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

SCLAA helps pack 1250 hampers for Foodbank

Over 160 members of the SCLAA, QSCLC, AIP and APPMA spent their annual Christmas party for the sixth consecutive year with a twist. The members spent the day packing a record 1250 hampers, for Foodbank to distribute to those in need at Christmas; many of whom are without employment, families with young children and living on the poverty line.

The 1250 Foodbank Hampers project is a culmination of twelve months of work, over $140,000 worth of goods raised to go inside the hampers and generous support from many companies across the country who assisted with the goods collection. The 2015 hampers were worth over $120 each and were made up of food and personal hygiene products. This year 350 ladies packs were added with a value of $30,000 and 100 x homeware/kitchen packs which were donated by Sizzler. In six years the SCLAA, in conjunction with the QSCLC, the AIP and APPMA have packed 4450 hampers to the value of over $541,000.

A special acknowledgement must go to the APPMA, Blackmores, Collins Food Group, Kimberly Clark, Colgate, OfficeMax, Sizzlers, BDO, Stanwell Corporation, TAE, All Purpose Transport, Linde, Department of Public Housing & Works for going above and beyond this year to help provide goods and funds for the hampers. Without the industry supporting this project it would not be as successful year-on-year. If you would like to assist with the 2016 project please email

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Blackbay’s Delivery Connect Enhances Customer Service for Zuellig Pharma

The deployment of Blackbay’s Delivery Connect has taken customer service to the highest levels for the Hong Kong operations of leading Asian healthcare services provider, Zuellig Pharma. Delivery Connect, a mobility enabled software solution specifically designed for the Transport and Logistics (T&L) sector, has been deployed as part of Zuellig Pharma’s Hong Kong & Macau distribution operation to meet increasing customer demand for real-time tracking, particularly during the last mile of the delivery journey. Additionally, Delivery Connect will meet any future requirements for electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) of goods.

Zuellig Pharma Hong Kong (Zuellig) chose Blackbay as its preferred supplier because it recognised that Delivery Connect’s multilingual and preconfigured comprehensive Track and Trace and ePOD features and functionality, deployed quickly and easily without the need for specific customisation, is a cost effective solution. Additionally, by meeting the delivery expectations of Zuellig’s customers today and in the future, Delivery Connect provides a significant return on investment (ROI).

The ability to provide a multilingual solution has been critical in allowing Blackbay to meet its objective of enabling the rapid deployment of Delivery Connect by its customers in non-English speaking countries. Blackbay understands the importance of working closely both with customers and partners to ensure translations are correct and are of the highest possible standard.

Delivery Connect was fully up and running within three months, allowing Zuellig to provide its customers with transparency and visibility of their orders at each stage of the delivery process.

“We are continuing to work with Zuellig to determine how best its operation team can further enhance the existing Delivery Connect solution by implementing our Business Intelligence and Reporting capabilities. This will give Zuellig a real competitive advantage by offering new delivery services which build on the levels of visibility and tracking capabilities we have all become to expect in the B2C market, and which B2B customers now demand.” said Nigel Doust, Blackbay’s CEO.

“Due to our experience and expertise, Zuellig’s distribution solutions have become an integral part of Hong Kong and Macau healthcare. We take that responsibility very seriously,” said Andi Umbricht, Chief Operating Officer, Zuellig Pharma Hong Kong. “The healthcare market in Asia moves fast and we continuously innovate and expand our solutions to help healthcare innovators build stronger and longer lasting connections to their customers and patients. Delivery Connect is helping us to do this.”

Delivery Connect, providing multilingual capabilities covering English and Simplified Chinese, now enables Zuellig’s delivery drivers to scan individual customers’ manifest details as they are loaded for delivery directly to customers, or to a distributor (cross docking) for onward delivery. Goods are scanned at each stage of the delivery process giving Zuellig’s distribution operations team complete visibility of goods throughout their delivery journey.

Zuellig is now able to meet its customers’ growing requirement for real-time tracking by allowing them access to the visibility, provided by Delivery Connect, of their goods during delivery.

Crucially, as many of Zuellig’s healthcare products are high value, Delivery Connect’s ePOD functionally eliminates potential costly and time-consuming issues around when, where and to whom a delivery was made for both Zuellig and its customers.

