National Logistics City

‘A Case for a National Logistics City’ developed by the Institute for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (ILSCM) has attracted keen interest from industry.

The concept was debated by 0ver 60 representatives from a wide-range of organisations attended the ILSCM and the Victorian Government, Department of Industry, Innovation, and Regional Development (DIIRD) at a one-day strategic workshop last week.

ILSCM’s Director, Dr Pieter Nagel says representatives from key logistics and government organisations included VicRoads and the Port of Melbourne Corporation, along with seven municipal councils — Brimbank; Hobson’s Bay; Maribyrnong; Moonee Valley; Wyndham; Hume; and Whittlesea.

“ ‘A Case for a National Logistics City’ seeks to provide a framework for affordable and achievable integrated development of the region,” Nagel says.

Presentations and documents relating to the national logistics city program are available on: NATIONAL LOGISTICS CITY FOR VICTORIA!

New trade show addresses safety

The lifting, loading and shifting of materials is the number one cause of injuries to workers in New South Wales. Now, a new trade show dedicated to making materials handling safe and efficient will provide thousands of solutions.

Sydney Materials Handling, co-located with The Safety Show Sydney, will run from October 24 to 26 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

Around 50 exhibitors will showcase materials and manual handling products and services, encompassing everything from automated storage and retrieval systems, through to robotics and voice recognition systems.

Among the high profile brands will be Caterpillar, Crown Equipment, Hako Australia, Kockums Bulk Systems, Linde Materials Handling, Red Australia, Safetech and Toyota Materials Handling.

Organiser, Marie Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences, says that although The Safety Show Sydney had always addressed materials handling, a dedicated event was warranted.

“Materials handling injures around 17,000 workers in NSW each year, costing employers more than $370 million,” she says.

“On the other side of the coin, many of the materials handling technologies can also reap huge productivity savings, so every time you improve materials handling, there’s this double whammy of human and financial benefits.“

“Researchers told us that visitors to The Safety Show knew that only too well and were demanding a greater focus on new materials handling innovations.”

One of those already registered to attend Sydney Materials Handling in October is Alan Dean, state manager, OneSteel Steel and Tube.

“The handling of steel presents a lot of unique safety issues. Its weight, size, length, the bundling criteria and then the hazards associated with cutting it all make handling difficult,” Dean says.

“OneSteel is continually working to reduce risk by removing manual handling from the process and, when manual handling can’t be avoided, we equip our people well with PPE, like Kevlar gloves and sleeve inserts. I’ll be looking for ideas at Sydney Materials Handling that improve both safety and efficiency.”

The technology on show will be complemented by advice from Principal Sponsor, WorkCover NSW, which will deliver 18 workshops during Sydney Materials Handling.

The regulator will offer small business tools to measure safety levels, explain how business can access its programs and invite organisations to join its mentoring programs.

WorkCover’s workshops were extremely popular at The Safety Show Sydney in 2006 and another visitor early to register, Charlie Crist, SME surveyor for Vero Insurance, said WorkCover’s advice and the expertise of exhibitors was a key attraction.

“When we go out to see clients, we take a risk management approach,” Crist says.

“We point out where they aren’t complying with safety standards and laws and then work with them to find a solution. Going to Sydney Materials Handling and The Safety Show will bring me up to date with the legislative requirements and the latest tools we can use to eliminate or reduce risks.”

DHL has approximately 270,000 square metres of warehouse space located throughout Australia, and significant volumes of materials are handled in these facilities.

“Because the well-being of our staff is paramount, spending a few hours at Sydney Materials Handling to see the latest materials handling technology is important for our business,” says DHL Exel Supply Chain Implementation Support Manager Facilities Gary Murphy.

According to Safety Coordinator Chris Rowney, the Alkathene Plant owned by Qenos produces high quality polyethylene and our plant is quite old.

“The first of four reactors was commissioned in 1957, so there is a lot of heavy equipment and awkward spaces to get around,” he says.

“Our management sees the advantages of investing in safety — we have a world-class safety record — and I’ll be interested in anything at Sydney Materials Handling that can improve safety.”

