WiseTech Global announces ninth acquisition for 2017

Sydney-based logistics software company, WiseTech Global, has acquired Warehouse Management System (WMS) provider, Microlistics, for $40 million, expanding its e-commerce capabilities.
“With the impact of e-commerce and advances in automation, warehouse management is an increasingly complex and specialised part of the international supply chain,” said WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White.
“The combined strength of WiseTech’s global innovation capabilities and our CargoWise One supply chain execution platform integrated with Microlistics’ powerful warehouse solutions for enterprise, express, third party logistics and cold storage will provide significant benefit to logistics providers.
“WiseTech is uniquely well-placed to deliver the technology convergence and deep integration necessary to facilitate omnichannel, multimodal movements across the supply chain ¬– of which warehousing is a critical component,” he said.
Microlistics Founder and Managing Director, Mark Dawson, said that joining the WiseTech Global Group is a key part of its evolution.
“With the global strength and powerful innovation capability of WiseTech, and our WMS expertise, together we will accelerate development of high productivity WMS to bring significant new benefits to the logistics industry,” said Dawson.
“Microlistics will remained focused on warehouse management solutions and we can leverage WiseTech’s global reach, resources and the CargoWise One platform, which for our customers will mean the opportunity for end-to-end execution, control and visibility of the supply chain,” he said.
Microlistics will reportedly continue to develop and deliver its warehouse management solutions with Dawson at the helm to its worldwide customers, and potentially to the 7,000 logistics providers across 125 countries that use WiseTech’s integrated supply chain execution solutions.
According to the Australian Financial Review, Microlistics made $6.8 million revenue in 2016-17, and WiseTech reported $153.8 million in revenue for the same period – spending $50.4 million on research and development.

GetSwift makes Board of Directors appointment, secures Telstra exec

Australia-based delivery logistics software company GetSwift has appointed Nevash Pillay, a member of telco giant Telstra’s executive team – to its Board of Directors.
Pillay has been in the ICT field for 18 years, 14 years in a leadership capacity.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Ms Pillay to our Board of Directors,” said Bane Hunter, Executive Chairman, GetSwift. “She brings a very important set of up-to-date skills, experiences, points of view and networks that will be an important component of the forthcoming company roadmap.”
Pillay noted, “I’m thrilled to be part of the Board of Directors at GetSwift, a company that is innovative, has a best-in-class software solution and adds tremendous value to businesses by improving their customers’ experiences.”

WiseTech Global launches border compliance engine

Sydney-based logistics software provider WiseTech Global has announced the launch of border compliance engine BorderWise, for customs brokers, legal and other trade professionals.
BorderWise brings together a range of border compliance data, law and regulation, with an advanced search functionality to help users minimise customs duty and mitigate the risks associated with customs non-compliance for themselves and their import and export customers in the countries involved.
“Growing complexity in world trade continues to put pressure on the supply chain, and efficient border compliance is critical,” said Richard White, CEO, WiseTech Global. “We are creating the data sets and building powerful new technologies to address productivity, costs and risk mitigation in customs compliance.”
“With increasing challenges in addressing border regulation, ensuring compliance is fraught with risk,” said Sue Danks, Director of Sue Danks Tariff Consulting and Vice Chair of CBFCA, who has assisted in the development of BorderWise. “Requirements keep changing as new legislation and policy changes keep rolling out, while data can be convoluted, difficult to interpret and hard to access efficiently. On top of that, not all customs authorities agree on the interpretation or classification of certain goods, and those opinions change, often with little or no notice to industry.
“Most countries have numerous, sometime hundreds, of items of customs legislation or policy documentation, and therefore managing customs compliance is a growing and evolving challenge for customs brokers and self-reporting importers, especially in an environment where serious penalties are issued for non-compliance or duty short-payments.
“In my opinion, Australian customs brokers are highly trained and skilled, but in a time of increased regulatory inspections and a penalty regime we all need all the assistance we can to provide advice that is timely and accurate.”
For now, BorderWise launched in Australia for Australian customs on 1 December 2017, and is expected to be released in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the EU, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom by the end of 2017.
During 2018, BorderWise will be offered in Brazil, China, Germany, Italy and Taiwan.

