Finalists Announced for the 2018 ASCL Awards


Finalists Announced for the
2018 Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards


The Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia, in conjunction with Australian Trusted Trader, today officially announced the finalists for the longest running and most prestigious awards program in the industry. Having served the industry for 58 years, the ASCL Awards are the most recognised and prestigious awards for an individual or a company to receive.

Winners of the Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards will be announced on at the ASCL Award Gala Dinner to be held on Friday, 23 November 2018 in the Grand Ballroom, Luna Park, Sydney. Click here to register to attend the ASCL Awards Gala Dinner.


Industry Excellence Award

This Award recognises and acknowledges outstanding achievements and contribution by an individual currently engaged across the supply chain industry. Persons nominated for this most prestigious award will be leaders and will have made significant change to the way a supply chain is managed and improved either academically, physically or technologically. Originally awarded in 1987 and dedicated to Mike Munns, FAIMM, this award remains a cornerstone of SCLAA’s commitment to recognising and promoting the importance of the supply chain industry and its people to continuously improving organisational strength and growth.

2018 Industry Excellence Award Finalists are:

  • Joshua Carter – Carter Heavy Haulage and Transport Pty Ltd
  • Matthew Wragg – MAEZ
  • Neriman Kara – Telstra Corporation
  • Rob O’Byrne – Logistics Bureau Group
  • Stephen Rowlison – BBILLER Pty Ltd


Future Leaders Award

The purpose of this award is to provide incentive and recognition to young supply chain professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path. Nominees for this award should be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to taking the supply chain toward tomorrow. The SCLAA wishes to showcase finalists and provide impetus to continue to attract the brightest to the industry. First awarded in 2009 and dedicated to Vince Aisthorpe.

2018 Future Leader Award Finalists are:

  • Cameron Davies – Young Guns Container Crew
  • Corey Carl – Young Guns Container Crew
  • Jake Parrett – Carter Heavy Haulage and Transport Pty Ltd
  • Kathryn Elser 
  • Krystian Ostrowski
  • Kyle Rogers – Silk Contract Logistics


Supply Chain Management Award

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the oversight of materials, information, and finances as they move in a process from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer. This award recognises an organisation that can demonstrate significant achievement within a section or across their entire supply chain. Nominees should be able to clearly state the design and achieved results of the project or process that was envisaged and then implemented. The trophy was first awarded in 1984 and is dedicated to Doug Beattie.

2018 Supply Chain Management Award Finalists are:

  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service
  • Fremantle Ports
  • Hemandra Maharaj & Snackbrands/Ontex/Cahill Transport/C.H. Robinson 
  • Kathmandu
  • Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance
  • Toll Group


Training, Education & Development Award

Training, education and development remains a vital part of allowing knowledge to be utilised for new ideas and supply chain improvements to be discovered and then implemented This award will be presented to a company that can best demonstrate their committeemen, application and results of providing training, education and development of their people. The trophy was first awarded in 2002 and is dedicated to the late Professor Peter Gilmour.

2018 Training, Education & Development Finalists are:

  • Associate Professor Ferry Jie, PhD, School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University
  • TT Logistics (Australasia) Pty Ltd
  • Wesfarmers Chemicals Energy & Fertilisers
  • Young Guns Container Crew


Information Technology and Management Award

Information remains the most important requirement of any supply chain. Information technology is where the majority of supply chain improvements have been made. Nominees for this award will demonstrate where their use of existing or new technology has provided significant improvements to their management of information and/or their supply chain processes. The trophy was first awarded in 1994 and is dedicated to the late Len Smith FAIMM.

2018 Information Technology and Management Award Finalists are:

  • BlockBit Solutions
  • Fremantle Ports
  • FullCRM
  • PTV Group
  • Santos Ltd
  • Shippit


Environmental Excellence Award

The ASCL Environmental Excellence Award recognises corporate leadership contributing to the solution of environmental sustainability within our industry through performance and action. The trophy was first awarded in 1966 and is dedicated to Mr Ken Pike.

