A passion for supply-chain knowledge sharing

It’s great to have a passion for your work, and Rob O’Byrne, CEO of management consultancy Logistics Bureau, certainly has that in spades – particularly in the supply-chain education area.
One way O’Byrne chooses to support the industry is through providing free education programs to the industry.
After 20 years at the helm of Logistics Bureau, O’Byrne’s passion in recent years has turned to helping others, he told Logistics & Materials Handling. His businesses, for example, all share some of their income with charitable organisations around the world and, in 2012, he established a social enterprise in the southern Philippines that provides outsourced administration services.
O’Byrne explained that his interest in promoting education has grown over the years. “I think it’s an age thing!” he said. “Once I got into my fifties, I found I was getting much more interested in helping to educate our next crop of supply chain leaders, and so I established a ‘members only’ academy to do just that, the focus being on personal development as well as technical and management topics.
“It then seemed a natural next step to bring our passion for education to a much broader audience and so we established ‘Supply Chain Leaders Insights’ in 2016. It’s a public event that brings 200 delegates together with 20 industry experts and leaders to share knowledge in a small-group coaching environment. It’s proved immensely popular.”
O’Byrne added that the event is intentionally low cost – tickets cost just $87 – and all proceeds go to charity on the day. “In this way, it feeds our other passion for helping those in need too,” said O’Byrne.
He said that for 2017, the Supply Chain Leaders Insights event will provide participant with an added, continuous-learning module. “In trying to add more value to our delegates this year, I thought it would be fun to provide them all delegates with a 12-month online education program as another useful resource and a thank you for attending,” he said. “Why not, I thought – it will really help them in their roles and careers.”
In talking to O’Byrne, the passion really shines through and it’s obvious where he gets his greatest satisfaction these days – like many Australian business leaders, it’s through giving others a helping hand.
Supply Chain Leaders Insights 2017 will be held on 17 October in Melbourne, and 19 October in Sydney. Find out more here.

Isuzu signs on with MEGATRANS2018

Truck manufacturer Isuzu has announced its support of multi-modal supply chain event MEGATRANS2018, joining the show as a Platinum Sponsor.
Isuzu, a market leader in the Australian transport industry for 28 consecutive years, joins key partners including the Victorian Government and the Port of Melbourne in supporting this inaugural trade show event, which takes over the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 10-12 May, 2018.
With a focus on connected vehicles and a technology-driven display in the works for MEGATRANS2018, Isuzu is aiming to set a new benchmark in the wider supply-chain industry.
“The discussion and hype surrounding autonomous, or driverless, vehicles and technologies continue to build both overseas and here in Australia,” said Phil Taylor, Director and COO, Isuzu.
“Disruptive technologies appear to be becoming more prevalent with each new year, fundamentally changing the way the market will look at the road transport industry over the next few decades.
“There is one thing that I know for certain, whatever the technology, or the timeframe – Isuzu will ensure that Australian truck operators have access to the latest innovations in truck technology that are suitable for Australian operating conditions, driving better safety outcomes for all road users and improving air quality, productivity and the bottom line for the operator.”
Logistics & Materials Handling is an official Media Partner of MEGATRANS2018.

eStore Logistics opens Melbourne warehouse

eStore Logistics has announced the opening of a new 13,000m2 e-commerce warehousing and order fulfilment facility located in Melbourne’s West.
The new facility features 12,500 pallet positions, 18,000 pick bin locations, state-of-the-art security and more than 45 high-resolution video surveillance cameras with 24/7 recording.
This new warehousing facility has been designed specifically for storage, dispatch of goods for e-commerce and omni-channel retail clients.
E-commerce order profiles will be serviced from the facility as well as full case and split case picks for wholesale and direct to store requirements.
The company explained in a statement that the facility had been designed to provide a flexible operation that could be scaled up based on seasonality, business growth and new clients.

