International Business Systems Appoints Jayne Archbold as Chief Executive Officer

IBS CEO Jayne Archbold with titleSOLNA, Sweden, Feb. 15, 2016International Business Systems (IBS), a leading global supplier of integrated ERP, warehouse management systems (WMS) and supply chain solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jayne Archbold as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Archbold is a seasoned executive with 18 years of experience in the ERP sector, most recently at Sage Group plc, where she led the global mid-market and enterprise customer business. Known for her keen attention to people and customer engagement, Archbold has a track record of driving product innovation, operational transformation and growth.

“I’m delighted to join IBS. With its fantastic pool of talent, loyal customer base and a reputation for outstanding service, IBS is a strong business with great potential,” said Archbold. “IBS is a uniquely qualified partner for businesses looking to adapt to the rapid changes sweeping through the distribution sector. I look forward to working with the team at IBS to deliver world-class products and services to our current and future customers.”

“We are extremely pleased to name Jayne Archbold as CEO of IBS. Her impressive record of achievement over a long career in the industry, combined with her passion for people including customers, employees and partners, makes her supremely qualified to lead IBS and fulfill our shared vision for the future of the business,” said Steven Hargreaves, who had been serving as interim CEO pending a search conducted by the company.

Archbold, an experienced CEO and managing director, has a record of delivering profitable growth in enterprise software businesses. At Sage Group plc, since 1997, Archbold’s career developed through management and leadership roles of consistently growing scope and achievement. Most recently, she was CEO of Sage Mid-Market Division Europe, responsible for expanding the company’s first-ever global ERP product into new geographies and taking it from regional to global distribution, achieving double-digit growth during the last 12 months in her post. Archbold represents the ERP sector as an active council member of Gerson Lehrman Group, the world’s leading platform for professional learning.

CSCMP “State of Logistics Report®” Announcement

CSCMP Collaborating with A.T. Kearney and Penske Logistics to Produce Annual “State of Logistics® Report”

Lombard, Illinois USA (February 16, 2016)–The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) today announced that it is collaborating with global strategic management consulting firm A.T. Kearney as the new author and researcher to product its Annual “State of Logistics Report®

Penske Logistics will continue in its longstanding role as top supporter of the “State of Logistics Report®” as it has since 2009. Penske Logistics is also a Global Sponsor of CSCMP’s Annual Conference and supporter of CSCMP’s Young Professionals Survey.

A.T. Kearney has assembled an outstanding team with top-tier supply chain experience to produce the report. The addition of A.T. Kearney will enable CSCMP to improve the quantitative and qualitative value of the report for our membership and supply chain community.

Highlights will include:

  • A laser-focused narrative detailing the economic environment impacting logistics
  • Interviews with industry leaders, including shippers, carriers and regulators
  • An in-depth spotlight on relevant trends and expected changes in 2016 and beyond
  • A well-informed, global and strategic point of view on the state of the industry

The 27th Annual “State of Logistics Report®,” presented by Penske Logistics, will debut at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on June 21, 2016.  The report has tracked and measured all costs associated with moving freight through the U.S. supply chain since 1988. This year’s report will present an overview of the economy during the past year, the logistics industry’s key trends, and the total U.S. logistics costs for 2015.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with A.T. Kearney as the author of this important report,” said Rick Blasgen, president and chief executive offer of CSCMP. “Along with our supporter, Penske Logistics, we will be able to bring our members the most insightful and meaningful trends and perspectives in the logistics arena.”

“This highly anticipated report contains the statistics and industry insights that will not only help our members do their jobs better, but also better prepare them for the business demands ahead.”

CSCMP Special Message – Participate in the 2016 Call for Sessions!

Participate in the 2016 Call for Sessions!

