Invitation to participate in ACCC business stakeholder survey – what can we do to improve our performance?

The ACCC will be conducting a survey of our business stakeholders in March 2016. The survey will seek feedback on the ACCC’s performance so that we can identify areas for improvement about how we engage with businesses across all of the activities we undertake.

We are therefore keen to hear the views of small businesses, as well as medium and large businesses, across all sectors of the economy.

The ACCC will be working with a professional research firm to conduct the online survey on our behalf. Your responses will be confidential. The ACCC will not have access to any individual’s comments. The overall findings, however, will be made public and will be published on the ACCC website.

If you would be willing to participate in the survey, please click on the button below, and we will provide your contact details to the research firm strictly for the purposes of conducting the ACCC survey in March. We expect the survey will take no more than 10–15 minutes of your time to complete, and your participation would be highly valued.

Thank you for considering this invitation.


Election of a new Future Leader National Chairperson

The SCLAA is pleased to announce that Mr Yury Sukhov has been elected to Chair the SCLAA’s Future Leaders Group.

Yury Sukhov - pic 200pxYury has joined the association in 2013 as a Supply Chain Management and Logistics student. At the end of 2013 Yury has become the FLG chairperson in WA. He is qualified Supplied Chain professional with experience in import/export operations, freight coordination, mining contracts and their operational support. Yury is passionate about technology in Supply Chain Management and Logistics.

His goal is to make SCLAA a link between technology providers, industry representatives, end users and academics.

The SCLAA values the inclusiveness of our Association and this role rotates annually around our Divisions/States so as to ensure we have good representation across Australia. It also gives our younger members leadership roles in the Industry, which is great for their career progression.

I would like to thank Yit Ming Ng from Victoria for his great work in the role and handover.

Encouraging our Future Leaders is vital for the growth and success of the Supply Chain and Logistics Industry, and the SCLAA organises events, recognition and networking to ensure this happens across Australia in every State and Territory.

New Safety Video Released – Unpacking Shipping Containers

SafeWork NSW - SnipImageIn the last five years SafeWork NSW have investigated 21 incidents involving workers being injured while unpacking shipping containers. Three of these workers were killed.

This short video is aimed at reducing serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace by demonstrating basic controls that every workplace, large or small, can implement.

Could you please share it through your networks, where relevant and urge those with Facebook or YouTube to share our posts.

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Victoria University would like to invite you to participate in their research on Supply Chain Process Integration: Role of Cloud Computing.

This study which examines how Australian SMEs value cloud adoption to enhance supply chain process integration through connectivity, visibility and data analytics. The results of this study will provide an important context where emerging cloud will have added advantage over the traditional technologies in whole-of-chain integration leading to firm performance.

If you are a senior/middle manager in your logistics and Supply Chain business we would really appreciate your input.

Take the Survey on cloud computing for supply chain integration

For any queries or for further information please contact Dr Himanshu Shee CMILT, Member SCLAA (, Ph: +613 9919 4077 or +61 (0) 414 914 702

Smith’s Supply Chain Optimisation Project a double winner at the 2015 ASCL Awards

PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand was awarded the Supply Chain Management Award and the Storage & Materials Handling Award at the 2015 Australian Supply Chain and Logistics Awards.

Steve Reilly and Stanley Fan1Presented by the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) in Sydney on Wednesday November 4, 2015, the awards recognised PepsiCo ANZ’s broad-ranging supply chain project. This included investment in the implementation of one of the most advanced automated logistics systems in Australia at PepsiCo’s snacks manufacturing and distribution centre at The Smith’s Snackfood Company, Regency Park in Adelaide.

Commenting on the project, Senior Engineering Manager PepsiCo ANZ, Steve Reilly, said: “A key driver for the project was the desire by our major customers for Smith’s to deliver direct to their central warehouses, and we have worked to change our supply chain model to meet that requirement.”

“One of the key benefits of the new project at Regency Park is that now, we essentially go straight from our automatic case packers within the manufacturing packaging room through into the warehouse, where we automatically palletise every carton onto a pallet, which is then automatically stretch wrapped and labelled,” explained Mr Reilly.

“The pallet is then picked up by an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV), which transports the pallet to either our new automated warehouse or direct to the shipping dock. The only process that is not automated is the actual loading of the pallet onto a truck or into a container for transport,” he said.

“We’ve achieved our goal of putting in place an efficient strategy for going direct to our major customers which eliminates double handling of our products,” added Mr Reilly.

