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

adapt to the new normal

Adapt to the New Normal

How the trucking industry is going to adapt to the new normal is going to be a test for everyone involved. There are immediate distribution and supply chain issues right now, and some of them are being solved quickly. It is easier to override curfews around late night supermarket deliveries than it is to try and stop the panic buying of some goods in the supermarket.  Read more

artificial intelligence or driver intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence or Driver Intelligence?

The trucking industry’s headlong dive into the latest technological solutions for just about everything begs the question as to whether we need more artificial intelligence or driver intelligence? We keep on putting more black boxes into the cab, at great expense, but how much is being spent on making the drivers themselves better? Read more

road charging raises its ugly head

Road Charging Raises Its Ugly Head

There has been a constant stream of issues for the trucking industry every time road charging raises its ugly head. The facts of the matter are that the trucking industry should be expected to pay its way and fund the road network it needs to get the task of moving the goods around the country, as demanded by the economy. Read more