Deadline is February 29, 2016 

The CSCMP Conference Committee are soliciting session ideas that will contribute to the 2016 Education Tracks:

  • Demand Planning
  • Government and Regulations
  • Integrated Supply Chain Management
  • Manufacturing and Service Operations
  • Order Fulfillment and Customer Service
  • Supply Chain Leadership
  • Supply Management and Procurement
  • Technology Solutions
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Warehousing

 

Submit your idea online by February 29 to be considered.

Protecting small businesses high on ACCC’s agenda & free webinar on new unfair contract terms

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is continuing to focus upon misleading and deceptive conduct complaints from small businesses, as revealed in the latest biannual Small business in focus report.

This report, the eleventh in the series, highlights some of the ACCC’s key work in the small business and franchising sectors between 1 July and 31 December 2015. It also contains the latest small business and franchising complaints data.

“Over the last six months, the ACCC received almost 5,000 complaints from small businesses. Concerns about misleading conduct remain the biggest issue for small businesses,” ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.

“Conduct resulting in substantial small business detriment has been a priority for the ACCC and we want to make it clear that this type of conduct is unacceptable.”

In November, the ACCC achieved a significant court outcome when Safety Compliance Pty Ltd was ordered to pay a penalty of $515,000 for making false or misleading representations to small businesses in connection with the supply of safety wall charts and first aid kits.

In December, the Federal Court ordered the franchisor of the Electrodry Carpet Cleaning business was ordered to pay total penalties of $215,000 for its involvement in the publishing of fake testimonials on the internet.

“While online testimonials can be a useful and genuine marketing tool for businesses to advertise to consumers, deliberately making or inducing false or misleading representations in testimonials breaches the Australian Consumer Law and confers an unfair advantage when competing against businesses that do the right thing,” Dr Schaper said.

The report also outlines the ACCC’s recent and upcoming activities to help businesses understand their rights and responsibilities under the new business-to-business unfair contract terms protections.

“To help businesses big and small to make sense of the new law, the ACCC together with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, is holding a free interactive webinar on 16 March,” Dr Schaper said.

The ACCC’s online resources continued to be popular during the July–December 2015 period, with more than 450 000 views of the ACCC’s business webpages, and over 11 500 users of the ACCC’s three free online education programs. These online programs are available atwww.ccaeducationprograms.org(link is external).

Small business in focus is available at https://www.accc.gov.au/publications/small-business-in-focus/small-business-in-focus-1-july-2015-to-31-december-2015

The ACCC Small Business webinar

‘The new business-to-business unfair contract terms law – what you need to know and do now’ will be held on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at 7pm (AEDST).

Register for the live webinar – The new business-to-business unfair contract terms law – what you need to know and do now(link is external)

This webinar will provide a general overview of the new business-to-business unfair contract terms protections and, if your business offers standard form contracts to other businesses, what you need to do before the law takes effect.

It will also explain:

  • which contracts and terms are covered by the new law
  • the types of terms that may be unfair
  • how to determine if a contract term may be unfair
  • what you can do if you receive a contract that you think includes an unfair term.

Background

Safety Compliance Pty Ltd and individuals ordered to pay penalties for misleading small businesses

Federal Court orders Electrodry franchisor to pay $215,000 in penalties for fake testimonials

Vaughan Constructions Signs $200M Rail Hub Projects

Vaughan Constructions Pty Ltd has been appointed to master-plan and develop two regional Rail Hubs and Business Parks for joint venture partners Colin Rees Group Pty Ltd and Amberly Management Pty Ltd.

Ettamogah Rail Hub,15kms north of Albury on the Hume Hwy, and Widgelli Rail Hub and Business Park,10kms South East of Griffith, NSW are strategically located to support over 500kms of rail  branch lines throughout the Riverina.

Ettamogah Rail Hub, owned and operated by rail experts, Colin Rees Group since 2009, will yield over 45,000m2 of warehouse space for lease. Cameron Jackson, Chief Operating Officer for the Colin Rees Group said, “We haven’t pushed the boat out too far to date. We’ve concentrated on the rail operations but the time is right now, with the right partners, to offer more to our customers. The Prelease interest has been encouraging with multiple enquiries on the hub already showing us that the demand is there in regional areas.”

