Victorian Transport Association VTA CEO Peter Anderson said that small, medium and large freight and logistics operators are under more pressure than ever thanks to unprecedented demand for transport.
“Transport operators are rightly welcoming an economic climate that has seen demand for transport increase significantly over the past 12 months but it’s important that they ensure their operations are structured to accommodate higher workloads,” Peter said.
He said this has promoted the VTA to select Managing Increased Demand as the theme for this year’s annual State Conference
Registrations have now opened for the VTA State Conference 2020, being held once again at Silverwater Resort, Phillip Island from March 1-3.
The annual conference brings together up to 200 VTA members, supporters, sponsors and other stakeholders from the Victorian and national freight and logistics industry for important discussions on issues impacting freight operators.
“We want to ensure our members are charging appropriately for the additional work that traditionally accompanies demand spikes, and that they have the capacity to handle the additional compliance, systems, safety and human resources necessary to service their customers,” Peter said.
Members and other transport operators will network with key industry stakeholders that set and deliver transport legislation, policy and regulation that impacts operators of all shapes and sizes.
“It really is a must-attend event for operators intent on maintaining and growing their business,” Peter said.
The VTA CEO said demand for goods, building materials and the transport and removal of resources are at record highs, thanks to population growth, massive infrastructure projects and growing access to consumer goods from new foreign and domestic markets.
“Such demand spikes create opportunities and threats for operators, and it is vital they are equipped to handle the associated business challenges,” He said.
“VTA State Conference 2020 provides a forum for delegates to hear from industry experts about how to manage the challenges associated with increased demand.”