Logistics & Materials Handling https://logisticsmagazine.com.au Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:23:20 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.1 Ten reasons why it’s time for the logistics sector to make the switch to digital time and attendance solutions https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/ten-reasons-why-its-time-for-the-logistics-sector-to-make-the-switch-to-digital-time-and-attendance-solutions-2/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/ten-reasons-why-its-time-for-the-logistics-sector-to-make-the-switch-to-digital-time-and-attendance-solutions-2/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:23:20 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=32978 Continue reading Ten reasons why it’s time for the logistics sector to make the switch to digital time and attendance solutions ]]> Logistics is an industry that relies heavily on the ability to track and monitor every step of the process. Consumers are now tracking their order from the moment its placed online or instore to when it arrives at their door.

Often at the forefront of technological innovation, logistics is an industry that is, by its very nature, mobile and flexible. With accurate data and real time information now a fundamental feature of the logistics industry, having the ability to track and monitor time worked by employees is becoming essential.

Digital time and attendance solutions enable organisations to accurately track employee timekeeping, reduce labour costs and minimise compliance risks. There are also significant economic advantages to be gained. A recent report by the American Axsium Group found that companies saved an average $2,072 per employee in the year immediately following implementation of an automated time and attendance solution.

Here are ten reasons why logistics businesses should be implementing digital time and attendance software: 

  1. Efficiently manage a remote workforce
    As the majority of a logistics workforce is based on the road, with digital time and attendance software employees can clock in wherever they are using a mobile device. In addition, by using GPS tracking managers can view the location of all employees remotely.
  2. Accurate reporting
    Manual timekeeping processes often result in costly inaccurate reporting. Inaccuracies can often result in overpayments, rota mistakes, holiday errors and incorrect legal compliance. Digitising the process ensures there is less room for human error.
  3. Improve compliancy
    Digital time and attendance software is configured to automatically ensure that employees leave and shifts adhere to company, federal, state, local and industry regulations. This eliminates the risk of costly fines and penalties associated with noncompliance.
  4. Spot trends
    Supervisors and managers are able to access real time information about their employees. At a glance, managers can see patterns in lateness and sickness as well as the productivity and efficiency of an entire workforce.
  5. Empower employees
    By digitising the time and attendance software employees are able to access their sick leave, timesheets and leave entitlements without having to bother managers or HR. Employees are also able to request holidays more efficiently by using the system.
  6. Go paperless
    A digital process replaces the need to print, email and ship documents. Manual attendance systems lead to mountains of paper timesheets and wasted time on filing, as well as accessing and retrieving paper documents.
  7. Manage absences and shift cover
    With real time data it’s possible to track and enforce employee attendance, reduce instances of absence and improve productivity. It also allows managers to have an at a glance view of the availability of their entire workforce and manage shift cover.
  8. Stop time abuse
    An added feature of many time and attendance software solutions is the ability to use biometric scanners. Biometric time and attendance systems work by measuring features of the body that are unique to each person, and thus offer greater accuracy in attendance tracking and access control. They also prohibit employees from borrowing keys and entering controlled areas, this also reduces time theft by eliminating the possibility of an employee clocking in on behalf of another.
  9. Customisable solutions
    As every business is unique and has a variety of different time and attendance requirements, as well as specific legal guidance and regulations for different roles within the logistics sector, time and attendance software solutions can be fully customisable for any business, large or small. There is no one size fits all approach.
  10. Save time and money for HR departments
    Automated data collation and real time displays save time and money for HR and payroll departments by cutting down on the time it takes to access information that is not kept in one central program.

Mitrefinch – intelligent employee management

 Mitrefinch, one of Australia’s leading time and attendance software providers, has extensive experience in the logistics industry. Working with leading global logistics providers including DB Schenker, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, TNT and TDG Logistics, Mitrefinch has knowledge and expertise to work with logistics providers and customise unique time and attendance solutions for each business.

With over 30 years’ experience, Mitrefinch’s project team assists in every step of the way and has a dedicated consultancy team that combines project management skills and technical expertise.

To find out about time and attendance solutions for your business, visit: http://www.mitrefinch.com.au/

 

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Nominations now open for 2018 Mercury Awards https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/nominations-now-open-for-2018-mercury-awards/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/nominations-now-open-for-2018-mercury-awards/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:13:00 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=32968 Continue reading Nominations now open for 2018 Mercury Awards ]]> Businesses in the Australian logistics, supply chain and materials handling sectors are invited to submit their nominations for the 2018 Logistics & Materials Handling Mercury Awards, held in partnership with MEGATRANS2018.

The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements and successes of companies across the Australia’s supply chain sectors.

