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.

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.

Mirvac constructing new Sydney industrial facility

Property developer Mirvac Group has announced the commencement of construction on ‘Building 3’ at the Calibre industrial estate at Eastern Creek, Sydney, with the office and warehouse facility being delivered on a speculative basis.
The building will offer workspaces between 6,000 and 20,000m2 from December 2017.
The company noted that a key driver for the delivery of Building 3 has been the increasing growth of e-commerce or ‘eTailing’, a movement fuelling the uptake of industrial property in Australia.
“Industrial leasing activity to retail tenants within Western Sydney is tracking at approximately double the 10-year average since the beginning of 2016,” said Fabian Nager, Development Director – Office and Industrial, Mirvac. “As demand rises for online goods and services among the Australian population, e-commerce businesses are looking to secure strategically located, functional and flexible warehouses to improve operational efficiencies and future-proof their businesses.
“Building 3 has been designed for the evolving nature of the industry, with a focus on occupier amenity and enabling the use of current and future logistics technology. We have included a number of key future proofing initiatives, such as concrete floors that are capable of supporting nine tonne point loads, and a 20-metre cantilevered awning spanning the length of the building that will maximise all-weather functionality.”
Gavin Bishop, National Director – Industrial, Colliers, added, “Design considerations for modern industrial estates must include an increased use of robotic and mobile automation, greater cubic capacity and a quality indoor working environment.
“The current demand for fast-moving, online retailing is driving a new level of sophistication in industrial facilities that are in close proximity to key infrastructure, with market-leading technology, high levels of amenity and advanced operational specifications. The construction of Building 3 at Calibre responds to this trend and will offer a premium solution for a corporate headquarters and warehouse facility or a third-party logistics provider.”

Packaging company among top 10 for Australian CEO salaries

Ron Delia, CEO of Australian multinational packaging company Amcor, has the seventh highest salary in Australia, according to an annual survey of ASX100 CEOs carried out by the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors’ (ACSI). The survey reported that in 2016 he realised pay of $14,339,815, placing him ahead of Commonwealth Bank CEO, Ian Narev, though behind several healthcare, passenger transport, leisure and food company CEOs.
Peter and Steven Lowy, joint CEOs of shopping centre company Westfield Corp., topped the list, with a declared realised salary of $26,255,778.
In a statement, ASCI said, “We publish this survey to increase the level of transparency around CEO remuneration in Australia.
“We would like to include data about gender pay equality in our analysis. Sadly, however, the pool of female CEOs in the ASX200 in 2016 was too small to enable meaningful analysis of the data.”

Qube secures Target Australia for Moorebank Logistics Park

Qube Holdings has announced that it has reached an agreement to develop major new warehousing at Moorebank Logistics Park for Target Australia.
Through the agreement, Qube will develop 37,860m2 of warehouse and office facilities for an initial lease term of 10 years.
Due for completion in early 2019, the facilities will be among the first purpose-built operations within Moorebank Logistics Park, alongside the new, dedicated freight rail terminal.
Target Australia will be investing in the latest technology scanning and sortation systems at the facility, Qube explained in a statement. Target Australia also entered into a new five-year logistics services contract with Qube Logistics, covering freight from Port Botany to Moorebank.
“The Moorebank development is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Maurice James, Managing Director, Qube Holdings. “Linking one of the nation’s busiest ports by rail to an inland facility with the sheer scale and location benefits of the Moorebank site is a game changer that will deliver huge long-term benefits to consumers and businesses.”
William Hara, Director of Qube’s Strategic Assets Division, added, “Securing Target Australia is testament to the quality product that is Moorebank Logistics Park, combining a superior property location and efficient logistics. Qube is looking forward to working with the Target Australia team in delivering an optimal warehouse and logistics solution for their operations.”

State-of-the-art TAS Toll Group facility gains approval

Toll Group’s application to develop a $20 million, state-of-the-art freight hub in Launceston, Tasmania, has received city council approval, The Examiner reports.
The application covers significant redevelopment of Toll’s current facility, with buildings to be extended and built, and the construction of a rail link.
Town Planner Claire Gregg spoke on behalf of Toll at the local council meeting, noting that the application represented a much-needed investment in the existing facility.

