SCLAA announces 2018 ASCL Awards MC

SCLAA announces ASCL Award Gala Dinner MC

Mike Gallacher, CEO Ports Australia

The SCLAA is proud to announce that Mike Gallacher, CEO Ports Australia, will MC the 58th Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards (ASCL Awards) Gala Dinner to be held in the Ballroom, Luna Park, Sydney on Friday, 23 November.

Following an intensive and varied 16 year career as a Police Officer, Mike Gallacher was appointed to the NSW Legislative Council in 1996.

He has performed the Shadow Ministerial role across a variety of portfolios including Ports, Industrial Relations, Transport and Police.

Winning government in 2011, Mike was appointed Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Hunter and later the further role of Minister for Industrial Relations.

Mike is widely recognised for his robust approach to policy development and his preparedness to strongly advocate the need for reform. As Minister he led on behalf of Government the public debate on issues such as measures to reduce alcohol related violence, rampant gang/gun related crime and introduced initiatives to change driver behaviour.

Leaving Parliament in 2017 he has now taken the role as CEO of Ports Australia, the peak industry body for the Ports industry. Mike is already well underway in lifting the awareness of the Port sector and the important role it plays in Australia’s future.

The following Awards will be presented at the ASCL Awards Gala Dinner:

Future Leaders Award
Industry Excellence Award
Environmental Excellence Award
Supply Chain Management Award
International Supply Chain Award
Training Education & Development Award
Information Technology & Management Award

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A Powerful new Solution for Toll Group

Sydney September 20, 2018 – Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has announced the opening of a new distribution centre (DC) by the Toll Group, a leading third-party logistics (3PL) company in Australia. The Toll Group needed a highly automated DC to meet increasing demands from its customers for efficient e-Commerce and omnichannel order fulfillment and looked to Dematic for the right solution.

The DC features several Dematic solutions integrated with best-in-class technologies. Dematic Multishuttles store, buffer and sequence 80,000 SKUs. Workers pick orders at 24 ergonomic Dematic goods-to-person workstations. Ten Dematic AGVs handle repetitive transportation tasks safely and automatically. In addition, the Toll Group worked closely with Dematic to define and implement support systems from other vendors to ensure complete integration.

As a 3PL, the Toll Group had some stringent requirements for automation. Robert Charles, General Manager of Speciality Retail at the Toll Group explains, “We look at the occupation, health and safety requirements. We look at order accuracy to prevent returns coming back to the facility.”

Charles continues, “we also look at the customer experience to make sure they get their product in an efficient manner. Because it’s all about the speed to market today.”

The new Toll Group DC is another great example of Dematic’s unique ability to deliver global solutions, but with a local touch. To view a video about this Dematic success story, visit

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 across the globe. Dematic has implemented more than 4,500 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.

Warehouse Manager has helped save the horticultural industry

Virulent bug threat to horticultural industry stamped out

The exotic Brown Marmorated Italian stink bug could have devastated the hortticultural industry if it hadn’t been found by a warehouse operator and then eradicated by NSW Biosecurity officers


An alert warehouse manager  has helped save the horticultural industry from a potentially devastating pest after an exotic Italian stink bug was found in electrical equipment.

After the discovery, a long control and monitoring program was launched by Biosecurity officers, and it’s now been declared the Brown Marmorated stink bug is no longer a biosecurity risk.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said the bug was spotted in Glendenning late last year by warehouse manager John Matakaiongo in a shipment of imported electrical equipment from Italy.

“The quick identification and eradication of the stink bug highlights the success of NSW’s shared responsibility approach to biosecurity. Community reports of suspicious finds are the best weapon we have in the fight to protect the NSW environment, economy and community from the threat of pests and disease.”

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SCLAA Announces Board Advisory Task Force

SCLAA Announces Board Advisory Task Force

During 2017 the SCLAA Board decided to establish a SCLAA Advisory Task Force comprised of leaders in the Supply Chain and Logistics fields who would be able to provide varied expertise to assist the Board with the new Strategic Plan and further development of the SCLAA.

After careful consideration and review, seven people were approached and offered positions on the Task Force. Fortunately for the SCLAA, all of these amazingly experienced and talented people agreed to serve on the Task Force and assist the SCLAA. The SCLAA is extremely thankful to each of them and the Board looks forward to working with them.

SCLAA Advisory Task Force Members

More benefits for Australian Trusted Traders announced


More benefits for Australian Trusted Traders announced


Commissioner Michael Outram APM, Commissioner of the Australian Border Force (ABF)

Five new benefits for Australian Trusted Traders, were announced at the annual symposium held on 8 August 2018.

There are over 200 accredited Trusted Traders who are able to access these benefits with estimated savings of $3.2 billion projected for Australian business over the 10 year period to 2025.