“We are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to efficiently and safely handle our product,” concurs Sony Australia Warehouse Manager Michael Hobbert. “The Sydney Materials Handling exhibition will give us a good overview of what is currently available in the industry.”

The Safety Show Sydney and Sydney Materials Handling will run from October 24 to 26 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

For more information, phone Australian Exhibitions & Conferences on 03 9654 7773, email safety@aec.net.au or visit www.sydmaterialshandling.com.au

ALC Strategy Consultation Workshop

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has been commissioned with developing a new five year national industry strategy for T&L by the Hon. Mark Vaile MP.

This is being developed with broad consultation and the purpose of this letter is to invite you to attend the consultation workshops that are being held in your State.

The ALC is a partnership between all Australian Governments and senior leaders in the logistics field including logistics users, suppliers, peak bodies, the State-based Freight Councils, government officials, regulators, academics and other industry specialists.

ALC exists to lead and facilitate the development of transport and logistics (T&L) in Australia and to improve the efficiency in delivery of logistics at a national and international level to create competitive advantage for Australian companies and the Australian economy.

A considerable amount of work has already been finished re the development of the National Industry Strategy. This includes the development of four 15 year future scenarios that will provide essential context for the 5 year strategy and the establishment of a T&L Futures Steering Group and the Consultation Group.

These groups are made up of senior industry representatives and will guide the Strategy’s development on behalf of the T&L Industry.

We envisage that the strategy will be a considered and practical industry view and will directly influence:

• AusLink II and its plans for investment in T&L infrastructure

• The regulation reform agenda being developed by the National Transport Commission (NTC)

• The plans and investment decisions of State Governments

• The plans and investment decisions of individual companies

• Investment in training and skills development

Our approach is to build constructively on the wealth of work that is already under way across T&L; to focus on a small number of achievable outcomes that will drive improvement in the efficiency of delivery of Australian logistics.

The Strategy Discussion Paper outlines some key areas of what the National T&L Strategy may need to cover. These key areas have been identified through extensive communication with the Industry, via this project and through our range of committees that sit on our other various projects.

We welcome your thoughts on this discussion paper and what you personally believe the Strategy must include.

The Scenario Package is the final deliverable from our Scenario Project and it details the process this project went through in identifying four 15-year future scenarios that the Industry working group believed had the greatest potential impact on our Industry.

Those scenarios are presented in this package as ‘stories’ and they will be discussed as part of the agenda for the Strategy Consultation Workshop.

The workshop will be held in Queensland Transport, Mt Gambier

85 George Street,

Level 4 Conference Room

Thursday 23rd August, 8.30-12.30 & 1pm-4.30pm

To rsvp please contact our administration officer, Abby Brooke on (07) 1300 785 236 or email her at abigal.brooke@austlogistics.com.au.

More detail on the project can also be found on our web site www.austlogistics.com.au

Aussie invention on show at Las Vegas

Rojone Pty Ltd will release the next generation vehicle protection system, EziTrak® MICRO Vehicle Security and Tracking System at the premier show for the automotive aftermarket industry, SEMA 2007.

This new release conforms to FCC Part 15.101 and has been specifically designed as a more compact unit, using less power but offering customers increased features and greater suitability for all vehicles.

SEMA is held each year in Las Vegas, and Australian designed & manufactured EziTrak® MICRO will be on show for the first time to the 100,000 plus visitors from over 100 countries.

EziTrak® MICRO is an Australian designed and manufactured monitoring, protection and GPS tracking system giving car and vehicle owners personalised, self-monitoring of their vehicle. This early warning anti-theft device is interactive and has no monthly or annual monitoring fees.

The EziTrak® MICRO is half the size of previous models, measuring only 7.5 cm (L) x 6.0 cm (W) x 3.0 cm (H). This makes it ideal for use in motorbikes plus plant machinery.

The outer casing has a low sheen black finish, which makes it even harder for thieves to locate, and the unit comes complete with an internal vibration sensor.

EziTrak® MICRO offers two internet mappin methods; the first is a FREE internet map site. By simply entering the GPS coordinates provided over the phone or via SMS/Text message from your EziTrak® MICRO system, your vehicle’s map location will appear.

