and China’s share of the global GDP was sitting at 20%. When Covid-19 hit China, its factories were shut down. Many other countries had to additionally deal with the closing of local ports. (more…)


4 Ways Australian Manufacturers are Switching Production in the War Against Coronavirus 4 Ways Australian Manufacturers are Switching Production in the War Against Coronavirus 4 Ways Australian Manufacturers are Switching Production in the War Against Coronavirus

4 Ways Australian Manufacturers are Switching Production in the War Against Coronavirus

Author: | Post Date: 12 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed several vulnerabilities as well as opportunities for Australia’s supply chain. While Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has promised a re-evaluation of supply chains and a focus on niche manufacturing in a post-COVID-19 world, many manufacturers have focused their immediate attention on addressing a shortage of items like ventilators, masks and hand sanitizers.  In fact, in order to assist in the [...]


How Heavy Industry can Transition to More Sustainable Practices How Heavy Industry can Transition to More Sustainable Practices How Heavy Industry can Transition to More Sustainable Practices

How Heavy Industry can Transition to More Sustainable Practices

Author: | Post Date: 23 Apr 2020

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and planet. Over the last few weeks, social media and traditional media have been abuzz with stories around how the lockdown has had a positive impact on the environment. In China, carbon emissions were reduced by 18 percent between early February and mid-March due to falls in coal consumption and industrial output, according to [...]


The Blurred Line Between Manufacturers and Tech Companies The Blurred Line Between Manufacturers and Tech Companies The Blurred Line Between Manufacturers and Tech Companies

The Blurred Line Between Manufacturers and Tech Companies

Author: | Post Date: 03 Mar 2020

Is Tesla a car manufacturer, an energy company or a technology firm? Elon Musk envisioned Tesla Motors as a technology company and independent automaker, aimed at eventually offering electric cars at prices affordable to the average consumer. Tesla Motors shortened its name to Tesla in February 2017 to take the focus away from cars. Today its extraordinary ambitious founder has a clear purpose; to [...]



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