US-based packaging and equipment solutions provider Volm Companies has opened its new 90000ft² distribution facility in Pasco, Washington. The new distribution center is situated at 5702 Industrial Way in Pasco, which is close to the old location. The facility will enable the business growth by providing warehouse space for inventory, LENO manufacturing equipment, equipment and parts area and increased office space. Volm Companies president and CEO Daniel Mueller said: “We came to the Tri-Cities area in 2007 through an acquisition, and since then we’ve been so impressed by how welcoming the area has been. "It’s inspiring to us as a…
Container tech company BISON this week launched the C-Lift P32, a new portable container lift system that equips shipping, logistics, and military operators to lift containers in any location. Recognising that conventional container handling equipment is typically big, heavy and expensive, BISON has developed a compact, portable and more economic alternative aimed at extending the benefits of intermodal logistics to new frontiers. The P32 is easily transported between sites, sets up in minutes and allows containers of all sizes and weights up to 32 tonne (70,000 lb) to be lifted on and off trailers safely and efficiently. Greg Fahey, BISON’s…
Sydney-based logistics software provider WiseTech Global has acquired Digerati, a provider of tariff research and compliance tools utilised by the Australasian customs broking community. Digerati provides its compliance solutions to over 140 corporations including DHL, Expeditors, FedEx, Panalpina, Schenker, UPS, Yusen and many major brokerage and logistics houses in Australia and New Zealand. “Border compliance is a complex, high-risk process with growing transaction volumes, speed and complexity exponentially increasing risk and potential penalties,” said Richard White, CEO, WiseTech Global. “We envision a future of deeply capable, integrated and guided transaction processing that will reduce risks for customs brokers, importers and…
Management at one of McCain Foods’ processing plants in Timaru, New Zealand, has found over 100 opportunities for improvement in its logistics following a two day “energy blitz” from employees. Production Manager Sonny Quilliam explains the thinking behind the move, with energy efficiency being key to the facility’s operations. “We’d picked all the low hanging fruit through previous work but we needed ideas to generate more energy and water saving opportunities. We knew they were there but we needed to shine a light on possibilities.” Twenty people from all areas of the facility that produces 146,000 tonnes of chips annually…
Yusen Logistics (Australia) Pty. Ltd., has commenced ocean and air freight forwarding operations to and from New Zealand servicing our global network and partners. We initially commenced in late 2016 servicing business customers to and from Australia and now offer global coverage that includes sophisticated logistics services across the entire supply chain. In March 2016, we acquired Hitech Asia Pacific, a company that owned bases in Australia and New Zealand and focused on the transportation of sensitive and specialty projects. This marked our first step into New Zealand’s domestic logistics market. The expansion with these services has therefore enabled us…
The New Zealand Defence Force has signed a multi-year contract with forwarder Kuehne + Nagel. Under the agreement, the forwarder will be the global supplier of domestic and international freight forwarding and customs services to the Defence Force, which consists of the Royal New Zealand Navy, the New Zealand Army and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The scope includes specialised services such as aircraft support incorporating aircraft-on-ground and engine movements. Kuehne + Nagel has set-up a ‘control tower’ with a dedicated team of experts in key locations to ensure continuity of supply and real-time visibility and online tracking tools…
Logistics company DHL Supply Chain is staging an augmented reality trial with one of its Australian customers as it assesses the productivity benefits that AR can deliver to warehouse operations. The project, using smart glasses to aid ‘picking’ during order fulfillment, builds on a series of pilots the company has run in a number of other countries, according to Andrew Weyer, DHL Supply Chain vice president, information technology, Australia & New Zealand. The decision to invest in AR is based on DHL Supply Chain’s assessment of the emerging technologies that comprise ‘Industry 4.0’, Weyer said. DHL Supply Chain develops its…
Port Nelson’s QuayConnect wins Green Ribbon Award Port Nelson is celebrating today after winning the coveted Resilience to Climate Change category in the national 2017 Green Ribbon Awards for its QuayConnect freight logistics model. The two other finalists were New Zealand Post and Sustainability Trust. Motivated to reduce fuel consumption and energy use across the company and provide supply chain improvements for customers in the Marlborough wine industry, Port Nelson worked with trucking company Central Express Ltd (CEL), and primarily two 3PL customers - glass bottle manufacturer O-I New Zealand (NZ) and wine bottler WineWorks Marlborough - to set up…
Qantas Freight has entered into a one year agreement with Sai Cheng Logistics International (Sai Cheng) to fly airmail weekly out of China to the United States. Sai Cheng is a joint venture company between Australia Post and China Post, which provides an integrated logistics solution for Chinese customers to overseas markets including Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the US, Europe and South America. The new agreement builds on the longstanding Australia Post and Qantas relationship, which includes contracts for the transport of Australianinternational outbound mail as well as a dedicated domestic air freighter network. The airmail from China Post will…
Ports of Auckland has bought out its joint venture partner in the Nexus Logistics entity set up just two-and-a-half years ago to provide logistics and distribution services around the country. The Auckland Council-owned port operator today acquired the 50 percent stake in Nexus owned by the privately held transport and logistics firm Netlogix, it said in a statement. The company didn't disclose the price but the port valued its 50 percent share at $2.6 million as at June 30, 2016, and had extended a $2.7 million loan to the joint venture at the time. The acquisition brings the port operator's…
Automation is rapidly becoming less an option and more a necessity when it comes to machine tools, and just like machine tools, automated handling systems are continually being updated and improved. Most recently, Makino announced the availability of a new design configuration for its Modular Machining Complex (MMC2) automated pallet-handling system, making it compatible with the company’s a61nx-5E 5-axis horizontal machining center. The updated MMC2 retains the same modular design and capabilities of its predecessors, but with a new pallet-transfer interface on the system’s rail-guided vehicle (RGV). As a result, manufacturers are able to achieve spindle utilization rates upwards of…
New Zealand Post this last week signed an agreement with the Henan Bonded Logistics Centre (HNBLC) and Trademonster that will simplify access for New Zealand companies to one of world’s largest consumer markets. The signing, at New Zealand Post’s Auckland Operations Centre on Wednesday, was attended by senior representatives of the People’s Government of Henan Province, including Chen Run’er, the Governor of the Province. HNBLC processes more than 90 million domestic parcels in China, and more than half of all cross border ecommerce trade. Trademonster has a strategic alliance with NZ Post and has strong relationships with the major ecommerce…
Monday, 06 March 2017 14:47

