Women in Freight Scholarship: apply now

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s annual $10,000 Women in Freight, Logistics and Marine Management scholarship.

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas said the scholarship was designed to encourage more women to take up leadership and management positions in the freight, marine and logistics industries.

“Reports estimate that women currently represent only 27 per cent of the transport and logistics workforce and there are even fewer in management positions.

“Attracting and retaining more women is now recognised as a priority because of the balance and diversity it brings to the workplace,” Mr Pallas said.

Any postgraduate student commencing or completing her studies in a field relating to the freight, logistics and marine industries is eligible to apply.

Key criteria of the award would be relevant work experience, academic merit and commitment to a career in the industry.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for young women to gain experience and insights into the freight, logistics and marine sector,” Mr Pallas said.

“The winning recipient will receive funding to assist with further education and will also have the opportunity to undertake work at the Department of Infrastructure.”

The 2008 scholarship was awarded to Tessa Mahon, who is studying a Masters course in Marketing with a focus on supply chain logistics. She completed a year in the logistics division at GM Holden and had a graduate trainee role at the security product manufacturing plant of Assa Abloy in Oakleigh.

“We believe it is important to promote the recruitment of women into the freight, logistics and marine sector and assist them in reaching their potential,” Mr Pallas said.

Applications close on 31 October 2008.

For further information on the scholarship, visit: www.transport.vic.gov.au/freight

Carbon trading sparks war between modes

Conflict between rail and road groups continues over the government’s emissions trading handouts.

Thirty representatives from Australia’s transport groups have met with Federal Climate Change Minister Penny Wong at a forum to discuss how best to curb climate change.

While rail groups argued rail is an environmentally friendly transport mode that deserves a bigger boost, the trucking sector called for more protection for their businesses and consumers under the emissions trading scheme.  

Chief executive of the Australasian Railway Association Bryan Nye said the impending scheme favoured road transport by recommending an immediate cost offset for road use, but completely disregarded rail and its environmental benefits.

“It’s giving concessions to the trucking industry,” Mr Nye told AAP. “That defeats the whole reason for having a greenhouse program. Why not give a climate change credit to encourage people to use cleaner and greener forms of transport such as coastal shipping and rail?”

The green paper has recommended fuel for heavy vehicles to be exempt from price rises under the scheme until 2011, with petrol to be exempt until 2013.

While trucking groups wanted the fuel exemption to be extended, Mr Nye said he opposed to the move.

He has previously been quoted as saying: “It is bizarre that someone catching a train to work will have to pay more under the scheme, while car users causing pollution, congestion and health impacts will be compensated.”

The shipping and aviation sectors were also worried that the scheme could give their international rivals a competitive edge as it would force up domestic fuel and ticket prices whilst international players remain unaffected.

Senator Wong said Australia had no option but to cut its emissions, and there was no easy answer.

“We’ve said in terms of the carbon pollution reduction scheme, we’re willing to talk to business about the best way to design it,” she said.

Submit your infrastructure wish-list

Federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese and Infrastructure Australia chair Sir Rod Eddington have urged the public to take part in shaping of Australia’s infrastructure spending.

The public and business can submit their project ideas to Infrastructure Australia by October 15 for evaluation and possible inclusion on the national infrastructure priority list.

“We want both industry and the community to be our partners in the long-term effort to fix and modernise the nation’s critical economic infrastructure: our roads, railways, ports, water, energy utilities and telecommunications,” Mr Albanese said.

“In making a submission, we are asking people to look beyond their own street or neighbourhood and put forward ideas and suggestions that will strengthen the national economy.

“We as a government do not believe that we have a monopoly on all the good ideas for Australia’s future,” he said.

Sir Eddington said the call for submissions was to facilitate public discussion of how the nation can better plan, finance and build major infrastructure.

“We have indications that members of the community, including people working in industry and government, have both ideas and information potentially of great value to our work,” he said.

“We know that for a long time we’ve had a major infrastructure deficit and that the Reserve Bank warned on 20 occasions that was leading to capacity constraints in the economy, leading to upward pressure on inflation and interest rates."

Mr Albanese said $400 billion plus infrastructure spending in the long term was critical in ensuring sustainable economic and social development.

“We know that urban congestion, if left unaddressed, will cost some $20 billion by the year 2020. That’s a good example of why this is not just an economic issue, but a social issue because many working parents are spending more time commuting to and from work in their cars, than they are at home with their kids,” he told the Nine Network.

 

“After all, when we talk about infrastructure, we’re talking about areas that have an immediate impact on people’s lives.

“Often, we only notice it when it doesn’t work, when you can’t get the train, or urban congestion is occurring, or we have water restrictions. So we want the community to have input, because this affects people’s everyday lives,” Mr Albanese said.

