Design build – purpose-built construction with early benefits

There’s a reason why design build is becoming the preferred solution for businesses looking for purpose-built warehouse and distribution facilities. Calder Stewart’s general manager of national clients and design, Adrian Mathieson, believes it comes down to better management of two things – complexity and risk. Bringing a construction partner onboard upfront removes some of theContinue reading “Design build – purpose-built construction with early benefits”

A whole new world – how Kiwi SMEs are changing the way they work

New research reveals that New Zealand’s small business owners and decision-makers are taking a new approach to work – this comes as Kiwis navigate their way through an unpredictable year, which has seen the country move in and out of lockdown in the fight against Covid-19. The 2degrees Shaping Business Study, which surveyed more thanContinue reading “A whole new world – how Kiwi SMEs are changing the way they work”

The business value behind the Ministry of Health Covid-19 QR code

Under Alert Levels 2 and 3, all businesses and services are required to display the official NZ Covid Tracer QR code posters in a prominent place at or near the main entrances to each of their premises. But how many people appreciate the technology behind the system? NZ Covid Tracer is a Ministry of HealthContinue reading “The business value behind the Ministry of Health Covid-19 QR code”

To the Moon and Mars via New Zealand

High-tech natural-fibre filter maker Lanaco has launched a protective mask product that incorporate its organic/hybrid Helix filter – a product that has been selected by NASA for use in its next mission to the Moon and Mars. If there is anything that Kiwis have learnt this year, it is how quickly things can change. PeopleContinue reading “To the Moon and Mars via New Zealand”

Five best practices for cold storage warehouse design and management – By Arijit Biswas

The two largest costs in a cold storage or deep freeze warehouse environment are labour and energy. As a global leader in automated warehousing and logistics technologies and systems, Swisslog has developed resources to assist companies planning on utilising automation to achieve efficiency benefits and cost savings in both areas. Automation, when tightly integrated withContinue reading “Five best practices for cold storage warehouse design and management – By Arijit Biswas”

Encouraging signs in the supply chain recruitment market, despite uncertainty – By Wayne Fry

We are now into the final quarter of a year that can be described as one of uncertainty and disruption. But despite the ups and downs, there are encouraging signs about what is to come in the search for and recruitment of supply chain, operations and procurement professionals. There are less roles on offer rightContinue reading “Encouraging signs in the supply chain recruitment market, despite uncertainty – By Wayne Fry”

Significant increase in liability for airfreight – By Chris Dann and Joshua Oh

In a year to forget for international airlines, the hits keep coming. From 28 August, air carrier liability for loss, damage or delay significantly increased. Now, freight forwarders and others who contract for carriage by air will be impacted by this 13.9% increase, and exporters and importers can expect the cost of airfreight to furtherContinue reading “Significant increase in liability for airfreight – By Chris Dann and Joshua Oh”

Site and facility traffic management – By Keith Robinson

In this, the last of a three-part series of articles on site safety and traffic management, Keith Robinson looks at the issue in relation to trucks, worksites and facilities. According to WorkSafe NZ, 31% of all vehicle-related fatalities between 2013 and 2017 involved trucks – and 12% involved trucks ‘off-road’ (i.e. in site yards andContinue reading “Site and facility traffic management – By Keith Robinson”

New guide for boards for managing a crisis

Conversations with a dozen experienced New Zealand and Australian chairs, board members and chief executives has revealed six key themes that boards should consider in a crisis. Trust, relationships and agile decision-making figure highly as key considerations when managing crises, say authors Erica Seville and Richard Ball in the newly-published guide, ‘A Board’s Role inContinue reading “New guide for boards for managing a crisis”