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.

ASBFEO advises Amazon on local SME protection obligations

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has written to e-commerce company Amazon to ensure the company complies with Australia’s unfair contract terms legislation upon its arrival.
Ombudsman Kate Carnell said the pending arrival of Amazon Marketplace in Australia represented an opportunity for many small businesses to compete online and extend their reach, though she took the opportunity to remind the company of its obligation to treat small businesses fairly in accordance with Australian law.
“Some businesses are concerned about the threat of competition while others are excited to embrace the opportunity that Amazon offers,” said Carnell.
“For consumers the Amazon Marketplace promises to expand choice and put downward pressure on prices. I’m interested to see how Australian small businesses can accelerate sales and broaden their customer base though the Amazon platform.”
Carnell said analysis of the Amazon Marketplace contract terms in the US suggested they would have to be changed in Australia to comply with federal legislation.
“From 12 November 2016, changes to the Australian Consumer Law protect small business from unfair terms in standard-form contracts,” she said.
“A standard-form contract is one that has been prepared by one party and where the other party has little or no opportunity to negotiate the terms. An unfair term is one that causes a significant imbalance in the parties’ rights and obligations and causes detriment to a small business if it were applied or relied upon.”
Carnell said in Amazon’s US terms and conditions, the company reserves the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, terminate rights to use Amazon services, remove or edit content, or cancel orders at its sole discretion.
“This may be considered unfair as action can be taken by one party, Amazon, but not the other party, the vendor, to terminate the contract,” she said.
“I’ve requested that Amazon review the terms and conditions in use for standard-form contracts in its Australian operations to ensure they comply with the unfair contracts terms legislation.”

Tempo wins Rio Tinto Cape Lambert port expansion contract

Tempo has won an SMP contract for Rio Tinto's Cape Lambert port expansion project.

The $13.4 million contract will see Tempo Australia, through its subsidiary Tempo Construction and Maintenance, provide structural, mechanical, and piping miscellaneous works as well as commissioning support for Rio Tinto's expansion works at the port.

Tempo general manager Daniel Hibbs said the company is "pleased to have been given the opportunity to execute the miscellaneous SMP and commissioning support works at Cape Lambert".

This win is Tempo's first major contract directly with Rio Tinto.

Toll wins $380 million Coca-Cola contract

Toll has won a contract worth $380 million over five years which will see it provide Coca-Cola Amatil with a range of transportation services.

The initial five-year contract centres around distribution, bulk distribution and interstate road, rail and sea transport, and will come close to doubling Toll’s existing revenue gained from this work.

Toll’s contract logistics divisional general manager Bruce Wilson said the contract enhances the existing relationship Toll and CCA have developed across the Asia Pacific region.

“To be awarded such an extensive portfolio of contracts from an industry leader such as Coca-Cola Amatil recognises the innovative solutions of Toll’s Contract Logistics and Intermodal businesses,” Wilson said.

“As a long-term supplier of transport services to the beverage industry throughout the Asia Pacific region, we look forward to working with Coca-Cola Amatil to improve their supply chain.”

CCA welcomed Toll’s ongoing commitment to safety and its investment in control room technology to provide greater visibility of the distribution process as well as help Toll optimise its fleet planning, on-time despatch and delivery capabilities.

Linfox wins Australian Defence Force contract

Linfox has won a warehousing and distribution contract with the Australian Defence Force that will see the creation of 600 new jobs.

Linfox will manage over 20 sites around Australia and provide warehouse and distribution services of all defence inventory handled through the joint logistics units with the exception of explosive ordnance.

Linfox CEO Michael Byrne said the contract will provide efficiency reforms for the ADF’s logistics network.

“Efficient logistics management is the core of our business. We have a track record in partnering major customers across the Asia Pacific to achieve supply chain efficiencies,” Byrne said.

“The contract further endorses the strengths and capabilities of the Linfox business.”

Byrne said the contract would bring 600 new people to the Linfox team, with the company looking at employing experiences personal for the new work.

Northline win major contract with Rio Tinto

Transport and logistics company Northline have won a major contract with Rio Tinto that will see it transport more than 5000 tonnes of freight annually to the miner’s Alcan Weipa bauxite mine in Queensland.

The freight contract, which covers a diverse range of products from printer cartridges to large pieces of earthmoving machinery, will be transported from Northline’s Cairns depot to the mine site by a local barge contractor.

“This new contract will utilise our full distribution network through which we’re able to offer economies of scale and apply technologies to reduce costs and increase productivity for Rio Tinto,” Northline chief Craige Whitton said

“Northline now operates a network of 12 strategically located depots in six states with a strong presence in northern Australia including two depots in North Queensland, four in the Northern Territory and one in North Western Australia.”

The company said Rio will use its trace and track system to monitor the freight 24 hours a day.

Northline is celebrating 30 years in the logistics sector this year, and says it is committed to growing as on of Australia’s largest privately-owned logistics operations.

The industry is going through significant structural change and we see that as an opportunity for us,” Whitton said.

“We have a modern fleet, we have harnessed technology for efficiency and safety at every opportunity and our team is firmly focussed on customer service and achieving business excellence.”

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