SSI SCHAEFER announces 2018 Distributor of the Year

Better Storage Systems has won SSI SCHAEFER’s 2018 Distributor of the Year Award. The award was announced and presented to Darren Bykersma, Better Storage Systems managing director by Brian Miles, regional managing director of SSI SCHAEFER, at the annual distributor meeting held in Sydney recently.
Darren Bykersma said: “We are so pleased to win this year, particularly in our 10th year of operation. The whole team at Better Storage has worked so hard and deserves to share the award and celebrate. I want to thank my team – together we conquer,” he said.
Winning in 2018 is the third time for Better Storage Systems. The annual award recognises the distributor’s excellent sales performance, its promotion of SSI SCHAEFER products and its willingness to work in partnership with SSI SCHAEFER. It follows a very successful year where Better Storage delivered a large number of substantial installations.
“We congratulate the whole Better Storage team on winning this award in 2018. Better Storage has excelled this year by delivering some great customer installations and growing their business,” said Brett Thirup, general manager, sales and engineering for SSI SCHAEFER.

Sendle named Best Courier has announced the products and services that have taken the crown in its 2017 Awards. attracts an average of 35,000 reviews each month, which help more than 4.5 million monthly visitors make better buying decisions, according to the company.
Australian delivery start-up Sendle won the Best Courier award.
James Chin Moody, CEO and Co-founder of Sendle, said, “We created Sendle to make parcel delivery simple, reliable and affordable for the tens of thousands of small business across Australia.
“Our goal is to help them compete in the digital age with carbon neutral, door-to-door delivery and low, national flat rates that are on average 40 per cent cheaper than traditional post.”
“2017 has shaped up to be the biggest year to date for the Sendle team. We’re growing 20 per cent month-on-month, and have secured a string of partnerships with major e-commerce players including eBay, Shopify, Hard to Find, StarShipIt, and ShipStation.
“It’s an honour to be so highly rated by our customers and we will continue to do everything we can to level the playing field for small business.”

Australian logistics start-up tech excellence recognised

Australian logistics technology company FreightExchange has won a Gold Stevie Award in the Tech Start-up of the Year category in the 14th Annual International Business Awards.
The International Business Awards are open to individuals and organisations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.
Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 executives worldwide who participated on 12 juries.
The 2017 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.
FreightExchange was recognised for its innovative supply-chain management processes that help businesses manage all their freight in one software application.
The company growth, and the idea of connecting enterprises to reduce waste in the industry impressed the judges most.
The judging panel said, “With their everyone-wins philosophy; FreightExchange is a disruptive force in freight handling.”
Cate Hull, Co-founder, FreightExchange, said: “The FreightExchange team and I continuously strive for excellence at every opportunity and we all have such a passion for the industry. Believing that the concept of inexhaustible resources in business is destructive and that the sharing economy is a key opportunity for us to move towards a more viable future globally.”
The awards were celebrated at a gala in Barcelona last week.

VTA announces 2017 AFIA winners

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Australian Freight Industry Awards (AFIA), accolades that have recognised excellence in the freight and logistics industry for 28 years.
The ‘Personality of the Year’ Award was presented to Dr Hermione Parsons, Director fo the Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics at Deakin University, Rocke Brothers’ Matt Simmons took home the ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ and the ‘Waste & Recycling’ accolade went to FBT Transwest.
There were two winners for the ‘Application of Technology’ Award: Redstar Transport and Victoria International Container Terminal.
Metropolitan Express Transport Services was awarded for ‘Best Practice Safety’ and DP World Australia accepted the ‘Investment in People’ Award.
VTA CEO, Peter Anderson, announced the winners,  and VTA President, Cameron Dunn, and the Treasurer of Victoria, Tim Pallas, presented the awards.
“We once again had a very enthusiastic response to these awards from the industry, as evidenced by the dozens of applications judges assessed in determining the winners,” said Anderson. “Congratulations to all the winners and finalists on their tremendous achievements, and for working to continually improve the standards of our industry which helps to make it safer and more productive.”
Addressing his first AFIA presentation as President of the VTA, Dunn said that it has been a challenging year for freight operators, and that the VTA has been working hard to obtain meaningful outcomes for members. “As an industry association, we exist to service the needs of our members, and of course advocate for the best interests of the industry,” he said. “The VTA is pursuing many endeavours to improve and enhance economic, regulatory and other conditions for operators, and I would like to congratulate the VTA secretariat for their achievements, in what has been a challenging year.
“As operators, we are well-aware of the pressures we face from rising costs and smaller margins. The VTA has been strongly advocating for conditions that help to ease these pressures, and give operators every chance of success.
“On behalf of the Executive Council of the VTA, congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to every organisation that submitted a nomination.”
(L–R: VTA CEO Peter Anderson, Treasurer of Victoria Tim Pallas, Dr Hermione Parsons and VTA President Cameron Dunn)

