New tenant for NSW industrial development, Calibre

Mirvac Group has announced it has signed kitchenware wholesale business Sheldon and Hammond at Calibre, its industrial development at Eastern Creek in New South Wales.
Sheldon and Hammond has signed a ten-year lease for a 31,000m2 facility at Calibre, with construction due to have commenced during September 2017. The building comprises high clearance warehouse space and office space and an outdoor courtyard.
Sheldon and Hammond is an importer and distributor of home and giftware brands.
Mirvac Development Director, Industrial, Fabian Nager, said Sheldon and Hammond was seeking to consolidate its existing facilities in a strategic location, into a new purpose-built facility that reflected the quality of their offering and would support the evolution of the company.
“The high quality and flexible design of this facility will cater to the growth that Sheldon and Hammond’s business is experiencing across Australia.”
Located at the junction of the M4, M7 motorways and the Great Western Highway, Calibre’s location places Sheldon and Hammond at the centre of Australia’s supply network, with access to key freight routes through a multi directional signalised intersection constructed at the entry to the Calibre estate.
Ken Angus, Managing Director, Sheldon and Hammond, said, “We chose Calibre, Eastern Creek not just because of its great location but because of the confidence we have in Mirvac delivering our facility on time and to a very high quality standard, which will be complimentary to our corporate brand.”
“At Calibre, we’re continuing to push the boundaries of standard office and warehouse options, creating facilities that deliver long-term efficiencies for our customers and our portfolio,” said Nager. “As Australia’s supply & logistics, retail and manufacturing sectors adapt to current market changes, we’re delivering assets that help future proof our tenant’s businesses.”
Sheldon and Hammond joins supply chain management company CEVA Logistics who relocated to Building 1 at Calibre earlier this year.

DB Schenker Australia reveals plans for mammoth NSW facility

DB Schenker Australia has revealed details about its new logistics facility in Hoxton, New South Wales – 42km west of Sydney. The company notes that the internal site covers an area the size of almost eight football fields, making it one of the largest multi-client contract logistics facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.
The addition of the Hoxton site, with its 50,000m2 internal area and 15,000m2 external under-cover area, will bring DB Schenker Australia’s nationwide coverage to 330,000m2 over 25 sites when it becomes operational later this year.
Hoxton Park will be a multi-client facility for consumer electronics, FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) and fashion/retail customers. It is located close to major highways, including the M7, M4 and M5, and has access to the Sydney metro and national network.
“Hoxton Park is the newest and largest contract logistics facility for DB Schenker in Australia,” said Ron Koehler, CEO Australia and New Zealand. “Our staff will provide for our customers first-class logistics services in this well-positioned facility right on the Sydney freeway network.”
He added that the company will also utilise the facility as a hub for domestic transport network, and to move full container load movements cost effectively to Hoxton Park for distribution to Sydney customers.
The facility will incorporate Automated Transport Sortation Systems (ATSS) that will allow for the consolidation of freight from several customers into the Schenker domestic transport business. In addition, value added services will be provided on site, including an Advanced Technical Centre providing configuration and testing for IT devices.
“DB Schenker Australia is consolidating existing business into Hoxton Park as well as adding new substantial business,” said Michael Harich, Director – Contract Logistics/Supply Chain Management AU/NZ, DB Schenker Australia. “Hoxton Park is a key part of our 2020 strategy to grow to 500,000m2 in Australia and at the same time combine existing smaller sites into larger facilities to generate synergies.”
Key features of the TAPA-certified facility include high clearance warehousing and access for high performance vehicles (two 40′ containers or four 20′ containers on one truck), full drive-around access and a weighbridge to support Chain of Responsibility (CoR) commitments.

