SCLAA Celebrates International Women’s Day 2019

Happy International Women’s Day  

On behalf of SCLAA thank you to all the Ladies and Gents who came out early today to kick off a great IWD.

Thank you to Marie-Claire Ross for her fantastic speech on being authentic, Leadership, Trust, Teams and so much more.

Have a great day.

Amanda O’Brien
Chairman SCLAA





The SCLAA is pleased to celebrate International Women’s Day today, 8th March, the official date on which the importance of the achievements and continued challenge of working for gender parity is highlighted globally.

This global celebration identifies the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and was first observed as “National Women’s Day” in 1909 in New York.  This was a time of turbulence and great expansion in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.  Today, International Women’s Day is a collective day of all the history and future landscape of women’s experience and it is on this day that we remember and recognize this.  Whatever industry or field or stage of life women are at their contribution is immeasurable.  Women’s contribution adds not only financial benefits to all economies but also an unyielding strength to the fabric of all civilisations and society.

I will reiterate what I always say whenever I can that taking gender out of our conversation is one of the keys to overcoming adversity and encouraging change.  We are competent and purposeful individuals who strive to work to be heard in an unyielding industry.  It is not only about being invited to the table it is about being asked to make a contribution at that table that counts.   It is only through continual collaboration with industry that our voices will be heard.   The gender debate is not a women’s issue it is a business issue and should be front and centre of all companies and business’ in Australia today and until ALL women:

  • have wage parity;
  • are asked to contribute in the highest policy circles;
  • have superannuation payments maintained at work and during leaves of absence;
  • have the same opportunities as men in ANY field;
  • globally are not suffering from FGM which violates a girl’s rites and promotes inequality;
  • have the same educational and employment opportunities;
  • have the opportunity raise a family and not be faced with poverty and financial hardship;
  • are free from domestic violence and sexual violence;
  • are safe from being made to be child brides and being denied access to education which results in a life of misery – something which 140 million females globally are subjected to;
  • included in policy circles in ALL industries;
  • are able to choose to play ANY sport on any day;
  • do not have their careers diminished by choosing to have a family;
  • are presented equally in every rank in every company globally;
  • have equal representation on ASX Boards and can make up more than the current 20% of ASX Boards;
  • in Australia have gender parity and are not more than 60 years behind their male counterparts
  • in Australia receive equal pay in for equal skills, as is the case in Iceland, and no longer remain behind the rest of the world
  • are able to be promoted in ANY field on equal education and equal capability
  • are safe from preventable pregnancy complications which globally take 800 women’s lives annually
  • are free from slave labour which currently affects 70% of the world’s population
  • live in a world where 95% of countries are not only led by a male head of state
  • can call themselves a ‘woman’, ‘female’, ‘LGBTIQ’, ‘she’, ‘Chairman’ (as I choose to exercise my democratic right) without being questioned
  • can speak their minds without the fear of being politically incorrect
  • can pick up any newspaper or magazine and see women equally represented in ANY Government circle

ONLY THEN, will International Women’s Day no longer be a necessity.

It is clear that we as a global community have a very long way to go before women are given a fair go

So, until then, whatever you do on this International Women’s Day, don’t forget to acknowledge those women in your life who continue to support, inspire, challenge and drive themselves to make it a better world for all of us.

Happy International Women’s Day from all of our incredible teams and supporters at the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia.

In the words of the suffragettes:

”Deeds not Words”

Courage is a Muscle and Men of Quality do not Fear Equality”

SCLAA congratulates WiseTech Global

The SCLAA congratulates WiseTech Global on the acquisition of  leading container solutions provider, Containerchain and is proud of WiseTech Global’s affiliation with the SCLAA as a National Partner.

Global logistics solutions group, WiseTech Global, has announced the acquisition of Containerchain, a leading container optimisation solutions provider to the container shipping and landside container logistics communities in Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.

Headquartered in Singapore, Containerchain is a market leader for containerised solutions in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore with more recent expansion to Malaysia, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, and the United States. Containerchain’s solutions provide real-time tracking, automation, connectivity, operational planning and container visibility across the supply chain; currently covering more than 5 million import and export container movement notifications annually.

