DHL chooses Hirotec for comfort and compliance in Australia

Hirotec has been awarded the mechanical, electrical and fire services contract for all DHL facilities across Australia.
Hirotec is a privately owned national company specialising in the maintenance and engineering of integrated technical solutions comprising Mechanical, Electrical, Fire and Energy services.
Employing over 250 staff throughout Australia, the Hirotec customer base includes property and facility managers, property owners, industrial corporations and government departments
DHL was founded in 1969 and established in the United States of America. The Australian DHL Express office opened in Sydney in 1972 with just five employees.
DHL employs 380,000 staff across over 220 countries and territories worldwide and delivers over 1.3 billion parcels and packages per year.

New Linfox CEO reveals safety agenda

Mark Mazurek, the recently appointed CEO of Linfox Logistics, has told Logistics & Materials Handling how the supply chain company intends to set an example for safe practice in Australia.
“In 2017, there were 168 fatal crashes in Australia involving heavy vehicles,” he said. “This is unacceptable and it tells us that safety requires relentless commitment.
“You can’t put an unsafe driver in a safe truck and expect it to be safe.”
He noted that Linfox implemented its own in-house strategy – Vision Zero – after realising that it would need a culture of safety in order to keep its people and the public safe. “We invest in technology to enhance that, but it starts with culture first,” he added. “We’ve reduced our LTIFR (Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate) by 90 per cent since 2006 so we’re getting something right, but we can never be complacent.
“Industry, government and road users have a role to play in creating a culture of safety on our roads.”
Mazurek added that it is crucial the Federal Government uses its influence in the best way. “The Government role is about creating consistency for the industry,” he said. “On a policy level, it is critical to align national heavy vehicle legislation across Australia to make operations simpler, more efficient and safer. This includes heavy vehicle maintenance standards, driver medical standards and heavy vehicle licencing.
“We’d also like to see greater restrictions on older vehicles and trailing equipment. We commend the work of the Australian Logistics Council and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator in building momentum on this issue.”
Linfox would also like to see the Government advancing policy in mandatory telematics to assist with the management of speed, fatigue, mass and maintenance, and the development of an environment conducive to innovation, enabling technology to be trialled and implemented quickly, Mazurek shared.

Linfox, Telstra partner on IoT

Australian logistics company, Linfox, will implement an advanced telematics and management solution into its truck fleet, through a partnership with Australian telecommunications business, Telstra, and GPS and fleet management solutions provider, MTData.
The Internet of Things (IoT) technology will be rolled out to the whole Linfox truck fleet and will reportedly deliver advanced transport and logistics data and quality-benchmarking information to enhance public and driver safety on Australian roads.
“We are in a critical time in the logistics industry and it’s important to deliver technology that will ensure greater safety for our drivers and the communities in which we operate,” said Conrad Harvey, Chief Information Officer, Linfox. “Safety is a key issue within our industry and community and by partnering with Telstra to implement transformative technologies that allow us to better monitor and measure safety compliance throughout our fleet, we can work to reduce risk factors and enhance safe driver behaviour.”
Telstra’s IoT solution will include Samsung tablets mounted into Linfox trucks so drivers can access logbooks and complete safety checklists, and have capability, in some vehicles, for in-cabin recording of road-safety incidents.
“The technology will require our drivers to log on and complete safety checklists before they head off on the road and will allow us to gain more accurate in-cab readings of speed and distance,” said Harvey. “The devices will enable us to coordinate our vehicles efficiently, reduce congestion on the roads and above all, ensure a higher level of safety for the community.”
The deal comes three months after Telstra’s acquisition of MTData.
“Linfox is one of Australia’s largest and most successful logistics companies and we are committed to supporting its efforts to achieve safer and more efficient supply chains,” said Michelle Bendschneider, Executive Director – Global Products, Telstra. “With MTData’s expertise in delivering IoT solutions for the heavy vehicle industry, coupled with the unrivalled capability of the Telstra mobile network, we have created an innovative solution to help transform Linfox’s business.”

Toll Group safety manager joins ANC as CoR lead

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.

