Worker crushed by falling pallets

A 47-year-old man has died after several pallets fell on him at transport and logistics company Toll New Zealand in Onehunga, Auckland.
The incident occurred around 11.30am local today and the employee was pronounced dead at the scene, Stuff reports.
St John Ambulance spokesman Robbie Walker said paramedics worked on him after he was pulled from the pile, but were unable to revive him.
Royce Christie, Toll spokesman, said the company was “deeply saddened that the incident resulted in the death of an employee”, extending sympathies to the man’s family and friends.
“Our priority now is to offer support to the family of our employee and to our people at the site.”
WorkSafe New Zealand was informed of the incident, with investigations to be conducted by police.

Brambles sales revenue drops

Pallet maker and logistics company Brambles has reported a two per cent drop in sales revenue in the first quarter, on the back of a stronger US dollar.

The company said sales revenue for the period was US$1,322.1 million.

Constant-currency sales revenue was up 8 per cent. Excluding the contribution of acquisitions made since the start of the prior comparable period, primarily Ferguson Group in September 2014, constant-currency growth was 7 per cent.

“Our constant-currency trading performance for the first quarter reflects a solid run rate, consistent with our previously stated guidance for FY16 sales revenue and Underlying Profit growth of between 6% and 8%, at constant currency,” Brambles’ CEO Tom Gorman said in a statement.

“The largest contributors to growth were new business wins in the Pallets operations worldwide and continued strong conversions with new and existing retailers in Europe in RPCs.”

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Mettler Toledo launches new parcel and pallet measuring machines

The CSN110 ScanTape from Mettler Toledo is a new handheld mobile
dimensioning device designed to quickly and accurately measure parcels and
pallets anytime.

The palm-sized parcel and pallet measuring machines feature programmable
data capture and easy Bluetooth transfer to reduce human error, save time and
money, and increase productivity.

Mettler Toledo’s convenient new parcel and pallet measuring device, CSN110
ScanTape replaces the traditional tape measure to eliminate manual data entry,
offering greater ease and accuracy for transport and logistics personnel. The time
saving and productivity enhancing capabilities of the measuring device benefit load
planning and revenue recovery in industries where processing volume equals
profits.

Usable at any point in goods-transfer processes, ScanTape represents an
efficient, paper-free measuring procedure and finds application in pick-up or
reclassification of pallets or packages to recover revenue in high-volume
situations. The device is also an excellent choice for smaller-volume centres
that want to automate the measurement process without significant monetary
investment.

The CSN110 ScanTape parcel and pallet measuring device offers quick ROI
with transport companies quickly recovering the cost of investment as early as
a week or within 90 days depending on use.

Key features of CSN110 ScanTape parcel and pallet measuring device include
robust construction with durable rubber cover; 1.5-metre drop protection; Li-ion
battery for two days of heavy use before recharge; Bluetooth data transfer and
barcode reading capabilities allowing a complete parcel data profile to be sent
wirelessly from a floor, forklift or bench scale to a PDA, PC or printer; data
batched or transferred as captured using live mode; and pre-configurable
workflows further increasing efficiency for repetitive measuring procedures.

Lencrow launches larger capacity pallet trucks

Lencrow Materials Handling introduces a new range of mini power pallet trucks from EP Equipment.

The 1800kg mini power pallet truck, EPT20-18ET is designed to work in the back of delivery trucks with a self-weight of only 280kg. A boosted drive unit gives better traction on ramps and tailgate loaders. New features also include greater stability with better designed casters and inbuilt battery charger.

Ross Grassick, Lencrow’s general manager explains that the 1500kg version of the pallet truck has proved to be very reliable for many applications. However, the beverage delivery sector sought a larger capacity unit featuring low unit self weight. 

The new EPT20-18ET was consequently developed by EP engineers to fit this segment’s requirement. Both pallet truck models are available from Lencrow. 

Built using some of the best components sourced from manufacturers worldwide, the new EPT20-18ET mini power pallet trucks are offered through EP Equipment worldwide network and are designed to suit market requirements. 

For the Australian market, the mini power pallet trucks have been built to work with hardwood pallets featuring 25mm bottom boards.

Pallets – an irreplaceable part of materials handling

Pallets are definitely not a hot topic of every day conversation, but they are surely an irreplaceable element of the materials handling landscape.

In fact, it’s hard to imagine ‘materials handling’ with no pallets.

Without them, it would be nigh on impossible to run a warehouse; for large retailers to receive their goods; for products to be shipped interstate; or for world trade to exist.

As such, a company such as CHEP has a solid presence in Australia. According to the company’s website, CHEP manages 237 million pallets, 600,000 bulk containers and 34.9 million reusable plastic containers.

The choice comes down to plastic versus wooden.

To read the full breakdown plastic and hardwood pallets, click here.

Bagtrans moves operations to new Eastern Creek depot

BagTrans has moved into a new purpose built warehouse facility in Sydney’s south-west, a move the company says will allow them to capitalise on operational synergies.

BagTrans decided to create the new depot around a year ago after analysing its current and future company and client needs.

Chief of the company, Habib Francis said the new depot was the result of careful planning and would allow the business to grow.

“Consolidating four sites into one operation took plenty of planning and forward thinking to take the future needs of our clients,” Francis said.

“We started looking about three years ago for the depot that offered us the right-sized warehouse with extra hardstand, but found this style of facility did not exist”.

