CBH Group has appointed a new fleet management provider

CBH Group has announced it has appointed a new outsourced Fleet Management and Leasing provider.
CBH Group has appointed ORIX as its outsourced Fleet Management and Leasing provider.
The CBH Group is Australia’s largest co-operative organisation and a leader in the Australian grain industry, with operations extending along the value chain from grain storage, handling, transport, marketing and processing. Owned and controlled by more than 4,000 Western Australian grain growing businesses, the core purpose of the CBH Group is to sustainably create and return value to growers*.
ORIX is a trans-Tasman Fleet Management and Leasing Organisation, currently employing over 300 people and managing assets valued in excess of A$1 billion.
ORIX’s offer to CBH Group includes traditional fleet management and leasing services to support CBH’s fleet of vehicles. The offer was complemented by enhanced Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) capabilities tailored for CBH Group and designed to optimise the cost of managing mobility within the Group.
Further, by accessing ORIX’s innovative technology package, CBH Group and ORIX were able to develop a support package that allows CBH Group to extend industry best practice fleet management and leasing capabilities to its substantial network of growers and suppliers.
ORIX will engage CBH Group in the near future to further extend its offer to include Novated Leasing and a Vehicle Buying Service to its members and employees.

WiseTech makes another acquisition

WiseTech Global, has announced the acquisition of Xware, a messaging integration solutions provider in Sweden.
Xware’s secure, interoperable messaging solution, xTrade, is designed to link organisations to their suppliers and partners, allowing them to safely share information across application to application, business to business, managed file transfers, business process management and IoT  ̶ essential for real-time messaging, queued business flows and data integration.
Xware products are also utilised in the integration of complex applications in specialised sectors such as defence. Xware customers include Swedish Armed Forces, CGI, Stockholm City Council, Axstores/Åhlens, Greencarrier Freight Services, and other organisations across sectors including logistics, IT, and healthcare.
“We welcome the Xware team who are well regarded for their innovative and secure message switching technology, into the WiseTech family. We are acquiring Xware to enhance our messaging gateway and ensure we have greater control over the future development, quality and scalability of this key messaging technology. This is part of our digital straight-through processing strategy to accelerate adoption, reduce risks and costs and encourage wider digitisation within the logistics industry. This adjacency acquisition will also expand our innovation resources, deliver benefits to our customers and improve partner channel capacity for integrations to CargoWise platforms,” Richard White, CEO, WiseTech Global Founder and CEO said.
“Given our powerful global development capabilities and worldwide reach, we will together further expand the speed and ease with which organisations can interconnect their myriad information systems with our CargoWise One global logistics execution platform. Xware will also play a part in our CargoWise Nexus platform, currently in development, designed to enable our customers to rapidly, reliably and securely connect digitally with their own customers and trading partners.
“Joining the WiseTech Global group brings Xware to a new phase with extensive new technical and commercial opportunities, such as access to the global market, and their very advanced and innovative development resources. While we remain committed to delivering the best messaging integration solutions to our customers 2 across Sweden and their ongoing support, we will now be able to help more organisations who operate outside the Nordics,” Xware Managing Director, Jonas Ericsson, Xware Managing Director said.
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.

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics becomes Siemens Logistics

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics will become globally known as Siemens Logistics.
This will first take place in Germany, with immediate effect,  before being rolled out globally.
According to Siemens, this shorter and more concise name is part of an overall market image overhaul, which also includes already standardised e-mail addresses worldwide – even for subsidiary.
“The new company name, Siemens Logistics, reinforces our extended development
opportunities in the logistics market as a supplier in the automation and digitalization
sectors, above and beyond the mail, parcel, and airport sectors,” Michael Reichle,
CEO of Siemens Logistics said.
Siemens Logistics is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Siemens AG and a leading supplier of
innovative and high-performance products and solutions in fields such as mail and
parcel automation, airport logistics, including baggage and cargo handling, along with
digitalisation of logistics processes using high-quality software and cloud/Internet of
Things applications.
Siemens Logistics has its headquarters in Constance and is represented on the
international stage by regional companies operating in more than 60 countries.


Kalmar aims to go 100% electric by 2021

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has introduced a fully electric version of the Kalmar Empty Container Handler. The launch represents another step on the company’s journey towards offering an electric version of every product in its portfolio by 2021.
The all-electric machine is the latest addition to Kalmar’s Eco Range, which already includes the Kalmar Eco Reachstacker with a fuel-saving guarantee. In addition, Kalmar has already launched fully electric versions of its light and medium forklift trucks, Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors, shuttle and straddle carriers, automated guided vehicles (AGV) and yard cranes.
Based on the Kalmar ECG90-180 medium electric forklift, the new machine is designed to help customers reduce overall fuel costs and comply with increasingly strict airborne and noise emissions standards without compromising on performance. It can stack containers up to four high and is available with a choice of battery technologies to ensure a clean, efficient lift every time. With fewer moving parts and lower rates of wear and tear than a diesel-powered machine, the Kalmar Electric Empty Container Handler is also simpler and more cost-effective to maintain.

