- Linde helps Paramount Liquor keep warehouse costs down
Privately owned on-premises liquor wholesaler, Paramount Liquor, has made large-scale use of refurbished Linde Material Handling forklifts to help minimise costs in a highly competitive industry. The family company competes successfully in a market contested by major local and overseas players. Paramount Liquor founder Mark Rowe has seen plenty of competitors in the on-premises wholesale … Continue reading Linde helps Paramount Liquor keep warehouse costs down
- Parkes National Logistics Hub
Parkes Shire Council is releasing further information about the opportunities available at its national logistics hub. You may remember Parkes Shire Council from its cheeky video back in May 2017, bidding for Amazon to choose the area for its first Australian distribution operations.
- Championing change
One Australian logistics professional has launched her own networking events to encourage, mentor and champion women working in the industry. After noticing that men were overrepresented at networking events she was attending in Brisbane, Queensland, logistics professional Melissa McDonald decided to create a unique space for women in the industry to meet, share knowledge and … Continue reading Championing change
- Australia’s new freight capital?
This feature appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Logistics & Materials Handling. Uniquely positioned to support the movement of rail freight between the east, west and south of Australia – and soon, with Inland Rail, north too – Parkes in New South Wales has set its sights on becoming the hub of choice for … Continue reading Australia’s new freight capital?
- Eyes on the prize
This feature appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Logistics & Materials Handling. In the increasingly complex world of supply-chain logistics, ensuring end-to-end visibility of product movements is no longer just a possibility – it’s becoming a necessity. Real-time traceability of transport services offers consumers a sense of control in order deliveries – it’s now … Continue reading Eyes on the prize
- Refurbished Linde forklift is a pools winner
Queensland company Shipping Container Pools proves the benefits of recycling and re-use right down to the certified refurbished Linde forklift at the heart of its operations. Millions of Australians saw the company’s approach demonstrated when TV program The Block featured one of its above-ground pools made from a repurposed shipping container. That marked the current high … Continue reading Refurbished Linde forklift is a pools winner
- We can’t delay the hard decisions
This article first appeared in the August/September issue of Logistics & Materials Handling. By Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, Australian Logistics Council. In the lead-up to the 2016 Federal Election, the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) urged the development of a comprehensive National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy to address these challenges. The Federal Government subsequently agreed … Continue reading We can’t delay the hard decisions
- Do you understand CoR?
This article first appeared in the August/September issue of Logistics & Materials Handling. By Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, Australian Logistics Council. Speculation about the impact of Amazon on the Australian retail market kicked up a notch in late June, when news emerged that the company had acquired upscale grocery chain Whole Foods – effectively acquiring … Continue reading Do you understand CoR?
- CCTV 2.0
This interview first appeared in the August/September 2017 issue of Logistics & Materials Handling. For many years now, images captured by closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems, whether on public or private property, have been used to secure convictions, establish timelines, and identify suspects after crimes have been committed. The technology’s main limitation until now has been the … Continue reading CCTV 2.0
- Back on track
This article appeared in the August/September issue of Logistics & Materials Handling. Over the next decade, Australia’s new Inland Rail is going to reinstate rail as a viable option for the east coast’s rural producers. The new InterLinkSQ Intermodal Terminal and Industrial Precinct in Toowoomba, Queensland, is strategically positioned to connect the country’s exports by road, … Continue reading Back on track
- Highlighting the industry’s view
With the Federal Government having announced the composition of the expert panel that will advise on the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, the real work of shaping its content is now well and truly under way. It’s not indulging in hyperbole to say that we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get … Continue reading Highlighting the industry’s view
- Australian businesses ‘underprepared’ for rising ransomware threat
In recent months, the WannaCry and Petya outbreaks caused widespread disruption and losses for businesses and public-sector bodies around the world, highlighting the vulnerable position of businesses when it comes to cyber security. Many are still failing to undertake urgently required remediation, experts have warned, and it is feared a new wave of targeted cyber … Continue reading Australian businesses ‘underprepared’ for rising ransomware threat
- The ball is in our court
This column appeared in the April/May issue of Logistics & Materials Handling. The ball has been put into the logistics industry’s court. For some years now, we have been urging government not just for more investment in transport and logistics, but also for better targeted investment – investment that will produce the best returns. We … Continue reading The ball is in our court
- Think differently
This interview first appeared in the February/March 2017 issue of Logistics & Materials Handling. Global megatrends such as globalisation, urbanisation and digitisation are forcing Australian logistics businesses to commit to a new, much more comprehensive mindset. In a move to renew the company’s focus on innovation and future growth, Linfox founded a stand-alone Development, Strategy … Continue reading Think differently
- Found in translation – Exporting the Australian logistics mindset
This article first appeared in the February/March 2017 issue of Logistics & Materials Handling. Three Australian logistics veterans have been tasked with rethinking Japan’s supply chain strategy, mixing the traditional and the modern to achieve unprecedented growth. Even when you’re the biggest name in your market, that’s no reason to rest on your laurels. While … Continue reading Found in translation – Exporting the Australian logistics mindset
- Let’s have a mature, calm conversation about driverless trucks and drone deliveries
If we are to believe the headlines, then driverless trucks and drones are about to revolutionise delivery transport. But how close are these developments, really? These developments will likely be academic for years to come. There is more value in looking at what we can do now to improve efficiency with technology and processes which … Continue reading Let’s have a mature, calm conversation about driverless trucks and drone deliveries
- A Private Port – The outlook for Australian logistics
This article first appeared in the February/March 2017 issue of Logistics & Materials Handling The privatisation of the Port of Melbourne in late 2016 will have major economic and infrastructural implications for the city, Victoria and the country for the next half-century. For the region’s logistics industry, it will be anything but business as usual. … Continue reading A Private Port – The outlook for Australian logistics
- Ports forging new alliances to meet challenges of shipping industry consolidation
After decades of rivalry, regional shipping ports are joining forces in an effort to make themselves more attractive to the world’s top ocean carriers. The trend has been sparked by consolidation in the shipping industry which threatens to cut some ports out of lucrative global trade routes. Earlier this year, the world’s largest shipping companies … Continue reading Ports forging new alliances to meet challenges of shipping industry consolidation
- Robotics to be biggest supply chain disruptor
Robotics will cause the most disruption in the supply chain in the next five years, according to a study carried out by the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville’s Global Supply Chain Institute, as first reported by Modern Materials Handling. The study looked at the anticipated impact of five technologies on the supply chain on the next … Continue reading Robotics to be biggest supply chain disruptor
- Digital innovation to support future supply chains
Companies are embracing digital innovation as a tool to help them manage future supply chains, as found by a recent global study carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in collaboration with Standard Chartered Bank. The study surveyed individuals in senior executive, senior management and C-level or board roles in 13 countries in early … Continue reading Digital innovation to support future supply chains