S&OP Conference in Melbourne

This year’s S&OP Conference, to be held in Melbourne on 29 & 30 August, is themed ‘faster and more accurate forecasting through business integration’.

The conference will feature international keynote presenter Mike Bonnici, European Forecasting Development, Heinz (UK).

GRA partner, Carter McNabb, will chair the event, and present on Day 1. His presentation, titled Overtaking the Competition — S&OP at Super Cheap Auto, will give attendees a rare insight into one of Australia’s leading retailers; the challenges they faced and how they used S&OP as part of an overall supply chain management improvement program to gain and maintain a competitive advantage in an already challenging retail environment.

Peter Burgess, GRA Partner, will present Selecting Software Tools for Forecasting on Day 2. His presentation will focus on the importance of selecting the right forecasting tool and reveal tips and advice on the best approach, including a valuable list of “do’s and don’ts”.

GRA representatives will also be at the conference to discuss demand, inventory and supply chain optimisation.

Please feel free to drop by and let us know about your current supply chain management challenges, or just to say hello.

About GRA GRA is an expert consulting firm specialising in demand, inventory and supply chain optimisation. We combine expert knowledge with best-of-breed planning and optimisation systems to take your supply chain to the next level.

Our experience is your experience, and we work side-by-side with our clients to ensure change is successful and benefits are sustainable. Guaranteed results are typically delivered within 8-12 weeks, and we aim for a minimum 3:1 ROI.

3LOGIX on track for accreditation

Leading GPS Tracking solutions provider 3Logix will seek accreditation for the Intelligent Access Program( IAP). The company is in the final stages of internally testing their military grade GPS hardware.

CEO Lyndell McInerney says it is fitting that an Australian developed and designed product should complement an Australian initiative such as the IAP.

“The Intelligent Access Program will be a global leader in the logistics arena for heavy vehicle compliance and we believe it is 3Logix’ responsibility to assist with the success of this important initiative by applying our technical strength and resources,” he says.

McInerney also indicates the inclusion of the IAP application on their popular invehicle and mobility applications, confirming 3Logix’ intention to complement IAP hardware with value added enhanced GPS applications and software.

3Logix’ National Marketing Manager Stephen Walsh recently elaborated on the use of IAP accredited hardware by revealing a low cost entry point for transport providers, including those linked to enhanced GPS & mobility solutions.

“We’re already working with a number of clients and transport providers towards IAP, with and without workforce mobility & extended GPS solutions,” he says.

“Based on our low entry price, we are securing long term clients for a complete rebuild of their GPS and workforce mobility solutions linked to IAP.”

$30 million freight facility opens

Long-haul logistics specialist Northline today unveiled a state-of-the-art warehousing and freight distribution facility in Rosehill, the latest stage in a $60 million project to create a national network of integrated distribution centres.

NSW Small Business Minister Joe Tripodi says Northline, which services a large customer base throughout Australia, has already completed depot developments in Melbourne, Perth and Townsville with Darwin’s new facility presently coming on-line.

“Northline provides long-haul freight services from Sydney to Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Darwin, where the company has international freight forwarding facilities connecting to Asia,” Tripodi says.

“Western Sydney is an economic powerhouse with a rapidly growing economy attracting business from across Australia and the world.”

“The economy of Western Sydney was estimated at $80 billion last year, accounting for 9 per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product, and 26 per cent of NSW gross state product.”

“This new purpose built facility, located the geographic centre of Sydney, comprises 20,000 square metres of warehouse space and offers drive-through undercover loading docks and dock levellers,” he says.

“I welcome this $30 million development, an important step in completing Northline’s national network, which will help build economic growth here in Western Sydney.”

Northline Chief Operating Officer Phillip Taylor says Northline is a national freight forwarding and warehousing company with 10 in-house managed depots around the country supplemented by a network of agencies.”

“This new Sydney facility is essential to meet demand – the continued expansion further shows our commitment and ability to meet our customers’ growing needs,” he says.

“With booming business growth across NSW, improved logistics facilities are imperative to continue servicing our customers, and coupled with Northline becoming an International Freight Forwarder has resulted in a facility capable of providing not only local and national supply chain solutions, but also meeting import and export requirements for many clients.”

Northline NSW State Manager Geoff Gray says strong business growth was driving demand throughout the State.

