Lighting system runs off conveyor belt energy

KRS Design, a Wollongong based electronics design and manufacturing company, has developed the Energy Harvester Lighting and Control System, or Energy Harvester for short.
The system has been designed to be used in conjunction with existing conveyor roller systems in coal preparation plants (both above and underground), ship loading operations and a number of other applications where conveyors are used to transport products over a long distance.
It harnesses the kinetic energy from conveyor belt rollers (or idler rolls) and uses this energy to power lighting, control and diagnostic devices. It would be suitable for large-scale mining operations, as well as materials and manufacturing plants where there is a large conveyor run that doesn’t have a 240VAC power supply.
The system can provide up 100m of lighting, sensors and communications hub (cluster) without a need for an external electrical supply. It can be installed on existing systems using plug-and-play cables and devices.
The generator is coupled to an idler roll on the conveyor system with the roller chosen being the one that is located at the bottom of the conveyor in the return path of the belt.
The electrical power can be used for sensors, internet, cameras and other specialised applications without the need to run an electrical supply along the length of the conveyor, which can be many kilometres long on some installations.
The power generated is also used to power an LED lighting system along the conveyor which can light up the customer’s product on the conveyor as well as the walkway alongside the conveyor, which enhances safety and productivity along the conveyor system.
Each Energy Harvester system draws approximately 150W from the conveyor infrastructure, which is 150W per 100m. In the case of a conveyor system run that stretches for kilometres, where numerous Energy Harvesters can be installed, it has been designed to not overload the power limitations of the existing conveyor system, as typically these systems tend to be using up to 200-500 Kilowatt motors.
On top of all this, there is purpose-built software to monitor and control the Energy Harvester. All aspects of the conveyor line within 100m of the system control box can be checked, viewed and monitored remotely.
There are currently three demonstration systems installed out in the field. The first system is installed in a Coal Preparation Plant located in Lithgow. This system has been running for 15 months without any failures or problems. The second and third systems are installed at two separate underground coal mines. They have been running six months and three months respectively and have had no performance issues.

Employers cautiously optimistic about 2017

Australian employers appear to be keeping a level-headed approach to hiring despite broader economic and political uncertainty, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.
One outcome of the survey shows that hiring intentions remain cautiously optimistic, with some job gains expected and almost 80 per cent of businesses intending to keep their headcount the same in Q1 2017.
The resulting national Net Employment Outlook (NEO)[1] is +9%, down two percentage points from last quarter, and at the same level as this time last year.
“The hiring intentions forecast for the first quarter remains modest for the fourth consecutive year, suggesting that at the start of the year employers tend to wait and see how things pan out before making broader hiring decisions,” says Richard Fischer, managing director, ManpowerGroup Australia and New Zealand. “Across the board, there is certainly some positivity, with 13 per cent of employers looking to bolster their headcount with additional hires, while the clear majority – 76 per cent – are not intending to make any changes.
“If you look at what the last 12 months has bought from a macro political and economic perspective, it was certainly a year of uncertainty and change. We have had a double dissolution election in Australia, the ‘Brexit’ decision in the United Kingdom, and an American Presidential campaign. While there is arguably still some uncertainty around the impact of such events, business sentiment has been relatively stable throughout the year.”
A closer look at the Australian states showed Queensland employers reported the biggest drop in NEO quarter on quarter – down to +3 per cent from +10 per cent last quarter, and down from +8 per cent this time last year.
Fischer noted that the Queensland labour market remains weak, saying this is largely due to the end of ‘labour intensive’ construction across the resources sector.
“Queensland employers remain cautious in their hiring intentions heading into the new year – taking a ‘wait and see’ or ‘make do with what we have’ approach to hiring. The reason for this is three-fold – across the state a number of major construction projects have wrapped up such as BHP’s Caval Ridge mine; we are seeing falling commodity prices; and we have had weaker than expected retail growth, which has all led to a more subdued outlook. In regional centres this has also been exacerbated by the ongoing drought.
“The resources sector will remain a key driver of future growth, but the Queensland economy needs to manage the transition from construction to production in this sector. Outside of this sector there will be growth in residential construction, tourism and agriculture,” Mr Fischer said.
Other states that are predicting a slump in hiring intentions include Tasmania, with a NEO of +3 per cent, down seven percentage points quarter on quarter and an overall drop in three percentage points year on year. The Australian Capital Territory has recorded an NEO of +9 per cent, down five percentage points from the last quarter and an overall two percentage points from the beginning of 2016.
The transportation and utilities industry – which had the strongest forecast across the industry sectors last quarter – is expected to be sluggish in the upcoming quarter – with its NEO dropping from +17 per cent in Q4 2016 to +8 per cent. This is the same figure reported at the beginning of 2016. At the same time, finance, insurance and real estate and manufacturing both reported a drop of four percentage points, to +11 per cent and +4 per cent, respectively.
Table 1. Net Employment Outlook Comparison by Region