The second option is internet access via our member access site; this method is suited to clients who want live, real-time tracking and control of a single or multiple vehicles.

The EziTrak® MICRO is specifically designed to have a very low power consumption; in deep sleep mode, this is as low as 1 milliamp. The unit comes standard with an internal trickle-charged backup NIMH battery.

The internal phone module in the EziTrak® MICRO is the latest available and is compatible with all phone networks, so EziTrak® MICRO can be used with any GSM system in the world.

The EziTrak® MICRO has an internal Black Box Recorder logging speed, position, time and date from 1-255 hours, as often as once per second.

Particularly of use to fleet operators, the EziTrak® MICRO can now email the contents of the black box to an email address where the information can be downloaded and played back on a PC moving map display.

Vehicle owners can now control the sensitivity of the vibration sensor; this will reduce false alarms. Once set, the EziTrak® MICRO will need to sense movement for, say, 20 continuous seconds before it calls the vehicle owner to advise of a disturbance.

With EziTrak® MICRO, you are completely in control of the security of your car, with commands protected by your personal PIN code. Interaction with EziTrak® MICRO is typically done by selecting menu options over the phone (mobile phone or landline).

This menu allows you to remotely immobilize the engine, lock and unlock the doors, check on your vehicle anytime, and obtain a status report including location to within 6 metres.

EziTrak® MICRO offers security, control, GPS tracking and emergency notification for a single one-off cost to personal vehicle owners and fleet owners.

EziTrak® MICRO will be on display at Rojone Pty Ltd’s stand at SEMA — booth number 11105, LVCC North Hall.

Products manufactured by Rojone include;

• EziTrak® for cars, plant equipment and vehicles

• BikeBANDIT® for motorbikes

• BoatBANDIT® for boats and vessels

• wayLOGGERTM Data Logger

For more information: Meredith Cross — mobile 0425 260 133

Meredith@rojone.com.au www.ezitrak.com

NAB invests in the Food, Fibre and Beverage Industries

National Australia Bank has created a specialist banking unit dedicated to the future growth of Australia’s $100 billion post-farm gate food, fibre and beverage industries.

In a first for the sector, NAB’s bankers will operate on a partnership model, in the same way as a law firm, to establish long term customer relationships and build teams of expertise in each industry sector.

“The food and beverage industries are the untold success stories of Australia’s manufacturing sector,’ says Food Fibre and Beverage Division Head Khan Horne.

“Over the past 10 years the food industry has grown more quickly than the manufacturing sector as a whole and maintained steady growth in exports,” he says.

“We believe with strong global economic growth and greater consumer demand for meat, dairy products, high value grain products and wine, the food sector is poised to accelerate growth.”

NAB’s Agribusiness Survey for the June Quarter highlights that agribusinesses are upbeat about the outlook as the post farm gate food, fibre and beverage sector shakes off the effects of the drought.

“After lagging behind the rest of the economy, confidence in the sector is growing and intention to invest in capital items is running at a two year high for the sector, with investment intentions above those of the wider non-farm economy,” Horne says.

“The sector has been remarkably resilient against a strong Australian dollar with $24 billion of output being exported.

Khan Horne has recently conducted a three day conference in Sydney with his team of thirty specialist bankers and NAB economists to review business conditions within the sector.

“Beyond the headline numbers we see coming out of the Agribusiness Survey and from ABARE and other forecasters, we can see specific business opportunities that existing firms and new entrants are moving to take advantage off over the next 12 months,” he says.

According to Horne, the food fibre and beverage sector requires a specialist banking approach, with price and supply risk management arising as major issues.

“Businesses in this sector are looking for specialist advice and products to manage commodity supply, price, currency and interest rate risk,” he says.

“We’ve assembled a team of specialist bankers to deliver a full set of financial services to processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, exporters and service providers in the sector.”

For further information: Kerrina Lawrence National Australia Bank Limited

0417 034 738

Sunglasses detect fatigue

An Australian sleep expert has developed a method for detecting drowsiness with what looks like an ordinary pair of sunglasses.