“Other significant benefits include removing the need for external storage by third-parties, and reducing our stockholdings interstate. Our increased pallet capacity and automated warehouse provides sufficient capacity to cater for peak period throughputs and future growth,” added Mr Reilly.

Key partners in the project were JMP Engineering from New Zealand, who was responsible for the robotic palletising system and interlinking conveyor system from the adjacent manufacturing plant, and Dematic, who was responsible for the automated warehouse storage system, cranes, conveyors and control systems, plus the interlink between the robotic palletising system and the warehouse, utilising NDC AGVs.

Other winners at the 2015 Australian Supply Chain and Logistics Awards included:

  • Information Management Award: Aurizon and SVS Australia
  • Industry Excellence Award: Scott Young, Managing Director, Young Guns Container Crew
  • Future Leaders Award: Samantha Lowry, Senior Procurement Advisor, Department of Education & Training and Danielle Brennan, Category Specialist, Stanwell Corporation
  • Training, Education and Development Award: Ostwald Bros/QGC Partnership for the Plant Operator Training Program

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

Colby teams up with new Melbourne Distributor Smarter Storage Solutions

Melbourne-based Smarter Storage Solutions, recently became one of newest businesses to join the Colby Storage Solutions Australian distributor network.

Smarter Storage Solutions is committed to reliable delivery, installation and servicing of industrial storage solutions, including pallet racking. Though Smarter Storage is a new business, the team behind it has been in the installation, fabrication and building services business for many years, as A1 Precision Solutions.

Colby Storage Solutions Director, Tony Woodlock, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Darko Balaban, Andrew Becic and the team at Smarter Storage to our Australian distributor network. We look forward to working closely with them to ensure Melbourne businesses have access to smarter, safer and stronger, locally made Colby racking.”

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.

“We’re very excited to be joining the national Colby Storage Solutions distributor network, which will offer us the highest quality racking product on the Australian market, and the support of the experienced Dematic team,” said Andrew Becic, Director at Smarter Storage Solutions. “We look forward to delivering to our customers Australia’s best range of high quality storage solutions.”

Australian Logistics Council and GS1 Australia release new transport labelling standards to Australian industry

Friday 4th December 2015 –The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) today announced it had endorsed the Australian Transport Label Guideline developed by GS1 Australia for the Australian Transport & Logistics Industry.

Based on GS1 global supply chain standards and best practice gathered via the ALC Supply Chain Standards Work Group, the guideline provides guidance to industry on how to physically identify and label logistic and transport units to support efficient transport management processes.

“This significant announcement marks a major milestone for Australia’s Transport & Logistics industry,” said Bonnie Ryan, Industry Manager – Trade and Transport at GS1 Australia.

“The move to introduce freight labelling guidelines based on GS1 standards is foundational for the industry to achieve optimal interoperability and visibility across the supply chain.”

The guideline includes the information required by transport operators and label formats that have been specifically designed to enable integrated tracking of freight across multiple transport carriers, reduce relabelling and duplication, and reduce costs in the transportation chain.

“Improving supply chain visibility and interoperability is critical to the efficient movement of freight and will lead to productivity improvements across the industry,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director.

“With ALC research showing a 1 percent improvement in supply chain efficiency would boost GDP by $2 billion*, the Australian Transport Label Guideline certainly has the potential to help us achieve this goal,” Mr Kilgariff added.

The Australian Transport Industry Label Guideline will deliver a wide range of benefits including a roadmap for Australian transport companies to move from current manual processes where they still exist to full automation, i.e. scanning, electronic transport instructions and transport status notifications via EDI between buyers and sellers of transport & logistic services.

The standard identification of transport items of any composition, whether a single carton, a pallet containing many cartons or a bundle of steel, will effectively reduce waste and cost of re-labelling freight as it travels across a multi-leg supply chain journey while providing a common tracking identifier to support end-to-end visibility.

David McNeil, Chair of the ALC Supply Chain Standards Work Group and eCommerce Manager for OneSteel strongly endorses this project and comments, “This initiative lays the foundation for major improvements in the Australian Transport & Logistics Industry that will be of benefit to all stakeholders.”

“Through this strong collaboration between the industry and GS1 Australia we have been able to produce a guideline that will be another significant step in improving the productivity and efficiency of the supply chain,” added Andy Kim, Senior IT Operations Manager from Toll Global Logistics – Customised Solutions.

The development of this guideline commenced in 2012 with the establishment of the ALC Supply Chain Standards Work Group which has enjoyed consistently strong industry collaboration and participation from key players in the Australian Transport & Logistics Industry including operators and traders.