The award categories are as follows:

Supply Chain Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Port of Melbourne

Recognition for a company that has implemented a new and successful innovation that has increased productivity and/or accuracy.

Safety Advocate Award – sponsored by SICK

Recognition for a company or individual who has implemented an outstanding safety program, and has advocated within the wider industry for increased safety.

Best Technology Application
Recognition for an outstanding technological initiative.

Sustainability Initiative Award
Recognition for a company that has implemented a unique and successful sustainability initiative.

Transport Solution of the Year: Road
Recognition for an outstanding transport solution in the road transport industry.

Transport Solution of the Year: Rail
Recognition for an outstanding transport solution in the rail industry.

Transport Solution of the Year: Air
Recognition for an outstanding transport solution in the aviation industry.

Transport Solution of the Year: Sea
Recognition for an outstanding transport solution in the sea freight industry.

Outstanding Graduate Program
Recognition for a company that actively encourages and rewards graduates within the industry.

Best Storage Solution
Recognition for an innovative solution across the storage sector.

Best Infrastructure Innovation
Recognition for an outstanding infrastructure innovation.

Victorian Government ‘Contribution to Industry’ Award
Recognition for a company or individual who has significantly contributed to the Australian logistics industry.

The Mercury Awards is the official awards program of MEGATRANS2018, a business-to-business trade event focusing on the freight and logistics supply chain. MEGATRANS2018 incorporates all forms of freight transport, logistics and materials handling, infrastructure and storage and warehousing, providing perfect alignment with the Mercury Awards.

The 2018 Mercury Awards sponsors include the Victorian Government, the Port of Melbourne and SICK.

To submit a nomination, go to the 2018 Mercury Awards website. 

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Ten reasons why it’s time for the logistics sector to make the switch to digital time and attendance solutions https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/ten-reasons-why-its-time-for-the-logistics-sector-to-make-the-switch-to-digital-time-and-attendance-solutions/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/ten-reasons-why-its-time-for-the-logistics-sector-to-make-the-switch-to-digital-time-and-attendance-solutions/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:52:02 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=32960 Continue reading Ten reasons why it’s time for the logistics sector to make the switch to digital time and attendance solutions ]]> Logistics is an industry that relies heavily on the ability to track and monitor every step of the process. Consumers are now tracking their order from the moment its placed online or instore to when it arrives at their door.

Often at the forefront of technological innovation, logistics is an industry that is, by its very nature, mobile and flexible. With accurate data and real time information now a fundamental feature of the logistics industry, having the ability to track and monitor time worked by employees is becoming essential.

Digital time and attendance solutions enable organisations to accurately track employee timekeeping, reduce labour costs and minimise compliance risks. There are also significant economic advantages to be gained. A recent report by the American Axsium Group found that companies saved an average $2,072 per employee in the year immediately following implementation of an automated time and attendance solution.

Here are ten reasons why logistics businesses should be implementing digital time and attendance software:

  1. Efficiently manage a remote workforce
    As the majority of a logistics workforce is based on the road, with digital time and attendance software employees can clock in wherever they are using a mobile device. In addition, by using GPS tracking managers can view the location of all employees remotely.
  2. Accurate reporting

Manual timekeeping processes often result in costly inaccurate reporting. Inaccuracies can often result in overpayments, rota mistakes, holiday errors and incorrect legal compliance. Digitising the process ensures there is less room for human error.

  1. Improve compliancy
    Digital time and attendance software is configured to automatically ensure that employees leave and shifts adhere to company, federal, state, local and industry regulations. This eliminates the risk of costly fines and penalties associated with noncompliance.
  2. Spot trends

Supervisors and managers are able to access real time information about their employees. At a glance, managers can see patterns in lateness and sickness as well as the productivity and efficiency of an entire workforce.

  1. Empower employees

By digitising the time and attendance software employees are able to access their sick leave, timesheets and leave entitlements without having to bother managers or HR. Employees are also able to request holidays more efficiently by using the system.

  1. Go paperless
    A digital process replaces the need to print, email and ship documents. Manual attendance systems lead to mountains of paper timesheets and wasted time on filing, as well as accessing and retrieving paper documents.
  2. Manage absences and shift cover

With real time data it’s possible to track and enforce employee attendance, reduce instances of absence and improve productivity. It also allows managers to have an at a glance view of the availability of their entire workforce and manage shift cover.

  1. Stop time abuse
    An added feature of many time and attendance software solutions is the ability to use biometric scanners. Biometric time and attendance systems work by measuring features of the body that are unique to each person, and thus offer greater accuracy in attendance tracking and access control. They also prohibit employees from borrowing keys and entering controlled areas, this also reduces time theft by eliminating the possibility of an employee clocking in on behalf of another.
  2. Customisable solutions

As every business is unique and has a variety of different time and attendance requirements, as well as specific legal guidance and regulations for different roles within the logistics sector, time and attendance software solutions can be fully customisable for any business, large or small. There is no one size fits all approach.