VICT world's first fully automated terminal

Cargo handing solutions provider Kalmar and shipping technology company Navis, both part of cargo and load handling solutions company Cargotec, have delivered the first OneTerminal automation solution to International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) at the Port of Melbourne.
Kalmar OneTerminal provides an integrated automation solution, bringing together Kalmar and Navis software systems, equipment and services. The deployment was completed ahead of schedule, making Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) the world’s first fully automated international container handling facility.
“VICT was designed, and is now equipped, to be fully automated, making it the most advanced container terminal in the world,” said Christian Gonzalez, Chairman, Christian Gonzalez, VICT, and Chairman and Senior Vice President – Asia-Pacific Region, ICTSI. “We chose Kalmar’s cutting-edge technology and equipment and Navis’ software and it is enabling us to reach the highest standards of port safety. The project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule. This has never been achieved in the port industry for a fully automated terminal. It is especially noteworthy when considering the unprecedented complexity of the civil works requirements, along with the level of pioneering automation governing the design.”
Kalmar’s OneTerminal deployment at VICT includes the Kalmar Automatic Stacking Crane (ASCs) system with 20 ASCs, 11 Kalmar AutoShuttles, Kalmar Automated Truck Handling, Kalmar Terminal Logistics System and the Navis N4 Terminal System. Additionally, Kalmar provided a range of project services required to deploy and support the solution.
“Since signing the contract with VICT in August 2014, we have worked hard to complete the project ahead of schedule and to the full satisfaction of the customer,” said Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President – Automation and Projects, Kalmar. “We were able to deliver our equipment months ahead of schedule. The software solution combining Kalmar TLS and Navis N4 Terminal System was pre-integrated and tested before the delivery, speeding up the deployment.”
Mark Welles, Vice President and General Manager – Asia Pacific, Navis, added: “Our team’s tireless efforts and knowledge have been instrumental in taking VICT from greenfield to fully automated and operational more quickly than expected. The N4 Terminal System will allow VICT to optimise operations, speed turnaround times and deliver a new level of unprecedented efficiency in key areas of the terminal.”

Boost for Adelaide–Melbourne rail freight productivity

Longer freight trains will soon be able to run between Adelaide and Melbourne thanks to a multimillion-dollar Australian Government rail network upgrade set to increase capacity by up to 20 per cent.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Melbourne–Adelaide Loops project would allow the accommodation of 1,800-metre trains, improving productivity on the busy line and supporting associated jobs.
“The upgrade will create a 20 per cent increase in productivity for rail operators and remove the need to send additional train services back to Melbourne with empty wagons,” Chester said.
“By investing $15 million in the project, we have created a situation where the maximum length of trains operating from Adelaide to Melbourne can be increased by up to 300 metres The longer, more efficient trains means less congestion for motorists and improved road safety, as well as cutting transport costs.
Chester said Victorian crossing loops at Pyrenees, Murtoa, Pimpinio, Diapur and Dimboola, and South Australia’s Mile End loop, had all been extended to 1,800 metres.
“A 1,800-metre train carries the equivalent of more than 85 B-doubles’ worth of freight that would typically travel by road through South Australia,” he said.
“Moving more freight by rail is crucial to meet the expected doubling of freight demand over the 20 years to 2030 while reducing urban congestion.”
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) delivered the Melbourne–Adelaide Loops project.
Additional track upgrades currently underway in Adelaide as part of the Torrens Junction Rail Project will provide a clear path for 1,800-metre trains all the way from Perth to Melbourne by late 2017.

Delivery startup Passel partners with VIC retailer

Pookipoiga, a gift shop in Melbourne focusing on sustainable and ethical goods from local artists and social brands, has partnered with Melbourne crowd-sourced delivery startup, Passel.
By employing the services of people willing to complete a delivery on their way home in exchange for a $10 gift voucher, Passel provides affordable and convenient three-hour deliveries, avoiding the need for professional or part-time couriers.
Until now, Pookipoiga had relied on the post or, in some cases, hopping on a bike or public transport to make deliveries, Passel reported in a media statement. From Monday 25 September, Pookipoiga’s clients in Melbourne will be able to access Passel’s three-hour deliveries, year round.
“Passel is efficient and able to convey messages personally with locals,” said Sree Nellerichal, Founder, Pookipoiga. “They have the ability to make the delivery experience memorable. A lot of our customers are buying last-minute gifts. Previously, we know they have chosen not to buy because we can’t deliver until the next day, or even after the weekend. Who doesn’t want to provide exceptional value and a variety of options to customers?”
Marshall Hughes, Co-founder and CEO, Passel, added, “Pookipoiga is a perfect client to work with. They are acutely aware of the likes of international giants such as Amazon and know that it is not enough just to compete by offering more of the same. Affordable three-hour delivery sets a new benchmark for Australian retailers.”
Pookipoiga is the first of Passel’s partnering retailers to be announced, the company reports that several others will soon and it expects to be operating out of most of Melbourne’s major retail precincts and shopping centres in time for Christmas.