“During the past two or three years, we’ve seen a strong increase in freight levels, from both business and geographic sectors,” he says.

“Our new Sydney distribution centre gives us extra capacity, a fully integrated warehousing and freight facility housed under one roof, and the the size and flexibility to meet the requirements of most customers.”

“From Sydney, we can pick and pack it and ship it to them by road or rail. The new facility also supplies demand for Third Party Logistics warehousing, where there is a big demand because of the booming economy.”

“There’s such a shortage of quality warehousing space in Sydney that many companies can’t find anything, so the full-service store-and-forward resource that Northline offers becomes very appealing,” Gray says.

New facilities for Swire Cold Storage

SCS’ commitment to the cold storage and distribution industry continues with the announcement of two new facilities to be built in Melbourne’s west and Perth’s east.

The Victorian facility will be located in the Laverton industrial district in a prize location twenty minutes from Melbourne CBD and close to Melbourne’s main port and transport infrastructure.

Its completion will equip SCS with the most comprehensive geographical coverage of any refrigerated storage 3PL in Melbourne, complementing its other facilities at Lyndhurst, Doveton and Clayton.

The Perth facility will likewise be strategically located at the rail head in Welshpool making it ideally positioned to handle interstate freight.

Both new builds will boast significant annexes to accommodate C-Store cross-dock operations with Perth also finding room to accommodate three new blast freezer units.

The new facilities will comprise of two rooms, each with the capability of operating as chiller or freezer depending on the demand for either service.

Using two-stage ammonia refrigeration plants, the facilities will also be more energy efficient thanks to state of the art air-evaporators which use ambient air for defrosting saving both water and energy.

To minimise SCS’ dependence on town water the two new facilities and all future builds will now come with on site water tanks to capture storm water runoff from the warehouse roofs.

“All of us at Swire Cold Storage are excited about the new developments in Melbourne and Perth,” says Swire Cold Storage CEO Rick Woods.

“We are all working diligently to set this business up for the long term and are delighted with the commitment our shareholders have made to the Australian market.”

Particularly pleasing is the fact that one of our larger customers, Simplot, have already committed to a large proportion of the Laverton facility and will move in immediately upon its completion,” Wodds says.

“Laverton is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2008 with Perth rapidly on its heels due for completion in mid 2008.”

RedPrairie's SmartWay Transport Partnership

RedPrairie is the first supply chain technology company accepted as an Affiliate Member to the Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership.

RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimisation company, is pleased to announce it has been accepted as an Affiliate member of the EPA’s SmartWaySM Transport Partnership.

The Partnership was established to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and improve the efficiency of ground freight transportation.

RedPrairie, with its innovative E2e™ solutions, will help its clients achieve their fuel and energy conservation goals.

“Every step to increase efficiency throughout your supply chain adds up, and the overall impact can make a dramatic difference—for both the environment and the bottom line,” says Jim Hoefflin, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for RedPrairie.

“We are proud to be a SmartWay Affiliate and share in their commitment to provide strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility.”

To obtain a copy of RedPrairie’s, download “Greenlighting Efficiency: 7 Easy Steps to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Today’s Supply Chains.

About Smartway

Launched in 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to achieve fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of fuel per year. The Partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial efficiencies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies.

More information on SmartWay can be found at www.epa.gov/smartway.

About RedPrairie Corporation 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 synchronize 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 50 metres” problem of the retail supply chain.

S&OP Conference in Melbourne

This year’s S&OP Conference, to be held in Melbourne on 29 & 30 August, is themed ‘faster and more accurate forecasting through business integration’.

The conference will feature international keynote presenter Mike Bonnici, European Forecasting Development, Heinz (UK).

GRA partner, Carter McNabb, will chair the event, and present on Day 1. His presentation, titled Overtaking the Competition — S&OP at Super Cheap Auto, will give attendees a rare insight into one of Australia’s leading retailers; the challenges they faced and how they used S&OP as part of an overall supply chain management improvement program to gain and maintain a competitive advantage in an already challenging retail environment.

Peter Burgess, GRA Partner, will present Selecting Software Tools for Forecasting on Day 2. His presentation will focus on the importance of selecting the right forecasting tool and reveal tips and advice on the best approach, including a valuable list of “do’s and don’ts”.

