Samsung, Packsize receive Australian supply chain excellence award

Packsize International together with its customer Samsung Electronics Australia received the ‘Excellence in Manufacturing Supply Chains’ award during the recent Smart Conference and Expo 2017 event.
Industry judges awarded the On Demand Packaging implementation at Samsung Australia’s Spare Parts and Logistics distribution centre in Sydney. In partnership with DB Schenker, Samsung Australia used Packsize’s custom packaging solution to streamline processes and optimise delivery services. Among the results achieved were production, inventory management, and stock control improvements, less corrugated fiberboard and void fill and reductions in product damage and freight costs.
Within three months of implementing the service, Samsung reported an approximately 50 per cent reduction in concealed damage and a 10 to 15 per cent reduction in the cubic volume of items shipped.
“Stock-takes that required three days can now be done in three hours,” said Samsung Australia’s Spare Parts and Logistics Manager David Ungar. “Packsize is a collaborative and enthusiastic partner, willing to share their experience and knowledge to deliver benefits, and is committed to a long-term relationship.”
“As packaging’s role in the value chain expands, so will our ability to support new operating models, improve logistics, create even greater customer satisfaction, and deliver smarter packaging design,” said Sean Ledbury, General Manager, Packsize International’s Asia-Pacific subsidiary, Packsize Propriety Limited.

Toowoomba airport flies out first airfreight cargo

The first successful domestic freight operation out of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport has opened the skies for new business opportunities in the region, according to the airport’s commercial manager Sara Hales.
Hales says the airport’s cargo and passenger capabilities ensure local businesses have improved connectivity and the opportunity to meet urgent client deadlines using local infrastructure.
“Toowoomba and the surrounding regions provide services and supply materials for major national and international companies and for many of these entities the advantage of having airport nearby streamlines logistical operations,” said Hales.
Toowoomba-based civil construction, quarrying and mining industries supply company Trackspares commissioned the first domestic freight flight from Toowoomba late last week, the company was dispatching an urgent shipment to Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine at Weipa.
Trackspares managing director Brad Oats says the 10-tonne shipment included heavy-duty undercarriage, including track chains and rollers, for a material handling machine known as an apron feeder.
He says it has been fantastic to be part of another major milestone for the region’s airport.
“It opens up opportunities, not only for us but for companies like Rio Tinto to access our services,” he said, adding that without the local airport the order would have been trucked to Brisbane and companies such as Trackspares would have been faced with a “logistical nightmare.”
“The Rio Tinto mine was dealing with a time-critical breakdown situation and the flight from Wellcamp helped expedite the whole process in an industry where time is money,” said Oats.
EastAir, who usually conducts urgent air transport for Rio Tinto, arranged dedicated charter airline Pionair Australia (via Aviation Cairns) to freight the Trackspares equipment to Weipa on a BAE 146-200QT ‘Whisper Jet’.
“Once the freight order grew from 3.4 tonne to 10 tonnes we needed a bigger aircraft for the service,” said EastAir chief executive Dean Mooney.
“We were thrilled to be able to help Trackspares meet their client’s urgent request and also facilitate the supplies for our client Rio Tinto who we have been working with for the past six years.”
“Our aircraft can carry up to 11.5 tons of cargo into and out of difficult to reach locations, worldwide, so we were thrilled to be able to assist Trackspares with the urgent client request,” said Pionair General Manager Michael Lee.
The cargo door is a massive 3.33 metres wide and 1.93 metres tall, allowing large oversized cargo to be loaded.

Deakin University to gain Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics

Deakin University, Victoria, is set to benefit from the supply chain and logistics research and development capabilities of research body the Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL).
The Centre, which will sit within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, will strengthen the faculty’s research focus in the supply chain arena throughout Australia and overseas, through national and international relationships with industry and government. Maurice James, Managing Director at Qube Logistics, will also be heading the Centre’s Industry Advisory Committee.
According to the Faculty’s Executive Dean, Professor Trevor Day, Deakin’s research and development capability in freight logistics, supply chain strategy, international supply chains and agribusiness value chains, achieved through industry engagement and contracts, made for a perfect marriage between the University and CSCL.
“We are delighted to announce this news, which aligns perfectly with our research and industry partnership focus, especially in regional Australia,” Day said.
“The CSCL team will aggregate, coordinate and focus diverse skills and resources to develop and apply knowledge for the benefit of industry, government and community organisations and to operate with a mix of commercial and grant-funded activities.
“The team will work closely with the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF) and other disciplines inside and external to the Faculty to drive the University’s research and development agenda to make a difference to the communities we serve,” Day added.

