Guest Speaker Announced – 2019 ASCL Awards

SCLAA announces Guest Speaker
2019 Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards

The SCLAA is proud to announce that Richard White, CEO and Founder, WiseTech Global, will be the guest speaker at the 2019 Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards (ASCL Awards) Gala Dinner to be held in the Ballroom, Luna Park, Sydney on Friday, 22 November. For information on the ASCL Awards Gala dinner, CLICK HERE.

Richard White
CEO and Founder, WiseTech Global

From its inception in 1994, as an idea in his basement in Newtown, Sydney, Richard has grown WiseTech into a $10 billion global technology company covering 150 countries. In April 2016, Richard listed the company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:WTC).

Self-proclaimed ‘tech-nerd’, Richard has over 30 years in software development, embedded systems and business management and over 20 years of freight / logistics industry experience. He has an extensive knowledge of logistics operations, cross border and supply chain compliance, and a deep technical understanding of e-commerce and global industry and technology issues.

Richard actively works to assist the industry in a number of voluntary forums. He consults freely to various industry associations and attends the many technical and industry forums in order to understand and develop systems and processes to suit the international and domestic regulatory environments. Richard works with the Australian Computer Society and a number of universities and high schools on creating a pathway for students to enter the IT industry.

He is also a keen advocate of professional development and helps local IT businesses and entrepreneurs that are joining the growing ranks achieving international success.

Qualifications and awards

Fellow of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
NSW Tech Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, Pearcey Foundation
University of Technology Sydney – Luminarie
Adjunct Professor of UTS Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology (FEIT)
Masters in Business in Information Technology (MBIT) from UTS

2019 ASCL Award Finalists Announced


Finalists Announced for the

2019 Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards

The Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia 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, 22 November 2019 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.

2019 Industry Excellence Award Finalists are:

  • Amira Amin – Visa Global Logistics
  • Ryan Cummings – Whale Logistics Australia
  • Mosh Elkersh – International Cargo Express
  • Susan Innes – Stanwell Corporation
  • James Sheerin – Visa Global Logistics

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.

2019 Future Leader Award Finalists are:

  • Val Brusylovsky – Boutique Retailer
  • Krystel Cochico – Visa Global Logistics
  • Harvey Delos Santos – Australia Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Benjamin French – PwC
  • Caine Jai Ittensohn – Visa Global Logistics
  • Blake Kelly – Mainfreight
  • Gabrielle Lee – Qsuper
  • Gabriella Orazem – Visa Global Logistics
  • Barnabas Walkemeyer – Lion Dairy and Drinks

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.

2019 Supply Chain Management Award Finalists are:

  • Adiona
  • Asahi Beverages
  • C.H. Robinson
  • Metcash Trading Ltd

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.

2019 Training, Education & Development Finalists are:

  • ECU, School of Business and Law
  • Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator
  • PGT-Reclaimed
  • Strategix Training Group & Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

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.

2019 Information Technology and Management Award Finalists are:

  • BlockBit Solutions
  • Custom Innovation Co. (CIC)
  • Fulfilio
  • Polymathian
  • PTV Group Australia
  • uTenant

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.

2019 Environmental Excellence Award Finalists are:

  • Adiona & Coca-Cola Amatil
  • B dynamic Logistics Pty Ltd
  • Custom Innovation Co. (CIC)
  • PGT-Reclaimed
  • PSM Upstream
  • Transport for NSW

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.

2019 International Supply Chain Award Finalists are:

  • Health Promotion Board, Singapore (submission 46)
  • Health Promotion Board, Singapore (submission 50)
  • Whale Logistics Australia

Logistics Management Award

This new award, inaugurated in 2017, 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 2019 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 2019 ASCL Awards Gala Dinner on 22 November at Luna Park Sydney, 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


Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia
renews partnership with MEGATRANS


Leading logistics and transport event MEGATRANS will be returning to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 1 – 3 April 2020.

Last year’s event saw Australia’s supply chain and logistics industry together under one roof for the first time and was attended by nearly 10,000 senior leaders and decision makers across sectors including warehousing, logistics and materials handling, infrastructure, road, rail and sea.

MEGATRANS2020 will once again be an important industry event, facilitating cross-industry collaboration in a multidimensional and integrated conference and exhibition for the freight and logistics industry. For the first time, MEGATRANS2020 will also take place in conjunction with the specialised bulk handling expo, Australian Bulk Handling Expo 2020 (BULK2020).

MEGATRANS2020 has already garnered the support of an array of industry partners and associations, with the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) most recently renewing their support after partnering with MEGATRANS in 2018.

