Logistics giant Toll group has joined twelve other international freight stakeholders on the latest Australian airport freight precinct project.
Coles Online has launched a new Click&Collect smart locker service at Melbourne Airport. This comes after a recent market insights report revealed online shopping is growing at a rapid rate (up 8.3 per cent between August 2018 and August 2019) with Coles Online seeing revenue growth of 30 per cent in FY19 as more Australians choose the service.
Sunshine Coast Airport has signed a partnership agreement with the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) with the aim of boosting food exports from the region to national and international markets. Read more
Western Sydney Airport has appointed Architectus to plan a business park on a dedicated 191-hectare parcel of airport real estate.
The business park will offer the opportunity to integrate office, retail, industrial, hotels and conference facilities within 1.5 kilometres of the airport terminal.
“There will be opportunities for businesses to be at the terminal’s doorstep at what will become Australia’s largest international gateway. When the Airport opens in 2026, it will be built for 10 million passengers a year, but we’ve got a blueprint for staged growth to become one of the world’s biggest airports in the decades to follow and our business park will be a key feature,” Graham Millett, CEO, Western Sydney Airport said.
Graham said he expects interest in the Airport’s business park to come from a range of different industries.
“Consultants, tech companies, defence and aerospace, airlines and pharmaceutical are just some of the industries that would enjoy considerable advantage being located at the Airport’s front door,” he said.
Master planning work on the Airport business park is expected to be complete in mid-2019. Work to build Western Sydney Airport began in September, with the business park set to open before Airport operations begin in 2026.
Workers protested at all main airports on Tuesday over poor pay and conditions as a report shows low standards are impacting on aviation safety and security. Protests also took place around the world as part of a global day of action by airport workers.
Protesters demanded an end to forced part-time hours that sees workers rostered to work as few as three hours a day and just 60 hours a month. Coupled with this, low pay and split shifts are forcing some workers to sleep at airports.
“My work roster changes week to week. Sometimes you can do overtime but it has to be on split shifts,” ramp and cargo worker Bob Popovski told media at the protest. “Split shifts are a major concern for all of us. Sleep patterns and family life are affected. Job security is really bad.”
A TWU report to the Productivity Commission inquiry on airport regulation links the poor conditions to safety and security breaches. The report calls on the Federal Government to mandate that airports and airlines take responsibility for labour standards in their supply chains.
“When service providers bid for contracts, workers are rushed in and there’s not enough time to train them,” Popovski continued. “That’s where accidents happen and that’s our biggest concern.”
“Airports and airlines are engaged in a public war of words over who is ‘gouging’ from who, but it is airport workers who are the real losers. Beyond the shiny facades of our airports and outside the slick airline lounges, workers are struggling to pay bills and are even forced to sleep at work. High staff turnover rates and poor conditions are impacting on safety, security and services. Airports and airlines at the top of the supply chain are highly profitable and they must be held to account for this,” said TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine.
The TWU report shows some aviation companies have almost their entire workforce on part-time hours. At the same time profits for the main airports were over $2 billion in 2016-17, while Qantas Group made profits of $1.6 billion.
Glaring examples show the impact on safety and security. High turnover means staff without full security clearances are accessing secure areas of the airports; in Sydney airport there were 132 injuries among a staff of 324 over a one-year period; in Perth airport an Aerocare baggage handler forced to unload an aircraft alone allowed passengers onto secure airside to collect their own baggage. Overseas Jetstar cabin crew are working domestic routes with no training on how to board domestic aircraft and base pay as low as $100 per week.
The report also shows airports and airlines outsource much of their work to companies without any required labour standards.
“Billions of dollars in public money are being poured in to building airports and there should be a better dividend for the community than what is currently happening. Billions of dollars are also being poured into trying to make our airports more secure while poor labour standards are clearly affecting safety and security. The Federal Government must put a stop to the race to the bottom in aviation. It’s not just the workers that are at risk here. It’s only a matter of time before something gives and there are no second chances at 30,000 feet,” Mr Kaine added.
Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has equipped New Zealand’s largest mail sorting centres with new Open Mail Handling Systems (OMSs) for flats sorting.
The new OMSs at New Zealand Post’s Auckland and Christchurch facilities can process up to 25,000 magazines, flats, small parcels, letters and postcards per hour.
“The wide range of mail types it can handle combined with its fast sequencing and sorting processes are what makes the Siemens technology especially impressive.” SPPAL said in a statement. “Whereas open or plastic-wrapped magazines previously had to be separately routed to manual sorting, for example, the new system is able to handle these items automatically.”
Vanessa Ellis, General Manager – Network Transformation, New Zealand Post noted that the company is very satisfied with the systems, and the implementation of the project.
“Siemens’ high-performance technology enables us to process a very large range of mail types and formats processed in New Zealand, significantly enhancing our efficiency,” she said.
“The systems are connected to statistics software that allows us to monitor system capacity utilisation, providing a constant overview that lets us respond rapidly to changes.”
Michael Reichle, CEO, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics, added: “We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to deliver our OMSs to New Zealand Post, a system proven worldwide that meets our customer’s high requirements in terms of efficiency, flexibility, ergonomics and customised solutions. The OMS is capable of processing a broader range of mail types and formats than any other sorting system on the market.”
New Zealand Post’s previously existing sorting machines will also be integrated into the overall system.
Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has installed six sorting machines at four mail sorting centres for Australia Post.
The Open Mail Handling Systems (OMSs) were installed in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, where they will be used to sort flats, plastic-wrapped magazines and small packages.
They assume the tasks performed for years by sorting machines previously supplied by Siemens.
“We needed to update our existing equipment to handle the large variety of mail coming through our sorting centres, so we selected Siemens’ OMS technology to maximise the volume of product that could be processed through automation,” said Jadd Brammall, Head of Processing, Australia Post.
“The equipment was delivered on time against a very aggressive schedule and our new OMSs have enabled us to significantly improve our efficiency and provide the best platform for meeting the future needs of the business.”
Michael Reichle, CEO, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics, added: “The OMS is our answer to the demanding requirements our customers have to meet, as it’s capable of processing a broader range of mail types and formats than other sorting systems on the market.”
Five of the delivered OMSs are equipped with four input lines and 284 outlets for mail trays and can each sort up to 50,000 items per hour. The sixth OMS is fitted with two input lines and 148 outlets and can sort up to 25,000 items per hour. Barcode readers and printers are used in all six systems.
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed a new publication from the Greater Sydney Commission, noting that it underscores just how important proper planning and the preservation of key freight corridors is to ensuring the efficient operation of Sydney’s freight transport network over the next four decades.
“[The] ALC welcomes Directions for a Greater Sydney, particularly its emphasis on sustained investment in freight corridors, such as the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor and the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal,” said Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, ALC.
“As the Commission correctly notes, the construction of Western Sydney Airport will be the catalyst for significant additional economic expansion in Western Sydney in the years ahead. This facility will complement the freight activity that already occurs at Sydney Airport and Port Botany, and help a burgeoning city meet its future freight task.
“It’s pleasing to note the Commission has also highlighted the importance of the Port Botany rail line duplication – a project which [the] ALC has long argued is vital in ensuring the city’s freight network is able to keep pace with growing demand,” Kilgariff added.
“[The] ALC strongly supports the WestConnex project and its potential to improve traffic flows and alleviate congestion for freight logistics operators using the Sydney road network.
“There is no doubt the Sydney Gateway has improved the project, and ALC looks forward to clarification as to how it will connect with Port Botany and Sydney Airport, given the critical role these two facilities play in the city’s freight network.
“The recurring theme that emerges in Directions for a Greater Sydney is that all stakeholders accept the need for strategically planned investments that will provide certainly and clarity for investors and local communities alike.”
On 16 June, construction began on the Avalon Airport industrial precinct, which will create 750 new jobs, and house a purpose-built state-of-the-art distribution centre for the Cotton On Group.
The industrial precinct has been designed to help Avalon diversify its operations and cement its future as a major freight and logistics hub capable of servicing a variety of industry sectors.
The Andrews Labor Government is backing the project with a $1.5 million investment from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to help create jobs and boost the local economy.
The investment from the Labor Government will assist with the development of an initial 40-hectare site on the vacant north-west corner of the 340-hectare industrial precinct. The funds will make the precinct ready for tenants including the site fit-out of voltage electricity, gas, water, fibre optics and communications infrastructure.
The Cotton On Group is the first major tenant for the industrial precinct, and its new 35,000m² facility will enable the retailer to service its 747 Australian stores and e-commerce platform with faster replenishment and delivery times for local customers.
“Today’s commencement of building works at Avalon’s new Industrial Precinct strengthens the Airport’s future as a key Victorian freight and logistics hub,” said David Fox, Executive Chairman, Avalon Airport.
Michael Hardwick, Chief Financial Officer, Cotton On Group, added, “As a born-and-bred Geelong retailer, we are continually looking for ways to drive economic development in the community, and we’re proud to be the first major tenant at Avalon Airport’s new industrial precinct.
“Today marks an exciting milestone for the Cotton On Group as we break ground on our new distribution centre and we look forward to providing our team with a leading experience and world-class working environment.”
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) will deliver a new 11,260m² facility at its Airport Industrial Park precinct for wholesale food distributor Quality Food Services.
BAC’s property division, BNE Property, will deliver the purpose-built office, warehouse, cold storage and distribution facility, scheduled for completion in March 2018.
John Tormey General Manager of Commercial Businesses, BAC, said the deal is a great win for the growing Airport Industrial Park.
“For Airport Industrial Park to attract a new tenant of this calibre in a competitive market demonstrates its strength as an industrial location,” Tormey said.
“Quality Food Services will join more than 400 other non-aviation commercial and industrial businesses that benefit from the airport’s accessibility, size and amenity.”
“Our vacancy rate across both industrial and commercial space remains amongst the lowest in Australia.
“This new development is not only a reflection of Airport Industrial Park’s location and amenity, but also our ability to deliver flexible solutions to meet our clients’ needs.
“We are very pleased to have Quality Food Services on-board at Airport Industrial Park and look forward to working with them on their new facility.”
Frank De Pasquale, Director, Quality Food Services, said Brisbane Airport was an ideal location for the company’s new headquarters.
“The airport precinct has excellent connectivity to road networks and tunnels in all directions which was important to Quality Food Services,” De Pasquale said.
“Combined with the land availability, development flexibility, future expansion options and nearby amenities, this location offered everything we were looking for.”