2018 Environmental Excellence Award Finalists are:

  • Dennis Ogden, National Mailing and Marketing Pty Ltd
  • Paul Miller, Bridgeport Energy
  • PGT-Reclaimed
  • Rotary- Donations in Kind Queensland & Northern Rivers


International Supply Chain Award

Recognising that Supply Chains know no boundaries, the ASCL International Supply Chain Award is given to a Company, Association or an Individual that may operate internationally and are able demonstrate their capability, commitment and achievements across any spectrum of the sciences, practices, disciplines or efforts to promote and improve the knowledge and acceptance of the importance of the supply chain.

2018 International Supply Chain Award Finalists are:

  • Ashley Allchurch – Health and HIV Implementation Service Delivery Provider
  • Localz
  • Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan and XAct Solutions Shinsei Project
  • Rodney Bartolo and Glen Dyer, Mercedes Benz Vans
  • Sebastian Keith Chua, Health Promotion Board, Singapore


Logistics Management Award

This is a new award and for one of the longest standing disciplines of any supply chain and replaces the Storage and Materials Handling award. The recipient of this Award may stem from the 2018 Award finalists or may be an individual who the Judging Panel feels has demonstrated achievement, improvement or results have required a logistical approach to improvement or major change to their logistics management.

The winner of this Award will be announced on the night.

To reserve your seat or a table for you and your colleagues at the 2018 ASCL Awards Gala Dinner, visit the Gala Dinner page on the SCLAA Calendar of Events on the website.

For any queries, please contact the SCLAA National Secretariat on or 1300 364 160


ACCC – Small Business Information Network

Each year the ACCC’s Compliance and enforcement policy sets out their priority areas, and lists the primary factors that they will take into account when deciding to pursue issues or matters.

The ACCC is seeking your views on their current priority areas and ask you to identify new issues that might be causing small business harm or competitive detriment. Your views will be considered in drafting the ACCC’s input to help them ensure their resources are used in the most effective way possible in 2019.

To have your say, visit: Strategic Review Survey. The survey closes on Monday 29 October 2018.

If you have any questions about the survey, please send an email to

Small Business team
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Drakes Supermarkets Chooses Dematic’s Robotic Picking System in Australian-First Deployment

Sydney October 2, 2018 – Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has been chosen to install its robotic piece picking solution in Drakes Supermarkets’ new state of the art distribution centre (DC) in South Australia. It is the first time the robotic picking system will be deployed in Australia.

Drakes Supermarkets is one of Australia’s largest independent grocery retailers. The $80 million Drakes DC, which has received planning consent from the City of Playford and is fully funded by the South Australian family-owned business, will be located on a 17-hectare site at Edinburgh North, and is expected to create up to 550 jobs.

“Our new facility will be the most advanced independent distribution and logistics centre in South Australia and is a key part of our group’s vertical integration strategy within the supermarket sector,” said Glenn Sutcliffe, Logistics Manager at Drakes Supermarkets. “We are excited that the centre will incorporate robotics as part of a wider high-tech warehouse picking system.”

To ensure high productivity and efficiency within the DC, Drakes has chosen Dematic’s RapidPICK 1-to1 Goods-To-Person (GTP) solution including the Dematic Multishuttle buffering and sequencing system and robotic piece picking.

This is the first robotic piece picking module Dematic will deploy in Australia and only the second globally. The system will handle GTP compatible grocery products in an ambient environment.

“Some of the key benefits of the new Dematic solution include the security of high value items and increased pick rates, which meet Drakes Supermarkets’ needs in an increasingly competitive grocery sector,” said Terry Jamieson, Business Development Manager, Dematic.

“As a business committed to continued growth, our goal is to build a new DC that allows us to offer the best level of service to our South Australian shoppers, as well as set the scene for our plan to expand nationally,” said Mr Sutcliffe.

