New facility for Toll in Perth

LOGOS has developed a state of the art facilities for Toll Transport at its Hazelmere Logistics Estate in Perth, Western Australia.
The 21 hectare Estate is located on Talbot Road, Hazelmere with exposure to key transport infrastructure including the Roe Highway.
Toll has committed to a five year lease term for its new purpose built circa 22,000sqm warehouse and office facility, which includes a 1,300sqm mezzanine and an automated conveyor system at the site.
“Hazelmere Logistics Estate is a core property for the Group that delivers strategic employment and logistics land in accordance with the Western Australian Government’s framework for growth, and supports the Westport Taskforce’s Port and Environs Strategy in the delivery of an efficient supply chain for the state. The $165 million industrial estate will strengthen the regions well-established freight and logistics focus and will bring many jobs to the area both through the construction of the Estate and the facilities operations,” Darren Searle, Head of Australia and New Zealand, said.
The new Toll facility marks the fifth property LOGOS has developed for the global logistics provider and its first in Western Australia.

Komatsu signs deal with DHL in Australia

Komatsu, a manufacturer and supplier of construction and mining equipment, has signed a new multi-year agreement with DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding, two divisions under Deutsche Post DHL Group.

DHL will import more than a million kilograms of Komatsu machinery, equipment and spare parts each year into Australia and New Zealand.

“Annually, we transact in excess of 1.5 million stock keeping units (SKU) line sales in Australia. Often, exceptional customer service comes down to having products and parts precisely available when our customers need them. Logistics is a key component of our ability to deliver a first rate customer experience ensuring that our supply chain is fully optimised,” Sean Taylor, CEO and Managing Director, Komatsu Australia Pty Limited said.

In close coordination with Komatsu’s foreign offices and suppliers, DHL will provide complete end-to-end air freight imports for Komatsu primarily from the US and Japan to Australia across Komatsu’s three distribution centres in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. DHL will also manage the entire customs brokerage process, as trade compliance and regulations become increasingly crucial in optimising global supply chains.

“As the world’s leading express service provider, DHL Express is proud to have supported Komatsu with time definite international express services for more than a decade, and we are excited to continue our partnership. Komatsu’s customers have come to expect minimal downtime from operating their equipment, and DHL Express’ global network plays an important role in ensuring critical parts and documentation get to them on time, wherever they are,” Gary Edstein, CEO and Senior Vice President, DHL Express Oceania said.

Linfox in talks to purchase logistics provider

Linfox, as reported in the Australian Financial Review, has been involved in concurrent talks with eStore Logistics to become a majority shareholder.
eStore Logistics was founded in 2008 by director and majority shareholder Leigh Williams, and is part owned by Ruslan Kogan whose group Kogan Management Pty Ltd maintains a 19 per cent stake.
At present eStore Logistics fulfils over 40,000 orders a day having expanded into Sydney last year where it operates a newly built distribution centre.
Patagonia, Temple & Webster and are among its major clients.
Recently Linfox purchased Aurizon intermodal after taking full control of drinks distribution business BevChain in 2017.