Sleep Diagnostics will show its Optalert™ system at this year’s Freight Expo in Melbourne.

Developed by leading Australian sleep expert Dr Murray Johns, Optalert is a scientifically proven system that provides advice to the driver of impending drowsiness before they fall asleep at the wheel.

The Optalert glasses look and feel like an ordinary pair of sunglasses, but a small sensor emits pulses of invisible light to measure eye and eyelid movement.

An in-dash processing unit analyses the data and emits an audible warning if it detects that the driver’s level of drowsiness is becoming dangerous.

Sleep Diagnostics CEO Phil Burke says Optalert had been adopted by some of the biggest names in the transport and mining sectors.

“Toll Liquid Distribution and Linfox are early adopters in the transport sector, while Anglo Coal, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have installed Optalert™ into their mining haul trucks,” he says.

According to Burke, Optalert is the world’s first validated system for providing early warnings of drowsiness.

“Tough new fatigue management regulations for the transport industry highlight the danger of drowsiness on the roads, and Optalert will reduce drowsy-related accidents,” he says.

“Under chain of responsibility regulations for fatigue management, all parties must ensure they do not breach the duty of care by their demands, actions or inactions, so Optalert can play a key role in the chain of responsibility.”http://www.optalert.comFreight Expo 2007 runs from 19 to 21 September at Caulfield Race Course in Melbourne.

For more information on Optalert visit www.optalert.com.

Two awards for Eye-Catcher

Adelaide based warehouse design business Eye-Catcher Innovations has won two at the Telstra South Australian Business Awards.

Eye-Catcher Innovations won the Australian Government Micro-business Award for businesses with five employees or fewer, and was also successful in the AMP Innovation Award category, for businesses that have recently introduced an innovative procedure, product or service.

Eye-Catcher Innovations specialise in the cost-effective design of warehouse safety and point-of-sale products.

Established in 2003, the Hilton-based business currently offers three product ranges: warehouse column protectors, indoor/outdoor safety sign holders and indoor/outdoor point-of-sale sign holders.

Eye-Catcher Innovations has achieved international success with its warehouse column protector, Protect-it™, which is designed to minimise forklift damage to pallet racking by absorbing large impacts and preventing rack collapse, as well as improving workplace safety.

Exports account for 85 per cent of Protect-it™ sales, which is sold throughout Australia, Europe, South Africa, USA and Canada.Eye-Catcher Innovations will now progress to Sydney where they will contest the Australian Government Micro-Business Award and the AMP Innovation Award against winners from other states.

Designed to support and recognise Australian businesses with 100 employees or fewer, the Telstra Business Awards were initiated in 1992.

Since then, the program has become one of the most prestigious and highly regarded awards programs in Australia.

For more information about the Telstra Business Awards, please visit the website: www.TelstraBusinessAwards.telstra.com

Greenlighting efficiency

With increased international attention focused on the environmental impact of manufacturing and transportation, today’s leading companies are using cutting-edge technology to “go green” across the supply chain.

In addition to boosting a company’s reputation in the minds of consumers, applying a “green” mindset to supply chain processes can also deliver financial benefits, including reduced costs in key areas such as materials, labor and transportation.

Balancing environmental objectives with strategic and financial goals is a tricky business, according to Supply Chain consultancy RedPrairie, there are simple, cost-effective ways for companies to help their supply chains better support their environmental goals.

Creating a “green” supply chain can be easier than you think Going “green” means committing to change, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be a painful, expensive, or lengthy process.

Every step to increase efficiency throughout the system adds up, and the overall impact can make a dramatic difference—for both the environment and the bottom line.

At RedPrairie, we’re committed to developing the technology, solutions, and strategies needed to create more cost-efficient—and environmentally sustainable—supply chains.

Here are 7 “greenlight” supply chain initiatives that can help you meet your company’s environmental goals.

1. Optimize Your Routing and Consolidation

The opportunity

Inefficient planning and routing of transportation units and fleet operations can lead to enormous amounts of wasted fuel—and time. Optimized routing and consolidation provides the ‘best possible path’ through a series of stops and ensures your drivers spend as little time as possible at each stop.

