Spotlight on Promat 2019 - from MHD magazine

Spotlight on Promat 2019 – from MHD magazine

In early April I had the opportunity to visit Promat 2019 in Chicago. Promat is North America’s largest materials handling equipment and systems exhibition, featuring over 950 exhibitors and 150 educational seminars. Read more

SCLAA Trade Visit to China, Port of Guangzhou SCLAA China

Last chance to join China trade visit

There’s only four days left to register for the SCLAA Trade Visit to China, taking place from 30 July to 10 August 2019.
The Australia-China Supply Chain & Logistics Alliance was set up by Australian International Trade Association (AITA)and the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) on 23 November 2018. The alliance aims to promote cooperation in supply chain & logistics between Australia and China by providing a series of services including exhibition, conference, forum, training program.
The Supply Chain & Logistic Association Australia’s Trade Visit is a special event for Australia-China Supply Chain & Logistics Alliance, where you will participate in the following activities:

  • Belt & Road Australia China Logistic and Supply Chain Alliance 2019 welcoming dinner, China-Australia & NZ Trade Forum & Networking Dinner, Beijing.
  • AU & NZ Quality Export Base Promotion & Matching Forums in Beijing, Tianjin and other locations.
  • Belt and Road Economic and Trade Cooperation Summit.
  • Xining City Development & Investment Fair in Xining, Qinghai.

These are annual events in China in the sector of supply chain and logistics, especially organised by SCLAA and AITA to provide a unique opportunity for the alliance members to further engage with the China supply chain & logistics industry, from business groups to governments and NGO. It also provides a chance for those leading enterprises to display, promote and integrate with the China market.

  • Meet the key governments, NGO and companies (including ports site visit) in each location.
  • Visit the Australian and NZ embassies and other related organisations.
  • Business networking and matchmaking in the Forum & Networking Dinner in Beijing and other forums in various locations.
  • Visit three port cities in China.

Download all information and a copy of the itinerary here.
 

VISA Global Logistics selects new Warehouse Management System

VISA Global Logistics has selected Manhattan Associate’s Warehouse Management System (WMS) to be deployed throughout its warehouses in Australia and New Zealand.
According to Manhattan, the solution will allow VISA Global Logistics to provide its customers with improved real-time inventory visibility and transparency throughout its supply chain.
VISA Global Logistics selected the Manhattan Active SCALE solution for its flexibility and scalability in the face of constantly shifting supply chain demands and opportunities. The SCALE solution 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 KPIs and access to all of their relevant information in a user-friendly platform,” Tony Baxter, National Warehouse Manager at VISA Global Logistics said.
VISA Global Logistics also chose SCALE for its rapid implementation and easy-to-use customer interface. “A big benefit for us is that Manhattan’s solution will allow for onboarding customers much faster, taking only three hours, while the legacy system could take up to 30 days,” Tony added.
“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. Our Manhattan Active SCALE solution will offer VISA Global Logistics the flexibility and scalability needed to support the company’s growth. Our fully managed cloud solution will also help them improve their overall customer experience and get goods to consumers faster,” Raghav Sibal, Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand for Manhattan Associates said.

Plans revealed to install electric vehicle charging points across Australia

US-company EV Connect has announced it will partner with Australian-firm Evie Networks to launch a fast-charging corridor in Australia for electric vehicle drivers.

The network will be the largest of its kind in Australia. Evie Networks will use EV Connect’s EV Cloud platform to deploy and manage a network of 42 sites and over 80 new ultra-fast Tritium charging stations in their first phase network, aimed at connecting Australia’s major capital cities.

The Evie network will leverage the company’s EV charger deployment experience, and EV Connect’s charging data analytics and station uptime management to enable drivers, fleet owners, distributors, and retailers to go electric.

“EV Connect is the most experienced charging software developer in the market, and we are putting that expertise and the EV Connect platform to work with our partners to build a clean, safe, convenient, and dependable EV charging network across the cities, towns, and highways of Australia,” Chris Mills, CEO of Evie Networks said.

“Based in one of the most mature EV markets in the world, EV Connect brings the experience and capability to reliably connect with a wide range of charging stations and vehicle models. We saw this as critical to providing the dependable charging experience that we want for Australian drivers and partners.”

“For Australia to fully realise all the benefits of EVs, we have to reduce range and charging anxiety by giving drivers access to charging and information about chargers, no matter where they travel,” Jordan Ramer, founder and CEO of EV Connect said.

The ultra-fast chargers Evie Networks is deploying at select highway locations across Australia will give EV drivers a charging experience similar to that of refueling a conventional internal combustion engine.

Australia Post signs deal with Digital Wine Ventures

Digital Wine Ventures will partner with Australia Post to launch WINEDEPOT. A new trading and logistics platform for Australia’s multi-billion dollar wine industry.
Australia Post will provide warehouses, staffing, backend IT systems and infrastructure.
Catering for producers, distributors, importers and retailers of all sizes, the platform will allow orders to be fulfilled from inventory reserves held in depots servicing key markets – significantly reducing delivery times, freight costs and the opportunity for breakages.
Under the agreement, WINEDEPOT will establish its first four depots within Australia Post’s existing distribution centres located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
“Each depot will hold a very broad range of suppliers inventory on consignment, which can be accessed by a range of sales channels. As orders are processed through our platform they are routed to the depot closest to the delivery address where they are picked, packed (by bottle or case) and drop-shipped to the end customer. Depots are then automatically replenished on a bi-weekly basis from WINEDEPOT’s regional bulk storage facilities,” Dean Taylor, Digital Wine Ventures CEO said.
“Being located within Australia Post’s distribution centres will allow orders to flow directly into Fulfilio, Australia Post’s fulfilment system, avoiding the typical need for collection, transfer and sortation. This further reduces handling, costs and delivery times,” he continued.
“Australia Post is always looking for ways to support Australian businesses, particularly those in regional areas where most wineries are located. As wine is heavy, bulky and fragile, shipping one case at a time from regional areas to consumers in major cities drives higher costs and increases risk of damage to consumer product. WINEDEPOT’s model will address many of these limitations and provide a much improved overall customer experience,” Paul Hersbach, Head of Growth Products at Australia Post said.
WINEDEPOT expects it will leverage the learnings from the Australia Post partnership to establish a working model that they can use in other countries.

DP World acquires international marine logistics operator

DP World has announced the acquisition of Topaz Energy and Marine Limited for an enterprise value of $1,079 million USD.
Topaz is an international critical logistics and solutions provider to the global energy industry.
The company operates a modern, versatile fleet of 117 vessels, predominantly in the Caspian Sea, MENA, and West Africa regions.
The group enjoys a particularly strong position in its core Caspian Sea market. The Caspian Sea is the largest inland body of water in the world, and one of the most strategic oil basins.
Long-term contracts and high barriers to entry characterise the basin, which holds approximately 6 per cent of global oil reserves.
Topaz also maintains long-standing relationships with many of the leading international and national oil companies, including BP, Chevron, Dragon Oil, Dubai Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Tengizchevroil.
“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Topaz, which further strengthens DP World’s position as a world-leading operator in maritime logistics services. In recent years, we have been investing selectively in the marine logistics sector in companies with high revenue visibility, consistent track record and strong customer relationships. This latest acquisition complements the operations of our P&O Maritime Services (POMS) business, which maintains over 300 vessels globally. Much like DP World, Topaz has evolved its business, offering customers a range of logistics solutions and helping the Company outperform the industry,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said.

VISA Logistics company to optimise supply chain performance

Logistics company to optimise supply chain performance

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.”

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