Valeo Awards Bollore Logistics in India for Best Supply Chain Performance in 2015

Valeo has recognized Bollore Logistics in India as one of their best logistics service providers in 2015, with Sanjay Goel, India Chief Executive Officer, receiving the award on behalf of the Group during their India Supplier Convention in Chennai.
Out of the four logistics providers present at the convention, Valeo had chosen Bollore Logistics to speak out for 20 minutes introducing the company as well as sharing its expertise and logistics solutions for India with the audience.
Offering integrated logistics solutions, Bollore Logistics brings dedicated transport solutions for various Valeo plants in India since 2014.
Thanks to these tailored solutions and value-added services such as personalized consolidation and customs clearance engineering, Bollore Logistics heavily supports the fluidity of Valeo India’s supply chain.
Our Bollore Logistics’ teams showed enhanced professionalism and on-going improvements to respond to the client’s needs.
“We are honored to have been recognized by one of our key customers for our implication, commitments, and teamwork in a complex country like India,” mentions Rémi Lefevre, Regional Business Manager for South Asia. Lefevre adds: “I would like to stress out the fact that this success is the direct consequence of a true group effort from our global, national and local –
Chennai, Pune and Ahmedabad – teams.”
The main criteria based on Valeo to obtain this award were: best coordination under the Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) scheme clearance; delivery consolidations and cost saving; no disputes in any site; no line stoppage and good level of service; support brought during critical clearances; consolidation of cargo deliveries for continuous improvement and savings and flexibility towards Valeo payment policy.
Bolloré Logistics in India was significantly represented at this event with: Sanjay Goel, India Chief Executive Officer; Rémi Lefevre, Regional Business Manager for South Asia; Sowmya Nair, Key Account Manager in Chennai; R Vijay Kumar, Branch Manager in Chennai and Lloyd W Fernandez, Regional Manager for South India. The award was presented by Laure Lemarchand-Testu, Group Commodity Director at Valeo.

Launch of new transport and freight labelling standards embrace the rise of the automated supply chain

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and GS1 Australia have officially launched the new Australian Standards for Frieght Labelling and EDI developed by the ALC Supply Chain Standards Work Group for the Australian Transport & Logistics Industry. 

The standards were launched at the ALC Forum 2016 in Sydney and Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director and Bonnie Ryan, Industry Manager -Trade and Transport from GS1 Australia in front of approximately 250 senior industry and government leaders attending Australia's premier frieght logistics event.

The Australian Transport Standards include the ALC endorsed Australian Freight Labelling Guideline and Australian Transport EDI User Guides to provide one common label format to identify frieght and one common file format to exchange data throughout the freight transportation  process.

A new Australian Industry Glossary will also assist as an easy reference to common industry and GS1 standards terminologies.

Speaking at the ALC Forum 2016, Bonnie Ryan, Industry Manager -Trade and Transport from GS1 Australia said the Australian Transport Standards for Freight Labelling and EDI is an extensive body of work in consultation with the ALC Supply Chain Standards Work Group.

"The Australian transport industry's freight system is at the heart of our economy. The adoption of the Australian Transport Standards for Freight Labelling and EDI will give us the opportunity to improve freight efficiency and better connect all modes of transport in the Australian transport and logistics sector," said Ms Ryan.

Based on GS1 global supply chain standards and best practice, the Australian Freight Labelling Guideline provides guidance to industry on how to physically identify and label logistic and transport units to support efficient transport management processes from point of origin to destination.

To support the physical identification of freight, the accompanying Australian Transport EDI User Guides define the necessary data exchanges required to effectively execute the physical delivery.

