SCLAA FLG Young Professionals Networking Drinks

Thanks to all those who attended the above event on Wednesday this week, we had a blast and it was great to meet some new faces and learn more about you!

Some other events on the near horizon include:

  • Last mile thought leadership forum (~ April)
  • Member Bike ride (~April)
  • Site tours to manufacturing/DC facilities (April/May)


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JDA Extends its Leadership in WMS

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Low incidence of ecommerce in Australia

Head of eBay Asia Pacific Jooman Park said the reason incidence of ecommerce is so low in Australia (9% of retail sales) is the high cost of shipping within Australia.

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Kiwi Software Company making inroads into the Trucking World

Not many women would relish the task of taking on the male-dominated trucking world on their own, but to also fight to the top in the domestic freight-forwarding delivery management industry at the same time takes a lady of tenacious drive and positiveness in her strengths, and her product.

Kathy Ross1Kathy Ross, CEO of iCOSLIVE, is one such woman who is showing truckies and transport firms how to run their businesses and rigs better.

Based in Albany, once a satellite village at the northern-most border of Auckland’s North Shore renown for its orchards and strawberry farms, but now a hub of major industry and innovation, iCOSLIVE is breaking barriers and borders with its innovative software.

National fleets such as Booths, Halls Refrigerated Parcels and a host of other national and regional carriers are using the software developed by iCOSLIVE and all are experiencing significant revenue-saving and smarter delivery management with a reduction in logistical loss.

iCOSLIVE is the brainchild of Kathy Ross. For the past 10 years she has poured her heart and soul, and her bank account, into her vision and it is reaping rewards. iCOSLIVE is the proof a sound idea can become a industry-shaping tool.

This small New Zealand company over the past 12 months has branched out taking on the supply-chain industry on the highways and byways across Australia with iCOSLIVE’s software already influencing Australia’s massive trucking industry.

The software’s paperless track and trace solution is creating results for Queensland-NSW trucking company ScuzzTrans, which specialises in container shipping in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

A staunch advocate of iCOSLIVE, ScuzzTrans received industry acknowledgement of its operational improvements, winning the Queensland Supply Chain Management Award in September last year and going on to receive a “highly-commended award” in their section at the Australian Supply Chain & Logistic’s awards in Sydney late last year.

The impact of iCOSLIVE and its integration with Teletrac Navman on ScuzzTrans has been significant, streamlining the company’s operational processes both in the truck and office. In very short time, the firm’s business has grown some 35 per cent through increased container movement, effective loading and offloading and smarter vehicle routing – all without increasing its fleet or staff.

And, late last year iCOSLIVE showed just how size isn’t everything, particularly when it comes to recognition.

In a national Australian supply-chain award iCOSLIVE tangled with  industry heavyweights such as Toyota and Kathmandu and ranked alongside them as one of three finalists.

The plucky Kiwi company placed runner-up with the highly commended award, making some of the global giants of logistics and freight sit up and take notice – while major trucking and freight forwarding companies are keenly interested in iCOSLIVE’s innovative real-time tracking software.

Since the company’s selection as one of 49 entrepreneurial businesses to accompany then-Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, to Los Angeles on the first of three Tripartite Economic Summits in 2015, things have been somewhat of a whirlwind for iCOSLIVE.

The company’s client base is burgeoning with now large New Zealand corporates dictating their sub-contractors utilise iCOSLIVE as it gives them total transparency of their logistic movements.

One New Zealand client, Smart Express, a 2016 Westpac Business Awards finalist, is heralding a 300 per cent increase in their business over the last 18 months, the company’s improvement assisted in part by their utilising iCOSLIVE’s online transport management.

With an Android App specifically designed for tablets and smartphones, it now means transport and delivery companies can manage jobs and shipments at driver-end, instantly knowing of delivery completion with real-time shipment tracking. To further enhance the service, iCOSLIVE gives freight companies the ability to seamlessly integrate with their sub-contractors.

iCOSLIVE’s eco-digital system integrates with a range of partners, including Teletrac Navman, which provides GPS satellite fleet management positioning, eRoad RUC’s advanced technology platform delivering electronic road user charges and compliance and it also interfaces with many accounting packages, but shines when integrated with XERO and MYOB’s online accounting services.

iCOSLIVE’s market-leading advantage is that users not only know where their trucks are, but what freight is on-board in real-time – a feature that is unique

The small Albany-based software company is rapidly transforming the transport and logistics industry, with most companies utilising iCOSLIVE’s package experiencing drastic reductions in revenue leakage.

