Freight operators a key component of MEGATRANS2018

MEGATRANS2018 will bring together the entire supply chain under one roof for the first time, to help facilitate national and international collaboration. Freight operators play a vital role in this supply chain and will play an important part of the tradeshow.

With Visa Global Logistics leading the way, MEGATRANS2018 offers a unique platform for fleets and freight operators to engage with their potential customers across a range of industries spanning manufacturing, retail, FMCG, food and beverage manufacturing, mining, as well as with importers and exporters. 

“This is two-pronged approach for us. Given our innovative approach to business, MEGATRANS2018 provides us a platform to be seen as market leaders, and branding at an event like this is crucial. But more importantly, to be able to engage with our core audience of importers and exporters, as well as with the key buyers of freight services across such a wide range of industries – this is such a strong value opportunity for us,” says Visa Global Logistics CEO Simon Hardwidge.

“We understand that as a freight services business we play an important and instrumental role in the freight and logistics sector. It just made sense to be involved”.

Join other freight services businesses at MEGATRANS2018 and be part of the logistics event of 2018.

2018 ALC Forum identifies industry priorities

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has reported that more than 280 leaders, policymakers and professionals representing all parts of the supply chain gathered for the 2018 ALC Forum, which was held in Sydney 6–8 March.
“As the most significant annual gathering of industry professionals involved in the nation’s freight logistics industry, this year’s event was held at a crucial moment, as the Federal Government continues developing the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, ahead of its expected release in November,” the ALC shared.
The Forum featured speeches by several senior political decision-makers, including the first major industry address by new Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon. Michael McCormack MP; and contributions from the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP; and the NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP.
Three members of the Expert Panel advising the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities shared insights about some of the major issues they have identified, and discussed what industry’s next steps should be.
Over the two days of the Forum, attendees identified a number of opportunities for ensuring the ultimate effectiveness of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy. The first of which is the development of a clear set of industry benchmarks and/or key performance indicators (KPIs) to allow industry, governments and regulators to better identify which aspects of the supply chain are performing well, determine those which are experiencing difficulties, and permit the development of effective policy responses.
It was also noted that governments at all levels must be encouraged to ensure planning systems properly account for freight movement, particularly in CBD and inner-urban areas. Attendees also called for the adoption of a “holistic and consistent” National Corridor Protection Strategy to protect critical freight infrastructure and employment lands from the impact of urban encroachment, particularly around ports and airports; the collection of more and better data about freight movement, the removal of legislative and regulatory barriers that prevent opportunities for data-sharing that can enhance the efficiency, safety and visibility of our supply chains, whilst still protecting commercial and user privacy; and certainty for investors by encouraging governments across all jurisdictions to develop a transparent, independent and long-term approach to prioritising infrastructure investment.
The ALC will reportedly use these priorities and others identified as the basis of its advocacy program over the months ahead, while continuing its work with industry, regulators and governments to ensure the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy delivers the policy reforms needed to enhance supply-chain efficiency and safety.

First keynote confirmed for Global Shippers Forum

The Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have revealed the first keynote speaker for the Global Shippers Forum and ICHCA International Conference 2018 on 10–11 May 2018, to be held at the MEGATRANS2018 trade event at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Ana Hinojosa, Director – Compliance and Trade Facilitation at the World Customs Organisation (WCO), will present on 10 May.
Hinojosa was elected Director of the World Customs Organisation’s Compliance and Trade Facilitation unit in January 2016, and previously was President of the Executive Women in Government organisation in the US, and Deputy Assistant Commissioner at US Customs and Border Protection.
This is the first time Hinojosa has been in Australia to meet the local customs broker and freight forwarder community. She will be presenting on existing and emerging trade facilitation projects and the future of global customs compliance.
Click here to register for the conference or to find out more.
Early-bird rates are currently available for members of the following organisations:
Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA)
International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA)
Container Transport Alliance of Australia (CTAA)
Australian Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA)
Australian International Movers Association (AIMA)
Australian Horticulture Association (AHEA)
Women’s International Shipping & Trade Association (WISTA)
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA)

Supply chain coaching day to reveal industry secrets

Business management consultancy firm Logistics Bureau has released details of its upcoming supply chain coaching days, to be held in Melbourne and Sydney.

The Supply Chain Leaders Insights conference series was kicked off last year by Logistics Bureau founder Rob O’Byrne, who is passionate about bringing supply chain education to a broader audience.
“We’re not a conference company, so we don’t need to make a profit doing this,” he said. “We do this as part of our ‘give back’ programme to the industry.
O’Byrne shared that the full-day interactive seminars will provide up-close access to more than 20 logistics experts from across the industry.
The fully catered event will take place on Tuesday 17 October in Melbourne, and Thursday 19 October in Sydney.
Over 200 delegates are expected to attend the full-day sessions of coaching, sharing and networking.
Tickets cost $57 using the promo code ‘LMH’, and all ticket sale proceeds go to charity on the day, with delegates allocating the funds to six worthy charities on the day.
“It’s a conference, but not as you know it,” said O’Byrne. “For a start, there’ll be far fewer PowerPoints – it’s all about small-group coaching to maximise the opportunities for learning and sharing.
“Participants will be able to choose the sessions that best suit their needs from 20 running concurrently throughout the event, the one-hour sessions will be a blend of teaching, coaching and Q&A. Delegates will gain from new knowledge and valuable networking opportunities.”
Find out more about the event, book tickets and see how the events went last year, head to the Supply Chain Leaders Insights website.

MEGATRANS2018 to host ARTSA Global Leaders’ Summit

The Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) is bringing domestic and international logistics leaders together under one roof for the ARTSA Global Leaders’ Summit – an integral feature of MEGATRANS2018.
Global disruption – a phrase making the rounds in the global and national logistics and supply chain industries – is a broad expression of some of the technical innovations and advancements changing how goods are moved from point of origin to their destination.
The Global Leaders’ Summit, run in conjunction with multi-modal trade show MEGATRANS2018 in May next year, aims to explore this term and just how the Australian and international supply chain can thrive in this new age of Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things and the like.
Key questions the Summit aims to address include:

  1. What are the disrupters and drivers?
  2. What does disruption mean for freight and logistics?
  3. The current status of disruption in Australia and globally?
  4. Is our industry prepared for global disruption, and how do we exploit it?

The event will cover disruption and its relevance within the global marketplace, while providing an engaging platform for solution providers and heavy-fleet operators to discuss and engage, alongside freight customers, disruptive trends in the market. These include: harmonisation, automation and autonomous vehicles, ownership of companies and equipment, road pricing, environmental regulations, new propulsion systems and human resources.

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