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Logistics company pledges to employ 40 local youth
IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale says DB Schenker's pledge to employ 40 local trainees is a major step in addressing youth unemployment.
DB Schenker is a global logistics service provider employing more than 94,600 staff across 2000 sites in about 130 countries.
Last October, it was announced as the anchor tenant of the $350 million 62ha Redbank Motorway Estate developed by Goodman Group.
DB Schenker's $56 million 31,400sq m facility is scheduled to be built by June.
"This is the most significant thing, not just for Ipswich but Australia," Mayor Pisasale said.
"It's a worldwide company who will be putting 40 young people straight into traineeships.
"You don't get a better result.
"Youth unemployment is a problem everywhere in the country and we're working to get it down.
"Governments and companies should be looking at ways to do what this company is doing.
"My thanks to Goodman's for starting the estate and we can look forward to more positive announcements in the near future."
Queensland regional operations manager for DB Schenker, Kip Sandercock, said the traineeship program had the full support of the company's CEO Ron Koehler and directors.
"Our aim is to conduct the training in Ipswich so we can attract local employees," Mr Sandercock said.
myfreightcareer general manager Tony Wenham said his company was appointed by DB Schenker as the group training company and registered organisation to run the program.
"We see our role as a specialist training provider for the global logistics industry and offer training in warehouse operations, computer skills and international freight forwarding across Australia," Mr Wenham said.
"Those completing the traineeships can expect to gain a Certificate 3 in Warehouse Operations and other valuable workplace skills.
"myfreightcareer see this venture as the beginning of our activities in Ipswich and our intention is to continue to offer similar training programs and traineeships to the Ipswich community."
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Survey reveals fears of Skills Shortage as Transport Sector prepares for Growth
Legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright's new 'The way ahead’ Transport survey – where next? (pdf) report identifies that 17% of respondents from a survey of the global transport sector believe a lack of suitably qualified people is the greatest challenge to the future efficiency of their business.
Despite this, just 6% of respondents from the aviation, rail and shipping sectors believe investment in the skills and size of their workforce would be the most beneficial investment for their business or sector.
The ability to recruit suitably skilled employees is a particular source of anxiety for respondents based in the Middle East, with 28% of the view that this will be the greatest challenge to the future efficiency of their business, followed by 21% of respondents based in Asia Pacific and 21% in North America.
The survey further reveals confidence is growing among the transport sector in line with improving economic sentiment. Three-quarters (75%) of respondents believe current conditions are positive for their business and 47% see new opportunities emerging.
More than four out of five (82%) respondents believe passenger numbers and freight volumes will rise and 66% expect fares and freights to increase. Forty per cent anticipate that a greater proportion of their funding will be allocated to investment as opposed to operating costs.
China is the most popular market for investment in the next two to five years, according to 30% of respondents, followed by Western Europe (27%) and North America (22%).
Investment in additional assets and in developing new markets are considered the most worthwhile investment opportunities for the aviation and shipping sectors, while rail views investment in infrastructure as most advantageous for their business. Investment in additional assets is particularly popular among respondents in the Middle East (32%) and in North America and Africa (22% respectively) and by 21% of respondents globally.
Almost a third (30%) of respondents based in Africa also favour investment in developing new markets, followed by 22% of respondents based in Europe and 21% based in the Asia Pacific region.
However, finance will be required to fund investment and a more beneficial view of asset values for risk weighting purposes is the most popular way of making funding more readily available for the transport sector, cited by 26% of all respondents.
Further consolidation is expected across the transport sector. A quarter (25%) of all respondents anticipate the most significant changes to the participants in their sector will be the increased dominance of the larger players and 23% expect increased joint venture, alliance and pooling activity. Twenty-two percent of shipping respondents believe also that new sources of funding for shipping will bring new participants into their sector.
Harry Theochari, global head of transport at Norton Rose Fulbright; commented: “The aviation, rail and shipping sectors are all putting in place plans to expand their business in line with an anticipated rise in passenger numbers and freight volumes.
“China is seen as a key market for the aviation and shipping sectors in particular. The development of new markets and investment in additional assets are likely to be key strategies for the transport sector as it looks for growth opportunities.
“While the majority of respondents believe funding will need to be more readily available if they are to grow their businesses, the risk of a skills shortage developing in the transport sector has also been highlighted. Ensuring a skilled workforce is in place will be fundamental to the future growth of the transport sector.”
