SEKO expands

SEKO, a global provider of supply chain solutions, recently expanded its Charlotte, North Carolina operation into a larger facility to accommodate customer demand.

SEKO Charlotte is a full service logistics operation and primarily serves North and South Carolina, handling all types of transportation services including domestic and international shipping, customs brokerage, warehouse management and time-definite ground transportation.

The office is on call 24/7 and is located within close proximity to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charleston, SC Seaport and Norfolk, VA Seaport.

The SEKO Charlotte office move was driven by increased customer demands and the need for additional warehouse space after experiencing exponential growth rates year after year.

Opened in 1980, SEKO Charlotte is among one of the original SEKO offices and has been expanding its business and service offerings for the last 27 years in the area.

The office has 35 employees and primarily handles imports and exports of electronic goods, auto parts and warehousing services, providing service to mostly North and South Carolina.

The facility provides warehouse storage capacity of 12,000 sq. feet, doubling its previous capacity, and offers comprehensive warehouse and distribution services utilizing the SEKO Warehouse Management System (WMS).

The SEKO WMS system provides online access to inventory status, shipment release notification and various reporting functions.

Security is maintained with video surveillance, monitored 24/7 and access is controlled with a required authorized key card.

Unauthorized personnel must remain in secured areas unless access is granted to the building by a qualified SEKO employee.

To further meet customer needs, SEKO also operates fourteen units of delivery equipment, primarily consisting of straight trucks and sprinters.

These vehicles are used for local area and long distance pick-ups and deliveries, providing enhanced customer distribution services by enabling greater flexibility in moving freight locally and around the globe.

“Our business continues to grow at about 25 percent per year and we feel we must always keep pace with today’s dynamic marketplace,” says Glenn Maddox, station owner of SEKO Charlotte.

“Not only do we want to grow with new office space, but with new employees as well. Our goal is to continue as a logistics leader in the Carolinas region by continuing to provide customer service that is unmatched by the competition.”

“SEKO Charlotte has contributed a great deal to our Global Logistics Network and they continue to provide exceptional service to our global customers,” says William Wascher, president and CEO of SEKO.

“The office is one of the longest serving stations in our network and represents how a great deal of success can be achieved within the unique independent contractor business model that SEKO prides itself on.”

“After 27 years of successful growth, we readily look forward to its continued success,” he says.

Tradegate joins pan Asian e-commerce Alliance

Tradegate, a community-based trusted supplier of on-line services to importers, exporters and their service providers, has gained Associate Membership of the Pan Asian e-commerce Alliance (PAA).

The member economies of the PAA account for over 50 per cent of Australia’s exports and imports by value. They include Japan, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

Mr Peter Blanchard, the CEO of Tradegate, says membership of the PAA will provide local importers and exporters with the opportunity to conduct secure, electronic, paperless cross border trade with major export and import markets for Australia.

“Tradegate will be able to provide its members and customers with commercial information covering those markets in an electronic data format tailored to their business applications,” he says.

“This will reduce the need for data entry staff, eliminate data entry errors, and reduce time. It will prove a major boost to Australia’s trade efficiency.”

“Being able to send and receive electronic data to these markets will reduce delays, improve order-to-payment cycle times, and improve the accuracy of data further streamlining the import/export process.”

The Alliance aims to be the leading body of collaborative organizations promoting and providing secure, trusted, reliable and value-adding IT infrastructure and facilities for efficient global trade and logistics.

“The PAA’s activities complement the services offered by Tradegate to the Australian international trade and transport community,” Blanchard says.

“Membership of PAA will enable Tradegate to offer its members a secure environment using existing digital certificate technology and infrastructure for the sending and receiving of all commercial and regulatory trade documentation.”

“Commercial invoices, packing lists and waybills are some of the documents that can be exchanged in a data format for customers’ back-end software applications.”

Tradegate will work with existing regulatory agencies to ensure interoperability of infrastructure and services.

“As a first step, Tradegate is working closely with its counterpart in Hong Kong, Tradelink,” Blanchard says.

“Tradegate and Tradelink have established secure connectivity between one another. Tradegate welcomes customers to utilise the new service and obtain immediate benefits,” he says.