“Zuellig’s successful deployment of Delivery Connect is proof that Blackbay is meeting market needs for innovative T&L solutions which can be quickly and easily deployed ‘out of the box’, or configured to meet individual requirements,” added Doust. “Our ability to provide multilingual solutions ensures that we can meet the needs of T&L organisations across different regions. Pharma is a new market segment for Blackbay and Zuellig demonstrates the ease and speed with which T&L operational teams and IT professionals across all business sectors can deploy and then reap the business benefits Delivery Connect offers.”

About Zuellig Pharma

Established in 1922, Zuellig Pharma is the leading healthcare services provider in Asia with operations in 13 countries. The company provides innovative solutions including distribution of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and clinical trial materials, sales and marketing outsourcing, patient-centered programs, payor solutions and a full range of retail pharmacy services. Privately held with corporate offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, Zuellig Pharma employs 10,000 people and serves over 350,000 doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and clinics across Asia.


A half-billion dollar hit to road transport


Australia’s transport ministers have decided to overtax the truck and bus industries by $515 million over the next two years, the CEO of the Australian Trucking Association Christopher Melham said today.

The ministers made the decision at a meeting in Adelaide where ATA chair Noelene Watson and Mr Melham were observers at the meeting.

An independent government commission, the National Transport Commission, has found the existing charging system overcharges truck and bus operators because it has consistently underestimated the number of heavy vehicles on the road.

The system should raise about $2.9 billion, but in 2015-16 alone it will overcharge truck and bus operators by more than $190 million.

Mr Melham said ministers had decided to freeze the revenue from heavy vehicle charges at 2015-16 levels for the next two years.

“As a result of this decision, truck and bus operators will be overtaxed by $250.2 million in 2016-17 and $264.8 million in 2017-18 – in total, a $515 million hit on an industry filled with small businesses working on wafer thin margins,” he said.

“The ATA argued strongly against this decision, including at the meeting. I want to thank the Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss for giving me the chance to explain the industry’s strong preference for reducing charges immediately to the right level.

“I also told ministers that any future increases in the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s budget should be paid for by governments, not industry, given this half billion dollar hit to road transport.”

Mr Melham said there was good news out of the meeting, with transport ministers agreeing to major reforms to the chain of responsibility rules in the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

“The HVNL needs to be streamlined and safety prioritised through the introduction of a general duty that applies to trucking operators, consignors and all other chain parties. By doing this, governments could remove large numbers of prescriptive rules that impose high compliance costs and prevent businesses from innovating,” he said.

“I’m very pleased that ministers have agreed to a series of changes along these lines, including major improvements to the way roadworthiness is handled. The ATA looks forward to working closely with the National Transport Commission to develop the fine detail of the reforms.”

The Australian Government froze the road user charge in its 2014-15 and 2015-16 budgets, in recognition of the problems with the NTC charging model.

Transport ministers agree to continue overcharging: ALRTA

Australian Transport Ministers have agreed to continue overcharging the heavy vehicle sector by more than half a billion dollars over the next two years. This comes in addition to the $400m in overcharging during the past two years.

ALRTA national president Kevin Keenan also observed the meeting, and afterwards said that he, too, was bitterly disappointed in the decision.

“Today, Ministers had a chance to return to fair cost recovery principles, but have instead ignored the advice of their own statutory authority and opted to continue the blatant opportunistic tax grab,” said Mr Keenan. “Not one of the ministers present was prepared to do the right thing by industry.”

In 2014, the NTC discovered flaws in the PAYGO model and recommended that Ministers decrease registration charges by 6.3% and the fuel levy by 1.14cpl from 1 July 2014. Instead, ministers agreed to delay implementation of the new charging methodology until 1 July 2016.

“Ministers have pitched this decision as a step towards implementing the new charging methodology, but this is not the case,” Mr Keenan said.

“Revenue is being frozen at a level calculated under a flawed model. Governments will now collect $3.2b no matter how much they spend on roads. Given that government expenditure on road infrastructure actually decreased during the past two years of over-charging, we can now expect to see further deferment of road spending.

“I have lost confidence that governments will ever fix this problem. We have already had a two-year delay and that has just been followed by yet another two-year delay.”

“It is no secret that governments are actively working on a mass-distance-location charging system and moving to a forward looking cost base. The persistent over-charging will just be used as leverage to push us into a more complex charging scheme.

“How can we trust them to get that right and charge us fairly if they can’t, or more correctly won’t, fix the agreed PAYGO model,” he said.

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