Mr Jackson said the Group intends to retain the investments on the Ettamogah site. It is believed that rents start at approx. $65/m2. “Planning has commenced and we’re looking to break dirt in next 3 to 4 months.”

The Morsheads, a fourth generation Griffith family with broad agricultural interests, joined forces through their Amberley Group with the Colin Rees Group. Widgelli Rail Hub and Business Park is situated on a 68ha site owned by the Morshead family. The first 30ha stage of development at Widgelli will include the design and construction of a new rail hub, rail sidings and over 100,000m2 of warehouse space, hardstands and road networks; a construction value in excess of $80,000,000.

The Widgelli site received Town Planning approval in August last year. The Business Park offers both Prelease and Land and Building packages for warehouse and cold storage buildings ranging from 2,500m2 to 20,000m2 in addition to container rated hardstands.

“There’s a huge variety of potential users of the hubs, so Vaughan’s design solution is flexible to accommodate any business.” Mr Jackson said. The Australian Government Department of Agriculture report released in April 2015, using latest available results, confirmed that in addition to grapes, and tomatoes the Riverina accounted for 96% of the total value of the NSW’s carrots, 74% of the state’s oranges, 59% of the state’s apples and nearly half of the state’s rice production.

Despite many years of advocacy about the benefits of rail, investment in rail and rail associated infrastructure has lagged. “We know that production costs have been squeezed to breaking point, so the focus of many producers, processors, retailers and exporters is the supply chain. We saw a definite gap in the market. So we’ve teamed up with Morsheads and Vaughans and we’re able to offer ‘Short Line’ rail services in addition to conventional warehouse, cold storage and distribution facilities to our customers. Our Regional Connect network can get your box from anywhere in the Riverina to any eastern seaboard port and even Perth via the Junee or Cootamundra connections.”

Short Line Rail has led the revival of rail transport in the United States. It provides the benefits from economies of scale to individual customers by pooling assets and infrastructure in hubs, spreading the costs and providing an economical option to get onto the main line networks.

The development management agreement between the three parties will see Vaughan Constructions roll out the design and construction of warehousing, hardstand areas, container pavements, ancillary offices and rail sidings. Ettamogah is expected to be fully developed within 18 months and the first of two major stages at Widgelli over the next 2 years. Rents and Land/Build rates are expected to be released for Widgelli this month.

“The concept of bringing rail to the customer, similar to the US, is a winner. Our development partners are investing in quality assets with a long term view of the success and viability of rail” Andrew Noble Director and General Manager of Vaughan Constructions said. “It’s also likely to reinvigorate or reopen disused rail links.”

Vaughans has extensive experience in planning and developing estates, including the highly successful Wyndham Industrial Estate located in Melbourne’s Western Industrial precinct. The sixty year old company has serviced some of Australia’s largest and most successful logistics companies nation-wide including Linfox, Asciano, K & S Freighters, Northline and Mainfreight with Prelease and Land and Building packages.

“This is a significant investment for all of us, so we had to have Vaughans on board. We had the land, we had the network and the business model but we needed the development experts. There’s no point providing a second rate offering, the market is smart and cant be taken for granted.” Mr Jackson said “Our offering has to be compelling. I’m confident in the Riverina. As a group of people – Colin Rees Group, Amberley Group and Vaughans, We’re easy to do business with. At the end of the day people also want to deal with decent people.”

Eliminate Risks – Store Correctly, Inspect Regularly

Eliminate Risks – Store Correctly, Inspect Regularly

 Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety 2015/16 – Released

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From manual handling to dangerous goods, the supply chain and warehouse industry presents several hazards, but many injuries and accidents can be avoided by carrying out safe work practices. Safety should always come first, which is why Pro-Visual Publishing, in partnership with the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA), the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) Foundation and Safe Work Australia, has released the Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety 2015/16, an essential resource that aims to educate workers by providing instructions and information to reduce workplace risks.