Laverton Cold Storage announces expansion

Cold storage service provider Laverton Cold Storage has committed to doubling the size of its recently completed facility located in Truganina in Melbourne’s west, an expansion that will increase the building area of the first-stage development to over 12,000m2.
Laverton Cold Storage completed a 5,920m2 state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled warehouse and blast freezer building in 2015. The expansion, set to be complete in November 2017, will increase its area by 6,520m2.
The expansion will provide additional storage capabilities and expand the facility’s range of temperature-controlled zones for separate product types.
“This most recent expansion highlights our growth and is a testament to the level of service we have been able to provide our existing customer base from our new site,” said Richard Ralph, Managing Director, Laverton Cold Storage. “It has also provided us the opportunity to attract new clients, and we are looking forward to having the fully completed site operational as we amp up for the Christmas period.”
This expansion will focus on environmentally sustainable design, in particular, the use of significant solar power to reduce Laverton Cold Storage’s operating costs and footprint over the term of its lease.
Consultancy firm TM Insight partnered with Laverton Cold Storage in the design and delivery of both stages of developing the purpose-built cold logistics facility.
“The developments have been specifically designed to allow Laverton Cold Storage to offer greater storage capacities in an efficient and optimal manner, while also adhering to the lean principles and cold-chain compliance,” said Nathan Bingham, Director, TM Insight.
“Due to the service Laverton Cold Storage provides, it was also imperative that we focused on sustainable design to ensure operational and energy efficiencies. These cost saving will no doubt provide a competitive advantage.”

ALC safety summit insight to shape future strategy

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) identified a number of priority areas at the its Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit that will form the basis of its efforts to improve supply chain safety over the year ahead.
The event was held in Sydney this week, and featured an address by the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, as well as a keynote presentation by Sarah Bell, UK Traffic Commissioner for London and the South East of England, focusing on the central role of UK Traffic Commissioners in managing risks to road safety.
“The Summit, which was attended by more than 280 people from across the supply chain, reinforced ALC’s position as Australia’s leading industry advocate for supply chain safety and compliance,” said Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, ALC.
“As the Summit’s opening video noted, Chain of Responsibility (CoR) is all about safety. These two days were an invaluable opportunity for industry representatives to recommit to continuous improvement, learn more about effective safety practices, and consider how to apply these techniques in their own day-to-day operations.”
A core focus of the Summit was the upcoming changes to Chain of Responsibility obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), and the development of a Registered Industry Code of Practice (Master Code) to assist CoR compliance.
“Through a series of consultative workshops, attendees also had the opportunity to directly shape the content of the Master Code for heavy-vehicle safety, currently being developed by ALC in partnership with the Australian Trucking Association (ATA),” added Kilgariff.
As a result of the discussions that occurred at the Summit, the ALC has identified a number of key themes, and the actions flowing from these will form the basis of ALC’s safety-related work program over the coming year. These are:
1. The Master Code is a significant step – but it can’t solve all the problems. 
The ALC will work to ensure it is comprehensive resource for industry – but organisations will still need to consider their own operational circumstances when thinking about CoR compliance.
2. Continuous improvement in safety is a core aspect of freight’s social licence. 
The ALC will work with industry and governments to highlight the improved technology and safety features of modern heavy vehicles to contribute to improved safety for all road users, including passenger vehicles.
3. Safety is a shared responsibility. 
The ALC will continue working to highlight this within the industry and in other sectors, especially given the increased CoR obligations of directors/executive officers from mid-2018. Driving continuous improvement in compliance is both good community practice and good business practice.
4. There is scope to make greater use of telematics and technology in safety.
The ALC will continue to advocate for the compulsory use of telematics to improve safety, as well as the removal of legislative and regulatory barriers that prevent the uptake of technology that improves safety and productivity.
5. CoR compliance will increasingly factor into procurement and contract arrangements. 
Both governments and listed companies are writing CoR compliance requirements into contractual arrangements, and won’t deal with businesses that can’t demonstrate compliance. Through the delivery of the Master Code, ALC will assist businesses to develop procedures they need to not only ensure compliance, but also demonstrate it.
6. Training is vital. 
Businesses need to make certain their employees (and subcontractors) understand their CoR obligations. The ALC will emphasise the importance of building CoR compliance components into training employee training modules – for both new and existing employees.
7. Relatively low cost of entry to industry poses safety risks. 
Often new entrants to the sector are failing to invest adequately in vehicle safety and CoR compliance. The ALC will continue our advocacy on operator licensing/compliance and work with regulators to encourage a particular focus on compliance in this area of the market, especially given anticipated growth in e-commerce and peer-to-peer freight delivery models.
8. Executives need to understand CoR compliance and effectiveness of their organisation’s systems. 
Board reporting on CoR is not just a good way of ensuring obligations are being complied with – but is also a good way of keeping safety issues a priority for businesses. The ALC will continue to work with industry to develop metrics for CoR board reporting that makes the information provided to executives meaningful, and capable of driving safety and business improvement.
9. Heavy vehicles are still overrepresented in accident and fatality statistics – even though heavy vehicle drivers are not always the party at fault. 
Trend lines have started to run the wrong way – and this is not a time for complacency. The ALC will engage with law-enforcement and regulatory agencies to help determine what factors are driving this (including illicit drug use), and assist with the development and delivery of strategies to combat them.
10. Messages about load restraint/overloading are still not penetrating the whole of the industry. 
The ALC will continue to support regulators’ efforts to promote this critical safety issue, particularly among smaller and independent operators.