UPS invests in autonomous trucking company

UPS has said its venture capital arm, UPS Ventures, has made a minority investment in autonomous driving company TuSimple.
Together, both companies are testing self-driving tractor trailers on a route in Arizona to determine whether the vehicles can improve service and efficiency in the UPS® network.
This is an extension of the ongoing commercial relationship between UPS and TuSimple in which UPS has purchased transportation services from TuSimple.
The work with autonomous driving company TuSimple began with the goal of helping UPS better understand the requirements for Level 4 Autonomous trucking in its network.
L4 Autonomous means the vehicle’s onboard computer is in complete control at all times, eliminating manual intervention. Currently, however, laws regulating L4 Autonomous driving require a driver in the vehicle at all times to take over operation if needed.
Throughout the ongoing tests, UPS has been providing truckloads of goods for TuSimple to carry on a North American Freight Forwarding route between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The company initiated self-driving service in May, 2019, with a driver and engineer in the vehicle. TuSimple and UPS monitor distance and time the trucks travel autonomously, safety data and transport time.
“UPS is committed to developing and deploying technologies that enable us to operate our global logistics network more efficiently,” said Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Scott Price. “While fully autonomous, driverless vehicles still have development and regulatory work ahead, we are excited by the advances in braking and other technologies that companies like TuSimple are mastering. All of these technologies offer significant safety and other benefits that will be realized long before the full vision of autonomous vehicles is brought to fruition – and UPS will be there, as a leader implementing these new technologies in our fleet.”
Founded in 2015, TuSimple’s mission is to bring the first self-driving truck to market, to increase safety, decrease transportation costs and reduce carbon emissions. TuSimple develops technology that will allow shipping companies to operate self-driving class 8 tractor-trailers – those that exceed 33,000 pounds and typically have three or more axles.
UPS contracts with third-party trucking companies during its peak shipping season. TuSimple believes it could cut average purchased transportation costs by 30%.
“We are honored by UPS’s strategic investment and their vote of confidence in TuSimple, this proves their commitment to staying at the forefront of innovation,” says TuSimple’s Founder, President & CTO, Xiaodi Hou. “TuSimple is confident that it can accelerate bringing the first self-driving truck to market to increase road safety.”

Freight industry on board for Airport opportunity

Ten of Australia’s major freight companies have entered memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with Western Sydney Airport.
The MOUs will see Western Sydney Airport work with the air freight industry to design concepts for an on-airport freight precinct and begin discussions about potential operations from Sydney’s new airport.
Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millett said Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport has the potential to become Sydney’s most important freight hub, generating many of the Airport’s thousands of jobs.
“The Airport’s unrestricted 24/7 operations will be the key to unlocking new export opportunities for businesses and producers across Western Sydney and NSW,” he said.
“Goods produced in NSW will no longer have to be trucked to Brisbane or Melbourne in order to reach lucrative Asian markets overnight.”
Freight companies signing up to work with Western Sydney Airport on concepts for the air freight hub include Australia Post (including StarTrack), DB Schenker, DHL Express, DSV Air and Sea, FedEx, Menzies Aviation, Swissport, Qantas Freight, Skyroad Logistics and Wymap.
Graham Millett said insights from these international freight leaders would help Western Sydney Airport optimise the design and functionality for its customers.
“The ongoing growth of online shopping as well as demand from Asia for Australian fresh produce, has had an enormous influence on the international freight market,” he said.
“Growing demand for pharmaceuticals, temperature-sensitive and perishable products will also play a key role in the future of air freight.”
Australian airports currently transport more than one million tonnes of air freight annually and this is forecast to grow considerably over the next decade.
The first stage of the Airport has the potential to process around 220,000 tonnes of air freight each year through its proposed on-airport freight facility, with multiple dedicated freighter aircraft stands. This is set to scale up with demand, potentially handling 1.8 million tonnes of air freight each year in the future.
The Airport’s freight precinct is set to have dedicated road access off The Northern Road, separating heavy vehicles from passenger traffic, which will enter the Airport from the M12 on the opposite side of the site.
While the freight MOUs signed today focus on the air freight industry, Western Sydney International will also provide significant opportunities for Australian exporters, including the Agribusiness precinct located adjacent to the Airport.
Construction of Western Sydney International is well underway with the Airport on track to open in 2026.

WiseTech makes further acquisition

WiseTech Global has announced the acquisition of US-based logistics solutions company Depot Systems.

Depot Systems is a container yard/terminal management software provider in the US offering container yard management, and container maintenance and repair estimating. It helps manage container bookings, releases and manifests, container lifting and mounting, gate EDI, as well as repair and equipment status.

Headquartered in Ohio, Depot Systems has over 200 predominantly US-based depots and terminals as customers, including Container Maintenance Corp, Trac Intermodal, ContainerPort Group and XPO Logistics. Depot Systems averages over 500,000 gate movements per month.

“Depot Systems is highly regarded as the US leader in container yard management software with innovative products and significant container yard experience. Empty container yards are a vital but often overlooked part of the international supply chain and landside logistics, thus Depot Systems is a valuable addition to build further opportunities for our technology solutions,” WiseTech Global Founder and CEO, Richard White, said.

