Fulfilment by Amazon launches for Australian Businesses

The thousands of businesses registered to sell on Amazon’s Australian Marketplace can now access Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA). Businesses can now benefit from Amazon’s logistics capabilities, helping them quickly and efficiently reach customers across Australia.

Businesses simply send the products they wish to ship through FBA to Amazon’s fulfilment centre and when a customer places an order, Amazon will pick, pack and ship the product on behalf of the business. This saves valuable time and money for businesses as they will no longer need to individually purchase shipping materials, individually pack orders, and make multiple trips to the post office.

Businesses that participate in FBA also benefit from Amazon’s customer service. Amazon will handle all customer returns, saving businesses time and providing a great customer experience.  By harnessing FBA, businesses of all sizes, or even individuals selling out of their home, can benefit from world-leading logistics and fulfilment services that would otherwise only be possible for well-established companies.

“Size doesn’t matter in the digital economy and Amazon Marketplace helps to level the playing field when it comes to starting or growing a business,” said Amit Mahto, Head of FBA in Australia. “We are focused on helping Australian businesses of all sizes succeed by inventing on their behalf and making our technology available to them and FBA is a fantastic example of this. Customers shopping on amazon.com.au will be able to access an ever growing and more unique range of products accompanied by the convenience of fast delivery and Amazon’s world-class customer service.”

FBA gives customers access to items sold by Marketplace sellers with the benefit of Amazon delivery.  This means that customers can enjoy free delivery on eligible orders above $49, and other shipping options including a one-day expedited delivery service available in select areas across Australia.  With Prime set to launch in mid-2018 all FBA orders will also be eligible for the Prime shipping benefits.

“With the help of FBA, we’ve been able to enter countries including the US and the UK, which we could have never done on our own.” said Kevin Lippy, founder of the Sydney-based baby brand Hip Cub. “Fulfilment by Amazon really changed the game for us, and we’re thrilled it is now launching in Australia. FBA has allowed us to concentrate on the things we’re good at such as digital marketing and product development, leaving the logistics such as packing and delivery to Amazon.”

MEGATRANS2018 continues to gather steam

The event is shaping up as a must-attend event within the Australian and international supply chain. A number of companies which are of particular interest to food and beverage manufacturers have recently signed up as exhibitors.

For three days, from 10 to 12 May 2018, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the inaugural MEGATRANS2018. Delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government, the event will bring together the transport, logistics and supply chain sectors.

Some of the exhibitors which have recently signed up include:

ifm efector

The emergence of big data means that things like sensors have become key components of warehousing and logistics. Global sensor manufacturer ifm efector will be displaying a number of products that support these operations.

The company designs and manufactures instrumentation sensors for process control and automation, as well as a software suite, enabling companies to extract data from the factory floor send it to various medias and make it available on the cloud or on the premises.

Technical director Michael Pitschlitz noted that the event will provide a valuable opportunity for the company to reach key potential customers and gain exposure.

“We are not well known in the logistics industry,” he said. “We believe that MEGATRANS2018 will be a great platform to get into warehousing and logistics and showcase a new range of track-and-trace instrumentation and sensor products that we have been developing.

“We are excited to be involved in this event as it will expose us into this market and introduce us to new customers.”


In a similar vein Daanet, a maker of industrial automation products, will be part of the line-up.

As the authorised Australian distributor for a wide range of industrial product ranges, including Hirschmann’s range of Industrial Ethernet equipment, IDEM Safety Switches, B&R Automation products and more, the company brings not only a variety of unique products, but also strong experience to the show.

Daanet joins the diverse list of exhibitors signed up for the show, who cover everything from transport, logistics, warehousing solutions, materials handling, infrastructure and more.


SICK will be showcasing its range of complete system solutions for the logistics industry. Rather than simply providing individual components, the sensor manufacturer will offer a broad technology portfolio with suitable solutions for individual customer requirements. The company’s appearance will focus on Industry 4.0, digitisation of goods and real-time monitoring.

