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

2018 SCLAA Christmas Message

2018 SCLAA Christmas Message

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Public Consultation – NHVAS Standards and Rules

PUBLIC CONSULTATION – National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) Standards and Rules

A new public consultation was recently submitted to the Business Consultation website.

You can access the details of the consultation by clicking on the link below.

National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) Standards and Rules

You are invited to comment on the proposed changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) Standards and Rules to bring it in line with the updated Chain of Responsibility laws.


SCLAA/AITA Memorandum of Understanding


Belt and Road Australia-China Supply Chain and Logistics Alliance

To view the photographs of the event, click here.

On 23 November 2018, the Supply Chain & Logistics Association (SCLAA) and the Australia International Trade Association (AITA) announced the formation of the Belt and Road Australia-China Supply Chain and Logistics Alliance and formally signed the Memorandum of Agreement implementing the Alliance.

The event was attended by a number of dignitaries, including Mr Guo Jinsheng (Secretary General of Shanxi Electronic Commerce Association), Mrs Zhang Hongping (Asia Europe Exchange Chairman) Mr Cai Jin (Vice President China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing), Mr Michael Guo, (CEO, IATA) and a number of senior company executives from both China and Australia.

SCLAA is Australia’s largest association for Supply Chain and Logistics professionals and practitioners, with National Partners, Corporate Partners, members and industry contacts making up the rich tapestry of the Association. The Belt and Road Initiative can help connect all the major stakeholders involved in the supply chain and logistics industry in both Australia and China by eliminating unnecessary trade barriers, enhancing bilateral communications, and thus providing two countries with new opportunities to engage in international trade and investment collaboration projects.

The Alliance will serve its members and facilitate Australia and China supply chain and logistics development and cooperation. The Alliance aims to provide a new platform with a wide range of services, including conferences, exhibitions, business consultation, oversea visits, training programs, etc. to help enhance communication, and increase collaboration partnerships between all alliance members, including functional government departments, industrial associations, institutions and corporate enterprises.

SCLAA Chairman, Amanda O’Brien, said that “the Alliance will bring enormous economic and strategic benefits to not only our partners and respective Associations but also mutually beneficial business opportunities for both Nations for many years to come.”

After the official signing of the MOU by SCLAA Chairman, Amanda O’Brien, and AITA CEO, Michael Guo, the following presentations were made.

  • Ms Amanda O’Brien – (Chairman of the SCLAA) – Inaugural Speech on Alliance

  • Mr Guo Jinsheng – (Secretary General of Shanxi Electronic Commerce Association)

  • Mr Jonathan Marshall – (CEO and Founder of Bondi Labs) – Technology Insights

  • Mr Stanley Fan (Director SCLAA) – SCLAA Overview & International Connections

  • Mr Mark Skipper – (Former Chairman of the SCLAA  – The Risks and Solutions’ Cold/Perishable Supply Chains

  • Mrs Zhang Hongping (Asia Europe Exchange Chairman)

  • Mr Michael Guo – Economic Relationship  and Alliance between China and Australia

Following the presentations, there was time for those present to network over refreshments.



ASCL Awards Photographs and Highlights Video

A wonderfully enjoyable and successful 2018 ASCL Awards Gala Dinner was held in the Ballroom at Luna Park in Sydney on 23 November 2018.

Congratulations are extended to all finalists, high commendation recipients and winners. (view here).

Photographs from the ASCL Awards and a highlights video are now available for viewing:

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