The global cold chain monitoring market is forecast to be worth $8.5 billion by 2022, according to research carried out by MarketsandMarkets. Valued in 2015 at US$3.11 billion ($4.3 billion), reaching US$ 6.23 billion ($8.5 billion) will represent a 9.84 per cent compound annual growth rate.
Pharmaceutical and healthcare applications held the largest share of the cold chain monitoring market in 2015, while the market for food and beverages applications is expected to experience rapid growth during the forecast period.
The market for the transportation sector is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. “The transportation sector is exposed to external influences, which are detrimental to the cold chain,” The MarketsandMarkets report stated. “This necessitates the use of enhanced monitoring solutions to effectively control the losses due to environmental changes and mismanagement. The growing cold chain also results in the rising transportational support required in the distribution activities of the cold chain.”
The report further predicts hardware components to hold the largest market share during the forecast period, though it expects the market for software components to grow at the highest rate.
Logistics & Materials Handling (L&MH) has been selected as official media partner for the 2017 Australian Logistics Council (ALC) Forum.
The event will focus on issues identified in the ALC’s election priorities document ‘Getting the Supply Chain Right’.
A key recommendation in the document, the development of a national freight and supply chain strategy, was embraced by Infrastructure Australia in its Australian Infrastructure plan in February 2016, and endorsed by the Federal Government in November 2016.
Following on from the success, leaders and key policy makers in the Australian logistics industry will gather at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from 7–9 March 2017 to discuss and debate the issues that will shape the nation’s supply chain strategy in 2017.
According to the ALC, L&MH has been selected for its role as a thought leader in the Australian logistics and supply chain scene. According to publisher, John Murphy of Prime Creative Media, the selection goes hand in hand with a planned relaunch of the title in 2017.
“Along with an increased print run to six editions per year, the new-look L&MH will keep you informed, interested and involved with more curated news, thought leadership and hands-on industry insight,” he said.
“On the back of that commitment to the growth of the logistics industry, we are especially proud to have been selected as the media partner for the 2017 ALC Forum.
“Working alongside the ALC, the peak body representing the nation’s freight transporter and logistics supply chain industries, will enable L&MH to benefit from the expertise of the country’s premier minds on logistics, and give the ALC a platform to celebrate industry best practice.”
Jungheinrich has launched an entry-level range of pallet trucks for low-duty applications.
This new range of electric pedestrian trucks is designed for retailers, print shops, workshops or garden centers, or even small to medium-sized businesses that routinely need to move heavy individual items.
The range includes EJE M13 (1300kg) and EJE M15 (1500kg) electric pedestrian pallet trucks. The AC drive motor provides fast and efficient transport of pallets over short distances. An intelligent automatic shutoff system turns the truck off automatically after 30 minutes of non-use, conserving energy and the battery.
All trucks are fitted with a maintenance-free, three-phase AC motor and a maintenance-free gel battery with integrated charger as well as an ergonomic Jungheinrich tiller, offering fast, efficient and safe throughput, claims the manufacturer.
Moving loads in these applications can be difficult if the operator only has a conventional hand pallet truck,” says Greg McNamara, National Jungheinrich Product Manager. “The initial effort required to get the load moving, and then stopping, can be a possible OH&S risk or if not, sometimes impossible with a manual pallet truck.”
The Jungheinrich EJE M13 and EJE M15 electric pallet trucks are now available from NTP Forklifts Australia.
Asahi Beverages, comprising some of Australia and New Zealand’s most successful beverage businesses, including Schweppes Australia, Asahi Premium Beverages, Independent Liquor and The Better Drinks Co., has awarded Dematic a contract to build a high bay warehouse storage facility.
The warehouse in Heathwood, Queensland, will consist of a satellite storage solution containing six aisles of six-deep satellite ColbyRack capable of storing 28,000 pallets. The automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) will include six new Dematic RapidStore Storage Retrieval Machines (SRMs) with Dematic’s latest “free roaming” Automover satellite carts. The solution will also feature Skate Auto-loading Truck Docks, a pallet conveyor system, stretch wrapper, automatic barcode labelling, and a full case picking area.
“Dematic was selected by Asahi Beverages as their preferred logistics integration partner following an extensive tender process that assessed experience, comprehensiveness of offering, and local capability,” said David Rubie, Dematic’s Manager of Industry Logistics. “We look forward to working with Asahi Beverages to deliver a supply chain solution that is a core component of their ongoing success.”
“Our new Queensland high bay warehouse is another major step forward in the transformation of our customer centric logistics network,” said Tracey Wagner, General Manager, Logistics and Customer Operations, Asahi Beverages. “We are pleased to be working with an experienced integrator such as Dematic on this crucial program.”
KRS Design, a Wollongong based electronics design and manufacturing company, has developed the Energy Harvester Lighting and Control System, or Energy Harvester for short.
The system has been designed to be used in conjunction with existing conveyor roller systems in coal preparation plants (both above and underground), ship loading operations and a number of other applications where conveyors are used to transport products over a long distance.
