ACCC will not oppose FedEx’s proposed acquisition of TNT

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose FedEx Corporation’s (FedEx) proposed acquisition of TNT Express N.V. (TNT).

FedEx and TNT primarily overlap in the supply of express international delivery services of small packages (express services). Express services have time-definite or day-definite delivery guarantees, which are distinguishable from standard air mail services.

“The ACCC sought information and views from a range of interested parties including online retailers and suppliers of express services. Customers did not raise significant competition concerns with the ACCC,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

“Based on market inquiries and information provided by the merger parties, the ACCC determined that the proposed acquisition is unlikely to result in increased prices or reduced service levels. The merged entity will continue to face significant competition, including from other international rivals with significant global delivery infrastructure and networks. The merged entity will also face a credible threat of new entry and expansion by rivals.”

“Customers of express services face low costs to switch suppliers. If the merged entity attempted to increase prices, most customers indicated they could move to other suppliers, most notably DHL or UPS,” Mr Sims said.

The ACCC consulted other international competition regulators in the course of its review, including the European Commission, whose review is ongoing, and the New Zealand Commerce Commission, which recently approved the proposed acquisition.

FedEx provides small package delivery and freight services through an integrated global network. In Australia, FedEx supplies express services for small packages and freight to approximately 220 countries worldwide.

TNT is an international delivery services company. In Australia, TNT supplies both domestic and international small package delivery services, and domestic and international freight services.

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Forkliftaction announces in-depth report about Safety

Respected materials handling platform Forkliftaction has announced that their independent news team will publish an in-depth feature article on ‘safety’ on November 19th.

Established and recognized, Forkliftaction News has built a strong reputation within the materials handling and related industries over its 15 year history. Forkliftaction News feature articles have become a valuable forum for key members of the industry to contribute knowledge on industry trends and challenges, new technologies and applications.

Although journalists are still refining the focus of the November, ‘Safety Plans’ feature, the report is anticipated to touch on key observations about the main issues in operational safety today including operator training and changing legislations, as well as insights into the most valuable safety innovations over the past few years.

If you would like a valuable insight into what’s happening in materials handling including dealer developments, corporate moves, policy changes, industry initiatives, innovative technologies, interesting applications and of course safety, keep informed with Forkliftaction’s  weekly news edition, subscribe now: before November 12th and we will make sure you get the ‘Safety Plans’ report direct to your inbox.

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A future leader in the Supply Chain and Logistics industry – Nathan Barrett

Future Leader - picEarlier this month, the Australian Supply Chain and Logistics (ASCL) Awards were held in Sydney. The oldest and most prestigious awards program in the industry, the ASCL Awards represent the most recognised and esteemed awards for an individual or a company to be awarded. As a proud sponsor of this yearly event, LMA is always eager to hear about how each nominee is taking strides to lead and develop the industry into the future.

Particularly coveted during the Awards proceedings is the Future Leaders Award. The purpose of the Future Leaders Award is to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the Supply Chain, Logistics and Transport Industry. As part of their win, each Future Leader is awarded with an enrolment into LMA’s ‘The Performance Edge’ 10-week development program.

LMA will soon be welcoming High Commendation Future Leader recipient Nathan Barrett, National Health and Safety Manager from Young Guns Container Crew in Brisbane into ‘The Performance Edge’ program. Industrious, intelligent and team orientated, Nathan is representative of what the Future Leaders Awards are all about, developing professional and personal skills and encouraging the leaders of tomorrow to step up into their future roles.

“The greatest attribute I see in effective leaders is empathy… Knowing when to push for higher expectations, yet also identifying when assistance is needed,” Nathan says.

Founded in Brisbane and now with a nationwide presence, Young Guns Container Crew has a reputation for the high quality service and professionalism it has injected into the industry. Ten years old and now with over 400 team members, the business is committed to providing opportunities for the people it employs and for their customers.
Traditionally, ‘The Performance Edge’ program is only awarded to the Future Leaders winner but Nathan’s dedication to his own development and interest in progressing to become an industry leader has seen him recognised by his peers and mentors as someone unquestionably deserving of this high level of training.

“I want to take away some specific techniques and tips on dealing with our customers and becoming leaders within the industry, as opposed to a leader in our business. I’m excited to learn from the outstanding people I have met from LMA and look forward to developing my personal skillset.”

