Isuzu signs on with MEGATRANS2018

Truck manufacturer Isuzu has announced its support of multi-modal supply chain event MEGATRANS2018, joining the show as a Platinum Sponsor.
Isuzu, a market leader in the Australian transport industry for 28 consecutive years, joins key partners including the Victorian Government and the Port of Melbourne in supporting this inaugural trade show event, which takes over the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 10-12 May, 2018.
With a focus on connected vehicles and a technology-driven display in the works for MEGATRANS2018, Isuzu is aiming to set a new benchmark in the wider supply-chain industry.
“The discussion and hype surrounding autonomous, or driverless, vehicles and technologies continue to build both overseas and here in Australia,” said Phil Taylor, Director and COO, Isuzu.
“Disruptive technologies appear to be becoming more prevalent with each new year, fundamentally changing the way the market will look at the road transport industry over the next few decades.
“There is one thing that I know for certain, whatever the technology, or the timeframe – Isuzu will ensure that Australian truck operators have access to the latest innovations in truck technology that are suitable for Australian operating conditions, driving better safety outcomes for all road users and improving air quality, productivity and the bottom line for the operator.”
Logistics & Materials Handling is an official Media Partner of MEGATRANS2018.

Australian logistics and warehousing market to reach $187 billion by 2021

Australia’s warehousing and logistics industries will be worth $187 billion by 2021, according to a new study from market research firm Ken Research.
The company noted that it has observed an evolution in the logistics industry in recent years, in terms of integration and digitalisation of the supply chain, which has led to better productivity and efficiency creating sustainable modes of transporting goods from one place to another.
Ken Research attributed the Australian logistics market’s impressive growth rate in 2016 to the expanding manufacturing and retail sector, the growing number of foreign companies and the increasing value of exports and imports.
The demand for cold chain logistics has grown with the rising demand for Australia agricultural products from other countries leading to increasing agricultural exports, the company noted. It added that government investment in infrastructure development of road, rail, air and water transport facilities will drive the Australia logistics and warehousing industry in coming years, through investment including $70 billion allocated for transport infrastructure from 2014 to 2021, and $75 billion for funding road and rail infrastructure from 2018 to 2027.
The partnership of the Australian Government with New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory in 2014 is expected to assist the various land transport infrastructure projects.
Ken Research said that the freight forwarding industry will continue to account for the larger share of the revenue pie, supported by the growth of third-party logistics (3PL) service providers, as global players enter the Australian market.
Large companies are expected to focus on value-added services, with the power having shifted to the consumer, with internet driving growth, the transformation of supply chain, business-to-consumer (B2C) outgrowing business-to-business (B2B), new technology and home delivery.
“The value added services segment has seen faster growth in the international market than domestic primarily due to growing cross border e-commerce,” the company said. “With the development of artificial intelligence and growth of e-commerce sector, the demand for warehousing is expected to develop with auto and ancillary and chemical and pharmaceutical sectors [emerging as the] largest demand drivers of warehousing space.”

Taskforce established for Kwinana port development

The taskforce that will complete the planning for Western Australia’s McGowan Government’s long-term Outer Harbour freight vision has now been established.
The multi-agency Westport Taskforce will outline a long-range vision to guide the planning, development and growth of both the Inner Harbour at Fremantle and the future Outer Harbour at Kwinana.
The Westport Taskforce will deliver the Westport: Ports and Environs Strategy, for which a team of experts from government agencies responsible for planning, transport, environment, jobs and finances will develop answers to key policy questions surrounding the location, size, operating model and timing for a future port.
Meanwhile, planning for the associated road and rail links to support the new port facilities will also form part of the overarching strategy.
Nicole Lockwood is to be appointed as the independent chairperson of the Westport Taskforce. She is a former director of KPMG, current board member of Infrastructure Australia and chairperson of the Freight Logistics Council of Western Australia.
Lockwood was also recently appointed to the expert panel to lead the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.
The Taskforce Steering Committee will also comprise director generals of six government departments, with the chairpersons of the Planning Commission and Fremantle Ports.
They will be supported by multi-disciplinary project personnel and supplemented as required by external technical expertise.
The taskforce’s governance arrangements will also incorporate stakeholders including government agencies, port users, local governments, community groups and transport industry unions.
The State Government is committed to retaining the inner harbour as a working port and the taskforce will be expected to ensure that the Outer Harbour is planned in a way that achieves an optimal balance between both facilities.
“This milestone step to establish the Westport Taskforce will lay the foundations for delivering the Outer Harbour,” said Transport, Planning and Lands Minister, Rita Saffioti.
“The Westport Taskforce will focus on providing the necessary infrastructure to support the long-term economic development of the state, maximising future jobs, minimising costs and truck movements, and maximising opportunities for innovation.
“Our pre-election commitment was to give renewed priority to planning for the Outer Harbour and the associated road and rail links as part of a long-term integrated transport plan for the state.
“We’ve allocated an initial $6 million in last week’s Budget so that significant further planning work can start, building on existing technical planning.
“The Outer Harbour has been supported by successive State governments and it is vital we get on with this after the previous government put planning on hold to push for its flawed Perth Freight Link project.”

