Inventor and manufacturer of fixed, polymer safety barriers for protection for buildings, personnel and equipment – A-Safe – has signed on to exhibit at MEGATRANS2018. A-Safe barriers absorb and dissipate impacts from vehicles or hardware, providing protection for structures, people and machinery, and have been used around the world in a variety of warehouse and industrial applications. The barrier specialist joins the growing number of exhibitors set to appear at supply chain event MEGATRANS2018, which takes over the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 10-12 May 2018. Connecting the Australian and international supply chain, the trade will bring together those who plan, implement and control the efficient and effective forward flow and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and point of consumption.
After a brief hiatus, the Logistics & Materials HandlingMercury Awards will be relaunched in 2018 for the ninth annual instalment, in partnership with MEGATRANS2018. The Awards, featuring a new design, will recognise the outstanding achievements and successes of companies across the logistics, supply chain and materials handling sectors. The Mercury Awards is the official awards program of MEGATRANS2018, a business-to-business trade event focusing on the freight and logistics supply chain. MEGATRANS2018 incorporates all forms of freight transport, logistics and materials handling, infrastructure and storage and warehousing, providing perfect alignment with the Mercury Awards. Twelve awards will recognise outstanding individuals and organisations across the supply chain:
Supply Chain Innovator of the Year
Safety Advocate of the Year
Best Technology Application
Sustainability Initiative Award
Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Road
Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Rail
Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Air
Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Sea
Outstanding Graduate Program
Best Storage Solution
Best Infrastructure Innovation
Victorian Government ‘Contribution to Industry’ Award
The 2018 Mercury Awards sponsors include the Victorian Government, the Port of Melbourne and SICK. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; for more information please contact Simon Coburn on 03 9690 8766 or email@example.com. Nominations details will be announced soon.
Home delivery fleet ANC has announced the appointment of Matthew Wheatley to the newly created senior role of National Chain of Responsibility (CoR) Compliance Manager. In his new role, Wheatley is responsible for achieving all transport industry safety and CoR legislation, regulations and compliance requirements while developing the company’s safety culture. He reports to ANC Managing Director, James Taylor. “I’m delighted to welcome Matthew to the ANC team as we continue to build and invest in this priority area of our business,” said Taylor. “Matthew brings extensive experience and knowledge to our growing team dedicated to safety. At ANC, we’re committed to safety, health and environment throughout the supply chain – from our offices to warehouses; on and off the road; and from client sites to customers homes.” Wheatley has held a range of senior health, safety and compliance roles, most recently as Regional Health and Safety Manager for the IPEC business unit of Toll Group. Prior to Toll Group, he held the position of National Safety Manager – Heavy Haulage and Lifting at Kings Transport.
Toyota Material Handling Australia has signed on with MEGATRANS2018 to showcase not only its current suite of products, but also some exciting new additions set to hit the market in 2018. The company offers a wide range of forklifts and battery-electric warehouse products to the Australian industry, catering to the varying needs of material handling businesses around the nation. Toyota Material Handling Australia National Sales & Product Manager – Automation Tony Raggio attributes the diversity of MEGATRANS2018 as an aspect of the multi-modal supply chain trade show that attracted the materials handling specialist “The main fact for us was, as the show is diverse, it will appeal to not only potential forklift customers, but also customers considering automation as part of their future business,” said Raggio. “People have always associated Toyota Material Handling as a forklift company. We would use MEGATRANS2018 to show customers our new automation products for 2018, including our Autopilot ‘driverless forklifts’, which we are planning on showcasing.” Raggio said that because the event covers a wide array of sectors within the Australian supply chain and logistics sector, the decision to exhibit at MEGATRANS2018 was a significant one. “With people now having access to information at their fingertips it’s important to be very selective when deciding which exhibition to exhibit in. We chose MEGATRANS2018 as we felt it would attract clients that would be interested in our now very wide range of material handling equipment products.” Raggio added that the show is great chance for Toyota Material Handling to catch up with existing and new customers and suppliers. “It’s also a great opportunity for us to thank our customers for their patronage over the past 50 years and for helping to make Toyota the number-one forklift brand in Australia – according to industry sales statistics,” he added. In addition to the new products the company will exhibit at the show, 2018 represents the fiftieth anniversary of the first Toyota forklift sold in Australia so the company will have some special celebrations planned for MEGATRANS2018, with more information on these celebrations to be released closer to the date. MEGATRANS2018 takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 10-12 May 2018.