Two VIC industrial properties sold for $20 million

Perth-based fund manager Mair Property Funds has entered into agreements to acquire two commercial properties in Melbourne for $20.3 million in two off-market deals.
The properties, located in Ravenhall and Altona North in Melbourne’s west, will form part of Mair’s Diversified Property Trust.
The Ravenhall property, in the Orbis Business Park, is a modern industrial facility constructed in 2010 and located 22km west of Melbourne CBD with a land area of 13,930m2. The 6,888m2 building is occupied with a 15-year lease until 2031.
The Altona North property is an industrial warehouse built in 2008 and located 13km south west of Melbourne CBD with a land area of 18,410m2. The 10,056m2 building is occupied with a recently agreed eight-year lease that expires in 2025.
Peter Melling, Acquisitions Manager, Mair Property Funds said the two assets were identified for their favourable locations and strong lease agreements.
“Altona is becoming an increasingly important logistics hub due to its proximity to the Melbourne Port and access to the Princess Freeway and Western Ring Road,” said Melling.
“Similarly, Ravenhall is a rapidly growing suburb part of the West Growth Corridor Plan, where the population is expected to increase from 210,000 in 2016 to 377,000 people.”
Upon completion of the acquisition, the properties will be included in MPF’s Diversified Property Trust, which already holds four commercial assets in three states, including a retail premise in Maraoochydore, Queensland; a medical facility in Ellenbrook, Western Australia; an industrial premise in Henderson, Western Australia; and a retail industrial premise in Lynbrook, Victoria.

LOGOS backs Indian $500M warehouse rollout

Australian industrial property developer LOGOS has established a partnership with the Indian arm of Singapore-based asset manager Assetz Property Group. Together they aim to raise US$400 million ($508 million) to build and manage modern, specialised logistics and industrial parks around India over the next four to five years.
Ben Salmon, Co-founder and CEO of Assetz Property Group, said that LOGOS will benefit from Assetz’s local development expertise through the partnership, while LOGOS will bring institutional management and development expertise, the Economic Times of India reported.
Trent Iliffe, Joint Managing Director, LOGOS added, “We are seeing extensive demand from our existing and new customers for institutional-grade logistics facilities in the region.”
The partnership will see approximately 20 million square feet of warehouse and logistics space developed in cities including Gujarat, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore.
“Assetz has a long history of partnering to enhance the growth of our business,” said Salmon. “I am confident that this association with LOGOS will deliver a market-leading warehousing and logistics business in India. This is the coming together of two companies with complementary values. We look forward to lending our local development expertise to LOGOS India.

Linfox appoints new President – Retail

Logistics and supply chain company Linfox has appointed Terry Quinnell President – Retail.
A retail supply chain professional with 40 years’ experience in the logistics industry, Quinnell began his career as a Linfox driver in 1978, where he was quickly appointed Linfox Supervisor for Coca-Cola in Victoria.
In 1993, Quinnell left Linfox to join DTM Business Logistics, where he held several senior leadership positions including State Manager and CEO.
He returned to Linfox as General Manager in 2004, managed some of Linfox’s largest customers as Vice President – Retail, and spent nine years as General Manager – Woolworths. Quinnell recently led the development and implementation of Linfox’s new subcontractor management system, FOXLink.
As President – Retail, Quinnell will be responsible for managing warehousing and distribution for leading retailers in Australia.
“Terry is an accomplished leader with a proven track record in people management and customer relationships,” said CEO Linfox Australia and New Zealand, Annette Carey.

DHL takes vision-picking strategy global

Following augmented reality pilots in several regions, DHL Supply Chain, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has expanded use of its ‘vision picking’ technology in warehouses around the world.
The smart glasses provide visual displays of order-picking instructions along with information on where items are located and where they need to be placed on a cart, freeing pickers from paper instructions, increasing efficiency and comfort.
In the international trials, DHL Supply Chain saw an average increase in productivity of 15 per cent, and higher accuracy rates, and the solution reportedly halved onboarding and training times.
“Digitalisation is not just a vision or program for us at DHL Supply Chain, it’s a reality for us and our customers, and is adding value to our operations on the ground,” said Markus Voss, Chief Information Officer and Chief Operating Officer, DHL Supply Chain.
“Customers have been very happy about the productivity gains and are equally excited about using innovative technology at their warehouses.”
Pilot programs took place across the US, mainland Europe and the UK over different industries including technology, retail and consumer.
DHL Supply Chain has reported that employees were found to be enthusiastic about using state-of-the-art technology and were pleased with how lightweight the smart glasses were, and how much more comfortable the process became with hands-free picking.
“We are very satisfied and happy that the pilot phase went so well and that we can now say augmented reality technology is one of our standard offerings at
DHL Supply Chain,” added Voss. “As one of the first logistics companies using the technology, we have truly established a new way of order picking in the industry.”
Following the success of its vision-picking program, DHL is looking into additional applications for augmented and virtual reality such as training and maintenance.

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