The report detailed over 850 responses from a range of companies involved in transport including financiers, owner/operators, manufacturers, government entities and professional services firms.
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Tough Decisions ahead for Qantas
Qantas has come out swinging about what it says are “unsubstantiated rumours” about its intentions.
“There are a series of unsubstantiated and unsourced rumours swirling around ahead of our half year results, ranging from estimates on job losses to route changes,” a Qantas spokesman said.
“The facts are that Qantas has flagged the need to make tough decisions as part of strengthening our business, which we will outline next Thursday. For our customers, this won’t change our focus on being one of the world’s best airlines.”
On the specific rumour that Qantas is looking to reduce its services to London, this is inaccurate, Qantas said.
In December, Qantas flagged job cuts of at least 1,000 over the next 12 months in the face of unprecedented pressures in both domestic and international markets.
“We have also announced plans to cut $2 billion of costs from our business over the next three years, and will provide more detail on this at our half year results.”
TWU wants more info
Transport Workers Union national secretary Tony Sheldon has called on Qantas to come clean on its plans for restructuring, after more reports of upcoming mass sackings and the sale of planes and terminals
“Another day, another rumour of massive job cuts and the sale of planes and terminals,” Mr Sheldon said.
“These sackings would affect workers in profitable arms of the airline – Qantas international and domestic.
“Each baggage handler, check-in staff and ramp worker generates a $205,000 return to Qantas above the cost of their employment.
“Sacking them is like a tradesman selling his tools to pay a one-off bill.
“If Qantas needs to make savings it should stop siphoning funds to the failing Jetstar Asia, and return those proceeds to Qantas International and Domestic here in Australia.”
Mr Sheldon said the Qantas CEO was pandering to Liberal prejudices with promises of industrial war through ‘IR reforms’ and further outsourcing of Australian jobs.
“What sort of Federal Government is this, that offers funding to companies only if they cut jobs and lower family incomes?” Mr Sheldon said.
“Qantas executive salaries have risen 82% since 2010. Yet the share price has fallen to its lowest point in 20 years.
“No Qantas Group dividends are being paid and in 2013 Qantas shares were downgraded to ‘junk’ status.
“Qantas has a poor management record for an airline with a 65% domestic market share and no losses prior to the current Board strategy.
“This airline does not need industrial warfare or more global shutdowns. It needs a management who put the health of the airline first.”
A 2012 survey of aviation staff found Qantas rated among the worst for job satisfaction, chances of improvement or communication with staff.
While proud of their professionalism and the company they work for, less than half of Qantas workers (45%) say they would currently recommend it as an employer.
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NHVR Experiences Teething Problems
The transition into force of the NHVL and carriage through the NHVR has not been with out its share of teething problems. The approval process for Oversize/Overmass (Class 1) (OSOM) and Special Performance Vehicles (SPV) permits has proven a difficult hurdle in the NHVR’s smooth transition to one regulator and one rule book.
In an open display of support for and collegiality with the NHVR, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria are actively working with the NHVR to address these early issues for industry. To avoid lengthy processing delays the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) will take back the processing and issue of OSOM and SPV permits for routes within South Australian borders on behalf of the NHVR.
The NHVR will continue to process all other permit applications including OSOM/SPV cross border permit applications. These temporary arrangements will remain in place until the NHVR has the capacity and ability to handle the current permit volumes.
The new arrangements took effect on Thursday 27 February 2014. Operators can now apply online for OSOM/SPV permit applications at www.ezyreg.sa.gov.au.
Where consent is being sought for permits from local government, the NHVR encourages operators who want to speed up the application process to seek consent directly from councils and provide copies of the consent (including any conditions imposed) with the permit application to the NHVR.
SAFC welcomes Black Spot Funding Commitment
The South Australian Freight Council has welcomed the Liberal Opposition's commitment to improve safety through increased Black Spot Program funding but has called on both major parties to focus more on transport issues during the election campaign.
The South Australian Freight Council (SAFC) says the major political parties need to urgently address road maintenance shortfalls, with the current average time taken to re-seal major South Australian roads now double the design life of the pavement.
Re-sealing of major roads is one of five major priorities listed by SAFC ahead of the March State Election. SAFC CEO Mr Neil Murphy said that currently only around 3 per cent of the State's 97,000km road network is sealed or rehabilitated annually. This means it would take on average 34 years to reseal the whole network - double the average design life of 15-20 years.
