Storage Ideas Wins Colby Distributor of the Year Award

Sydney-based Storage Ideas has won the Colby Storage Solutions Distributor of the Year award for 2015.

Storage Ideas0010For almost 40 years, Storage Ideas has played a leading role in providing complete service in the design, supply and installation of warehouse and distribution centre storage equipment to Sydney businesses.

“We have a real commitment to outstanding service from the top down,” said Robert Burke, Principal, Storage Ideas. “And while we hold stock to meet most standard storage requirements, we also offer impressive delivery lead times on tailor-made solutions. What’s more, our delivery and installation crews are highly experienced and this vital aspect of our service means customers have peace of mind that they will receive quality storage solutions, on time and on budget.”

Key to Storage Ideas winning the Colby Distributor of the Year award was the company’s strong growth in 2015.

“We’re thrilled to have been recognised as a leader in the supply of storage equipment. Storage Ideas is committed to being an integral part of the national Colby Storage Solutions distributor network,” added Robert.

Dematic’s Director of Storage Equipment, Tony Woodlock, said: “Robert and the team at Storage Ideas have shown great commitment in delivering the highest quality storage systems and unmatched levels of customer service for their Sydney customers. I congratulate them for their efforts.

“Storage Ideas’ exceptional customer service standards have resulted in them often being trusted to support their clients’ storage needs over many years, and sometimes even decades. They have also been progressive in that they recognised the need to the move west to Prestons as many of their clients also moved to better, purpose-built industrial premises in that part of Sydney.”

Colby Storage Solutions combines the flexibility of a national network of independent distributors, with the resources of global materials handling leader Dematic. Dematic maintains its commitment to manufacturing Colby storage equipment locally, to the highest possible standards, at a competitive price.


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

Life, the Universe and Everything IT

The weather may have been gloomy and the traffic may have been a standstill but that didn’t stop the cheerful conversation and the free flowing exchange of information that occurred at the Melbourne Graduate House on March 10 at the SCLAA VIC/TAS event – Managing the Future Workspace.

SCLAA’s members and students were treated to information regarding Matrix 42, a software that holds the key in integrating the workspace across multiple devices. Their speaker, Michael Alf, eagerly shared its possible applications as a tool for supply chain professionals. He began with the acknowledgement of the pervasiveness of technology in everyday life. Each individual owns multiple personal devices: a combination of mobile phones, tablets, laptops, personal computers, and burgeoning wearable technology apart from the devices that are used for work. Each device is then served by a multitude of software – all of which make for quite a clutter. Together with the emerging trend of bringing your own device to work, Michael presented Matrix 42 as a tool to integrate all personal devices by acting as an interface to company and personal software.  Various elements of the IT system such as security, compliance, and license management will be facilitated by Matrix 42 from the moment the user joins the organisation until the time of departure. The users will then have a personalised workspace seamlessly spread across all of their personal devices. While Matrix 42 may not provide the answer to life, the universe, and everything, it surely makes it easier for you to discover it by managing your IT workspace.

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Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier

Why you should register to attend ‘Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier’ proudly presented by the SCLAA.

Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier : Inspire / Collaborate / Change

Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier

Inspire / Collaborate / Change

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The Supply Chain & Logistics Association is proud to be presenting a ground-breaking and inspiring event at the MCG on 29 April 2016, which calls for an end to workplace bias.

Your industry needs you! 

Join us, help start the dialogue and be part of the change you want to see – no matter what industry you work in.

The event will aim to highlight the necessity of working on a way that ensures that all individuals have equitable access to opportunity, training and development within all industry sectors.

The event will showcase high profile speakers who discuss topics such as:

  • Confidence vs Competence which is more useful when it comes to getting ahead
  • Authentic Leadership: What does it truly mean to be an authentic and Influential Leader and Lead an Authentic Life
  • Fearless Leadership: Change Leadership is About People Not Organisations
  • Managing Change in a 40 Year Family Business

The Hon David Hodgett MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Ports and Public Transport who will be addressing the gathering stated; “I look forward to attending the Women in Logistics: The Final Frontier event in Melbourne later this month”

“It’s time for our industry to become gender neutral. Men and women need to unite, collaborate and excel together.” says Amanda O’Brien, National Director of SCLAA & CEO of Xtreme Freight.”


Don’t miss the Conversation at the MCG 29th April, 2016.

