supplier of logistics in remote areas

Supplier of Logistics in Remote Areas

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. 

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Young Vibrant Transport Operation

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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what’s blockchain all about?

What’s Blockchain All About?

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.

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ATT Logistics is a Common Sight on Trailers

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.

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industry need to start getting smarter

Looking at Future Trucking

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.

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Young Driver Prize, Professor Byrne, an Auto Van and a New Two-Way

Young Driver Prize, Professor Byrne, an Auto Van and a New Two-Way

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.”

 

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Michael Byrne, with Dr Hermione Parsons.

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.

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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.

Keeping an Eye On Things

Keeping an Eye On Things

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.

 

Keeping an Eye On Things

 

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.”

 

Keeping an Eye On Things

 

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.”

 

NSW Independence, Overcharging and Freight Restrictions

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

Transforming a Traditional Trucking Operation

Transforming a Traditional Trucking Operation

Transforming a traditional trucking operation into a modern road transport enterprise has seen two brothers find a niche in the trucking market where they can compete with the big boys.

 

Transforming a Traditional Trucking Operation
Garry Clarke and Graham Harris.

The modern transport industry has opportunities for those who try and think outside the square, find a sector ripe for change and then create a business to fit the market’s needs. The formation of ATT Logistics in Brisbane has seen these two brothers – Garry Clarke and Graham Harris – find a part of the market and a business model which they can grow.

 

Travelling around the roads of South East 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. The business relies entirely on tow operators to get the job done.

 

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’s original partner later became ill over twelve years ago and was bought out when Garry 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.”

 

Coming in from a lot of experience in logistics, Garry, was instrumental in the change of direction. He had spent seven years with Linfox and a further nine with Toll, representing a strong background in logistics management.

 

The move across involved a major rethink in the way the company worked. The taxi truck game is always reactive, goods need to get from A to B now and the customer can’t wait. It’s impossible to plan ahead, the operation never knows where work is going to come from and when it will be needed.

Transforming a Traditional Trucking Operation

A New Philosophy

 

The philosophy behind a logistics operation is almost at a polar extreme in comparison. The operation needs careful planning and timetabling well in advance and the customer is looking for full and consistent support in the form of an ongoing service.

 

“We decided on the way we wanted to develop and actively followed that pattern all the way through,” says Garry. “We moved away to a completely different customer base. It was a matter of getting on the tender list and putting something together for the customer.

 

“There was a plan and a strategy of how we would get there and who we targeted. We managed to pick up some big contracts early on. We started with Coles, Chep and then Woolworths. We chased those sorts of customers and most of them are still with us.

 

“For Coles we were doing primary freight into their DC. They didn’t have their own fleet in those days we supplied trucks and trailers. Now, they have gone to a different model and own their own trailers and contractors supply trucks.”

 

The company is handling at least 100 movements a day for Woolworths alone. The work only involves carrying goods inwards to the DC with no loads coming back out on the return journey. Goods on the trailer are picked to the store order they are fulfilling. The Chep work also involves around 100 loads a day.

 

The work is concentrated in the more populated areas of SE Queensland, including Brisbane, Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. Sanitarium, Arnotts, Smiths, these are the kind of supplier the trailers are loading at, before ATT haul them into the DC.

 

The freight is all dry freight and all of the haul work is handled with tautliner trailers. The trailers need to be able top be loaded and unloaded via the rear doors, or the side curtains. The Chep work is handled by flat top trailers. ATT pick up loads and deliver them, both when Chep issues pallets and also when they are dehired. All of the Chep movements are scheduled each afternoon for the next day.

Highway Hero, Hino Expansion, VW Plan and Cummins Getting Batteries

We hear about a Highway Hero, Hino Expansion, VW Plan and Cummins Getting Batteries in Diesel News this week.

Capability and confidence is at a high for Hino with increased involvement from five of Australia’s largest automotive and commercial vehicle retail groups.

“During 2017 and 2018, we will open three new Hino dealerships and upgrade four existing sites to meet increased demand,” said Bill Gillespie, Hino Australia’s General Manager Brand and Franchise Development. “It is significant that we have increased investment from five of Australia’s largest automotive and commercial vehicle retail groups in key locations across the country, namely Automotive Holding Group/AHG (Coffs Harbour), Sci Fleet (Eagle Farm, Brisbane), CMV Group (Laverton, Melbourne), AP Eagers (Mascot, Sydney) and the Suttons family-owned group (Arndell Park, Sydney). Read more