Further information: Dematic Pty Limited, 24 Narabang Way, Belrose NSW 2085, Australia. Tel: +61 2 9486 5555. Fax: +61 2 9486 5511. 



About Dematic


Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain. Dematic employs over 6,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centres and manufacturing facilities located around the world. Dematic is one brand under the KION Group of companies and has implemented more than 6,000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.


Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimise material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centres. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally, and a leading provider of warehouse automation. For more information:

“Colby” and the “Colby Chevron mark” are registered trademarks of Dematic Pty Ltd

About Drakes Supermarkets

In 1974 Roger Drake purchased his first supermarket, a three-laned store named Jack & Jill’s which employed only four staff.Today, Drakes Supermarkets is the largest independent grocery retailer in Australia and specialises in supermarket retailing. Operating in over 50 stores across South Australia and Queensland, the company now has an annual turnover in excess of $1 billion and employs over 5,500 staff nationally.

The company’s strength lies in operating on the principles of a family business and supporting local manufacturers and suppliers. Drakes Supermarkets has kept its focus on the important aspects of the business. THE CUSTOMER. This is the company’s competitive edge, along with its family values and Australian heritage.

SCLAA announces 2018 ASCL Awards MC

SCLAA announces ASCL Award Gala Dinner MC

Mike Gallacher, CEO Ports Australia

The SCLAA is proud to announce that Mike Gallacher, CEO Ports Australia, will MC the 58th Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards (ASCL Awards) Gala Dinner to be held in the Ballroom, Luna Park, Sydney on Friday, 23 November.

Following an intensive and varied 16 year career as a Police Officer, Mike Gallacher was appointed to the NSW Legislative Council in 1996.

He has performed the Shadow Ministerial role across a variety of portfolios including Ports, Industrial Relations, Transport and Police.

Winning government in 2011, Mike was appointed Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Hunter and later the further role of Minister for Industrial Relations.

Mike is widely recognised for his robust approach to policy development and his preparedness to strongly advocate the need for reform. As Minister he led on behalf of Government the public debate on issues such as measures to reduce alcohol related violence, rampant gang/gun related crime and introduced initiatives to change driver behaviour.

Leaving Parliament in 2017 he has now taken the role as CEO of Ports Australia, the peak industry body for the Ports industry. Mike is already well underway in lifting the awareness of the Port sector and the important role it plays in Australia’s future.

The following Awards will be presented at the ASCL Awards Gala Dinner:

Future Leaders Award
Industry Excellence Award
Environmental Excellence Award
Supply Chain Management Award
International Supply Chain Award
Training Education & Development Award
Information Technology & Management Award

For more information and to book, click here

A Powerful new Solution for Toll Group

Sydney September 20, 2018 – Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has announced the opening of a new distribution centre (DC) by the Toll Group, a leading third-party logistics (3PL) company in Australia. The Toll Group needed a highly automated DC to meet increasing demands from its customers for efficient e-Commerce and omnichannel order fulfillment and looked to Dematic for the right solution.

The DC features several Dematic solutions integrated with best-in-class technologies. Dematic Multishuttles store, buffer and sequence 80,000 SKUs. Workers pick orders at 24 ergonomic Dematic goods-to-person workstations. Ten Dematic AGVs handle repetitive transportation tasks safely and automatically. In addition, the Toll Group worked closely with Dematic to define and implement support systems from other vendors to ensure complete integration.

As a 3PL, the Toll Group had some stringent requirements for automation. Robert Charles, General Manager of Speciality Retail at the Toll Group explains, “We look at the occupation, health and safety requirements. We look at order accuracy to prevent returns coming back to the facility.”

Charles continues, “we also look at the customer experience to make sure they get their product in an efficient manner. Because it’s all about the speed to market today.”

