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WHAT DID YOU
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Of the many newly popular expressions in the supply chain world (and elsewhere) these days,
‘disruptive’, ‘to disrupt’ and the like come up quite often.
Modern communications systems (the internet and its latest evolution, smartphone apps)
have enabled, are enabling smart individuals and small operators to ‘go around’, or ‘short-circuit’ long-
established operational, distribution and transport infrastructures, to an extent where they become
more than just pesky speckles of dust and conventional operators must sit up and take notice.
While the transport side of distribution still relies mainly on established transport operators with
marginal ‘disruption’ by app-based distribution networks who rely anyway on either established
truck operators or the passenger bus network for example, the retail sector and its distribution
infrastructure are the ones experiencing this disruption the most closely, the most immediately.
eBay is without doubt the leading avenue for ‘disruptive digital retail’, and there are many others in
operation, with new ones popping up every day. Often begun in a back room at home or the garage, an
online retail outlet, usually started in an area of interest to the instigator, initially has very little demand
for infrastructure, equipment and personnel, just a computer with internet and a printer will do.
For established retailers, the picture is a little bit more complicated - one thing for sure, however,
ignore the online world they will at their peril.
But the good news is, help is at hand. Supply chain management researchers and consultants,
transport services providers and warehouse equipment makers have been closely following the
emergence of online commerce and are up-to-date with advice, research, services and equipment.
In the traditional feature focusing on warehouse equipment, this issue of MHD magazine contains
interesting stories on the latest distribution centre equipment, as well as an interesting overseas case
study, continuing our drive to bring our readers best-practice information from around the world.
In addition, the changing face of retail and associated changes in business management are
discussed at length in our Comments and Supply Chain sections, as well as business continuity
planning and the conclusion to Michel Jungo’s thought-provoking article on sustainable supply chains.
I hope you will enjoy reading the latest issue of MHD Supply Chain Solutions magazine.
DISRUPTION IS HERE.
TIME TO ACT.
The top five stories on TandLnews.com.au
in February were...
WESFARMERS RESTRUCTURES ITS RETAIL SIDE
Wesfarmers will be restructuring its
department store businesses, which it
says “will enable Kmart and Target to
maximise and share opportunities”.
AMAZON INVADES LOGISTICS, REPORTS
Amazon has reportedly been expanding
its operations in supply chain, across
road, air and sea modes.
BUNNINGS’ TAKEOVER OF HOMEBASE
PASSES FIRST HURDLE
The Home Retail Group has received
approval from its banking syndicate to
proceed with the sale to Bunnings.
WOOLWORTHS IN TROUBLE AGAIN
Woolworths has misled consumers over
product safety hazards and must pay over
$3 million in penalties, says the ACCC.
NAVMAN WIRELESS AUSTRALIA BUYS TRANSTECH
Navman Wireless Australia has acquired
the business known as Transtech Driven.
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