VISA Global Logistics has selected the Manhattan Active SCALE Solution to be deployed throughout its warehouses in Australia and New Zealand. The technology will allow VISA Global Logistics to provide its customers with improved real-time inventory visibility and transparency throughout its supply chain. One of Australia’s largest privately-owned international freight forwarding companies, VISA Global Logistics is under pressure from its customers to be more flexible, to supply to more channels from a single source of inventory and to do so faster and cheaper. The company realised it needed state-of-the-art systems to meet these business needs. VISA Global Logistics selected Manhattan Active SCALE for its flexibility and scalability in the face of constantly shifting supply chain demands and opportunities. SCALE uses advanced, proprietary algorithms to organise and optimise logistics operations and offers VISA Global a significant upgrade in terms of delivering mission-critical information in real time. “There is an increased customer demand for live and valid accurate data, especially in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. SCALE gives our customers a dashboard of their KPI and access to all of their relevant information in a user-friendly platform,” said national warehouse manager at VISA Global Logistics Tony Baxter. Managing director of Australia and New Zealand for Manhattan Associates Raghav Sibal commented: “With customer expectations around speed of delivery and transparency continually increasing, the pressure is on logistics providers to improve the efficiency and visibility of their operations. Manhattan Active SCALE will offer VISA Global Logistics the flexibility and scalability needed to support the company’s growth. This fully managed cloud product will also help them improve their overall customer experience and get goods to consumers faster.”
Qube Logistics has announced its intention to make an off-market takeover offer for Chalmers, an Australian transport and logistics company. Qube intends to offer holders of Chalmers Shares the option to elect to receive either (but not a combination of both) 2.31 Qube shares or $6.50 in cash for each Chalmers Share held. The offer values Chalmers at approximately $60 million with any cash component to be funded from existing Qube debt facilities. “The offer provides an opportunity for Chalmers shareholders to obtain liquidity for their shares at an attractive premium. The structure of the offer enables Chalmers shareholders to elect to cash out their Chalmers Shares or, by electing the scrip option, to share in the growth of the Qube Group,” Maurice James, Qube’s Managing Director said. “The offer represents attractive value for Chalmers shareholders. The directors of Chalmers intend to unanimously recommend that Chalmers shareholders accept Qube BidCo’s off-market takeover offer for all the ordinary shares in Chalmers, in the absence of a superior proposal,” Chalmers’ Chairman, Graham Mulligan said. According to Qube, the Chalmers transport and logistics operations, coupled with the company’s strategically located property assets, are complementary to those of Qube Logistics. The acquisition will allow Qube to progress its growth plans while also providing an opportunity for significant cost savings by integrating the Chalmers businesses to achieve greater efficiencies and economies of scale.
Complexica, an Australian provider of Artificial Intelligence software, has announced that it has signed a contract with Pernod Ricard Winemakers to deliver advanced Artificial Intelligence and machine learning capabilities to various supply chain and production functions. The project is a significant investment, establishing a long-term partnership which will transition Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ operation away from paper, whiteboard, and spreadsheet-based systems, towards Complexica’s cloud-based applications for planning, scheduling, and push/pull optimisation. “After conducting an evaluation and assessment process earlier this year, we have selected Complexica as our vendor of choice for our AI Foundations project, which will seek to optimise our business performance, by enhancing decision making and improving our ways of working, while making work safer for our employees. We wanted to partner with an organisation that could provide global thought leadership on applied Artificial Intelligence – particularly in areas such as global optimisation and multi-objective optimisation – and had a deep appreciation of winemaking production processes, and the inherent complexities that exist within supply chains. We found that partner in Complexica and look forward to working together in the years ahead,” Brett McKinnon, Global Operations Director at Pernod Ricard Winemakers said. Pernod Ricard Winemakers is the premium wine division of Pernod Ricard and boasts one of the world’s most diverse portfolios of premium wines such as Jacob’s Creek in Australia, Brancott Estate in New Zealand, Campo Viejo from Spain and Kenwood Vineyards & Mumm Napa in California. Pernod Ricard Winemakers employs more than 1,700 people and sets the benchmark in winemaking through innovation, craftsmanship and authenticity. “Optimising supply chain decisions across multiple operating sites and time horizons is a difficult and complex undertaking, but one that can drive significant benefits in areas such as asset utilisation, volume throughput, quality, and working capital requirements. Applying Artificial Intelligence software to such challenging problems is our core competency as a business, and we look forward to working with Pernod Ricard Winemakers to realise the end-state vision of optimised decision-making across their end-to-end supply chain,” Matt Michalewicz, CEO of Complexica said.