It harnesses the kinetic energy from conveyor belt rollers (or idler rolls) and uses this energy to power lighting, control and diagnostic devices. It would be suitable for large-scale mining operations, as well as materials and manufacturing plants where there is a large conveyor run that doesn’t have a 240VAC power supply.
The system can provide up 100m of lighting, sensors and communications hub (cluster) without a need for an external electrical supply. It can be installed on existing systems using plug-and-play cables and devices.
The generator is coupled to an idler roll on the conveyor system with the roller chosen being the one that is located at the bottom of the conveyor in the return path of the belt.
The electrical power can be used for sensors, internet, cameras and other specialised applications without the need to run an electrical supply along the length of the conveyor, which can be many kilometres long on some installations.
The power generated is also used to power an LED lighting system along the conveyor which can light up the customer’s product on the conveyor as well as the walkway alongside the conveyor, which enhances safety and productivity along the conveyor system.
Each Energy Harvester system draws approximately 150W from the conveyor infrastructure, which is 150W per 100m. In the case of a conveyor system run that stretches for kilometres, where numerous Energy Harvesters can be installed, it has been designed to not overload the power limitations of the existing conveyor system, as typically these systems tend to be using up to 200-500 Kilowatt motors.
On top of all this, there is purpose-built software to monitor and control the Energy Harvester. All aspects of the conveyor line within 100m of the system control box can be checked, viewed and monitored remotely.
There are currently three demonstration systems installed out in the field. The first system is installed in a Coal Preparation Plant located in Lithgow. This system has been running for 15 months without any failures or problems. The second and third systems are installed at two separate underground coal mines. They have been running six months and three months respectively and have had no performance issues.
Australian employers appear to be keeping a level-headed approach to hiring despite broader economic and political uncertainty, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.
One outcome of the survey shows that hiring intentions remain cautiously optimistic, with some job gains expected and almost 80 per cent of businesses intending to keep their headcount the same in Q1 2017.
The resulting national Net Employment Outlook (NEO) is +9%, down two percentage points from last quarter, and at the same level as this time last year.
“The hiring intentions forecast for the first quarter remains modest for the fourth consecutive year, suggesting that at the start of the year employers tend to wait and see how things pan out before making broader hiring decisions,” says Richard Fischer, managing director, ManpowerGroup Australia and New Zealand. “Across the board, there is certainly some positivity, with 13 per cent of employers looking to bolster their headcount with additional hires, while the clear majority – 76 per cent – are not intending to make any changes.
“If you look at what the last 12 months has bought from a macro political and economic perspective, it was certainly a year of uncertainty and change. We have had a double dissolution election in Australia, the ‘Brexit’ decision in the United Kingdom, and an American Presidential campaign. While there is arguably still some uncertainty around the impact of such events, business sentiment has been relatively stable throughout the year.”
A closer look at the Australian states showed Queensland employers reported the biggest drop in NEO quarter on quarter – down to +3 per cent from +10 per cent last quarter, and down from +8 per cent this time last year.
Fischer noted that the Queensland labour market remains weak, saying this is largely due to the end of ‘labour intensive’ construction across the resources sector.
“Queensland employers remain cautious in their hiring intentions heading into the new year – taking a ‘wait and see’ or ‘make do with what we have’ approach to hiring. The reason for this is three-fold – across the state a number of major construction projects have wrapped up such as BHP’s Caval Ridge mine; we are seeing falling commodity prices; and we have had weaker than expected retail growth, which has all led to a more subdued outlook. In regional centres this has also been exacerbated by the ongoing drought.
“The resources sector will remain a key driver of future growth, but the Queensland economy needs to manage the transition from construction to production in this sector. Outside of this sector there will be growth in residential construction, tourism and agriculture,” Mr Fischer said.
Other states that are predicting a slump in hiring intentions include Tasmania, with a NEO of +3 per cent, down seven percentage points quarter on quarter and an overall drop in three percentage points year on year. The Australian Capital Territory has recorded an NEO of +9 per cent, down five percentage points from the last quarter and an overall two percentage points from the beginning of 2016.
The transportation and utilities industry – which had the strongest forecast across the industry sectors last quarter – is expected to be sluggish in the upcoming quarter – with its NEO dropping from +17 per cent in Q4 2016 to +8 per cent. This is the same figure reported at the beginning of 2016. At the same time, finance, insurance and real estate and manufacturing both reported a drop of four percentage points, to +11 per cent and +4 per cent, respectively. Table 1. Net Employment Outlook Comparison by Region
Table 2. Net Employment Outlook Comparison by Sector
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Mining & Construction
Transportation & Utilities
Wholesale Trade & Retail Trade
Table 3. Net Employment Outlook Comparison by Organisation size
Table 4. APAC Q1 2017 results
 The Net Employment Outlook is calculated by subtracting the percentage of employers anticipating a decrease in hiring activity from the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in employment. Seasonal adjustment is then applied to the data.
CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s largest supply chain management companies has announced the appointment of Carlos Velez Rodriguez as Managing Director for its Australia and New Zealand cluster. Based in Melbourne, he will report to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Xavier Urbain.