The Australian Trusted Trader program is a partnership with industry and offers a range of benefits including streamlined border clearance saving time and money, as well as the opportunity to be a part of the conversation about future benefits and trade modernisation.

The new benefits available only to accredited Trusted Traders include:

  1. Duty deferral: improving cashflow and reducing delays at the border by enabling Trusted Traders who defer GST to be able to defer the payment of some customs duties on goods.
  2. Origin Advance Ruling: a special advance ruling exclusively for Trusted Traders who import goods under the China‑Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). Preliminary estimates by one Trusted Trader in the pilot indicate that they could save up to $1.6 million each year due to reduced payments for the Certificates of Origin and time spent doing the paperwork. The ruling will be applied to multiple tariff classifications and rules of origin criterion.
  3. Full implementation of the Republic of Korea Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA): improving predictability, certainty, and speed to market for Trusted Traders through an agreement between Korean and Australian customs administrations. Now the MRA has been fully implemented, Trusted Traders will receive priority treatment of goods at the border through expedited clearance, reduced documentation and cargo inspections, and minimised disruption to trade flows.
  4. Implementation of a unique Trader Identification Number (TIN): making it easier and more effective for Trusted Traders to be recognised by MRA partners—reducing red tape and improving the efficiency of the border clearance process. This requires standardisation of numbers globally and acceptance of the TIN by the systems used by MRA partners.
  5. An even lighter touch at the border: providing faster border clearance for Trusted Traders in recognition of the lower risk that they present at the border. This will enable the Department and ABF to have a greater focus on areas of greater or unknown risks.


There has also been improvements to the application process, reducing red tape and improving accreditation timeframes with most businesses able to be accredited with access to the benefits within 60 days of applying.

The new benefits and improved application process complement the existing benefits already in place for Trusted Traders, including a dedicated ABF account manager, a ‘seat at the table’—providing an opportunity to help shape the program and the associated benefits, priority trade services, streamlined access to the Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) visa, streamlined access to the APEC Business Travel Card, Consolidated Cargo Clearance and fee-free monthly reporting.

Trusted Traders can also benefit from the growing number of MRAs that provide priority treatment at the border—estimated to provide industry with benefits of more than $175 million over the next 10 years. There are now six MRAs in place with New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore. Preparations for a MRA with the United States of America, Japan and Thailand among other partner countries are underway.

Trusted Traders are recognised worldwide as being Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) compliant—providing a globally recognised mark of trust for their security and trade practices. Trusted Traders have reported that this provides a competitive advantage, attracting new business and opportunities.

To find out more about Australian Trusted Trader or start an application
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Toyota Celebrates 50 Years of Forklift Sales in Australia


National forklift distributor Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has recently celebrated 50 years of Toyota forklift sales in Australia with a series of golden anniversary functions that kicked off in Sydney earlier this year.

Toyota sold its first forklift in Australia in 1968 and now holds almost 40 per cent of the Australian market.

Highlight of the golden anniversary celebrations was a function at the Shangri-La Hotel and Sydney Harbour dinner cruise – attended by senior Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) executives, TMHA management, the consul-general of Japan in Sydney Keizo Takawaka, Toyota Group guests and major fleet customers.

Speakers included TMHA chairman Tom Nakazawa, TICO Senior Managing Officer Toshifumi Onishi and newly appointed TMHA President Steve Takacs, with guest presentations by sleep expert Dr Carmel Harrington, “altruistic marketer” Peter Sharp and McGrath Foundation President Glenn McGrath.

Mr Takacs thanked all TMHA customers and paid tribute to the former Toyota forklift dealers who contributed to the 50th anniversary being realised.

Mr Nakazawa said Australia is an important player globally for TICO, with Toyota Material Handling Australia’s sales holding the number eight position in the world for overall Toyota forklift sales.

“This is an outstanding achievement, considering the smaller population in Australia compared to the many countries it has outranked,” he said.

TMHA now has 17 branches and 750 staff, the majority in product support roles and has flagged continued expansion, including a new branch recently opened in Toowoomba.

Toyota forklifts have come a long way since the first rugged and dependable 5LR models imported into Australia in 1968.

A water-shed moment occurred in 1999 with the launch of the 7-Series forklifts which featured Toyota’s world-first System of Active Stability, a computer-controlled stability device protected by over 300 patents and developed in with technology from Toyota’s automotive division. It was not only ground-breaking technologically, but a true innovation in improving forklift productivity and efficiency, and most importantly enhancing operator safety.

The magnificent 8-Series has built upon the legacy of the Toyota 7-Series and become the leading counter-balance forklift model in Australia.

