Perth’s road transport operators have been identified as the key to solving Perth’s growth challenges and, in keeping with the adage ‘knowledge is power’, transport and courier companies are being asked to provide data for a new study of logistics in the city.
The ability of the Australian economy to be able to prepare for disaster has come into focus this week with the events playing out in Townsville. The discussion, in this particular case, is around when and at what flooding levels the floodgates should have been opened.
Energy Logistix has grown to become a go-to supplier of logistics in remote areas for the energy industry and big miners as well as managing some major projects in and around Adelaide. The work is arduous and the conditions are tough. Everything is in a hurry and deadlines are tight.
Here we have a young vibrant transport operation getting stuck in and getting the job done for its customers. Energy Logistix have made this and some other videos on YouTube to advertise their services.
The company specialises in customised and holistic logistics services for companies in the energy and mining sector. The company is based in Adelaide and the trucks spend a lot of time out in the remoter areas where their customers need supplies. No freight is too big or too small for this small family firm.
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We keep hearing about something called blockchain being about to change the freight world, but many are asking, what’s blockchain all about? A speaker at the Global Heavy Vehicle Summit may have the answer.
Travelling around the roads of SE Queensland, the transport company name ATT Logistics is a common sight on trailers heading to and fro. What you won’t see is any trucks bearing the company logo. The reason? They don’t own any trucks.
When we are looking at future trucking, we need to look at the way all business will be changing in the next twenty years. A number of basic building blocks in business look likely to look completely different than they do today.
This week we are featuring a Young Driver Prize, Professor Byrne, a Manual Van and a New Two-Way in Diesel News.
The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) is seeking nominations from outstanding young truck drivers (21-35yrs) for the 2018 LBRCA Young Driver Award. A $5,000 trip to the USA will go to the award winner, who must demonstrate a best practice approach to driving and safety.
Nominations are open until February 16 2018, with the award presented at the LBRCA and Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association Combined National Conference in Coffs Harbour, in March 2018. According to the LBRCA, the award winner will be a role model for the rural transport industry, and will help to promote rural transport as a viable, long term career choice for young people.
“Rural transport is an essential service and we have an aging workforce,” says
Lynley Miner, LBRCA President. “Without rural transporters, Australian produce wouldn’t get from the farm gate to the table. The job is a lot more challenging than people realise – the hours are long, the work can be dangerous, and compliance can be complicated.”
Toll Boss, now a Professor
Deakin University’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL) has appointed Toll Group’s managing director, Michael Byrne, as its inaugural Adjunct Professor. CSCL Director Dr Hermione Parsons said Professor Byrne’s extensive experience in the supply chain and logistics sector positioned him as an innovator whose insights were highly sought-after.
“Michael is a statesman, a thought leader and a visionary; he has an exceptional mind. He makes an exceptional contribution to this industry and is so generous with his time and his thoughts,” said Dr Parsons.
Professor Byrne warmly welcomed his appointment as Adjunct Professor, using his inaugural address this week to urge the industry to help shape the next generation of innovative thinkers.
“As industry leaders it is incumbent upon us to attract, retain and develop talented people to propel our industry forward. In order to do this, the industry must take an active role to shape the next generation’s curriculum by making mathematics a core subject; expanding languages to build a multilingual Australia; and rethinking higher education as a norm – not an exception,” said Byrne.
New Style Two-Way
This week sees the launch of Australia’s first two-way radio style transceiver but on a cellular network, providing previously unavailable push-to-talk communication across Australia, powered by Telstra.
ToooAir’s new product is claimed to provide: nation-wide push-to-talk communications, GPS tracking, dispatching software, instant voice and text messages, and tunnel, basement and in-building coverage.
Unlike traditional radio networks, ToooAir’s product provides Australia-wide communication through a one-to-one or one-to-many two-way radio style system, but utilising the cellular mobile phone network. Due to this use of cellular multi-site technology, operational teams across Australia can communicate at the touch of a button, also providing superior in-building, tunnel and basement coverage.
Kangoo Goes Auto
The Renault Kangoo Maxi diesel is now available with a six-speed automatic Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) transmission.
The two-pedal turbo diesel Kangoo Maxi uses a development of the DC4 six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch automated transmission, the same unit fitted to the 1.2 litre petrol Kangoo that was launched in Australia in February this year.