Q1 2017 Quarter-on-Quarter ChangeYear-on-Year Change
NATIONAL+9%↓ (-2%)– (-/+0%)
SA+7%↓ (-2%)↑ (+5%)
QLD+3%↓ (-8%)↓ (-5%)
TAS+3%↓ (-7%)↓ (-3%)
VIC+13%↓ (-1%)↑ (+2%)
NT+7%↑ (+1%)– (-/+0%)
WA+5%↑ (+2%)– (-/+0%)
NSW+10%↓ (-3%)– (-/+0%)
ACT+9%↓ (-5%)↓ (-2%)

Table 2. Net Employment Outlook Comparison by Sector

Q1 2017Quarter-on-Quarter ChangeYear-on-Year Change
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate+11%↓ (-4%)↓ (-6%)
Manufacturing+4%↓ (-4%)↓ (-2%)
Mining & Construction+7%↓ (-2%)↑ (+7%)
Public Administration+10%↑ (+1%)↑ (+2%)
Services+12%↓ (-3%)↓ (-2%)
Transportation & Utilities+8%↓ (-9%)– (-/+0%)
Wholesale Trade & Retail Trade+7%↓ (-1%)↑ (+2%)

Table 3. Net Employment Outlook Comparison by Organisation size

Q1 2017Quarter-on-Quarter ChangeYear-on-Year Change
Micro (<10)+4%↑ (+1%)↑ (+1%)
Small (10-49)+7%↓ (-4%)– (-/+0%)
Medium (50-249)+9%↓ (-4%)– (-/+0%)
Large (>250)+17%↓ (-2%)↑ (+2%)

Table 4. APAC Q1 2017 results

Q1 2017Quarter-on-Quarter changeYear-on-Year change
AUSTRALIA+9%↓ (-2%)– (-/+0%)
CHINA+4%↓ (-1%)↓ (-3%)
HONG KONG+13%↑ (+1%)↓ (-2%)
INDIA+24%↓ (-7%)↓ (-19%)
JAPAN+23%– (-/+0%)– (-/+0%)
NEW ZEALAND+15%– (-/+0%)+4%
SINGAPORE+9%↑ (+1%)↓ (-1%)
TAIWAN+25%↑ (+4%)↓ (-2%)

[1] The Net Employment Outlook is calculated by subtracting the percentage of employers anticipating a decrease in hiring activity from the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in employment. Seasonal adjustment is then applied to the data.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The team at Transport and Logistics News wishes every one of our advertisers, subscribers and readers a safe, relaxing and joyful Christmas and New Year holiday season. This is our last newsletter for 2016.
The transport and logistics industry is in an almost permanent state of flux and yet continues to carry the nation on its shoulders, so to speak.
With the economy continuing to falter and retail undergoing a full-on assault from the online commerce industry, changes in our industry will inevitably continue – but only the stars know in which direction it will change.
But as they say, change is the only constant, so enjoy your well-deserved rest and here’s to a challenging but exciting 2017!
Thank you for your interest and support throughout 2016, and we look forward to bringing you the first newsletter of the New Year in January. Until then, MCaHNY!
Charles Pauka

CEVA appoint MD for Aus and NZ

CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s largest supply chain management companies has announced the appointment of Carlos Velez Rodriguez as Managing Director for its Australia and New Zealand cluster. Based in Melbourne, he will report to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Xavier Urbain.
Velez Rodriguez joins CEVA from FM Logistic where he was Group Managing Director Central Europe for the last decade and led a team of 5,000 individuals.  He has a proven track record in the logistics sector and has held a number of commercial roles at companies in Europe, the USA and Latin America. Born in Colombia, he is an Austrian citizen.
His appointment is effective immediately. Commenting on Velez Rodriguez’s arrival, Xavier Urbain says: “I am delighted to have someone of Carlos’s caliber to lead our operations in Australia & New Zealand. His extensive industry knowledge, experience in leading large organizations and his collaborative style make him an excellent successor for this critical role in this important cluster.”