Toyota’s counter-balance forklift models have been Australia’s number one consecutively since 1987, representing 31 years of undisputed market dominance. To date, more than 50,000 Toyota forklifts have been sold into the Australia market.

The company is continuously adding new products to its portfolio, with the latest additions being industrial sweepers and scrubbers, lift platforms, and more exciting new products to be added later this year.

In terms of the overall material-handling market, TMHA sees continued expansion in the driverless forklift range and automation markets.

Other events to mark the golden anniversary milestone included the Megatrans and Hire 18 exhibitions earlier in the year in Melbourne and Brisbane respectively, and will culminate with a major presence at the National Construction Equipment Convention in Sydney this November.


SCLAA Newsletter August 2018

The August 2018 issue of the SCLAA Newsletter is now available .

For all the latest SCLAA news, events and information , click here…

SCLAA announces 2018 Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards Guest Speaker

The SCLAA is proud to announce that Commissioner Mr Michael Outram APM, Commissioner of the Australian Border Force (ABF) will be the guest speaker at the 58th Australian Supply Chain & Logistics Awards (ASCL Awards) Gala Dinner to be held in the Ballroom, Luna Park, Sydney on Friday, 23 November. For information on the ASCL Awards, including Award categories, criteria, submission close and the ASCL Awards Gala dinner, click here.

Michael joined the Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio on 9 March 2015 and was sworn in as Commissioner of the Australian Border Force (ABF) on 14 May 2018.

Michael brings to the ABF over 30 years of law enforcement experience in a diverse range of specialised areas, including community policing, covert operations, criminal intelligence, protective and major event security, public order management, and the investigation of terrorism, transnational organised crime, corruption and other serious crime types.

Michael was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2014 in recognition of his outstanding service in law enforcement. In 2014 he was also awarded a Master of Business & Technology degree by the University of New South Wales and won a university prize for academic achievement. In April 2018, Michael completed the Harvard Kennedy School executive education programme Leadership in Crises: Preparation and Performance, which he attended having won a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship.

For information on the ASCL Awards, including Award categories, criteria, submission close and the ASCL Awards Gala dinner, 

Introducing the SCLAA’s New National Partner – Zinc Consulting (Australia)


New SCLAA National Partner – Zinc Consulting (Australia)

The SCLAA welcomes our newest National Partner, Zinc Consulting (Australia). 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.

Zinc Consulting Overview

Zinc Consulting specializes in real world application of Automation Intelligence for Back Office systems using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and AI.

We help companies to achieve significant EBIT improvement through a combination of cost reduction plus revenue acceleration outcomes utilising existing IT infrastructure, work processes and databases.

All Robots developed are 100% eligible for Federal Government R&D Grants which Zinc can also provide assistance in securing for the project. 

The ability to manage costs whilst increasing sales & revenues is now mandatory if a business today is to remain competitive, which is why Zinc Consulting has specialised in Automation Intelligence as part of your organisations Digital Transformation.

0425 772 100   /   0419 375 834

Gallagher partners with Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia

Gallagher has partnered with the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) to offer risk management advice and insurance solutions to its members.

SCLAA is Australia’s largest association for supply chain and logistics professionals and practitioners, with more than 3000 members nationwide. Gallagher, meanwhile, is a global broker with a network of 25+ regional and metropolitan branches across Australia, giving a unique perspective on the risks faced by business owners across a broad spectrum of industries.

As well as a wide range of business and personal insurance solutions, Gallagher is offering all SCLAA members a no-obligation insurance review to ensure they have adequate protection for their businesses and livelihoods.

SCLAA Chairman Amanda O’Brien said that the partnership with Gallagher provides a valuable opportunity for members to gain relevant and timely access to insurance advice that is specifically tailored to the challenges they face.

“SCLAA is committed to ensuring we partner with organisations who offer knowledge, expertise and advice to our members,” said Ms O’Brien. “Gallagher’s significant presence across Australia, means our members can expect to benefit from a high level of local expertise on risk management matters, backed up by access to outstanding insurance products to safeguard their businesses.”

Gallagher’s Brendon Kropp, who serves as a dedicated point of contact for SCLAA members, added: “Supply chain and logistics businesses play a pivotal role in the Australian economy, but are also subject to a complex and ever-changing regulatory environment.

“In particular new Chain of Responsibility legislation comes into force in October. This will place a burden of responsibility on all supply chain and logistics professionals to ensure their risk management processes and procedures are watertight and enforced to avoid potentially significant legal penalties.

And of course it’s essential that every business in the sector has the right level of insurance cover for their motor liability and professional risks. We can help ensure that SCLAA members have no gaps in cover and can avoid common pitfalls such as under-insurance, which can be devastating in the event of a major claim.”

SCLAA members can find out about Gallagher’s service offering, or request an insurance review, here.