Manual handling is a significant cause of injuries in warehousing and logistics operations, particularly where large amounts of loading, unloading and moving stock is involved. Awkward postures, confined areas and the use of incorrect equipment or tools can cause these injuries. To keep the workplace safe, manual handling tasks need to be constantly re-evaluated to ensure risks are controlled. Limiting the height of shelves to shoulder height and using powered conveyors or slides are just some of the suggestions the Guide offers to eliminate and reduce manual handling hazards.

Storage areas are another aspect of the warehousing industry with a number of potential hazards. Racking should be designed specifically for the type of product being stored, and regular inspections should be conducted to check its structural integrity. When storing dangerous goods, it is integral for employers to comply with legislative requirements in order to minimise risks. Labels and Material Safety Data Sheets ensure users of the dangerous goods are aware of the nature of the substances and any relevant emergency procedures.

“I would like to thank the sponsors of the Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety 2015/16. Their support has made it possible for it to be distributed free of charge.” – John Hutchings, CEO, Pro-Visual Publishing.

Pro-Visual Partners

Pro-Visual Publishing is the leading specialist in wall-mounted workplace health & safety, food safety & hygiene, and wellbeing information resource guides. Each guide is practical and informative, providing a quick reference point for management and staff. Pro-Visual Publishing’s guides are vital resources to ensure workers return home exactly the way they came to work.

For further information, or to obtain additional copies of the Guide, please call (02) 8272 2611, email marketing@provisual.com.au or visit www.provisual.com.au

For media enquiries or images please contact Deanna Davenport at Pro-Visual Publishing on (02) 8272 2611 or ddavenport@provisual.com.au

Introducing SCLAA’s New National Partner – Infosys Portland

The SCLAA is a not for profit Industry Association, run by members for members. Our ability to support the SCLAA infrastructure and to expand is highly dependent on our National Partners, one of which we newly welcome is Infosys Portland. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.

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Infosys Portland has been helping organisations grow and take cost out of their businesses for 16 years.

Over this time we have worked with around 300 organisations addressing more than $65Bn in spend and saving in the order of $5Bn annually through improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their supply chain and procurement activities.

We work with closely with our clients to identify, implement, and manage supply chain and procurement improvement from large scale transformation programmes to targeted cost reduction initiatives.

Infosys Portland has around 190 employees from diverse cultures and geographies. Our global footprint, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, Singapore and Pune, allows us to service clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

In 2012 we were acquired by Infosys Ltd one of the world’s leading technology, outsourcing and consulting groups with revenue exceeding $9Bn and 190,000 employees with offices in 33 countries globally including India, USA, China, UK, Canada and Japan.

Supply Chain

The supply chain team fully understands the link between supply chain and overall business performance and is passionate about delivering improved profitability to our clients. Our experienced team effectively blends supply chain operational and consulting experience assisting clients in the development of supply chain strategy, supporting implementation and directly managing elements of supply chain operations to realise sustainable benefits.

Benefits to You Organisation

We will help your organisation understand, develop and deploy supply chain strategies that will improve competitiveness in the marketplace, assist growth and deliver an improved bottom line.

We understand the trade-offs that are key to delivering a world class supply chain, however our clients typically benefit from improved customer service, reduced inventory, lower freight, manufacturing and warehousing costs with a reduced carbon footprint.

We typically deliver 5–10 times your investment in our services.

Infosys Portland Difference

Our singular focus on supply chain and procurement coupled with our ability to attract and retain outstanding people, has allowed us to differentiate our service offerings from more generalist competitors to become the supplier of choice to a number of Australia’s most successful companies.