GRA representatives will also be at the conference to discuss demand, inventory and supply chain optimisation.

Please feel free to drop by and let us know about your current supply chain management challenges, or just to say hello.

About GRA GRA is an expert consulting firm specialising in demand, inventory and supply chain optimisation. We combine expert knowledge with best-of-breed planning and optimisation systems to take your supply chain to the next level.

Our experience is your experience, and we work side-by-side with our clients to ensure change is successful and benefits are sustainable. Guaranteed results are typically delivered within 8-12 weeks, and we aim for a minimum 3:1 ROI.

RedPrairie’s SmartWay Transport Partnership

RedPrairie is the first supply chain technology company accepted as an Affiliate Member to the Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership.

RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimisation company, is pleased to announce it has been accepted as an Affiliate member of the EPA’s SmartWaySM Transport Partnership.

The Partnership was established to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and improve the efficiency of ground freight transportation.

RedPrairie, with its innovative E2e™ solutions, will help its clients achieve their fuel and energy conservation goals.

“Every step to increase efficiency throughout your supply chain adds up, and the overall impact can make a dramatic difference—for both the environment and the bottom line,” says Jim Hoefflin, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for RedPrairie.

“We are proud to be a SmartWay Affiliate and share in their commitment to provide strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility.”

To obtain a copy of RedPrairie’s, download “Greenlighting Efficiency: 7 Easy Steps to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Today’s Supply Chains.

About Smartway

Launched in 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to achieve fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of fuel per year. The Partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial efficiencies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies.

More information on SmartWay can be found at www.epa.gov/smartway.

About RedPrairie Corporation 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 synchronize 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 50 metres” problem of the retail supply chain.

BMWs transported for Asia Art in Motion

While it is not uncommon for Schenker to handle logistics for cars and spare parts, transporting priceless BMW’s for the Asia Art in Motion Tour was quite a novelty for the leading provider.

The four BMW cars were painted on by well-known artists; Ken Done, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol.

During the project, the Schenker team carefully moved the cars by hand, with only one hundred per cent cotton gloves separating the cars from their skin. Each BMW had its own Schenker container.

According to Stephan Till, Vehicle Detail Manager & Logistics of BMW Mobile Tradition in Germany there were some challenging locations during the tour which were easily handled thanks to the experienced cooperation between BMW Mobile Tradition and Schenker.

Ron Koehler, CEO of Schenker AU/NZ says Schenker teams have managed to achieve high security planning and organisation through handling these BMW’s from Asia, to Australia and New Zealand.

“We have the necessary expertise built over our many years of experience in logistics and transportation with the car industry,” he says. “We are proud to have been a part of such great events.”

The Asia Art in Motion Tour included stop-overs in Australia and New Zealand for events at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney and the Auckland Museum.

Schenker Australia was established in 1962 in Sydney.

Today, Schenker Australia provides a complete range of international air, ocean and land transportation, together with integrated logistics services.

Schenker comprises over 1,200 people in 36 locations in Australia, and seven in New Zealand. Schenker and BAX Global are in the process of integrating around the world.

The joint organisation has a team of about 55,000 experts at 1,500 locations in 150 countries. Together Schenker and BAX are now the No. 1 source for European land transportation, No. 2 for global air freight, No. 3 for global ocean freight, No. 6 for global contract logistics and No. 3 for North American integrated heavy freight.

Schenker is a part of DB Logistics, the Transportation and Logistics Division of Deutsche Bahn AG.

Study shows warning systems need attention

A study into truck accidents involving trains at level crossings shows the ineffectiveness of warning systems according to National Transport Insurance (NTI).

“Since 1986 our records indicate 84 incidents where trucks (insured by NTI) and trains have collided with varying degrees of seriousness,” says NTI’s Industry Affairs Manager Owen Driscoll. “Disturbingly, 44% of these crashes have occurred since 2000.”

“A majority of the incidents occurred in daylight hours highlighting the ineffectiveness of warning systems at level crossings and the need for motorists to stay alert, particularly in rural and remote areas,” Driscoll adds.

“With reportedly more than 9400 rail crossings across Australia, NTI strongly advises that immediate action should be taken to protect the safety of road and rail users.”

