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The Future of Grocery Logistics

As the largest grocery logistics landlord in Australia, Charter Hall is powering the food and grocery industry at a time of unprecedented growth. Matthew Cox, National Industrial Delivery Manager for Charter Hall explains how the sector has been disrupted by the digital economy in the past 18 months, and why automation will supercharge the online grocery space in the future.  Read more


Is OMS the next big disruptor?

By Caleb Nicolson, General Manager, New Zealand TMX & Nick Bye, Director of Product at TMX.

While the use of Order Management Systems (OMS) to optimise inventory, reduce freight costs and improve customer service is not new, as the technology evolves, organisations are starting to explore a new layer of opportunity in a highly competitive e-commerce environment. Read more


Argon & Co shows how to reduce transport emissions by 30 per cent in the next 10 years

The freight challenge

Argon and Co writes the exponential increase in transport volumes over the last 50 years has been accompanied by an increase in air pollution, traffic jams, accidents, noise pollution, as well as significantly contributing towards climate change. Together, costing the European Union an estimated €1,000 billion every year.

Transport emissions account for 24 per cent of all global emissions of greenhouse gases (10 per cent of which is from freight alone), making it the second-highest emitting sector after energy production.

In this context, reducing emissions from freight is a somewhat unprecedented challenge; to reduce emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 (meeting the objectives of the Paris agreement) despite the International Trade Forum predicting trade to triple by 2050.

So how can we achieve this goal?

This article suggests one action that companies can take to reduce their carbon emissions, with a focus on transport, setting aside industrial relocation challenges. You can read further action points at

Start by reducing your transport costs

The first step is to optimise capacity, which allows you to reduce costs while favouring modes of transport that generate fewer emissions.

Maximise the fill rates of freight

The options for increasing the filling of freight are numerous and these are just some of the ways you can increase cargo capacity; optimise the weight/volume of packaging, use palletisation plans, pallet risers, and/or favour the use of homogenous pallet transportation rather than using heterogeneous pallets which take up more space.

Optimisation of resources

For transport by road, this can be done by favouring the use of large volume rigid-axle lorries and/or articulated lorries or through the use of a lightweight aluminium trailer which gives the option of increasing the payload (as opposed to a heavier trailer).

Developing synergies with partners (or competitors), in a shared services model can lead to a 30 per cent decrease in the number of lorries in circulation. For example, companies that are located in the same warehouse with the same (or similar) delivery objectives can share freight/delivery.

Optimise useful distances

In France, nearly 25 per cent of trucks on the road are empty. This is a shocking statistic and something that needs to be improved drastically. Below are two options of how this could be achieved;

  • Logistically: such as utilising “backhauling” (hauling cargo from point B, back to point A), using couple flows, and minimising the distances of relocating of trucks systematically; Delhaize in Belgium is a great example of this in action.
  • Digitally: the use of support tools can aid decision-making under specific constraints to significantly optimise the distances traveled. For example, setting up a ‘route optimiser’ results in gains of between 5-10 per cent when compared to opting for the ‘modal shift’ (switching modes of transport). However, the ‘modal shift’ itself has the potential to act as a powerful driver in reducing the carbon footprint of companies. For example, intercontinental transport flows show that using air passage in the maritime sector cut emissions by 50 per cent and costs by 20 per cent.

On a continental scale, rail freight is also often competitive over distances greater than 500 km.

Although challenging, a company could implement a postponement strategy (i.e. delaying delivery). This would require eligible products to be identified (perhaps considering time-to-market as a factor), and controlling the impacts of postponement by reviewing stock and replenishment levels, as well as taking service rates into account.

Improving the traceability and quality of transport conditions by relying on technologies like the IoT.


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Surefire sorting results

Khurshed Mirza, Director of Warehouse Automation (APAC) at OPEX, and Glen Urquhart, Sales Manager at Dexion Liverpool, describe how implementing OPEX’s Sure Sort system for an innovative local 3PL revolutionised its operations.  Read more


Sustainability in the Retail Supply Chain

Raghav Sibal, Managing Director, ANZ, Manhattan Associates, explains the facts, figures, and trends regarding sustainability in retail supply chains – and what the options are to cater to customer expectations.  Read more


Supply chain recruitment in the year ahead

Tony Richter, Partner at Bastian Consulting, explains the trends, demands, expectations and lessons at work in the supply chain recruitment arena – and what supply chain companies and recruiters can expect in 2022.  Read more


Sustainability key to future-proofing warehouses

Reducing the environmental impact of warehouses is becoming more integral for many owners and occupiers. JLL and Dexus show MHD the benefits of prioritising warehouse sustainability through Electrolux’s new warehouse at Dexus’s industrial estate at Ravenhall, in Melbourne’s West.  Read more

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