Award-winning Australian international logistics company and freight forwarder, VISA Global Logistics, is joining inaugural supply chain event, MEGATRANS2018, to showcase its service offerings. VISA Global Logistics CEO, Simon Hardwidge, said that MEGATRANS2018 is not just about equipment suppliers, it embraces the entire freight and logistics chain. “As a global enterprise with dealings with importers, exporters, retailers and manufacturers, VISA Global Logistics is seizing an important opportunity to represent at MEGATRANS2018 to demonstrate how we add value to our clients,” said Hardwidge. “As one of Australia’s largest privately-owned international freight forwarding companies, we have an extensive global network that continues to grow. “Last year alone, the company acquired offices in India, Spain and the Netherlands while opening new facilities in Italy. In order to remain competitive, and to look to the future, it is vital for businesses in the freight and logistics space to push innovation and share ideas.” VISA Global Logistics was awarded the Freight Forwarder of the Year Award at the 2017 Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards. MEGATRANS2018 aims to bring together leaders and stakeholders in the wider Australian and international supply chain, including those in the transport, logistics, warehousing solutions, materials handling and infrastructure sectors.
The Rhenus Group is establishing a national company in Australia, Rhenus Logistics Australia. The logistics specialist signed an agreement to purchase the freight forwarding company known as O’Brien Customs and Forwarding Pty Ltd in order to expand its network in the Asia-Pacific region. The O’Brien family business handles air and sea freight consignments and provides Customs and warehouse services. It was initially founded as a pure Customs clearance firm by Jan and Shane O’Brien in 1996. O’Brien has been offering its customers air and sea freight transportation in addition to Customs services for seven years. O’Brien has its headquarters in the northern part of Melbourne. The Rhenus Group is planning to expand the firm’s current operations in future with its network and its services. They include domestic traffic, support for import/export, buyers’ consolidation, as well as warehousing and integrated logistics. “The takeover of O’Brien and the founding of the national company to be known as Rhenus Logistics Australia enable us to cover the whole of Australia with our services. As a result of the acquisition, we’re gaining experienced employees with local expertise for the global operations of the air & ocean business unit at Rhenus Freight Logistics, too,” said Jan Harnisch, Rhenus, COO Ocean Freight Asia. The new Rhenus operations on the Australian continent are part of the logistics specialist’s expansion strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. Rhenus is planning to open a number of new business sites this year in this area, including centres in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global business operations and annual turnover of EUR 4.8 billion. Rhenus has business sites at over 580 locations worldwide and employs more than 28,000 people. The Rhenus business areas – contract logistics, freight logistics, port logistics and public transport – manage complex supply chains and provide value-added services.
The world’s most senior shippers and logistics providers will be meeting in Melbourne on 8 to 11 May 2018 to discuss trade facilitation, international logistics challenges and other macro-trends affecting global trade. The event will be held as part of MEGATRANS2018, Australia’s leading logistics and supply chain event. The Global Shippers Forum (GSF), based in London, is the world’s leading trade association for shippers engaged in international trade, including all modes of transport. Its role centres on international logistics policy and it represents shippers’ interests in the major UN agencies including the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO). It will be the first time the event has been held in Australasia. “We are excited about the prospect of holding the 2018 meeting in Melbourne,” commented Chris Welsh MBE, Secretary-General, GSF. “This will afford the opportunity of connecting with members in Australasia on issues of concern within the Asia Pacific region and internationally.” The event will be curated by Australia’s representative to the Global Shippers Forum, the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA), an association representing Australia’s top containerised exporters by volume. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Australian importers, exporters and logistics providers, to be at the forefront of global policy and compliance issues,” said Paul Blake, Chairman, APSA. “APSA has represented Australia’s shippers since 1992 and we are proud to be able to host the global trade community for this event.” Melbourne secured the event with the support of the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Convention Bureau and private sector sponsor, the Port of Melbourne. It will attract hundreds of local and international delegates, including representatives from inter-governmental organisations, demonstrating Melbourne’s credentials as a destination of choice for global business events. Find out more about MEGATRANS2018.
Logistics technology company WiseTech Global has entered into a partnership initiative with C.T. Freight, an international freight forwarder with extensive coverage throughout Australia. The partnership is designed to help accelerate the creation and expansion of technological innovations in the logistics industry, including automation through digitisation, natural language processing and machine learning. Richard White, CEO, WiseTech Global, said, “The logistics industry is under intense pressure as eCommerce pushes upward on shipment numbers and applies downward pressure on consignment size, price, and margins. eCommerce is disrupting the old world order and will force logistics providers to higher levels of automation whilst border agencies continue to raise the bar on timely, accurate, and compliant trade data. “WiseTech Global is focused on improving productivity, quality, speed, visibility, and manageability in the logistics industry. Our development partner initiatives represent a tightly targeted commitment to further automate logistics execution processing, moving CargoWise One to ever higher levels of throughput. “With C.T. Freight as a development partner on high volume airfreight and eCommerce automation, we will further develop our cutting-edge productivity and automations to address these issues across the logistics industry and its many segments.” C.T. Freight has bonded warehouses at each major Australian gateway, and through the initiative the company will gain access to developments and deployments of WiseTech Global software. “One of the most compelling features of CargoWise One, and of WiseTech Global’s philosophy, is productivity,” said Clive W. Thomas, CEO, C.T. Freight. “Eliminating rework, reducing risk and improving margins by automating entire processes frees up specialist resources who can then concentrate on adding value back into the international supply chain. In our industry, the gains achieved by minimising errors and automating processes can have a tremendous impact across all modes and geographies.”
At the Transport Logistics show in Munich in early May, Bernd Schwenger, Director of Amazon Logistics and General Manager of Amazon Deutschland Transport, stated that in order to keep up with the pace of change in the industry, recruiters will need to look at other sectors. Schwenger added that Amazon differs in its approach to talent when compared to conventional logistics companies, due to its customer-centric focus, The Loadstar reported. “Everything we do comes from the customer,” he said. “I don’t like this term ‘supply chain’, because for Amazon it is very much a ‘demand chain’. It’s very important to work backwards from the customers’ perspective – logistics needs to approach and interact with the customer. We have to understand what they want and how we integrate with that. As a result, he shared, 70 per cent of Schwenger’s team – including him – comes from an operational research and mathematics background, while just 30 per cent brings logistics experience. “But I’m learning a huge amount from the tech people, and I would say it is much easier to teach them about logistics than vice versa,” he added. The CEO of Panalpina, Stefan Karlan, was also taking part in the panel discussion. He said, “We might soon be able to handle shipments without any human involvement, but you will still need humans with logistics experience to deal with customers and supply chain exceptions.” Ryan Petersen, CEO of San Francisco-based freight forwarder Flexport, said his company’s talent attraction strategy “simply focused on hiring super-smart people,” with logistics proficiency a later consideration. “If we do employ people from the logistics industry, we generally tend to go for those with limited experience, because we don’t want people locked in the old ways,” Petersen said.