Combined, the suite of standards outline a roadmap for industry to move from costly manual processes to full automation.

"This new roadmap will be a game changer in the efficiency, interoperability, visibility and productivity of freight movement across the supply chain," said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director. 

"With ALC research showing that a 1 per cent increase in supply chain efficiency would increase GDP by $2 billion, the implementation of the Australian Transport Standars for Frieght Labelling and EDI package will support industry's efforts to achieve that goal." Mr Kilgariff added.

David McNeil, Chair of the ALC Supply Chain Standards Work Group and eCommerce Manager for OneSteel says, "The labelling and EDI initiative provides an innovative and effective integration roadmap for the Australian Transport & Logistics Industry, now and into the future. It will be of benefit to all Australian businesses to work together seamlessly and efficiently to grow our economy." 

Eliminate Risks -Store Correctly, Inspect Regularly

From manual handling to dangerous goods, the supply chain and warehouse industry presents several hazards, but many injuries and accidents can be avoided by carrying out safe work practices. 

Safety should always come first, which is why Pro-Visual Publishing, in partnership with the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA), the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) Foundation and Safe Work Australia, has released the Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety 2015/16, an essential resource that aims to educate workers by providing instructions and information to reduce workplace risks.

Manual handling is a significant cause of injuries in warehousing and logistics operations, particularly where large amounts of loading, unloading and moving stock is involved.

Awkward postures, confined areas and the use of incorrect equipment or tools can cause these injuries.

To keep the workplace safe, manual handling tasks need to be constantly re-evaluated to ensure risks are controlled.

Limiting the height of shelves to shoulder height and using powered conveyors or slides are just some of the suggestions the Guide offers to eliminate and reduce manual handling hazards.

Storage areas are another aspect of the warehousing industry with a number of potential hazards. Racking should be designed specifically for the type of product being stored, and regular inspections should be conducted to check its structural integrity.

When storing dangerous goods, it is integral for employers to comply with legislative requirements in order to minimise risks.

Labels and Material Safety Data Sheets ensure users of the dangerous goods are aware of the nature of the substances and any relevant emergency procedures.

“I would like to thank the sponsors of the Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety 2015/16. Their support has made it possible for it to be distributed free of charge.” 
–    John Hutchings, CEO, Pro-Visual Publishing.

DHL Supply Chain opens its fifth warehouse in Western Sydney

DHL Supply Chain has opened its fifth warehouse at its DHL Horsely Park Campus in Western Sydney.

The new 27,000-square meter retail site takes the entire Campus space to 120,000 square meters and was officially opened by Frank Appel, CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group.

The Campus represents an investment of close to AU$210 million for DHL Supply Chain in the Western Sydney location and will become home to US homewares retailer, Williams-Sonoma.

The new retail site will become home to US homewares retailer, Williams-Sonoma, enabling the fulfillment of its wide range of products for both in-store and online – all from one warehouse and ensuring the brand continues to offer its unique, high-quality delivery and assembly of products within customers’ homes. 

Further to this, the new healthcare site to be opened at the same Campus in May 2016, will boast a 30,000-square meter purpose-built facility to support the company’s continued growth in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector.  

"Our customers expect superior quality from us, and therefore infrastructure investments continue to be an important part of our growth strategy, including the further epxansion of our global network of best-in class facilities. With strong consumer sentiment in Australia and its position as an attractive market for international brands, our continued investments in Australia will enable us to better serve the prospering retail market," CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group Frank Appel said.

Mercury Awards 2013 Winners: Supply Chain Innovation

Manhattan Associates won this year’s Supply Chain Innovation Award for their supply chain management solution for Super Retail Group.

The brief was to implement a supply chain management solution that allowed Super Retail Group to have full visibility of inventory, scalable to allow for increase SKU’s and product lines, and a solution that would seamlessly integrate into existing legacy IT systems. 

The challenge for Super Retail Group was to create a new distribution strategy incorporating a series of internal multi-user distribution centres allowing inventory from all eight business units to be managed across each distribution centre.

The judges said:

“Manhattan have provided an excellent outcome to Super Retail Group which has allowed them to significantly improve their stock management and customer service at a time when companies are looking for significant savings.”