“SICK is excited to be present at MEGATRANS2018,” said Jason Mair national product and marketing manager SICK Australia/New Zealand. “During recent years digitalisation and networking in logistic processes in particular have crystallised into a major topic that SICK’s exhibition stand focuses on. For a sensor company like SICK this presents amazing opportunities that we look forward to exploring by partnering and collaborating with the industry to ensure that our customers are well placed and digitalised for the future.”

Advanced Robotics Australia

The fast-developing robotics field is sometimes cause for cause among those who believe it will lead to job losses.

The counter-argument to this fear is that robots will always require humans to control them. And far from causing job losses, robotics actually promises to grow industries, for example, by helping the supply chain run more effectively and improving the efficiency of transport and logistics.

Advanced Robotics Australia joins the growing list of manufacturing and logistics-oriented businesses already on board.

With extensive experience across a diverse range of industries and processes, the company offers unique solutions of automation and robotics technology and is well placed to engage with industry leaders in the supply chain and warehousing industry at MEGATRANS2018.

MEGATRANS2018: Take part in a Global Logistics Revolution

VISA Global Logistics joins MEGATRANS2018

Award-winning Australian international logistics company and freight forwarder, VISA Global Logistics, is joining inaugural supply chain event, MEGATRANS2018, to showcase its service offerings.

VISA Global Logistics CEO, Simon Hardwidge, said that MEGATRANS2018 is not just about equipment suppliers, it embraces the entire freight and logistics chain.

“As a global enterprise with dealings with importers, exporters, retailers and manufacturers, VISA Global Logistics is seizing an important opportunity to represent at MEGATRANS2018 to demonstrate how we add value to our clients,” said Hardwidge.

“As one of Australia’s largest privately-owned international freight forwarding companies, we have an extensive global network that continues to grow.

“Last year alone, the company acquired offices in India, Spain and the Netherlands while opening new facilities in Italy. In order to remain competitive, and to look to the future, it is vital for businesses in the freight and logistics space to push innovation and share ideas,” he said.

VISA Global Logistics was awarded the Freight Forwarder of the Year Award at the 2017 Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards.

MEGATRANS2018 aims to bring together leaders and stakeholders in the wider Australian and international supply chain, including those in the transport, logistics, warehousing solutions, materials handling and infrastructure sectors.

For more information on exhibiting at MEGATRANS2018, contact Anastasia Razdiakonova: P 03 9690 8766 E anastasia.razdiakonova@primecreative.com.au

MEGATRANS2018: Take part in a Global Logistics Revolution

SmartFreight solution certified by GS1 Australia for freight labelling standards

SmartFreight, a leading Australian global freight software provider, has embraced the recommendations in Austroads’ supply chain visibility report for Australian industry to adopt Global Data Standards (GDS) to improve freight visibility and supply chain efficiencies.

The SmartFreight solution has successfully completed GS1 Australia’s Transport Software Certification process. SmartFreight users are now able to generate freight labels according to the GS1 global supply chain standards outlined in the Australian Freight Labelling Guideline.

GS1 supply chain standards enable parties across the supply chain to operate more efficiently with improved freight visibility using a common standard for identifying, labelling and sharing data relating to the movement of freight units.

The GS1 Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) is a globally unique freight unit identifier used to uniquely identify each freight unit from origin to destination.

Kerry Holmes, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand at SmartFreight said, “SmartFreight fully support the Australian Freight Labelling Standards, based on GS1 open global standards. The GS1 system is the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world, enabling increased visibility and reduced costs across the supply chain, which ultimately helps all Australians.”

GS1 Australia’s Senior Advisor – Trade, Transport & Heavy Industry, Michiel Ruighaver said, “We are very pleased that SmartFreight have embraced GS1 global supply chain standards and look forward to assisting them and their clients to improve efficiency and freight visibility within their supply chains.”

The SSCC can be used to uniquely identify any type of logistic unit including satchels, cartons, crates and pallets.