The future looks bright for both Young Guns Container Crew and the Supply Chain, Logistics and Transport Industry with both recognising that their power and progression is in their people and how they are developed in the years to come.

To view the original LMA article, please click here…

SCLAA VIC/TAS – Carlton United Brewery Tour

Pic 1Thursday 19th November and a perfect 30° C day for SCLAA Victoria members to embark on a tour of Carlton United Brewery. I think the beer sampling session at the end was definitely enjoyed by all.

20 SCLAA Victoria members attended the tour of CUB’s 22 acre site in Abbotsford and it was certainly a well spent couple of hours.

The tour generally follows the beer making process starting with a talk (and smell test) of the locally sourced barley and hops that are the core ingredients that go into the mash tuns along with lots of water and yeast. 1200 Megalitres to be presice.

Now it turns out that this mixture only stays in there for 2 hours if you want to end up with VB whereas beers with less carbohydrates stay in there longer so the yeast can absorb most of the sugars.
After that it’s off to fermentation vessels and filtering before it’s bottled, pasturised and finally labelled ready for distribution to the thirsty Australian populace.

There’s a few highlights from our tour starting with an opportunity to see the fine Clydesdale horses and Dray that just happened to be getting ready for an upcoming event and the customer show truck that they travel around in.

And on that topic of trucks (this was a Supply Chain and Logistics tour after all) there’s a little known fact about the Abbottsford brewery which was built almost 100 years ago.

Originally built so raw materials and finished product could be transported by barge, the brewery has obviously grown to a massive scale where everything moves by road. In fact close to 200 truck movements a day flow in and out of the brewery site.

Pic 3For those that don’t know Melbourne, Abbottsford these days is a residential area on the fringe of Melbourne CBD so the first question that arises is ‘How come this volume of trucks (mainly B-doubles) isn’t visible and causing huge traffic congestion?’  After all the streets around the brewery are normal residential streets not suilted for large trucks – especially 200 of them every day.

Well, the answer for the uninitiated is that there is a secret tunnel that runs from the huge undercover distribution centre and pops out somewhere close to the main freeway. Clever eh?

And the other amazing experience is the packaging line which can manage 1500 bottle per minute. Try and picture that for a moment or think about 25 bottles per second whizzing past. Now imaging three sensors that check correct fill height, cap closure and label positioning followed by a machine that can punch any non conforming bottle off the line without any disruption to the line speed. And that machine is capable of repeating that process on every other bottle if the need so arises. Impressive to say the least.

Now I did mention that the tour finishes with a beer sampling and our members definitely enjoyed that on a 30 degrees day. But apart from that the modern visitor centre, the Carlton United Brewery boasts a terrific café serving up a range of salads, burgers and sandwhiches all of which can be consumed with a drop of your favourite brew.

The only bad news? You can’t enjoy a cold beer if you are registered for the tour. Alsolute zero alcohol rule across the entire site so any beer consumption has to wait until after the tour has concluded.

Needless to say, several of our group were keen to show their Supply Chain expertise and sample a few beers for the purely professional purpose of demonstrating their Quality Assurance expertise. At least that’s what they told me!

Anyway, a great day was had by all. Our special thanks to the team at Carlton United Brewery for a terrific experience.




Young Guns Container Crew’s Scott Young named Young Business Person of the Year

Scott YoungScott Young from Young Guns Container Crew has been named Singapore Airlines’ Young Business Person of the Year at the 2015 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the annual Lord Mayor’s Business Awards celebrated local businesses and individuals who contributed to Brisbane’s $146 billion economy.

“Just over a decade ago Scott and his brother founded Young Guns Container Crew, a start-up company that has now grown to be Australia’s largest shipping container devanning company,” Cr Quirk said.

“Scott engenders fantastic leadership qualities such as persistence, self-awareness, conscientiousness and optimism that he has not only used to build a successful business, but to empower his team and those around him.

“The judges believe that Scott is a leading figure in entrepreneurship and is a fantastic role model for an upcoming tribe of future leaders in Brisbane.”

Mr Young thanked his team and family for all their support.

“Winning this award is recognition for my great team who have all worked so hard to build a successful business,” he said.

“From when my brother and I started the business in 2004, when I was 22 years old, and to reflect on how the business has developed into something truly special – it is a great feeling. I hope this will inspire other young people to get out there and give it a go.”

Cr Quirk said that this year marked a significant milestone for the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards as they celebrated their 10th anniversary.