“Bringing Depot Systems into the group provides important synergies with our container optimisation solutions business Containerchain, which we acquired in April this year and brings large scale in container yard customers in the US. Together, this gives us better coverage and visibility into the container yard sector to solve the broader landside logistics issues. This will strengthen our powerful CargoWise One platform and help us drive long-term operational improvements for logistics providers.”

Depot Systems Managing Director, Wally Morris, said “Joining the WiseTech Global group with its development capabilities presents enormous opportunities for us to accelerate our product development and innovate container yard logistics, which is a critical part of the supply chain yet traditionally underleveraged in terms of technology and productivity.”

Depot Systems will remain under the leadership of Wally Morris and will continue to deliver container yard management solutions to its customers in the US and potentially to customers globally who utilise CargoWise integrated supply chain execution solutions, along with WiseTech’s adjacent technology providers and new geographic regions within our global group.

This transaction follows WiseTech’s other recent logistics solutions acquisitions in Argentina, Australasia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, North America, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and Uruguay, and is in line with WiseTech Global’s clearly stated strategy of accelerating long-term organic growth through targeted, valuable geographic foothold and technology adjacency acquisitions.

Alibaba announces a "great quarter"

Alibaba Group Holding has announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.
The company reported a strong quarter with revenue at RMB114,924 million (AUD$24,728million), an increase of 42% year-over-year.
“Alibaba had a great quarter, expanding our user base to 674 million annual active consumers, demonstrating our superior user experience. We will continue to expand our customer base, increase operating efficiency and deliver robust growth. With strong cash flow from our core commerce business, we will continue to invest in technology and bring digital transformation to millions of businesses globally,” Daniel Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group said.
“We had a strong quarter to start our fiscal year, with revenue growing 42 per cent and adjusted EBITDA growing 34 per cent year-over-year. We are pleased to see sustained user engagement and consumer spending across our platforms. We continue to invest for longterm growth while at the same time gaining cost efficiencies in our investment areas,” Maggie Wu, Chief Financial Officer of Alibaba Group said.

DB Schenker becomes Foundation Partner of Sydney Smart City Project

DB Schenker has become a Foundation Partner of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, a commercial, logistics, and education hub that is being developed in the vicinity of the new Western Sydney Airport.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Berlin by Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of the State of New South Wales, and Alexander Doll, Member of the Board of Management for Finance, Freight Transport and Logistics Deutsche Bahn AG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DB Schenker.
DB Schenker is committed to potential future cooperation in a number of fields, for example in the planning of a digitally-enabled freight and logistics supply system, a cutting-edge cold-storage logistics hub, or logistics for the aerospace and defence sectors.
“The Aerotropolis is set to become a pioneering project on our path to building smart cities with integrated transportation concepts and sustainable logistics solutions. It is our pleasure to support the development, which will further strengthen DB Schenker’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, that has been so successful over the past decades,” Alexander said.
DB Schenker’s subsidiary in Australia was established in 1962 and provides a complete range of international air and sea freight forwarding services, together with integrated logistics solutions. In signing the MoU, DB Schenker intends to work cooperatively together with the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority (WCAA) to promote the development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
The WCAA was jointly established by the New South Wales (NSW) and Australian Governments to facilitate the design and delivery of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and support the growth of the Western Parkland City. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “The Western City and Aerotropolis Authority will work with DB Schenker to explore the best freight and logistics technologies for adoption in and around the Aerotropolis.”
“For more than 57 years, DB Schenker has been supporting trade and helping businesses grow with our cutting-edge logistics network in Australia and around the world. Today, we are delighted to join in this unique effort of building the Western Sydney Aerotropolis for the benefit of the enterprises and the residents of New South Wales,” Ditlev Blicher, DB Schenker’s Asia Pacific Region (APAC) CEO, said.