MEGATRANS2018: Take part in a Global Logistics Revolution

Paving the way to cutting food costs

Researchers have provided the most detailed map of routes and costings across Australia’s entire agricultural supply chain, potentially saving the industry millions of dollars annually.

The CSIRO researchers have applied the logistics tool TraNSIT (Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool) to 98 per cent of agriculture transport across Australia including commodities such as beef, sheep, goats, dairy, pigs, poultry, grains, cotton, rice, sugar, stockfeed, horticultural and even buffalo.

The information was presented in the final TraNSIT agricultural report, released this week.

Transport infrastructure is essential to moving over 80 million tonnes of Australian agricultural (including horticultural) output between farms, storage, processors and to markets each year and  costs close to $6 billion annually.

The TraNSIT tool identifies ways to reduce travel distance and time, save fuel costs, cut down on wear and tear to vehicles and produce and minimise stress for both truck drivers and livestock.

“Farmers will be saving money on transport as well as being able to deliver food to the market faster and with less damage and disruption,” CSIRO’s TraNSIT project leader Dr Andrew Higgins said.

“We expect these savings will eventually be passed onto the consumers.”

In 2013, CSIRO developed TraNSIT to provide a comprehensive view of transport logistics costs and benefits based on infrastructure investments in agriculture supply chains in Australia.

An initiative of the Federal Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the tool was originally applied to the beef industry before being extended to all agriculture transport across Australia.

The first project under the $100 million Beef Roads program will be the sealing of 17km of the Clermont to Alpha Road in Central Queensland, which is due to start early next year.

The $8m works will improve road safety and access for oversize vehicles while reducing freight and maintenance costs.

Besides the latest TraNSIT agricultural report focusing on each agricultural commodity, it also features a flood case study and rail to road scenarios.

“Several case studies were identified by industry and government for this final report, representing TraNSIT’s diversity of applications across Australia,” Dr Higgins said.

Researchers applied TraNSIT to evaluate the impact of road closures and detours on the transport of valuable crops and livestock during flood events, using Forbes in Central West NSW as an important case study.

From early-September to mid-October 2016 severe rainfall caused extensive road closures throughout NSW with Forbes becoming particularly isolated.

“The Forbes area is a diverse agricultural region of grain production, beef cattle, poultry, dairy and pigs,” Dr Higgins said.

“There was about a $2m increase in transport costs created by the short term and long term road closures from this flooding event, and about another 500 vehicle trips that could not occur as there was no alternative routes.

“The cost would have been even greater if the floods had occurred during harvest season where more cotton and grain are being transported in large volumes on the roads.”

Using TraNSIT, researchers can analyse several ways to reduce the economic impact of floods in country regions and throughout Australia including upgrading or raising particular bridges to reduce the frequency of closures from flooding.

This will in turn reduce the occurrences where cattle or harvested crops cannot reach their market.

The rail to road hypothetical scenario looked at the impact of shifting all agriculture (grains, beef, sugar, cotton) that currently use rail to be road only.

Grains were more expensive ($208m) when transported by road while cattle (or beef) was much less expensive (about 70 per cent less). These differences were primarily due to rail wagon capacity versus semi-trailer capacity.

TraNSIT is now being applied overseas, particularly in Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam to address supply chain inefficiencies and cross-border bottlenecks.

Isuzu signs on with MEGATRANS2018

Truck manufacturer Isuzu has announced its support of multi-modal supply chain event MEGATRANS2018, joining the show as a Platinum Sponsor.

Isuzu, a market leader in the Australian transport industry for 28 consecutive years, joins key partners including the Victorian Government and the Port of Melbourne in supporting this inaugural trade show event, which takes over the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 10-12 May 2018.

With a focus on connected vehicles and a technology-driven display in the works for MEGATRANS2018, Isuzu is aiming to set a new benchmark in the wider supply chain industry.

“The discussion and hype surrounding autonomous, or driverless, vehicles and technologies continue to build both overseas and here in Australia,” says Phil Taylor, Director and COO of Isuzu.

“Disruptive technologies appear to be becoming more prevalent with each new year, fundamentally changing the way the market will look at the road transport industry over the next few decades.