Having already achieved success in Australia, going global is squarely in the company’s sights.

“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” is an old-saying, but it cannot be a more apt description of Kathy Ross and iCOSLIVE.

Are you ready to MIXr?

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Calling all innovators in transport and related industries – TMR wants to connect with you to do things differently and better.

The TMR MIXr is a free one-day event connecting TMR and other government staff and industry with opportunities for collaboration, partnerships and problem solving.

A/Deputy Director-General Corporate Peter Milward said the TMR MIXr will educate industry about TMR priorities and business challenges and open government staff to the potential R&D and innovations industry is developing.

“The opening session will see a panel of experts debate their perceptions of how government and industry can work together to be ready to tackle the disruptions ahead,” she said.

“This will be followed by fast-paced 10 minute presentations profiling TMR’s real-world business challenges, government innovations, and transport and related industry research and development.

“The afternoon session will match up industry and government staff for facilitated networking, giving people the chance to talk directly about their common areas of interest.

“The TMR MIXr is ‘no obligation innovation’. Participation does not imply a commitment or agreement to take up the opportunities on offer but it is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of what’s new in industry, and let industry know about our great track record of innovation.”

If you have a new and different service or solution to offer, we want to hear from you to be part of this high energy event. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Attendance is strictly limited, so register your interest now.

When: Tuesday 28 March 2017

Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

More information: or

Incoterms 2020 – Your opportunity for input into the Incoterms 2020 Rules

As the National Committee for the ICC, The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Incoterms 2020 Committee invites industry and users of Incoterms to provide details for consideration in planning of the Incoterms 2020 version.

This is an opportunity for users to advise aspects to be considered by the ACCI Incoterms 2020 Committee for passing to the international Incoterm 2020 Committee. We invite you to take this opportunity to contribute to the formation of the Incoterms 2020 Rules.

The survey will only take a few minutes. All replies will be kept in confidence and the participants names are not recorded.

The survey is accessed via the link:

The survey will close on January 27, 2017.

For further information please contact:

Bryan Clark – Director of Trade and International Affairs

Jamie Bradford- Director- Operations: Materials Management Group

Merry Christmas from the SCLAA


I write this first Chairwoman’s report with great pride, after 56 years the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia has given me the honour to travel into 2017 with the responsibility and challenge to change our horizons, increase our strategic leverage, change the ‘think tank’ of the current landscape and enhance what was already and is a great Association led by dynamic past Chairmen.  The strongest factor is what would be the consequence of not accepting this responsibility and what will that mean for other women who have the desire to rise to accept the challenge of responsibility in a changing market-place.  So it is with this statement that I begin another journey with you into unchartered territory and it is with great determination that I will charter these unknown waters to carry the mantle and no doubt be judged continually along the way which is half the test and gratefully welcomed.

There currently is a 56% gender pay gap across all industries and it goes without saying that 2016 has brought with it a challenging economic environment that is ominous and ever present in the Global Supply Chain.  The impact of globalisation, our shrinking manufacturing sector, increased technology and regulation for the industry have seen business of all sizes continue to strive for continuous improvement with dwindling margins and highly competitive and volatile environments.  In today’s economy trying to offer clients good ROI with increased regulation and compliance has never been more complex and with these changes companies need to be more versatile, innovative and commercially astute than in any other period seen prior.

With economic conditions changing the industry has never been seen to be trendy or in vogue, but the supply chain offers a dynamic global platform for innovative and creative entrepreneurial minds to change the processes and fundamental intricacies of the complexities of the supply chain.  Technology moves rapidly and as buyer behaviours change to a more centric online model this will continue to challenge the way we view what has become a very transactional society and push us to re-think the speed of ever present change and one that continually threatens our monetary stability.  In total, during 2015 core transportation revenue worldwide will be projected at $4.6 trillion.  This includes air, rail, water, pipeline, courier and warehousing segments.  At about 6% of global economic activity (GDP) transportation’s core sectors add to an industry that is growing by TEU (19.6%) up in 2016 and an estimated 6,364,000 TEU (19.1%) up in 2017.

Transportation continues to evolve, no matter what the type of transport involved is on the road, on the sea or in the air.  Business and technology trends have driven immense changes in the transportation sector over the past three decades.  The information age; with its introduction of sophisticated databases that can track inventory levels and shipments on a global basis via the Internet, has created vast transport and logistics efficiencies.  As a result, supply chain technology has been one of the fastest-growing segments in the information field. Mobile applications are also bringing transportation request and management directly to our smart-phones.  For example, Uberisation of the industry famously enables individual passengers in many nations around the world to request transportation, tailored to their specific needs, to be delivered rapidly.  This business model is spilling over into services for local truck service and less-than-truckload (LTL) long distance services.

