Women in Logistics The Final Frontier – Friday, 29 April 2016

Don’t Miss This Ground Breaking Event! Join the Conversation at the MCG on 29th April where the Inspirational Director General Supply Chain, Air Commodore from the Australian Defence Force Christine Tolson is Leading and mentoring logistics professionals of the future.

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Born in Bunbury, Western Australia, Air Commodore Christine Tolson joined the Air Force as a ‘Supply Officer Cadet’ on 15 January 1985. Throughout her career she has performed in a number of capacities and has capital acquisition and sustainment logistics experience and qualification. Of note, Air Commodore Tolson has held four separate Command appointments during her career: Commanding Officer Maritime Patrol Systems Program Office (SPO) Commanding Officer Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems Program Office, Officer Commanding Munitions Branch as well as her current Command as Director General Supply Chain. As Director General Supply Chain, Air Commodore Tolson is responsible for wholesale warehousing and distribution, maintenance and operational supply chain functions for the Australian Defence Force.

Air Commodore Tolson has spent much of her career driving change and reform and her current posting, in which she is charged with realizing the reform started by the Defence Logistics Transformation Program, is no different. She has extensive contract development, negotiation and management and supply chain design experience. A firm believer in strategic planning and that ‘the data will set you free’, her career has also seen her invest significantly in instilling planning and performance management ethos and frameworks within the various organisations that she has led.

Her great passion lay in leadership and in mentoring the logistics officers and female leaders of the future.

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Expressions of interest sought for a logistics delegation to The Netherlands

The Australian Logistics Council is seeking expressions of interest in participating in a logistics delegation to the Port of Rotterdam and Intermodal Europe 2016, to be held in Rotterdam from 15-17 November.

This delegation is a follow-up to the Australian Port Mission to Netherlands from 25 October – 31 October 2015. A copy of the report from the delegation is available here.

The program will be tailored around delegates’ requirements and the Netherlands Consulate-General in Sydney will be assisting to organise meetings.

The Netherlands has the best port infrastructure in the world according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014. Dutch (port) companies have translated a lot of knowledge and expertise into innovative products and applications that contribute to efficiency, productivity, (cyber) security and sustainability in ports.

It is proposed the mission will take in port related organisations, port logistics and intermodal terminals.

The program will be at delegates expense.

Participation: For questions about the delegation, please contact Michael Kilgariff.
Please submit expressions of interest by Friday, 29 April 2016.

A Logistics Centre with Purpose

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More than 350 staff, owner drivers and guests of All Purpose Transport spent the day celebrating the official opening of their new Logistics Centre at 132-166 Gilmore Road, Berrinba Queensland with a ribbon cutting ceremony and family fun day.

Addressing the large crowd, General Manager for All Purpose Transport Paul Kahlert said that new premises mean little if you don’t have a great team.

“These new premises address our core value that we’ve had in place at APT for decades.  We know that the Best People = Best Business.   This is another step forward to enable our people to come to work to first class premises and to establish APT firmly as an Industry Employer of Choice,” Mr Kahlert said.

“Todays’ celebration is about our new building opening, but it is more about the great people who have worked for APT to make this possible.”

He acknowledged the founders and owners of All Purpose Transport, Trevor and Pam White.  “Without Trevor and Pam starting this company back in 1975, none of this would be possible. Their 40-plus year commitment is on show here today and we are now standing on the foundations of the business for the next 40 years.”

“APT is a privately owned Queensland road freight company servicing south east and regional Queensland with depots at Berrinba, Loganlea and the Sunshine Coast.   As we grow, this building supports our position to deliver an exceptional service to our clients across Queensland.

Today represents the opening of Stage 1 of the building development which will soon see another 2 stages added.  This footprint will total close to 18,000m2 of warehousing space along with 1000m2 of first class office space.”

Opening the Centre, Logan Mayor Pam Parker was in attendance to thank All Purpose Transport for bringing jobs to the Logan region.  Cutting the ribbon, she said that Logan would be stronger for having All Purpose Transport and both their new and planned facilitates operating from their region with strong family values at their core.

