SCT Group expands VIC Heinz DC

The Victoria-based national distribution centre of food manufacturer Heinz is to be expanded by owner SCT Group.
The Heinz Altona Distribution Centre will be expanded to 45,700m2 of warehouse space, and receive upgrades to energy-efficient LED lighting, new rapid doors, additional recessed loading docks and bird-netting to the 3,400m2 of existing canopies.
“Our national DC has been at SCT’s Altona intermodal facility now for over 15 years,” said David Moyle, Heinz’ logistics boss. “We’re looking forward to benefiting from the new rail services to Brisbane and direct rail port shuttles in the future.”
The expansion is set to be completed in October 2018, reportedly making the facility one of the largest warehouses in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

TMHA equips new NewCold Melbourne facilities

Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has supplied equipment to new cold storage market entrant, NewCold.
NewCold Melbourne opened its two warehouses in August and September, with 45 leased Toyota and BT forklifts.
Netherlands-based NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics reportedly decided to approach TMHA for its first Australian operations due to its relations with Toyota in Europe.
The 34-metre-high warehouses have a combined 40,800m2 of floor area, storage for over 200,000 pallets, 39 loading docks and operate around the clock.
One is a cold store at minus 23oC, the other a chilled store with two, eight and 11oC environments.
“This makes Toyota our material handling partner of choice, while the comprehensive service offering is unique and cost effective as well,” said Ray Perry, Director – Oceania, NewCold.
“We appreciate that Toyota does not only supply the forklift [equipment] but will also service the equipment as and when we need it.
“Being a logistics and warehouse service provider, Toyota shares common customer values with NewCold. We trust that we will benefit from TMHA’s wealth of knowledge in the industry in Australia to increase our productivity, while staying ahead of our competition.”
Jason Fennell, Corporate Account Manager at TMHA, said local discussions with NewCold began in October 2016 and a decision was made in May 2017.
“We received a request to assist NewCold from our corporate division and worked from there,” he said.
“NewCold uses a variety of suppliers and products in Europe. However, the core business is to be able to pick orders, replenish stock, load and unload required deliveries, and store required long-life stocks on a 24/7 basis.
“This is the company’s first development in Australia, so we are committed to working with them to develop the relationship and ensure we cover all the material handling requirements, as well as making this process easy for the customer.”
The initial equipment roster for NewCold’s Melbourne facilities includes 21 BT electric pallet jacks, 10 Toyota 8-Series FBE18 three-wheel electric forklifts, seven BT RRE140H reach trucks, four Toyota 32-8FG30 internal combustion forklifts, a pair of 32-8FG18 Toyota forklifts, a BT RRE250H reach truck and four battery chargers.

Toll commended for warehouse energy efficiency

Toll Group’s custom-built Nike warehouse in Altona North, Melbourne, has been named Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project at the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2017.
The National Energy Efficiency Awards recognise excellence in energy efficiency across Australia.
Toll won Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project for its recent upgrade to the Toll-Nike facility, which provides specialised warehousing, picking and dispatch solutions capable of handling more than 27,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) and two million units of stock.
The upgrade, completed in May 2017, included the rewiring and reprogramming of the facility’s 2.5km conveyor system and 145 electric motors and upgrading 1,300 light fittings to high-efficiency LEDs. The re-engineered and streamlined supply-chain processes reportedly removed waste and reduced energy use by 54 per cent.
“We see environmental sustainability as our corporate responsibility and we’re committed to reducing our environmental footprint,” said Mark Jones, Sustainability and Energy Manager, Toll Group. “Through Toll’s Smarter Green program we are introducing smarter, more sustainable solutions across all of our operations.
“Technology has advanced significantly since Toll and Nike embarked on our supply-chain partnership almost 20 years ago. We’ve been working closely with Nike to introduce ‘smarter green’ innovations and this award is a welcome tribute to our lean journey,” said Jones.
The 18,000m2 warehouse and fit-out include energy-efficient lighting systems that improve visibility and safety, translucent roof sheeting, roof insulation, and an optimised conveyor system.
Ian Black, Outbound Manager, Nike Pacific, said, “The change to LED lighting in our warehouse has been a great initiative and a real win-win situation. We have reduced our carbon footprint and our electricity costs while improving the quality of our lighting. We commend Toll for sourcing an effective, efficient solution and driving the result.”
Toll’s Jones added that plans to have the facility certified carbon neutral are now under way.
“As part of the certification process, Toll will look to have the facility certified under the National Carbon Offsets Scheme and rated by the Green Building Councils Green Star rating system,” said Jones. “We’re also keen to replicate the success of this project at other Toll-Nike locations in future.”

