redressing the power imbalance

Redressing the Power Imbalance

An initiative this week shows the trucking industry that there is a way of redressing the power imbalance which dogs many operators on a day to day basis. The Voluntary Port of Melbourne Performance Model (VPPM) has been negotiated between the Victorian Transport Association, the Victorian Government and the Stevedores in the port. Read more

preparing the ground for a post-Covid world

Preparing the Ground for a Post-Covid World

It looks like politics is drifting back to normal and everyone is preparing the ground for a post-Covid world. If this is the case the trucking industry needs to get out there and strike while the iron is hot. Read more

radical blue sky post-Covid thinking is needed

Radical Blue Sky Post-Covid Thinking is Needed

It will be plain to many in the trucking industry, and confirmed by a report from Deakin University’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL), that some radical blue sky post-Covid thinking is needed to adapt to what’s often called the ‘new normal’. Read more

What Does a Coronavirus Conference Look Like?

What Does a Coronavirus Conference Look Like?

This week would have been the Australian Trucking Association’s annual conference in Cairns, Trucking 20, but not this year, we now have to work out, ‘What Does a Coronavirus Conference Look Like?’ The world is going to be changed permanently by the goings on around the world this year. Read more

just when you think it’s going well

Just When You Think It’s Going Well

Every cloud has a silver lining, or so the say, and while we have suffered through the depth of this Covid-19 crisis, the people of Australia have grown to understand the essential nature of the trucking industry, but just when you think it’s going well! Read more

can you remember the good old days?

Can You Remember the Good Old Days?

We are now in a new world, everyone is talking about the ‘new normal’, we don’t know how long this crisis is going to last, a few weeks, months or years and at the end of it all, can you remember the good old days? Read more

telling everyone how vital trucking is

Telling Everyone How Vital Trucking Is

It doesn’t matter how much we carry on telling everyone how vital trucking is to the Australian economy and to the efficient functioning of the country, there is still very few signs of appreciation of what the trucking industry, as a whole, does for Australia. Read more

the just in time principal

The Just in Time Principle

In the trucking industry we are all very familiar with the just in time principle. Unfortunately for us, the public of Australia are not quite as au fait with the whole idea as we are. The distribution of freight was revolutionised when manufacturers and retail outlets introduced JIT into their supply chains. Read more

start looking after our truckies

Start Looking After Our Truckies

As truck driving is such a low status profession in Australia, perhaps, when the country suddenly realises it needs them after all, we should start looking after our truckies. Or, perhaps, we should have been looking after them properly all of the time. Read more