NSW freight minister welcomes CoR changes

NSW minister for roads, maritime and freight Melinda Pavey has thrown her support behind proposed interstate changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Chain of Responsibility (CoR).
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) have submitted joint notices of intention to the regulator to develop an industry-wide ‘Master Code’ that is hoped to enhance heavy-vehicle safety.
Introduced at the 2017 ALC Compliance Summit in Sydney, the new code of conduct is hoped to extend the legal obligations for safe road transit of executive officers and company directors right across the supply chain.
Speaking at the summit on Tuesday, Pavey described the number of deaths on state roads annually as “unacceptable,” insisting that zero should be the only acceptable target.
“I strongly support the introduction of a fair regime for the Chain of Responsibility as I believe it delivers on road safety,” Pavey said. “We have advocated a common start date of 1 July 2018 for various Chain of Responsibility reforms for various industry and regulator education.
“We know there is a lot to do and one of the things is the issue of improving and enhancing the quality of heavy vehicles, encouraging that investment.
“One of the ways that we need to do that is to have good conversations with local councils around Sydney and explain to them that a higher-capacity heavy vehicle can also be a safer heavy vehicle.”
Freight is a $60 billion industry in Australia and employs close to 500,000 people, directly or indirectly.
Industry forecasts anticipate freight volumes will almost double to 794 million tonnes by 2031 and is said to be one of the major factors when considering safety.
A Master Code will effectively hold all parties of the supply chain accountable for breaches of road transport, mass dimension loading, speed compliance and work-hour laws.
“Freight is important to the state and I am constantly reminding people that I am not only the roads minister but also minister for roads, maritime and freight, and they are all of equal importance,” Pavey continued.
“I am honoured to be minister at a time when our government in New South Wales is investing in historic levels of freight infrastructure to ensure the transit and transfer of goods on our network is smooth and, above all, safe.
“And that is not without its challenges, at this time. We have seen an increase in heavy-vehicle incidents and fatalities over recent months and it is important that we look at those statistics.”
The minister said that road users are five times more likely to die in a crash in regional New South Wales than in metropolitan areas, with 10 fatalities for every 100,000 people.
In the city, an average of two people for every 100,000 people die on the roads. The divide, Pavey says, is similar to statistics recorded in the US.
“I am often told that this is not an achievable task and will never happen but we must work towards zero,” the minister said. “The New South Wales road toll isn’t only a number – it is people and is closer to home than you may think.
“It is a number that is unacceptable however small it is until that number gets to zero. How many fatalities would you, as operators, be willing to accept in your company each year?
“Under the Chain of Responsibility, complying with transport law is a shared responsibility where all parties in the road transport supply chain are responsible for preventing breaches.
“We should be working together to push the number of deaths on New South Wales roads towards zero and I will, however, recognise the work of industry to achieve this.”

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.

Mirvac constructing new Sydney industrial facility

Property developer Mirvac Group has announced the commencement of construction on ‘Building 3’ at the Calibre industrial estate at Eastern Creek, Sydney, with the office and warehouse facility being delivered on a speculative basis.
The building will offer workspaces between 6,000 and 20,000m2 from December 2017.
The company noted that a key driver for the delivery of Building 3 has been the increasing growth of e-commerce or ‘eTailing’, a movement fuelling the uptake of industrial property in Australia.
“Industrial leasing activity to retail tenants within Western Sydney is tracking at approximately double the 10-year average since the beginning of 2016,” said Fabian Nager, Development Director – Office and Industrial, Mirvac. “As demand rises for online goods and services among the Australian population, e-commerce businesses are looking to secure strategically located, functional and flexible warehouses to improve operational efficiencies and future-proof their businesses.
“Building 3 has been designed for the evolving nature of the industry, with a focus on occupier amenity and enabling the use of current and future logistics technology. We have included a number of key future proofing initiatives, such as concrete floors that are capable of supporting nine tonne point loads, and a 20-metre cantilevered awning spanning the length of the building that will maximise all-weather functionality.”
Gavin Bishop, National Director – Industrial, Colliers, added, “Design considerations for modern industrial estates must include an increased use of robotic and mobile automation, greater cubic capacity and a quality indoor working environment.
“The current demand for fast-moving, online retailing is driving a new level of sophistication in industrial facilities that are in close proximity to key infrastructure, with market-leading technology, high levels of amenity and advanced operational specifications. The construction of Building 3 at Calibre responds to this trend and will offer a premium solution for a corporate headquarters and warehouse facility or a third-party logistics provider.”
 

