Industrial equipment: The truth about counterfeits

According to the latest data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the trade in counterfeit goods now represents 3.3% of global trade. Unfortunately, this figure is on the rise, even as overall trade has declined. Here, John Young, APAC director at obsolete parts supplier EU Automation APAC, offers his verdict on theContinue reading “Industrial equipment: The truth about counterfeits”

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”

Traffic management and forklifts – By Keith Robinson

In this, the second of a three-part series of articles on site safety and traffic management, Keith Robinson turns his attention to forklifts and the challenges they create when it comes to keeping workers and site visitors safe. According to WorkSafe NZ, there have been 11 deaths in New Zealand since 2013 that relate toContinue reading “Traffic management and forklifts – By Keith Robinson”

Packaging up the position – courier driver successfully challenges worker status– By Gillian Service

In early May the Employment Court issued a decision confirming that a courier driver operating as an independent contractor was in fact and in law an employee of the courier company. Although this case could potentially have wider implications for the courier driver business model, the court was clear that its findings are confined toContinue reading “Packaging up the position – courier driver successfully challenges worker status– By Gillian Service”