To learn more about the Australian Transport Label Guideline, contact us today or email Bonnie Ryan, Industry Manager – Trade and Transport at GS1 Australia at


About GS1 Australia

GS1 Australia is the leading provider of standards and solutions for over 20 industry sectors. We introduced barcoding to Australia in 1979 and today we enable more than 17,000 member companies, of all sizes, to become more efficient by implementing the GS1 system.

We bring businesses, associations and industries together. This blended community comes to GS1 Australia for advice, networking and solutions to their supply chain challenges.  For more information visit

About Australian Logistics Council
The Australian Logistics Council represents the major Australian Logistics Supply Chain customers, providers, infrastructure owners and suppliers.  Their members span the entire supply chain, incorporating road, rail, sea, air, sea ports and intermodal ports.  ALC works with all levels of government to ensure it consider the needs of the logistics industry in their investment and policy decisions. Visit 

Dates have been set for 17th annual Supply Chain & Logistics Conference

More than 5500 delegates from across Australasia have attended the Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Conference in its 17-year history. Will you be among the delegates in 2016?

This conference is a recognised national event designed for Supply Chain, Logistics, Transport and Procurement professionals and practitioners. It aims for professional and personal development in a unique and relaxed networking-based environment. To be held on the 1st and 2nd of September at the SOFITEL Brisbane Central hotel and with a theme of Supply Chain Unity this is a not-too-be-missed national event.

To find out more about the conference email or phone 1300 920 439.

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International standards and risk assessments: Customs wants your input

International standards and risk assessments: Customs wants your input | Transport & Logistics News

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has developed a set of criteria for the adoption of international standards and risk assessments. They would like your feedback on the criteria.

The Australian Government is adopting the principle that if a system, service or product has been approved under a trusted international standard or risk assessment, then Australian regulators should not impose any additional requirements, unless there is a good reason to do so.

It is seeking feedback on the criteria and processes to use to determine whether international standards and risk assessments are suitable for use in Australia.

“The requirements of this new policy tie into the Department’s ongoing commitment to reduce its regulatory burden on business, individuals and community organisations, and to contributing to the government’s $1 billion annual net red tape reduction target,” Customs said.

View the consultation paper and provide your feedback before the submission deadline, Monday 14 December 2015.

To comment, click on the following link and log in:

Ballarat West Employment Zone – Freight Hub Land Sale EOI

The State Government will soon call for Expressions of Interest from freight and logistics firms to purchase land for the establishment of a Freight Hub in the new Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ).

BWEZ is an exciting 438 hectare industrial subdivision being developed by the Victorian Government and the City of Ballarat.  BWEZ  aims to attract manufacturing, freight and logistics, construction and other employers to take advantage of Ballarat’s rapid growth, ideal location, high quality workforce and lifestyle.  The Stage 1 BWEZ subdivision works will be completed  in mid-2016 and the first major land sale to exporter Broadbent Grain has been announced, with further sales expected in coming months.

The BWEZ vision includes establishment of a Freight Hub on 24 hectares of land within Stage 1 of BWEZ, to support improved freight efficiency and productivity of the region’s supply chains. The Freight Hub will be home to one or more operators offering a range of freight and logistics solutions.

Roads within BWEZ, the Freight Hub and the new Ballarat Link Road have been designed to accommodate high productivity freight vehicles (HPFVs). The BWEZ Freight Hub is just 1km from the Western Freeway, which is also being upgraded to accommodate HPFVs and is at the junction of the Glenelg, Sunraysia and Midland Highways. The Freight Hub site is located alongside the broad gauge Melbourne to Ararat rail line with access to the Port of Melbourne and the Geelong Port.

Major Projects Victoria is expecting to launch an Expression of Interest process on or about Thursday 10 December 2015 for sale or lease off-the-plan of up to 24 hectares of serviced land within the BWEZ Freight Hub to firms looking to establish:

  • Road, rail and intermodal transport operations, including truck parking, weighbridge and other public or shared facilities
  • Freight handling, storage, deconsolidation and consolidation activities including containerisation of goods
  • Manufacturing activities, particularly food/ fibre /beverage and agricultural product value-adding,   producing significant quantities of outbound or inbound freight, that could benefit from immediate access to efficient freight services in the Freight Hub.

The Commonwealth Government has committed $9.1 million towards developing public infrastructure within the Freight Hub.

The EOI will close on 11 February 2016.

For further information see