It also maximizes the usage of each trailer load shipped, resulting in fewer loads overall.

The environmental impact

RedPrairie has found that our fleet clients save an average of 10-15% in miles driven from improved routing and consolidation. This translates into a direct reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

According to EPA estimates, every gallon of diesel consumed creates 22.2 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

If every driver in a fleet of 50 trucks drove 5 fewer miles a day through optimized routing and planning, after one year it would save 1.5 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere—not to mention substantially reducing fuel consumption and fuel costs.

In addition, optimized routing reduces idling time, and better consolidation of shipments reduces loading and

unloading times.

2. Improve Your Fleet Management

The opportunity

Do you often wonder:

• How fast are my drivers really going?

• How long are my trucks idling?

• Where are my drivers?

• How many trucks or drivers do I really need today?

Fleet tracking, or Fleet Visibility, helps you track vehicle movements and monitor performance with real-time feedback on route productivity.

At RedPrairie, we’ve found the lack of fleet visibility results in enormous workforce inefficiencies and fuel waste. Incorporating GPS tracking and monitoring into your fleet operations is a relatively easy fix for companies looking to reduce their overall carbon emissions footprint.

The environmental impact

Better fleet tracking allows for more efficient management of resources and reduces the overall amount of diesel fuel consumed.

According to the EPA, truck and rail transportation consumes 35 billion gallons of fuel a year, producing 350 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Improved fleet management can make a significant dent in the overall environmental impact of transportation.

Some of the greatest environmental benefits from fleet tracking come from the reduction in idling time and improved equipment use.

Our RedPrairie Fleet Visibility customers are typically able to reduce idling by 30%. Moreover, approximately 15 states and dozens of county governments have proposed laws to restrict the amount of time a vehicle can idle its main engine. Thus, reducing the amount of idling in your fleet can have significant legal, financial, and environmental benefits.

In addition, fleet tracking solutions can help you determine an improved fleet strategy—helping you better plan your equipment purchases and usage.

One grocer cut 83,000 gallons of diesel fuel and half-million miles by switching from single trailers to tandem trailers at its distribution centre.

The tractors also have computer controls that limit cruising speeds to 65 mph, and automatically turn off engines after five minutes of idling (Timesunion.com, “EPA program cuts grocer’s emissions,” June 24, 2007).

3. Increase Your Global Transport Efficiency

The opportunity

Delays due to port clearance documentation, poor duty payment coordination, or general lack of visibility into your global supply chain can create significant inefficiencies across your operations.

Our global transport solutions can help you increase efficiency by improving the coordination, strategy, and logistics surrounding the movement of goods through multiple countries.

With an increasing number of materials being shipped from Asia and Latin America, the overall environmental impact of those shipments can be reduced through better, more efficient coordination and tracking.

The environmental impact

When goods are stuck in ports or in customs, most companies worry about the sales impact. However, there is also an environmental impact that results from the storage and inefficient movement of those goods.

Gaining clear visibility into the movement of goods allows you to optimize routes and modes of transport around each final destination—for example using large capacity containers for unloading in ports near areas of high demand, and smaller containers for cities with lower demand.

This type of optimized international multi-modal transport can exert a smaller impact on the environment by increasing transportation efficiency.

4. Create System-generated Tasks and Communications

The opportunity

Most warehouses still rely on paper-based methods of communication. However, electronic interfaces, RFID, voice-based technologies, and electronic Advanced Ship Notices (ASNs) can significantly reduce the need for paper in the warehouse.

In addition to reducing paper consumption, system-generated tasks, and specifically ASNs, make receiving more efficient—which in turn impacts the overall efficiency of trucks and warehouse personnel.

Our complete suite of system task and communication tools can help you integrate critical systems to increase the efficiency of your operations.

The environmental impact

Roughly 170 trees are destroyed for every 500,000 pieces of paper at postcard weight (“Recycled Papers: The Essential Guide,” Claudia Thompson).

This doesn’t include the carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases generated in the production of the paper.

Cutting unnecessary paper use from your warehouses can generate a quick “green” return on investment.