Bumper acquisition week for WiseTech Global

Sydney-based logistics software provider WiseTech Global has recently made three major acquisitions, bringing Australasian land transport solution provider CMT Transport Solutions, Australasian specialist tariff compliance solutions provider Digerati and Taiwanese forwarding and customs solutions provider Prolink under its umbrella.
CMS provides its flagship Transport Management System (TMS), Freight 2020, to over 130 corporations including ABC Transport, SRT Logistics, McColls Transport, Richers Transport, Cahill Transport, Secon Freight Logistics, K&S Group, Greyhound Freight, John L Pierce Transport and many large road and freight transport houses in Australia and New Zealand.
WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White, said: “WiseTech Global has been investing research and development resources into machine learning, natural language processing, robotic process automation and guided decision tools. We will be working with the talented CMS team and our customers as we progress our Land Transport and integrated Telematics development pipeline for the next generation of road and freight solutions.”
CMS Managing Director, Robert Mullins, said: “Joining WiseTech, the market leader with scale and capacity to accelerate innovation, allows us to combine our vision and deliver on a product roadmap utilising CMS’s decades of road freight industry knowledge.”
Remaining under the leadership of Managing Director, Robert Mullins, and General Manager, Grant Walmsley, CMS operations will be integrated within the WiseTech Global group.
Digerati provides its Inbound, Outbound, TradeWiseNZ and iClear Online compliance solutions to over 140 corporations including DHL, Expeditors, FedEx, Panalpina, Schenker, UPS, Yusen and many of the largest brokerage and logistics houses in Australia and New Zealand.
WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White, said: “We will be utilising the Digerati data set and customer experiences in our development pipeline for the next generation of border compliance, aimed at substantially increasing timely, accurate and complete customs entries for our customers, to better manage the exponential increase in transactions at the border.
“With the advent of global border initiatives such as Trade Single Window, Trusted Trader, Known Shipper, C-TPAT, AEO and Supply Chain Security and an ever-increasing critical need to secure borders and ensure that international trade is both safe and efficient, the work we are doing is vital to the next generation of cross-border compliance.”
Prolink provides its automated customs compliance and forwarding solutions to over 350 corporations including DHL, UPS, Yamato, Morrison, Hellmann, Hankyu Hanshin, Dolphin, Evergreen, Pacific Star, THi, Leader-mutual, OEC and many of the largest logistics service providers in Taiwan and China.
WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White, said “Given Prolink’s leading position in customs and forwarding solutions across Taiwan and their successful expansion into China and Hong Kong, we are pleased to welcome the Prolink team to the growing WiseTech Global family. Acquiring Prolink’s competitive leadership, market knowledge and cross-border compliance expertise in Taiwan and China gives us additional regional strength to accelerate our growth throughout Asia.”
Remaining under the leadership of President, Paul Lin, and General Manager, Glendy Kuan, Prolink operations will be integrated within the WiseTech Global group.
 