The rapid adoption of outsourcing has led many companies, when shipping is vital to their businesses, to turn to logistics services providers for all manner of shipping support, including warehousing, scheduling and distribution services.  (These services are sometimes described broadly as “3PL” for Third Party Logistics.)  The sectors of transport, supply chain management and logistics services are permanently intertwined, creating efficiencies once undreamed of in the transportation arena.

All nations worldwide face a daunting task in maintaining airports, seaports, highways and railroads that can handle commerce and passenger traffic efficiently.  The amount of government funds available for roadway development is never enough to keep up with long-term needs.  One of the biggest challenges facing the global transportation sector over the mid- to long-term is a focus on lowering carbon emissions and enhancing energy efficiency.  Airlines have placed immense orders for fuel-efficient jets like Boeing’s new 787, which promises fuel efficiency gains of 15% to 20% per passenger mile, as well as engines that are quieter and burn fuel in a cleaner manner.  Container ship operators are under intense pressure to reduce contamination and emissions while in port and at sea, and the latest designs, such as Maersk’s massive new Triple-E class of ships, are making huge strides in this regard.  Automobile and truck manufacturers are struggling to respond to demand for fuel-efficient vehicles.

Tremendous strides in green technology are also being made throughout the transportation services and transport equipment sectors.  Lee Schipper, a Senior Engineer at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University, pointed out that air transportation in developed countries today uses 50% to 60% less energy per passenger-kilometer travelled than it did in the early 1970s, while trucking uses 10% to 25% less fuel per ton-kilometer.

Governments continue to outsource their transportation infrastructure to private operators as Governments are short of cash. They are selling or leasing toll bridges, ports and highways to private operators/conglomerates reaping cash windfalls in the process which hopefully will be used to expand and develop our much needed infrastructure (transport).

As consumers take more responsibility for their purchase decisions and factor in ethical supply chains, companies that satisfy this need will stand out from their competitors. This may be one of the more slow-burn supply chain trends, but socially responsible, environmentally friendly and legally compliant operations will continue to win market share.

So with this we enter 2017 with great confidence, in preparation for the ever changing dynamics in the supply chain and logistics sector.  It is in this new role that I will dedicate myself to work with our valued National Partners and our valued members.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2017.

Amanda O’Brien
SCLAA National Chairwoman


Dematic awarded contract to build High Bay Warehouse Solution for Asahi Beverages

SYDNEY, NSW –15 December 2017 – Asahi Beverages, comprising some of Australia and New Zealand’s most successful beverage businesses, including Schweppes Australia, Asahi Premium Beverages, Independent Liquor and The Better Drinks Co., has awarded Dematic a contract to build a high bay warehouse storage solution.

The warehouse in Heathwood, Queensland, will consist of a satellite storage solution containing six aisles of six-deep satellite ColbyRack capable of storing 28,000 pallets. The automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) will include six new Dematic RapidStore Storage Retrieval Machines (SRMs) with Dematic’s latest “free roaming” Automover satellite carts. The solution will also feature Skate Auto-loading Truck Docks, an extensive pallet conveyor system, stretch wrapper, automatic barcode labelling, and a full case picking area.

“Dematic was selected by Asahi Beverages as their preferred logistics integration partner following an extensive tender process that assessed experience, comprehensiveness of offering, and local capability,” said David Rubie, Dematic’s Manager of Industry Logistics. “We look forward to working with Asahi Beverages to deliver a supply chain solution that is a core component of their ongoing success.”

Tracey Wagner, General Manager, Logistics & Customer Operations, Asahi Beverages, said: “Our new Queensland high bay warehouse is another major step forward in the transformation of our customer centric logistics network. We are pleased to be working with an experienced integrator such as Dematic on this crucial program.”

The new warehouse is due for completion by the end of May 2018.

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 optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 6,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located across the globe. Dematic has implemented more than 5,500 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.

Colby® products are designed, engineered and manufactured by Dematic Pty Limited. “Colby” and the “Colby Chevron Mark” are registered trademarks of Dematic Pty Limited.

About Asahi Beverages
Asahi Beverages is one of the leading beverage companies in Australia and New Zealand. With a rich and varied history, Asahi Beverages markets quality alcohol and non-alcohol beverages, boasting a strong portfolio of established household brands and innovative, new-to-market products. Asahi Beverages is a member of Asahi Group Holdings, one of Japan’s leading beverage companies, and comprises of some of Australia and New Zealand’s most successful beverage businesses, including Schweppes Australia, Asahi Premium Beverages, Independent Liquor and The Better Drinks Co.