About Tradegate

Tradegate is a not-for-profit, neutral, community organization that provides e-commerce services to the international trade and transport community to improve the efficiency of the import/export process. Tradegate is a trusted supplier of on-line services to importers, exporters and their service providers. Visit http://www.tradegate.org.au

About PAA

The PAA, established in July 2000, is the regional e-Commerce alliance in Asia that provides secure and reliable IT infrastructure and promotes efficient global trade and logistics. Combined membership of the parties now exceeds 150,000 organisations, representing almost all active trading enterprises in the Asian market. Current PAA Members comprise Tradelink of Hong Kong, Trade-Van of Chinese Taipei, CrimsonLogic of Singapore, KTNET of Korea, CIECC of China, TEDI Club of Japan, Dagang Net of Malaysia, TEDMEV of Macau and CAT Telecom Public Co. Ltd of Thailand. For more information about PAA, please visit www.paa.net

IT impacts sales process -Cargowise

CargoWise™ edi, a leading provider of integrated international supply chain logistics management systems, says IT enhancements can not only improve operational efficiencies for freight forwarders, but also improve and streamline the sales process for a more successful outcome.

“In today’s dynamic global marketplace, integrated IT-based solutions can play a significant role in driving increased sales for freight forwarders if sales and marketing functionality is integrated within the overall freight management and supply chain system.”

Providing the sales department with the appropriate access to account information via an integrated software platform can enable the sales team to better focus on core elements of the entire sales process rather than spending time tracking, scheduling and managing existing accounts in a separate system.

“Many companies in our industry have tried to patch together a CRM system with operations software without much success.”

There are good software solutions in the market if sales are operating in a vacuum, but none can match the integration of a system such as ediEnterprise within a single platform…and at less cost than using multiple systems,” he says.

    <li Improved communications for more timely customer service <li Supply chain visibility for sales personnel to better document shipment activity <li Better management of time-sensitive product distribution <li Call notes that schedule the next call and upload it to specified Outlook calendars <li Opportunity management that provides sales forecasting and funnels relevant information to the sales and marketing department <li The ability to deliver marketing campaigns using filtered database lists <li A cold call register for generating leads before they become prospects or customers <li Numerous sales activity reports and measurement metrics <li Optimization of the entire supply chain process <li Cost savings over using multiple systems

However, the true value of an integrated IT-enhanced sales and marketing tool is that it is built within the freight management system and written specifically for logistics and supply chain freight forwarding professionals.

Customers can see requests for quotes online and the sales team is automatically alerted if a customer requests a quote for a rate that is not on file.

Sales can also update Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) for customers and set up automated document delivery based on customer contacts.

With these IT enhancements, there is no overhead communication to operations as files are cut and communicated automatically. Sales visibility and reporting is real-time to lane segments, by revenue and tonnage.

“The added value of real-time integration into the sales process is a true driver in impacting the sales and marketing functions.”

Port of Melbourne sets a benchmark

Trade at Australia’s largest container port has soared in October, setting a new monthly Australian record, Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) has announced.

The record container throughput totalled 202,219 TEU1 in October surpassing the previous best month recorded in July this year hich totalled 188,642 TEU.

The strong figures set a new benchmark for Melbourne as the first port in Australia to handle over 200,000 TEU in a single caledar month.

The container throughput for October represents a 10.4 per cent increase on the same month last year and amounts to the Port ofMelbourne handling over 6500 containers on average every day during October.

Commenting on the record monthly figures, PoMC Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Bradford, says the Port of Melbourne is one of Victoria’s great economic assets.

“On these figures we look set to record our seventeenth conecutive year of trade growth,” he says.

“This reinforces the need for the delivery of the Channel Deepening Project.

“To put this figure in perspective and illustrate our relative strength as a port, Melbourne has handled more containers in a single month than Adelaide handles in an entire year,” Bradford says.

Having set a new milestone earlier this year as the first port in Australia to handle 2 million TEU in a twelve month period, the total number of containers handled by the port in the twelve months to the end of October 2007 is now at 2 .153 million TE.

Notes

1. TEU = Twenty-foot equivalent unit, the standard international measure for container volumes.

2. The Port of Melbourne is the largest container and general cargo port in Australia, handling around 38% of the nation’s container trade.

