Where will you find industrial land in Sydney?

In March 2017, Colliers Research undertook an investigation into Sydney’s industrial land supply. The paper provided the number of years of industrial land supply left as well as a projected amount of land when factoring in ‘potential future employment land areas’.
Comparing the last paper (which used 2016 data) to an updated paper just published (using 2017 data), it indicates there is a net increase of industrial-zoned land supply within the Sydney Metropolitan Region, however, a decrease in the total area of available land yet to be developed (i.e. undeveloped zoned land) – a decrease of around 113 hectares.
Between 2016 and 2017, there has been a net increase of 123 hectares of industrial zoned land – mainly due to rezonings. Over 200 hectares of industrial land was gained as a result of rezoning for industrial uses in 2016, including Moorebank (157ha), Mamre West in Penrith (47ha), and Cudgegong Road Station in Blacktown (28ha). Over the same period, just over 60 hectares of employment land was lost due to rezonings to alternate use – particularly within the North West, Central West, South, and North sub-markets.

According to the NSW Government Planning and Environment’s Employment Land Development Monitor, there is a greater concentration of industrial zoned land (developed and undeveloped) within the North West and South West sub-markets (representing a combined 59 per cent of the total Sydney Metropolitan Area). The North and Inner West sub-markets’ share of industrial zoned land is only 3 per cent and 4 per cent, respectively.
Although the South sub-market is regarded as one of the most constrained market with respect to land supply, the lack of supply is experienced within the ‘inner’ South area (i.e. encompassing areas such as Alexandria, Botany, Mascot, Banksmeadow, and Rosebery). There is extremely limited scope for development, with only 8.6 hectares of undeveloped land (all of which is unserviced). As of 2017, the Banksmeadow industrial precinct lost all its undeveloped serviced land supply.
The Sutherland Local Government Area (‘outer’ South region), on the other hand, holds around half of the South sub-market’s land supply (or 530ha) with large scope for industrial development (113ha of undeveloped land).
Between the period 2008 and 2016, the average annual take-up rate of industrial land was 157ha (lowest level equating to 105 hectares per annum and highest level recorded at 264 hectares per annum). Most of the land take-up was concentrated in the western sub-markets over the period.
Supply / demand gap
In order to determine the future demand for land, the average historic land take-up rate has been applied (i.e. 157ha per annum). This average will be considered the ‘base case’. A ‘high case’ and ‘low case’ of 264 ha and 105 ha per annum (based on the highest and lowest take-up recorded over 2008 to 2016) scenario has also been considered to deduce a range in the years of supply left.
Given that there is currently 663ha of undeveloped serviced land, and taking into account half of the undeveloped unserviced land (i.e. 1,076ha) equates to 1,739 ha of total land supply.
Note: Only half of the total undeveloped underserviced land has been added to the total supply calculations in order to take into account land required for roads, infrastructure requirements and environmental considerations, as well as possible future planning changes to alternate uses (such as residential, retail, commercial land uses).
In addition to undeveloped land, taking into account around 30 per cent of the total area set for future employment land release (i.e. 1,996ha) equates to 3,735 ha of total land supply.

What is Mobility as a Service (MaaS)?

Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS Australia) has released its research and report Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in Australia: Customer Insights and Opportunities.
There’s much discussion these days about once-in-a-generation change: digital disruption, major demographic and societal shifts, and mega-projects offering improvements unimagined by our grandparents or sometimes even parents.
What has not been seen before though is the kind of unprecedented potential for change in transport we are currently experiencing. During interviews with more than 80 leaders in the transport sector, across government, industry and academia, a strong theme emerged that not since the mass-production of private vehicles c1920 has there been such potential for revolutionary change in the transport sector.
Transport innovation like ‘Mobility as a Service’ offers the potential to drastically improve customer choices, reduce travel costs, increase network capacity and transport sustainability whilst improving social and environmental outcomes.
MaaS is built on the availability of real-time transport data, electronic ticketing and toll-road charging, and near ubiquitous digital devices enabling customers to be better informed and give them access to transport or mobility options that work best for them. MaaS is only possible due to the wide-spread and advancing application of ITS both in Australia and internationally.
While the mass-production of private vehicles obviously had a stunning impact on society and the built environment, the advent of connected and automated vehicles and other revolutionary technologies offer the potential for similar levels of disruption. Concepts like Mobility as a Service and evolving transport networks are ways we can adapt to, and positively leverage, societal and technological disruption.
CEO of ITS Australia Susan Harris said: “The research and survey responses have been analysed to glean insights into how Australia can prepare a pathway forward for these mobility services locally. Looking at a holistic approach that ensures our most important stakeholders, end-users or customers are included in preparing for this exciting once-in-a-generation opportunity, we are pleased to share this research and the outcomes with the ITS industry and look forward to supporting the industry in the development of suitable, on-demand and MaaS Systems for the Australian community.”
The report can be accessed at www.its-australia.com.au/maasreport.

New Zealand gets closer with 767-300F freighter

DHL Express has introduced a Boeing 767-300F freighter aircraft that has 50% more cargo capacity for its Trans-Tasman lane. The Boeing 767, which replaces the Boeing 757, will offer express, overnight delivery between Sydney and Auckland five times a week as the Trans-Tasman remains one of the key trade lanes for DHL Express Australia.
Based on the latest figures from the DHL Export Barometer 2017, New Zealand remains the top export market for Australian businesses, with 61% of exporters sending goods across the Trans-Tasman trade lane and one in four of them naming New Zealand as their largest export market.
CEO and senior vice president of DHL Express Oceania Gary Edstein said: “As an international air express carrier, aviation is at the core of our business. The Boeing 767 aircraft will enhance the efficiency and speed of delivery, with the latest technology for communications, navigation, enhanced safety systems, and automated roller systems to assist with loading and unloading.
“We are incredibly proud to be the only logistics company with a dedicated aircraft across the Trans-Tasman lane. Over the last decade, trade between Australia and New Zealand has steadily increased, making New Zealand one of our largest services trade partner. And with this purpose built freighter aircraft, we will ensure that we remain competitive for many years to come.”

DHL says the Boeing 767 offers operational flexibility, and an all-digital flight deck allows it to support time-critical deliveries. It also boosts high fuel efficiency with a proven combination of light, durable aluminium alloy and composite structure, making it lighter than comparable freighters.
The aircraft is equipped with powered cargo-handling equipment, both on the main deck and in lower holds, making cargo handling easier and more seamless. The cargo-handling system and operator interface provide complete automation of the cargo-loading process. The freighter’s main deck has both interior and exterior master control panels along with local control panels to provide maximum flexibility.

Cloud-based logistics app company wins award

Cloud-based transport and warehouse management business CartonCloud has been recognised at the 2018 Queensland Telstra Business Awards, winning in the Small and Succeeding Category.
Helicopter technology provider HeliMods was the 2018 Telstra Queensland Business of the Year.
CartonCloud was originally developed to save a refrigerated transport and warehousing company from bankruptcy. After acquiring the company, Vincent Fletcher and Nic Comrie identified the key issues it faced were due to major revenue leakage from poor administration and operation costs.
As a trained software engineer, Vincent began developing a transport and warehouse management system. CartonCloud was designed specifically with automation in mind, leveraging the advantages of cloud computing for ease of access, and mobile phones for inexpensive electronic proof-of-deliveries capture.
CartonCloud is now in use by over 90 carriers and warehouses across Australia and New Zealand. CartonCloud processes over 200,000 jobs, and invoices over $10 million dollars of freight each month.
Telstra Group general counsel & group executive corporate affairs Carmel Mulhern said the winners of the 2018 Telstra Queensland Business Awards demonstrate excellence across six key judging criteria, underpinned by a commitment to innovation and technology.
“The winners of the 2018 Telstra Queensland Business Awards are shining examples of businesses doing great things in new and effective ways for their customers.
“They are genuine innovators, always on the lookout for ways to leverage technology to connect with customers, unlock new markets and take their business to the next level.