Global information technology firm Unisys predicts that the future growth of the airfreight industry and its ability to capitalise of the e-commerce market will be heavily impacted by the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and voice-enabled artificial intelligence (AI) smart devices and systems, warehouse drones and strategic alliances between airlines and distributors. “As the air cargo industry undergoes growth and transformation, driven by rapidly increasing capacity supply on passenger flights, and the shift to business-to-consumer small parcel shipments as a result of e-commerce, cargo operators will be forced to embrace such innovation to be more efficient, nimble and proactive in an increasingly competitive and price conscious market,” the company said in a statement. Venkatesh Pazhyanur, Senior Industry Director of Freight Solutions at Unisys, noted that the freight industry as a whole must make an effort to keep up with evolving technologies. “The cargo industry needs to embrace disruptive technologies from the consumer world, including Internet of Things, digital assistants and drones, to increase efficiency and meet customer expectation for greater transparency throughout the supply chain,” said Pazhyanur. The company added that the Asia-Pacific air cargo industry is experiencing growth and transformation driven by rapidly increasing capacity supply on passenger flights, and the shift to business-to-consumer small parcel shipments as a result of e-commerce. This growing passenger demand will increase the number of passenger flights and add to cargo capacity supply, it added. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of people travelling by air globally will almost double between 2016 and 2035, with the greatest growth in Asia Pacific. At the same time, the rising popularity of e-commerce is changing the nature of cargo shipments, incrementally increasing the number of small parcels – predicted by management consultancy McKinsey & Company to grow five per cent annually in mature markets and 17 per cent annually in China. “At Unisys we predict these market pressures will bring innovation in three areas in the cargo supply chain: smart warehouses will become even smarter, drones will finally take off in the cargo supply chain – but inside the warehouse, and new alliances between airlines and global distributors will enable longer term capacity management,” added Pazhyanur. “Much of the underlying technologies are already being used in other sectors – including the consumer world. But now, more than ever, cargo operators will be forced to embrace such innovation to be more efficient, nimble and proactive in an increasingly competitive and price conscious market.”
E-commerce retailer Amazon has released details of a summit to be held in Sydney in November to advise Australia’s retailers on setting up and growing online businesses. The first-ever Amazon Marketplace Seller Summit is being run in partnership with the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and small business network, the SME Association of Australia (SMEA). Amazon Marketplace is an online platform that enables third-party retailers to list items for sale on Amazon’s website, elsewhere orders can be fulfilled by the merchant or by Amazon itself, though the company has not released any information confirming whether fulfilment by Amazon will be offered in Australia, or on what timeline. Amazon has reported that over 500 businesses have already registered to sell their products on the Amazon website when Marketplace goes live. Rocco Braeuniger, Country Manager, Amazon Australia and Fabio Bertola, Head of Amazon Marketplace in Australia, will speak at the event, along with various other retail experts and entrepreneurs. “The internet and technology have the power to level the playing field between big and small businesses, empowering Australian companies, large and small, to grow their sales and their business online,” said Braeuniger. “We look forward to enabling local businesses to make their products available to a wide audience, not only in Australia, but also worldwide.” Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director, ARA, said: “We believe that Amazon’s arrival brings new possibilities to Australian retailers, small and large. We are pleased to work alongside Amazon to bring the Seller Summit to Sydney so that businesses and retailers alike can receive practical advice and guidance on how to make the most of Amazon Marketplace.” The free, half-day event will take place 13 November at Jones Bay Wharf in Sydney.
Anonymous sources have informed news site Bloomberg that Amazon is planning to launch its own US delivery service, ‘Seller Flex’, which has been designed to ease overcrowding in its warehouses and make more items eligible for two-hour delivery. Research for the US pilot project reportedly began in India two years ago, with Amazon now in discussions with US sellers ahead of a national rollout in 2018. The sources said that through the service, Amazon will manage parcel delivery from warehouses of third-party sellers to the customer’s delivery address, a role until now performed by delivery partners such as FedEx and UPS. Bloomberg’s Spencer Soper noted that the relationship between Amazon and its delivery partners may well continue, though the e-commerce company would gain more control over how a package is sent. He added that this would give Amazon more flexibility and control over the final mile to customers’ doors – opening up opportunities for volume discounts – and help it streamline its warehouse inventory operations, by having external sellers store their goods in their own facilities. “Amazon’s final-mile efforts reflect a logical extension of its model as it builds network density,” Benjamin Hartford, a Robert W. Baird analyst, told Bloomberg.