Exhibition space for MEGATRANS2020 is currently on sale, with the industry response to the return of the event being strong. Linde Material Handling and Loscam are both on board as sponsors, while other notable organisations such as Sadleirs, BHD Storage Solutions, Colliers International, and Combilift have also signed on to exhibit.

Click on the registration link below to find out more about exhibiting at MEGATRANS2020.




Zebra’s New 2024 Warehousing Vision Study


Zebra’s New 2024 Warehousing Vision Study:
Discover how modernising your warehouse eases operational challenges

Warehousing, distribution and fulfilment operations are undergoing a modern-day makeover as they transform to meet the growing demands of the world’s on-demand economy. Faced with an evolving omnichannel landscape, ever-increasing order volumes, faster delivery requirements and a global shortage of workers, industry leaders must modernise to keep pace.

To find out how businesses can gain a competitive edge, Zebra Technologies recently commissioned a global research study to analyse the trends and challenges that are transforming warehousing operations. The study asked 352 APAC IT and operational decision makers from manufacturing, transportation and logistics, retail, post and parcel delivery and wholesale distribution industries for their insights on current and planned strategies for modernising their warehouses, distribution centres and fulfilment centres from 2019-2024.

Discover the top trends, challenges and opportunities facing our warehouses and supply chains in the next five years by downloading Zebra’s Vision Study here.

59th ASCL Awards MC Announced

Michael Gallacher, CEO Ports Australia
to MC the 59th Annual ASCL Awards Gala Dinner,
Grand Ballroom, Luna Park, Sydney
22 November 2019

The Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards Committee is proud to announce that Mr Michael Gallacher, Chief Executive Officer of Ports Australia, will MC the upcoming 59th annual Supply Chain & Logistics Awards Gala Dinner to be held at Luna Park in Sydney on 22 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 behavior.

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.

For information on the 59th ASCL Awards Gala Dinner and to register, click here

For Sponsorship Opportunities, click here

ASAHI Achieves 250% Productivity

ASAHI Achieves 250% Productivity boost at its new automated Heathwood warehouse

Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has helped Asahi Beverages to successfully increase productivity by 250% with the installation of an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in its new Heathwood DC. The ASRS improves the efficiency of warehouse operations, reduces manual processes and enables Asahi to better service its customers.

Asahi Beverages is a leading beverage company that produces and distributes alcoholic and non-alcoholic products in Australia and New Zealand, with a number of distribution centres (DCs) located across Australia. Previously in Brisbane, Asahi operated across multiple locations and used manual forklifts for block stacking, which they found came with a lot of disadvantages and challenges.

“We previously had a very labour intensive system in place, with every truck that came in having to be unloaded by a forklift, we then had to receive the paperwork manually, check the pallets manually, move the pallets into the storage location and then do all that in reverse to pick them,” said Nathan Lucinsky, Heathwood DC Manager, Asahi.

In making the decision to consolidate its sites into one DC and upgrade to an automated warehouse solution, Asahi wanted to achieve a number of benefits, including reducing costs, improving efficiency and productivity, and being able to better meet the needs of its customers.

The high bay racking at Asahi Heathwood DC is 13 levels high, 34 bays deep, and the ASRS extends to six pallet positions deep on either side of the six cranes, accessed by satellite carts. In total there are approximately 31,500 pallet storage positions.

“After assessing Asahi’s warehouse requirements, we knew that the best solution for them was the six-deep satellite ASRS,” said Dominic Figliano, Project Manager, Dematic. “The ASRS we built for Asahi uses Dematic’s newest and fastest crane, the 1200 H1. This is also the tallest satellite system we have built in Australia.”

“An automated system such as this eliminates a lot of the manual handling of pallets,” said Dominic. “This not only creates efficiencies and a high productivity boost of 250% for the customer, but also increases safety for workers in not having as many forklifts.”

In a DC such as Asahi’s Heathwood site, each manual touch of a pallet represents a cost to the business and comes with the risk of human error.

“We’ve now automated our warehouse processes and only use manual processes where it makes sense,” added Nathan. “In fact, most of our pallets won’t be touched by a human until they get to our customer DC.”

A key factor in Asahi’s decision-making process when looking for a new provider was working with a company that understood the local market. Asahi chose Dematic, as it has a demonstrated capability in delivering similar projects within Australia.

In addition to the ASRS, Dematic integrated third party equipment including the skate docks, stretch wrapper machine, label applicators, and a pallet inverter.


Dematic’s First Autostore Solution Installation in Australia Planned for Hallite

Dematic’s First Autostore Solution Installation in Australia Planned for Hallite

Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has announced its first installation of the AutoStore solution in the Australia and New Zealand region in Hallite’s warehouse in Perth, WA.