The new Toll Group DC is another great example of Dematic’s unique ability to deliver global solutions, but with a local touch. To view a video about this Dematic success story, visit

Further information: Dematic Pty Limited, 24 Narabang Way, Belrose NSW 2085, Australia. Tel: +61 2 9486 5555. Fax: +61 2 9486 5511. 



About Dematic

Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain. Dematic employs over 6,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centres and manufacturing facilities located across the globe. Dematic has implemented more than 4,500 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.

Warehouse Manager has helped save the horticultural industry

Virulent bug threat to horticultural industry stamped out

The exotic Brown Marmorated Italian stink bug could have devastated the hortticultural industry if it hadn’t been found by a warehouse operator and then eradicated by NSW Biosecurity officers


An alert warehouse manager  has helped save the horticultural industry from a potentially devastating pest after an exotic Italian stink bug was found in electrical equipment.

After the discovery, a long control and monitoring program was launched by Biosecurity officers, and it’s now been declared the Brown Marmorated stink bug is no longer a biosecurity risk.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said the bug was spotted in Glendenning late last year by warehouse manager John Matakaiongo in a shipment of imported electrical equipment from Italy.

“The quick identification and eradication of the stink bug highlights the success of NSW’s shared responsibility approach to biosecurity. Community reports of suspicious finds are the best weapon we have in the fight to protect the NSW environment, economy and community from the threat of pests and disease.”

For a full copy of this article:

SCLAA Announces Board Advisory Task Force

SCLAA Announces Board Advisory Task Force

During 2017 the SCLAA Board decided to establish a SCLAA Advisory Task Force comprised of leaders in the Supply Chain and Logistics fields who would be able to provide varied expertise to assist the Board with the new Strategic Plan and further development of the SCLAA.

After careful consideration and review, seven people were approached and offered positions on the Task Force. Fortunately for the SCLAA, all of these amazingly experienced and talented people agreed to serve on the Task Force and assist the SCLAA. The SCLAA is extremely thankful to each of them and the Board looks forward to working with them.

SCLAA Advisory Task Force Members

More benefits for Australian Trusted Traders announced


More benefits for Australian Trusted Traders announced


Commissioner Michael Outram APM, Commissioner of the Australian Border Force (ABF)

Five new benefits for Australian Trusted Traders, were announced at the annual symposium held on 8 August 2018.

There are over 200 accredited Trusted Traders who are able to access these benefits with estimated savings of $3.2 billion projected for Australian business over the 10 year period to 2025.

The Australian Trusted Trader program is a partnership with industry and offers a range of benefits including streamlined border clearance saving time and money, as well as the opportunity to be a part of the conversation about future benefits and trade modernisation.

The new benefits available only to accredited Trusted Traders include:

  1. Duty deferral: improving cashflow and reducing delays at the border by enabling Trusted Traders who defer GST to be able to defer the payment of some customs duties on goods.
  2. Origin Advance Ruling: a special advance ruling exclusively for Trusted Traders who import goods under the China‑Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). Preliminary estimates by one Trusted Trader in the pilot indicate that they could save up to $1.6 million each year due to reduced payments for the Certificates of Origin and time spent doing the paperwork. The ruling will be applied to multiple tariff classifications and rules of origin criterion.
  3. Full implementation of the Republic of Korea Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA): improving predictability, certainty, and speed to market for Trusted Traders through an agreement between Korean and Australian customs administrations. Now the MRA has been fully implemented, Trusted Traders will receive priority treatment of goods at the border through expedited clearance, reduced documentation and cargo inspections, and minimised disruption to trade flows.
  4. Implementation of a unique Trader Identification Number (TIN): making it easier and more effective for Trusted Traders to be recognised by MRA partners—reducing red tape and improving the efficiency of the border clearance process. This requires standardisation of numbers globally and acceptance of the TIN by the systems used by MRA partners.
  5. An even lighter touch at the border: providing faster border clearance for Trusted Traders in recognition of the lower risk that they present at the border. This will enable the Department and ABF to have a greater focus on areas of greater or unknown risks.


