Two spots remain in TCA Tech hub

Positioned at the heart of MEGATRANS2018, Transport Certification Australia’s Telematics Hub has proved a popular component for next year’s show with just two exhibition spaces left.
The multi-modal transport and logistics event will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 10 to 12 May 2018. Spread across a 30,000m2 footprint, the show will distinguish between four distinct functional areas, including; Logistics and Materials Handling, Warehouse & Storage, Infrastructure; Road Transport and Air, Sea & Rail.
The TCA’s Telematics Hub is a core section of the event’s Technology Showcase, which will straddle the entire exhibition floor to reinforce the importance of technological trends such as Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Intelligent Infrastructure and Intelligent Multimodal Transport Solutions.
With a focus on increasing productivity through intelligent multimodal transport solutions, the TCA Telematics Hub will showcase world-leading technology from telematics specialists such as Teletrac Navman and Tramanco, and demonstrate how Australia leads the way.
Find out more on the MEGATRANS2018 website.

MEGATRANS2018 to host Global Shippers Forum in Melbourne

The world’s most senior shippers and logistics providers will be meeting in Melbourne on 8 to 11 May 2018 to discuss trade facilitation, international logistics challenges and other macro-trends affecting global trade. The event will be held as part of MEGATRANS2018, Australia’s leading logistics and supply chain event.
The Global Shippers Forum (GSF), based in London, is the world’s leading trade association for shippers engaged in international trade, including all modes of transport. Its role centres on international logistics policy and it represents shippers’ interests in the major UN agencies including the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO).
It will be the first time the event has been held in Australasia.
“We are excited about the prospect of holding the 2018 meeting in Melbourne,” commented Chris Welsh MBE, Secretary-General, GSF. “This will afford the opportunity of connecting with members in Australasia on issues of concern within the Asia Pacific region and internationally.”
The event will be curated by Australia’s representative to the Global Shippers Forum, the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA), an association representing Australia’s top containerised exporters by volume.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Australian importers, exporters and logistics providers, to be at the forefront of global policy and compliance issues,” said Paul Blake, Chairman, APSA. “APSA has represented Australia’s shippers since 1992 and we are proud to be able to host the global trade community for this event.”
Melbourne secured the event with the support of the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Convention Bureau and private sector sponsor, the Port of Melbourne. It will attract hundreds of local and international delegates, including representatives from inter-governmental organisations, demonstrating Melbourne’s credentials as a destination of choice for global business events.
Find out more about MEGATRANS2018.

Supply chain event to inform omni-channel strategies

In an increasingly connected and transparent world where global economic integration and disruptive technology places tremendous stress on supply chains, it is critical for ANZ organisations to develop a smarter and more agile supply chain strategy.
With supply chains constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing expectations of ever-more sophisticated and demanding customers omni-channel customers, it is challenging to balance efficiency, performance and cost while investing in the right technology and tools required to succeed.
The Supply Chain Planning & Innovation Summit 2017 will tackle these challenges by combining best practices, and thought leadership case studies with interactive discussions for problem solving, idea exchanges and debate on the hottest topics in end-to-end supply chain planning and technology innovation.
An exciting selection of over 30 speakers has been confirmed, sharing insight from companies such as Coca-Cola Amantil, GSK, Kimberley-Clark, the Australian Logistics Council, Clarins, kikki.k and Dulux Group.
Click here to download the full programme.
The three-day event will focus on developing transformational strategies to improve demand and forecasting accuracy, the impact of disruptions and avoiding costly mistakes, how to adopt a real-time collaborative approach with vendors, partners and customers, the use of demand-sensing tools to improve demand and forecasting accuracy and supply chain trends and how businesses can prepare for future innovation.
The event will take place 29–31 August 2017, at the Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park.
Logistics and Materials Handling readers can receive a 10 per cent discount off the current early bird rates by referencing VIP code EFXLM1.
Click here to register online.
For more information or to register on, contact Akolade on 02 9247 6000 /

FourPL and Q Data USA sign ANZ market solutions agreement

Local supply chain specialist, FourPL, and SAP implementation specialist, Q Data USA have signed a strategic partnering agreement to provide SAP Event Management and supply chain visibility solutions for ANZ.

The purpose of the partnership is to allow both parties to share capability, customer experiences and investments in research, systems and IP.

The collaboration is said to benefit local ANZ SAP customers as it would mean improve visibility and responsiveness in their supply chain to increase throughput and reduce risk around disruption.

“The partnership provides FourPL customers the option to extend their capability around SAP Event Management and in particular, to be able to offer their customers improved supply chain visibility and risk reduction options,” said Anthony Hawkins, FourPL chief executive officer.

“The partnership provides global experiences and an extended customer network with access to learning’s from early adopters in mature overseas markets, thought leadership and knowledge sharing and extending the breadth of niche skills available to service customers. FourPL will continue to bring local Australian knowledge and experience to ensure solutions meet customer requirements.”

Kevin Wilson, event visibility practice lead for Q Data USA’s SAP Event Management practice said: “It's exciting to have found another company, in FourPL, with similar ideals and values to ours. Together we will continue to work and grow as the thought leaders in the SAP TM and SAP EM space by integrating these solutions to deliver even more value to our client’s supply chain initiatives.”

Q Data USA specialises in SAP Event Management and SAP Business Objects Event Insight fields, as well as providing complex ERP initiatives to companies.

FourPL will continue to support industries with a core focus around manufacturing and distribution of products, such as CPG/FMCG, manufacturing, retail distribution, mining, and logistics providers.

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