 

UC Logistics launches compliance app for freight operators

Perth-based UC Logistics has launched a new transport platform to enable heavy-haulage providers to meet Australia’s strict compliance standards.
The online business-to-business platform, iFR8, allows clients to receive and compare quotes and book freight movements with ‘premium’ Australian transport providers, and gives drivers constant reminders of their Chain of Responsibility obligations.
Urszula Kelly, Founder and Managing Director, UC Logistics, said the company launched the transport platform after hearing concerns that those already in the marketplace had been launched by companies taking no responsibility for ensuring their service providers, putting their goods at risk of loss, damage or delay by operators unaware of their legal obligations when receiving and transporting goods.
Kelly said several companies contacted UC Logistics Australia about their worries, asking them to come on board with their apps.
“When we asked how they ensure their providers comply with the law, they didn’t have an answer,” she said. “This prompted us to develop our own platform – iFR8, which is distinctly different from the others.
“We engage only premium quality heavy haulage providers who are accredited, adequately insured, qualified and extensively experienced in their field.
“We take safety and compliance very seriously and spend a significant amount of time on screening operators that want to work with us.”
The platform offers one contact point for all logistics requirements, regardless of whether the job takes one provider or many, so clients no longer need to speak to numerous suppliers to manage multiple quotes and jobs.
In addition, it provides a digital paper trail of all freight movements through a web portal and mobile app.
Kelly noted that some of the smallest companies provide the best service at the best rates, adding that iFR8 allows them to compete on a level playing field.
“iFR8 offers equal opportunity for all providers – regardless of how small their fleet,” she said.
“We welcome collaborations with suppliers of the highest quality, who meet our strict prequalification requirements and who have a proven record of providing ‘beyond expectations’ customer service.
“There are many ‘wannabe’ transport businesses out there at the minute, this is why it makes perfect sense to promote suppliers that are passionate about the safety and passionate about the transport industry in general – we are excited about collaborating with them.”

QLD boosts safety on road-freight network

Queensland will roll out of three new automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras across the state’s road freight network.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the new cameras would monitor heavy vehicles, boosting heavy-vehicle safety and providing another step towards a national heavy-vehicle compliance network.
“The high-tech monitoring cameras will be used to encourage safer driving practices on our major heavy vehicle routes and freight network,” Chester said.
“The first of three new cameras has been installed at Goodna, with further cameras to be installed over the next 12 months at Barcaldine and near Morven in regional Queensland. The new cameras are being delivered in conjunction with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and will continue to target safety on key freight corridors and black spots.”
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud welcomed the introduction of cameras near Morven and Barcaldine.
“Trucks and heavy vehicles are the lifeblood of our transport network in the bush,” he said. “The Coalition is heavily investing in upgrading key freight corridors throughout regional Queensland to not only make sure transportation happens efficiently, but also to keep our roads safe.
“Near Morven is a junction between the Warrego and Landsborough Highways and near Barcaldine is where the Capricorn and Landsborough Highways meet. These two areas represent very important transportation connections in my electorate so it makes sense safety is a priority.
“These cameras will be a part of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s National Compliance Information System, which will amalgamate compliance and camera data from states and territories to provide a national set of heavy vehicle–related compliance and monitoring data.”
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said putting more cameras on the ground was a critical step towards better data sharing across borders and would reinforce efforts to make Australia’s major freight networks safer.
“As we bring these cameras online, authorities can better detect risky behaviour and unsafe practices by heavy vehicles on our roads, which helps narrow our focus for compliance and enforcement efforts,” he said. “National visibility of vehicle movements will allow the NHVR and other enforcement agencies to identify drivers and operators who systematically flout fatigue laws.”
The NHVR is currently working with other state road transport authorities to identify additional camera sites along the busiest freight routes to maximise heavy vehicle monitoring capability.
In April, five sites along major Australian freight routes were identified and fitted with ANPR cameras, on the Hume Freeway at Wallan, Calder Freeway at Gisbourne, Western Freeway at Ballan, Goulburn Valley Freeway at Murchison and the Princess Freeway at Yarragon.
Each camera site costs between $200,000 and $800,000 to establish, depending on what infrastructure, power, communications and security facilities are already in place.

Bolloré Logistics becomes Australian Trusted Trader

Bolloré Logistics Australia has become the first international transport and logistics company in the country to be officially accredited as an Australian Trusted Trader under the Australian Economic Operator (AEO) programme developed by the Australian Border Force (ABF).
To obtain the Trusted Trader accreditation companies must undergo an extensive audit process to satisfy the AEO that they set and maintain a high level of international supply chain and customs compliance.
“Being certified an Australian Trusted Trader further supports and facilitates the handling of clients’ international supply and expedites the flow of legitimate trade from all sites in Australia,” says Michael Pinnock, National Customs Manager at Bolloré Logistics Australia.
The certification is applicable to all five Bolloré sites in Australia – Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Certified companies have access to benefits such as reduced cargo inspections at the border, improved cargo lead time, duty deferral, streamlined reporting and priority trade services.

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