Containerchain serves the container community of empty container depots, road transporters, container terminals, warehouses, shipping lines and cargo owners. Its customers include Qube Holdings, CMA CGM, ACFS Port Logistics, Arrow Transport and Logistics, Chalmers, DP World Logistics Australia, Kuehne + Nagel, Cogent Holdings, CWT, Eng Kong, ITS ConGlobal, ANL Container Line, Port of Tauranga, Pinnacle Corporation, CDAS (Container Depot Association of Singapore) and many other logistics providers and organisations.

WiseTech Global Founder and CEO, Richard White, said “Containerchain is a valuable connector technology, digitising and optimising container depot operations and gate slot-bookings, adding adjacent technology to our portfolio of CargoWise One 2PL and 3PL execution capabilities and further facilitating our new platform in development, CargoWise Nexus. We see great strategic value in the team’s container management technology and expertise, connectivity across landside communities and significant market penetration in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Importantly this acquisition further expands our offering and ability to reach new customer segments.

“Bringing Containerchain into the WiseTech group now, with our powerful innovation capacity across our 20 development centres worldwide and our significant operational capacity to support commercial engagement for their new entry markets, presents an incredible opportunity for efficient future growth – benefiting container communities and the 12,000 organisations using WiseTech logistics solutions across the world.

“This transaction is an additional component in our global container automation and domestic land-side technology developments. We currently track more than 12 million international ocean containers annually through all major milestones, including container depots and ports for logistics organisations. Now, with Containerchain, we will be able to provide additional visibility, notifications and decision-making capability domestically on both ends of the container chain. Increasingly, we are expanding into capabilities that will connect and enable logistics providers and carrier with Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCO’s) such as shippers, importers, exporters and other logistics users.”

Containerchain Founder, Tony Paldano, said, “This is a big step forward, with customers getting access to full information management of their shipments, clean and complete data for improved decision-making, and significant productivity improvements for all stakeholders as a result. Containerchain remain committed to our customers internationally, who we know will benefit from our access to WiseTech’s significant R&D capabilities and global customer network.”

Containerchain Managing Director, Chris Collins, said, “For some time, the containerised supply chain has been seeking integrated platform connectivity to further improve efficiencies and shipper visibility. The combination of Containerchain’s landside container management ecosystem and WiseTech’s global CargoWise One execution platform will allow us to enhance this connectivity and ultimately deliver true door-to-door shipper visibility and optimisation.”

WiseTech Global is acquiring Containerchain from founder Tony Paldano and funds managed by CHAMP Private Equity. Containerchain will remain under the joint leadership of Managing Director, Chris Collins, and Founder, Tony Paldano, and will continue to deliver innovative containerised solutions to their customers worldwide. Containerchain will also have opportunities to grow more rapidly outside of ANZ and Singapore arising from many of the 12,000 organisations globally who utilise WiseTech’s integrated supply chain execution solutions, along with WiseTech’s adjacent technology providers and new geographic regions within the global group.

WiseTech Global Founder and CEO, Richard White, said “Our CargoWise engines, services and systems are designed with a global schema, utilising workflows, automations, trigger events, exception-led transactions, robotics and guided decision-making tools to deliver essential platforms and applications. Ultimately, they will create value through electronic integration, cost reduction, digitisation and deep automation capabilities, conserving resources, reducing errors and connecting shippers, carriers, logistics providers and governments live across the supply chains.

Across 130 countries, CargoWise One enables logistics service providers to execute highly complex transactions in areas such as freight forwarding, customs clearance, warehousing, shipping, tracking, land transport, e-commerce, and cross-border compliance and to manage their operations on one database across multiple users, functions, countries, languages and currencies.

This transaction follows WiseTech’s other recent logistics solutions acquisitions in Argentina, Australasia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, North America, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and Uruguay, and is in line with WiseTech Global’s clearly stated strategy of accelerating long-term organic growth through targeted, valuable acquisitions.