The discussion paper calls for evidence-based submissions, which should be no more than 15 pages and sent to mail@infrastructureaustralia.gov.au with "Submission" in the subject field.

A copy of the discussion paper, as well as information about how to prepare and lodge a submission, is available at www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au.

B-triples to eat Victoria

A Toll IPEC B-triple truck.

A B-triple truck.

The Victorian Government has planned to build seven B-triple routes across the state, according to a leaked Department of Transport document.

The State Opposition argued the State Government intended to include the heavy vehicle network in its transport strategy due in November, without any consultation with communities or relevant organisations.

“In December 2007, Planning Minister Tim Pallas promised full consultation with local communities and councils about B-triples,” opposition transport spokesman Terry Mulder said.

“John Brumby should tell Minister Pallas to pick up the phone and start making calls instead of treating local communities and councils like mushrooms.”

The opposition argued the massive introduction of B-triple trucks can pose a danger, especially in suburban streets, as the prime mover towing three trailers can weigh up to 82 tonnes with a length of up to 36 metres. 

In reaction to the leak, Victorian Premier John Brumby said while the State Government was conducting extensive consultation on how best to cope with soaring freight demand, no final decision has been made on B-triple trucks.

“The challenge that we’ve got is the freight task in Victoria is going to more than double by 2030, so there is going to be a lot of more goods being moved and we’ve got to look at the most efficient way of moving them,” Mr Brumby said.

“The only thing that we’d be looking at with B-triples would be to reduce the total number of truck movements and, particularly, the number of trucks that use local roads… If it means that we’d have fewer trucks on the road, that would be a good thing.”

Definitive supply chain report

The Logistics Association of Australia Ltd (LAA) and leading international supply chain and logistics management consultant, Logistics Bureau, have commenced a definitive report on the state of the logistics and supply chain industry in Australia.

LAA President Brad Harrison spoke enthusiastically about this program.

“We are delighted that Logistics Bureau has come on board to research this report which will provide a regular annual update on the state of the industry for all our members,” he says.

Under the agreement, Logistics Bureau will provide research content and analysis on its research findings once a year.

The first annual report will comprise an economic update and a market update; define market participants and review Australian industry performance.

It is anticipated that second annual report will also include findings on employment and training and regulatory environment.

Logistics Bureau Group Managing Director Rob O’Byrne says he welcoms the opportunity to partner with the LAA on this initiative.

“Undertaking to deliver this research report reflects our commitment to promoting logistics and supply chain management practices, analysis and benchmarking for the benefit of the industry,” he says.

Based in Sydney and SE Asia, consultant Logistics Bureau provides direction and support in driving improved profitability, improved customer service and increased supply chain flexibility for a wide range of businesses.

Logistics Bureau is also a Friend of the LAA and has been instrumental in adding value to the industry through its strong support of a number of the LAA’ s education and research programs.

Further information: Joene Baker, Executive Manager LAA Ltd, tel: 02 9635 3422, email laamanager@laa.asn.au

Hyster Yardmaster II Reach Stacker Series

Hyster Company has introduced the Hyster® Yardmaster II reach stacker series.

Yardmaster II reach stackers support load capacities up to 101,000 lb, are designed with innovative new features to accomplish even the most demanding materials handling jobs and allow for maximum production with the least amount of effort.

The Yardmaster II has the tightest turning radius in the container handling industry.

Built with a Cummins 10.8L QSM 11 — 300 horsepower engine for an unladen lift speed of 94 ft/min, the Yardmaster II reach stackers can move the heaviest loads quickly and efficiently.

In addition, the truck’s high-strength boom allows for lifting 9’6’’ or 8’6’’ containers five-high in the first row, providing the dependability and strength for heavy duty container stacking applications.

The Yardmaster II series utilizes an advanced combination of engine, transmission and hydraulic technologies, providing maximum performance for container handling.

Improvements in cycle speeds enable the movement of more containers per hour, while an improved hydraulic system increases dependability and minimizes maintenance time.

The series also features the Hyster ComforCab II, designed to optimize driver comfort and visibility for maximum productivity.

The entire line of Hyster big trucks is supported by an expansive parts availability program, in-depth operator training and product customization for special applications.

Along with extensive serviceability and the most experienced dealer network in the industry, the Hyster Yardmaster II reach stacker series provides reliable service for practically any heavy-duty material handling need.

To find your local Hyster dealer, please visit www.hysteramericas.com.

ATLAS Fuel™ powers Tasco Inland Australia

Tasco-Inland Australia has upgraded to ATLAS Fuel™, Advanta Software’s fuel distributor’s software suite to

improve operational efficiencies and cater for business growth.

