New VIC facility for CTI Logistics

Western Australia–based company CTI Logistics has moved its Laverton North presence to a new 15,228sqm distribution centre in West Park Industrial Estate in Truganina, west of Melbourne.
The facility comprises a 14,758sqm warehouse and a 470sqm office.
The company’s warehouse was jointly developed alongside a new purpose-built distribution centre for tile and stone importer National Tiles. Frasers Property Australia, the property group behind the West Park Industrial Estate, reports that the combined end value of the facilities is $33.5 million.
Anthony Maugeri, General Manager – Southern Region, Frasers Property Australia, said: “This deal further supports our strategy to create prime A-grade speculative facilities in select undersupplied markets near major infrastructure nodes. We have a strong track record in leasing these types of buildings to blue-chip tenants on long-term leases.
“CTI has been in operation for over 40 years. The new facility will help the business service their growing customer base across Australia and will also offer significant operational efficiencies.”
Companies located in West Park Industrial Estate include CEVA Logistics, Schenker, Toll, Goodyear, Mitre 10 and Australia Post.

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.

Schenker Australia appointed Official Logistics Provider for GC2018

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has appointed Schenker Australia as the Official Logistics Provider for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
GC2018 requires substantial logistics expertise to support the Games set up. This includes the arrival and departure of baggage and equipment for 6,600 athletes and officials from 70 nations and territories.
GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC, said Schenker joins GC2018 following a robust procurement exercise.
“Delivering GC2018 is a massive proposition and we need experienced partners on board who are experts in their field,” said Beattie.
“Schenker has operated in Australia since 1962 and has been a consistent provider of quality logistics across major sporting events since the Sydney 2000 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
“They were also the official supplier/providers for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002, Melbourne 2006 and Glasgow 2014. In addition, Schenker in Brisbane successfully handled logistics for G20 in 2014.
“As Games logistics specialists, Schenker can efficiently mobilise to meet our pre-and post-Games requirements and already employ hundreds of people across South East Queensland.
“Schenker provided the most cost-effective and experienced submission following a fair and equitable tender process.”
Ron Koehler, CEO of Schenker Australia Pty Ltd, said his team of 200 south-east Queensland–based employees was looking forward to helping deliver the biggest event held in Australia this decade.
“Working with GC2018 allows us to do what we do best, move items quickly and efficiently while at the same time developing additional opportunities for members of our team,” said Koehler.
In the weeks leading up to GC2018, Richard Holy, General Manager, Schenker Australia QLD, said Schenker will process and move close to 500,000 sports items from shuttlecocks to pole-vault landing bags.
“We’ll distribute another 96,000 pieces of furniture, 21,000 pieces of luggage and 3,000 individual sport items from the airport through our distribution hub to the Village and Games venues,” said Holy.
“Our primary focus will be to deliver a great experience for athletes so they can focus entirely on competing.”

DB Schenker buys $33m stake in freight-matching company uShip

Global logistics company DB Schenker has taken a US$25 million ($33 million) stake in US-based uShip, which uses online technology to match freight shippers and carriers, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Schenker is reportedly pressing a “digital transformation of its business model,” and has taken a seat on uShip’s board.
Schenker previously signed a five-year agreement for collaboration in Europe in mid-2016.
Although easily compared to Uber’s supply-demand arrangement, uShip’s freight-matching platform has been around for 14 years and is currently in operation in at least 19 countries. uShip claims that its shipping marketplace has handled more than one million shipments.
Uber-style freight-matching apps have been en vogue of late, including an as-yet-unnamed Chinese app currently undergoing testing, the partly launched Uber Freight and a contender Amazon is reportedly developing.