Freedom grows with Toyota Material Handling

Distribution Centres rely heavily on their material handling equipment, but Steinhoff Asia Pacific’s Kings Park, Sydney DC has thrown up more challenges than most.

When it opened less than a decade ago the 35,000 square metre site provided wide aisle warehousing and a home delivery base for furniture specialist Freedom. Counter balance forklifts took care of all the material handling requirements.

Now Freedom is part of Steinhoff Asia Pacific, a furniture and homewares retailer with additional brands including Freedom Home, Snooze, Bayswiss and Bay Leather Republic.

The demands on the Kings Park building progressively forced the leasing of additional nearby warehouse space, a switch to narrow aisle configuration and most recently a major building program that’s pushed total floor space out to 45,000 square metres.

Through the whole process one of the few constants has been the choice of an increasingly large and hard working fleet of Toyota, Raymond and BT counter balance forklifts and specialist warehouse equipment, sourced from Toyota Material Handling.

Distribution Centre Manager Susan Hillier now runs an operation which employs 120 staff and acts both as a national import facility, and a base for NSW and ACT home deliveries.

“Toyota has been excellent as a supplier of our material handling equipment, but they’ve also had to go beyond just supplying turret trucks, forklifts, order pickers and reach trucks,” Hillier says.

With 80 pieces of equipment hard at work for two shifts each day to maintain, Toyota Material Handling has two technicians permanently on-site.

And in recent years “on-site” grew to include nearby warehouses leased to handle additional capacity demands.

Now, as the 6.2 kilometres of aisle space in the expanded distribution centre is progressively occupied and satellite warehouse space is relinquished, Toyota Material Handling is dismantling the satellites’ turret trucks and bringing them back to the upgraded site.

It also worked with Steinhoff Asia Pacific to organise wire guidance installation in the new racking area.

“They’ve worked well with us, even making special arrangements to install the wire guidance over a weekend, to ensure that disruption was kept to a minimum and designing the wire guidance systems so that a problem in one area won’t affect others,” Hillier says.

“Until four years ago we were a wide aisle warehouse but then we re-racked the site and introduced Raymond turret trucks and order pickers and BT high level reach trucks,” she says.

“All that equipment which we introduced for the narrow isle environment is still here today and still doing the job.”

“There is such a wide variety of goods on site that we need the full range of the best available warehouse equipment. Sometimes you are moving a pallet and other times you are moving furniture pieces — particularly sofas.”

“Toyota has been great in helping us to modify order pickers and put frames on the back so that we can manage different types of products,” Hillier says.

“Originally all sofas were stored in wide aisle areas on pallets and moved by forklifts. The damage problem was horrendous. Now we store sofas in narrow aisle areas on mesh and the damage is absolutely minimal.”

Toyota Material Handling used Raymond’s expertise in warehouse equipment to configure an extended turret head to accommodate sofas up to 2.95 metres in length.

Despite the extra space added recently, the Kings Park facility still faces the constant challenge to work safely in a fast paced environment with equipment maintained to a level of reliability suitable for a two shifts a day.

“Toyota has managed the relationship with us brilliantly,” Susan Hiller says.

“The system under which our fleet maintenance program operates gives full accountability.”

“We are involved in all the decision making and no repair is conducted without our sign-off, so that we can understand the issues. The technicians consult with us on a regular basis, especially if significant costs are involved, such as a new battery.”

Toyota Material Handling has also worked with management in establishing a dedicated battery charging area with a fully automated system designed to maximise efficiency.

“We don’t have spare equipment for our material handling needs,” Hillier says.

“The challenge is to manage the staff we have on our two shifts so that the work gets done and the equipment is always fully utilised.”

“The service from Toyota Material Handling has been great, not just in carrying out repairs, but in performing the routine maintenance that keeps it all going. You look at the use we make out of our equipment and the reliability has been remarkably good.”

The distribution centre’s material handling equipment fleet consists of a blend of Raymond turret trucks and high level order pickers, BT high level reach trucks and Toyota gas forklifts.

Steinhoff Asia Pacific’s IC counter balance forklift requirements are currently being upgraded with a progressive switchover to the high-tech Toyota 8 series models, fitted with speed limiters, catalytic converters, load handling controls and Toyota’s unique System of Active Stability.