  1. Save time and money for HR departments

Automated data collation and real time displays save time and money for HR and payroll departments by cutting down on the time it takes to access information that is not kept in one central program

Mitrefinch – intelligent employee management

Mitrefinch, one of Australia’s leading time and attendance software providers, has extensive experience in the logistics industry. Working with leading global logistics providers including DB Schenker, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, TNT and TDG Logistics, Mitrefinch has knowledge and expertise to work with logistics providers and customise unique time and attendance solutions for each business.

With over 30 years’ experience, Mitrefinch’s project team assists in every step of the way and has a dedicated consultancy team that combines project management skills and technical expertise.

To find out about time and attendance solutions for your business, visit: http://www.mitrefinch.com.au/

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Queensland election “vital” for freight logistics industry: ALC https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/queensland-election-vital-for-freight-logistics-industry-alc/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/queensland-election-vital-for-freight-logistics-industry-alc/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:54:13 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=32935 Continue reading Queensland election “vital” for freight logistics industry: ALC ]]> The Australian Logistics Council has written to party leaders in Queensland ahead of the 25 November state election, asking them to outline their policies on key issues such as corridor protection, congestion, the development of critical freight infrastructure and improved road safety through the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

Letters were sent during the first week of the campaign to the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Queensland Premier; Tim Nicholls MP, Leader of the Opposition; Steve Dickson MP, One Nation Leader; and Rob Katter, MP of Katter’s Australian Party.

“Queensland plays a vital role in sustaining Australia’s freight logistics network, and with significant growth expected in the state’s freight task over the next decade, it is crucial that Queensland’s political leaders address our industry’s priorities ahead of the state election,” said Ian Murray AM, Chairman, ALC.

He noted that one of the most urgent priorities is preserving a rail corridor that will permit the construction of an alternative dedicated freight rail connection from the Inland Rail route through to the Port of Brisbane.

“This corridor must be preserved now to minimise construction costs for a future rail connection to the port,” he added. “This is essential to guarding against the impact of urban encroachment on this critical piece of freight infrastructure, and deriving the full economic benefits of this significant national project.”

Infrastructure Australia has calculated that up to $66 million could be saved on construction costs of a future freight rail connection to the Port of Brisbane if appropriate corridor protection strategies are put in place, Murray noted.

“ALC has also called on the next Queensland Parliament to provide certainty to the heavy vehicle industry by acting swiftly to pass the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 201,” he said.

“This legislation contains a number of significant measures which ALC believes will improve road safety. It should be passed by the Queensland Parliament as a matter of priority following the state election.”

Murray added that Queensland’s political leaders have also been asked to outline their approach on a range of other policy matters, as highlighted by the ALC in its Queensland Freight Priorities document, released in August 2017.

“These include measures to reduce road congestion, and ensuring the regulation of Queensland’s freight transport infrastructure affords our industry the flexibility it needs to operate 24/7,” Murray said. “This will be essential to meeting a freight task that is rapidly growing due to Queensland’s rising population, growing export markets and the expansion of e-commerce.”

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SME supply chain and logistics focus for Dawson Consulting https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/sme-supply-chain-and-logistics-focus-for-dawson-consulting/ https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/sme-supply-chain-and-logistics-focus-for-dawson-consulting/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:29:48 +0000 https://logisticsmagazine.com.au/?p=32919 Continue reading SME supply chain and logistics focus for Dawson Consulting ]]> Management consulting brand Dawson Consulting, acquired in 2007 by the Logistic Bureau Group, has announced that it now has a new focus – the small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector.

“Here at Logistics Bureau, we’re continually approached by the SME sector to assist them with supply chain and logistics challenges, explained Rob O’Byrne, Founder and CEO, Logistics Bureau, and previous Managing Partner with Dawson Consulting.

“But given that our primary service focus is more towards the ‘top end of town’, it was often difficult to pare back our services to be a better fit for SMEs, in terms of their specific needs around project scope, timeframe and budgets.”

For this reason, he explained, the decision was made to re-focus Dawson Consulting.

“The services under that brand are now solely focused on the needs of fast growing SMEs, a very important part of our economy,” said O’Byrne. “There are six core ‘packages’ aimed at helping SMEs with the most significant supply chain and logistics challenges that hamper their growth and profitability.

“One of the core values of the Logistics Bureau Group is helping people, and this refocus for Dawson Consulting absolutely underpins that value, allowing us to help another tier of businesses.”

Find out more on the Dawson Consulting website.

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