About WiseTech Global

WiseTech Global is a leading developer and provider of software solutions to the logistics execution industry globally. Our customers include 12,000 of the world’s logistics companies across 130 countries, including 38 of the top 50 global third party logistics providers and all 25 of the 25 largest global freight forwarders worldwide[1]. Our flagship product, CargoWise One, forms an integral link in the global supply chain and executes over 44 billion data transactions annually. At WiseTech, we are relentless about innovation, adding more than 3,000 product enhancements to our global platform in the past five years while bringing meaningful continual improvement to the world’s supply chains. Our breakthrough software solutions are renowned for their powerful productivity, extensive functionality, comprehensive integration, deep compliance capabilities, and truly global reach.

CargoWise Nexus is a powerful web-based portal to connect the importer, exporter and freight user with their communities of suppliers, information sets and functional capabilities. CargoWise Nexus is a separate platform from CargoWise One. Nexus is a connector portal, which shares a large number of datasets, components and transactional capabilities with CargoWise One, designed to provide real-time visibility and decision-making capabilities.

The WiseTech Global group includes CargoWise One, ABM Data Systems, ACO Informatica, BorderWise, Bysoft, Cargoguide, CargoIT, CargoSphere, CMS Transport Systems, CustomsMatters, DataFreight, EasyLog, Fenix, Forward, Intris, LSP Solutions, Microlistics, Multi Consult, Pierbridge, Prolink, SaaS Transportation, SmartFreight, Softcargo, Softship, Systema, Taric, Trinium Technologies, Ulukom, zsoft and znet Group.

For more information about WiseTech Global or CargoWise One, please visit



Exciting News!

Skills self-assessment tool launched

– identify areas for professional development.


The SCLAA is thrilled to announce the launch of our exciting skills analysis platform at

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Own and progress your career by taking SCLAA’s free skills gap analysis tool for Supply Chain and Logistics professionals. By answering a series of questions you can assess your skills and further develop the key capabilities and behaviours required to progress your career.

Capabilities Assessed:

Inventory Control, Supply Planning, Demand Planning, Transportation, Order Management, Warehousing, Manufacturing, Legal Contracting, Financials and Project Management


  • Benchmark your capabilities against the Supply Chain profession
  • Gain insights to your career journey and expertise
  • Discover the skills you need to progress your career
  • Receive a personalised report on your results, including e-Learning recommendations


To start your self-assessment you’ll need to create an account on the training needs analysis page – click  REGISTER HERE  link.

SCLAA Announces Trade Visit to China



 register please complete the online registration form  BY 18 March 2019 to lock in the current price.
You will receive a confirmation email and receipt of payment.
Please note: Payment should be made online when registering for the Trade Visit.

For any information, please contact the SCLAA National Secretariat on 1300 364 160 or

Safety Factors Critical to Warehouse Workers

Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety 2018/19 – Released

Warehouses can be dangerous and hazardous places to work in. Storage areas in any warehouse and manufacturing environment are usually high-density work areas with a number of potential hazards. Therefore taking the correct precautions to ensure safety within the warehouse is crucial to the health and safety of workers.

The recent release of the Augmented Reality (AR) Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety by Pro-Visual Publishing in partnership with Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA), The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI), provides workers with up-to-date and relevant safety information with the aim of reducing workplace fatality and deaths.

The main topics on this Guide includes:

  • Chain of Responsibility
  • Traffic Management
  • Developing a Safety Management System
  • Load Management & Pallet Racking Compliance
  • Drugs & Alcohol Policy

The AR element of this year’s Guide adds a dynamic and interactive experience for workers. By simply downloading the free Pro-Vis AR app, users can scan over any AR capable content to view further safety resources straight to their smart device.

“I would like to thank all of the sponsors of the Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety 2019. Their support has made it possible for the Guide to be distributed free of charge.”

– John Hutchings, CEO, Pro-Visual Publishing.

