Dematic Micro-Fulfilment System to Support Same Day Delivery

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – May 28, 2019 — Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has announced the launch of its Micro-Fulfilment System, a rapid response e-commerce order assembly system for retailers that need to support same day home delivery, as well as click-and-collect.

The Dematic Micro-Fulfilment system is an ultra-local distribution solution that enables orders to be assembled quickly in a location close to the customer, inside a retail store or in an urban / suburban DC (distribution centre). The order assembly system is designed around process improvements and comprised of performance optimising software and automation.

“Dematic Micro-Fulfilment is a high-performance solution that makes rapid response order assembly cost effective for the customer and the retailer,” said Pas Tomasiello, Senior Director Integrated Systems Group ANZ, Dematic. “In operation, the automated order assembly solution provides compelling results by minimising the time, space, and cost to fill orders.”

The system accommodates a wide range of inventory in a compact, high-density layout that requires a small footprint. It significantly reduces the cost per order picked to a level that allows retailers to offer rapid response e-fulfilment at a price point attractive to their customers, and with the appropriate margin for retailers.

“Dematic Micro-Fulfilment is well suited to retailers and wholesalers in grocery, apparel, consumer electronics, sports equipment, auto parts and industrial supplies, and department stores that are repurposing retail store space,” said Tomasiello. “The Micro-Fulfiment system allows customers to pick up their orders at the closest retail store or service centre, as well as receive it using a delivery service to their home. While grocery retailers may offer in-store smart storage lockers and drive-thru lanes for customer pick-up.”

Dematic Micro-Fulfilment is a modular, standardised, pre-engineered system that provides consistent and predictable order picking performance. It is designed around the goods-to-person principle. Instead of walking up and down the shopping aisles of the typical retail store, items are picked efficiently and cost effectively using ergonomic workstations. Automated shuttles retrieve the stock keeping units and bring the goods to the worker.

“The system is configurable so that it can accommodate the SKU capacity and order volume required by the retailer,” added Tomasiello. “There are also options available for temperature-controlled storage as well as strategic location management, food safety, and inventory separation so the system can cater to retailers’ specific requirements.”

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.

Individual Logistics Simulation Training Now Available

Dear SCLAA pioneers,
It’s time we got personal.


By teaming up with Bondi Labs we are bringing you the best logistics simulation training available, including VR.

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Site visit to RAAF base Amberley QLD on 8 May 2019

Site visit participants arrived at the entry of RAAF Amberley where they were greeted by the imposing F-111 gate guardian static display. They were met by site visit host Wing Commander George Hodgson, who transported participants to 36 Squadron who operate the large C17 transport aircraft. At 36 Squadron, a brief was received from 36 Squadron Logistics section, who explained that the C17 is supported by a global supply chain, with the aircraft able to receive/change parts almost anywhere in the world with countries that operate the C17. This ensures that the C17 is kept ready to go and can respond to a crisis quickly. After the presentation, participants were able to view a C17 up close, and had the opportunity to talk to one of the pilots who answered all questions.

The on base C17 logistics warehouse, operated by Boeing, was the next stop and highlighted all the parts required to keep these planes in the air.

SCLAA Queensland would like to thank the Air Force, in particular Wing Commander George Hodgson, 36 Squadron and Combat Support Group for the amazing site visit, where participants got to see how important logistics is in keeping these amazing aircraft flying each day.

Those who were unable to attend the RAAF base Amberley site visit this year can look forward to registering for the 2020 site visit.

Total Racking Systems (TRS)

Total Racking Systems named Colby Distributor of the Year for 2018

Northern Sydney industrial storage specialist Total Racking Systems (TRS) has been named Colby Storage Solutions Distributor of the Year 2018.

Company principal Ben Shipton puts TRS’ success down to its consistent commitment to customer service.

“The best customers are the ones who keep coming back year after year,” said Mr Shipton. “Sometimes there are customers who we haven’t heard from for years and others who have moved on to new facilities, or individuals who have moved on to new companies, and it is always a great feeling when, regardless of the length of time that passed, they get in touch with us, based on their previous experiences.”

Brett Clapham, co-owner of Total Racking Systems, said: “Colby Storage Solutions is supported by logistics systems supplier Dematic, who employs some of Australia’s leading structural engineers, with the team led by Dr Murray Clarke renowned for the integrity of their engineered solutions.”

“With safe and efficient storage system operation being of paramount importance, customers really appreciate the value of having their storage solution designed, manufactured and supported locally by Colby Storage Solutions.”

The past year has seen TRS design and install several major storage systems for customers, both in their local area in Sydney, and elsewhere in Australia, with solutions being implemented in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

“When you do the right thing by your customers, they also want you to help out even when they know it’s not your local territory,” said Mr Shipton. “Being part of the national Colby Storage Solutions network means we can help customers out just about anywhere, and ensure the necessary local support is there when any urgent assistance is required.”

Colby Storage Solutions’ General Manager, Tony Woodlock, said: “I am delighted to see TRS come out on top this year, having last won the award in 2010. Ben Shipton, Brett Clapham, and their team exemplify what it is to be a Colby Storage Solutions distributor. They are very customer-focused and service-oriented, and their no-nonsense, can-do approach has seen them achieve great sales.”

“I congratulate TRS and thank them and their customers for their continued support of Colby Storage Solutions,” added Mr Woodlock.

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 Colby Storage Solutions

Colby Storage Solutions is one of Australia’s best known and respected suppliers of innovative, high quality storage solutions. With more than 40 years experience in providing reliable and cost effective solutions, Colby combines the flexibility of a national network of independent distributors, with the resources of global materials handling specialist Dematic.

“Colby” and the “Colby Chevron mark” are registered trademarks of Dematic Pty Ltd.

Colby® products are designed, engineered and manufactured by Dematic Pty Limited. “Colby” and the “Colby Chevron Marks” are registered trademarks of Dematic Pty Limited.


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