“Whilst this includes ongoing driver awareness and training, a system that provides earlier warnings for motorists is crucial,” he says.

“With the high cost to the community of these incidents, both in relation to life and property, NTI implores government and industry to identify a solution to this issue.”

Interim findings include: _ In 83% of incidents the road unit was on an outbound journey from home base;

  • In 87% of incidents the heavy vehicle was found to be responsible;
  • 43% occurred in Queensland with the result influenced by incidents with cane trains;
  • Worst day was found to be Wednesday;
  • Worst time was between 9am and 3pm;
  • Worst months were July, September and November.

NTI’s National Centre for Truck Accident Research reviewed, day, month, time, location of rail crossing, freight carried, truck configuration, age/experience of driver and other associated factors in the recent study.

The research focuses on NTI insured heavy vehicle accidents in the hire and reward road freight sector with trucks having a carrying capacity exceeding 4.5 tonnes.

About National Transport Insurance

National Transport Insurance is Australia’s largest truck insurance specialist. NTI provides risk management, claims and assessing management services to the transport industry.

NTI insures over $7 billion in assets, on behalf of over 13,000 policyholders. Originally formed in 1971, NTI is an equal-partner joint venture of CGU and Vero.

For more information please contact: Owen Driscoll (07) 3287 0610, Mobile: 0438 299 205 owendriscoll@nti.com.au

Process complexities eliminated

Sterling Commerce, an AT&T Inc. subsidiary, has announced that the Water Heater Division of Rheem® Manufacturing, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of water heaters, swimming pool heaters, commercial boilers and tankless water heater solutions, has successfully implemented its Gentran Integration Suite™ (GIS) and Sterling Collaboration Network (SCN) as its multi-enterprise integration platform.

Together, GIS and SCN provide flexibility through a hybrid approach to hosting integrated business processes and allow strategic processes to be prioritised while less-strategic processes are managed in the network.

As a result, Rheem can securely expose dynamic order information from key customers to internal decision-makers and external partners across its value chain without IT involvement. This capability improves operational efficiency, customer satisfaction and revenues.

GIS accurately, flexibly and rapidly manages the infrastructure required to automatically capture, manage and display customer information across its supply chain, order entry, accounting and credit departments — while freeing IT resources from time-consuming, low-value, technology-related activity.

SCN gives Rheem end-to-end, business-to-business (B2B) connectivity that simplifies real-time collaboration with customers and partners regardless of their technical capability. With 69 percent of all orders coming through electronic data interchange (EDI), Rheem needed a solution that it could trust to handle that flow of information.

Implementing GIS has allowed Rheem to reduce the amount of staff needed to manage EDI files while taking the business process of researching orders and invoices out of the hands of IT.

The solution gives Rheem the ability to cost-effectively scale revenue-generating processes and adapt to diverse order formats and protocols, in addition to adapting order entry and call centre processes for rollout in various countries.

“By replacing the complex and unstable IT process routing system with the new Sterling Commerce B2B solution, we can instantly put critical, time-sensitive customer order information directly into the hands of the Rheem business,” says Jay Palmer, system development manager for Rheem.

“Now we can seamlessly connect our business units to our customers. This leads to better customer service and partner collaboration. At the same time, SCN enables secure data movement across multiple platforms, reduces operational risk and reliably supports customer-service-oriented business initiatives behind the scenes.”

“Sterling’s solution helps Rheem mitigate dynamic market environment and prevent the revenue loss that comes from searching for or losing valuable customer order data and invoices,” says Russell Scherwin, global director of product marketing for Sterling Commerce.

“Sterling’s hybrid solution of GIS and SCN will enable 100 percent community engagement and help Rheem increase competitive advantage by focusing resources on strategic activities while outsourcing non-strategic activities — with all processes remaining on the integrated hybrid Sterling solution.”

GIS is one of the Sterling Commerce B2B solutions and enables customers to extend processes to their customers, partners and suppliers while maximising existing and future IT systems and technologies and maintaining compliance with applicable governmental and industry legislation and mandates.

SCN provides a highly reliable and secure B2B communications foundation for enhanced global collaboration through simplified partner integration and management. It provides end-to-end visibility and automation of core business processes, and it improves margins and creates additional efficiency opportunities.

For more information: David Bass 02 9967 8022 or Mobile: 0416 017 194

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