FedEx Logistics has announced the renaming of Manton Air-Sea, an Australian freight forwarding and 3PL company it acquired in October 2018, as FedEx Logistics Australia. FedEx Logistics Australia, which is headquartered in Sydney and has locations in Melbourne and Brisbane, offers the entire suite of FedEx Logistics global logistics solutions. According to FedEx Australia, the newly renamed company gives customers access to trade lanes, allowing them to build their supply chains within Australia and connect to vital consumer markets throughout Southeast Asia and beyond. “Australia is an attractive market, a country with healthy growth and a key connection point for all of the services we offer across the Asia Pacific region. We at FedEx Logistics are proud to join our colleagues from FedEx Express and TNT — a FedEx company founded in Australia — in providing our customers a world class portfolio of domestic and international freight, parcel and logistics solutions. We couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities FedEx Logistics Australia offers for our customers, our business and our fantastic team members both in Australia and around the world,” Richard W. Smith, President and CEO of FedEx Logistics said. Growth industries like healthcare, automotive, aerospace, industrial, retail, e-commerce and other high-tech fields are among key targets for FedEx Logistics Australia. As part of the FedEx portfolio, FedEx Logistics Australia also collaborates extensively with the broader FedEx enterprise in the region, including FedEx Express, giving customers the added benefit of direct connection to transportation networks that operate in more than 220 countries and territories around the world and connect more than 99 percent of the world’s GDP.
Amazon continues to change the face of retail and recent news hints that the e-commerce giant will have a greater impact on logistics providers in the future. The retailer recently ramped up its ocean freight services and has begun trying to woo shippers from FedEx and UPS as it aims to gain more control of its supply chain. With Amazon showing no signs of letting up, this could signal changes that may bring great transformation to the supply chain industry. Read more
Warehouse equipment and automation company Dematic is celebrating its 200th anniversary. The company’s origins date back to 1819 when Mechanische Werkstätten Harkort & Co was founded and produced the first steam-powered crane. “Innovation is at the core of what we do,” said Hasan Dandashly, president and CEO, Dematic. “As our business grows in an increasingly digital world, we are focused on designing and implementing equipment combining the latest advancements in software, robotics and mechatronics to drive optimal performance. By focusing on the long-term needs of our customers, our innovative products have enabled us to be a market leader for not only decades, but centuries.” Dematic’s recent past traces back to 1995 when Mannesmann Demag, the world’s first complete supplier of intralogistics was formed. Ten years later, Dematic GmbH & Co. KG was established as its own enterprise focusing on automated storage for small parts. From cranes to a global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services, Dematic has always remained at the forefront of the industry by focusing on the future.
Dematic’s history in Australia and New Zealand began in 1966 when Colby Engineering was first set up, providing adjustable pallet racking. The company has continued to grow and evolve through various business transitions: from Colby to Mannesmann to Siemens to Dematic. Out of respect for its long heritage as an Australian manufacturer, and strong recognition in the market, the Colby name continues today as Dematic’s storage equipment brand. Some of Dematic’s greatest innovations include the world’s first hanging conveyor (1930s), its storage and retrieval machines (1950s), the world’s first fully automated warehouse (1962), Dematic Multishuttle, the company’s ground-breaking mini-load handling system (2006), and the integrated software platform the Dematic iQ Software Portfolio (2018). “Although our products provide great value, it’s really the people of Dematic that make the difference,” said Mr Dandashly. “Each employee plays a crucial role in Dematic’s history and we continue to be guided by our values of courage, collaboration, integrity and excellence. I look forward to more success in the next 200 years.”
In a boost for online shoppers and local employment, Australia Post’s new Redbank facility – said to be the largest parcel facility and delivery centre in the southern hemisphere – is set to open its doors this October. Read more
Australian-based manufacturer Coca-Cola Amatil has announced it had met its goal of 30 percent of Board, senior executive and management positions in Australia held by women, substantially ahead of its target date of 2020. Coca-Cola Amatil Group Managing Director Alison Watkins welcomed the outcome, and said the company would continue to challenge itself with additional diversity targets to be announced in the coming year. The company’s 2018-19 report to Australia’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) shows 34 per cent of Coca-Cola Amatil’s management are female, across its national operations. The result is ahead of Australia’s national average of 23.5 percent of women in management in manufacturing. “Gender diversity in business has shifted from being the ‘right thing to do’ to being the smart thing to do,” Alison Watkins said. “An extensive 2016 study by Credit Suisse found companies with more female executives deliver stronger market returns. A diverse leadership also brings a wider range of experience and views, leading to stronger decisions. “There’s no doubt that gender diversity is particularly important in FMCG, with women comprising many of our customers and influencing over 80 per cent of consumer purchasing. “So there’s plenty of good social and commercial reasons to pursue gender diversity, and we’re proud to have reached the milestones outlined in this year’s WGEA report.” Despite the outcome, Alison said Amatil had more to do to encourage women to take up leadership roles in line management and in sales. “Line management roles are critical in generating the CEO’s and senior leaders of the future,” she said. “Boards generally look for potential leaders with direct experience in running commercial operations, and that includes line management in areas like supply chain and sales. Presently only one in four of Amatil’s line managers are female, so there’s more work to be done in encouraging our extremely talented women to step up.”