Hallite is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of high performance seals and sealing solutions for the world’s hydraulics industry. With manufacturing centres located in strategic geographies throughout Asia Pacific, Western Europe, and North America, and a worldwide network of service partners, Hallite can ensure its full range of products are readily accessible everywhere.

Hallite’s mission to improve lead times and ensure products are available for customers was one of the reasons which led to the search for a new warehousing solution. The company wanted to futureproof its warehousing operations.

“The AutoStore solution maximises available storage space and capacity without increasing the footprint, so was very suited to our warehouse requirements,” said Tony Pace, Managing Director, Hallite. “We chose Dematic to implement this solution due to their strong global experience with AutoStore.”

AutoStore is a compact and cost-effective storage and order picking system for small items and packages, which can be integrated into any kind of warehouse. It consists of an aluminium grid which provides storage space for the warehouse’s goods, which are stored in plastic bins inside the grid.

The AutoStore system to be implemented in Hallite’s warehouse will include approximately 4,000 totes, four robots and three conveyor ports. The system will enable goods to be received and loaded into totes at a ‘Goods In’ workstation prior to being stored by a robot within the grid. When orders are released the robots will retrieve the specific totes required and send them to one of the picking ports for order assembly.

“The key benefit of the AutoStore solution for companies such as Hallite is the reduced footprint required to store a high range of SKUs, together with the fact that it is suitable for retrofitting into an existing site including designing around existing building columns,” said Pas Tomasiello, Senior Director Integrated Systems Group ANZ, Dematic.

AutoStore is flexible and easy to expand, which will allow Hallite to continue to grow and add more SKUs in the future.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to improve our business and allow for future growth, which is why we are also planning to have Dematic install a number of systems to the business globally,” said Tony.

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.

About Hallite

Hallite is a leading manufacturer of high-performance hydraulic and pneumatic seals and sealing solutions for the world’s fluid power industry. For more than 110 years, Hallite has manufactured wiper seals, O-rings, rod and piston seals, bearings, and other high-performance rubber and plastic parts. Markets served include mining, construction and infrastructure, agriculture, general industrial and material handling, oil and gas, and aerospace. Operating globally, Hallite is a company of the Michelin group. For more information about Hallite, visit


Final Call: Up to $7,000 Available for Women’s Leadership Development

This is the final call for all women currently working in the transport and logistics sector to express interest in a limited pool of scholarship funding that is available.

The fee support opportunity provides women with funding of between $3,000 and $7,000 (per applicant, subject to a set of selection criteria being met) to undertake a range of leadership development programs commencing later this year.

To ensure equitable access to the grants, WLA has extended the funding window until September 20.

Women currently working in the transport and logistics sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program.

Funding must be apportioned by the end of September and it is unsure when these grants will be available again. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 5pm on September 20:


SCLAA in Guangzhou China

SCLAA Chairman and Delegates meet with the
Australian Trade and Investment Commission in Guangzhou China

The SCLAA delegation and AITA were delighted to meet with Mr Paul Sanda Deputy Consul-General (Commercial) Senior Trade Commissioner, Mr Chris Halford Deputy Consul-General and Mr Geoff Matthews Consul (Political/Economic) from the Australian Government to discuss issues concerning the Australian business community and more importantly the opportunities given the current economic climate and critically important trade relationship between China and Australia.

A comprehensive briefing paper on our trade visit will be available to our members in a few weeks’ time.

Left to Right: Mr Geoff Matthews Consul (Political/Economic), Mr Don Nardella, Mr Michael Guo (CEO of AITA) Mr Chris Halford (Deputy Consul-General), Mr Paul Sanda (Deputy Consul-General (Commercial) Senior Trade Commissioner, Ms Amanda O’Brien (Chairman SCLAA), Ms Sue Tomic (Treasurer SCLAA)

SCLAA Trade Visit to China

SCLAA Chairman and Delegates meet with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission in Guangzhou China

The SCLAA delegation and AITA were delighted to meet with Mr Paul Sanda Deputy Consul-General (Commercial) Senior Trade Commissioner, Mr Chris Halford Deputy Consul-General and Mr Geoff Matthews Consul (Political/Economic) from the Australian Government to discuss issues concerning the Australian business community and more importantly the opportunities given the current economic climate and critically important trade relationship between China and Australia.

A comprehensive briefing paper on our trade visit will be available to our members in a few weeks’ time.


Pictured below:

Left to Right: Mr Geoff Matthews Consul (Political/Economic), Mr Don Nardella, Mr Michael Guo (CEO of AITA) Mr Chris Halford (Deputy Consul-General), Mr Paul Sanda (Deputy Consul-General (Commercial) Senior Trade Commissioner, Ms Amanda O’Brien (Chairman SCLAA), Ms Sue Tomic (Treasurer SCLAA)