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WHAT DID YOU
CLICK ON LAST
f you thought forklift research and development consisted of scientists zooming up and down
warehouse aisles and lifting and putting down pallets, our front cover and cover story will tell
It is a long time since forklifts simply consisted of a motion carriage and a couple of hydraulic
hoses to get here and get there and just lift pallets off the ground. We have now progressed to
sophisticated computer systems managing everything from the engine/motor to navigation, lifting
and information/display systems, and are witnessing the virtual onslaught of operator-free automated
guided vehicles (AGV).
The investment in R&D is not negligible. As the front cover attests, the Toyota group of companies
invests an average of $34 million-a-day (that’s right, each day) on future technologies. Toyota says
this is the key to it “creating higher standards of energy efficiency, safety, environmental performance
and operator friendliness in all its divisions, including its material-handling product range.”
Indeed, it is reassuring to know that advances in the automotive and computing disciplines are
applied to its warehouse equipment range.
Robots big and little
In addition to Toyota (and others, like Dematic) pioneering the AGV movement, we are also seeing
rapid advancements in robotics.
The name Amazon of course is on everybody’s lips these days owing to their pending entrance
into Australia (at the time of writing they are rumoured to have appointed ex-Australia Post chief
Ahmed Fahour as their first chief in Oz), but what is little known is that every time Amazon
announces a new ‘fulfilment centre’ (read DC) employing x-thousand ‘associates’, hidden in the
press release is the fact that the DC will have advanced robotic capabilities.
Robotics, automation and GTP (goods-to-person) picking systems are just some of the amazing
advancements in materials handling technology. Our whole feature this issue is devoted to mind-
bending new things in the materials handling world.
I hope you will enjoy reading your latest issue of MHD Supply Chain Solutions magazine.
The top five stories on TandLnews.com.au
in June were...
BLOCKCHAIN AND THE INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY
CHAIN: SUCCESSFUL AUSTRALIAN TRIAL CONCLUDED
One of the largest and most comprehensive trials of
blockchain technology for global supply chains has
just successfully ended.
AMAZON TO GRAB 90% OF ONLINE SHOPPERS: STUDY
90 per cent of Australian online shoppers think they
will purchase from Amazon if it fulfils its promise to
deliver low prices, vast selection and fast delivery.
GROUND BROKEN ON BIG LOGISTICS PARK
IN SW SYDNEY
Construction has started on the Coopers Paddock
Logistics Park, a new $80m office and warehouse
estate in south-west Sydney.
MANUFACTURING FIGHTBACK: SECTOR QUIETLY
ADDS 40,000 JOBS
A new report outlines manufacturing’s dogged
resilience in difficult times, its importance to the
economy, and its future prospects.
COFFEE CUP RECYCLING HAS OFFICIALLY
BEGUN IN AUSTRALIA
The first two corporate locations to sign up to
the Simply Cups recycling program have started
collecting used coffee cups on 8 May.
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