DB Schenker consolidates air, ocean, land operations under ‘Freight’ division

DB Schenker is reorganising in 2017, bring its Air and Ocean Freight and Land Transport Board divisions under a new Freight (COO) division. It will be headed by Ewald Kaiser (pictured), currently member of the management board for Land Transport.
The move, set to come into effect on 1 January 2017, will reportedly streamline processes.
“By reducing the number of members on the Management Board from seven to six and reorganising the board divisions, we intend to satisfy market requirements for fast and consistent solutions for our customers and to serve as a role model for creating more efficient structures,” said Jochen Thewes, CEO, Schenker AG.
A new organisational unit within this board division named Global Land Transport will standardise and promote the development of land transport outside Europe.
Another new division, Commercial DB Schenker (CCO) and Contract Logistics, headed by Tom Schmitt, will foster customer contact and strengthen sales.
A personnel change has also been made in Schenker AG’s largest business region. On 1 December 2016, Reiner Heiken assumed the role of CEO of Region Europe, replacing Ewald Kaiser. Heiken served most recently as Chairman of the Management Board at Kühne & Nagel in Hamburg.

DB Schenker open $8.5m logistics distribution centre

DB Schenker have opened a new $8.5m distribution centre in Altona.

The Schenker Australia facility, opened by Victorian Minister for Public Transport and Roads, Terry Mulder is a specially adapted eco-friendly building doing its part in reducing CO2 emissions.

Eco-friendly features in the new logistics distribution centre include low emission T5 lighting, an innovation that is expected to save emissions equivalent to the output of 13 residential homes annually, in addition to rainwater harvesting.

Schenker Australia CEO Ron Koehler explains that the T5 fluorescent lighting installed at Altona is one of the smartest options around as an alternative to LEDs, offering comparable energy savings and low cost replacement parts. The new facility would also harvest rainwater to deliver significant savings similar to one of the company’s other centres in Tullamarine.

Mulder applauded the state-of-the-art facility and said supporting innovation and growth for the freight and logistics sector is a high priority for the Government.

He added working with industry to deliver more sustainable businesses is one of the key themes of the Coalition Government's recently released Victorian freight and logistics plan. 

According to Koehler, Schenker Australia has consolidated two other distribution facilities at Sunshine to make a significantly larger Distribution Centre that allows for growth and is located closer to major roads and port facilities.

At optimum operation it will employ 30 staff, including some locally-sourced casual positions. 

Altona becomes the fifth largest site in the Schenker Australia network. The 18,000m² logistics centre operates eight recessed docks and a 2,000m² awning, allowing transport and logistics operations to co-exist on the one site safely and efficiently. 

Schenker Australia is the local arm of DB Schenker, the world’s second largest transportation and logistics service provider based on sales and performance. The company is in its 51st year of Australian operations.

Schenker-Siemens alliance gets stronger

Schenker Australia and Siemens have extended their partnership, which will see Schenker taking on all Siemens Australia and New Zealand import and export activities.

Schenker has been providing logistical services for Siemens medical products and for large projects since the last 90s, and under the new contract its role will now encompass Siemens’ freight forwarding operations for import and export activities across Australia and New Zealand, including transport and distribution services throughout both countries.

Siemens chief financial officer Jeff Connolly said of the tenders received, Schenker was best placed to deliver a consolidated, time- and cost-effective international and domestic service.

“DB Schenker provides the optimal solution for Siemens freight services, with the ability to deliver some very challenging cargo, from an extremely large power-generation turbine, to delicate medical devices within very tight timeframes and cost effectively,” Mr Connolly said.

“Priority medical products have always been deliverable from Europe within just two days, but now this exceptional turnaround rate can be provided to customers for all priority products across Siemens three sectors – industry, energy and healthcare.”

He added DB Schenker also provided its customers with complete visibility throughout freight operations, with ready access to the online track-and-trace system and streamlined order and invoicing processes.

Schenker Australia CEO Ron Koehler said the new contract was the result of significant improvements in its supply chain over the last two years and a responsive approach to reducing the environmental impact if its freight services.

“We are proud to have been awarded the Siemens contract for import and export services across Australia and New Zealand, and will transfer solutions originally developed to meet the demands in the healthcare business, to strengthen and develop Siemens’ supply chain in other sectors,” Mr Koehler said.

He said in a bid to cut carbon emissions stemming from freight services, the company optimised the combination of transport modes and cut the use of paper in freight documentation and invoicing.

The two companies are developing an electronic interface, which will enable timely receipt and issuing of invoicing, with all related documents to be processed electronically.

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