Pro-Visual Publishing is the leading specialist in wall-mounted workplace health & safety, food safety & hygiene, and well-being 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 or visit

For media enquiries or images please contact Deanna Davenport at Pro-Visual Publishing on (02) 8272 2611 or

Dematic to install AGVS in new GTS Freight Group Warehouse

Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has announced that Dematic Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) will be installed in GTS Freight Group’s new warehouse.

GTS Freight Group is a privately-owned full-service logistics company based in Mildura, which operates a nation-wide fleet of over 150 prime movers and over 450 trailers. Due to ongoing growth, the GTS Group is constructing a new depot adjacent to its existing facility. This will incorporate a 10,000 m2 warehouse, trailer parking for 60 trailers and a new corporate headquarters for the group.

GTS selected a turnkey Dematic AGV system to manage its block stacked full pallet warehouse. The AGV system comprises two counterbalance AGVs utilising QR code navigation within block stack lanes and Dematic’s AGV Manage Warehouse Control Software (WCS) interfaced with Paperless WMS.

“We wanted an efficient and cost-effective warehousing solution that would allow for continued growth and expansion,” said Damien Matthews, Managing Director, GTS. “We have been a long-time customer of Dematic and the turnkey capability was a big plus. Dematic was selected as they have proven to be a continual performer with years of background history and they designed these AGVs to perfectly meet our warehouse needs.”

The AGVs have been designed to work in a specific area, receiving stock, and putting away and picking full pallets, whilst part picking is performed manually, as well as all warehouse housekeeping. The AGVs have been designed for GTS with a combination of laser guidance and QR code navigation. The QR codes can allow for more accurate navigation within high block stacked warehouses, allowing the AGVs to operate in high-density storage.

“We are implementing two AGV CB-1200-55-S units, with a height of 6.0 metres and a lifting capacity of 1,200 kg,” said Greg Carrington, Southern Regional Manager AGV, Dematic. “The efficiencies that the AGVs will provide include the ability to continually work after hours and fit the design of the warehouse to help keep those efficiencies at an optimum.”

One of the key benefits of installing the AGVs in GTS’ new warehouse is to be able to perform other tasks that need attending to, including stock maintenance and data entry, at the same time that the AGVs are performing the picking tasks. The new AGVs are due to go live mid-2019.

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



About Dematic

Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain. Dematic employs over 6,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centres and manufacturing facilities located around the world. Dematic is one brand under the KION Group of companies and has implemented more than 6,000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimise material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centres. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally and a leading provider of warehouse automation.

About GTS Freight Group

Based in Mildura, North West Victoria, GTS is a privately owned business that has grown from humble beginnings in 1980 to become one of the largest wine and beverage transport distributors nationwide. Backed by an ever-expanding fleet of vehicles and a team of dedicated staff, GTS is committed to servicing their clients with the highest level of excellence.

Australia Day – 26 January 2019

Dorothea Mackellar fourth verse of the original “Core of My Heart” otherwise known as “My Country” may have written;

          I love a sunburnt country,
          A land of sweeping plains,
          Of ragged mountain ranges,
          Of droughts and flooding rains.

However, this Australia Day means different things to many people but above all it is how we honour the day and what it means to us to be lucky enough to live in this great country.  How will you celebrate the day that fundamentally encompasses our people, our history, our diversity and our individual beliefs on what it means to be Australian?

Whatever the division over the date that Australia Day is held it is important whether it be for recent arrivals or for people who have been here for thousands of years to come together and celebrate the achievements of the people and its country.

The past travesties of history cannot disappear nor the debate and criticism over the past but it is a result of a great democratic society and all Australians should come together as one to not only recognise this history but celebrate the progress that has been made.  The rich diverse cultural divides can be brought closer together and there will be more opportunity for our children and our children’s children to make progress and change in the future.

Australia Day is for all Australian’s no matter where our personal stories began and it is important to reflect, recognise and celebrate contemporary Australia.  We celebrate all the things we love about Australia, our lands, a sense of a fair go, our lifestyle, democracy and our freedoms.  It is important to recognise our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those who come from all corners of the globe to call Australia home and continue to build it into the great nation it has become.

