Linfox invests in health research

Transport and logistics company Linfox is funding a major new research study with Monash University to better understand the health and wellbeing of workers in the industry.
Monash University researcher Professor Alex Collie told Linfox that, while past research has focused on driver fatigue and safety, there have been no large Australian studies of health and wellbeing of workers in the sector.
The Linfox-funded Transport and Logistics Industry Health and Wellbeing Research Study will reportedly seek information on diet, exercise, chronic illness, stress, mental health and other conditions associated with long-haul driving and warehouse operations.

DB Schenker wins five-year Shell Australia contract

DB Schenker, the transportation and logistics arms of Deutsche Bahn, has been awarded a five-year contract to provide international freight forwarding and customs clearance services to Shell Australia, using its global network of specialised Oil and Gas offices.
The operations team in Brisbane, Darwin and Perth will be supported by DB Schenker’s iTeams software, which enables visibility and tracking through the logistics cycle.
“We are proud to continue our global relationship with Shell in Australia to supply both QGC (Queensland Gas Company) in Queensland and the Prelude FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas) facility in Western Australia with international freight and customs clearance services,” said Frank Vogel, Director Projects – Oil & Gas, Australia/New Zealand.
“With our dedicated people around the world we have a strong record of operating safely and efficiently even on the most remote sites. This contract will support our goal to become the market leader in the industry by 2020.”

GAC Australia launches logistics service, opens Perth warehouse

GAC Australia has opened a new consolidation warehouse in Perth, marking its first foray into the logistics business, in parallel to its shipping services available at all Australian ports since 2007.
The opening of the new warehouse comes in response to growing demand for storage space and distribution services from a major client with operations in Western Australia. The facility is located in the new Swan Brewery Estate at Canning Vale, about 20km away from Perth International Airport and Fremantle Port, with easy access to transportation links through the major road network.
The 800m² facility features a 5m x 5m warehouse door and an 8.5m truss height, allowing trailing equipment to reverse into the facility for loading and unloading. Arriving goods are consolidated and packed into pallets before being distributed to domestic and international locations.
“Australia has significant quantities of discovered gas resources,” said Scott Henderson, GAC Australia’s Managing Director. “In Western Australia alone, resource projects and infrastructure in the pipeline amount to billions of dollars. It is home to many local and international companies servicing the oil and gas, as well as mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sectors, presenting plenty of opportunities for project logistics and warehousing services providers.
“Having established a strong foothold in the country’s shipping sector, we are now ready to expand our portfolio to provide logistics services, and Western Australia is an ideal launch pad for our logistics operations. The ability to provide integrated shipping and logistics services will allow us to serve our customers better.”

German logistics group to enter Australian market

German logistics specialist the Rhenus Group signed an agreement to purchase Australian freight forwarding company O’Brien Customs and Forwarding Pty Ltd on 16 June, as part of its expansion strategy in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Melbourne-headquartered O’Brien family business handles air and sea freight consignments and provides customs and warehouse services. It was initially founded as a customs clearance firm in 1996 and has been offering air and sea freight transportation in addition to customs services for seven years.
The Rhenus Group is planning to expand the firm’s current operations in future with its network and its services, including domestic traffic, support for imports/exports, buyers’ consolidation as well as warehouse and integrated logistics solutions.
“The takeover of O’Brien and the founding of the national company to be known as Rhenus Logistics Australia enable us to cover the whole of Australia with our services,” said Jan Harnisch, COO, Ocean Freight – Asia, Rhenus. “As a result of the acquisition, we’re gaining experienced employees with local expertise for the global operations of the Air & Ocean business unit at Rhenus Freight Logistics too.”
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Former ATA Chair joins freight and supply chain panel

Former Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Chair David Simon will sit on expert panel supporting the Australian Government’s National Freight and Supply Chain Inquiry.
The Hon. Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, announced the appointment on 17 May, in a speech about transforming Australia’s freight and rail network.
Current ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said the appointment shows that the Australian Government recognises the importance of trucking operators to moving the national freight task.
“Trucking operators are critical to the national supply chain, and increasing the productivity of trucking makes the supply chain more competitive, reducing costs for consumers, industry and exporters,” said Crouch.
“The ATA and its member associations are working on the issues and proposals that need to be made to the inquiry to boost productivity and safety for our industry.
David Simon is the Executive Chairman of Simon National Carriers and was Chair of the ATA from 2010 to 2014. He also served as a member of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) project implementation board and the Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment reform board.

Global logistics market worth $16,063bn by 2022

The global logistics market is forecasted to reach US$12,256 billion ($16,063 billion) by 2022, according to a new report published by Allied Market Research.
‘Logistics – Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014 – 2022’ projects a CAGR of 3.48% from 2016 to 2022, with Asia-Pacific dominating the global market in terms of revenue – accounting for more than a 34 per cent share of the global market. China accounts for about a 59 per cent share in the Asia-Pacific logistics market.
In 2014, the roadway segment dominated the global logistics market in terms of revenue, and it is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.33 per cent during the forecast period. The manufacturing segment dominated the global logistics market, accounting for about 26 per cent share in 2014.
The major players profiled in the report include Deutsche Post DHL, Kuehne+Nagel, The Maersk Group, DB Schenker Logistics, C.H.Robinson, Dsv Global Transports and Logistics, Panalpina, United Parcel Service (UPS), Supply Chain Solutions and Geodis.
“Global logistics market holds a vital scope for growth globally,” said Sheetanshu Upadhyay, Research Analyst – Freight and Logistics at Allied Market Research. “Increasing applications of logistics market in the various modes and end-user industry is expected to fuel growth in the coming years.
“Roadways are one of the key components of modes of transportation and multimodal transport. It accounts for nearly 47.29 per cent of the overall mode of transportation used in the world logistics market. The segment contributed highest share in total logistics market owing to its speed transportations and flexibility.”