Port boosts services to wine industry

Port Nelson has been a key infrastructure asset for the top of the south for decades but its importance to Marlborough is becoming even more significant, following last year’s 7.8 earthquake. The port company is undertaking a $60 million, three-year capital expenditure programme that is designed to bring the port operation into the 21st century and ensuring it is fit-for-purpose as a modern port. In recent years Port Nelson Limited has been gradually expanding the area directly under its control with many businesses that don’t need to be located in the port environment relocating to more appropriate commercial areas. This…
Cloud-based e-booking portal to help Air New Zealand expand cargo bookings around the world Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced Air New Zealand has joined Unisys Cargo Portal Services (CPS) to allow the airline's current and prospective freight forwarder clients to book and track shipments online. Unisys' CPS is an online portal that enables freight forwarders to interact with multiple carriers via a single website to view availability, make bookings and track shipments as well as other electronic services such as producing IATA electronic Air Waybills (e-AWB) and interacting with customs systems. As one of the world's most popular multi-carrier…
Honey, Meat, Fish and Fresh Fruit Among the Cargoes Carried Since American Airlines Cargo launched a new service between Los Angeles (LAX) and the New Zealand city of Auckland (AKL) in mid-2016, the carrier has seen consistent, rapid expansion—a developing story perfectly illustrated by the short notice shipment of a world renowned honey. Manuka honey, lauded for its healing properties, is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka plant. The transport of this honey, which is used in the treatment of a number of illnesses from sore throats to digestive problems, requires delicate handling. Usually the…
A group from the University of Auckland’s Centre for Supply Chain Management, including Lynn who is editor of the FTD magazine, were invited to find out. The Devonport Naval Base – HMNZS Philomel – is the home of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), where it hosts training and support services for all its ships and personnel, including engineering facilities. The Naval Supply Depot is also located at the base which houses the Supply Chain Group to support the material requirements for ship operations.Students past and present of the University of Auckland’s Centre for Supply Chain Management enjoyed a tour…
Like many in the logistics industry, Cantabrian Tony Marriott started work as a storeman, working at Meadows Freight at Christchurch Airport in the early 1980s. Today, he’s the general manager of one of New Zealand’s leading providers of moving services within the country and around the world. This is his story. I left high school at the age of 16 with every intention of going back to uni after I had figured out what I wanted to do. I landed my first job in freight forwarding because, as my first manager put it, I had the best geography scores! Some…
Skoda are making a push toward battery-powered transporters at its factory. To try and make them more energy-efficient, a tractor towing two trailers full of solar panels is being put to the test on its 70-km (43-mi) route. By harvesting solar energy on its daily errands, Skoda expects it to lower its energy usage by around 10 percent annually. Should the trial be successful, the full fleet of battery-powered tractors at the factory will be kitted out with the solar chargers. >  >  > read full article here
Size matters to CEVA. The world's fourth largest logistics company has just moved into what it claims is one of the biggest sheds in the southern hemisphere, a half-kilometre-long storage and distribution facility equivalent to eight MCG playing fields in size. Netherlands-based CEVA Logistics occupied the new $80 million single span building in Melbourne's western suburbs in August last year, part of a rationalisation that has also seen it consolidate into similar, although smaller, "super sites" in Brisbane and Perth. "There's huge demand for this site," said CEVA's Australia and New Zealand managing director Carlos Velez Rodriguez. The building acts…
Prime Vision has launched a new strategy for its regional division in Australia and New Zealand with a specific focus on the Postal and Logistics industries. According to Prime Vision: “The new strategy responds to the challenges faced by Postal and Logistics operators in the region, providing a range of solutions to help operators improve utilization of their assets, providing tracking of individual items from first mile to last mile, increasing parcel processing capacity cost effectively, and providing Consumers more choice for delivery.” Prime Vision added that it is offering a new portfolio of solutions to deliver the new strategy…
Nearly 69% of logistics professionals are worried about a global retreat from free trade, a survey has found. Logistics firm Agility, in its annual report on emerging markets, said the concern follows the election of Trump, UK’s vote to leave the European Union and the collapse of a number of regional and global trade talks. It also said of the 800 global logistics professionals asked, 42.8% said they felt the IMF’s emerging market growth forecast of 4.6% for 2017 was too optimistic. Alongside the industry survey, the report compiles an annual index ranking emerging economies on their attractiveness to logistics…
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 12:45

