Author - Rob Stummer

Rob Stummer

Rob Stummer
Rob Stummer

CEO 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



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 [...]


How Mid-Sized Defense Manufacturers Can Leverage ERP to Compete With The Primes How Mid-Sized Defense Manufacturers Can Leverage ERP to Compete With The Primes How Mid-Sized Defense Manufacturers Can Leverage ERP to Compete With The Primes

How Mid-Sized Defense Manufacturers Can Leverage ERP to Compete With The Primes

Author: | Post Date: 21 Jan 2020

The Australian Defense Force (ADF) is a well-respected institution, contributing to the security of Australia by protecting its interests and people. Beyond their usual call of duty, they were even mobilized to support rescue and recovery operations for the ongoing bushfire crisis. (more…)


Why Industries Need People to Succeed and Not just Technology Why Industries Need People to Succeed and Not just Technology Why Industries Need People to Succeed and Not just Technology

Why Industries Need People to Succeed and Not just Technology

Author: | Post Date: 10 Oct 2019

You don’t need to get far on Google to find stories about how technology is creating seismic shifts for industries around the world. Whether it is entrenched in consumerism or business operations, one factor remains unchanged – at the core of its impact are people. The Australian and New Zealand food and beverage (F&B) industries are clear examples. Not just in terms of how [...]


How Humans with Technology will Shape Future FMCG Supply Chains How Humans with Technology will Shape Future FMCG Supply Chains How Humans with Technology will Shape Future FMCG Supply Chains

How Humans with Technology will Shape Future FMCG Supply Chains

Author: | Post Date: 02 Aug 2019

We’re all linked to FMCG supply chains, be it through work, a customer relationship or simply driving demand through our own purchases. Our $131 billion food and grocery processing sector directly employs 324,450 people, which represents nearly 40% of Australian manufacturing jobs. It also provides the essentials and makes up a massive part of the FMCG supply chains we rely on to employ, feed, [...]



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