ALC: Badgerys Creek must be curfew-free airport

The Australian Logistics Council welcomes confirmation the Federal Government has approved construction of Western Sydney Airport, and encourages the Government to ensure freight is a central component of all new infrastructure planning and construction works.
“Australia’s large and rising national freight task includes significant growth in the air freight sector and so it is imperative Sydney’s next airport is planned and built in such a way that accommodates expected future freight flows,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director.
“According to the 2013 Aviation White Paper, air freight volumes are expected to double by 2025 while the NSW Government predicts Sydney Airport will deal with more than 1.5 million tonnes of cargo each year by the 2035 – up from 650,000 tonnes in 2012.
“It is therefore imperative that a second Sydney airport, which has been identified by Infrastructure Australia in its Infrastructure Priority List as a High Priority Initiative, is established in the most efficient manner possible to share this growth in traffic.
“In a practical infrastructure sense, this means appropriate land preservation to construct future logistics facilities and infrastructure links when they are required.
“And from an operations perspective, Badgerys Creek airport has to be a curfew-free airport. We cannot afford restrictions to be placed on the airport that inhibit the efficient movement of freight.
“Both at home and abroad, curfew-free airports provide significant economic benefits.  In Australia, this is evidenced by the operation of Melbourne and Brisbane Airports which both do not have a curfew.
“The imposition of a curfew on Badgerys would put it at a disadvantage when compared to these two other airports.
“The ALC 2016 election priorities document Getting the Supply Chain Right and video Now is the time to Get the Supply Chain Right highlighted the critical role air freight will play in the future supporting more efficient freight movements.
“And with the Government recently confirming the development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, today’s confirmation is a timely step to ensure air freight capacity is appropriately recognised in Australia’s national supply chains.
“We congratulate Minister Fletcher on today’s important announcement and look forward to engaging with the State and Federal Government to ensure the airport can contribute to improved freight efficiency in Australia,” he concluded.

Long-range comms for rail operators being rolled out

Siemens and Denmark’s DAMM, a provider of TETRA communication platform, have announced an agreement to combine the international train control standard ETCS with the long-range radio communication system TETRA for rail operators in Australia last month.
The agreement will allow mining, freight and other entities to use long-distance communication networks to control ETCS-enabled trains with communication towers installed at distances of 10 or more kilometres instead of the current typical requirement of five to seven kilometres.
The agreement stemmed from the fact that the standard communication protocol used in European railways (GSM-R) is more suited to small distances and high population densities. According to Siemens, ETCS is quickly becoming the “world standard” for main line train control. However, in countries like Australia, the large distances can make this very expensive to deploy.  Combining ETCS with TETRA communications allows this interoperable standard to be deployed at a significantly reduced investment.
Speaking on the partnership, Max Eichhorn, executive general manager of Siemens Mobility in Australia and New Zealand said that, “Moving passengers and goods quickly, efficiently and safely is a daily challenge for most vendors. With each state mandating their own networks and no national framework, we wanted to introduce the most interoperable platform using ETCS that works anywhere in Australia.” He also described the agreement as “particularly ingenious” as it leverages existing infrastructure and networks, without the need to invest more, and prepares Australian rail for future technological progresses.
Providing voice and data for critical emergency communications services among others, TETRA is a European standard. It operates over frequencies in the 400MHz region and gets a greater range than GSM or LTE which are 1.8, 2+ GHz, though with lower bandwidth.
TETRA’s popularity in the Australian mining sector has stemmed from the fact that DAMM’s systems are decentralised rather than centralised, making them more reliable for customers. Their systems are also more RF sensitive, requiring fewer towers.