Victorian Treasurer to present Australian Freight Industry Awards

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has announced that Treasurer Tim Pallas will attend the 28th Australian Freight Industry Awards (AFIAs) presentation celebration on 2 September, joining VTA President Cameron Dunn and CEO Peter Anderson on stage to present awards across the six major categories.
“The Victorian Government have been great supporters of the AFIAs as the sponsor of the Personality of the Year award, and by sending numerous representatives on the night itself,” said Peter Anderson, CEO, VTA.
“We are thrilled that the Treasurer will join us to recognise and acknowledge award winners and finalists for their outstanding achievements and contributions over the past year.
“That such a senior representative of the Andrews Government is attending our most important social event is a testament to the high standing with which the VTA is held within government.
“We have worked closely with the Treasurer and numerous other senior ministers on wide-ranging policy and legislative matters, and continue to appreciate the Victorian Government’s support of the freight and logistics industry, and its vital role in keeping our state’s economy moving,” he said.

Linfox celebrates top employees

Transport and logistics powerhouse, Linfox, has presented two employees with awards at the Senior Leadership Conference in Melbourne.
Each year, two Linfox employees are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance, consistent demonstration of the Linfox values and potential for growth into a larger leadership role.
At this year’s Conference, Executive Chairman, Peter Fox, presented Andy Gissing with the Chairman’s Award. As Group Manager Consumer in the Retail business unit, Chairman’s Award winner Gissing manages customer contracts across the household brands sector.
“Andy’s hard work and leadership instilled a sense of confidence among stakeholders, while continuously displaying our Linfox values,” Fox said.
“It’s uplifting to receive such an award, but I’m extremely grateful for the support from everyone within the Resources and Industrial division,” Gissing said.
“The entire team and the drivers across the nation all played an integral role. This made my job so much easier, and I thank them all.”
Annette Carey, CEO Australia and New Zealand, presented Clint Terbogt with the CEO’s Award. Terbogt is responsible for Linfox Intermodal’s FMCG customers.
“Clint has been instrumental in driving continuous improvement programs with our customers and has developed some fantastic projects with significant savings,” Carey said.
“Clint has earned our deep respect for his consistent demonstration of the company values, and has been identified as a future leader at Linfox.”
“Congratulations to both our winners for their hard work and dedication to the company.”
The award winners will receive scholarships for personal development of their choice, in areas such as industry expertise, general management and targeted experience-based learning.

Past winner Kalari encourages industry to submit entries for AFIAs

With just under a month until entries to the 2017 Australian Freight Industry Awards (AFIA) close, the winner of last year’s Best Practice Safety category has called for the industry to get behind the event by submitting an entry.
Kalari, one of Australia’s most innovative and prominent specialist bulk logistics providers, won the much-sought-after Best Practice Safety AFIA in 2016, with Managing Director Peter O’Shannessey saying the award was recognition of the company’s efforts to enshrine safety within its culture.
“It was very clear to me that everyone in the organisation owned and were proud of the award,” O’Shannessey said. “The shared success was a very positive contribution to our team culture and Zero Harm goal.
“Our customers understand and appreciate that an Australian Freight Industry Award is not easily achieved. The award served as objective evidence of Kalari’s commitment to continuous improvement and relentless pursuit of best practice in safety.”
Kalari’s award followed a concerted effort to provide a safe and incident-free workplace, which included eliminating hazards and recognising fatigue as an important area of focus.
The company held face-to-face safety days with employees around the country over 12 months leading up to the award win, with a fatigue consultant attending each session to equip teams with tools to carry out personal fatigue risk assessments, and to recognise and manage fatigue of colleagues.
Kalari had also installed Guardian proactive technology across its fleet to help tackle driver fatigue and distraction using driver-facing sensors.
VTA CEO Peter Anderson said Kalari set a terrific example for other operators to follow.
“Safety is the most important thing for any operator to get right, and it’s important that the many safety success stories happening right throughout the industry are acknowledged, which is where the AFIAs make a real difference,” he said.
“We invite all members of our industry to share their success stories by nominating for an AFIA. It is more important than ever for us as an industry to create awareness in the general community of the many positive contributions we make.”
Entries for the 2017 AFIAs are now open across six categories, closing 14 August. For an entry form, please contact the VTA on 03 9646 8500 or
The winners and finalists will be announced at a presentation celebration in Melbourne on 2 September.