"A major concern for the industry is the maintenance of assets and we have been urging State and Federal governments to accelerate maintenance regimes for several years as lack of significant spending has seen networks deteriorate rapidly, among other things raising issues about safety of all road users," Mr Murphy said.
"In addition to serious safety concerns, poorly maintained roads also can lead to increased vehicle operating costs and travel times, increased noise and environmental emissions, and in the longer term, increased road maintenance expenditure when deterioration requires major works.
"Roads such as the Strzelecki Track leading to the Moomba Oil and Gas Fields, and the Copper Coast Highway on Yorke Peninsula are just a couple of examples of roads that are increasing the industry's operating costs."
Mr Murphy said South Australia needed a comprehensive and integrated Transport Planning Regime to guide investment decisions and plan for future freight and logistics systems and operations. He said both major political parties need to take a bipartisan approach to several urgent priorities outlined by the industry and to commit to the development of a funding plan within 12 months of the formation of Government.
"Industry and community need more certainty about how the transport network and system will develop in the future," he said.
"For its part, the Government has produced the Draft Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan (ITLUP) and the Opposition has stated that it will develop a Transport Plan when it gets into office.
"This is a welcome development as network and infrastructure investment is critical to supporting the State's mining sector, which will attract more attention following the imminent withdrawal of GMH."
Mr Murphy said announcements by GMH that it will pull out of South Australia and then Toyota closing its Victorian operations, had the potential to severely hamper the State's economy as a variety of businesses - automotive and non-automotive alike - could be faced with bleak future work opportunities.
"Like many industry sectors, the transport and logistics sector will be hit hard by this announcement as the economy in general struggles to cope with the loss of activity,'' he said.
"It is widely acknowledged that the mining sector offers an opportunity to diversify the economy and create employment opportunities. However, new and existing mines, big and small, will require significant infrastructure investment - in roads, rail and ports in particular, as well as in power and water networks - if they are going to be positioned to export minerals and import consumable items.
"The industry is currently faced with a chicken and egg situation - many mines cannot access development finance without a viable path to market, and the necessary infrastructure required to pave that path to market cannot be economically justified without
miners willing to guarantee throughput. This is a classic case of market failure that requires a kick-start from government to get things moving."
ARA Rail Industry Courses 2014
The Australian Railway Association (ARA) have recently announced their series of both one and two-day courses to be held in 2014. The Industry Courses provide Rail employees with opportunities for both professional development and networking.
The courses to be held in 2014 are designed to both offer an overview of the industry but also provide insight into specific technical areas. 2014 courses scheduled to be held throughout Australia include:
- Understanding Rail
- Insight into Rolling Stock Engineering
- Insight into Track Engineering
All courses are a great oppurtunity to learn directly from those who have been working in the rail industry for many years and gain from their wealth of knowledge and experience.
For anyone looking for more information or to register their interest in any of the courses, please contact Janet Cameron, ARA Events Coordinator, by email at email@example.com
Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper
The Australian Government Department of Environment launched its Emission Reduction Fund Green Paper for comment in December. Chances to provide Submissions are soon to close on the 21st of February. The Green Paper includes an acknowledgement by the Australian Government of the science of climate change and provides support for national and global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The Government has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 5 per cent below 2000 levels by 2020 and to review Australia's position in 2015 consistent with global negotiations. The Government will introduce a mix of polices to promote the adoption of better practices and technology that will allow Australia to enjoy the benefits of economic growth without a rise in GHG's.
New Australian Design Rule—Antilock
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs recently announcement the
new Australian Design Rule (ADR) requiring the installation of Antilock Braking Systems on new heavy vehicle trailers that will come into effect from 1 July 2014.
The new ADR will be complemented by a commensurate change to the safety standards for new heavy trucks and buses also effective from 1 July 2014. It is anticipated that the new ADR will save over 50 lives on Australian Roads and Highways over the next 30 years.
This resulted from Phase 1 of the National Heavy Vehicle Braking Strategy and in the future will look towards even more advanced braking technology.
Southern Expressway Enjoys Milestone
The Smith Creek Bridge at Reynella a significant piece of South Australian infrastructure is entering the final stages of completion.