“There is one thing that I know for certain, whatever the technology, or the timeframe – Isuzu will ensure that Australian truck operators have access to the latest innovations in truck technology that are suitable for Australian operating conditions, driving better safety outcomes for all road users and improving air quality, productivity and the bottom line for the operator.”

Food & Beverage Industry News is an official Media Partner of MEGATRANS2018.

Coca-Cola contract good news for Vic transport company

Pickering Transport in Swan Hill, Victoria employs over 300 staff, providing a range of road transport services for a list of local and interstate customers that includes one of Australia’s biggest supermarkets.

This year, the third-generation family business secured a contract with the Coca-Cola Company to service Mid-West and Southern NSW adding to their previous contract with the beverage giant that service Northern Victoria.

To ensure they had the best possible fleet going into this new venture, Pickering’s bought 20 new Isuzu F Series trucks.

Justin Pickering, Group Sales Manager and grandson of the company’s founder, says that adding these new trucks to Pickering’s fleet has enabled the business to hit the ground running with their new client.

“We’re keen to grow this side of the business, so once we’d secured the new contract and renewed the old one we had to buy 20 trucks in one go, and Isuzu had everything we were looking for and the stock on hand to do it,” says Pickering. “Any changes we made were mainly to the body, as the trucks themselves are great. We did add long range fuel tanks, since we service as far as Bourke and Cobar in rural NSW.”.

The trucks feature beverage bodies, segregated for pallets of cartons so drivers can access orders. Each truck is fitted with an Allison six-speed automatic, making them perfect for vocational applications with high idle time or frequent stop-starting.

“The trucks manage between 40,000 and 70,000 km a year but it varies, depending on the job. It might be stop and go type work delivering product to stores, or some real tough outback jobs,” says Pickering. “In Bendigo for instance the work is very metro, they’re ducking and diving down alleys and under awnings. But a Dubbo run means driving 750 km just to deliver the product, so it’s big kilometres, across floodways and driving through rivers.”

The FVD 165-300’s six-cylinder Isuzu 6HK1 engine features a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) for low maintenance and unparalleled dependability.

Each truck has 221 kW of power at 2,400 rpm and torque of 981 Nm at 1,450 rpm. Other features include ADR 42 compliant sleeper with mattress, an ECE-R29 compliant cab and an Isri 6860 air suspension driver’s seat with pneumatic lumbar support.



Meat wholesale company finds transport solution

Eternity Meat, a meat wholesale company based in Balliang, Victoria had recently struggled to keep up with customer demand until they sought a non-traditional finance option.

The booming transport business relied on old and outdated trailers, one of which dated back to 1982, forcing the owner to borrow trailers from business associates in order to honour his haulage contracts.

Owner Alistair Sadler said the older model trailers were beginning to negatively impact the company’s current clients; one issue was the meat-hanging rails were incompatible with the rails at the meat processing plant, which made unloading difficult.

“We got by and that, I suppose, is the key to our business: We say ‘yes’ and then we wonder how we’re going to do it!” said Sadler.

When. Sadler heard another transport company, Wickham Freight Lines, was selling used trailers, he knew he had to move fast.

The trailers in question, the 1997 and 2004 model FTE fiberglass meat-hanger trailers are rarely seen on the open market.

In a bid to secure finance, Alistair contacted the companies he was already leasing trucks and other equipment from, but they were unreceptive.

“When you grow quickly, you get to a point where your financial exposure is such your lenders don’t want you taking on any more debt,” explains. Sadler.

Sadler approached GoGetta, a specialist equipment funder in the transport sector, after a recommendation from a finance broker: a decision that allowed Sadler to get his business back on the road,.

Sadler said that each week one of his trailers costs him $800 in rent, but it pays for itself over and over from the income it’s generating. “We’ve used GoGetta as a tool to get where we need to be,” Sadler said.  “It allowed us to quickly get the trailers on the road and working. Had we waited six months until we had more equity in the business, we would have missed the opportunity.”