Schaeffler acquires IT specialist Autinity

Automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler Australia has welcomed its global parent company’s acquisition of Autinity Systems, an IT company that specialises in machine data recording and evaluation.
Condition monitoring of machinery and equipment as well as digital networking in production are of great interest to both Schaeffler’s internal and external customers throughout Australia and New Zealand, said Mark Ciechanowicz, Industrial Services Manager, Schaeffler Australia.
These include key Schaeffler Australia markets, among them bulk materials handling; mining and energy production; food, beverage and primary processing; and broader industrial and road and rail machinery systems.
The company noted that the purchase of 100 per cent of Autinity shares, completed this month, is an important step in implementing Schaeffler’s global and local digital agenda, with Autinity specialising in digital condition monitoring and machine data recording.
“Schaeffler has been using software solutions by Autinity for many years now,” said Ciechanowicz. “The acquisition of this company will help us to intensify our collaboration and accelerate further developments in the fields of machine data recording and condition monitoring. Both topics are essential elements of Schaeffler’s digital agenda, which are in strong demand both from internal and external customers.”

Australian logistics start-up tech excellence recognised

Australian logistics technology company FreightExchange has won a Gold Stevie Award in the Tech Start-up of the Year category in the 14th Annual International Business Awards.
The International Business Awards are open to individuals and organisations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.
Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 executives worldwide who participated on 12 juries.
The 2017 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.
FreightExchange was recognised for its innovative supply-chain management processes that help businesses manage all their freight in one software application.
The company growth, and the idea of connecting enterprises to reduce waste in the industry impressed the judges most.
The judging panel said, “With their everyone-wins philosophy; FreightExchange is a disruptive force in freight handling.”
Cate Hull, Co-founder, FreightExchange, said: “The FreightExchange team and I continuously strive for excellence at every opportunity and we all have such a passion for the industry. Believing that the concept of inexhaustible resources in business is destructive and that the sharing economy is a key opportunity for us to move towards a more viable future globally.”
The awards were celebrated at a gala in Barcelona last week.

SmartFreight shipping software on show at MEGATRANS2018

As a provider of cutting-edge shipping management software, SmartFreight is an ideal fit for the inaugural logistics and supply chain event, MEGATRANS2018.
The company’s comprehensive software solution provides versatility, transparency, accountability and efficiency for its users within the supply chain – complementing MEGATRANS218’s own aim to provide a vital link between the industries comprising Australia’s supply chain.
Connecting the Australian and international supply chain, the trade show will bring together those who plan, implement and control the efficient and effective forward flow and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and point of consumption.
MEGATRANS2018 takes over the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 10–12 May 2018 and will play host to an array of delegates involved in the wider national and international supply chain industries.

Manhattan Associates wins logistics innovation award

Manhattan Associates’ Warehouse Management Solution (WMS) has won the Logistical Innovation award at the 2017 Australian Business Awards.
“This recognition reflects both our 27 years of focus and investment in supply-chain and omni-channel commerce innovation and how our solutions are enabling Australian organisations to respond to their customers’ rapidly changing needs,” said Raghav Sibal, Managing Director – Australia and New Zealand, Manhattan Associates.
“The expectations of today’s consumers are soaring and they want their goods delivered faster and more conveniently. With our WMS and complementary solutions, such as Distributed Order Management, retailers, manufacturing brands, wholesalers and distributors are equipping themselves with flexible fulfilment capabilities. By enabling them to work their whole network harder – leveraging inventory in transit, within stores, at suppliers, as well as in distribution centres – they can fulfil orders quicker and more profitably.”
Manhattan Associations supports Country Road Group, Casella Family Brands, eStore Logistics and Jeanswest, among others.
“Today, companies are facing a highly competitive and continuously changing business landscape,” said Tara Johnston, Program Director, Australian Business Awards. “In this context, the performance of companies depends more than ever on their flexibility, adaptability and responsiveness.
“New technological possibilities have the potential to transform the way companies operate within their respective industries with long-term gains in efficiency, productivity and customer loyalty. Each year, the ABA100 Winners are recognised for their commitment to business and product innovation and for their achievements in transforming business practices and end user experiences.”
The Australian Business Award for Logistical Innovation recognises products and services that provide innovative solutions for new and existing market needs in the fields of logistics and supply chain management.