5. Take Full Advantage of Improved Packaging Strategies

The opportunity

There is an increased global focus on reducing the impact of packaging on waste systems and landfills. However, there are also additional steps that can be taken within the supply chain to ensure that reduced packaging, storage containers and transportation supplies are used as efficiently as possible.

While many companies are transitioning to reduced packaging materials, some do not reconfigure their shelving to take full advantage of those gains.

Our warehouse management solutions can help you streamline storage and accurately track crates and pallets so transportation materials can be more easily recycled and reused.

The environmental impact

In Europe, und
er the European Union’s Packaging Waste Directive, manufacturers already pay for collection and recycling of packaging waste based on the material and weight of their packages.

In the United States, many retailers and some states have established packaging material mandates.

One of the most famous companies mandating packaging changes is Wal-Mart. The company’s “Packaging Scorecard” is a measurement tool that allows suppliers to evaluate their packaging against all the other packaging in a product segment. Scores are calculated based on the following weights:

· 15% for greenhouse gas/carbon dioxide generation per ton of production;

· 15% for material value;

· 15% for product/package ratio;

· 15% for container cube utilization;

· 10% for transportation;

· 10% for recycled content;

· 10% for recovery value;

· 5% for renewable energy; and

· 5% for innovation

(Source: www.walmartfacts.com).

Packages that score well on one criterion may not rate as high in another, indicating an area of potential improvement. Since each package is compared with its peers, a ranking can change if another supplier improves its packaging.

Last year, Wal-Mart’s Canadian operation switched several shipping crates from cardboard to plastic, allowing them to be reused about 60 times on average, as opposed to the single-use cardboard design.

The company estimates it saved $4.5 million from the switch, reduced waste by 1,400 tons, and reduced carbon emissions by 10,000 tons due to the elimination of cardboard production.

The Canadian initiative is now being replicated in other Wal-Mart operations around the world (Source:

Wal-Mart Canada).

6. Deliver on Energy Conservation Strategies in Your Warehouses ]

The opportunity

There are a variety of ways to increase energy-efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of warehouses—from energy-saving motion sensors for lights, to solar power and reusable pallets.

In the U.S. alone, more than 2 billion wooden pallets are used every year, the equivalent of approximately 1 million acres of hardwood forest.

Even small changes such as switching to reusable pallets and creating more efficient shelving or forklift routing can have a significant impact on the overall environmental footprint of a warehouse.

For over 30 years, RedPrairie has worked with clients across every facet of distribution operations to increase efficiency.

Our Warehouse Management solutions can help you improve shelving strategies and create more efficient loading processes so materials can be off-loaded in order of delivery, reducing the idling time and fuel consumption for each truckload.

RedPrairie’s load optimization software virtually determines optimal loading and weight distribution to meet Department of Transportation standards which are designed to help minimize the environmental impact of transporting goods.

When combined with our Workforce Management solutions, RedPrairie can even allow you to establish and track key performance indicators for environmental initiatives such as recycling, energy-efficiency or load efficiency down to the individual employee level.

The environmental impact

Based on EPA estimates, the average energy cost per square foot for a non-refrigerated warehouse is approximately $1.00, and the average energy cost per square foot for a refrigerated warehouse is

$1.45. Running a more energy-efficient warehouse provides the opportunity to cut those costs down significantly and allows you to rely less on non-sustainable energy resources.

Examples of RedPrairie clients who have achieved significant gains in energy efficiency include

PepsiCo and Subaru.

PepsiCo has made a companywide commitment to environmental action, including using more solar energy at its facilities, recycling water, and purchasing renewable energy credits that subsidize the development of clean sources such as wind power (USA Today, “Eco-marketing a hot topic for advertisers at Cannes,” June 22, 2007).

Subaru was the first automotive plant in America to achieve zero landfill status, with a 99% recycle rate.

That same plant was also the first U.S. auto plant designated as a wildlife habitat (Source: Subaru).