“The Toyota people really know this site and that is a very big advantage,” Susan Hillier says.

“They understand our needs and work with us to manage the mix of our equipment.”

“It is such an advantage to have the best available equipment from counter balance forklift trucks to sophisticated reach trucks and turret trucks all from the one supplier and that has been Toyota.

For further information please contact Toyota Material Handling on 1800 425 438 or visit on-line at www.toyotamaterialhandling.com.au

Low maintenance ac-powered lift trucks

Balancing experience and cutting-edge research, Hyster ac-powered lift trucks deliver numerous advantages over industry standard dc-powered and internal combustion lift trucks.

Free of brushes and commutators, Hyster Company’s fully ac-powered lift trucks allow maximum production and reliability.

The lack of wearable parts eliminates costs and downtime associated with motor brush cleaning, checks and replacements. Energy consumption is also reduced due to improved traction performance and variable electric on-demand steering.

An ac brushless hoist motor powers the advanced hydraulic system to reduce maintenance and increase uptime. The hydraulic system contributes to increased performance and energy savings through the use of powered and regenerative lowering.

The system supports precise load handling with greater performance and less noise while improving battery efficiency through regenerative electricity.

Hyster Company’s powerful ac drive motor is designed to extend battery life to provide more runtime per battery charge and consistent performance even as the battery drains.

The ac drive system also includes an extended shift feature to enable enhanced runtime without recharging over longer periods.

Tests show that the Hyster new line of fully ac-powered trucks move more loads in between battery changes, and requires less energy.

Strong parts and control systems, customisable software and expert truck optimisation enhance the performance and productivity of the Hyster ac-powered lift trucks while reducing maintenance costs and downtime.

Hyster Australia 02 97723277.

Extendable conveyor bends into most shapes

Industrial Conveying Australia has developed its own extendable conveyors — unique, flexible equipment that expands and contracts and can be made into a straight, curved or bent configuration according to requirements.

These are quick and easy to set-up and has legs for adjustable height, on lockable castors.

The skate wheels or polypropylene rollers are designed to ensure self-tracking.

Extendable conveyors are ideal for moving goods in warehouse and storage situations as well as loading or unloading trucks.

They can be easily moved to give flexibility and multi-use functionality in your organisation.

The units can be manufactured to almost any desired length or width to suit the application.

Models available as standard are zinc plated mild steel or stainless steel components giving a very rigid and sturdy construction that will continue to perform in just about any industrial environment with minimal maintenance.

These economical expandable gravity conveyors are for multi-sized packages in low, medium and high volume applications.

Standard models come in widths of 350mm to 610mm and lengths of 1.8 metres to 8.8 metres. They have a carrying capacity up to 250 kg and come with either polypropylene roller or steel stake castors.

For more information: www.icaust.com.au

Australia's Mobicon heads to the UK

The first Australian made Mobicon container handler sold in the UK market was recently delivered to Karl King Transport in Suffolk, England.

The Mobicon can bring containers inside your warehouse increasing goods security and safety.

More importantly the Mobicon gives you the freedom to place the containers close to where the goods are stored.

According to company founder Karl King, KKT were looking for a system to ‘better manage’ on-site container handling and de-stuffing processes. KKT was previously loading from container ramps.

“Containers were unable to be de-stuffed in a timely manner and trailers were required to be unhitched and left in the yard for de-stuffing at alternative times.”

“Hence more trailer assets were required to complete the freight task,” he says

Overtime, stress and extended working hours were also impacting on security, safety, product damage, demurrage and operating costs for Karl King Transport.

“This has allowed us to lay off a expensive night shift, as the work can now all be done in the day.”

“Forklift wear has been reduced and we all feel that it has improved safety in our yard,” King says.

“This allows is significant cost savings associated with container handling for our business.” he says.