Amazon files patent for flying warehouse

Amazon has filed a patent for massive flying warehouses equipped with fleets of drones that deliver goods to key locations. Carried by an airship, the warehouses would visit places Amazon expects demand for certain goods to boom. It says one use could be near sporting events or festivals where they would sell food or souvenirs to spectators. The patent also envisages a series of support vehicles that would be used to restock the flying structures. Continue to full article on BBCNews - December 29, 2016    
Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:24

Dematic wins Asahi contract

Asahi Beverages, comprising some of Australia and New Zealand’s most successful beverage businesses, including Schweppes Australia, Asahi Premium Beverages, Independent Liquor and The Better Drinks Co., has awarded Dematic a contract to build a high bay warehouse storage facility. The warehouse in Heathwood, Queensland, will consist of a satellite storage solution containing six aisles of six-deep satellite ColbyRack capable of storing 28,000 pallets. The automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) will include six new Dematic RapidStore Storage Retrieval Machines (SRMs) with Dematic’s latest “free roaming” Automover satellite carts. The solution will also feature Skate Auto-loading Truck Docks, a pallet conveyor…
SHANGHAI, Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Goodman Group (Goodman or the Group) is pleased to announce that it has secured five new major customer commitments totalling 98,120 sqm at the Goodman Pudong Airport Logistics Park (GPALP). The leasing success achieved reflects the continued robust demand for well located, high quality warehouse and distribution facilities in and around key gateway cities like Shanghai. Located next to the Pudong International Airport's third runway, which is designated for airfreight only, the park is well serviced by strong transportation infrastructure. It comprises two-storey ramped up warehouses with sustainable features such as LED lighting, low-e…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 11:00

Modernising NZ’s Defence Force logistics

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today that approval has been given for the New Zealand Defence Force to progress work on the Consolidated Logistics project at a cost of $130 million over five years. “New Zealand’s Defence Force holds a wide range of equipment, all of which needs to be stored, maintained and serviced so that it is ready and safe to use when required,” Mr Brownlee says. “However the systems presently used to do this need to be brought into the modern age. “More efficient management will allow the Defence Force to reduce the volumes of some equipment held…
Monday, 12 December 2016 11:40

Kawerau container terminal decision due soon

Kawerau's drive to develop an inland container terminal serving the Eastern Bay of Plenty is gaining traction, with a decision expected early next year on whether or not to go ahead. A research study being carried out by Rotorua's Scion forestry research institute will be completed by year end, with a stakeholders meeting scheduled for January in order to make a decision. "The research project is coming to an end and the indicative results to date are very promising," said Glenn Sutton, economic development manager at Kawerau District Council, who has been a key proponent of the terminal. "I'm passionate…