Boeing sells $100bn of aircraft – but who will fly them?

At the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK, Boeing announced a total of $98.4 billion in orders and commitments for commercial aircraft at list prices and $2.1 billion in commercial and defence services orders and agreements.
Following the airshow, however, Boeing also released its 20-year forecast that showed a demand for some 790,000 pilots, which the company says will not be possible to meet.
Sales
Boeing customers announced 673 orders and commitments in total, reflecting a continued resurgence in demand for freighters and strong order activity for the 737 MAX and 787 passenger aircraft. Boeing secured 48 orders and commitments for the 777F, five for the 747-8F, reflecting continued strengthening in the cargo market globally.
Customers also continued to demonstrate a strong liking for Boeing’s passenger aircraft portfolio, with 52 orders for the 787 and 564 for single-aisle 737 MAX, including a major commitment from VietJet for 100 aircraft and strong demand for the largest variant of the MAX family, with 110 orders and commitments for the 737 MAX 10.
On the services side of the business, Boeing secured commercial and government customers including Antonov, Atlas Air, Blackshape, Cargolux, Emirates, EVA Airways, GECAS, Hawaiian Airlines, International Water Services, Malindo Air, Okay Airlines, Primera Air, Royal Netherlands Air Force, United States Air Force, WestJet and Xiamen Airlines.
At the show, Boeing also revealed its 2018 Commercial Market Outlook, raising its 20-year forecast for commercial aircraft and services to $15.1 trillion. The global market is forecast at almost 43,000 new aircraft, valued at $6.3 trillion, and demand for $8.8 trillion worth of commercial services through 2038. The strength of the cargo market, noted in the CMO, was underscored by more than 50 freighter orders and commitments at the show.
During the show, Boeing also announced its collaboration with artificial intelligence company SparkCognition to deliver unmanned aircraft system traffic management (UTM) solutions. This announcement coincided with the launch of Boeing NeXt, an incubator organisation for future commercial mobility solutions that will shape the emerging world of travel and transport. Boeing NeXt will leverage the company’s research and development activities and investments in areas such as autonomous flight, smart cities and advanced propulsion, and address transportation challenges of the future by moving people and goods with proven technology.
20-year pilot demand
Boeing has also released its 2018 Pilot & Technician Outlook, projecting demand for 790,000 pilots over the next 20 years. This represents double the current workforce and the most significant demand in the outlook’s nine-year history.
The demand is being driven by an anticipated doubling of the global commercial aircraft fleet, as well as record-high air travel demand and a tightening labour supply. This year’s outlook also includes data from the business aviation and civil helicopter sectors for the first time.
“Despite strong global air traffic growth, the aviation industry continues to face a pilot labour supply challenge, raising concern about the existence of a global pilot shortage in the near-term,” said Keith Cooper, vice president of Training & Professional Services, Boeing Global Services. “An emphasis on developing the next generation of pilots is key to help mitigate this.”
Despite the commercial pilot demand forecast holding nearly steady, maintenance technician demand decreased slightly from 648,000 to 622,000, primarily due to longer maintenance intervals for new aircraft. Collectively, the business aviation and civil helicopter sectors will demand an additional 155,000 pilots and 132,000 technicians.
Demand for commercial cabin crew increased slightly from 839,000 to 858,000, due to changes in fleet mix, regulatory requirements, denser seat configurations and multi-cabin configurations that offer more personalized service. In addition, 32,000 new cabin crew will be required to support business aviation.
 