Shortage of large-scale logistics facilities in Melbourne

The industrial leasing market in Melbourne’s north has seen strong tenant demand continue to absorb supply of prime-grade stock, according to real estate group Colliers International, particularly in the food and beverage, logistics and specialised manufacturing industries.
“As leasing space and supply continues to tighten across the northern suburbs, we are also starting to experience a reduction in let-up time and incentives, with one of the key drivers being a shrinking serviced land allotment pipeline,” said Colliers International’s Marco Sandrin.
“With respect to current leasing vacancy for more than 10,000m2, we are currently experiencing the tightest market there has been for many years, with only eight buildings available, totalling just more than 100,000m2.”
Sandrin said two of the most significant transactions that had occurred this year were within the Melbourne Airport precinct.
“Growthpoint has leased 120 Link Road, a 26,517m2 facility to Wesfarmers’ Workwear Group, and 45-55 South Centre Road, a 14,082m2 facility to Direct Couriers, both on 10-year leases,” he said.
In Melbourne’s western suburbs, 50 per cent of leasing deals for more than 3,000m2 have taken place in the inner west, with the main catalyst being easy access to the CBD, Colliers International’s Stephen Ryan explained.
“We are also seeing a high demand for low site coverage cross-dock facilities that is resulting in higher square-metre rates across the buildings, along with quicker let-up times,” he said.
“With shrinking land supply and recent leasing take-up, we are expecting let-up times to continue to reduce and the incentives to compress.”
Ryan profiled a deal negotiated for delivery service BagTrans as an example. The company has signed a lease for 8,333m2 at GM Property Group’s business park at 600 Geelong Road, Brooklyn, from the start of October, following less than three months’ vacancy.
Colliers International recently released a custom publication showcasing large industrial facilities suited to transport and logistics, warehousing or distribution users across Melbourne, Big Sheds Victoria 2017.

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.”

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Platinum Freight launches first regional office, in NSW

Customs clearance broker Platinum Freight Management will launch its first regional office this month, in Wyong, New South Wales.
Peter McRae, CEO, Platinum Freight Management, sees the area as an attractive and fast-growing home base for importers and exporters who need large warehousing facilities, citing its proximity to major international ports in Sydney and Newcastle.
“Importers and exporters in the Wyong, Gosford and surrounds have enormous comparative freight and logistics costs due to their distance from international ports, so reducing extraneous costs should be a high priority,” said McRae. “Yet until now there has been an undersupply of internationally experienced customs brokers in the local area who can partner with them to offer premium advice in person.”
“We are looking to make strong partnerships with local importers and exporters on the coast and help make a difference to their businesses,” McRae added.
“We have designed our business to deliver a positive customer experience to all clients, commensurate with our motto: Simply no higher level of service,” said McRae. “Being local is an important part of this promise.”

L-R: DFE Founder, Sam Catania, DFE Managing Director, Joe Catania, and DFE National Operations Manager, Jason Elliot.

Direct Freight Express opens $36m depot in Keysborough, Victoria

Road carrier service, Direct Freight Express (DFE), has announced the opening of a new $36m facility in Keysborough, Victoria, to complement its direct linehaul operations.
The company has reported that the new site was necessary due to business growth and increased travel times and traffic across the greater Victorian metropolitan and regional areas.
DFE has said the depot is fitted with state-of-the-art tilt tray automated sortation systems that can sort up to 4,500 cartons per hour. The company has also reportedly invested in six-sided camera technology that detects side-by-side cartons.

Merger of former Albany, Bunbury, Esperance ports under review

The former Albany, Bunbury and Esperance port authorities were merged to form the Southern Ports Authority in October 2014 as part of the first tranche of port governance reforms.
Nearly three years after the amalgamation, a review will now consider the performance of the relevant ports before and after amalgamation to ascertain whether the expected benefits have been achieved, whether original concerns about the merger have been justified and if further changes are required for the future operation of the ports.
A working group will provide a report with findings and recommendations to the Minister for Transport by December 2017. The group is chaired by Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham and will include representatives from the Department of Transport and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.
“Now that nearly three years have passed, it is time to conduct a post-implementation review to evaluate what benefits have been achieved as a result of the amalgamation,” said Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“The purpose of the review is to evaluate the outcomes of amalgamating the Albany, Bunbury and Esperance port authorities to form Southern Ports.
“It’s clear to me from my travels in the South-West, Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regions in the past couple of years that people hold a range of views about the success or otherwise of the amalgamation, and whether it has been good for the regions.
“The working group will go into the process with an open mind and will present their findings to Government towards the end of the year.”