Founder and Owner, Trevor White said “that today was a celebration for the family, our employees and subcontractors for the wonderful work you do, the service you provide to our customers and the enthusiasm you display each and every day.”  He acknowledged the assistance of many who have played a pivotal role in the construction of this impressive and state of the art Logistics Centre.

“Since our beginning in 1975, founded on family values, through to the opening of this new building today, we have operated on sound principles and hired the best people we could find.  We were always confident that the company would continue to prosper past my retirement in 2001 and it has thanks to all of our people who make a difference every day, led by General Manager Paul Kahlert.”

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Media contact:
Paul Kahlert, General Manager, All Purpose Transport – pkahlert@allpurpose.com.au

Small Business Information Network – Misuse of market power update & new Small Business Ombudsman Office opens

Misuse of market power law to be amended

The Australian Government has announced it plans to amend the misuse of market power provision (section 46) in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 later this year.

The Harper Review into competition policy found Australia’s current misuse of market power provision is not reliably enforceable and permits anti-competitive conduct. The planned amendment, as recommended by the Review panel, will mean that businesses with substantial market power will be prevented from engaging in behaviour that harms the competitive process.

An effective misuse of market power provision is an important and necessary part of competition law, particularly for Australia’s more than two million small businesses which make up more than 97 per cent of all businesses.

For more information, read the joint media statement on the Prime Minister’s website: www.pm.gov.au.

New Australian Small Business & Family Enterprise Ombudsman Office now open for business

Ms Kate Carnell AO was recently appointed to the position of ASBFEO for a five-year period and has said she’s hoping to be a very strong advocate for the sector and to work closely with industry associations, small business and family enterprise.

The ASBFEO will be a:

  • Commonwealth advocate for small businesses and family enterprises
  • concierge for dispute resolution and mediation services for businesses, including franchises
  • contributor to the development of small business Commonwealth laws and regulations.

For more information, visit the new ASBFEO website: www.asbfeo.gov.au.

Ian Murray AM new Australian Logistics Council Chairman

ALC ChairmanAt ALC’s Board Meeting on 1 March 2016, Mr Ian Murray AM replaced former ALC Chairman Don Telford, who steps down from the position after nearly six years in the role.

Since becoming Chairman of ALC in 2010, Don spearheaded a number of significant changes at ALC. He presided over significant membership growth, expanded and sharpened ALC’s policy focus and strengthened links between industry and government. His lasting contribution to ALC and the logistics industry will be his commitment to ensuring we have the best possible talent working in our sector, which ALC is progressing through the establishment of the ALC People Committee and hosting of the inaugural ALC Diversity and Inclusion Summit in 2015. Don leaves ALC with our best wishes and thanks.

Mr Ian Murray AM is ALC’s new Chairman. He has a long association with ALC, having been made an Honorary Fellow in 2012. He has also served as Deputy Chair since 2006, as Treasurer, and on the ALC Finance and Membership Committee. He comes into the role with an unparalleled knowledge of the critical link between the logistics industry and Australian businesses and consumers, having served as Chief Executive Officer of the Export Council of Australia for 15 years.

Under Ian’s leadership, ALC looks forward to strengthening its position as the leader on the national debate on critical issues affecting Australia’s logistics industry, particularly in this critical election year.

Further information about ALC’s Board, policy agenda and advocacy focus is contained in the ALC 2015-2016 Annual Report.

Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day

Happy International Woman’s Day from the SCLAA.  We are constantly encouraged that the gender gap is becoming smaller in our industry.  We, in conjunction with our partners constantly strive to achieve an inclusive environment regardless of the individual.

Three of the SCLAA’s six Divisions have Women as Presidents, and many women make up our hard working volunteer Divisions, Committees and Sub Committees.

To celebrate, SCLAA are hosting a Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier event on Friday, 29 April 2016. The event will be held in Victoria with guest speakers including:

  • Amanda Blesing – Ambition Revolution
  • Tracey Waring – Ernst & Young
  • Christine Tolson – Air Commodore, Director General Supply Chain Vice Chief of the Defence Force
  • Jody Freestone – General Manager Freestone’s Transport

Registrations opening soon – stay tuned!

