Hays releases 2018 Jobs In Demand report

Recruiting firm Hays has released its latest Jobs In Demand report, covering January to June 2018.
The company expects strong demand to continue in the logistics industry for persons with expertise in the areas of inventory management, import/export, wharves and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) planning.
“Across Australia, positive productivity is linked to efficiency improvements, be that in warehousing, transport or supply chain,” the company said. “Companies are targeting candidates who have a strong knowledge of systems and processes, combined with a proven track record in reducing costs and achieving demanding KPIs [key performance indicators].”
The report identified several roles that the industry is currently keen to fill, including storepersons with inventory management software experience, import/export coordinators with cargo software knowledge, fleet controllers with wharf experience, demand and supply planners with FMCG experience.
Experience in purchasing will also be in demand, as will candidates with knowledge of inventory management software such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and SAP software.
Hays is also seeing an increased need for logistics candidates with heavy rigid or heavy combination licences.

Former Toll Group GM joins supply chain firm TM Insight

Supply-chain consultancy TM Insight has appointed Rob Turner, former General Manager – Business Development and Solutions for logistics company Toll Group, as a Director of its Supply Chain division.
Turner has designed, built and operated automated warehouses across multiple industry sectors including retail, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), general merchandise, automotive and healthcare.
“TM Insight’s reputation, team members, and unique approach were an attractive proposition to join the business,” said Turner. “I am really looking forward to sharing my experience with TM Insight’s current and future customers in what is a rapidly changing environment.”
Turner will be led by Adam Noakes, head of the Supply Chain Division, who joined TM Insight from Kmart in 2013, where he was General Manager of Supply Chain.
“A key factor for our clients is that all of our directors bring industry experience rather than just theoretical consulting experience,” said Noakes. “This is what our clients value most, and Rob is without doubt one of the top-tier supply chain professionals in Australia.”
Founder of TM Insight, Travis Erridge, added, “To have someone of Rob’s calibre join us is a huge coup for our business. Being able to add Rob’s broad industry knowledge and expertise will significantly enhance our supply chain offering to our clients.”
Turner will begin in the role in December 2017.
 

The drinks are now on Linfox

Linfox has acquired full ownership of BevChain after purchasing 50 per cent of the company from Lion.
This acquisition will provide Linfox with a direct inroad to the multi-billion dollar beverage industry and will enable the business to meet the needs of a wide range of customers in the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage sector.
“BevChain began in 2006 to provide a specialised service to the alcoholic beverage industry. We plan to grow the business further by expanding into new sectors within the broader beverage industry,” said Linfox CEO Annette Carey. “The acquisition is aligned to Linfox’s growth strategy and we will continue to invest in sectors where we see an opportunity for growth.”
Since 2011, BevChain has doubled in size generating $250 million dollars in revenue in FY17.
Under sole Linfox ownership, BevChain will leverage Linfox’s scale, expertise and logistics capabilities. BevChain will continue to operate as a separate entity to enable its focus on the specialised beverage market.
In exiting the joint venture, Lion will resume its focus on its core beer business.
Linfox and Lion will continue their partnership, with BevChain providing ongoing warehousing and distribution services for Lion’s Australian beer business.
BevChain services major brands in the specialised liquor, beer, wine and energy drink categories, including many leading Australian and international brands.
Linfox has been providing logistics solutions to the beverage industry for more than 60 years, when a 16-year-old Lindsay Fox began delivering soft drinks in Melbourne during summer.

Clorox outsources supply chain to DHL

Family supplies brand Clorox has chosen to outsource distribution of its products around Australia to DHL Supply Chain.
According to a statement, the partnership reflects Clorox’s focus on customer service, innovation and consistency.
Clorox’s decided to outsource its warehousing operation to achieve a more standardised and customer-centric approach, allowing the company to meet customer demands while removing the stress of distribution.
“We were looking for a partner who understands its customers’ business and responds quickly,” said Mike Fraser, Regional Logistics Manager, Clorox. “DHL Supply Chain has enabled us to maintain high levels of speed, reliability and quality control in our logistics processes, allowing us to stay competitive in the industry and help transform our end-to-end logistics operations.
“Our goal is that when a customer reaches for a product at the supermarket, it’s there. With DHL Supply Chain, we are confident that all of our products will be delivered on time and in full. We continue to look to them as a logistics partner of choice for future growth.”
DHL Supply Chain implemented a range of warehouse and supply chain improvements to Clorox’s operations across Australia, including warehousing, value-added services and inventory reduction, helping Clorox improve productivity by developing a more flexible operating model.
“The implementation of the 3PL (third-party logistics) service provided to Clorox has been achieved in just over three months, a process that would traditionally take six,” said Saul Resnick, CEO, DHL Supply Chain Australia and New Zealand.
“For fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) businesses, the logistics process is critical as consumer purchasing decisions are largely based on availability. We ensure all stock is delivered to stores when promised and with as little manual intervention as possible,” he concluded.