  • We operate across the whole scope of the supply chain function, including cost to serve, strategy development, supply chain planning, network optimisation, procurement, warehousing, freight, inventory management and master data management
  • We recruit and employ our own staff that combines senior industry operational experience with leading-edge consulting skills so that supply chain strategies are not only developed but effectively executed
  • As part of a large global IT & BPO organisation we have the footprint to deliver services through a global delivery model with a combination of onshore and offshore resources tailored to your requirements
  • We provide advanced technology solutions and tools to enhance visibility and sustainability of benefits

Contact our Director of supply Chain directly if you would like to understand how we can leverage technology, supply chain consulting, procurement and outsourcing to make you more profitable and competitive: SCoates@InfosysPortland.com

www.InfosysPortland.com   |  02 9210 4399   |  03 8825 3899

Changes to the Heavy National Law and Regulations from 6 February

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Changes to the Heavy National Law and Regulations from 6 February

From tomorrow, Saturday 6 February 2016, the latest amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Regulations will take effect. While many of the changes are administrative only and will not impact on your day-to-day operations, key changes include:

  • Alignment of vehicle standards for new and in-service vehicles
  • new penalties that are consistent across all HVNL jurisdictions
  • formal recognition of electronic work diaries, paving the way for their rollout in 2017

Changes relating to electronic work diaries  will have no immediate impact. The adoption of electronic work diaries is voluntary and is currently planned for 2017.

Visit our website for more information and a vehicle standards guide outlining the changes.


Electronic work diaries – a voluntary alternative

An Electronic Work Diary (EWD) is an electronic device or system to monitor and record a driver’s work and rest times. In 2017, EWDs will be introduced as a voluntary alternative to written work diaries.

EWDs will improve compliance and boost safety for all road users through:

improved data accuracy and transparency to drivers, transport operators and authorised officers

provision of real-time data which enables transport operators to respond immediately to actual breaches and monitor performance over time

in-vehicle driver information which enables drivers to plan their work and rest and take action when alerted to an imminent or actual breach.

  • improved data accuracy and transparency to drivers, transport operators and authorised officers
  • provision of real-time data which enables transport operators to respond immediately to actual breaches and monitor performance over time
  • in-vehicle driver information which enables drivers to plan their work and rest and take action when alerted to an imminent or actual breach.

Ultimately, EWDs are expected to contribute to a reduction in heavy vehicle crashes, due to better management of driver fatigue and compliance with fatigue rules.

Visit our website for more information.


New notices

Victoria- Exemption Relating to Silage Amendment

Extends the expiry date of the exemption to 31 January 2017.

Queensland – Class Permit 147-TH-14 Log Timber Concession Amendment Notice 2016 (No. 1)

Extends the expiry date of the Class Permit No. 147-TH-14 Mass exemption for the transportation of log timber from 7 February 2016 to 30 June 2016.

Queensland heavy vehicle class 1 agricultural vehicle (zone 1) dimension exemption notice 2016

Exempts certain class 1 heavy vehicles from prescribed dimension requirements specified in the notice. Refer to Information Sheet – Queensland heavy vehicle class 1 agricultural vehicle (zone 1) dimension exemption notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF, 172KB)


For more information

Visit www.nhvr.gov.au or call 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487). Standard call charges apply, check with your phone provider.

A BIG THANK YOU from Pandan Filipino Youth Foundation

SCLAA QLD is very pleased to advise that many of the leftover delegates bags and promotional items from the 2015 QLD Supply Chain & Logistics Conference were boxed up and donated to the Pandan Filipino Youth Foundation that helps school children in the Pandan Province in Antique, Philippines.
To read the full story please click here: https://qldscc.com/index.cfm?NewsID=21&MenuID=72

Filipino Youth Foundation

Extending Unfair Contract Term Protections to Small Businesses

You are invited to comment on incoming law that extends unfair contract term protections to small businesses. This law will allow small businesses to have an unfair term in a contract declared void by a court. Comments are specifically invited on whether the law provides equivalent and enforceable protections for small businesses.

Click here for more information and to submit your comment.