New 1,500sqm airside cargo facility at Adelaide Airport

Air services provider dnata has invested in a new 1,500sqm airside cargo facility at Adelaide Airport.
The facility was developed from an existing cold store facility and has the capacity to handle up to 80 tonnes of cargo per day, providing storage for both import and export products, including refrigerated and ambient temperature product options, and is designed to meet increasing demand for SA exports and imports.
Previously, dnata supported the South Australian cargo market from a 400sqm off-airport facility, that included interstate trucking services.
“Our customers have been calling for an airside facility and we are pleased to be able to meet this need. It has been a significant investment for us and we are committed to growing our business in Adelaide by opening this tailor-made, expansive airside facility,” said Daniela Marsilli, CEO, dnata Australia.dnata Opening Adelaide-1_1
The insulation in the walls of the storage facility is nearly 25cm in width, ensuring the temperature within the general area of the facility remains between 15–25 degrees Celsius, while the freezer rooms are able to hold cargo at as low as minus 18 degrees.
The facility meets Customs, Quarantine and Office of Transport Security regulations, and will see dnata located the closest to the passenger terminal and new freighter apron at Adelaide Airport, enabling quick movement of cargo.
This new facility will be dnata’s fourth largest facility in Australia and will help to increase the company’s national footprint which currently includes cargo facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Darwin.

Montague Cold Storage gets new warehousing software

Montague Cold Storage has re-deployed Paperless Warehousing Group’s (PW) warehouse management system (WMS) at its Truganina distribution centre. Montague has been using the system at its four other sites for years.
The changeover reportedly came after Montague saw an immediate need for a more efficient, flexible, stable and scalable warehousing system, in response to the ongoing success with organisations such as Allied Mills, Patties Foods, Murray Goulburn, and Bega Cheese and Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.
Implemented and integrated with their customers’ interfaces, PW’s WMS enables Montague to move new customers onto its system quickly and efficiently, eliminating manual entry, and better managing their overall warehouse and distribution functions. The flexibility and scalability of the platform will also allow Montague to handle unpredictable changes in their future operations.
“Having access to a scalable Warehouse Management Solution with guaranteed efficiency gains has become a necessity, rather than a luxury for food distributors, grocery retailers and the logistics companies that support them,” said Scott Symons, General Manager, Paperless Warehousing.
“PW’s expertise as a WMS innovator is proven among many food and beverage distributors, FMCG’s, retail operators, third party logistics companies and many others. I am pleased to see Montague migrate their entire cold storage operations to PW. Together, we have a heritage of over 15 years of successful business together and are looking forward to continuing our relationship for many more years to come.”
Truganina is Montague’s 5th distribution centre to deploy PW’s WMS platform. The other four are located at (Tullamarine, West Melbourne, Keysborough and Allansford).

Dematic to build advanced warehouse solution for Sigma Pharmaceuticals in QLD

Australian full-line pharmacy wholesaler and distributor Sigma Pharmaceuticals has awarded a contract to Dematic for an advanced materials handling solution.
Sigma currently services more than 4,000 pharmacies nationwide, with over 15,000 product lines daily. The company has a national network of 15 distribution centres and makes in excess of one million deliveries to customers by road, sea and air each year.
Sigma’s new 15,000-square metre DC in Berrinba, Queensland – due for completion by October 2017 – will feature temperature controlled cool rooms and primarily service the company’s network of pharmacies in Queensland and northern New South Wales.
“Our new Queensland distribution centre is critical to servicing the growing needs of Sigma’s network of retail pharmacy brands in northern Australia,” said Richard Church, General Manager Logistics for Sigma Pharmaceuticals. “The warehouse will enable our business to continue to grow while meeting customer needs with accuracy and speed. We look forward to working with Dematic on this crucial initiative.”
To maximise space and efficiency in the DC, Dematic will manufacture and supply a selective racking capable of storing 6,347 pallets, along with a voice system to facilitate the picking of products in manual areas.

Linfox boss finalising succession plan

Lindsay Fox, founder of the Linfox Group, is reportedly finalising plans for the direction of his $2.5 billion logistics, property and aviation empire once he relinquishes control.
According to The Weekend Australian, Fox has given shares in the Group’s logistics, property and airport assets to his three sons, Peter, Andrew and David, while his two daughters, Katrina and Lisa, have each received shares in the Fox Family Foundation.
Such a structure would make any stock market listing more of a challenge given broader agreement from family members would be needed, The Weekend Australian Damon Kitney notes, adding that the family as a whole has retained controlling interests in the three core operating businesses and distributions will continue to be made to the children from the profits to ensure none of the sons or daughters will be penalised in any division of the family’s assets.
The succession plan is reportedly yet to be formally signed off, a source told the newspaper that there were “some grey areas that need to be resolved’’ but added that it was unlikely that the plan would be a source of “future litigation or anger’’ between the Fox heirs. “The priorities of the children have been understood and are reflected in the estate planning,’’ the source said.
Another source told Kitney, “The plan recognises the leadership the sons have in the respective businesses, but there has to be a balancing out of the value, especially for Katrina and Lisa who are involved in the Fox Family Foundation.
“To simply divide it up would deliver inconsistent values. Logistics is worth billions. But Avalon is not going to emerge as a highly profitable, functioning airport for several years. And the foundation is a not-for-profit.”
It could be some time yet before the Fox siblings find themselves truly at the helm of the empire. Patriarch Lindsay Fox is set to turn 80 in April this year, but has previously vowed to retire only when he dies.