Former Toll Group GM joins supply chain firm TM Insight

Supply-chain consultancy TM Insight has appointed Rob Turner, former General Manager – Business Development and Solutions for logistics company Toll Group, as a Director of its Supply Chain division.
Turner has designed, built and operated automated warehouses across multiple industry sectors including retail, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), general merchandise, automotive and healthcare.
“TM Insight’s reputation, team members, and unique approach were an attractive proposition to join the business,” said Turner. “I am really looking forward to sharing my experience with TM Insight’s current and future customers in what is a rapidly changing environment.”
Turner will be led by Adam Noakes, head of the Supply Chain Division, who joined TM Insight from Kmart in 2013, where he was General Manager of Supply Chain.
“A key factor for our clients is that all of our directors bring industry experience rather than just theoretical consulting experience,” said Noakes. “This is what our clients value most, and Rob is without doubt one of the top-tier supply chain professionals in Australia.”
Founder of TM Insight, Travis Erridge, added, “To have someone of Rob’s calibre join us is a huge coup for our business. Being able to add Rob’s broad industry knowledge and expertise will significantly enhance our supply chain offering to our clients.”
Turner will begin in the role in December 2017.
 

We can't delay the hard decisions

This article first appeared in the August/September issue of Logistics & Materials Handling.
By Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, Australian Logistics Council.
In the lead-up to the 2016 Federal Election, the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) urged the development of a comprehensive National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy to address these challenges.
The Federal Government subsequently agreed to undertake the development of such a strategy during the Prime Minister’s Annual Infrastructure Statement to the Parliament in November 2016.
Throughout the months of 2017, the ALC has been working closely with its members, supply-chain participants and other interested parties to catalogue the unique challenges faced by the transport and logistics sector, and to craft recommendations for appropriate policy responses from the Government.
The ALC believes the development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy presents an ideal opportunity to establish a high-level framework that will facilitate the safe and efficient operation of Australia’s supply chains, which will:

  • provide an integrated and efficient freight transport and supply chain network for Australia’s international and domestic supply chains;
  • to the fullest extent possible, ensure that policy settings and regulation are competitively neutral between the different freight transport modes;
  • allow freight operators to innovate and increase the productivity of the freight logistics services they provide, in order to improve outcomes for consumers, Australia’s industries and the wider economy; and
  • contribute to continuous improvement in the safety of all freight logistics operations, as well as improved societal and environmental outcomes.

