Shippit brings Australian logistics veteran on board

Online logistics management platform Shippit has appointed Dominic Culbert as its Head of Logistics.
Culbert joins Shippit from his most recent role as the Group Logistics and Delivery Solutions Manager at Mysale Group, where he oversaw the implementation and setup of OzSale’s international and domestic delivery network, comprising of over 65 shipping lanes across 10 countries.
Prior to this, he was Head of Distribution at BCP Marketing Services and developed supply chain solutions for Microsoft, Novell, Cisco, Palm, and Apple.
With over 18 years of experience in ecommerce logistics, Culbert will be responsible for driving the Shippit’s logistics strategy as it strengthens its position in Australia and expands into the APAC market.
“When it comes to managing the end-to-end shipping process, Shippit is doing it better than anyone else in the space, which is what attracted me to the role,” said Culbert. “I’m excited about further developing and growing their platform.
“I see numerous opportunities to drive improvement in ecommerce shipping around tracking, visibility and cost savings, particularly in the Asian markets, which are growing in leaps and bounds.
“Shippit has the ability to fill a niche in this region where customers want cost effective, seamless international solutions. For us that means expanding our offering such as adding new carriers and new capabilities to cater to the needs of global retailers.”
“Locally, a majority of companies aren’t well informed about how to optimise their shipping. A big part of our role will be educating retailers about the variety of shipping options available and then improving and broadening our service to continue to meet our customers’ needs.”
Shippit Co-founder, Will On, said the hire was a strategic part of Shippit’s vision and would help to drive its growth trajectory.
“This marks a major milestone for our business,” said On. “Dominic’s appointment is amongst a number of strategic positions we have created. He was instrumental in the global success of OzSale and his experience is second to none. We couldn’t be more fortunate to have him on board to join us in driving the vision we have set for Shippit.”

Rohlig opens Sydney warehouse facility

International freight forwarding firm Rohlig Logistics has opened a new 6,000m2 warehouse in Sydney.
The new warehouse is equipped with the latest in warehousing and logistics technology, including a sunken dock with a seven-metre in-ground hoist capable of handling 14 tonnes of airfreight. Additionally, the facility will be able to handle up to 4,000 pallet spaces, covering from warehousing and freight, to contract logistics.
“Our research and development team are always looking at new processes and technologies that can streamline our operations, deliver cost savings and efficiency, while also adding value for customers,” said Hany Amer, Managing Director, Rohlig Australia. “The sunken dock, for example, means we are able to cope with much bigger loads and offer more services than any of our competitors.”
This new addition to the organisation’s operations is the latest in a line of improvements to facilities in Brisbane, Melbourne, Freemantle and Adelaide, following the launch of a small parcel service last year and a new customs consulting service.

Third runway for Melbourne

A third runway for Melbourne airport will give it the highest capacity in the country and boost the Victorian economy.

Australia Pacific Airports Corp chief executive Chris Woodruff said the expansion of the airport marked an important growth period.

“Melbourne Airport is about to embark on the most significant period of growth since it opened in 1970,” he said.

The plan for the new runway was revealed in a new draft document released this week.

The third runway is part of a wider $10 billion dollar expansion budget for the airport of the next 20 years.

The runway will run parallel to the existing east-west runway, with a  distance of two kilometres, meaning they can operate at the same time, Financial Review reported.

The third runway is closer to the terminal, signalling fewer taxiing delays are expected.

Plans also reveal it is expected to reduce noise in the south but increase it to the airport’s east.

Homes in nearby suburbs Tullamarine, Gladstone Park and Broadmeadows are expected to be affected.

Melbourne Airport will be able to support 380,000 aircraft movements a year, or up to 88 movements an hour after the upgrade.

Qantas Airways chief executive Alan Joyce welcomed the move to extend the airport’s capacity.

“I think it’s great that Melbourne is ahead of the curve in terms of developing its infrastructure,” he said.

“The infrastructure across the country needs to keep pace with economic development, and Melbourne is one of the airports that is ahead of that curve.”

The draft plan is open for public comment for 60 business days.


Darwin Airport makeover set to go ahead

A $60 million expansion at Darwin Airport will double the number of passengers and planes it can receive.

The expansion will add 11,000 square metres to the terminal, include new check-in areas and departure lounges for major airlines.

Construction on three new aircraft bays will start in June, with the project expected to be completed by the end of next year, ABC reported.

Darwin Airport chief executive Ian Kew says the expansion will create a better experience for customers.

"In simple terms we'll be able to handle twice the number of passengers and planes, in any particular busy hour than we can today," he said.

"So this is the biggest development project in the airport's history since it was constructed in 1991.

"We're very excited about it."


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