Logistics & Materials Handling https://logisticsmagazine.com.au Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:55:29 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.1 Woolworths reaffirms ethical fresh food supply chain commitment https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/woolworths-reaffirms-ethical-fresh-food-supply-chain-commitment/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/woolworths-reaffirms-ethical-fresh-food-supply-chain-commitment/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:55:29 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=32994 Continue reading Woolworths reaffirms ethical fresh food supply chain commitment ]]> Woolworths has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that the human rights of all workers in the company’s operations and supply chains are protected.

As part of Woolworths’ continuing review of its ethical sourcing practices, the supermarket chain has committed to working collaboratively with the National Union of Workers (NUW) and other interested stakeholders, to identify and address human rights risks in fresh food supply chains in Australia.

“Our belief is that finding the right solution to address human rights risks in horticultural supply chains in Australia will be best achieved by working collaboratively with farmers, governments and unions,” Brad Banducci, CEO, Woolworths Group, said.

“We recognise the current efforts of these stakeholders, including the NUW, and are committed to actively participating in a process to deliver genuine improvements and sensible and practical reform.”

As part of the commitment, and following discussions with the NUW and the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR), Woolworths has committed to implementing an agreed pre-qualification programme for labour-hire providers, and educate workers in Woolworths’ supply chains about their workplace rights. This includes the right to join a labour union of their choice, have access to an effective grievance mechanism to ensure that human rights violations are reported, investigated and remediated, and be protected if reporting human rights violations.

“These commitments will give effect to our pledge in our Woolworths Group Corporate Responsibility Strategy 2020 to work with peak organisations to improve workers’ lives,” said Banducci. “They also strengthen Woolworths’ ability to manage human rights risks and ensure compliance with Woolworths’ Ethical Sourcing Policy and Policy for Employing or Engaging Overseas Workers.”

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MNX Global Logistics acquires Logical Freight Solutions https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/mnx-global-logistics-acquires-logical-freight-solutions/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/mnx-global-logistics-acquires-logical-freight-solutions/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:14:39 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=32991 Continue reading MNX Global Logistics acquires Logical Freight Solutions ]]> Melbourne-based logistics provider to the life sciences industry Logical Freight Solutions (LFS) has accepted an offer to be acquired by global logistics services provider MNX Global Logistics.

“The pace of growth in patient-centric medicine, with its strict requirements for temperature-controlled transportation and time-definite delivery, underscores the role that specialty time-critical logistics providers will continue to play in the life sciences and healthcare industries,” said Paul J. Martins, CEO, MNX. “LFS shares our customer-centric culture and geographic footprint. This combination allows our new and existing customers to experience an expanded suite of logistics services tailored specifically for the healthcare, life sciences, and medical device industries around the world.”

Steve Cheetham, CEO, LFS, is enthusiastic about the potential for the combined business.

“Since its inception, Logical Freight Solutions has steadily built an infrastructure and specialised expertise that provides our customers with true door-to-door service, from internal supplier to end-user,” said Cheetham. “Joining MNX further propels the growth of our business and service offerings across new geographies, and gives our customers access to a diversified range of logistics services and new technologies.”

The acquisition is part of a series of strategic moves to drive global growth and provide exceptional service to healthcare and life sciences customers, LFS said in a statement.

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WWL and Prixcar in deal for land-based business in Australia https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/wwl-and-prixcar-in-deal-for-land-based-business-in-australia/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/wwl-and-prixcar-in-deal-for-land-based-business-in-australia/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:51:23 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=32989 Continue reading WWL and Prixcar in deal for land-based business in Australia ]]> Shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA (WWL) will sell its inland transportation and technical service business in Australia to Australian vehicle storage and transportation company Prixcar, in exchange for a 20 per cent ownership share in Prixcar.

WWL will remain an active participant in the market through board representation and close cooperation with Prixcar.

Prixcar provides finished vehicle logistic services in Australia with a nationwide footprint. Its primary focus is inland transportation and technical services for the auto segment, complementing WWL’s focus on the heavy truck, rolling equipment and machinery segment. The joint business is expected to have an annual turnover in excess of $250 million and a team of over 1,000.

“This transaction and our new partnership with the Prixcar Group will increase the scale and geographic reach of our LWWL

andbased activities in Australia, providing our customers with an enhanced product,” said Craig Jasienski, President and CEO, WWL ASA.

Alan Miles, Chairman, Prixcar Services, added, “The joining of these two companies – both sharing similar values with a strong focus on safety, people, innovation, environment, and our customers – will assist in enabling the group to further expand its ability in creating value for its employees, customers and business partners, offering an expanded range of both services and locations.”

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals in Australia, and expected to close in Q1 2018.

The transaction does not include WWL’s Terminal business, for example the Melbourne International Ro-Ro Automotive Terminal (MIRRAT).

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Safer Storage Systems partners with Dexion https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/safer-storage-systems-partners-with-dexion/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/safer-storage-systems-partners-with-dexion/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:26:54 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=32987 Continue reading Safer Storage Systems partners with Dexion ]]> Pallet racking and shelving provider Safer Storage Systems has partnered with storage solutions provider Dexion Australia and signed on to become a Dexion Supply Centre.

Safer Storage Systems is one of the first to sign the new look Dexion Supply Centre agreement, which is currently being rolled out across Australia.

The company has adopted the Dexion branding and will now be known as Dexion Solutions.

“This new partnership sees two powerhouses in the industry join forces to deliver the very best product and service for customers,” said Matt Bell, Managing Director, Safer Storage Systems. “Dexion has world-class engineering capabilities and we are excited to be able to add the quality product range to our robust business offering.”

With a growing Key Accounts team to manage on-going requirements for customers, such as Reece and Bunnings, as well as experienced installation crews and project managers, Safer Storage Systems is equipped to offer comprehensive storage solutions for the industrial and commercial industries, Dexion said in a statement.

Khurshed Mirza, CEO, Dexion Australiasia, added, “Our partnership with Dexion Solutions further enhances our commitment to provide our customers with superior service and support. We are stronger together.”

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Leak reveals Amazon Australia launch set for today https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/leak-reveals-amazon-australia-launch-set-for-today/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/leak-reveals-amazon-australia-launch-set-for-today/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:58:47 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=32981 Continue reading Leak reveals Amazon Australia launch set for today ]]> An email sent to select retailers announcing the soft launch of Amazon’s Australian operations has been leaked to news site Life Hacker.

The emails calls for sellers to be ready for the site to go live at 2pm AEST, at which time customers will be able to access listings though since only a small number of buyers will be granted access initially, for a testing period.

Amazon seems to be looking to take advantage of the growing international popularity of partaking in the Black Friday shopping day – the day following Thanksgiving in the US is known for retailers offering massive discounts, allowing people to stock up on Christmas presents.

This year, Black Friday falls tomorrow – 24 November.

It is unknown when Amazon would be looking to rollout its full site to customers, though if today’s test goes well it could be a busy month for the retailer in the run-up to Christmas – and we’ll be watching keenly to see what delivery arrangements it has made to avoid disappointing customers familiar with its delivery capabilities in other regions.

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