“Over the past decade we have witnessed exciting growth and transformation in Brisbane as it has become the city of choice for business, investment, study, conventions and leisure in the Asia Pacific,” he said.

“As Australia’s new world city, Brisbane is home to a dynamic and entrepreneurial business community, whose members we are proud to recognise at the awards tonight.

“A huge thank-you also goes to our sponsors including Optus, ANZ, Singapore Airlines, HSBC, Channel 7, Brisbane Times, Australia TradeCoast, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, Clayton Utz, Energex, RemServ, Sirromet, BDO, 4BC, Brisbane City Council and Chameleon.”

For a full list of winners in the 2015 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, click here …



Introducing SCLAA’s New National Partner – SCAA

The SCLAA is a non 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 SCAA. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.

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Founded in 1995, Secure Communications Advisors Australia (SCAA) specialises in the wireless and telecommunications market. The company services clients across Australia and provides end-to-end communication solutions for the supply chain industry.

In Australia, SCAA is the main product and support provider of an award winning wireless solution from Allied Telesis Wireless (ATW). The wireless solution has been specifically designed for large complex building structures, such as warehouses, which have proven challenging for common wireless products. Together with the ATW, SCAA also provides other communication tools, including software, networking devices, security solutions and services that integrate with your network, wherever you are.

SCAA’s core values are:

……. ü    Create value add– Take time to understand our customers’ business and provide products
..…. …and services that best meet their needs.

……. ü    Don’t sell, assist– Consult, review and advise customers of our products to assist them in deciding
…….on their best solution.

…..ü   Be customers’ one stop shop– Offer an end-to-end solution, integrated to the customers’
..……. current platform where possible.

….. ü  Think Big– Provide services that are beyond customers’ current needs, allowing for future growth.

….. ü  Be reliable– Stay informed, certified, ahead of the market and provide advice and solutions.

SCAA takes a collaborative approach to developing a sustainable solution that aligns with your long-term strategy and precise current requirements. With global resources, local and regionally based staff, SCAA can implement systems at all sizes, focused on delivering superior ROI and customer benefits, as well as being agile to change over time. 

SCAA strongly believes a reliable wireless network is the backbone of real time supply chain solutions. SCAA offers an obligation free initial consultation to understand your business and tailor solutions that are unified with your current communication platform. From small compact warehouses to large open span logistics spaces, the company can design, develop and implement a solution to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

For your obligation free initial consultation to see how SCAA can improve your supply chain connectivity and communication, please call 1300 762 277 or send your query to You can also visit the company website at for more information.


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Winners Announced for the 2015 Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards

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The Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia, in conjunction with Amcap, Dematic, KTM, Leadership Management Australia (LMA), Telstra and Vertical Talent, announced the winners of the 2015 Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards on the 4th of November at the Dockside PAVILION Darling Harbour, Sydney.

As the oldest and most prestigious awards program in the industry, the ASCL Awards have served the industry for over fifty-five years making them the most recognised and esteemed awards for an individual or a company to be awarded.

2015 Industry Excellence Award

The prestigious Industry Excellence Award recognises and acknowledges the outstanding achievements and contribution by an individual currently working within the Transport, Supply Chain and Logistics Industry. The judges will be looking for individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership, shows innovation and not afraid to take risks. This trophy was first awarded in 1987 and is dedicated to Mike Munns, FAIMM.

The winner of the 2015 Industry Excellence Award is Scott Young, Managing Director, Young Guns Container Crew.

Scott co-founded a business with his brother and built it from three guys working in containers in Brisbane to a national workforce. He has helped create a unique model for all young people as a stepping stone into a career path within the Supply Chain industry. Outside of his working day Scott works with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to support the GenR8 program in QLD. A goal is to assist the program to become a national one so more young people are inspired to enter the industry. Scott gets a large amount of enjoyment from seeing young people grow and develop both personally and professionally, and is a proud advocate of giving young people an opportunity to realise their potential.

A High Commendation has been awarded to Micheal Heard, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Education and Training.

Finalists were: Chubb Aldridge, Logistics Coordinator, Stanwell Corporation Limited, Micheal Heard, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Education and Training, Kate Peppin, Contracts Analyst, Santos, Tivolee Spragg, Executive Director – Category Management, Department of Housing and Public Works, Brett Thompson, Procurement Manager, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Russell Wilson, Warehouse Officer, Stanwell Corporation Limited and Scott Young, Managing Director, Young Guns Container Crew.

