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The continuing development of warehouse and DC automation
equipment never ceases to amaze me, and those clever
engineers have now even entered the freezer.
As the cover story on pages 24-25 describes, energy costs are high in running a
refrigerated warehouse, and so, too, is the cost of labour. Staff recruitment, safety and
retention are all a concern due to the challenging working conditions, as well as the additional
pressure on equipment and systems to withstand the extreme temperatures.
With Australia striving to become (even more of) a leading supplier of foodstuff to the world,
temperature-controlled and ambient food-quality warehousing can only become an ever-
growing specialist field.
I will never forget an LAA visit a couple of years ago to one of our big-brand ice cream
factories in Sydney. I was looking forward to watching the pop-stick go in one end, get covered
with all those delightful ingredients and come out the other end, to be wrapped and delivered
to the local milk bar.
I was disappointed, of course, as all I saw was stacks of cardboard boxes on pallets at one
end and stacks of cardboard boxes on pallets coming out on a conveyor belt the other end,
proceeding through a tunnel to the refrigerated warehouse. Of the production process itself, all
we saw was hermetically sealed machines through a see-through plastic wall -- not a human
What this experience brought home to me was the ever-increasing levels of automation not
only in manufacturing, but also in warehousing. It is a growing, fascinating and exciting field,
and you'll be reading much, much more about it in future issues of MHD.
Get ready for Smart 2015
Start preparing for Smart Conference and Expo 2015, to be held for the first time ever in
Melbourne. As on every occasion, Smart Conference promises to offer the most variety and
comprehensive coverage of current supply chain issues, period. And the Expo is a great place
to meet the industry's top suppliers.
Mark Smart in your 2015 diary/calendar with an indelible pen!
OUT OF THE COLD
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The Federal Court has ordered $8.3m in penalties
against two forklift gas suppliers.
RECKITT BENCKISER TO BUY A JOHNSON
& JOHNSON BRAND
The ACCC has decided not to oppose Reckitt
Benckiser's acquisition of the K-Y brand from
Johnson & Johnson.
ACCC TAKES AIM AT COLES -- AGAIN
The ACCC has taken Coles to court again for
IS THIS THE FUTURE OF AUSTRALIA POST?
The UK Post Office is undertaking the biggest
modernisation programme in retail history. Will
Australia Post go in a similar direction?
TOLL UNVEILS NEW FLEET OF TRIPLE TANKERS AS
COOTES COPS $50K FINE
Toll unveils new fuel tankers; while Cootes accepts
a $50,000 fine.
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