Kalmar receives straddle carrier order for Port Otago, NZ

Port Otago Ltd has placed an order with Cargotec-owned cargo handling solutions provider Kalmar for an ESC350 and an ESC450 to add to their all-Kalmar straddle carrier fleet, replacing two CSC models.
“Improved economy, performance, reliability, and safety are key facets of this purchasing decision, and the Port welcomes any developments in Straddle Carrier design that reflect genuine safety improvements,” said Bob Smillie, Maintenance Manager, Port Otago Ltd. “The Port is currently conducting a detailed analysis of Kalmar’s HSC350 Hybrid, a design that is expected to be a leading contender for future Straddle Carrier replacement decisions.”
15Feb2016-5AJohn Nash, General Manager, Kalmar Port Cranes added, “Port Otago Ltd operates in a pristine area of New Zealand, taking pride in environmental conservation while undertaking their operations. Kalmar therefore focuses on providing solutions to support their operations while maintaining environmental sustainability. Together we are exploring hybrid technology options for Port Otago – a solution with reductions across noise, fuel consumption and emissions.”
Delivery and commissioning of the straddle carriers is expected to take place in August 2017.

Konecranes completes divestment of STAHL CraneSystems

STAHL CraneSystems has been purchased from Konecranes by material handling products, technologies and services designer, manufacturer and marketer Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
“STAHL brings a well-established brand, an excellent reputation for quality and strong customer relationships,” said Timothy T. Tevens, President and CEO of Columbus McKinnon. “There are several opportunities to create a stronger combined business including expanding the scale and scope of the STAHL product platforms into emerging markets using our established global sales force, and the sharing of intelligence and engineering know-how among our businesses, including smart hoist technology.  We believe we have laid the foundation for years of success through global collaboration to generate long-term value for our customers, employees and investors.”
STAHL changed hands for €224 million ($319 million)
Miikka Kinnunen, Vice President, Investor Relations at Konecranes reported that the crane manufacturer expects to book an after-tax capital gain of approximately €200 million ($285 million) from the STAHL Divestment in the first quarter of 2017, adding that the company will use the proceeds from the STAHL CraneSystems divestment to amortize the loans related to the MHPS Acquisition.

Luxury brands Gucci, YSL to halve supply chain CO2 emissions

French luxury goods group Kering – owner of labels such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga – has announced its intention to cut greenhouse gas emissions produced through its supply chain by 50 per cent by 2025.
Kering’s new sustainability strategy targets the entire supply chain, promoting sustainable design and reducing water and air pollution. The company identified three business areas to be targeted in order to halve emissions, fleet and direct emissions, purchased electricity and indirect emissions, including business travel, emissions from purchased goods and services, and logistics.
Suppliers will be required to be 100 per cent compliant with a soon-to-be-developed ‘Supplier Index of Sustainability’ by 2025. The introduction of the index will bolster the company’s efforts in monitoring the origin and composition of its goods.
The group will report every three years on its progress towards achieving its sustainability goals.

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.

Six key pharmaceutical packaging market trends for 2017

With the pharmaceutical packaging market set to be worth $80 billion by 2020, it’s big business. According to the team behind processing and packaging trade exhibition Auspack, there are six big emerging trends to keep an eye on as we move into 2017.
First, plastic bottles use is on the up. With the decline of glass pharmaceutical bottles, plastic bottles are quickly becoming the most popular pharmaceutical container globally and sales are estimated to hit $20.6 billion by 2020.
The second trend to keep an eye on is the continued growth of blister packaging. It is expected to soon become the second best-selling pharmaceutical packaging, thanks to the growing popularity of unit dose formats and built-in track-and-trace technology.
Use of pouches is reducing in the pharmaceutical industry due to their limited use, though they are gaining ground in other markets.
Market research firm Freedonia has predicted that prefillable syringes will become the fastest growing aseptic packaging type, with growth of 11 per cent per year.
Brands will continue to search for the balance between impactful and earth-friendly branding. The market for OTC pharmaceuticals is highly competitive so, for brand owners, packaging has to provide maximum shelf impact and include eco-friendly options to cater for environment-conscious consumers
The final trend expected is a surge in serialisation. With regulation requirements set to get more stringent, pharmaceutical manufacturers are stepping up their serialisation strategies and, for processors wanting to export to overseas markets, it’s never been more important.
Auspack 2017 will take place 7–10 March at Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park. Find out more on the Auspack website.

Crowd sourced courier company has dig at competition

New research from crowd-sourced delivery and courier service, Go People, has found unreliable couriers are forcing Aussies to waste $235M on express deliveries, in an attempt to ensure gifts arrive on time for Christmas.
With up to 62 per cent of Aussies conducting their Christmas shopping online, delivery estimates are critical in ensuring Santa arrives on time.
In an attempt to ensure gifts arrive on time, nearly half (45 per cent) of Aussies pay for express deliveries, even when standard delivery claims to deliver on time. This is due to the fact two-thirds (66 per cent) of Australians believe courier services to be less reliable over Christmas. With Aussies spending an average of $21-$30 on express deliveries, it’s alleged people wasting $235M for the peace of mind our gifts will arrive on time.
However, even spending on express courier services isn’t ensuring Christmas takes place as planned, with over a quarter (28 per cent) of Australians saying presents shipped didn’t arrive on time. In fact, over half (57 per cent) of the late deliveries didn’t arrive until after 30 December. This is putting a dampener on Christmas, with nearly two thirds (64 per cent) of Australians saying late presents have a negative impact on Christmas spirits.
It’s not just delays frustrating consumers during the Christmas period. Almost half (49 per cent) of Aussies say parcels are hard to track. According to research from Accenture, tracking parcels is one of the most important features for consumers, with 79 per cent of respondents wanting full visibility tracking.

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