eBay teams up with Australia Post to fight Amazon

Australia Post has set up an e-commerce 3PL to handle e-commerce warehousing and deliveries.
Fulfilio is the new business of Australia Post, providing e-commerce software, warehousing, ‘pick-and-pack’, and delivery services tailored for e-commerce merchants. Fulfilio will provide warehousing locations across four major capital cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth), enabling inventory to be located as close to buyers as possible, and therefore ensuring faster delivery times.
eBay.com.au has now announced a partnership with Fulfilio to offer a national 3PL network to its sellers. The new service, eBay Fulfilment Partner, will provide eBay sellers with the best price to pick, pack and deliver their eBay orders, with distribution by Australia Post’s delivery network. There have been more than 53.2 million eBay parcels shipped domestically in last 12 months alone.
With a network of 40,000 Australian sellers and more than 11 million Australians visiting eBay each month, eBay says it is able to offer its sellers the best rates, helping them reduce costs, save time and remain competitive. For example, on 500g parcels sellers will pay rates as low as $5.74 for pick, pack and delivery for a cross-town service, and $6.83 for interstate service – saving sellers up to 30% on picking and delivery costs (based on industry averages across picking, packing and last-mile costs).
eBay’s senior director of product and shipping Dave Ramadge said: “At eBay our number one priority is to support the 40,000 Australian businesses that operate via ebay.com.au. In this partnership with Fulfilio and Australia Post, we are giving our sellers Australia’s most comprehensive delivery network with over 57,000 square metres of storage and distribution space across the country.
“We will continue to deliver sellers the lowest cost to pick, pack and deliver their eBay orders, so they can put their inventory closer to their customers and spend less time packing and more time selling.”
 

Distributor of the Year Award winner named

Absolute Storage Systems has won SSI SCHAEFER’s 2017 Distributor of the Year Award.
Members of the senior management team presented the award to Scott Giles, Absolute Storage Systems CEO at the annual Distributor meeting held in Sydney.
Taking out the award in 2017 means that Absolute Storage have won this award a total of seven times. The annual award recognises the distributor’s excellent sales performance, its promotion of SSI SCHAEFER products and its willingness to work in partnership.
“Working collaboratively has allowed us all to do well this year and to serve our customers better,” said Brett Thirup, general manager, Integrated Standard Solutions & Combi Logistics Systems for SSI SCHAEFER. “All staff at Absolute Storage need to be congratulated.”
Scott Giles, CEO of Absolute Storage Systems said: “It’s another pleasing win for 2017 and our 7th win overall which really demonstrates our on-going efforts to not only be the #1 distributor for SSI SCHAEFER but a leader across the market. Every staff member at Absolute understands that our client’s growth is our growth and they work hard to support the clients and deliver on the promises and expectations. Winning this award again validates their efforts, which is great.”

Year-long operation results in 57 million illegal cigarettes seized

Almost 60 million cigarettes have been seized as part of a joint operation targeting illicit tobacco, significantly disrupting a large criminal syndicate operating in multiple states and territories.
The joint investigation involved officers from the Australian Border Force (ABF), the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and NSW Police Force.
The complex investigation began in June 2017, following information received from ACIC which uncovered large scale illicit tobacco importation and money laundering undertaken by a serious organised crime syndicate with links to South East Asia.
The ten subsequent seizures ranged from 38,000 cigarettes to more than 20 million in each consignment. Some were concealed among legitimate goods while others filled entire shipping containers that were deliberately declared as other items.
In total, the cigarettes represented more than $40 million in evaded duty.
As a result of this investigation, a number of individuals have been identified and possible charges will be laid. On March 1 this year, the QPS arrested two men on the Gold Coast and it is expected that they will face charges relating to money laundering.
ABF Superintendent Leo Lahey from the Illicit Tobacco Taskforce said the operation was an example of what can be achieved when we pool the resources of our state, federal and international law enforcement and intelligence partners.
“These seizures also highlight the critical need to combat the illicit tobacco trade. This work will be tasked to the new multi-agency ABF-led Illicit Tobacco Task Force which was stood up this week. Working collaboratively across agencies in this way will always be critical to success,” Superintendent Lahey said.
The Illicit Tobacco Taskforce combines the resources of the ABF, Department of Home Affairs, ACIC, the Australian Taxation Office, AUSTRAC and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
ACIC Queensland State Manager Charlie Carver said serious and organised crime groups are more attracted to the Australian illicit tobacco market than ever before.
“Organised crime has no borders and these significant results demonstrate the benefits of state, territory and Commonwealth agencies working together,” Mr Carver said.
Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Queensland Police Service Drug and Serious Crime Group said organised crime syndicates engineer a transnational grab for cash through a combination of legitimate and criminal enterprises.
“We will continue to target and disrupt organised crime groups involved in money laundering as these proceeds are used to distribute illicit commodities causing great harm to our community,” Detective Superintendent Wacker said.
“Engaging in the illegal tobacco trade supports organised crime syndicates and we will exploit every opportunity to dismantle their networks and recover funds and prosecute organised crime syndicates.
The maximum penalty for tobacco smuggling is ten years imprisonment, and penalties of up to five times the amount of duty evaded can also be imposed by the courts.
 