Future Leaders Award

The purpose of this award is to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the Supply Chain, Logistics and Transport Industry. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase young professionals within our great industry. This trophy was first awarded in 2009 and is dedicated to Vince Aisthorpe.

The winner of the 2015 Future Leaders Award will be awarded an enrolment into the Leadership Management Australia’s ‘The Performance Edge’ 10-week development program valued at $5000. The program assists participants to improve their personal performance and productivity as well as that of their team. The prize includes consultation in the workplace, assistance in the development of some professional goals, all course material, attendance at 10 interactive workshops, facilitation and course coaching and access to LMA’s unique on-line feedback system.

The joint winners of the 2015 Future Leaders Award are Samantha Lowry, Senior Procurement Advisor, Department of Education & Training and Danielle Brennan, Category Specialist, Stanwell Corporation.

One of the most useful skills any leader can have is the ability to break down barriers. Danielle Brennan has a remarkable ability to break down barriers between teams and build rapport with people regardless of background, role or geographic location. A wonderful skill to have. Dani’s continuous drive, passion and enthusiasm are admirable qualities and coupled with her knowledge of the ICT and professional services category space she is a fantastic asset to Stanwell’s Supply team. Dani is a self-starter and innovator consistently demonstrating her adaptability and go to attitude.

Samantha Lowry’s future in the Supply Chain industry is a bright one indeed. She is enrolled in Diploma of Government (Procurement and Contracting) and one of her current projects is the establishment of a Software-as-a-Service Community of Practice to connect key personnel in providing consistent advice and assistance to help schools to balance the benefits of new and accessible technologies with, the privacy and duty of care concerns of their students. Samantha’s career aspirations include not only becoming a chief procurement officer, but also to serve as a board member on a charity, and perhaps even establish her own charitable organisation to address the health, housing, social and legal issues facing homelessness.

A High Commendation has been awarded to Nathan Barrett, National Health and Safety Manager, Young Guns Container Crew.

Finalists were: Nathan Barrett, National Health and Safety Manager, Young Guns Container Crew, Danielle (Dani) Brennan, Category Specialist, Stanwell Corporation Limited, Jenna Hood, Senior Project Scheduler, Queensland Rail, Sameer Latif, Director, Ozzilat – Supply Chain & Logistics, Samantha Lowry, Senior Procurement Advisor, Department of Education & Training, Yury Sukhov, Mining Services Coordinator, Centurion, Christopher Yabsley, Project Coordinator, Industrial Projects, Geodis Wilson and Tonia Zammit, Manager Administration, Xtreme Freight.

2015 Training, Education & Development Award

To be presented to the company or institution that best demonstrates a significant achievement in aspects such as recruitment process, training, HR Systems, formal education and development programs which is both relevant to and promotes the Supply Chain, Logistics and Transport Industry. The trophy was first awarded in 2002 and is dedicated to the late Professor Peter Gilmour.

The winner of the 2015 Training, Education and Development Award is Ostwald Bros/QGC Partnership for the Plant Operator Training Program.

In recognition of Ostwald Bros commitment to provide long term support for Traditional Owner groups and providing real outcomes for their people, the Plant Operator Training Program (POTP) was established in partnership with QGC to engage and employ the local indigenous community. The POTP provides a unique and innovative training pathway to a career in the construction, resource and logistics industry. The project aims to deliver new skills and improve the job prospects of indigenous and under-represented groups by enabling participants to be ‘workplace ready’ as entry-level plant operators & drivers. Having a presence across more than 25 sites in Queensland and various others interstate, Ostwald Bros are in a strong position to promote the POTP into rural and remote communities and expansion of simulated experiences with other plant and transport equipment.

Finalists were: All Purpose Transport, CNW Electrical Wholesale & Energy Solutions, Chain of Responsibility (COR) Australia, Ostwald Bros & QGC Partnership – Plant Operator Training Program, School of Business IT & Logistics, RMIT University, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, The University of Sydney and the Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics, Victoria University.

2015 Supply Chain Management Award

The aim of this award is to encourage and acknowledge the outstanding achievement of an organisation that has demonstrated significant achievement in managing the integration of Supply Chains.  This could be functional integration within an organisational Supply Chain or more widely across Supply Chains involving several organisations that have formed trading partnerships or alliances. The trophy was first awarded in 1984 and is dedicated to Doug Beattie.

The winner of the 2015 Supply Chain Management Award is PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand.