The 28m high road bridge contains 36 pre-cast "lego bricks" weighing 12 tonnes, made by local SA company, SA Precast and each brick was used to construct the 8 columns of the bridge.
Other construction milestones reached on the Southern Express-way include:-
- Extension and construction of 13 new and existing bridges
- Construction of new ramps at Beach and Sheriffs Road interchanges from December 2013
- Laying of 3 of the 5 layers of asphalt
Scheduled for completion mid 2014 the $407.5 million South Ex-pressway duplication will deliver an 18.5 kilometre multi-lane two way expressway between Bedford Park and Old Noarlunga.
In other news, SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Tom Koutsantonis has announced the upgrade of the South & Richmond Rd intersection. This is a significant intersection for freight vehicles particularly those delivering and collecting freight from Adelaide Airport and surrounding industry. The $9.5 million upgrade will reduce travel times through the western suburbs at one of the most congested intersections.
Commencement of the NHVR
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will be operational from Monday 10 February.
If you are a heavy vehicle owner or operator located and/or operating in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and/or the Australian Capital Territory, from February 10 there will be one Regulator and one heavy vehicle rule book.
The NHVR will be the single point of contact for access applications, setting of fees and charges and the administration of one set of national laws.
State and Territory road transport inspectors will continue to conduct roadside inspections and compliance activities, however, these activities will now be conducted on the behalf of the NHVR.
A new Access Management System will be the one-stop-shop for access applications and includes a Journey Planner to assist operators to plan their journey. The AMS will provide the link between the NHVR and States and Territories to facilitate the management of access applications from start to finish.
There are a number of new requirements under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) including application fees in effect from 10 February that you will need to be aware of.
ALDI joins Sedex to improve its ethical Supply Chain
In an effort to improve the management of ethical practises throughout its supply chain, Aldi Australia has joined the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex). As a member of Sedex, Aldi will have access to range of market leading reporting and risk analysis tools from Sedex will closely work with Aldi to track their suppliers and monitor their supply chain performance.
This will help Aldi identify and report on areas of high risk in the supply chain including Labour Standards, Health & Safety, The Environment and Business Ethics, enabling staff and suppliers to take the necessary steps to address potential issues.
The move will support the supply chain of over 315 stores that are now in operation across the country, their expansion into Western Australia and South Australia as well as the new Warehouse and Distribution Centre planned at Regency Park in South Australia.
An Aldi spokesperson commenting on the benefits of joining Sedex said “As a discount retailer we are active globally through both our expanding market presence and our increasingly diverse supply chain. Our corporate responsibility extends to the direct and indirect impacts of our business and it is an integral part of our business decision making process. At present we stipulate in our terms and conditions that all suppliers agree to a minimum set of ethical standards.”
“At Aldi Australia, we are now taking the additional step of examining ethical standards of our supply chain by requiring suppliers in a number of categories to provide independent third party social audits. The continued globalisation of our supplier base means that our membership with Sedex will assist in managing this increasing complexity whilst maintaining our ethical standards”.
2014 Salary Growth Estimates for Transport and Logistics Personal
A recent global salary survey undertaken by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters has anticipated just 1% growth in pay across Australia for 2014. New Zealand in comparison is expected to notice growth of 3.58%.
Within Supply Chain and Logistics Robert Walters predicts wages to remain on average as they are. This has been attributed to the lack of job vacancies currently on offer, and the amount of people looking for transport and logistics positions.
While this is an overview of the entire industry, the specialist recruitment consultancy notes the likliehood of salary increases for those with category management skills, specialist category knowledge and stakeholder management experience, as related positions will be in demand.
The Managing Director of Robert Walters Australia on the positive noted that "with Australia no longer enjoying the constant influx of foreign labour it once enjoyed, companies will be fighting it out to find top-tier domestic employees.”
Transport Training Solutions Opens New Facility
South Australian Freight Council Members Transport Training Solutions are pleased to announce the recent opening of their new training facilities at Wingfield.
With truck drivers scheduled to be one of the top 20 growth occupations over the next four years the facilities is catered to provide the necessary skills and training to new industry entrants. This is certainly welcome news to the Northern Suburbs after the disappointment at the future closure of Holden in Elizabeth.
In today’s jobs market it is important for new entrants to hold more than just a license but also to have a well-rounded training that may provide the deciding factor in any job application. Fortunately TTS’s new facilities caters for more than license acquisition in providing training in loading/unloading, load restraint, WH&S, manual handling, paperwork, fatigue management and customer service. While partnering with industry TTS is better positioned to prepare candidates for their first driving job.
