ANC appoints National Projects Manager

Fleet services company ANC has appointed Kylee Bidwell to the new senior position of National Projects Manager.
ANC is a privately owned company specialising in dedicated fleet home delivery and dedicated fleet corporate delivery services in metropolitan areas around Australia.
Bidwell has held a number of roles during her 24 years in transport and logistics, and has been at ANC since 1993. Most recently, she was the Western Australian State Manager, where she was responsible for day-to-day operations of the state, including management of over 50 staff and contractors servicing clients such as Bunnings, Fantastic Furniture, Telstra and IBM.
The newly created role of National Projects Manager will oversee the implementation of new client operations, with a focus on the development of internal and external processes for maximum efficiency and effectiveness of resources, reporting to the National Manager Operations, Roger Cengarle.
Cengarle commented, “Setting up a new dedicated fleet delivery service takes time, experience with continuous assessment and improvement in the first critical months of operations. ANC has appointed this highly experienced senior resource to manage and seamlessly coordinate ANC and the client’s various departments. We have invested in the role to ensure we quickly and efficiently develop the most suitable delivery service, so that the client sees the best results as soon as possible, and the customer delivery experience is consistently excellent.
“Kylee has excelled in her role of WA State Manager over the past three years and has shown her flair for project management and leadership. She has a natural talent for seamlessly transitioning new clients to ANC services and we are excited about the positive impact this role will have on all new clients at a national level.”

Amazon settles on first Australian DC

Emily Bencic
Amazon will lease the former Bunnings distribution centre, measuring 24,387 square metres, in Melbourne’s Dandenong South, according to an Australian Financial Review report, which suggests that the vacant warehouse could double in size to suit Amazon’s needs.
The site is owned by one of Melbourne’s largest privately-owned construction, development and investment businesses, Pellicano Group. The new centre is located in Pellicano’s M2 Industry Park in Dandenong South, providing easy access to the South Gippsland Highway, Monash Highway and Eastlink. The building is also in close proximity to a wide range of amenities for employees. The lease of the centre was facilitated by CBRE’s Industrial & Logistics business.
Amazon has a number of positions advertised for the new Dandenong South warehouse, including loss prevention manager, studio manager, public relations manager, and most notably an area manager and operations manager.
The company said “it will create hundreds of new jobs with the opening of its first Australian distribution centre in Dandenong South.” Other roles it is seeking to fill include more operations managers, pickers, packers, systems technicians, and HR specialists.
The area manager will be responsible for leading and developing the team, as well as “engaging your team during a shift to maintain the highest levels of safety, quality, attendance performance and engagement are maintained,” the job advertisement reads.
“Depending on the type of job, you will be required to engage in physical warehouse activities with or without reasonable accommodation. These activities include lifting and moving material up to 16 kilos each; bending, lifting, stretching and reaching both below the waist and above the head; frequent walking in the building and around area; standing and walking for up to 10-12 hours a day, and ascending and descending ladders, stairs, and gangways safely and without limitation,” it continues.
The operations manager will “lead an inbound operation, outbound operation, or a functional process on a specified shift or across multiple shifts,” the advertisement says.
“Some of the position’s key responsibilities include supporting all safety programs and OSHA compliance; leading and developing a team of three to seven area managers (front-line supervisors) and 100-300 hourly associates, and building and delivering productivity plans by reviewing work forecasts, determining productivity requirements, and partnering with other operations managers to balance labour,” it states.
Amazon has also posted over 130 job vacancies in Sydney on its Australian website, including a supply chain manager, senior in-stock manager, merchant product manager and compliance country lead.
This story originally appeared on Appliance Retailer.