Entries open for 2017 Australian Freight Industry Awards

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) is now accepting entries for the 2017 Australian Freight Industry Awards (AFIAs).
“Now in their 28th year, the AFIAs have grown to become one of the most coveted accolades in the Australian freight industry, and are intended to recognise and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of participants in the transport sector,” said Peter Anderson, CEO, VTA.
“Last year, judges assessed more than 40 entries across a range of categories, and we’re hopeful of receiving even more entries in 2017, showcasing the many great things transport industry participants have achieved.”
Six awards will be contested this year and organisations have been invited to nominate for one or more of the following categories:

  • Investment in People
  • Best Practice Safety
  • Application of Technology
  • Waste & Recycling
  • Young Achiever of the Year
  • Personality of the Year

“Participating in the awards, through submitting one or more entries and attending the awards presentation with your staff, is a great way to support our industry and its people,” said Anderson.
The deadline for entries is Monday, 14 August. Criteria and entry forms are available by contacting the VTA on 03 9646 8590.
Award winners and finalists will be announced at the annual AFIA presentation celebration on Saturday, 2 September at the Palladium Ballroom at Crown, Melbourne.

Women In Industry 2017 award winners announced

Around 250 guests celebrated the achievements of the Women in Industry Award nominees, finalists and winners at a gala presentation dinner in Melbourne on Thursday, 22 June.
The fourth annual awards night, hosted by The Project’s Gorgi Coghlan, recognised the achievements of women working within the logistics, commercial road transport, mining, engineering and manufacturing industries, and aims to raise the profile of women within industry, as well as promote and encourage excellence.
The winners in ten categories were decided by judges Cathy Foley, Deputy and Science Director of CSIRO Manufacturing; Noelene Watson, former Chair, Australian Trucking Association; Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO, Austmine; Megan Edwards, Head of Membership Services, Austmine; and Irene Godeau, Director – Communications and Marketing, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre.
In the Rising Star of the Year category, sponsored by Atlas Copco, the judges awarded the honour to Michaela Craft, Region South Pacific – Energy Coordinator, BOC Limited.
Social Leader of the Year, sponsored by COG Advertising, was awarded to Beverly Williams, Industry Pathways and Placement Coordinator – Automotive Centre of Excellence, Bendigo Kangan Institute.
Business Development Manager of the Year, sponsored by ABB, went to Shelley Hyslop, Major Account Manager, ATOM.
Safety Advocacy Award, sponsored by BOC Limited, was awarded to Catherine King, Country Health, Safety and Environment Manager, ABB Australia.
The Excellence in Manufacturing award, sponsored by Manark Printing, went to Lisa Lamb, Manufacturing Director – Products of National Significance, Seqirus.
In the Excellence in Mining category, sponsored by MMD, the award went to Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting.
Winner of the Excellence in Engineering category, sponsored by Cummins, was Philippa Craft, Product Manager – Bulk Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Helium, BOC Limited.
Excellence in Road Transport, sponsored by NatRoad, went to Pam McMillan, Chair, Transport Women Australia.
Both the Industry Advocacy and the Mentor of the Year awards, sponsored by MEGATRANS2018 and CSR Lightweight Systems, respectively, went to Penelope Twemlow, CEO, Energy Skills Queensland.
“We would like to congratulate all attendees and finalists for joining us at this year’s Women in Industry Awards,” said event organiser, Lauren Winterbottom. “It was amazing to celebrate and promote the achievements of so many women in industry, and we hope to see you all next year.”
The fourth edition of the awards was complemented by the inaugural Women In Industry Conference, which took place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre earlier that day.
According to Bianca Dohnt, Editor, Trailer Magazine, who hosted the day’s proceedings, the conference was a tremendous success.
“We heard the fascinating stories, advice and statistics from an intriguing group of women across the road transport, mining, engineering, logistics, manufacturing, aerospace, food and beverage production and infrastructure industries,” she explained to guests at the Awards night.
“Though our sectors are all very different, we came together because we share a common interest in advocating for our industries, the opportunities they provide for ambitious women, and how those women can make the industries better in return.
“At the Conference today, we created some real action plans to encourage more women to pursue greater success, and spread the word of our industries’ potential to the countless women out there who may not know of the opportunities that are waiting for them.
“I am proud to be an ambassador for events like Women In Industry, and be a part of an alliance of women, and men, who appreciate and champion the talents that women can provide, and the difference we make in any chosen industry.”

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