There are events held all across Australia organised by State Governments, local councils, community groups and celebrations around the country with family and friends getting together to share the day.  Over sixteen thousand people will become naturalised Australians on Australia Day and we welcome them to our country.  There will also be countless others immigrating over the coming years who will make this their home and contribute greatly to our society.

This is the lucky country and due to our rich cultural diversity and opportunity we have it is important to celebrate all things that make our country great.  Whatever you do or however you decide to celebrate Australia Day we all have a very bright future to look forward to as long as we continue to make important contributions no matter how small or large in working to build the fabric of Australian Society.

On a personal note, stay safe on Australia Day, continue to achieve your dreams and strive for a better future for all Australians.

Happy Australia Day from everyone at the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia.

Amanda O’Brien
SCLAA Chairman

Introducing SCLAA’s New National Partner – BluJay Solutions

New SCLAA National Partner – BluJay Solutions

The SCLAA welcomes our newest National Partner, BluJay Solutions. As 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. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.

BluJay Solutions Overview

BluJay Solutions delivers supply chain software and services to the world’s most progressive retailers, distributors, freight forwarders, manufacturers, and logistics service providers. Transforming supply chain logistics with the BluJay Global Trade Network, we enable customers to unlock the power of more than 40,000 universally connected partners. With BluJay, companies can achieve greater trade velocity, transform their supply chain economics for disruptive advantage, and see beyond the horizon to optimize their future in the global economy.

The BluJay Global Trade Network is a fundamentally new model that goes beyond automation to harness the full power of the global supply chain ecosystem. At the heart of this powerful network is BluJay’s comprehensive and integrated portfolio of logistics applications, analytics, and services, all delivered through a scalable, single instance multi-tenant cloud. With rich domain expertise in all areas vital to global trade – transportation, parcel, freight forwarding, warehouse, customs and compliance – along with four decades of experience, BluJay is the trusted choice of over 7,500 customers in more than 100 countries.

Customer success is the standard by which BluJay measures success. Over 1,000 motivated employees worldwide, 20 percent of whom have 15+ years of experience with the company, are committed to delivering on this promise.

For more information, visit

SCLAA Appoints New Independent Director

Sue Tomic appointed to the SCLAA Board


It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of a new SCLAA Independent Director, Sue Tomic. Sue will be taking up the position of Secretary/Treasurer on the SCLAA Board. Considerable diligence is taken by the SCLAA Board when considering the appointment of Independent Directors and the Board is delighted that Sue has agreed to accept the position.

2018 was a landmark year for the Association with agreements signed for additional membership benefits, the MOU with the Australia International Trade Association, development of our new website (to be launched shortly), our upgraded Member Management System and administrative cost reductions. The wealth of knowledge and experience that Sue brings to the Board will contribute considerably to the continued development of the Association for the benefit of members.

Sue has over 20 years experience in strategy & operations, finance and operational management advisory and has provided professional services to the Retail, IT, Automotive, Intermodal Freight and Logistics industries.

With a strong Management Consulting background and exposure to underperforming businesses, turnaround and accelerated transformation situations and previous experience working for and consulting to companies on matters of financial performance, financial management and operational improvement that achieve sustainable value add, Sue has resumed her professional services practice and is the Founder and lead consultant of Chain Consulting.

Sue fell into the logistics industry by accident 10 years ago, having held the position of CFO and interim CEO of Maritime Container Services, the largest privately owned intermodal terminal operator in Australia. Her knowledge of the containerized freight sector (road and rail) and all its associated challenges for the movement of IMEX products -both rural and local has led to a passion of being an ambassador for change to reduce costly inefficiencies. She is currently General Manager of DP World Logistics-the only Intermodal Depot at Port Botany and DP World’s first  venture into landside logistics in Australia.

Sue has a strong network of operator/owners and contacts and looks forward to fostering collaboration across key stakeholders in the Containerized freight transport and logistics sector from Paddock to Port (or Port to DC, whatever the case may be).

Sue holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting & Management, and is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Amanda O’Brien
SCLAA Chairman