Manhattan Associates’ key supply chain innovations in Australia include Manhattan SCOPE.

Manhattan SCOPE – Supply Chain Optimisation….Planning through Execution is a comprehensive portfolio of supply chain solutions that leverage the industry’s first and only Supply Chain Process Platform to deliver cross-application optimisation and integration not previously possible in the supply chain industry.

One of the unique features of Manhattan SCOPE is that it allowed SRG to create a series of internal multi-user virtual distribution centres, which enables inventory from all eight brands to be more effectively managed across each DC . Subsequently, SRG were able to maximise the limited space available in its DC’s.          

The implementation of SCOPE has also allowed SRG to create a new distribution network, that supports the company’s position as a leading player in the automotive aftermarket, sporting and outdoor leisure retail sector, across multiple brands and multiple channels. In addition, SCOPE supported the company’s move towards a global sourcing model & store-ready shipments supporting its omni-channel requirements.

Raghav Sibal , managing director, Australia & New Zealand said the win was a great one for this company.

“I Feel on top of the world,” Sibal said.

“Thanks to our team and Super Retail Group that we won this award

“Manhattan is a global organisation with 2400 supply chain professionals and Australia we have a very strong team of 45 people and these people work very hard to ensure customers like SRG get what they need.”

Jacobs wins inaugural logistics Smart Awards

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs) has won the inaugural Award for Excellence in Event, Humanitarian or Military Logistics at the Smart Awards announced this year.

A new addition to the Smart Awards announced at this year’s Smart Conference, the new award presented by the Smart Awards Chair, Allan Murray supplemented the categories for excellence in manufacturing, supply chain management, transport and logistics, and procurement.

Jacobs secured the award for its work in recovering Western Digital manufacturing facilities and equipment inundated in the 2011 Thailand flooding.

According to Murray, there were strong nominations across the categories, reflecting the strength of the Australian supply chain and logistics industry.

The Smart Awards are designed to recognise professionals in all cross sections of the supply chain industry; the 2013 Supply Chain Awards attracted strong nominations from businesses and individuals across the board.

Sponsored by Dexion, the Smart Awards are a major awards program for the supply chain and logistics sector, and judged by leading industry associations.

The full list of Smart Award winners is available online.

Ports as gateways: 2013 WA Ports Conference

The 2013 WA Ports Conference is set to challenge those attending to consider how value is created by ports and highlight the importance of interdependent and collaborative relationships with private industry.

The conference, to be held in Perth on the 16th of May, will see key decision makers and industry experts sharing their knowledge about the value chain, and the important role ports play.

Chief of Port Dampier Authority, Steve Lewis, told LMH that ports had a unique position in understanding the whole supply chain.

“Ports have a very unique position in the value chain: they can see every element of it,” he said.

“They can see their customers supply chain, they understand it and can see what the communities expectations are.

“We understand environment, security and safety, so we can put it all together to get the maximum value out of it.

“That’s unique position and where ports can actually step up a level.”

Lewis said the theme of the conference, Ports as Gateways, was chosen to deliberately highlight an expansive way of thinking about how value can be added to supply chains.

“What we’re trying to bring to people’s mind is gateway thinking and how to create value in every one of the decisions you make,” he said.

“It’s about seeing opportunities and gaps to fill and thinking this way to ensure opportunities aren’t missed.”

Lewis said the conference would highlight case studies where companies were able to save millions of  dollars.

“The gateway thinking happening at Dampier has been utilised by companies like Rio Tinto to leverage off and save million of dollars in their own supply chains,” he said.

“What we’re advocating at the conference is that everyone in that chain, resource companies suppliers etc, to see that they can get tremendous value from ports if we all step it up a level.”

“It’s not just theory, we’re not thinking this will be a great idea, we’ve been doing it for at least the last three or four years and have kicked some fantastic goals which these customers can see.”

Speakers at the conference include, CEO of Rio Tinto Iron Ore Pilbara Supply Chain, Clayton Walker, supply chain manager of Apache Energy Limited Alistair McGregor, and director of the British Ports Association David Whitehead.

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