7. Improve Labor Management

The opportunity

By combining the schedule, time clock, task list, online courseware, and performance metrics into a single touch screen user interface that’s role-specific, your employees can do more, use less paper, and see instant results. These tools also allow store and warehouse management to improve how they manage and schedule people.

Preferred MethodsSM and Standards are another way to create a more efficient workforce.

Preferred MethodsSM focus on how a job should be performed by your employees.

Preferred MethodsSM also act as instructive tools for managers to coach individual employees on how to perform their role most efficiently by eliminating wasted effort—enabling employees to work smarter rather than harder.

The environmental impact

In 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Americans spend more than 100 hours a year commuting to work. Making sure your facilities are staffed correctly can eliminate unnecessary trips by employees, reducing the overall fuel consumption needed to get your employees to and from work.

More importantly, improved labour automation and training tools can make your people more efficient, requiring less overtime.

Also, with improved labor efficiency you have the opportunity to give your employees paid time off for training or volunteering. RedPrairie offers its employees two days of paid time off every year to volunteer.

Every step matters

Every initiative to improve efficiency that you greenlight is another opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of your supply chain.

From more efficient store operations that consolidate and reduce the number of inter-store transfers and replenishment shipments, to tools that allow you to improve the accuracy of shipments, and better inventory controls to reduce waste from overproduction, technology will continue to lead the way for greener, more efficient supply chains.

About RedPrairie

RedPrairie is a world leading consumer driven optimization company. Built on an advanced Service Oriented

Architecture (SOA) developed over the past 10 years, the RedPrairie integrated suite of solutions offers on-demand capabilities to over 25,000 sites worldwide for many of the world’s largest companies.

RedPrairie’s E2e™ solutions synchronize people and products throughout the customer buying cycle to ensure goods reach the right place at the right time.

At the point of sale, this means consumers have access to desired products and that the store is staffed with the right people to help them make their purchases. In the production cycle, it means suppliers and manufacturers time and synchronise shipments and production based on demand signals from the retailer. And in the back room of the store, it means having the least amount of inventory, solving the “last yard” problem of the retail supply chain.

With 20 global service sites and standard service methods that have been validated over the last 30 years,

RedPrairie provides unparalleled service and support.

For additional information, call 1.877.733.7724, or

access www.RedPrairie.com.

New industry skills advisory initiative

A new consulting service from Victoria University’s Institute for Logistics and Supply Chain Management provides the means to identify logistics workforce training needs and offer advice on training solutions tailored to fit your business and your budget.

The Industry Skills Adviser program (ISA) offers the tools to optimise profit and capitalise on a company’s Logistics workforce skills, delivering:

· Reduced total logistics costs

· Improved customer satisfaction levels

· Increased supply chain capabilities with customers

· Better relationships with customers and suppliers

· Improved workforce problem solving

· Increased performance and building stronger teams

· Improved workplace safety, including auditing of current practices and critical incident management

ISA Program Manager Geoff Rigby says the initiative offers three levels of service.

“Level 1 is a complimentary 90 minute review of the client’s logistics operations complete with fully costed ‘training solutions’ proposal, with reference to any specific concerns you raise thought the consultation,” he explains.

Level 2 involves a two day survey of a company’s logistics operations and Level 3 entails a comprehensive audit of a company’s logistics, distribution, warehouse health and safety status, and related supply chain operations.

“Level 3 also enables a company’s initial concerns raised in the complimentary review to be addressed,” Rigby says.

“The delivery of logistics training and education solutions to specifically meet individual companies’ skills and capability requirements will be managed by ILSCM, on behalf of VU, and its partner organisations.”

For more information:

03 9919 6253 or email geoff.rigby@vu.edu.au

Cold Chain Conference

The 2007 Refrigerated Warehouse and Transport Association of Australia (RWTA)/Global Cold Chain Alliance Conference and Exhibition will be held from August 19th to 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove in Queensland.

With the theme ‘competitive advantage in the global cold chain’, the conference will reflect the positive outlook of the industry as a result of new global affiliations.

A range of Australian and international speakers from the cold chain, general business sector and commercial organisations will cover key industry issues aimed to assist delegates to successfully manage growth.

For more information, or to register, visit the RWTA website.

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