Largest European production centre for lithium-ion batteries and charging systems in intralogistics – JT Energy Systems expands capacity

JT Energy Systems acquires the former Solarworld plant in Freiberg near Dresden. JT Energy Systems GmbH, which was established in early 2019 by Jungheinrich AG and Triathlon Holding GmbH, is massively expanding its capacity.
The largest European production centre for batteries and charging systems in intralogistics is being created through the early expansion of production capacity. The goal is to ensure early on that there is adequate production capacity for the rapidly-growing demand for lithium-ion battery technology and charging systems as well as for other industrial applications in intralogistics.
The current production expansion in Freiberg solidifies Jungheinrich’s technological leadership in electric mobility, and particularly lithium-ion technology.
Highly automated module production will take place in Glauchau, Saxony, while battery systems and chargers will be assembled at the new Freiberg plant. The operational launch of the production plant in Freiberg, with an area of over 42,000 square metres, is planned for the first quarter of 2020. Approximately 200 jobs will be created in the near term.
Reinhild Kühne and Martin Hartmann, Managing Directors of JT Energy Systems GmbH: “The demand for electric material handling equipment as well as other industrial applications for lithium-ion batteries and charging systems is growing enormously worldwide. Following the first step – the establishment of JT Energy Systems – we will fully commit to meeting market demand with successful, innovative solutions that are also sustainable. With the acquisition of the Freiberg plant, we are gaining both the production capacity necessary and an excellent site which equips us for further expansion of our lithium-ion battery and charger production.”
 Lithium-ion technology
Lithium-ion battery systems provide considerable advantages over traditional lead acid batteries. They are intelligent and can communicate with the truck and the charging station. The result is maximum energy and operational efficiency. Due to the high performance of lithium-ion batteries, it will increasingly be possible to deploy electric trucks for jobs still using IC engine power today. In addition to high performance, the advantages of lithium-ion technology include fast charging times, no maintenance and a particularly long service life. Fast and short intermediate charging times mean the fleet can be used virtually around the clock without a battery change. Time-consuming battery changes will be unnecessary with the new battery technology. Maintaining spare batteries and changing facilities is a thing of the past. Furthermore, JT lithium-ion battery systems are sealed against gas emissions and guarantee the user maximum operating safety. This means special charging rooms with extraction equipment are not needed.

Infrastructure Audit highlights need for freight investment

The release of the Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019 brings attention to how more targeted investment in freight infrastructure is necessary according to the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).
Prioritising regulatory reforms to alleviate bottlenecks, particularly in non-bulk, agricultural and urban freight supply chains along with effective investment targeting freight infrastructure were going to be essential to helping Australia maintain its economic position in the world.
“Australia’s freight task is growing more rapidly than our population, increasing by 50 per cent in the decade to 2016, compared with population growth of 18 per cent over the same period,” Kirk Coningham, CEO at ALC said.
“The National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy released less than a fortnight ago projects freight volumes will increase by more than 35 per cent between now and 2040,” he said.
“Such rapid growth will place enormous pressures on our freight network. Unless we take concrete action to deal with challenges such as urban congestion, bottlenecks in regional supply chains and reform inconsistent and outdated regulatory regimes, the performance of our freight networks will suffer and Australian consumers will pay the price.”
The ALC said it welcomed the emphasis the audit places on addressing fragmented access conditions across the freight network.
Building new infrastructure, despite infrastructure investments across Inland Rail, Western Sydney Airport and port rail facilities, will not solve every problem according to Conningham.
Regulatory reform he said that delivers greater cross-jurisdictional consistency in access arrangements, operational matters and safety is essential to reducing delays in freight movement for customers.
It would bring down costs for freight logistics operators across all modes of freight transport.
“Similarly, the audit correctly notes that Australia’s regulatory regimes are inhibiting the take-up of technology that can deliver measurable improvements to the efficiency, safety and environmental performance of our supply chains,” said Conningham.
“This includes technology that can capture data about freight movement, allowing for more effective route-planning and infrastructure investment, as well as the adoption of high productivity vehicles, electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles in the freight sector,” he said.
“As all governments prepare their National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Implementation Plans ahead of the November meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Council, ALC will be encouraging all jurisdictions to commit to action that will address these fundamental challenges.”

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