In early August, the ALC released Freight Doesn’t Vote – its final submission to the Inquiry Into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities. This comprehensive document sets out a pathway that will equip the nation’s supply chains to deal with the economic needs of the future.
The reality is that Australia’s economy is being transformed by population growth, by technological change and by the changing behaviour of ever-more-discerning and empowered consumers. Like all other industries, the freight logistics sector must adapt to an economy in transformation.
Moreover, given the exponential growth of the middle class throughout Asia, and thus the importance of exports to Australia’s continuing economic performance, becoming a world leader in supply-chain efficiency and safety is not merely desirable, but essential.
The lived experience of Australian society over recent decades points to increasing levels of urbanisation. Effectively, this means we are trying to do more in a limited physical space.
In particular, resurgence in the desirability of inner-city living coupled with rapid rates of population growth present some urgent challenges for our freight logistics industry.
The essential items that most Australians take for granted in everyday life – food to eat, household appliances, clothing, medications and vehicles to name just a handful – are generally not grown or manufactured close to the places where most of us live.
These commodities must be transported from their point of origin to the retailers from which we purchase them, or otherwise delivered directly to our doorsteps from ports, freight depots or warehouses.
Yet, as we create more populous cities, it is fast becoming apparent that our existing planning regimes and approaches to development fail to adequately prioritise the movement of freight.
The congested state of many major freeways and key arterial roads – as well as traffic gridlock within cities themselves – is a constant source of annoyance for many Australians. However, more than simply being an irritation, these problems are symptomatic of a far deeper issue.
Capacity constraints in the road network are not only a problem for motorists – they also impose significant costs on the freight logistics industry.
The disruption to the supply chain that occurs because of road congestion as well as capacity issues afflicting ports, airports and rail freight facilities all have an impact on the cost of moving freight – and ultimately, the prices paid for goods by Australian consumers.
Australia’s supply chains do not stop at state borders. Our economy is national – and accordingly a nationally consistent approach to infrastructure and the regulation of freight movement is required.
In an ideal world, a national economy should be managed by the national government. This includes the responsibility for the development of the infrastructure and regulatory settings necessary for the nation’s supply chains to operate safely and efficiently.
In many circumstances, the Australian Government has encouraged the development of individual pieces of infrastructure through financing. However, many of the decisions relating to the planning and delivery of such projects are made by state and/or local governments.
This is the reality of Australia’s federal structure. Like all other industries, the freight logistics sector must work within the restraints imposed upon it by the Australian Constitution.
The unfortunate by-product of this constitutional reality can often be duplication and delay in achieving the sort of policy reform that industry – and the entire economy – badly needs.
Freight Doesn’t Vote makes a total of 41 specific policy recommendations, dealing with challenges faced by all modes of freight transport, as well as the inefficiencies that are acting to curb growth, and regulations that fail to adequately account for a changing economic environment.
Unless freight movement is given far greater consideration when planning decisions are made, business and consumer expectations about rapid and efficient delivery of goods will be difficult to meet in the future.
This is particularly true of CBD freight delivery, where competition for road space between passenger and commercial vehicles is already adding to business costs and consumer prices.
Continuing investment in infrastructure that permits deliveries from freight distribution centres to CBDs is critical if we are going to successfully meet our increasing freight task.
Some form of freight-only infrastructure should be considered by governments to improve freight delivery and decrease congestion and emissions in high-demand environments.
This may include the establishment of urban consolidation centres for freight delivery, as well as the adoption of ‘reverse curfews’, which would provide freight vehicles with the right of access to parts of the road at non-peak times, in order to improve efficiency of deliveries.
In its submission, the ALC contends that this is one area where the Federal Government can play a leadership role, by incentivising the incorporation of such measures in urban planning systems, and commissioning a formal review of practices such as curfews that inhibit efficient CBD freight delivery.
Freight Doesn’t Vote also urges the Federal Government to prioritise greater use of technology enhance the efficiency and safety of our freight networks.
This includes assisting small and medium providers with the adoption of global data standards to enhance supply-chain visibility, and moving towards the mandatory use of telematics in heavy vehicles as a means of improving driver safety and establishing a fairer, more effective model for road pricing.
Blunt instruments such as fuel excise charges and registration fees are no longer raising sufficient revenue to support the road network of a 21st-century economy.
As such, it is imperative that we move to a fairer, more efficient road pricing and investment model, under which users pay according to where and when they travel.
Technological enhancements, such as GPS tracking, now make it easier than ever to monitor vehicle use.
It is time to use these technologies as the basis of a fairer, more responsive approach to road pricing which delivers investment where it is most needed – not where it is most politically expedient.
This measure will undoubtedly produce its fair share of controversy.
In its submission, the ALC recommends that in order to manage that, it will be important to have a respected, independent umpire in charge of making pricing decisions. The ALC suggests that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the most appropriate body.
To ensure its effectiveness as an independent economic regulator for the transport sector, it may be prudent for the ACCC to appoint a specialist Commissioner to deal with transport and logistics issues.
Further, the ACCC should establish a specialist unit to identify regulatory issues in the transport sector, working closely with industry stakeholders and state and local governments to ensure a pricing approach that delivers the right investment outcomes.
Freight Doesn’t Vote does not shy away from recommending initiatives that may prove to be politically challenging in the short term – particularly when it comes to having greater Commonwealth involvement in planning, as well as road pricing and investment reform.
The political challenges associated with pursuing difficult reforms now, however, will be as nothing compared with the political and economic pain that will be the lot of future governments if we fail to get the policy settings right today.

Adaptalift to showcase specialist materials handling equipment

A range of professional materials handling solutions will be on display on forklift specialist Adaptlift’s stand at trade event MEGATRANS2018, taking place 10–12 May 2018.
The company has revealed that its stand will feature its Combilift range of multidirectional materials-handling units, which are suited for handling long loads such as timber and piping in narrow areas.
“MEGATRANS2018 will allow us to showcase our extremely diverse product offering to many market segments and diverse customers in one large show,” said Chris Walker, General Manager of Adaptalift brand Combilift Australia.
According to Paul Hinz, Marketing Coordinator for Adaptalift, the company is looking forward to using MEGATRANS2018 as an opportunity to generate qualified industry leads.
“Trade shows are valuable to Adaptalift as they provide an opportunity to talk openly regarding the equipment and really understand the concept behind it, and how Combilift units can benefit businesses,” he said, adding that trade shows are as valuable for exhibitors as they are for visitors.
“For us, it’s also a bonus that we can wander around and catch up on industry trends and see what others in the space are doing.”
Two developing technologies Hinz will be keeping his eyes peeled for at the show are automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and fleet management software.
“Everyone’s looking to maximise their operations not only from a cost point of view, but also efficiency and safety, it’s something Adaptalift’s very involved in since we have our own fleet management system – ForkTrack,” he said.
Adaptalift, the official Australian distributor for Combilift and Hyster forklifts, is Australia’s largest privately owned forklift company. Originally founded in 1982 as a designer and manufacturer of forklift attachments, the company has since added forklift rental and purchase options in response to customer demand, and now has a national network of branches and a fleet of 10,500 units nationwide.