Leadership change at ANC

Fleet home delivery company ANC has announced two new senior management appointments – Stephen Sloane has recently taken up the position of NSW State Manager, Operations, while internally, Brett Randall has been appointed National Manager, Innovation and Improvement.
ANC provides last-mile delivery for Australian and international brands such as Bunnings Warehouse, IKEA, Fantastic Furniture, Telstra, Australian Cement and Fuji Xerox.
Stephen Sloane joins ANC following a 19-year tenure at Startrack, most recently as National Fleet & Facility Manager, having started as a contracted driver.
“I’m impressed by ANC’s growth over the past two years, and its plans for the future, so am excited by the opportunities this role will afford everyone,” said Sloane.
He will oversee the state-wide delivery of dedicated fleet management, client and customer services and report to the National Manager Operations, Roger Cengarle.
Brett Randall has been with ANC for over 30 years, starting out in the business as a contracted driver, progressing through sales and operational ranks to his current role overseeing strategy through innovation and improvement programs nationally.
Randall is a member of the National Executive Team and reports directly to CEO Don Mills and MD James Taylor.
“This new role in innovation and improvement is testament to ANC’s focus on future leadership for the sector, ensuring that we’re providing the best efficiencies and service possible for our clients and their customers,” he said.
“I’ve seen this organisation grow from 20 vehicles dealing with small packages to a $69 million national business and I am excited to be part of the next strategic phase in a dynamic industry.”
Taylor commented on the new appointments, “We have recently redesigned our senior leadership structure to reflect our national approach, and welcome these two new roles which are part of a larger strategy. People are our biggest asset and we know that these new internal and external appointments are going to give us the edge in the delivery sector, which is changing at an extraordinary pace.”

Bunnings signs 10-year lease at Port of Brisbane’s Port West Estate

The Port of Brisbane has announced the signing of a 10-year lease for a 30,450 square metre Bunnings Distribution Centre at its Port West Estate.

The 7.65 hectare area will be developed by the port, due for completion on late 2013, with an expected value of $45 million.

Port of Brisbane chief executive officer, Russell Smith,. Said the company was pleased the have secured the agreement with one of Australia’s leading retailers.

“Bunnings will be the first tenant to occupy the land at the Port of Brisbane’s Port West Estate,” Smith said.

“The Estate’s prime location provides Bunnings Distribution Centre with access to unrivalled transport connectivity – by road, rail and sea – and immediate access to the Port of Brisbane and Gateway Motorways, to help meet their logistics requirements.

“Tenants also have access to the Port’s world-class cargo handling and warehousing facilities, with over $1 billion invested in capital works during the last 20 years,” Mr Smith concluded.

Bunnings’ general manager of Logistics and Improvement, Rodney Boys, said the port offered an great location for the new distribution centre, catering to the company’s long-term strategy in the sunshine state.

“Bunnings is dedicated to injecting over $730 million of capital investment in Queensland over the next three to five years through new stores. These developments will create over 3,500 permanent positions for Queensland residents and over 5,000 additional jobs during the construction phase,” Boys said.


A recession-proof technology company

After three years of 100 per cent year-on-year compound growth, a mobility technology company is leveraging continuing success by expanding into a new market.

Despite worsening business conditions, Melbourne-based Leopard Systems has expanded its operations in a bid to consolidate its presence in NSW and Queensland.

The company’s newly appointed regional sales manager for NSW and Queensland Paul Fuller said while it had been servicing the Sydney market, with a number of local clients the company now had a robust business case for a local office.

“Our new office in Botany means companies no longer have to put up with different suppliers for their mobility software, hardware and back-end integration, and getting stuck in the middle trying to resolve system problems,” Mr Fuller said.

“With tougher times ahead for many businesses, mobility technology is no longer a luxury.

“Being able to transfer data to head office wirelessly and in real time will be essential for operating a profitable business,” he said.

A Sydney local and ex-professional rugby league player Mr Fuller has been helping a Melbourne-based telecommunications company consolidate its position in the Australian, New Zealand and South African markets.

“As technology gets more capable and sophisticated, companies want a trusted personal contact – someone local, someone who can be there at short notice and someone to speak with face-to-face.

“And above all, a single point of contact so they don’t get the run around between IT suppliers,” he said.

Leopard Systems offers a range of mobility programs including the hardware, software and back-end integration, coupled with aftermarket care, to eliminate the need for third parties.

Its clients include Australia Post, Country Road, Kings Transport, Couriers Please, Bunnings and Coles Express.

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