BOOK NOW – Tickets Selling Fast

Due to an overwhelming response, registrations for this event will now close on
Tuesday, 26 April 2016

SCLAA would like to acknowledge and thank our Sponsors.
Without their valuable support the conversation would not have begun!

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Inside FMCG and SCLAA Partnership Launch

Many of our Members interact with Retailers and Fast Moving Consumer Goods Manufacturers (FMCG), Distributors or Suppliers to these companies.As such, it is important that our Members are kept to update with Retail and FMCG Industry news and developments, as this will give you competitive advantage.

The SCLAA is pleased to announce that Members and National Partners can now subscribe to receive a FREE copy Inside FMCG, the industry’s newsletter delivered by email and the quarterly print magazine.  The Newsletter has been available for over 35 years and use to be called Foodweek.  I can recall receiving Foodweek when I started my career in 1982 and it proved an invaluable industry resource and I have received copies every since.  We will announce details for its sister publication Inside Retailing shortly.

Even if you do not professionally interact with the Retail or FMCG industry, you do at some stage when you buy everyday items!

Together with our MHD Magazine partnership, the SCLAA is providing in depth industry coverage for our members.

Inside FMCG are also providing Members and National Partners discounts on advertising rates in their publications.

Instructions on how members can sign up for free Inside FMCG subscription have been emailed directly to all members. Should members have any queries, please contact the SCLAA National Secretariat on 1300 364 160


SYSPRO Software wins Bronze STEVIE® Award in 2016 Asia-Pacific STEVIE Awards

Sydney, Australia – 21 April 2016 – SYSPRO Software was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award for the Innovation in Technology Development category in the third annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards today.

Bronze Stevie Award - SysproThe Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are the only business awards program to recognize innovation in the workplace in all 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The Stevie Awards are widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards, conferring recognition for achievement in programs such as The International Business Awards for more than a decade.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala banquet at the Westin Hotel in Sydney, Australia on 27 May.

More than 600 nominations from organizations across the Asia-Pacific region were considered this year in categories such as Award for Excellence in Innovation in Products & Services, Award for Innovative Management, and Award for Innovation in Corporate Websites, among many others. SYSPRO Software won in the Innovation in Technology Development category.

“Espresso delivers the mobility businesses are now looking for as well as great value,” Shaun Butler, CEO of SYSPRO Asia says. “We spent time perfecting things like the look and feel, inherent simplicity, and no-nonsense functionality of the product – all critical in satisfying a workforce that increasingly craves instant access to information and services.”

SYSPRO Espresso offers convenience, choice and mobility. This platform allows users of SYSPRO ERP to access their vital business data in any location at any time for device agnostic data collection and transaction processing. It is one of the first platforms of its kind to use a single source codebase to create native applications for any mobile device, with built-in powerful customisation capabilities for both the end-user and developers to engage.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 50 executives around the world acting as judges in March and April.

“We look forward to celebrating this year’s group of Stevie Award winners in Sydney for their innovations and achievements,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “We extend our warmest congratulations to all of this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.”

To find out more about SYSPRO Espresso, you can download a Espresso_Fact_Sheet or watch a concise video of this award winning mobile solution:

Details about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at

Shaun Butler


Seeking expressions of interest for ALC Diversity & Inclusion Summit

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The Australian Logistics Council is seeking expressions of interest to speak at the upcoming ALC Diversity & Inclusion Summit, to be held in Sydney on 10 November.

The inaugural ALC Diversity & Inclusion Summit, held in November 2015, saw ALC commit to taking a leadership role, with a series of strategies identified to encourage and retain more women in the logistics industry, to widen the recruitment pool and help bring a new perspective to the industry.

ALC’s publication, Diversity – Opportunity for Change, clearly outlines the task ahead and the work that needs to be done to build on the good work already underway by many leading logistics companies to develop greater diversity in the workplace.

In 2016, the Agenda for the ALC Diversity & Inclusion Summit will be expanded to include attracting youth to the industry and indigenous employment.

Read more
about ALC’s People policy area.

Please send your expression of interest (up to 250 words) to by 30 June 2016.  

Please make the following details clear as part of your submission:

  • Full contact details
  • Position and organisation
  • Presentation title

All interest will be considered by the ALC People committee.

Abolition of RSRT – A Victory for Good Policy

The abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal last night was a victory for good policy on safety in Australian supply chains, Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director of the Australian Logistics Council said today.