Lighting Solutions For Warehousing and Logistics Providers

The lighting industry has been tipped on its head over the past decade by the astronomical rise of LED technology. When compared with traditional metal halide fittings, an LED solution can dramatically reduce energy consumption and the need for regular maintenance. Less money and less downtime wasted on costly lamp and ballast replacement can equal significant savings each and every year.
Harsh conditions are inherent to warehouses and logistic centres, and this must be taken into account when considering a lighting solution; extreme temperatures, wind, dust, vehicle emissions and other factors can all affect the life and performance of warehouse lighting.
A quality lighting solution offers more than just increased visibility – bright, uniform illumination can greatly lower the risk of workplace accidents while reducing losses from theft or breakage. Improved lighting can also reduce the time taken to identify stock, reducing the need for downtime during auditing or stocktaking periods and decreasing the likelihood of costly shipping errors.
For warehouse applications, the ideal lighting solution will provide high-powered performance in high temperatures, with minimal maintenance needs. The remarkably affordable Cree CXB Series High Bay Fixture delivers up to 24,000 lumens and is designed to last 100,000 hours at 40°C. What’s more, it is perfectly suited for one-for-one replacement of 400W metal halide fixtures. For specialist requirements, the PRACHT Quadronius Series High Bay Luminaire features precision German engineering, and is suitable for extreme temperatures ranging from -40°C to +70°C (depending on the version).
Loading & receiving docks
To ensure the safety of employees working amidst trucks, forklifts and other machinery, bustling loading and receiving docks need bright, consistent illumination. Wall-mounted, pole-mounted and ceiling-mounted designs can cater for any working environment. For canopy and soffit installation, the Cree CPY Series features a slim, low-profile design that can be recessed into the ceiling and features an IP66 rating.
Outdoor areas
Exterior lighting is an oft-neglected but essential consideration. Bright illumination can increase safety and create a sense of security around entry points, interior roadways and car parking areas. A range of optics means light can be targeted exactly where it’s required, reducing unwanted spillage and glare. The Cree OSQ Series Area and Flood Light offer impressive light quality and high versatility at an extremely affordable price.
According to Soodi Shams, Lighting Designer at Advanced Lighting Technologies (ADLT), the importance of exterior lighting should never be underestimated. “Roadways should be lit to improve both road safety and pedestrian security – compliance with Australian standards like AS/NZ 1158 helps to satisfy this requirement. At the same time however, outdoor illumination should also improve functional use of the area at night time,” she said.
Perimeter security
Give security staff the advantage with improved lighting and accurate colour rendering that makes it easier to identify vehicles and intruders. Lighting around external doorways and building perimeters can also assist in improving surveillance via closed-circuit television cameras. The Cree XSP Series Wall Mount Security Light delivers incredible efficiency without sacrificing application performance and is capable of providing more than a decade of near maintenance-free service.
Studies have shown that appropriate office lighting can improve staff productivity and morale – too dim or too harsh lighting can cause eye strain and headaches. An upgraded LED lighting solution can also reduce energy consumption and maintenance requirements.
The particularly versatile Cree CR Series Troffer comes in a range of sizes, shapes and colour temperatures that look great while delivering a colour rendering index (CRI) score of 80+. “The CR Series offer great-looking light while reducing energy consumption,” shared ADLT CEO, Richard Langdon. “In fact, we were so impressed that we’ve installed them in our own office.”
ADLT has been providing organisations with lighting solutions for decades. We source high-quality lighting products directly from leading manufacturers in the US and Europe. These innovative products are designed with the latest technology and backed by industry-leading warranties. We offer a wide-range of lighting solutions, from high- and low-bay fittings for the warehouse and LED downlights, troffers and panels for the office to wall-mounted, pole-mounted and ceiling-mounted solutions for your business’ outside spaces. ADLT is an authorised distributor of both PRACHT and Cree luminaires in Australia.
For help in finding a lighting solution for your business’ needs, contact Advanced Lighting Technologies on 03 9800 5600 or click here.