Industry packed 1100x Hampers for those in need

On Friday the 9th of December over 170 people from the SCLAA Queensland Division, the QLD Supply Chain and Logistics Conference (QSCLC), the AIP and the APPMA, spent their Christmas Party packing over 1100 hampers for Foodbank to provide to those in need during the holiday season. The hampers included 800 family hampers, 200 ladies packs and 110 children’s packs. The total value of the hampers was over $120,000 worth of items that were either donated, or the funds raised for, by the industry. The hampers would not be possible without the continued support from the industry including Campbells Arnotts, Colgate, Ego Pharmaceuticals, Edex, Tip Top GW Foods, All Purpose Transport, Office Max, BDO, APPMA, Orora, Linde Forklifts, Tip Top Foodservice -GW Foods, Coles and Department of Housing and Public Works. Over the last five years, the team has packed 5400 hampers to the value of close to $660,000 for people in need and looks forward to even more hampers in 2017.


ASCL Award Winners Announced





A group of 2016 winners and finalists.


The Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia, in conjunction with RAMCO, Dematic, Xtreme Freight, LMA, National Manufacturing Week and Adaptalift, announced the winners of the 2016 Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards on 23 November at Luna Park, Sydney.

Held annually for the last 56 years by the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA), these awards allow a fantastic opportunity for people and companies that are involved in the supply chain industry to celebrate and be recognised for their particular contribution, success and hard work.

There are seven categories in these awards and each attracted a record number of high calibre nominations. Awards were formally judged with recipients announced on the night. The winners and high commendation receivers were:


behnam-fahimnia-cropped2016 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.

The winner of the 2016 Training, Education and Development Award is Prof Behnam Fahimnia, University of Sydney.

A High Commendation was awarded to Mike Steele – National Mailing & Marketing

Finalists were: All Purpose Transport, National Mailing and Marketing, University of Sydney and Young Guns Container Crew


2016 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 has 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.

The joint winners of the 2016 Information Technology and Management Award are:   eStore Logistics    and    Cloud Logistics Solutions


Finalists were: Australian Red Cross Blood Service – Vision Systems,  Australian Red Cross Blood Service – Bulk Shipper (Blood), Australian Red Cross Blood Service – RFID, Cloud Logistics Solutions Pty Ltd, Department of Transport & Main Roads (QLD), eStore Logistics,  Department of Housing and Public Works (QLD) and SVS Australia


2016 Industry Excellence 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.

dr-john-gattorna-cropped1Originally 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.

The winner of the 2016 Industry Excellence Award is Dr John Gattorna, Gattorna Alignment

A High Commendation was awarded to Charles Kim, Toyota

Finalists were: Nikki Barbie, Kingsley Cherry, Dr John Gattorna, Anthony Goninan, Charles Kim and Melissa Taylor


2016 International Supply Chain Award

charles-kim-1-croppedThis is a new Award and one that recognises 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.

The winner of the 2016 International Supply Chain Award is Charles Kim, Toyota

A High Commendation was awarded to ICOS LIVE Ltd.

Finalists were: Kathmandu,  iCOS LIVE LTD and Toyota


2016 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.

The winner of the 2016 Supply Chain Management Award is Kathmandu.


A High Commendation was awarded to Scuzz Trans.

Finalists were: Department of Defence / Innovasys Pty Ltd, Haymans Electrical Brisbane Airport, Kathmandu, Queensland Rail / David HR Consulting, ScuzzTrans and Toll Customised Solutions Canberra


2016 Logistics Management Award

red-cross-blood-service-1-croppedThis is a new award and is awarded for one of the oldest disciplines of any supply chain and replaces the Storage and Materials Handling award. Recipients may stem from nominees for any of the other SCLAA awards at the judges’ discretion, or from a direct application, where the demonstrated achievement, improvement or results have required a logistical approach to improvement or major change to their logistics management.

The winner of the 2016 Logistics Management Award is The Australian Red Cross Blood Service.


2016 Future Leaders Award

dillon-singh-and-dr-john-gattorna-croppedThe 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.

The winner of the 2016 Future Leaders Award is Dillon Singh.

A High Commendation was awarded to Chayal Ramjee.

Finalists were: Luke Alford, Kieran Boyce, Kylie Cue, Chayal Ramjee, Dillon Singh, Nathan Sugars and Jeff Zhang