How automation can help retailers better navigate unprecedented demand

By Pas Tomasiello, senior director of integrated systems at Dematicx, ANZ COVID-19 has rapidly and fundamentally changed how consumers interact with retailers, and this has brought on a complete shift in the retail landscape as we know it. Checkout lines have been replaced with home delivery and curb side pickup alternatives, grocery lists are requiredContinue reading “How automation can help retailers better navigate unprecedented demand”

‘Brrmmm, brrmmm’… Kiwi trucks along: From New Zealand sandpits to the ‘big boys toys’ of Sweden’s Scania

Like lots of Kiwi kids, Hamish Bennett has fond memories of making, “Brrmmm, brrmmm” engine noises while playing with trucks in the sandpit. Unlike lots of other kids though, Bennett had a fairly-good inkling his fascination with trucks wasn’t just a phase. He was right. This, now grown-up, Kiwi is currently in Sweden in chargeContinue reading “‘Brrmmm, brrmmm’… Kiwi trucks along: From New Zealand sandpits to the ‘big boys toys’ of Sweden’s Scania”

Local sector collaboration creates significant savings and efficiency

A world-leading innovation has emerged from a roading sector project standardising the performance of New Zealand roads. Collaboration in the transport sector is making value for money sustainable – the ultimate goal for funders and the community. A series of national projects led by the Road Efficiency Group (REG) designed to address the high variabilityContinue reading “Local sector collaboration creates significant savings and efficiency”

Forklifts: Reducing risk in the materials handling industry

RCT’s Industrial senior business development manager, Grahame Don talks about the importance of reducing the risks in forklift operations and the materials handling industry. All over the world, in warehouses, factories, freight terminals and shipping yards and all other industrial sites, companies use forklifts to move, lift and stack loads. According WITS (World Industrial TruckContinue reading “Forklifts: Reducing risk in the materials handling industry”

World-first for NZ software company

Rfider, a cutting-edge New Zealand software company, is powering a next-generation digital supply chain for the Latin American coffee industry – a world-first, according to chief executive John Pennington. Mastercol, a Colombian specialty coffee company, compares similarly to high-end Kiwi wine and honey producers, in that this innovative coffee business also focuses on quality, sustainabilityContinue reading “World-first for NZ software company”

Ports of Auckland to deepen Auckland’s shipping channel

Ports of Auckland has announced that it has been granted consent to deepen the shipping channel for the approach to the Waitemata Harbour, a move that will safeguard Auckland’s vital international supply line. The consent allows the channel to be deepened from 12.5 m to between 14 m and 14.2 m. It safeguards Auckland’s vitalContinue reading “Ports of Auckland to deepen Auckland’s shipping channel”

NZ produce industry aligning and improving its traceability systems

A consultation document seeking the input of New Zealand’s fresh produce industry has been released as part of a significant project to assess and improve traceability within the industry. With the New Zealand produce industry worth over $6 billion annually, our country’s traceability systems need to match our global reputation for quality. United Fresh, NewContinue reading “NZ produce industry aligning and improving its traceability systems”

Average height of industrial buildings set to increase to accommodate robotic tech

Growing use of robotic technology in high-volume commercial and food production facilities will see the average height of new industrial buildings in Auckland increase in the next three to five years, according to an industry expert. The expanding utilisation of robotic infrastructure in new warehouses is due in part to the rise in ecommerce sales,Continue reading “Average height of industrial buildings set to increase to accommodate robotic tech”