The facility however provide for more than entry level driver training and caters for experienced drivers alike, providing training in Light Rigid (LR) to Multi Combination (MC) vehicles. The courses run by TTS have also been subsidised by the State Governments Skills for All initiative which according to Michael Simmons, CEO of the Allan Miller Driving School owned by TTS “has enabled people to get into these jobs with little or no out of pocket expense.”
Whether you are an individual looking to get your start in the industry or a large Transport company looking to up-skill your employees contact TTS at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your training requirements.
Changes in Skills For All Funding
Skills for All, the SA State initiative offering subsidised training to all South Australians, has announced recent changes to its program after opening to feedback to the program in December of which SAFC contributed.
Due to the initial success of the program, reaching 100,000 additional enrolments three years ahead of schedule, the temporary introduction of a cap system for certain courses was implemented to reduce expenditure where no new enrolments would have been subsidised.
Looking to ensure a sustainable training model, Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills Grace Portolesi (pictured below) announced a series of 5 price bands would be introduced for all courses on the Skills for All program instead of continuing with caps. The bands are to base subsidies on the level of economic and public benefit, with only the top band receiving full subsidies from now on.
Price bands for courses are decided on different factors including the likelihood of a skills shortage in that near future for an industry or occupation and whether courses are known to produce employment outcomes.
To further a sustainable training model the government is introducing Purchase Limits from February 2014. Instead of no new enrolment dates, government will specify the number of training accounts that are to be funded for each course. Industry has looked to welcome the changes especially the removal of caps.
Despite the changes to funding, it is unsure at this time if they go far enough in addressing funding issues arising from the early success of the program.
The Weekend Australian has reported that the rapid increase in costs due to higher than expected enrolments on the state’s budget will lead to an $83 million cut from TAFE SA’s 2014 budget. The Australian expect a similar situation to arise to the one that happened when a similar system went over budget by $400 million in Victoria in 2009 which led to course and campus closings and loss of thousands of training jobs.
Group Captain Sue McGready's life of Logistics and Supply in the Air Force
Group Captain Sue McGready wanted to be a truck driver before opting for a life of logistics and supply in the Air Force. She's never had much desire for the 'sexy jobs', as she calls them, preferring roles that reflect her best talents and can take her to the next big thing.
"A lot of people get stuck chasing the sexy jobs. You need to work out what's right and wrong for you," McGready, now one of the most senior women in the Australian Defence Force, tells Women's Agenda. "Don't' be dazzled by the lights. It's you who has to live with the outcome, not the organisation."
It's just one of the many career lessons McGready's taken on since joining one of 12 female Air Force cadets in a class of 160 back in 1987. Now, as Commander of the Defence National Storage and Distribution Centre, she says she knows to never take a new job before exploring all the variables, to always keep plenty of career options on the table, that life's too short to work for somebody or something you don't like, and that no profession or role is too 'masculine' for a woman to pursue.
"I've taken opportunities, assessed them, and made deliberate decisions to go with them or not," McGready says on getting to where she is today, including managing all supplies going in and out of the Middle East. She does this by having conversations with mentors and considering the possibilities of every new opportunity: whether she'll enjoy it, where it will take her, who'll she'll be reporting to and what alternatives to the job exist.
She believes keeping three or four options on the table has been key to developing her own robustness and resilience around her career – knowing that if she misses out on one thing, or if that one thing turns out to be the wrong option, there are other pathways still available. It's a lesson she takes to her current staff, encouraging them to build a 'career tree' to help determine how different jobs can open new branches and lead to new things.
McGready believes women in and out of the Defence Force would be wise to realise there's no one path to where they want to go and that we should all innovate around how we can meet the requirements for a new job or career. She adds that picking a good support network you can trust – at home, work and via good networks – will help.
Asked about life for women at ADFA back in the 1980s, she says that while the boys in her class said plenty of "stupid things" -- most of which she could put down to them being away from home for the first time -- she never knew of any of her female friends being sexually or physically assaulted. She says she heard more stories of such abuse from girlfriends outside of defence, especially at city-based university colleges.
But she adds that the early years were difficult. "There were lots of times when I was going to resign, when I thought I wasn't cut out for it. Gentle encouragement from Dad kept me going. Friends at ADFA [also helped], you all pull together."