Australian Logistics Council Forum 2016 Communique

ALC Forum 2016 Communique

The logistics industry will have to attract broad community support if it is to achieve regulatory reform and approval for major infrastructure projects, according to speakers at the Australian Logistics Council Forum 2016, held last week in Sydney.

More than 250 people attended Australia’s premier freight logistics and supply chain event, with senior figures from across industry and government emphasising the need for action across a range of fronts to improve the efficiency of Australia’s supply chains.

ALC Forum 2016 had a particular focus on improving freight efficiency in New South Wales, where the state’s freight task is expected to double by 2030.

During his opening of the Forum, new ALC Chairman, Ian Murray, stressed the need to ensure Australia has the right infrastructure in place, operating efficiently, to underpin the continued growth of the logistics sector and of the Australian economy.
Key Forum points:

  • Industry and government need to step up their efforts to work together to progress heavy vehicle road reforms to achieve more efficient freight movements
  • Work needs to be done to convince the public of the benefits of logistics investment and reform, particularly to ports’ landside infrastructure, to underpin continued economic growth and community wellbeing
  • Corridor preservation must feature more prominently in jurisdictions’ long-term planning documents, with a greater buy-in from all levels of government
  • Improving rail access to Australia’s major ports, as well as their linkages to key inland intermodal facilities, is critical to increasing port capacity and decreasing road congestion in our major cities
  • Industry and government need to work closer together to improve the efficient delivery of parcels in CBD areas brought about by the growth in e-retailing
  • The inland rail line has to be built, with efficient connections to the ports in Melbourne and Brisbane, to support Australia’s future freight effort and to move north-south freight out of the Sydney basin
  • Practical steps need to be taken to maximise the economic and environmental benefits of an efficient maritime freight sector
  • ALC to take a leadership role to increase diversity and inclusion in the logistics industry
  • ALC to consult with regulators on behalf of industry on proposed changes to Chain of Responsibility provisions contained within the Heavy Vehicle National Law
  • Opportunities exist to increase the efficiency of air freight movements at Sydney Airport

The Forum also saw the launch of new Australian Transport Standards for Freight Labelling and EDI developed by the ALC Supply Chain Standards Work Group for the Australian Transport & Logistics Industry.

The Australian Transport Standards include the ALC endorsed Australian Freight Labelling Guideline and Australian Transport EDI User Guides to provide one common label format to identify freight and one common file format to exchange data throughout the freight transportation process.

Outgoing ALC Chairman, Don Telford, who chaired ALC for five years between 2010 and 2016, paid tribute to ALC Board members, past and present, for the role they have played in growing the organisation.

“Together, we have implemented some strategic initiatives to ensure ALC became an organisation that could represent the major ASX-listed and privately owned companies in the Australian logistics industry,” he said.


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VIC/TAS DHL Site Visit

On 25 February 2016 twelve lucky SCLAA members were fortunate enough to attend a tour of the DHL Express Melbourne facility. The tour gave an insight into how the World’s largest logistics company operates and guests were given an informative walkthrough of the modern eight months old facility.

DHL - site tour pic - 400pxDHL Express displayed a number of aspirational characteristics which are of no surprise given they are the market leader in Australian express logistics services.  It was apparent that DHL aims very high, with ambitious environmental goals, dedicated 24/7 international air fleet management centres and, perhaps most importantly, happy, driven long-term employees.

The facility was fresh, modern and lively operated by a highly autonomous conveyor belt system with integrated automatic parcel photography, sizing, weighing and x-ray technologies for tracking and security.

Of particular interest was DHL’s valuable (and exclusive for a logistics company) access inside Melbourne’s airport and their capability to provide a 24-hour turnaround service to New Zealand customers. A special thanks to Lisa Phillips from DHL for hosting the event.

Charles Edwards, SCLAA

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