Established in 1995 with the merge of T&S Petroleum and Inland Oil Pty Ltd, Tasco-Inland Australia are one of the largest distributors of Mobil fuel and lubricant products in Australia.

Tasco Inland provides fuel distribution services to the South East Australian market and has developed a wholesale and retail network of over 40 service stations, 6 major depots and 2 administration centres.

Over the years, Tasco Inland Australia has differentiated their business from competitors and has created a competitive advantage in the fuel distribution market.

Evan Newell, retail marketing manager at Tasco-Inland believes in comparison with other fuel distribution companies, Tasco-Inland is a technical leader.

“To maintain this leadership, we continually search for new technologies to improve supply chain efficiencies and our customer service levels,” he says.

In June 2007, Tasco-Inland Australia decided to upgrade to Advanta’s ATLAS Fuel™ software suite.

Prior to the upgrade Tasco-Inland were using Advanta’s BILS-FD software solution.

The BILS FD software solution was originally implemented in 1996, following a detailed review of the fuel distribution software packages on the market by two senior managers at Tasco-Inland Australia.

At the time of evaluation, Newell says the BILS FD solution was selected as it provided the functional support required for our business following the merge with Inland Oil Pty Ltd in 1995.

During implementation, Tasco worked closely with Advanta to extend the BILS FD software suite to meet the needs of the Mobil fuel distributor network.

Over the past decade Tasco maintained a close involvement with the product by contributing feedback and implementing enhancements as they became available.

Over the past 3 years Advanta Software developed a new generation of solutions under the ATLAS™ brand, culminating in the release of ATLAS Fuel™.

“As an innovative player in the fuel distribution market, it was natural for Tasco to invest in ATLAS Fuel™ and update our software to the latest technology in the industry,” Newell says.

“ATLAS Fuel™ is a fuel industry specific version of Advanta’s ATLAS™ logistics suite.”

“ATLAS Fuel™ encompasses all aspects of supply chain management, supply chain execution, CRM and eLogistics.”

“In addition, ATLAS Fuel™ includes innovative features which are catered to the special needs of the Australian Fuel Distribution industry,” he says.

Newell says the ATLAS system is intuitive and uses a Windows look and feel design which directly reduces training costs to the business.

“In addition the menu structure is flexible and can be configured to our user’s needs,” he explains.

“This improves the security of the system by preventing unwanted access to specific parts of the system.”

Following the implementation of the ATLAS Fuel™ software suite, Tasco-Inland Australia intend to expand their fuel distribution service coverage across Australia and aim to develop the company into a world class leader in Fuel Distribution.

“Over the past 18 months, we have already doubled our supply quantity and with the support of our infrastructure as well as Advanta Software, our goal is definitely achievable,” Newell says.

ATLAS Fuel™ powers Tasco Inland Australia

Tasco-Inland Australia has upgraded to ATLAS Fuel™, Advanta Software’s fuel distributor’s software suite to

improve operational efficiencies and cater for business growth.

Established in 1995 with the merge of T&S Petroleum and Inland Oil Pty Ltd, Tasco-Inland Australia are one of the largest distributors of Mobil fuel and lubricant products in Australia.

Tasco Inland provides fuel distribution services to the South East Australian market and has developed a wholesale and retail network of over 40 service stations, 6 major depots and 2 administration centres.

Over the years, Tasco Inland Australia has differentiated their business from competitors and has created a competitive advantage in the fuel distribution market.

Evan Newell, retail marketing manager at Tasco-Inland believes in comparison with other fuel distribution companies, Tasco-Inland is a technical leader.

“To maintain this leadership, we continually search for new technologies to improve supply chain efficiencies and our customer service levels,” he says.

In June 2007, Tasco-Inland Australia decided to upgrade to Advanta’s ATLAS Fuel™ software suite.

Prior to the upgrade Tasco-Inland were using Advanta’s BILS-FD software solution.

The BILS FD software solution was originally implemented in 1996, following a detailed review of the fuel distribution software packages on the market by two senior managers at Tasco-Inland Australia.

At the time of evaluation, Newell says the BILS FD solution was selected as it provided the functional support required for our business following the merge with Inland Oil Pty Ltd in 1995.

During implementation, Tasco worked closely with Advanta to extend the BILS FD software suite to meet the needs of the Mobil fuel distributor network.

Over the past decade Tasco maintained a close involvement with the product by contributing feedback and implementing enhancements as they became available.

Over the past 3 years Advanta Software developed a new generation of solutions under the ATLAS™ brand, culminating in the release of ATLAS Fuel™.

“As an innovative player in the fuel distribution market, it was natural for Tasco to invest in ATLAS Fuel™ and update our software to the latest technology in the industry,” Newell says.