Benefits of a Mobicon for KKT:

    <li Improved yard efficiency

    <li Elimination of night shift

    <li Improved yard safety

    <li Significant reduction in container handling costs

    <li Much lower operating costs than a forklift or reach-stacker

    <li Ease and safety in operation

    <li The ability to operate in tight and congested areas

Key benefits of the Mobicon:

Improve Productivity

Cut Yard Maintenance

A Safer workplace

    <li 33 Tonne lift capacity

    <li Low height and narrow track

    <li Lightest container handler in the world

    <li Cheaper than alternatives to own and operate

    <li Buy Lease or Rent…the new way to handle containers

To find out more about the Mobicon please contact Damian Cosgriff, Area Manager, Mobicon Systems on 0413 449 120.

Australia’s Mobicon heads to the UK

The first Australian made Mobicon container handler sold in the UK market was recently delivered to Karl King Transport in Suffolk, England.

The Mobicon can bring containers inside your warehouse increasing goods security and safety.

More importantly the Mobicon gives you the freedom to place the containers close to where the goods are stored.

According to company founder Karl King, KKT were looking for a system to ‘better manage’ on-site container handling and de-stuffing processes. KKT was previously loading from container ramps.

“Containers were unable to be de-stuffed in a timely manner and trailers were required to be unhitched and left in the yard for de-stuffing at alternative times.”

“Hence more trailer assets were required to complete the freight task,” he says

Overtime, stress and extended working hours were also impacting on security, safety, product damage, demurrage and operating costs for Karl King Transport.

“This has allowed us to lay off a expensive night shift, as the work can now all be done in the day.”

“Forklift wear has been reduced and we all feel that it has improved safety in our yard,” King says.

“This allows is significant cost savings associated with container handling for our business.” he says.

Benefits of a Mobicon for KKT:

    <li Improved yard efficiency

    <li Elimination of night shift

    <li Improved yard safety

    <li Significant reduction in container handling costs

    <li Much lower operating costs than a forklift or reach-stacker

    <li Ease and safety in operation

    <li The ability to operate in tight and congested areas

Key benefits of the Mobicon:

Improve Productivity

Cut Yard Maintenance

A Safer workplace

    <li 33 Tonne lift capacity

    <li Low height and narrow track

    <li Lightest container handler in the world

    <li Cheaper than alternatives to own and operate

    <li Buy Lease or Rent…the new way to handle containers

To find out more about the Mobicon please contact Damian Cosgriff, Area Manager, Mobicon Systems on 0413 449 120.

Sybase appoints a new MD

Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure and mobile has announced the appointment of Dereck Daymond as new Managing Director Australia and New Zealand.

Based in Sydney, Daymond is responsible for developing and executing on Sybase’s business strategy for Australia and New Zealand.

In this role he will focus on further extending the company’s healthy foothold in the database market into new growth areas such as business intelligence and mobility.

Daymond’s career in senior sales and management positions in the IT industry spans 16 years. Before joining Sybase, Daymond was the General Manager Sales at Teradata Australia, where he grew the hardware, software and professional services business substantially.

Daymond started with Teradata in 2004 as General Manager Australian Southern Region.

Prior to Teradata, he worked as Executive Consultant Asia Pacific for Objective Corporation, an Australian provider of electronic record and knowledge management, portal and workflow software.

From 1996 to 2002 Daymond held various roles at Ascential Software, formerly Informix Software, including Vice President of Asia Pacific, Japan and Africa, and anaging irector Middle East and Africa for Informix.

In these positions he created a successful channel program and took the direct sales team to new heights.

Commenting on the appointment, Barrie Sheers, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sybase Asia Pacific Operations, says Sybase is extremely pleased to see Dereck spearheading our operations in Australia.

and New Zealand.

“Derek’s expertise in forging alliances with strategic partners will help us unfold our vision of the Unwired Enterprise and boost regional growth in key areas such as business intelligence and mobility.”

Daymond started his career at Oracle, where he spent seven years. He holds a BA in Psychology and a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and an MBA from the University of South Africa.

About Sybase, Inc.

Sybase is the largest global enterprise software company exclusively focused on managing and mobilising information from the data centre to the point of action.

Sybase provides open, cross-platform solutions that securely deliver information anytime, anywhere, enabling customers and partners to create an information edge. The world’s most critical data in commerce, communications, finance, government and healthcare runs on Sybase.

Sybase ANZ is headquartered in Sydney, with offices in Melbourne and Wellington, New Zealand. For more information visit www.sybase.com.au or www.sybase.co.nz.

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