Queensland company completes PNG bridges

A Queensland construction company has battled the harshest of terrains and conditions to deliver four new bridges in PNG’s Oro Province, bringing together communities that have been isolated for nearly a decade.
The bridges will also assist tourists making the pilgrimage to the iconic Kokoda track with access now opened up to a key starting point at Kokoda village.
Trekkers can now arrive and depart from the Popondetta Airport, which is on the coastal plain and far safer than the Kokoda wartime airstrip which is surrounded by high mountains.
In 2013, Canstruct Pty Ltd was appointed by the Papua New Guinea Department of Works to design and construct four new bridges to replace the ones destroyed by Cyclone Guba in 2007.
The Oro Bridges contract has been funded by the Australian Government, and its High Commissioner Bruce Davis and PNG Deputy Prime Minister Sir Leo Dion were on hand for the official opening at the Kumusi landmark in November.
“The Kumusi Bridge is truly a milestone achievement and an engineering spectacle that we are proud of and I say thank you to the contractors for a job well done. This bridge is a beacon of hope and a symbol of resilience for country,” Sir Leo said.
For the 176,000 locals, the new bridges will have a profound effect in how they travel across the region, both safely and effectively connecting them and businesses to the market, airport and port at Oro Bay.
Canstruct’s Founder Robin Murphy OAM says engineers and builders faced numerous challenges during the design and construction phase but none more so than the Kumusi River bridge which is now PNG’s longest dual lane bridge spanning 285 metres.
“We had to mitigate the effects of the mammoth river flow which came from the nearby Owen-Stanley Ranges as well as the tropical downpours and flash flooding during the wet season. The challenge of transporting materials to the remote sites was immense but we overcame these obstacles thanks to some creative thinking and persistence.”
The Kumusi bridge design consisted of four steel continuous girders with cast in situ concrete decks built above Q2000 year flood levels. More than 2,000 tonnes of high quality grade 350 steel was used in the construction of the bridges.
Flooding, which hit the province in February 2016 ,created a multitude of problems and despite the temporary Bailey Bridges at Girua and Kumusi washing away, the then incomplete bridges remained intact showing the high-quality design and construction undertaken by the private Brisbane-based company.
Mr Murphy said the $65 million project is a significant achievement and testament to the commitment and skill shown by Canstruct employees, its sub-contractors and the PNG’s Department of Works and the Australian Government’s Transport Sector Support Program.
“Up to 300 locals were employed on site during construction and for them to finally see the bridges being completed is a wonderful sight. Life on the province will hopefully dramatically change for the better.”
The other bridges built by Canstruct and now completed in Oro Province include a 150-metre bridge over Girua River, a 100-metre span across Ambogo River and a 66-metre bridge across Eroro River.
With palm oil the major industry of Oro Province, the bridges now provide the vital link between the plantations and export terminal.

SARTA responds to TWU claims

Steve Shearer
I write with very grave concern and disappointment at the story posted in T&Lnews on 8 December regarding truck-related deaths. In that story the TWU continues to peddle its outrageous and utterly false accusations and claims that all, or even most, truck deaths are caused by low rates paid to operators and to the demise of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT). I make the following comments in reply, so that your readers are not left being mislead by the TWU. I make these comments as the longest serving trucking industry CEO in Australia, with 23 years in the role, and as someone who predates Tony Sheldon’s term as National Secretary of the TWU.
The first point to note is that the mere presence of “safety” in the name of the RSRT does not in any way mean that it was actually a road safety entity. The RSRT was set up, in a deal cut between the TWU and then IR Minister Bill Shorten who appointed the wife of his then Chief of Staff as the Tribunal’s president.
Matters came to a head when the RSRT not only acted in a manner most inappropriate for a judicial tribunal, in the view of a great number of experienced lawyers, effectively bullying and disrespecting witnesses and threatening them with six months’ jail if they failed to show up, with barely 24 hours’ notice, for hearings over Easter. Worse, the RSRT set rates that would be applicable only to some 35,000 owner drivers and small family businesses, not, repeat not, to employee drivers. Those rates were set at such ludicrous levels that they guaranteed that the owner-drivers would be priced out of the market. Indeed, there are a great many documented cases of these poor folk being advised that they would no longer have any work.
We even had senior TWU reps who came to one of our industry meetings, which 215 alarmed operators attended, and to everyone’s absolute amazement the deputy state secretary of the TWU dismissively said during one of his outbursts: “We don’t know what you’re worried about, the work will still get done, you’ll just be working for someone else.”!
This outrageous comment was his response to the angry statements by many of the 215 present that they would lose their businesses. It was clear that the TWU knew that and that they just didn’t care and seemingly the TWU actually wanted to eradicate owner drivers and have them replaced by employees of bigger businesses in the hope that more of them would join the union. This view was personally confirmed with me by a union official as being the policy being pushed from the very top of the TWU.
So, unsurprisingly, the industry rallied against the RSRT like never before and certainly never in my 23 years in this role. The TWU’s spurious argument, which the RSRT had swallowed hook line and sinker, almost as if it had a predisposition to do so, was arguing that:

  1. The owner drivers were all unsafe.
  2. That this was entirely due to the allegedly poor rates paid to owner-drivers.
  3. Incredibly, literally, that simply by paying them more, those who are operating unsafely (e.g. by working excessive hours) would miraculously become safe, rather than continuing to work the excessive hours and pocket the extra money.