Velez Rodriguez joins CEVA from FM Logistic where he was Group Managing Director Central Europe for the last decade and led a team of 5,000 individuals. He has a proven track record in the logistics sector and has held a number of commercial roles at companies in Europe, the USA and Latin America. Born in Colombia, he is an Austrian citizen.
His appointment is effective immediately. Commenting on Velez Rodriguez’s arrival, Xavier Urbain says: “I am delighted to have someone of Carlos’s caliber to lead our operations in Australia & New Zealand. His extensive industry knowledge, experience in leading large organizations and his collaborative style make him an excellent successor for this critical role in this important cluster.”
The Australian Logistics Council welcomes confirmation the Federal Government has approved construction of Western Sydney Airport, and encourages the Government to ensure freight is a central component of all new infrastructure planning and construction works.
“Australia’s large and rising national freight task includes significant growth in the air freight sector and so it is imperative Sydney’s next airport is planned and built in such a way that accommodates expected future freight flows,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director.
“According to the 2013 Aviation White Paper, air freight volumes are expected to double by 2025 while the NSW Government predicts Sydney Airport will deal with more than 1.5 million tonnes of cargo each year by the 2035 – up from 650,000 tonnes in 2012.
“It is therefore imperative that a second Sydney airport, which has been identified by Infrastructure Australia in its Infrastructure Priority List as a High Priority Initiative, is established in the most efficient manner possible to share this growth in traffic.
“In a practical infrastructure sense, this means appropriate land preservation to construct future logistics facilities and infrastructure links when they are required.
“And from an operations perspective, Badgerys Creek airport has to be a curfew-free airport. We cannot afford restrictions to be placed on the airport that inhibit the efficient movement of freight.
“Both at home and abroad, curfew-free airports provide significant economic benefits. In Australia, this is evidenced by the operation of Melbourne and Brisbane Airports which both do not have a curfew.
“The imposition of a curfew on Badgerys would put it at a disadvantage when compared to these two other airports.
“The ALC 2016 election priorities document Getting the Supply Chain Right and video Now is the time to Get the Supply Chain Right highlighted the critical role air freight will play in the future supporting more efficient freight movements.
“And with the Government recently confirming the development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, today’s confirmation is a timely step to ensure air freight capacity is appropriately recognised in Australia’s national supply chains.
“We congratulate Minister Fletcher on today’s important announcement and look forward to engaging with the State and Federal Government to ensure the airport can contribute to improved freight efficiency in Australia,” he concluded.
Siemens and Denmark’s DAMM, a provider of TETRA communication platform, have announced an agreement to combine the international train control standard ETCS with the long-range radio communication system TETRA for rail operators in Australia last month.
The agreement will allow mining, freight and other entities to use long-distance communication networks to control ETCS-enabled trains with communication towers installed at distances of 10 or more kilometres instead of the current typical requirement of five to seven kilometres.
The agreement stemmed from the fact that the standard communication protocol used in European railways (GSM-R) is more suited to small distances and high population densities. According to Siemens, ETCS is quickly becoming the “world standard” for main line train control. However, in countries like Australia, the large distances can make this very expensive to deploy. Combining ETCS with TETRA communications allows this interoperable standard to be deployed at a significantly reduced investment.
Speaking on the partnership, Max Eichhorn, executive general manager of Siemens Mobility in Australia and New Zealand said that, “Moving passengers and goods quickly, efficiently and safely is a daily challenge for most vendors. With each state mandating their own networks and no national framework, we wanted to introduce the most interoperable platform using ETCS that works anywhere in Australia.” He also described the agreement as “particularly ingenious” as it leverages existing infrastructure and networks, without the need to invest more, and prepares Australian rail for future technological progresses.
Providing voice and data for critical emergency communications services among others, TETRA is a European standard. It operates over frequencies in the 400MHz region and gets a greater range than GSM or LTE which are 1.8, 2+ GHz, though with lower bandwidth.
TETRA’s popularity in the Australian mining sector has stemmed from the fact that DAMM’s systems are decentralised rather than centralised, making them more reliable for customers. Their systems are also more RF sensitive, requiring fewer towers.
The best companies are learning how to use much of this new technology to get more value from their supply chains and improve their profits.
To help executives step up to this challenge, IMD is launching the newly revamped Digital Supply Chain Management (DCSM) program, building on its experience in educating professionals on global supply chain leadership.
“20 years ago people got overly excited about automation in manufacturing and business, but this time around, it’s really happening,” says Ralf Seifert, Director of the newly revamped program.
The one-week program’s content has been refreshed to reflect the fast-paced disruption that today’s companies face in their supply chains. Program faculty, Ralf Seifert and Carlos Cordon deliver concrete real-time examples of how companies are transforming the way goods go from warehouse to doorstep based on real world cases and research undertaken by IMD’s Value Chain 2020 think tank.
The program combines intense learning and interaction with industry peers and IMD faculty members. Participants apply the program takeaways to their own companies and get exposure to best practices from some of the most ground-breaking companies that are transforming the supply chain such as Amazon, Adidas, Zalando and more.