Will robots cause ‘catastrophic’ problems?

Failure to regulate artificial intelligence will result in catastrophic social and ethical problems, the Transport Workers’ Union is warning.
Widespread loss of jobs, wage polarisation and horrific road incidents, where machines are allowed to decide who dies in a crash, could unfold if the current unwillingness to consult and regulate continues.
“Economics is driving the push for artificial intelligence, not voters and not the community. There is no input into the introduction of this technology onto our roads and into our homes which is taking ethical or social issues into account. We need a debate on this issue and we need regulation,” said TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon.
Almost 40% of Australian jobs – 5 million jobs – will be redundant in 10 to 15 years, according to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia showed. A German study* recently warned about the possibility of wage polarisation due to automation eliminating middle-skilled jobs.
Meanwhile, there is concern over the programming of driverless technology to make ethical decisions. The German government has developed ethical guidelines which state that driverless cars must be programmed to avoid injury or death of people at all cost. The Singapore government is developing a voluntary governance code for the ethical use of artificial intelligence and personal data.
“Do we want a machine deciding to save the occupant of a car by ploughing into a crowd of people? Should a computer be programmed to crash into an elderly by-stander on a pavement or kill the child who has just run out onto the road? These are the issues other countries are examining and dealing with. In Australia we cannot allow wealthy companies to decide these issues for us,” Sheldon added.
Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland have made it possible for autonomous vehicles to be tested on their roads. But a recent poll shows scepticism among the public: Australians were less optimistic than average about using driverless technology, according to an Ipsos survey of 28 countries. One in six Australians say they would never use a driverless car.
* Germany – Re-imagining Work White Paper, 2017
 

WTO deal an export boost for government suppliers

“Access to foreign markets is extremely important for businesses that provide goods and services to governments,” said CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA) Alina Bain.
The ECA was welcoming the news that Australia has received support to join the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA).
“The GPA is all upside,” explained Ms Bain. “It opens up new markets to Australian businesses and has minimal — if any — impact on Australian procurement processes.”
Australian Government procurement processes are already largely consistent with the GPA, meaning the parties to that agreement already have access to Australian government procurement. The GPA also contains carve-outs for sensitive areas such as defence, security, indigenous, SME and local government procurement.
“Australia joining the GPA will deliver immediate benefits to Australian businesses in two ways,” said Ms Bain. “Firstly, it will guarantee access to GPA markets that are not currently covered by trade agreements with Australia. Most notably, this includes the EU and its member states.
“It also extends government procurement access to major US states not covered by AUSFTA, including Arizona, Iowa, Massachusetts and Minnesota. These states alone have a combined gross state product greater than Australia’s GDP.
“Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it will allow Australian businesses to have complaints about government procurement reviewed by independent bodies. This is important, as members have told the ECA of discriminatory practices when they try to access government procurement in some GPA member markets.”
The WTO estimates the GPA provides guaranteed access to members’ government procurement of $US 1.7 trillion p.a.

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