Stibo Systems software certified by GS1

Master Data Management (MDM) solutions provider Stibo Systems recently announced that its STEP Trailblazer product has been officially certified by GS1 Australia. It enables suppliers and brand owners to load and maintain the National Product Catalogue in order to provide item and price synchronisation to trading partners.
STEP Trailblazer is a B2B platform that facilitates product data management and B2B transactions between trading partners across the supply-chain process for organisations in the retail, food, manufacturing, CPG, healthcare, agribusiness, transport and automotive industries.
The National Product Catalogue is GS1 Australia’s data synchronisation solution for the Australian and New Zealand markets, allowing trading partners to exchange product details, pricing, trade and marketing-related information across all product categories. The National Product Catalogue Certification Program is conducted by GS1 Australia and is designed to certify a product’s ability to meet the local National Product Catalogue supplier and data source requirements by all engaged industry sectors. The program certifies a product’s ability to meet local requirements.
“Organisations often struggle to trade and transport goods because of inaccurate and incomplete supply-chain data,” said Willem van Dijk, Managing Director, Stibo Systems. “This diminishes agility and impacts the ability to set up new products. Stibo Systems’ STEP Trailblazer solution helps suppliers and brand owners to quickly and easily connect to the NPC, and improves the data exchange throughout the entire supply chain. This reduces errors and creates accurate, up-to-date and compliant information.”
John Hearn, Head of Data & Digital Content Services, GS1 Australia, added, “The certification program is only available to GS1 Australia Alliance Partners. These partners need to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the components of the GS1 system, forming the basis for data synchronisation.
“We are delighted to have successfully completed the National Product Catalogue Certification Program with Stibo Systems. We look forward to working with them and their clients to ensure the data synchronisation functionality is a smart and secure way to share product data between trading partners.”

Logistics Hall of Fame honours Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of e-commerce company Amazon, has been inducted into the Logistics Hall of Fame.
The Logistics Hall of Fame honours figures that have made significant efforts to promote the further development of logistics and supply chain management.
Bezos joins key logisticians including Gottlieb Daimler, credited with investing the truck and pioneering modern freight transport; Henry Ford and Ransom Eli Olds, inventors of assembly-line production; and James E. Casey, Founder of United Parcel Service (UPS), among others.
Bezos has been honoured as a “revolutioniser of e-commerce and logistics,” the Logistics Hall of Fame team wrote in a blog post, adding that he can claim to have revolutionised logistics in the mail order sector.
According to the jury responsible for selecting deserving individuals, Bezos was the first to realise that software and logistics are crucial in the shift from purchasing-driven trading to demand-driven online trading.
“Thanks to a combination of software, efficient delivery, automation and long-term strategy, the computer scientist transformed transport logistics and intralogistics from the ground up, making Amazon a benchmark for the sector as a whole,” the blog post said. “Almost any technological development is nowadays influenced by e-commerce and many innovations are geared exclusively towards e-commerce. Bezos also impressively demonstrated that innovative logistics make an important contribution to corporate success.”
Anita Würmser, Executive Jury Chairperson of the Logistics Hall of Fame, said: “Jeff Bezos has rewritten the history of logistics. His name is synonymous with successful e-commerce and a generation of entrepreneurs whose business models are based on algorithms and innovative logistics solutions. Had it not been for him, not much would have moved in logistics.”
Bezos will be officially inducted in a ceremony at the annual Logistics Hall of Fame Gala in the Erich Klausener Hall of the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Berlin on 9 November.

ASCO appoints new Australasia CEO

ASCO, provider of logistics, materials and warehouse management services, has appointed Michael Fulham as CEO of Australasia.
Recent changes to the Australian senior management team saw Fulham replace Matt Thomas, who has moved into a Global Client Director role within ASCO Group and is now based at its Corporate HQ in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Fulham, who will be based in Perth, WA, brings commercial supply chain management experience in both construction and oil and gas logistics.
He will play a role in the future growth and development of ASCO’s Australian business, working closely with the current management team to continue the growth of the region.
“Some of the largest operators in the industry have major interests in the Australasian region,” said Fulham. “As demand for ASCO’s services continues to grow, it is important that we continue to safely deliver the quality service for which we are known, providing operators with solutions that are project specific.”
Matt Thomas, Global Client Director, ASCO, added, “Australasia is a key strategic region for ASCO and we see significant opportunities to continue to grow our business. We are perfectly placed to provide operators with solutions that are both cost effective and operationally efficient. Michael’s experience will be key as we continue to develop and grow in this important market.”
ASCO will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017.

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