Much has changed in the Air Force since McGready was a junior officer. For instance, there was no such thing as leave without pay, part-time roles or working remotely when she started work. "It's those flexible measures we've introduced that have made it easier in particular for women to stay and to have a long career flourish. We've also done a lot to break the mindset that 'you have to do this job and this job and this job' to progress. We're more about pathways ... It's a different world to someone starting out today as it was 23 years ago!"
In 10 years, she worked 11 different jobs in eight different locations including Somalia. Later, deciding to have a family, she and her husband made a deliberate decision to establish themselves in Canberra on a more permanent basis. McGready's proud to say her 13-year-old daughter has never lived anywhere else, despite McGready currently commuting to work in Sydney. Her husband supports her career as the sole parent for their daughter Monday to Friday.
As such, she believes picking a great life partner is another essential for a great career, particularly those women looking to raise a family.
"I've had many girlfriends who had partners who believe that one of them must be at home full time looking after the children, or that their wife would never work once they had children. I never had that. My husband's mother was a strong role model to him and he believed in partnership in raising children."
Always ambitious, McGready's plans from the beginning have been to keep going for as long as she was having fun.
"That's been the last 23 years. I look for the next job, go after it and if I get it then that's great. I've been lucky to have fantastic mentors and great support from people."
Article by Angela Priestley.
Toll expands business with Shell
Toll has won a contract that will see it provide a range of transportation services for oil and gas giant, Shell.
The five year-deal, worth $250 million, involved the delivery of fuel to service stations across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
It means Toll will deliver both fuel and lubricants interstate.
Toll Liquids general manager Time Kehoe said the new contract builds on the strong relationship between the two companies.
“We are really pleased to be expanding our business with Shell,” Kehoe said.
“This contract supports our fuel distribution strategy perfectly and further confirms Toll’s commitment to sustainable investment in the sector.”
It is expected contracts will be finalised in the coming weeks.
ALDI Targeting Western Australia
German supermarket chain ALDI is setting its sights on Western Australia, and is inviting local suppliers to learn more about the opportunity of working with ALDI Australia.
ALDI Australia is holding a supplier open day on Friday 7 March. The day will explain ALDI’s Smarter Shopping approach and the various opportunities it will create when it enters the Western Australian market.
To be held at the Fraser Suites in East Perth, the day will commence at 8.30am with an introduction to the ALDI business and its approach to retail. This will be followed by a ‘Meet the Buyers’ session, where suppliers can find out more from some of the buyers and members of the ALDI team.
“Since 2001, ALDI Australia has made a commitment to the communities in which it operates by offering the Smarter Shopping experience – guaranteed high quality products at incredibly low prices every day,” said Andrew Starr, managing director Western Australia.
“By doing this, we have successfully developed as an organisation, thus resulting in increased employment and growth opportunities for Australian communities.
“Our entry into the Western Australian market will mean hundreds of millions in capital investment, and over 1,250 permanent jobs over the rollout of 70 stores across the state. We are looking to engage with local suppliers who will join us in delivering the Smarter Shopping experience to our customers.”
“Our success comes down to the loyalty of our customers and the long-term partnerships we create with our suppliers who share our vision of delivering high quality products at exceptional value,” said Mr. Starr.
The Future of Logistics? Amazon wins new Patent
AMAZON HAS GAINED a patent which could allow it to deliver goods to customers before they’re even ordered.
The patent, which is called “Method and system for anticipatory package shipping,” would allow Amazon to box and ship goods it expects customers in an area will want but have yet to order.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the idea would help cut down delivery times and give people less reason to visit physical stores.
This system would be based on previous orders, but it could take into consideration factors such as product searches, shopping-cart contents, wish lists, returns and the length of time customers spend on a page.
Instead of delivering it directly to your house, Amazon would box and deliver goods it expects people to order to a nearby shipping hub or on trucks. When an order does arrive, it can then deliver it to the address specified.
The company may use the system to fill out partial street addresses to get items closer to where customers need them. In the patent, it says:
For example, a package without addressee information may be speculatively shipped to a physical address of a residential or commercial building… it is also contemplated that a package may be speculatively shipped to a particular addressee whose physical address is not known at the time of shipping.
Amazon hit headlines in December when it claimed it was working on developing drones to help deliver packages in under 30 minutes.