Immediate torque

The electric driveline provides full torque immediately and is smoother to operate than a diesel driveline, making operating cycles shorter and increasing the potential number of container moves per hour. Fully charged, the battery has enough power to last a whole shift.
Vice president of forklifts at Kalmar Stefan Hultqvist said: “We firmly believe that electricity is the power source of the future and have committed to make our full portfolio available as electrically powered by 2021. We have been developing electrically powered machine technology since the 1980s, and the Kalmar Electric Empty Container Handler is the latest in what will be a long line of eco-efficient solutions. We know that operational cycles differ from customer to customer, so we’re pleased to be able to offer a choice between lead-acid and lithium-ion battery technologies to allow customers to specify the option that best fits their requirements.

New Zealand logistics business appoints new CEO

New Zealand–based third party logistics (3PL) company, Online Distribution, has appointed Greg Managh to the role of Chief Executive.
Online Distribution Director and company founder, Ben Evans, said the appointment of Managh and the formation of a company board is reflective of the company’s evolution since its beginnings in 1987.
“Back then we started out with just one warehouse, one client and a few staff; today we have 13 warehouses across Christchurch and Auckland, serving over 200 clients and we employ 111 permanent staff who are supported by our own pool of casual staff,” he said.
Managh praises Evans for his foresight in establishing a company based around a trend towards the outsourcing of logistics that he had observed overseas.
“I have huge regard for Ben and what he has achieved in making Online Distribution the great brand that it is today, and I am looking forward to contributing to the next phase of the story,” said Managh.
Managh joined Online Distribution as Northern Regional Manager in February 2018 and this position within the company’s senior leadership team has reportedly given him the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the business.
“Greg is an accomplished and proven leader, whose extensive industry and senior management experience make him well-qualified to lead us into the future,” said Evans.
While Evans is moving away from a direct management role, he will remain active within the company as a board member with a focus on research and strategy.
Both Evans and Managh agree that Online Distribution is well-placed to continue to make the most of the opportunities presented by new technology, domestic and global trends towards outsourcing logistics services, and the rise of ecommerce and omnichannel business.
Evans noted that a distinct advantage in the market remains its independence from multi-national transport and freight forwarding ownership, allowing the business to develop strategic partnerships and solutions that benefit its clients and their customers.

Maersk launches digital customs clearance platform

Maersk has launched Customs Clearance online shipping management platform in seven European countries – Germany, France, Denmark, The Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom and Spain – with the goal of expanding this offering across the world by the end of 2019.
“This new one-stop-shop allows us to timely and efficiently handle export and import declarations for our customers. The solution provides downstream benefits of full governance and compliance, eliminates the need to provide a quote as pricing is displayed online, saving three to five minutes per quote,” Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer of A.P. Moller – Maersk said.
“In other words, it saves our customers time, money and headaches reducing the number of intermediaries they deal with from three or four to just one as well as paperwork which subsequently reduce the time spent on transactional procedures. Time saved they can then devote to grow their businesses.”
A good example of this is Germany where Maersk has piloted this Ocean and Customs Clearance shipping management platform for almost two years.
“It is perfect to book our service request only with one online platform without contacting further operational departments. We prefer local language and we appreciate collaboration between the responsible departments within Maersk. We welcome the possibility to have all Customs House Brokerage documents uploaded on the internet platform (quick plus easy handling). Would be good to have one invoice handling in the future, but okay for now. The Customs House Broker service provided by the relevant departments is excellent” Robert Weber from Speditionsabteilung at Neenah Gessner GmBH said.

Tired man truck driver with cigarette

NTC claims world-first in fatigue research

The National Transport Commission (NTC) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC) have released the results of a world-first study into heavy vehicle driver fatigue.
The two-year scientific study evaluated alertness monitoring technology and the impacts of work shifts on driver alertness. It analysed shift starting time, the number of consecutive shifts, shift length, shift rotation, rest breaks and their likely impact on driver drowsiness and fatigue.
Spokesperson and theme leader for the Alertness CRC Associate Professor Mark Howard said the research involved a study of more than 300 heavy vehicle driver shifts both in-vehicle and in a laboratory, as well as 150,000 samples of retrospective data.
“We found that slow eye and eyelid movements, longer blink duration and prolonged eye closure are reliable predictors of drowsiness and fatigue,” Associate Professor Howard said.
The study also confirmed the scientific link between alertness and drowsiness  patterns associated with specific work shifts for heavy vehicle driving.
NTC chief executive officer Dr Gillian Miles said these findings will inform future fatigue policy as part of the NTC-led review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
“This is critical new evidence that will ultimately help to decrease heavy vehicle fatigue risk at a time when the nation’s freight task is expected to double by 2030,” Dr Miles said.
The Alertness CRC conducted the research as part of a wider collaboration, including the NTC, the Australian Government, Transport for NSW, Austin Health, Monash University, the Institute for Breathing and Sleep and the heavy vehicle industry.
The summary report and an infographic of the key research findings are available on the NTC website.