All of this is clearly patently false. I have met monthly with the police for 20 years in a committee that I chair and they know, right around the country, that the TWU claims are baseless and that the vast bulk of the industry is in fact safe. If that were not the case the police would be all over the industry like a rash every day. In the words of the police, it is a small recalcitrant minority of the industry that they are concerned about, as are we, and we fully and actively support enforcement action and policies that either force them to lift their game or force them out of the industry.
There were many other issues and fatal flaws with the RSRT Orders that are too complex to explain here other than to categorise them as being impractical for the industry and showing a fundamental lack of understanding by the RSRT of how the industry actually operates and needs to keep operating. For example, the blindingly obvious reality is that not every truck operator has the same cost structure and hence they can and do safely and legally operate under differing rates that they charge.
So the RSRT was doomed to fail and to its great credit the Federal Government and all but one of the independents in the Senate saw through the TWU’s false claims and its gross misrepresentations. They saw the truth of the matter and the factual evidence that we presented to them about the reality of the dramatic reductions in truck crashes, which is completely contrary to the misleading claims by the TWU.
This graph of Government fatal crash data clearly shows that over the past 32 years while the number of trucks and obviously the number of truck movements and mileage travelled have doubled, the number of fatal crashes is less than half and that as a result the rate of fatal crashes has plummeted to less than 20% of what it was and it is still trending down. All this without an RSRT and all this with market rates in place.
The TWU to this day still shamelessly rushes out with public statements moments after any truck-related fatality and repeats its fallacious claims that the death was caused by poor rates and the abolition of the RSRT. They don’t even bother to check if the driver was an employee, as most are, and to whom the rates would never had applied and hence the TWU claim that the death occurred because of low rates is a complete sham.
They also don’t bother to check if the truck driver was at fault. This is a very serious failing by the TWU because as proven by the recent release by the SA Labor Government’s Minister for Road Safety and Police, 91% of fatal truck crashes involve another vehicle, and of those a massive 80% are actually caused by the motorist, not by the truck driver. These figures are an increase from the 76% caused by the motorists in the previous figures of four years ago. Yet more proof of the improvements within the industry.
So where does that leave the false claims by the TWU? Utterly discredited.
That said, the industry does agree that:

  1. Everyone should be paid appropriately for their work at levels that reflect the realities of the costs and the quality of the work. This must include an eradication of the utterly unethical practice of some large transport operators who knowingly grossly underpay their subcontractors in respect of fuel, by setting their fuel levy by the Terminal Gate Price which is some 25 to 30 cents per litre below what they know the subcontractor actually has to pay for their fuel. That is a shameful disgrace.
  2. Everyone should be paid promptly and certainly within a maximum of 30 days, something which far too many customers, including some large truck operators abuse with payment terms of 90 to 120 days. This is why we have always supported the push for a 30-day maximum payment terms. The TWU’s pathetic assertion that the government action to investigate payment terms is somehow an admission that they got it wrong when they abolished the RSRT is disingenuous to say the least. This investigation is something which we negotiated with the government and the Independent Senators as an integral part of our successful campaign to have the RSRT abolished and we continue to support it and it has nothing to do with the TWU.

This is why we met with the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman earlier this year and encouraged her to investigate these issues.
In summary, these outrageous claims by the TWU are the equivalent of Tony Sheldon walking outside in the dark and claiming that somebody has stolen the sun, when in fact we all know that it’s just night time.
The TWU should also be ashamed of its ongoing refusal to sit down with the industry bodies to discuss the real safety issues and work cooperatively on effective solutions. They don’t even bother to attend the meetings of the industry’s peak national Council, the ATA of which they are a member, where there is ongoing serious discussion of safety issues and effective solutions.
Steve Shearer is the executive director of SARTA.

Why digitisation is the next big opportunity for your supply chain

The best companies are learning how to use much of this new technology to get more value from their supply chains and improve their profits.
To help executives step up to this challenge, IMD is launching the newly revamped Digital Supply Chain Management (DCSM) program, building on its experience in educating professionals on global supply chain leadership.
“20 years ago people got overly excited about automation in manufacturing and business, but this time around, it’s really happening,” says Ralf Seifert, Director of the newly revamped program.
The one-week program’s content has been refreshed to reflect the fast-paced disruption that today’s companies face in their supply chains. Program faculty, Ralf Seifert and Carlos Cordon deliver concrete real-time examples of how companies are transforming the way goods go from warehouse to doorstep based on real world cases and research undertaken by IMD’s Value Chain 2020 think tank.
The program combines intense learning and interaction with industry peers and IMD faculty members. Participants apply the program takeaways to their own companies and get exposure to best practices from some of the most ground-breaking companies that are transforming the supply chain such as Amazon, Adidas, Zalando and more.

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