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SCHAEFER has recently held its Australia
& New Zealand distributors’ conference in
Brisbane, attended by all licensed Schaefer
distributors as well as senior management from
the APAC region.
Each year, the “Distributor of the Year”
award is presented at the conference in
recognition of outstanding performance,
dedication and innovation.
For 2013, Absolute Storage Systems
based in Melbourne, Victoria has been
honoured with this prestigious award due
to their professionalism, commitment and
achievements as a distributor of Schaefer
industrial storage equipment.
The principals of Absolute Storage, Merv
Clemens and Brian McNaughton, have over 70
years of experience between them.
2013 SCHAEFER “DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR”
L-R: Brian McNaughton (principal, Absolute Storage Systems Pty Ltd), Brian Miles (managing director,
Schaefer Systems International Pte Ltd), and Merv Clemens (principal, Absolute Storage Systems Pty Ltd).
WORLD CLASS WAREHOUSING ALLIANCE
THREE respected names in the local material
handling equipment industry have formed
a strategic alliance to deliver maximum
efficiency warehouse solutions.
Linde Material Handling managing director
Carl Smith initiated the alliance to bring together
the resources of Linde Material Handling, APC
Group, and Paperless Warehousing, under the
banner of APL World Class Warehousing.
“My vision was to reinvent and revitalise
the industry by developing an offering that
encompassed the most technically advanced
material handling equipment, industry leading
warehouse design tools and warehouse
management systems and racking/storage
systems,” Mr Smith said.
“By forming a strategic alliance with
industry leaders such as [Linde] Stratos,
Paperless Warehousing and APC, we
have revolutionised the MHE industry by
developing a service for any operation no
matter how large or small, that will allow
them to reduce costs , increase efficiency and
maximise their warehouse.”
APL World Class Warehousing aims to identify
and eliminate the hidden inefficiencies that
see millions of dollars wasted every year, often
without those affected being aware of their losses.
Its methods, which are equally applicable to
existing warehouses and greenfield sites, utilise
Linde’s Stratos warehouse planning, design and
simulation system to achieve clients’ goals.
The Stratos system uses real-world data,
3D simulations and recommendations for
optimum equipment use to give outcomes far
superior to what is possible when traditional
spreadsheet-based predictions are used.
Data, including projected storage and
material flow demand is analysed and
presented through 3D modelling to identify the
optimal storage system and configuration.
The APL World Class Warehousing system
also helps calculate the right amount and con-
figuration of racking, as well as the numbers
and types of mobile handling equipment that
will be required.
Findings are then rigorously tested
and verified against real-time, on-screen
simulation sequences of the optimum
materials handling solution to confirm the
viability of a project at the planning stage,
before any commitment to major investment
The alliance aims to design future-proof
warehouse solutions, fine-tuned for operational
excellence which can deliver potentially
massive savings, year on year, even in
dramatically changing business conditions.
It does this by calculating the optimal mix of
material handling equipment and staff, allowing
for seasonal variations or changing frequency
of delivery and volume per delivery.
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management is one of
the biggest obstacles
to more sustainable
business practices, a
new report has found.
Sustainability and Supply Chain Divide: Insights
into the gaps, challenges and opportunities for
Australian companies, has been launched by
Sustainability at Work, with the support of the
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
According to the lead author of the report
Tania Crosbie, sustainability managers
across the breadth of the country face similar
challenges when looking to improve the
sustainability of their supply chains, and can
seize similar opportunities.
“Our research has revealed that a number
of overriding factors prevent sustainability
managers and their supply chains from
working more closely,” Ms Crosbie said.
“These factors include a lack of leadership,
divergent language around sustainability,
disconnected procurement policies and
traditional contractual models.
“We also found many sustainability
managers were hesitant to engage with their
supply chain until their own shop was in order,”
Ms Crosbie added.
“The underlying message from the report
is unequivocal. Companies are beginning
to understand their responsibility to leave a
sustainable legacy for future generations.
Suppliers who don’t work with their
partners, customers and the community to
achieve more sustainable outcomes run the
risk of operating an ever-shrinking market.”
You can download a free copy at
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