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Transport & Logistics Staff among Winners in Revived Retail Jobs Market
Retailers are banking on the charm of their customer service staff to make 2014 the year the sector gets it groove back.
Spurred by low interest rates and a subdued Australian dollar, the nation's second largest employing industry is rehiring many of the customer service staff who were laid off in the years since the GFC.
Transport and logistics staff, social media specialists, merchandisers and clothing buyers are the other winners in a revived retail jobs market.
Deloitte national retail leader David White, who authored a 2014 report into Australian retail, said stores are trying to attract customers back into the building via different layouts and better customer service.
"That reduction in staff has had a detrimental impact on customer service and that has impacted the businesses," he said.
"The retailers appreciate now that when you go into a store you want to be treated well otherwise what is it the point? You might as well buy it online.
"David Jones and Myer have now started putting people back into stores, back onto cashiers so you can get through quicker."
Over the five years to 2017 there will be 45,500 new jobs for retail assistants, Department of Employment figures show. It is the second highest jobs growth for any occupation.
Over the five years to 2013, four in every 10 sales assistant jobs created nationwide were in Queensland, while NSW and Victoria accounted for five in 10.
Overseas retailers are also clamouring to get a piece of the Australian consumer dollar, with Costco, Fast Retailing (Uniqlo), River Island and H & M all opening local stores this year - and they are hiring now.
"There is going to be good jobs growth in 2014. It's got a chance of being on the of the better years in retail for the past few years," Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmermann said.
Mr Zimmerman added retailers have claimed Christmas 2013 to be a success as the $15.1 billion post-Christmas sales period (Boxing Day through to mid January) draws to an end this week.
Myer Group HR general manager Louise Tebbutt said customer service is key.
"Myer has more than 12,000 team members across our 67 stores and support office and we continue to invest in service initiatives and innovation to improve our customers' experience."
The unemployment rate increased to 5.8 per cent in December, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released Thursday.
New Distribution Centre for Adelaide-Based Beaumont Tiles in NSW
Beaumont Tiles will open an $11m distribution centre in Sydney’s west.
Beaumont Tiles managing director Bob Beaumont said a deal had been signed by the Adelaide-based family company to locate the centre in the Bungaribee Estate at Huntingwood.
The facility will service most of the company’s existing 18 NSW stores, plus up to a dozen new outlets, providing an estimated 40 jobs for locals.
The facility, with undercover hard stand areas, offers 10,000m2 of space.
“We’re looking at opening our new store sites mainly in metropolitan Sydney where we currently have five shops,” Mr Beaumont said.
“The distribution centre will service their needs as well those of our future outlets.”
Beaumont Tiles chief operations officer Danny Casey said the distribution centre was a brand new, high-specification facility developed by Goodman and built by Prime Constructions.
“It’s an ecologically sustainable design in keeping with our own green ethos,” Mr Casey said.
“It will be a one-stop shop for tradespeople in the Greater West with a full range of glues, grouts, cleaners, tools, saws and cutters.”
Mr Beaumont said the distribution centre would be ideally located 39km west of the CBD with ready access to the M4 and M7 road links, feeding into the new WestConnex link and Port Botany.
“Beaumont Tiles moves about 60 semi-trailer loads of tiles through its Australian supply chain each, week so access to efficient logistics is critical,” Mr Beaumont said.
“Above all, the NSW expansion plan is a vote of confidence in the future of the retailing and home improvement and construction sectors.”
The distribution centre is expected to be operational by early 2014.
Beaumont Tiles has also announced the first new store in its NSW expansion drive would be a franchised outlet at Caringbah in Sydney’s southern suburbs.
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- NHVR Experiences Teething Problems
- SAFC welcomes Black Spot Funding Commitment
- ARA Rail Industry Courses 2014
- Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper
- New Australian Design Rule—Antilock
- Southern Expressway Enjoys Milestone
- Commencement of the NHVR
- ALDI joins Sedex to improve its ethical Supply Chain
- And they’re off ! … The South Rd Superway Opens to South Bound Traffic for the first time !
- 2014 Salary Growth Estimates for Transport and Logistics Personal
- Transport Training Solutions Opens New Facility
- Changes in Skills For All Funding
- Group Captain Sue McGready's life of Logistics and Supply in the Air Force
- Toll expands business with Shell
- ALDI Targeting Western Australia