CouriersPlease opens two new depots

Parcel delivery service CouriersPlease has opened two new relocated logistics facilities in major Australian cities, investment in its infrastructure ahead of a forecast growth in parcel deliveries in tandem with the growth in e-commerce.
The two new Perth and Melbourne locations will be key logistics facilities as the company expands its reach in Australia and overseas, as CouriersPlease explained in a media statement.
Located in the new $440 million logistics hub Drystone Industrial Estate, CouriersPlease’s relocated state-of-the-art logistics facility in Truganina, Victoria, replaces the company’s Port Melbourne, Victoria, depot. Along with CouriersPlease’s existing Mulgrave facility, it will provide the business with east-to-west coverage of Melbourne. The site is 29,000m2 in total, with 12,500m2 under the roof, and will accommodate over 160 courier vehicles. Additional bay spaces have also been allocated to accommodate future growth.
Drystone Industrial Estate is home to other distribution centres for major Australian companies, including Kmart, The Reject Shop and Rand.
The second recently opened logistics facility is located in Welshpool, an inner south-eastern suburb of Perth. The new 4,043m2 site will be the delivery hub for Perth and Western Australia. It comprises a 3,443m2 warehouse, with a 600m2 office space, and room to expand a further 2,000m2 in the future.
The logistics facility will provide improves access to the CBD and the north and south of the city and is close to main arterial routes such as Orrong Road, Welshpool Road, Leach Highway and Tonkin Highway.
In September last year, CouriersPlease opened a relocated Brisbane depot in Salisbury, and a new Adelaide depot is set to open in Marleston later this year.
“CouriersPlease has relocated our logistics facilities in major capital cities in order to accommodate the significant growth in the volume of parcels moving throughout our network,” Mark McGinley, CEO, CouriersPlease. “Our commitment in moving to the west of Melbourne has stemmed from it being a massive growth corridor with some of the highest rates of online shopping in the country. Our new Welshpool depot gives us greater coverage of the city and a larger warehouse space for logistics operations, allowing us to bring a better service to our customers. With room for future expansion, we hope to bring more jobs and opportunities to the local community.”

Laverton Cold Storage announces expansion

Cold storage service provider Laverton Cold Storage has committed to doubling the size of its recently completed facility located in Truganina in Melbourne’s west, an expansion that will increase the building area of the first-stage development to over 12,000m2.
Laverton Cold Storage completed a 5,920m2 state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled warehouse and blast freezer building in 2015. The expansion, set to be complete in November 2017, will increase its area by 6,520m2.
The expansion will provide additional storage capabilities and expand the facility’s range of temperature-controlled zones for separate product types.
“This most recent expansion highlights our growth and is a testament to the level of service we have been able to provide our existing customer base from our new site,” said Richard Ralph, Managing Director, Laverton Cold Storage. “It has also provided us the opportunity to attract new clients, and we are looking forward to having the fully completed site operational as we amp up for the Christmas period.”
This expansion will focus on environmentally sustainable design, in particular, the use of significant solar power to reduce Laverton Cold Storage’s operating costs and footprint over the term of its lease.
Consultancy firm TM Insight partnered with Laverton Cold Storage in the design and delivery of both stages of developing the purpose-built cold logistics facility.
“The developments have been specifically designed to allow Laverton Cold Storage to offer greater storage capacities in an efficient and optimal manner, while also adhering to the lean principles and cold-chain compliance,” said Nathan Bingham, Director, TM Insight.
“Due to the service Laverton Cold Storage provides, it was also imperative that we focused on sustainable design to ensure operational and energy efficiencies. These cost saving will no doubt provide a competitive advantage.”

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.

Andrews Labor government to deliver West Gate Tunnel incentives

The Andrews Labor government will introduce new West Gate Tunnel incentives to stop “rat runs” throughout Melbourne’s western suburbs, following plans for a North East Link tollway.
The Labor government has reported that it will require the West Gate Tunnel operator to set discounted shuttle rates, night time discounts and cap maximum daily tolls for trucks making multiple trips through the tunnel to improve freight productivity and reduce costs.
The project will, reportedly, directly link the West Gate Freeway to the Port with twin tunnels under Yarraville, and optimise fleet routes by avoiding 17 sets of traffic lights.
Trucks with a local origin or destination in the area will be exempt from the truck bans, according to Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan.
“This is a win for the whole community – quieter, safer streets for the inner west and cheaper, more efficient port access for the transport industry, said Donnelan. “By providing a dedicated route to the port, the West Gate Tunnel project will take thousands of trucks off local roads in the inner west. Without the Tunnel there can be no truck bans.”
The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has welcomed the government’s West Gate Tunnel toll incentives.
“We are pleased that the Victorian government has listened to the VTA’s consistent calls for heavy vehicle operators to be incentivised to use toll roads like the West Gate Tunnel,” saidPeter Anderson, CEO, VTA.
“The transport industry has been hit with substantial increases to tolls and infrastructure costs at the Port of Melbourne this year, so it is encouraging that steps are being taken by the government to ensure heavy vehicle operators are not penalised for using toll roads.
“Whilst permanent 24/7 bans on trucks travelling through Blackshaws and Hudsons Road form part of today’s announcement, they will be more than offset by the productivity gains that will be realised from giving operators a financial incentive to use the West Gate Tunnel.
“The trade-off is also welcome because it demonstrates that the Victorian government understands it cannot simply take something away from the industry without compensating for it in some other way.
“In this case, there will be new restrictions on trucks using certain roads, however the benefits that will flow from incentivising them to use the toll road is ample compensation, and is the kind of thinking that must be applied to other situations where the industry is asked to make substantial sacrifices.”

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