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Launch of new transport and freight labelling standards embrace the rise of the automated supply chain

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and GS1 Australia have officially launched the new Australian Standards for Frieght Labelling and EDI developed by the ALC Supply Chain Standards Work Group for the Australian Transport & Logistics Industry. 

The standards were launched at the ALC Forum 2016 in Sydney and Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director and Bonnie Ryan, Industry Manager -Trade and Transport from GS1 Australia in front of approximately 250 senior industry and government leaders attending Australia's premier frieght logistics event.

The Australian Transport Standards include the ALC endorsed Australian Freight Labelling Guideline and Australian Transport EDI User Guides to provide one common label format to identify frieght and one common file format to exchange data throughout the freight transportation  process.

A new Australian Industry Glossary will also assist as an easy reference to common industry and GS1 standards terminologies.

Speaking at the ALC Forum 2016, Bonnie Ryan, Industry Manager -Trade and Transport from GS1 Australia said the Australian Transport Standards for Freight Labelling and EDI is an extensive body of work in consultation with the ALC Supply Chain Standards Work Group.

"The Australian transport industry's freight system is at the heart of our economy. The adoption of the Australian Transport Standards for Freight Labelling and EDI will give us the opportunity to improve freight efficiency and better connect all modes of transport in the Australian transport and logistics sector," said Ms Ryan.

Based on GS1 global supply chain standards and best practice, the Australian Freight Labelling Guideline provides guidance to industry on how to physically identify and label logistic and transport units to support efficient transport management processes from point of origin to destination.

To support the physical identification of freight, the accompanying Australian Transport EDI User Guides define the necessary data exchanges required to effectively execute the physical delivery.

Combined, the suite of standards outline a roadmap for industry to move from costly manual processes to full automation.

"This new roadmap will be a game changer in the efficiency, interoperability, visibility and productivity of freight movement across the supply chain," said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director. 

"With ALC research showing that a 1 per cent increase in supply chain efficiency would increase GDP by $2 billion, the implementation of the Australian Transport Standars for Frieght Labelling and EDI package will support industry's efforts to achieve that goal." Mr Kilgariff added.

David McNeil, Chair of the ALC Supply Chain Standards Work Group and eCommerce Manager for OneSteel says, "The labelling and EDI initiative provides an innovative and effective integration roadmap for the Australian Transport & Logistics Industry, now and into the future. It will be of benefit to all Australian businesses to work together seamlessly and efficiently to grow our economy." 

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