“ATLAS Fuel™ is a fuel industry specific version of Advanta’s ATLAS™ logistics suite.”

“ATLAS Fuel™ encompasses all aspects of supply chain management, supply chain execution, CRM and eLogistics.”

“In addition, ATLAS Fuel™ includes innovative features which are catered to the special needs of the Australian Fuel Distribution industry,” he says.

Newell says the ATLAS system is intuitive and uses a Windows look and feel design which directly reduces training costs to the business.

“In addition the menu structure is flexible and can be configured to our user’s needs,” he explains.

“This improves the security of the system by preventing unwanted access to specific parts of the system.”

Following the implementation of the ATLAS Fuel™ software suite, Tasco-Inland Australia intend to expand their fuel distribution service coverage across Australia and aim to develop the company into a world class leader in Fuel Distribution.

“Over the past 18 months, we have already doubled our supply quantity and with the support of our infrastructure as well as Advanta Software, our goal is definitely achievable,” Newell says.

Twin strand chain conveyor

Industrial Conveying (Aust) Pty Ltd has developed a pallet moving technology suitable for transport companies, warehouses, logistics service providers, engineering companies and food and general processing plants that require movement of pallets that are heavier than usual.

The company’s RP Twin Strand chain conveyor has been introduced as part of its standard range of equipment and allows the handling and transport of empty or fully laden pallets up to 2500kg.

This technology has a conveyor frame manufactured from parallel flanged structural steel channel with angle cross braces at intervals to provide a rigid frame.

To provide even more application value, the conveyor can be supplied with optional decking between channels. The unit has a drive via an SEW Hollow shaft geared motor speed reducer.

Horsepower is to suit the load requirements, application and service factor.

Carrying chains are set at 1040mm between strands running on UHMWP wear strips for both carrying and return chains. Chain tension is by take-up at tail end of conveyor.

Businesses call for new technologies

European businesses will struggle to hit Government targets for the low carbon economy as they have no easy and consistent way of measuring their impact on the environment.

So says a study by Coleman Parkes, commissioned by LogicaCMG, the European IT and business services company.

Of the 200 leading companies surveyed across the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden, 92 per cent said they were particularly in need of a technology that enabled them to improve their energy efficiency.

74 per cent needed a way to measure their impact on the environment and 72 per cent said they would welcome a technology that helped them manage and monitor non-compliance risks.

Over 90 per cent of companies stated that the Government cannot make the required changes for the low carbon economy without the support of business.

They also stressed the importance of raising awareness of any technology available that will help achieve these targets.

Whilst new technologies can be tangible such as greener building materials or infrared scanning linked to geo-spatial information systems, they can also be in the form of evaluation tools.

“Most EU-based corporates are now part of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme which therefore require them to report on their CO2 emissions,” says Nick Caplan, Chief Marketing Officer, LogicaCMG.

“Failure to do so results in financial penalties which in turn hits their balance sheet. Many companies have implemented some kind of spreadsheet to help monitor their emissions but they are prone to errors and aren’t secure enough.”

“Technology is now available that enables accurate data capture, verification and traceability of emissions and businesses should start to make use of it.”

” At the same time, being able to hit these targets is about the Government ensuring fair cost of carbon.”

According to Ian Parkes, director of Coleman Parkes the EU and national Governments have signed up to hitting certain emissions targets over the coming years.

However, with 74 per cent of European companies not even sure how to measure their current impact, it seems that there is some way to go before business and Government is joined up.

“Offering organisations technology to help them achieve their aims is one key way of ensuring we make our targets,” Parkes says.

There are additional advantages where companies can also use the measurement technologies to help their own customers.

Vaxjo Energy, a Swedish energy company, is one such company that has taken advantage of the new technologies that are becoming available.

In partnership with LogicaCMG the company is developing a web-based system for energy analysis of households from large properties down to small apartments.

The purpose of the system is to increase electricity customers’ awareness by making electricity consumption analysis simple and informative.

Ann-Mari Ståhlberg, President of Växjö Energi AB believes with this solution, her company will be able to offer customers the opportunity to influence and increase the efficiency of electricity consumption.

“For us at Växjö Energi, environmental issues are by far the most important,” she says.

“Accordingly, we see the efforts of the EU and the government as extremely positive.”

LogicaCMG provides a technology solution called Emissions Logic which enables businesses to manage their carbon compliance.

It is a comprehensive emissions monitoring and reporting solution that helps organisations with local and global installations manage their carbon reduction targets and plan alternate abatement strategies.

In turn, this strategic benchmarking provides opportunities for cost reduction.

For further information please go to www.logicacmg.com/regulatory+compliance/350232807

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