The National Road Freighters Association and the Transport Workers’ Union have signed a memorandum of understanding to advocate for a more safer and sustainable industry.
The Supply Chain & Logistics Association (SCLAA) and the Australia International Trade Association (AITA) announced the formation of the Belt-and-Road Australia-China Supply Chain and Logistics Alliance and formally signed the Memorandum of Agreement implementing the Alliance.
The event was attended by a number of dignitaries including Mr Guo Jinsheng (Secretary General of Shanxi Electronic Commerce Association), Mrs Zhang Hongping (Asia Europe Exchange chairwoman), Mr Cai Jin (vice president China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing), Mr Michael Guo, (CEO, AITA) and a number of senior company executives from both China and Australia.
SCLAA chairwoman Amanda O’Brien said: “The alliance will bring enormous economic and strategic benefits to not only our partners and respective associations but also mutually beneficial business opportunities for both nations for many years to come.”
SCLAA is Australia’s largest association for supply chain and logistics professionals and practitioners, with national partners, corporate partners, members and industry contacts making up the rich tapestry of the association. The Belt and Road Initiative can help connect all the major stakeholders involved in the supply chain and logistics industry in both Australia and China by eliminating unnecessary trade barriers, enhancing bilateral communications, and thus providing two countries with new opportunities to engage in international trade and investment collaboration projects.
The alliance will serve its members and facilitate Australia and China supply chain and logistics development and cooperation. The alliance aims to provide a new platform with a wide range of services, including conferences, exhibitions, business consultation, oversea visits, training programs, etc. to help enhance communication, and increase collaboration partnerships between all alliance members, including functional government departments, industrial associations, institutions and corporate enterprises.
Chinese ICT solutions provider Huawei has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Deutsche Post DHL Group to develop a range of supply chain solutions for customers using industrial-grade Internet of Things hardware and infrastructure.
In a statement, DHL asserts that the company is looking at ways to increase its involvement in IoT technology.
“The Internet of Things could generate up to €1.77 trillion ($2.5 trillion) in additional value for the global logistics industry by 2025, enabling operators to better monitor and optimise their supply chain processes with low-cost networked sensors and devices,” the company said.
Under the MoU, Huawei and Deutsche Post DHL Group will collaborate on innovation projects focusing on cellular-based Internet of Things technology, which can connect large volumes of devices across long distances with minimal power consumption, delivering a more integrated logistics value chain by providing critical data and visibility in warehousing operations, freight transportation, and last-mile delivery.
“Spending on connected logistics solutions is expected to more than double between now and 2020, and many logistics providers including Deutsche Post DHL Group have already begun to explore Internet of Things applications in their supply chains, including everything from enhanced asset tracking to driverless delivery vehicles,” said Dr Markus Voss, Global COO & CIO, DHL Supply Chain. “This MoU will allow both Huawei and Deutsche Post DHL Group to tackle complex operational and business challenges with a powerful combination of world-class Internet of Things hardware, networks, and expertise in end-to-end supply chain management.”
The MoU will see Huawei make its Internet of Things devices, connectivity experts and network infrastructure accessible to Deutsche Post DHL Group and its ongoing efforts to incorporate greater sensing and automation capabilities into its warehousing, freight, and last-mile delivery services.
Yan Lida, President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group commented, “This partnership opens up an opportunity to improve the efficiency, safety and customer service offered by global supply chains in previously impossible ways, and defines how the Internet of Things will shape the fortunes of the logistics industry in the next few critical years of innovation.”
Alibaba Group (Australia and New Zealand) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GS1 Australia to formalise, promote and strengthen online trade between China and Australia.
The MoU was signed this week in Melbourne by Maggie Zhou, Managing Director, Alibaba Group (Australia and New Zealand) and Russell Stucki, Chairman of GS1 Australia.
Stucki said, “The MoU signed here today will formalise the strategic partnership to support the growth and introduction of Australian brands using GS1 standards to the millions of online shoppers using Alibaba Group’s platforms in China. The alliance with GS1 Global Office will also foster great opportunities for Alibaba to connect with over two million member businesses worldwide.
“Today’s signing symbolises a partnership which we believe will lead to many opportunities for Australian businesses to leverage Alibaba’s e-commerce ecosystem and build on the already established partnership between China’s largest online retailer of imported products, GS1 Global Office and GS1 China.”
Zhou said, “We are excited to enter into this agreement with GS1 Australia and support local businesses entering the Chinese market through Alibaba’s platforms. The demand for Australian products on Alibaba Group’s platforms continues to grow and Chinese consumers recognise the importance of safe and authentic products.”
Sean Sloan, Manager – Omni-channel & RFID at GS1 Australia said, “The purpose of this MoU is to provide a framework for Australian businesses, in particular SMEs, to benefit from this alliance. The adoption of GS1’s Global Data Synchronisation Network is a major win for Chinese consumers seeking to purchase authentic Australian products from Australian brand owners.”