Facebook and infrastructure

Shannon Gillespie
Today, everyone knows that an idea isn’t a good one until it ‘trends’. Last year, the City of Sydney’s Zero Waste marketing campaign featured the creation of an outdoor vinyl sticker campaign that made use of clever situational placement and optical illusions to highlight the problem of dumping household waste throughout the city.
Designed for city dwellers to interact with, each piece was customised to its environment to amuse and educate people about the city’s free pickup service. One of the installations was a giant stack of household waste on the side of a building that increased in size every week for three weeks. As a by-product, the hashtag #freepickup and bookafreepickup.com site shot to stardom as people snapped and shared photos of themselves with old fridges, washing machines and the like in odd, but memorable, locations such as the middle of a cycle path. The result, the City claims, was “a virtual doubling of the number of calls to the free pickup service within a week of installation”.
Imagine if we took the principles of this social marketing campaign and applied it to our engineering problems. How often do we spend megabucks on infrastructure projects, but do relatively little, if anything, to educate people about the right way to operate infrastructure or to change their behaviours when using it?
The 2000 Sydney Olympics was hailed as “the best organised Olympic Games ever” and was the epitome of how an effective marketing and communications plan can solve complex problems. With a population of four million people and an expected influx of half a million visitors to Sydney for the Olympic Games, drastic measures were required to cope with the pressure on infrastructure.
But instead of focusing on developing new transport infrastructure, a major public communications plan was executed to modify the travel behaviour of visitors and spectators. The message was simple – Olympic transport will be different but will work well. And it did! The Sydney Olympic Games achieved the first-ever 100 per cent spectator accessibility by public transport.
As engineers, our natural response is to design highly sophisticated and intelligent infrastructure that automatically adapts itself to meet the demand. We design complex and expensive control systems to control infrastructures performance and operation. The infrastructure is designed to modulate in response to the variables which, in most cases, are people.
But are we looking at society’s complex challenges through the wrong lens? The recent heatwave in South Australia put pressure on the state’s electricity network due to people turning on their air conditioning. As a consequence, 90 000 properties suffered a blackout during load shedding at the end of a 42 degrees Celsius day.
While the problem appears to have been a technical one, could we not have modified the behaviour of the people? Experts say that in order to conserve energy in a heatwave, people should not lower their air conditioning below 26 degrees Celsius – this has nothing to do with the comfort of individuals but everything to do with avoiding a catastrophic power outage. Whilst it may not be a long-term solution, an effective marketing campaign would help solve the problem in the interim.
We are living in a world where more than ever before, we need our facilities to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible  ̶  not only from an environmental perspective but also from optimising the use of capital. According to the World Economic Forum, global spending on basic infrastructure – transport, water and communications – currently totals USD 2.7 trillion a year, USD 1 trillion short of what is needed. The difference is nearly as large as South Korea’s GDP.
As pressure on our natural and economic resources increases, so too does our ability to design effective infrastructure projects. If engineers treated marketing as another tool in their toolkit, how many of our complex infrastructure problems could be solved? How many millions of dollars could be saved on new infrastructure projects simply through marketing campaigns targeted at changing user behaviour?
More and more, engineers should be telling their clients that a well-designed behavioural campaign should go hand in hand with a well-designed infrastructure project. In future, we might see Marketing Fundamentals become a standard feature of the Bachelor of Engineering curriculum.
Shannon Gillespie is with Aurecon.
 

Uni students compete with autonomous robot technology

Engineering students from across Australia and New Zealand are exploring smart transport technology through an autonomous robotics competition in September.
This year, the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (NIARC) has a theme of ‘Transportation Innovation’, which will see the autonomous robots navigate a ‘smart city’.
The robots must follow road rules, adjust speed in line with school zones and highways, pick up ‘passengers’ and return home safely. Each robot’s objective is to earn the most amount of points by completing the required tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“Today’s vehicles are supercomputers on wheels but there are still so many exciting innovations to come,” said Chandran Nair, Vice President for Asia-Pacific, National Instruments.
“Car manufacturers are racing to bring autonomous vehicles to market and the technology has the potential to change everything about the way we move people and goods. That’s why we are so excited to be able to offer students the opportunity to be a part of that change.
“The industry will face increasingly complex systems and demands for improved speed, productivity and efficiency. By enabling the students to work with industry-leading hardware and software, we can help provide them with the real-world skills needed to become tomorrow’s top engineers.”
Now in its seventh year, NIARC has grown from just 11 teams to more than two dozen, all from leading Australian and New Zealand universities. Previous winners include, University of Wollongong (2016), University of South Australia (2015), University of New South Wales (2014) and more.

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