PepsiCo has been recognised for their Supply Chain Optimisation project at Regency Park Distribution Centre, Adelaide. The project included Automated palletising, AGV pallet transport and put-away/retrieval from ASRs. Robotic Palletising systems that build up to 75 pallets an hour across different SKU’s. AGV’s that provide flexible interlinks between automated palletising and ASR’s. 30 metre high ASR’s that have increased DC storage capacity from 2,000 to 16,000 pallets. The solution has significantly reduced Supply Chain touchpoints.

Finalists were: AUTHENTICATEIT, Prequalification & Contracts Unit, Department of Transport & Main Roads, Hitech Asia Pacific, Orora Group, PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand, Sensis, Stanwell Corporation Limited and Young Guns Container Crew.

2015 Information Management Award

This award will go to the business that can best demonstrate it has made a significant achievement in the application of information technology within its Supply Chain. The trophy was first awarded in 1994 and is dedicated to the late Len Smith FAIMM.

The winner of the 2015 Information Management Award is Aurizon and SVS Australia.

SVS Australia (Safety Vision Systems), partnered with Aurizon to provide a solution to identify and improve risk management within their transportation. SVS Australia worked with Aurizon with a view to record video and data over a 90-hour period running on battery power only. This system had to be stand-alone and operate autonomously from any external power supply. The system was to be heavy duty as the environment was described as harsh and needed to record Video footage and G-Force data when the unit was in service. Aurizon also wanted a system that could pinpoint what was occurring within the transportation of the containers, so that the combined image and data approach would enable Aurizon to make alterations to manage risk and reduce damages to products within their care during transportation. SVS Australia were not only able to achieve what was requested, but provide additional features such as longer recording time, remote login for live data and streaming with more flexible camera options.

A High Commendation was awarded to Asixa.

Finalists were: 4GM, Asixa, Aurizon & SVS Australia, Direct Couriers –  Online Tracking & Notification System, Direct Couriers – Online Dispatch System, ICT Vendor Management Office, RACQ and MYFREIGHT.

2015 Storage & Materials Handling Award

The trophy was first awarded in 1980 and is dedicated to Dexion’s Founder, Demetrius Comino, OBE. The Storage & Materials Handling Award recognises the significant achievements in the techniques and technology of materials storage and handling at any stage of the Supply Chain. Technology covers equipment and design techniques, including facilities design, and associated information and control systems.

The winner of the 2015 Storage & Materials Handling Award is PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand.

2015 SCLAA Chairman’s Report

Dear Members,

Thank you for attending the 2015 AGM of the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia.

The SCLAA has completed another successful financial year and indeed calendar year, with hard working Divisions in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT / Southern NSW, Victoria / Tasmania, South Australia / Northern Territory and Western Australia, comprising of their committees and Presidents.

Our revenue for the financial year was $855,792 and expenses $795,856 resulting in a surplus of $59,936. Revenue, expenses and the surplus were all up on prior year primarily due to the Federal Government Grant we received at the start of the 2013 Financial Year.  The Grant program was completed on time and under budget, and we were able to return unspent funds to the Federal Government. Though good management, the Board this Financial Year paid back the cash loans on the Queensland, Western Australia and Victorian SCLAA Divisions.  I would like to especially thank our Treasurer Peter Hollins and the Office Logistics team.

Retained earnings / Total Equity are a healthy $323,430.

As mentioned at the last AGM, the SCLAA tried hard to merge with the LAA, but it wasn’t to be and the LAA Directors wound up the LAA earlier this year.  The SCLAA ultimately benefited and we saw new members in all 6 of our Divisions and we are now at 27 National Partners more than double the same time last year.

During the year we released our new website, which is easier to manage and add content. Our Google Page rank has increased and our website visits were up 14% year on year.

The SCLAA is actively look at ways to increase events, membership, and revenue and reduce expenses all commensurate with improving member value.

The key objective for this year will be to roll out our strategic plan and increase revenue and membership. The Board has all three in motion.

We want to thank you for your support, feedback and suggestions with all our events during the year.

I would like to thank all Members, National and Corporate Partners, the Board, Division Presidents and Committees, Office Logistics and special Committees like the Awards and Future Leaders Group for their support and dedication during the year.

On behalf of the SCLAA National Board, Division Committees and all the volunteers at the SCLAA, we would like to wish members a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year and continued success in 2016.

Mark Skipper

National Chairman