The six-speed EDC is an automated dry dual clutch transmission. The ideal gear for any driving condition is selected automatically by an electronic control unit. Gearshift control is of the ‘P-R-N-D’ type and includes an ‘up/down’ ‘manual’ shift mode. A push forward on the gear lever directs the transmission to downshift, with a pull backwards to upshift.
When there are 115 trucks running in a fleet, keeping an eye on things becomes vital. Despite owning few trucks, the ATT Logistics fleet needs to be monitored 24/7. There are 92 trailers in ATT Logistics colours. The company employs 36 people. They include warehousing personnel, clerks, IT, credit controllers, workshop technicians.
The ATT business has been in existence for over 30 years. Starting out as a courier/taxi truck operation, handling small loads with small trucks, in the main. Graham Harris’ original partner later became ill, over twelve years ago and was bought out when Garry Clarke came into the business.
“Garry came in and we changed direction,” recalls Graham. “We moved into the logistics arena, which has been a very good direction for us to head. We were based at Richlands and running 50 or 60 small trucks. Now we have a very few small rigids.”
The business relies entirely on tow operators to get the job done. The company has a workshop vehicle to maintain the trailer fleet capable of doing on site repairs when and if required. The company work out of two sites, the main one is in Carole Park on the Logan Motorway logistics corridor to the south-west of Brisbane, the second is a satellite site in Acacia Ridge, another more centrally located transport hub.
ATT has invested heavily in IT, in order to be able to integrate its own business system with those used by its customers. From a management perspective the operations staff have a dashboard displaying just how the trucks are doing, where they are etc. All live on screen.
The customers can also view the dashboard live, to give visibility to the service being supplied by ATT. By going to this system ATT have drastically reduced the number of phone calls coming, as many were simply question about the whereabouts of a load and when it would arrive.
“We don’t own the actual trucks,” says Graham. “We own the trailing equipment and we pay a contractor/fleet owner to tow it. It’s the same model as Woolworths use with their distribution fleet. Our contractors’ trucks are all white and they are all modern.
“Our reasoning is this. If you own the prime mover and you have a mechanical issue with the prime mover, you’re pretty well buggered. Whereas, this way, if old mate has an issue, you simply put another fleet under the trailer and keep going. You can’t do that, if you are heavily invested in the assets.
“We over 60 individual fleet owners. We put a cap on the number of vehicles any owner can have with us. They can have five and then that’s it. We put them on a written contract. We have contracts with all of our customers so we have got surety.”
The assets are being sweated. All of the B-doubles in the fleet work 24 hours a day. Many on a large beer hauling contract.
“We have got tracking on everything,” says Graham. “The drivers use a tablet which has delivery details and POD on the screen, also with GPS in it. The trailers are all tracked so we can tell where everything is. They can also take a photo with the tablet, if they choose. Some customers choose to have the POD sent to them, via email, as soon as it is signed.
“A lot of our customers are picking up what we are doing for other people and wanting it themselves. It’s a really good selling point. We had one customer, we had a dashboard on the wall in their premises and it’s right in front of their sales team.
“They can watch the trucks, and if the truck is running twenty minutes late they will ring the customer and tell them, keep that conversation going with the customer. They can also view it on their phones, if they are out and about. They can be on the front foot, they are not waiting for customers to phone and complain.”
Some customers include ring fencing in their requirements. This enables them to track arrival and departure times.
“If we’ve quoted a price on the basis it takes one hour to unload a truck, then it’s taking an hour and twenty, we can get back to the customer,” says Garry. “They need to get the time to an hour, or we have to change the rate. All of our data shows our transparency, we are not hiding anything. They can see what’s going on themselves.
“Each afternoon, all of the truck owners will get a download of all of their jobs for the next day. Each job detail is listed. They are loaded onto the tablet and they have to complete the first one before they can get to the second one. It will beep them to accept the job. If they don’t accept it, it comes back to us and we can reallocate it.”
This week the news has included NSW Independence, Overcharging and Freight Restrictions, as well as a revamped Access Portal, all here in Diesel News.
Road Freight NSW has announced it will become an independent organisation from January 1 2018. It is currently a subsidiary of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), after beginning as ATA NSW in 2007. Road Freight NSW says it will now work independently to campaign on policies affecting the NSW transport sector, primarily heavy vehicle safety, the regulatory regimes stifling business growth and the unwarranted surcharges, like stevedores’ port taxes, being imposed on carriers. Read more