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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Webinar Recording – Managing Staff In-line with the Fair Work Act.

For your convenience access to the “Managing Staff In-Line with the Fair Work Act” Webinar recording and supporting documents are linked below. We hope you enjoy it:

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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 is external).

Small business in focus is available at

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.


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.”