ALC welcomes Inland Rail progress

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) welcomed two key developments last week that indicate the Federal Government is strengthening its commitment to construct the Inland Rail project, which will establish a port-to-port rail link from Melbourne to Brisbane.
“Minister Chester said during his address to ALC Forum 2017 […] that his challenge was to make the development of Inland Rail inevitable,” said Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, ALC.
“This week has witnessed two positive steps in that direction, with the opening of an information centre for the project in Toowoomba, as well as the declaration of the Gowrie to Helidon and Helidon to Calvert sections in Queensland as coordinated projects.”
Kilgariff noted that the declaration will permit the preparation of an environmental impact statement for these sections, and is a further sign that this much-needed piece of transport infrastructure is at last becoming a reality.
“ALC has long advocated for the Inland Rail project to be built,” Kilgariff said. “It will feature prominently in the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, which is now underway, and from which the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy will be developed.
“Australia’s ability to continue growing its economy and creating jobs depends on the ability of producers to deliver goods to market quickly and safely.”
Kilgariff added that a safe and efficient supply chain will be essential for freight operators as the nation’s freight task grows by 26 per cent over the coming decade, according to the National Transport Commission’s Who Moves What Where report.
“Inland Rail will play a critical part in achieving that objective by allowing more efficient movement of freight, and also reducing congestion on our key road transport corridors,” he said.

AusPost launches electric delivery vehicle trial

Australia Post will begin trialling electric delivery vehicles on routes in Hobart from 20 March.
Five new three-wheeled e-vehicles will service Bellerive, Howrah, Montagu Bay, Mornington, Rosny Park, Tranmere and Warrane. The new e-vehicles have three times the parcel carrying capacity of the current postie motorbike and can hold up to 100 small parcels and 1,200 letters at a time. They have a top speed of 45km/h and a nine-hour battery life.
Australia Post’s Head of Network Optimisation, Mitch Buxton, said Hobart serves as a perfect starting point to get the pilot underway with locals increasingly embracing online shopping.
“We know that residents in Hobart love online shopping,” he said. “In fact the yearly growth rate in this area is above the national average, sitting at 13.8 per cent growth compared to 11.5 per cent.
“Health and beauty products, fashion and recreational goods are the most popular purchases among local Hobart residents.”
The city’s flat terrain was also reportedly a factor in its selection for the trial.
“Our parcels business generates over 70 per cent of our total revenue,” Buxton continued. “Ten years ago parcels contributed less than 25 per cent of our revenue.
“As our business transforms so too are the jobs that our workforce are doing. A few years ago we equipped our posties so they can deliver small parcels and this latest initiative will allow them to deliver even more – helping to ensure their roles remain meaningful well into the future.
“While letter volumes have nearly halved, this is another example of how Australia Post is looking at ways to keep our posties delivering for Australians.”
The pilot comes off the back of Australia Post announcing a $197 million before-tax half-year profit, driven largely by a 5.7 per cent volume growth in the parcels business and postal losses reduced to break even.
The e-vehicles are already successfully used in Germany and Switzerland, with international postal authorities seeing benefits including greater carrying capacity, improved rider safety and lower vehicle emissions.
AusPost’s Hobart trial will run for three months, and from April similar pilot projects will be launched in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

FedEx ships giant panda from US to China

FedEx Express has successfully shipped giant panda Bao Bao from Washington D.C. in the US to Chengdu in China.
Bao Bao landed at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu Airport on February 22 at 6:59 pm onboard a custom-decalled FedEx B777 Freighter (B777F) known as the FedEx Panda Express.
Upon arrival, she was transported to her new home in Sichuan province, the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda’s Dujiangyan City Reserve.
“It’s a great honour for FedEx Express to be able to support this latest mission by donating our expertise and resources, and to be entrusted once again with such a valuable and symbolic shipment,” said Karen Reddington, President, FedEx Express Asia Pacific. “We’ve assisted with giant panda shipments several times in the past and have considerable experience of managing the process, which involves months of planning and cross-disciplinary teamwork. Transporting Bao Bao is also an act of good global citizenship that leverages our unique network and specialised capabilities to help connect the world.”

Bao Bao
Bao Bao

Bao Bao, a three-and-a-half-year-old female panda born in August 2013 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, is the offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, both currently living in the US.
FedEx provided a dedicated aircraft to bring Bao Bao’s brother Tai Shan to China in 2010, and her parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, to the United States in 2000.
Sydney’s Port Botany recently received a giraffe traveling between Auckland and New South Wales’ Mogo Zoo.

Hanjin Shipping declared bankrupt

Months of speculation over the fate for shipping company Hanjin Shipping came to an end on Friday when a South Korean court declared it bankrupt.
Hanjin’s fall from grace from one of the world’s top 10 shipping companies to today has shocked the global cargo movement industry in its speed and finality.
Hanjin’s troubles first emerged in August 2016, when it was revealed that the company had debts of US$5.4 billion ($7 billion) and creditors would not give any more money.
Hanjin – then South Korea’s biggest shipper and number seven in the world – went into receivership and applied for court protection.
At that stage all was not yet lost, with the help of an investor or the South Korean Government, Hanjin could have soldiered on, though no such aid was forthcoming.
The company’s ships were then stranded at sea as ports refused them entry, due to a fear of not getting paid for loading and unloading the cargo.
Over the following months, many of the company’s better assets got sold to other global shipping companies.
The bankrupy court will now handle the liquidation process, selling off Hanjin’s remaining assets and handing the money to the creditors.

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