There has also been improvements to the application process, reducing red tape and improving accreditation timeframes with most businesses able to be accredited with access to the benefits within 60 days of applying.

The new benefits and improved application process complement the existing benefits already in place for Trusted Traders, including a dedicated ABF account manager, a ‘seat at the table’—providing an opportunity to help shape the program and the associated benefits, priority trade services, streamlined access to the Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) visa, streamlined access to the APEC Business Travel Card, Consolidated Cargo Clearance and fee-free monthly reporting.

Trusted Traders can also benefit from the growing number of MRAs that provide priority treatment at the border—estimated to provide industry with benefits of more than $175 million over the next 10 years. There are now six MRAs in place with New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore. Preparations for a MRA with the United States of America, Japan and Thailand among other partner countries are underway.

Trusted Traders are recognised worldwide as being Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) compliant—providing a globally recognised mark of trust for their security and trade practices. Trusted Traders have reported that this provides a competitive advantage, attracting new business and opportunities.

To find out more about Australian Trusted Trader or start an application
go to

Toyota Celebrates 50 Years of Forklift Sales in Australia


National forklift distributor Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has recently celebrated 50 years of Toyota forklift sales in Australia with a series of golden anniversary functions that kicked off in Sydney earlier this year.

Toyota sold its first forklift in Australia in 1968 and now holds almost 40 per cent of the Australian market.

Highlight of the golden anniversary celebrations was a function at the Shangri-La Hotel and Sydney Harbour dinner cruise – attended by senior Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) executives, TMHA management, the consul-general of Japan in Sydney Keizo Takawaka, Toyota Group guests and major fleet customers.

Speakers included TMHA chairman Tom Nakazawa, TICO Senior Managing Officer Toshifumi Onishi and newly appointed TMHA President Steve Takacs, with guest presentations by sleep expert Dr Carmel Harrington, “altruistic marketer” Peter Sharp and McGrath Foundation President Glenn McGrath.

Mr Takacs thanked all TMHA customers and paid tribute to the former Toyota forklift dealers who contributed to the 50th anniversary being realised.

Mr Nakazawa said Australia is an important player globally for TICO, with Toyota Material Handling Australia’s sales holding the number eight position in the world for overall Toyota forklift sales.

“This is an outstanding achievement, considering the smaller population in Australia compared to the many countries it has outranked,” he said.

TMHA now has 17 branches and 750 staff, the majority in product support roles and has flagged continued expansion, including a new branch recently opened in Toowoomba.

Toyota forklifts have come a long way since the first rugged and dependable 5LR models imported into Australia in 1968.

A water-shed moment occurred in 1999 with the launch of the 7-Series forklifts which featured Toyota’s world-first System of Active Stability, a computer-controlled stability device protected by over 300 patents and developed in with technology from Toyota’s automotive division. It was not only ground-breaking technologically, but a true innovation in improving forklift productivity and efficiency, and most importantly enhancing operator safety.

The magnificent 8-Series has built upon the legacy of the Toyota 7-Series and become the leading counter-balance forklift model in Australia.

Toyota’s counter-balance forklift models have been Australia’s number one consecutively since 1987, representing 31 years of undisputed market dominance. To date, more than 50,000 Toyota forklifts have been sold into the Australia market.

The company is continuously adding new products to its portfolio, with the latest additions being industrial sweepers and scrubbers, lift platforms, and more exciting new products to be added later this year.

In terms of the overall material-handling market, TMHA sees continued expansion in the driverless forklift range and automation markets.

Other events to mark the golden anniversary milestone included the Megatrans and Hire 18 exhibitions earlier in the year in Melbourne and Brisbane respectively, and will culminate with a major presence at the National Construction Equipment Convention in Sydney this November.


SCLAA Newsletter August 2018

The August 2018 issue of the SCLAA Newsletter is now available .

For all the latest SCLAA news, events and information , click here…