New General Manager for beverage logistics firm

Asset pooling beverage transport company Kegstar, owned by Brambles Limited, has announced the appointment of a new General Manager Australia & New Zealand, Nick Boots.
Boots brings over 20 years’ experience in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), beer, wine and supply chain industries, having worked for Nestlé, CUB, Fosters Wine Estates, McWilliams Wines Group and Supply Chain Services Australia.
Kegstar owns and manages stainless steel kegs on behalf of its customers – collecting empty kegs and redeploying them to other customers in the pool. Each Kegstar keg is uniquely identified and tracked when the keg moves through the supply chain.
The business launched in December 2012 with 880 kegs, one person and one customer. Global supply chain logistics company Brambles acquired a 30 per cent stake in March 2014 and moved to 100 per cent ownership on 1 December 2015. In Australia and New Zealand, Kegstar now owns in excess of 100,000 kegs that it rents to more than 150 customers each year.
“I am honoured to be working with the amazing team at Kegstar in Australia and New Zealand,” said Boots. “The Kegstar keg pooling model is the ideal format for brewers, cider producers, wineries and spirits producers looking for a keg solution that will take their business to the next level.
“Having worked with world-class brands over the past 20 years, I look forward to tapping into my own experience to ensure we continue to provide outstanding service offerings to our customers, partnering with them as they delight consumers.

McCain to move into state-of-the-art robotic cold storage facility in Melbourne

McCain Foods Australia today announced a contract agreement with cold storage provider NewCold.
NewCold’s will manage the storage and handling of McCain’s frozen products at the storage provider’s new warehouse in Truganina, Melbourne, as part of a 10-year agreement commencing in July 2017.
Construction has significantly advanced on the automated facility, which will consist of an integrated system combining automated, state-of-the-art pallet handling systems, using in-house warehouse and control software developed by parent Dutch cold storage innovator, NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics.
Taso Kourou, Supply Chain Director at McCain Foods ANZ stated that the facility upgrade will drastically improve logistics capabilities, meeting the needs of local and international customers, demanding improved efficiency from production to distribution of frozen products. “The storage and handling of McCain’s frozen products in the new automated facility will give us a more stable temperature regime and highly accurate stock control,” he said.
Louis Wolthers, Regional President for Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India & China at McCain Food said that the McCain team is keen to see the outcomes of the new agreement take effect. “From a sustainability perspective, through the use of the warehouses’ highly controlled in-and-outflows combined with efficient cooling equipment, energy usage per pallet stored is up to 50 per cent lower compared to a conventional storage option,” he said.
The warehouse’s unmanned stacker cranes, conveyors and automated truck unloading systems will handle receipt, storage and retrieval of palletised products, all together dealing with more than 11,000 pallet movements per day.

CHEP snares Woolworths deal

CHEP has announced a six-year service agreement with Australia’s leading fresh food retailer Woolworths Limited.

Under the agreement, CHEP will supply and manage its specially-designed collapsible produce crates to Woolworths’ Vendors who will exclusively provide Produce packed in the new crates to Woolworths supermarkets across Australia and New Zealand.

The president of CHEP Asia-Pacific, Howard Wigham, said the agreement was the largest in the history of CHEP in the Asia-Pacific region, and would double CHEP’s ‘Fresh’ business.

“This agreement will set a benchmark in supply chain efficiency, safety and environmental performance, placing leading-edge foldable crates into Australia’s fresh produce supply chain, delivering best-in-class performance for the first time,” Mr Wigham said.

“It covers the supply, tracking, retrieval and inspection of used crates, and the repairing, washing and relocating of the crates for their next use.

The reusable, returnable and recyclable crates will carry produce from farm to supermarket shelves.

Mr Wigham said CHEP Asia-Pacific searched the globe to develop a fresh produce system that delivers optimal value, helps reduce OH&S risks associated with manual handling, is environmentally efficient and protects the quality of produce from the farm to the supermarket shelf.

As part of the undertaking, CHEP will upgrade its crate-washing service centre network with recycling systems that cut water usage and sewer discharge by up to 90 per cent.

“This major initiative will help us work towards our vision of leaner, greener and safer supply chain solutions across Asia-Pacific,” Mr Wigham said.

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