Key research findings

  • Greatest alertness levels can be achieved under current standard driving hours for shifts starting between 6am – 8am, including all rest breaks.
  • Greatest risk of an increase in drowsiness occurs:
    • After 15 hours of day driving when a driver starts a shift before 9am).
    • After 6–8 hours of night driving (when a driver starts a shift in the afternoon or evening).
    • After 5 consecutive shifts when driving again for over 13 hours.
    • When driving an early shift that starts after midnight and before 6am.
    • During the first 1-2 night shifts a driver undertakes and during long night shift sequences.
    • When a driver undertakes a backward shift rotation (from an evening, back to afternoon, or an afternoon back to a morning start).
    • After long shift sequences of more than seven shifts.
    • During nose-to-tail shifts where a seven-hour break only enables five hours of sleep – a duration previously associated with a three-fold increased risk for motor vehicle accidents.

SAP and Uber Freight collaborate to future-proof supply chain

SAP SE and Uber Freight have announced a partnership to modernise the freight industry through intelligent process automation and better access to a network of connected and reliable drivers.
The integration of Uber Freight into SAP Logistics Business Network will let customers access transportation rates from Uber’s digitally activated carrier network and gain real-time quotes and guaranteed freight capacity, greatly simplifying load management and execution.
“Finding and booking freight can be the most expensive and often the most complex piece of the supply chain. This combined solution will remove roadblocks and offers a simpler, more automated approach that streamlines operations, delivers tangible cost savings and ultimately creates a better customer experience. Adding Uber Freight to our SAP Logistics Business Network will help our customers optimize their logistics and put their customers at the heart of their digital supply chain,” Hala Zeine, President, SAP Digital Supply Chain said.
SAP Logistics Business Network, built on SAP Cloud Platform and the SAP HANA business data platform, expands transportation management to enable shippers, freight forwarders, carriers and other logistics partners to easily onboard, collaborate, exchange logistics information and share insights. With this industry-first Uber Freight integration, shippers and carriers can work together using innovative tools that bypass traditional roadblocks, enabling shippers to select from a much broader carrier base and perform real-time pricing of shipments, while gaining improved utilisation and efficiency.
“For the world’s biggest shippers, an efficient, digitalised supply chain is critical to their success. Uber Freight is partnering with SAP to bring shippers and carriers together at the level where freight decisions are being made. This innovative tech-forward approach to freight means shippers can spend less time sourcing quotes and capacity and more time getting goods to market,” Bill Driegert, Senior Director, Uber Freight said.

UPS supports vaccine drone delivery program in Ghana

The UPS Foundation and Gavi have announced support for the expansion of a medical drone network into Ghana.
Zipline, a California-based automated logistics company, will use drones to make on-demand, emergency deliveries of 148 high priority products including emergency and routine vaccines, blood products and life-saving medications.
The service will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from four distribution centers—each equipped with 30 drones—and deliver to over 2,000 health facilities serving 12 million people across the country.
The partnership between the Government of Rwanda and Zipline, supported by philanthropic grants and in-kind support from The UPS Foundation and Gavi, pioneered just-in-time drone delivery of blood products to hard-to-reach clinics in Rwanda.
The Government of Ghana is building on that success with expanded Zipline services, supported again by Gavi and the UPS Foundation and joined this time by the Gates Foundation and Pfizer. The Zipline drone network will be integrated into the national healthcare supply chain in Ghana and will help prevent vaccine stockouts in health facilities as well as during national immunisation campaigns.
“The ability of the Government to supplement routine immunisation on demand will allow us to make sure that there will always be enough life-saving vaccines for every child in Ghana. This is an exciting development for Gavi that is ultimately going to ensure we leave no one behind and help us protect more children living in remote areas against vaccine preventable diseases,” Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance said.
Logistics will be managed through Zipline’s hardware and software systems in each of the distribution centres, and deliveries will take place at hospitals and health clinics. The UPS Foundation will provide $3 million, including $2.4 million in funding and UPS will provide $600,000 of in-kind shipping services. Separately, UPS has already begun an analysis of Ghana’s healthcare supply chain, providing expertise designed to complement the government’s vision to continually optimise the delivery of healthcare products.

Kraft Heinz appoints new CEO in Australia

Kraft Heinz Australia has confirmed Simon Laroche as its new CEO. He is charged with growing the business, strengthening relationships with retailers and supply chain partners as well as extending the company’s local product innovation.
Laroche has in-depth experience in the FMCG sector, with successful senior roles at Canada’s largest brewery company, Labatt Breweries. Most recently, he was Vice President of Sales, where he managed 1,000 employees across sales and marketing teams. His areas of responsibility spanned international operations and partnerships, including within the Australian market.
“I am delighted to join the team at Kraft Heinz Australia and lead the company into its next phase of growth. It’s an exciting, fast-moving business, boasting iconic brands which Aussies love. Brands which are rich in heritage with products that bring great innovation to their categories. Most importantly, what sets Kraft Heinz apart is its people. The business has an outstanding team – all true talents in their fields, bringing energy, passion and creativity to their work each day,” Simon said.
Since Kraft and Heinz merged in 2015, Kraft Heinz Australia has expanded and now employs more than 900 people across operations, production, sales and marketing. In the past 12 months, the company has also added a number of brands to its portfolio including Gravox, Fountain and SAXA following the acquisition of Cerebos in 2018.

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