Atlis constricted the 5,000 sqm cross-dock industrial facility, including 1ha hardstand area and 3,500 sqm all-weather awnings, as well as a fully automatic truck wash on approximately 2.7 ha of land.

The site is in close proximity to other purpose-built warehouses including Metcash, Linfox, Bantex Australia and Toll Logistics and within close proximity to the M4 and M7 Motorways.

Francis said Eastern Creek continued to be an attractive location for companies.

New bulk bag export pallets to hit market

Bulk Handling Australia Group have released its new slim -line plastic export pallet for bulk bags onto the Australian and New Zealand markets.

BHA have been developing the BHA Bag Pallet for over two years and said the innovation provides a low-cost alternative to wooden or traditional plastic pallets.

Injection moulded from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) it features a four way entry design, is stackable to save space and fully recyclable. And weighing in at just 4.7 kg, the new patented design ticks all the boxes from an OH&S perspective.

The BHA Bag Pallet has also been laboratory and field tested to determine the design weight load performance for different bulk bag base dimensions and through extensive fill and logistics trials amongst bulk bag exporting companies.

BHA managing director Ian Shaw says the BHA Bag Pallet will provide innovation in the bulk bag export market for the food, agriculture, mining and chemical and other export industries.

“The slim line design allows for a lower profile, which provides the opportunity to design greater efficiency in the total container payload by reviewing the existing bulk bag dimensions”, he said.

“The ‘stack ability’ of the product offers huge space savings in the storage of pallets compared to standard wooden or plastic pallets, with a 10 stack only measuring 280 mm  in height.”

With more than 30 companies trialling the new pallet over the last 18 months, Shaw said the response from customers had been good.

“Customer feedback has been very positive with regards to the recyclable nature of the material, the fact that it is light weight and stackable, and because it can be reused in a closed loop system,” he said.

“The new pallet is a very unique design and while it may not be suitable in all instances due to the specific fill systems or handling processes of individual customers, in the majority of instances the BHA Bag Pallet has been trialled successfully across a number of industry segments.”

Shaw said the pallet was an important design development for BHA.

“The new pallet complements our existing product range and further strengthens our leadership position in the supply of Bulk Bags in Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

“The extensive trial work we have completed both in the Lab and with our customers over the past 18 months has provided the feedback to justify the significant investment in the injection mould required to manufacture the product.

With BHA in discussions with a number of companies regarding distribution rights in various countries around the world, it seems their innovation is turning heads in the materials handling space.

“We believe the product has enormous potential in all Bulk Bag export markets around the world,” Shaw explained.

“BHA prides itself on innovation, quality and service excellence and we believe this new innovation reinforces our continuing development of unique customer solutions.”

CHEP joins Australian Logistics Council

CHEP Australia has announced that it has joined forces with the Australian Logistics Council, the peak representative body for the Australian freight transport and logistics supply chain sector.

According to President of CHEP Australia & New Zealand Phillip Austin, the company is delighted to be welcomed as a member to further the work and objectives of the Council.

Having a unique integrated position in so many of Australia's supply chains, CHEP is joining the ALC to help make a practical contribution to national discussions that impact the industry, its business and those of its valued customers.

Managing Director of the Australian Logistics Council Michael Kilgariff said that CHEP adds a valuable new dimension to their membership profile and reinforces ALC's whole of supply chain focus.

As an equipment pooling company, CHEP offers managed, returnable and reusable packaging solutions and has operated in Australia’s growing logistics sector since 1956.

With 13 full and 30 associate members from the freight transport and logistics supply chain, service organisations and associations, the Australian Logistics Council works to ensure Australia has safe, secure, reliable, sustainable and internationally competitive supply chains.

Better pallet management keeps sweet demand at bay

Chocolate manufacturing is a competitive market, and one key factor to success is getting products to market on time and at the right time.

For almost 100 years Adelaide’s Haigh’s Chocolates has managed to balance the high demand for its sweets, especially during peak periods, with logistic efficiency.

However, the process has not always been smooth. The company recently found it was receiving pallets from suppliers, but the pallets weren’t always being transferred onto its account.

The company’s distribution centre was receiving from 600 to 800 pallets, with 100 to 120 transfers through the warehouse every week – twice that at Christmas and Easter.

Keeping track of the movement of pallets in and out of the warehouse was a challenge, says distribution centre supervisor, David Elliot.

Haigh’s enlisted the help of packaging solutions provider CHEP to reassess its pallet management processes.

 “[W]e found we had more pallets than what we were being invoiced for. In warehousing terms, it’s just good governance to ensure the stock you hold matches your invoice,” Elliot said.

CHEP asset management consultant, Rachel Silby, who worked with Haigh’s to resolve their pallet management problems, said that every business strives for optimum efficiency. However, notes that a small issue can become a big drain on company resources, if not addressed quickly.

To reduce the administration workload for Haigh’s on an ongoing basis an asset management system was set up. CHEP also conducts a pallet count each month for Haigh’s, checking what has come in against the dockets and sorting out any discrepancies immediately.

Elliot said that priority was to make sure the company could deliver its chocolate to retail shelves. Simple strategies, such as tagging and tracking pallets were also suggested to help the company to locate its assets and make its logistics process more effective.

“We’ve also started using the Portfolio+ Plus system for ordering pallets, doing transfers, making corrections and keeping track of paperwork,” Elliot said.

“We now always know there are enough pallets in our manufacturing warehouses to cater for our demand of our outgoing goods.”

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