Texas-based Emergent Cold has announced the acquisition of the Montague Cold Storage facilities in Melbourne. According to Emergent Gold, this acquisition complements its broader strategy of acquiring and developing a global network of cold chain businesses. Montagues was founded in 1948, by William (Bill) Montague OAM by purchasing a carting operation that turned the Montague … Continue reading Emergent Cold acquires Melbourne-based Montague Cold Storage
Maersk is set to enhance its Remote Container Management (RCM) platform by a virtual assistant, named “Captain Peter”. The avatar will assist customers along the journey of their cargo. Currently being tested by a group of select customers, technical improvements are being put in place to simplify the processes integrated into the Remote Container Management … Continue reading Maersk to introduce a virtual assistant named Captain Peter
Volkswagen Financial Services is further expanding with the 60 per cent acquisition of Fleet Logistics, Europe’s largest fleet management company operating in more than 70 countries. According to Volkswagen, the goal is to create a complete range of products and services for the customer in which travel and fleet management are combined. The completion of … Continue reading Volkswagen moves further into logistics market with acquisition
Western Sydney Airport has appointed Architectus to plan a business park on a dedicated 191-hectare parcel of airport real estate. The business park will offer the opportunity to integrate office, retail, industrial, hotels and conference facilities within 1.5 kilometres of the airport terminal. “There will be opportunities for businesses to be at the terminal’s doorstep at … Continue reading Western Sydney Airport selects architect to develop business park
According to the latest DHL Global Trade Barometer (GTB), global trade will continue to grow over the next three months. With an overall index of 61 points, the GTB’s analysis of international air and containerised ocean trade flows indicates that the development of the previous quarters will continue: Indices for all seven countries that constitute the … Continue reading World trade momentum weaker but growing, says DHL
FedEx has announced it is expanding its fleet to add 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric delivery vehicles. FedEx is purchasing 100 of the vehicles from Chanje Energy Inc and leasing 900 from Ryder System, Inc. The purpose-built electric vehicles will be operated by FedEx Express for commercial and residential pick-up and delivery services in the United … Continue reading FedEx acquires 1,000 electric vehicles
Recruiting firm Hays has released its latest Jobs In Demand report, covering January to June 2018. The company expects strong demand to continue in the logistics industry for persons with expertise in the areas of inventory management, import/export, wharves and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) planning. “Across Australia, positive productivity is linked to efficiency improvements, be … Continue reading Hays releases 2018 Jobs In Demand report
Investment group Seven Group Holdings (SGH) has announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to pay $517 million to acquire the remaining 53.3 per cent of securities in equipment hire company Coates Hire that it does not already own, from an affiliate of Carlyle Asia Partners II, a fund managed by The Carlyle … Continue reading Investment group to acquire Coates Hire
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has written to e-commerce company Amazon to ensure the company complies with Australia’s unfair contract terms legislation upon its arrival. Ombudsman Kate Carnell said the pending arrival of Amazon Marketplace in Australia represented an opportunity for many small businesses to compete online and extend their reach, though … Continue reading ASBFEO advises Amazon on local SME protection obligations
Through a new partnership with DHL eCommerce, a division of the international logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group, courier service Sendle plans to offer international parcel delivery services for small businesses in Australia. The move will mean small businesses will be able to offer door-to-door delivery, with Sendle managing domestic pickups in Australia and DHL … Continue reading Sendle partners with DHL eCommerce
Packaging manufacturer Pro-Pac has agreed to a $177.5 million transformational merger with Integrated Packaging Group (IPG). IPG is Australia’s largest specialist manufacturer in flexibles, film and wrap – and it operates five manufacturing facilities across Australia and New Zealand. “The combination of Pro-Pac and IPG provides many exciting opportunities in the growing Australian flexibles packaging … Continue reading Packaging companies ProPac, IPG announce merger
The Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) has appointed Mike Owen to the ASCI Initiative’s Ethics Committee ASCI, formerly apicsAU, is a non-profit, professional membership community established in 1963 that supports the Australasian professional supply chain community, through its ethics, risk and technical committees. Mike has nearly 35 years of involvement in senior inventory, procurement, logistics … Continue reading ASCI appoints new member to Ethics Committee
What will transport look like in the future? Will people and governments ever accept driverless B-doubles careering through city streets? Will we see flying delivery vans? Near-instant drone deliveries, or delivery by particle beam, Star Trek- style? Change won’t be smooth. Driverless trucks might be available, but the regulators will be well behind. All of these innovations … Continue reading How will transport succeed in a ‘higher expectation’ future?
The Andrews Labor Government will introduce an Australian-first voluntary Fair Payment Code of Practice to help crack down on late payments and encourage all businesses to pay their small business suppliers on time. Based on a similar initiative in the UK, the Fair Payment Code of Practice will require businesses to voluntarily pledge to pay … Continue reading VIC to push on-time payments for SMEs
Manufacturing activity contracted in December for the second straight month, according to the Institute of Supply Management’s (ISM) Manufacturing Report on Business.
Six months after the 2013 Federal Election, satisfaction with the Federal Government among SMEs is at its highest level since 2009, according to Australia’s leading accounting software provider, MYOB.
A Labor backbencher says that his party should not block the newly elected government as it tries to cut the carbon tax.
According to business lobbyists, delays to the incoming government’s pledged repeal of a carbon price would have costly results.
Price increases announced by Australia Post have been slammed by many Australian businesses who say the decision will result in cost increases.
The Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA), Queensland division, in conjunction with the UQ Business School has announced a call for nominations for the 2012 supply chain and logistics management scholarship.