Bumper acquisition week for WiseTech Global

Sydney-based logistics software provider WiseTech Global has recently made three major acquisitions, bringing Australasian land transport solution provider CMT Transport Solutions, Australasian specialist tariff compliance solutions provider Digerati and Taiwanese forwarding and customs solutions provider Prolink under its umbrella.
CMS provides its flagship Transport Management System (TMS), Freight 2020, to over 130 corporations including ABC Transport, SRT Logistics, McColls Transport, Richers Transport, Cahill Transport, Secon Freight Logistics, K&S Group, Greyhound Freight, John L Pierce Transport and many large road and freight transport houses in Australia and New Zealand.
WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White, said: “WiseTech Global has been investing research and development resources into machine learning, natural language processing, robotic process automation and guided decision tools. We will be working with the talented CMS team and our customers as we progress our Land Transport and integrated Telematics development pipeline for the next generation of road and freight solutions.”
CMS Managing Director, Robert Mullins, said: “Joining WiseTech, the market leader with scale and capacity to accelerate innovation, allows us to combine our vision and deliver on a product roadmap utilising CMS’s decades of road freight industry knowledge.”
Remaining under the leadership of Managing Director, Robert Mullins, and General Manager, Grant Walmsley, CMS operations will be integrated within the WiseTech Global group.
Digerati provides its Inbound, Outbound, TradeWiseNZ and iClear Online compliance solutions to over 140 corporations including DHL, Expeditors, FedEx, Panalpina, Schenker, UPS, Yusen and many of the largest brokerage and logistics houses in Australia and New Zealand.
WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White, said: “We will be utilising the Digerati data set and customer experiences in our development pipeline for the next generation of border compliance, aimed at substantially increasing timely, accurate and complete customs entries for our customers, to better manage the exponential increase in transactions at the border.
“With the advent of global border initiatives such as Trade Single Window, Trusted Trader, Known Shipper, C-TPAT, AEO and Supply Chain Security and an ever-increasing critical need to secure borders and ensure that international trade is both safe and efficient, the work we are doing is vital to the next generation of cross-border compliance.”
Prolink provides its automated customs compliance and forwarding solutions to over 350 corporations including DHL, UPS, Yamato, Morrison, Hellmann, Hankyu Hanshin, Dolphin, Evergreen, Pacific Star, THi, Leader-mutual, OEC and many of the largest logistics service providers in Taiwan and China.
WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White, said “Given Prolink’s leading position in customs and forwarding solutions across Taiwan and their successful expansion into China and Hong Kong, we are pleased to welcome the Prolink team to the growing WiseTech Global family. Acquiring Prolink’s competitive leadership, market knowledge and cross-border compliance expertise in Taiwan and China gives us additional regional strength to accelerate our growth throughout Asia.”
Remaining under the leadership of President, Paul Lin, and General Manager, Glendy Kuan, Prolink operations will be integrated within the WiseTech Global group.
 
 

New Port Botany app to ease congestion

An innovative piece of mobile technology is set to make freight movements in and out of Port Botany easier to plan and more efficient.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said that over 3,000 containers move in and out of Port Botany each week day by road, and new technology would help ease congestion.
“Until now, Port Botany performance and status information was only available on a closed system account to a limited number of stevedores and road carriers,” said Pavey.
“Through the new app, live data will be freely available and will allow industry stakeholders to see what’s happening in the port precinct.
“It will also focus on real-time truck turnaround and performance data in order to enable better freight planning into and around Port Botany.”
Free to download and available on iOS and Android, the Port Botany Performance App makes live cargo movement data for Port Botany available to trucking companies, stevedores and other port users.
The app was built on the New South Wales Government’s Cargo Movement Coordination Centre’s (CMCC) IT platform.
Pavey said users will be able to use the app to better plan and optimise arrival times for trucks and reduce heavy vehicle queues entering the port.
“Not only will this allow Port Botany to operate more efficiently, it will reduce the impacts of road freight movements and ease congestion around the precinct,” she said.
The CMCC is already improving efficiency by using a range of technology to capture real-time freight movements, including a network of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) readers within Port Botany.
“Through a combination of technology and working collaborative with Port Botany users, truck turnaround times have been cut by more than 17 per cent in the last four years and rail mode share is at a record 19 per cent.
“The port contributes $3.2 billion to gross state product each year. We have to make sure we are working alongside industry leaders and stakeholders to keep up with a thriving industry.”

