Dematic showcases new robotic order fulfilment solution at CeMAT Australia 2016

Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, will put the spotlight on order fulfilment solutions that respond to the constantly changing expectations of consumers, at CeMAT Australia 2016.

This year CeMAT Australia will be held from July 12-14 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, and Dematic will be featuring a new order fulfilment solution, the RapidPick XT – Robotic Picking System.

“We are excited to showcase and demonstrate the new RapidPick XT, which integrates proven global technologies and components in robotics, vision systems, conveyance hardware, controls and software,” said Pas Tomasiello, Dematic’s Director of Integrated Systems.

Dematic will also be showcasing Voice technology and discussing Dematic’s full suite of technology and solutions that meet the needs of multiple industries.

“We look forward to introducing CeMAT attendees to Dematic’s market-leading solutions, including Dematic iQ, our advanced global Warehouse Execution Software,” continued Pas.

Dematic is a sponsor of CeMAT 2016, which coincides with Dematic’s celebration of 50 years of operation in Australia and New Zealand.

Visit Dematic at Stand H2 at CeMAT Australia 2016. Further information: Dematic Pty Limited, 24 Narabang Way, Belrose NSW 2085, Australia. Tel: +61 2 9486 5555. Fax: +61 2 9486 5511.

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KION to buy Dematic for USD 3.25b

KION GROUP AG, already one of the two largest suppliers of forklift trucks, warehouse equipment and related services with Linde and Baoli, amongst others, will become one of the largest global providers of intelligent intralogistics by acquiring Dematic, an automation provider and specialist in supply chain optimisation.

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Melbourne Parcel Facility Tour Wrap Up

Aus Post SV picThis week, SCLAA members received an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Australia Post’s Melbourne Parcel Facility, a highly automated DC which recently underwent a major overhaul extension and modernisation as part of a $2B network investment program in 2014.

The facility, now significantly larger than the playing surface of the MCG, is dominated by various conveyor belts and automated sorting machines intertwined in what might appear to an outsider as a chaotic web, but is a highly efficient system with over 25,000 parcels constantly whizzing by and changing lanes each hour, for up to 24hours a day.

The Netherland’s produced system utilises moving scales, automated truck loading systems (not dissimilar in appearance to a horizontal cherry picker) and six-sided barcode scanners, backed up by offsite employees with remote access into package reading cameras. This well-oiled machine has increased Australia Post’s Melbourne Parcel Facility throughput by almost three times.

Aside from efficiency, the focus of Australia Post on safety was prominent, with stringent PPE requirements, vehicle separation and overhead gantries in place, in addition to numerous automated shutdown sensors to eliminate the risk of any potential hazards to employees.

The event was an insightful experience providing a mixture of members the opportunity to meet and witness a black & white picture of the direction of future supply chains. If you missed out, we hope to see you at the next event!

Special thanks to Marylou and Patrick from Australia Post for hosting the event.

Charles Edwards, SCLAA Committee


QUT Transfutures 2016

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WA: Fremantle Ports Site Visit

Congratulations and thanks  to Michael Pal and Freo Ports for hosting an excellent afternoon visit to the port area and follow up presentation. Michael’s boundless enthusiasm made an already interesting visit fascinating.

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Industrial Clearance is now LIVE!

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CEO Viewpoint 2016: The Journey to Profitable Omni-Channel Commerce

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PwC survey finds that retailers who have removed the silos from omni-channel operations are achieving significant competitive advantage.

In the latest annual survey of retail and consumer goods CEOs conducted by PwC on behalf of JDA Software, only 18 percent of executives say they have eliminated operational silos and are delivering seamless omni-channel shopping experiences for their customers. These companies expressed greater confidence in future revenue and profit growth than their peers, while achieving significant competitive advantage though lower costs and increased investments in customer-centric services.

To download a copy of this white paper, click here.

ALC Promotes Supply Chain Efficiency and Safety with Two New Publications

ALC Promotes Supply Chain Efficiency and Safety with Two New Publications –
Future Freight Networks and Getting the Supply Chain Right


ALC pic 1Future Freight Networks and Getting the Supply Chain Right are two new publications by ALC that continue our aim of promoting efficiency and safety in Australia’s supply chains.

Future Freight Networks is our official yearbook for 2016 which details our advocacy efforts throughout the year, the policy positions we took to government, and the major events we held to support our policy agenda.  A feature of Future Freight Networks is a comprehensive summary of ALC Forum 2016, which brought together 250 key industry leaders, policy makers and stakeholders at Royal Randwick to debate and discuss the critical and significant infrastructure policy issues on the national agenda.  The publication also includes many editorials, advertisements and interviews from a range of supply chain industry participants.  I thank those companies for their contribution to the yearbook which illustrates the enormous breadth and depth of our industry.

The outcomes from ALC Forum 2016 are reflected in Getting the Supply Chain Right, the Australian Logistics Council’s 2016 Election Priorities Document.


ALC pic 2Getting the Supply Chain Right encourages the next Government to act on six critical areas to improve the efficiency and safety of the logistics industry. These six priority areas include recommendations relating to road, rail, planning, road safety, technology and government structures.  ALC will continue to work with all major parties following the July 2 election to progress these reforms and investments, with the aim of improving the efficiency and safety of our national supply chains.   A shortened summary of Getting the Supply Chain Right is also available for download.

I invite you to share these documents with your stakeholders to help broaden ALC’s message to governments at all levels that they need to prioritise our industry in their investment and policy decisions in order to maximise the economic and social benefits of a safe and efficient logistics industry.

Please contact me should you wish to obtain a hard copy of Future Freight Networks and Getting the Supply Chain Right.

Michael Kilgariff
ALC Managing Director


56th Annual Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards – Call for Submissions

56th Annual Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards – Call for Submissions

The Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) is pleased to announce that the 2016 Australian Supply Chain and Logistics (ASCL) Awards will be held on Wednesday, 23 November in The Grand Ballroom, Luna Park, Sydney.

These historic and prestigious National Awards, presented by the SCLAA, have been running for fifty six years making them the most sought after, recognised and influential awards across the Supply Chain, Logistics and Transport industries.

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56th Annual Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Award Categories

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

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