Australia’s warehousing and logistics industries will be worth $187 billion by 2021, according to a new study from market research firm Ken Research. The company noted that it has observed an evolution in the logistics industry in recent years, in terms of integration and digitalisation of the supply chain, which has led to better productivity and efficiency creating sustainable modes of transporting goods from one place to another. Ken Research attributed the Australian logistics market’s impressive growth rate in 2016 to the expanding manufacturing and retail sector, the growing number of foreign companies and the increasing value of exports and imports. The demand for cold chain logistics has grown with the rising demand for Australia agricultural products from other countries leading to increasing agricultural exports, the company noted. It added that government investment in infrastructure development of road, rail, air and water transport facilities will drive the Australia logistics and warehousing industry in coming years, through investment including $70 billion allocated for transport infrastructure from 2014 to 2021, and $75 billion for funding road and rail infrastructure from 2018 to 2027. The partnership of the Australian Government with New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory in 2014 is expected to assist the various land transport infrastructure projects. Ken Research said that the freight forwarding industry will continue to account for the larger share of the revenue pie, supported by the growth of third-party logistics (3PL) service providers, as global players enter the Australian market. Large companies are expected to focus on value-added services, with the power having shifted to the consumer, with internet driving growth, the transformation of supply chain, business-to-consumer (B2C) outgrowing business-to-business (B2B), new technology and home delivery. “The value added services segment has seen faster growth in the international market than domestic primarily due to growing cross border e-commerce,” the company said. “With the development of artificial intelligence and growth of e-commerce sector, the demand for warehousing is expected to develop with auto and ancillary and chemical and pharmaceutical sectors [emerging as the] largest demand drivers of warehousing space.”
eStore Logistics has announced the opening of a new 13,000m2 e-commerce warehousing and order fulfilment facility located in Melbourne’s West. The new facility features 12,500 pallet positions, 18,000 pick bin locations, state-of-the-art security and more than 45 high-resolution video surveillance cameras with 24/7 recording. This new warehousing facility has been designed specifically for storage, dispatch of goods for e-commerce and omni-channel retail clients. E-commerce order profiles will be serviced from the facility as well as full case and split case picks for wholesale and direct to store requirements. The company explained in a statement that the facility had been designed to provide a flexible operation that could be scaled up based on seasonality, business growth and new clients.
Mirvac Group has announced it has signed kitchenware wholesale business Sheldon and Hammond at Calibre, its industrial development at Eastern Creek in New South Wales. Sheldon and Hammond has signed a ten-year lease for a 31,000m2 facility at Calibre, with construction due to have commenced during September 2017. The building comprises high clearance warehouse space and office space and an outdoor courtyard. Sheldon and Hammond is an importer and distributor of home and giftware brands. Mirvac Development Director, Industrial, Fabian Nager, said Sheldon and Hammond was seeking to consolidate its existing facilities in a strategic location, into a new purpose-built facility that reflected the quality of their offering and would support the evolution of the company. “The high quality and flexible design of this facility will cater to the growth that Sheldon and Hammond’s business is experiencing across Australia.” Located at the junction of the M4, M7 motorways and the Great Western Highway, Calibre’s location places Sheldon and Hammond at the centre of Australia’s supply network, with access to key freight routes through a multi directional signalised intersection constructed at the entry to the Calibre estate. Ken Angus, Managing Director, Sheldon and Hammond, said, “We chose Calibre, Eastern Creek not just because of its great location but because of the confidence we have in Mirvac delivering our facility on time and to a very high quality standard, which will be complimentary to our corporate brand.” “At Calibre, we’re continuing to push the boundaries of standard office and warehouse options, creating facilities that deliver long-term efficiencies for our customers and our portfolio,” said Nager. “As Australia’s supply & logistics, retail and manufacturing sectors adapt to current market changes, we’re delivering assets that help future proof our tenant’s businesses.” Sheldon and Hammond joins supply chain management company CEVA Logistics who relocated to Building 1 at Calibre earlier this year.