A-Safe to bring unique safety barriers to MEGATRANS2018

Inventor and manufacturer of fixed, polymer safety barriers for protection for buildings, personnel and equipment – A-Safe – has signed on to exhibit at MEGATRANS2018.
A-Safe barriers absorb and dissipate impacts from vehicles or hardware, providing protection for structures, people and machinery, and have been used around the world in a variety of warehouse and industrial applications.
The barrier specialist joins the growing number of exhibitors set to appear at supply chain event MEGATRANS2018, which takes over the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 10-12 May 2018.
Connecting the Australian and international supply chain, the trade 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.

2018 Mercury Awards to recognise supply chain excellence

After a brief hiatus, the Logistics & Materials Handling Mercury Awards will be relaunched in 2018 for the ninth annual instalment, in partnership with MEGATRANS2018.
The Awards, featuring a new design, will recognise the outstanding achievements and successes of companies across the logistics, supply chain and materials handling sectors.
The Mercury Awards is the official awards program of MEGATRANS2018, a business-to-business trade event focusing on the freight and logistics supply chain. MEGATRANS2018 incorporates all forms of freight transport, logistics and materials handling, infrastructure and storage and warehousing, providing perfect alignment with the Mercury Awards.
Twelve awards will recognise outstanding individuals and organisations across the supply chain:

  • Supply Chain Innovator of the Year
  • Safety Advocate of the Year
  • Best Technology Application
  • Sustainability Initiative Award
  • Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Road
  • Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Rail
  • Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Air
  • Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Sea
  • Outstanding Graduate Program
  • Best Storage Solution
  • Best Infrastructure Innovation
  • Victorian Government ‘Contribution to Industry’ Award

The 2018 Mercury Awards sponsors include the Victorian Government, the Port of Melbourne and SICK. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; for more information please contact Simon Coburn on 03 9690 8766 or simon.coburn@primecreative.com.au.
Nominations details will be announced soon.

Toll Group safety manager joins ANC as CoR lead

Home delivery fleet ANC has announced the appointment of Matthew Wheatley to the newly created senior role of National Chain of Responsibility (CoR) Compliance Manager.
In his new role, Wheatley is responsible for achieving all transport industry safety and CoR legislation, regulations and compliance requirements while developing the company’s safety culture. He reports to ANC Managing Director, James Taylor.
“I’m delighted to welcome Matthew to the ANC team as we continue to build and invest in this priority area of our business,” said Taylor. “Matthew brings extensive experience and knowledge to our growing team dedicated to safety. At ANC, we’re committed to safety, health and environment throughout the supply chain – from our offices to warehouses; on and off the road; and from client sites to customers homes.”
Wheatley has held a range of senior health, safety and compliance roles, most recently as Regional Health and Safety Manager for the IPEC business unit of Toll Group. Prior to Toll Group, he held the position of National Safety Manager – Heavy Haulage and Lifting at Kings Transport.

Toyota Material Handling to celebrate 50th anniversary at MEGATRANS2018

Toyota Material Handling Australia has signed on with MEGATRANS2018 to showcase not only its current suite of products, but also some exciting new additions set to hit the market in 2018.
The company offers a wide range of forklifts and battery-electric warehouse products to the Australian industry, catering to the varying needs of material handling businesses around the nation.
Toyota Material Handling Australia National Sales & Product Manager – Automation Tony Raggio attributes the diversity of MEGATRANS2018 as an aspect of the multi-modal supply chain trade show that attracted the materials handling specialist
“The main fact for us was, as the show is diverse, it will appeal to not only potential forklift customers, but also customers considering automation as part of their future business,” said Raggio.
“People have always associated Toyota Material Handling as a forklift company. We would use MEGATRANS2018 to show customers our new automation products for 2018, including our Autopilot ‘driverless forklifts’, which we are planning on showcasing.”
Raggio said that because the event covers a wide array of sectors within the Australian supply chain and logistics sector, the decision to exhibit at MEGATRANS2018 was a significant one.
“With people now having access to information at their fingertips it’s important to be very selective when deciding which exhibition to exhibit in. We chose MEGATRANS2018 as we felt it would attract clients that would be interested in our now very wide range of material handling equipment products.”
Raggio added that the show is great chance for Toyota Material Handling to catch up with existing and new customers and suppliers.
“It’s also a great opportunity for us to thank our customers for their patronage over the past 50 years and for helping to make Toyota the number-one forklift brand in Australia – according to industry sales statistics,” he added.
In addition to the new products the company will exhibit at the show, 2018 represents the fiftieth anniversary of the first Toyota forklift sold in Australia so the company will have some special celebrations planned for MEGATRANS2018, with more information on these celebrations to be released closer to the date.
MEGATRANS2018 takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 10-12 May 2018.

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