ALC says freight “crucial” to city development

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has stressed the importance of efficient and safe supply chains in its submission to the House of Representatives’ enquiry into the Australian Government’s role in the development of cities.
“The essential items most Australians take for granted – our food, household appliances, clothing, medications and cars, to name just a handful – are generally not grown or manufactured close to the cities where most of us live,” said Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, ALC.
“Because of this, it is critical that as the Australian Government develops and implements their cities policies, adequate attention is given to the way freight moves in our cities.
“While urban renewal has become a policy priority for state and local governments, the reality is land-use changes, made to allow further residential and commercial developments, are increasingly impinging on the efficiency of Australia’s supply chains.”
Kilgariff added that operations at nationally significant infrastructure facilities including Port Botany, Fremantle Port and the Port of Melbourne are currently, or are at risk of, being constrained due to urban encroachment.
“A truly safe and efficient supply chain needs to be able to operate round the clock, so that freight movement is able to occur at all times and operators can take advantage of off-peak road traffic volumes,” he said.
“[The] ALC’s submission also discusses the importance of corridor protection. For example, a recent study by Infrastructure Australia (IA) found that, with adequate corridor protections in place, $66 million could be saved when a future freight rail line is constructed to the Port of Brisbane.
“A discussion on CBD freight delivery, the separation of passenger and freight infrastructure and insufficient integration of new and existing transport infrastructure also forms part of [the] ALC’s submission.”
The ALC will be appearing before the Committee to elaborate on its submission at a Public Hearing in Canberra on Friday, 11 August.
 
 

Freight forum focuses on urban NSW supply-chain strategy

At the Sydney Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Forum, held in late July in Eastern Creek by the Hargrave Institute and Regional Development Australia (RDA) – Sydney, a select group were invited to discuss urban freight supply chains in Sydney, the performance of the current freight system, and its projected future performance.
Simon O’Hara, General Manager of Road Freight New South Wales (RFNSW) shared several key takeaways from the event, noting that the value of products moved by freight in New South Wales is $200 billion, transport can make up 30 per cent of the final cost of commodities, freight’s value to the New South Wales economy is $66 billion, it accounts for 12 per cent of the state’s gross product and, perhaps most important of all, it is expected to double over the next four decades.
Freight challenges discussed included urban encroachment, last mile, rail access competition, freight facility access and heavy-vehicle regulations, he shared.
“There were discussions around disruptors to road freight like connected and autonomous vehicles, truck platooning and m2m (machine to machine)/telematics,” O’Hara added.
He stated that the increase of volumes at Port Botany and Port Kembla was also in focus. “The figures for the increase are extraordinary with a tripling of container volumes out to 2045,” he said. “It is worth noting 80 per cent of import containers through Port Botany are delivered with a 40km radius of the Port and will continue for the next 40 years.
“This means container volumes which sit at 2.3 million (TEU) stretch out to 7.5 TEU at the lower end or 8.4 million TEU at higher end by 2045.
The increases are projected based on strong population growth in Sydney and the Illawarra region.
“Importantly, infrastructure plays a key role in the requirements for this freight task through Sydney and Western Sydney,” O’Hara added. “Protected and efficient freight corridors are needed, as is a connection of Port Botany to WestConnex.”

Amazon leases first Australian DCs

E-commerce behemoth Amazon has leased its first distribution centre in Australia, ahead of the rollout of its business here in the coming 12 months.
The Australian Financial Review has shared property agent CBRE has helped the online retailer decide upon a 24,387sqm warehouse on a 7.7-hectare site formerly occupied by Bunnings in Dandenong, southeast of Melbourne in Victoria.
The facility has been vacant since Bunnings moved to another Dandenong warehouse, and has been available for lease since October 2014, the AFR added.
Amazon is also rumoured to have selected its first Sydney location. ChannelNews has reported that the company is believed to have made a deal for a large fulfilment facility in Eastern Creek, at the Oakdale Industrial Estate.
The estate is owned by the Goodman Group, the same property agent that has helped Amazon set up its warehouse network across Europe and the US.
According to ChannelNews, Amazon’s Australian warehouses will be robotic and set up by US logistics fit-out specialists in the coming months.

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