Low confidence in transport and storage sector

The transport and storage sector is struggling to maintain any consistent levels of business confidence according to the quarterly Sensis Business Index, which takes the pulse of Australian small to medium businesses.
The latest results show that confidence dropped by 11 points in the most recently studied quarter, taking the net balance to +24, 20 points below the national result.
This is the only industry sector displaying a negative balance for profitability expectations.
The survey found that support for the Federal Government among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has fallen into negative territory and to the lowest level since Malcolm Turnbull took over as Prime Minister.
The net balance fell four points this quarter (from +2 to -2). The score is calculated by comparing the number of SMEs that feel supported by the Federal Government’s policies (14 per cent) to the number that do not feel supported (16 per cent).
Sensis CEO John Allan commented, “After Malcolm Turnbull took over as Prime Minister in 2015 we saw confidence in the Government rise, with businesses telling us they were optimistic about the change.
“Since then the Government’s approval rating has fallen nine points and is 20 points lower than the highest score we saw under Tony Abbott, following the pro-business Federal budget of 2015. To find a lower score we need to go back to the March 2015 survey, which was taken after Tony Abbott had survived a leadership spill.
“While perceptions of the economy remain strong, less than one in seven businesses have faith in the Government’s policies, with the biggest concerns being excessive bureaucracy and red tape, as well as there being too much of a focus on the interests of big business,” he said.
 

Lindsay Australia chooses Toyota for new warehouse fit-out

Transport and logistics company Lindsay Australia has continued its two-decade relationship with Toyota after recently moving in to a new, purpose-built warehouse and refurbishing an existing facility at Brisbane’s Rocklea markets.
Lindsay Australia recently consolidated three separate sites into its new 11,000m2 combined head office, cold storage, workshop, warehouse and transport facility in Acacia Ridge. In the process it added a new fleet of 10 Raymond 8410 pallet trucks, three Toyota 8FBE three-wheel counterbalance forklifts and two BT RRE reach trucks to its existing Toyota warehouse equipment fleet.
In addition to the new Acacia Ridge facility Lindsay Transport recently moved into and refurbished an existing fresh produce warehouse at the nearby Brisbane markets in Rocklea, and the adoption of Toyota’s fast charge technology for its Toyota battery-electric forklifts enabled it to establish its own fumigation room.
“We have the only temperature-controlled DAFF-accredited facility that includes fumigation,” Bob McMillan, General Manager, Lindsay Fresh Logistics. “The opportunity came about when we no longer needed a designated battery charging area, enabling this footprint to be used for fumigation.”
TMHA corporate account customer manager Dave Bartlett said Lindsay Transport now takes advantage of fast charging in short periods of downtime rather than having to charge its forklifts for eight hours each night.
“The forklifts can be charged in period as short as 10 minutes when they’re not in use,” Bartlett said. “This relatively new type of charging technology means you can effectively get 10 hours of battery life rather than seven, and being able to set up their own fumigation facility means they can work much more efficiently while saving a lot of time and money.”

Dematic Acquires NDC Automation

Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, today announced the acquisition of NDC Automation, a transition period locally, and globally as Dematic, and will continue to deliver the highest quality AGV solutions for Dematic customers.
Ulf Henriksson, Dematic President and CEO stated, “We are pleased to announce the acquisition of NDC Automation, which enhances our ability to design, deliver and deploy global AGV solutions that move, store and/or retrieve goods.”
“The NDC portfolio expands upon an existing portfolio that will dynamically optimise the movement of raw materials or finished goods as they move throughout a facility, including software that provides real-time information addressing material flow metrics.”
Headquarted in Australia, NDC Automation has been providing AGV solutions for companies located in Australia and New Zealand for more than 40 years. The company has pioneered major advances in the areas of safety and vehicle navigation for its customers.
Glen Borg, Dmeatic CEO ANZ/ASEAN commented, “This acquisition further enhances our offerings to the global marketplace, complementing our storage equipment and logistics IT technologies and providing our customers with expanded flexible, scalable and modular solutions.”
“The NDC Automation team is excited to join the Dematic organisation and leverage our technology, deep breadth of experience and provoking thought leadership in the area of goods transportation,” stated Tommy Eklof, NDC Automation CEO.
“We look forward to offering our combined technology solutions to create competitive advantage for the Dematic and NDC customer base.”

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