“The Senate vote vindicates ALC’s long held position that the Tribunal and its Orders would inevitably lead to regulatory overlap, confusion, inefficiencies and costs,” he said.

“From the time the so-called ‘safe-rates’ tribunal was proposed in 2010, ALC has highlighted that it is a flawed approach to dealing with heavy vehicle safety.

“In the ALC response to the Safe Rates Directions Paper in February 2011, ALC stated:

ALC believes that the establishment of a tribunal, as proposed in the Directions Paper, is a step against the positive momentum currently being experienced. Rather than improve safety outcomes, ALC believes the introduction of a new layer of regulation and another entity will generate duplication, confusion and cost, resulting in reduced viability of smaller operators and increased costs to consumers without achieving a commensurate improvement in safety outcomes.
“The ALC view has always been that the most effective way to drive safety in the heavy vehicle industry is through achieving greater compliance and enforcement of Chain of Responsibility in the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

“These views were outlined in the recent ALC publication Why the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Should Be Abolished.

“There are a number of proposed changes to Chain of Responsibility laws in 2016. This includes the introduction of a ‘primary duty of care’ into the current Chain of Responsibility that will be similar in nature to those contained in workplace health and safety legislation.

“Government and industry need to complement this stronger regulatory approach by progressing a number of additional key safety measures, including:

  • The mandatory use of technology in all heavy vehicles to record safety measures such as fatigue, speeding, location, dangerous driving etc.
  • Operator accreditation to ensure industry participants are competent to perform required tasks
  • A greater focus on heavy vehicle maintenance as part of chain of responsibility
  • Better alignment with work health safety laws.

“This policy work is often difficult, arduous and doesn’t get an easy headline in the major papers.

“ALC calls on those organisations that have invested time and resources in the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal to put their weight behind the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to develop and implement safety measures that are workable, effective and which drive heavy vehicle safety outcomes across Australia,” he said.

Further information, contact Duncan Sheppard on 0412 340 934 or

Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier

Friday, 29 April 2016 at the MCG

Join the Conversation at the MCG on 29th April where Jody Freestone, General Manager for Freestones Transport will be one of our inspirational speakers.

Jody Freestone with titleJody’s career was introduced to her at a very young age through the founders of the family business, which has been established for over 40 years.  Before Jody’s current position she has worked in auditing, compliance and operations within Freestones.  Jody has also working as a lawyer in commercial litigation and insurance and for regulatory authorities and the telematics sector

As General Manager of Freestones Transport, Jody Freestone is responsible for:

  • the development and execution of the company annual business plans and strategy
  • identifying new business opportunities
  • enhancing the Freestone brand
  • controlling all aspects of the business which includes finance, compliance, fleet management, operations and new business

Points that will be covered by Jody during her presentation include:

  • How to approach change in your business successfully;
  • Why the implementation of change fails; and
  • How our company approached change

For more information on ‘Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier’ and to register 


Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier. Join the Conversation!

Join the De-genderisation Conversation at the MCG on 29th April

Tracey Waring, Ernst & Young’s Oceania IFRS desk leader and Global IFRS leader – Mining & Metals, will be joining other inspirational speakers at this not-to-be-missed, ground breaking event.

Tracey Waring - 250pxTracey is a partner at EY and has worked there for over 23 years. She is their Oceania International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Desk leader and also the Global IFRS leader – Mining & Metals. She has over 23 years of experience in the provision of assurance and financial accounting advisory services to a wide range of clients and a large portion of these have been clients in the mining and metals sector. Two of these years were spent working at EY’s global headquarters in London.

In her global role, Tracey spends a significant amount of her time meeting with a wide range of Mining & Metals clients around the globe and has regular and close interactions with the International Accounting Standards Board. Tracey is a regular presenter at global EY forums, and other industry forums.

Tracey is also EY’s Oceania IFRS desk leader and leads a team of over 50 people from across the Oceania region.

Tracey is passionate about EY’s people and in particular the advancement of women.  She is a regular presenter at women’s forums facilitated by EY and externally where they explore the issues facing women. She is also a member of the advisory board of Women in Mining International which looks to implement initiatives that improve worldwide gender balance in the mining industry, and foster the professional development of women in mining. Tracey also mentors a large number of EY women across the globe.

She is a wife, a mother of two amazing teenage daughters, a sister and a daughter to two wonderful parents, and lives a busy, full but rewarding life.

For more information and to register, click here