Tag Archives: supply chain

Aldi vs Transport Workers Union: the battle begins

Aldi has begun legal proceedings against the Transport Workers Union (TWU) that involve both worker safety and freedom of speech. The federal court case is now underway. The TWU says it “could have far-reaching consequences for anyone who wants to protest against poor workplace safety, environmental or rights abuses”. Background …

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Sustainable packaging has hit global ‘tipping point’

Awareness of the environmental toll of plastic pollution is accelerating the drive towards sustainable packaging worldwide, says a report. According to Innova Market Insights’ ‘Top Ten Packaging Trends for 2019’, plastic packaging reached a “tipping point” in 2018. The report says it’s the result of such measures as widespread bans …

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Almost a third of global seafood labelling is wrong

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) says nearly a third of all seafood labelling worldwide is wrong. Some of the mislabelling is deliberate fraud, says the not-for-profit, and the problem is growing as demand for seafood rises. By contrast, researchers found that less than one per cent of more than 1,400 …

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Woolworths fires up $57m Adelaide expansion

Woolworths is starting a $57 million expansion of its existing Adelaide Regional Distribution Centre (ARDC), which will include 3,500 solar panels. The ARDC’s sustainability credentials will include thousands of solar panels and expanded recycling facilities. The project will also create about 140 local jobs throughout construction. Woolworths and Hutchinson Builders …

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Coles to ‘optimise operations’ with SAP

Coles Group has chosen SAP to help transform its digital operations across procurement, human resources (HR) and its business processes. The supermarket says it’s implementing intelligent enterprise resource planning (ERP) with SAP S/4HANA, along with SAP Ariba and SAP SuccessFactors. Its goal is “to gain new insights, streamline and automate …

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Drakes gears up for wholesale market venture

Drakes Supermarkets is preparing to enter the wholesale market and has chosen Infor as its technology partner. It’s currently building a “state-of-the-art warehouse facility” in Edinburgh North, Adelaide. This will serve both its retail operations and wholesale customers. It will also be capable of warehousing ambient, fresh, chilled and frozen …

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Coles to modernise supply chain, says Wesfarmers

Wesfarmers has announced that Coles has entered into a Heads of Agreement with Witron Australia. Together, they’ll develop two new “automated ambient distribution centres” for Coles over a five-year period. Witron Australia is a subsidiary of Witron Logistik + Informatik GmbH (Witron). Wesfarmers describes the company as “a market leader …

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ASCI publishes report on supply-chain performance

The Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) has announced the findings of a recent report into supply-chain performance. The report, ‘The State of Supply Chain Management’, is based on the institute’s yearly member survey of supply-chain managers. It found that the self-assessment performance score of their supply chains against eight components …

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Toll Group to open ‘super depot’ on the Gold Coast

Toll Group has announced plans for a new multi-purpose “super depot” on the Gold Coast. The 10,250sqm depot will bring together three existing sites into one operational hub. Toll says it’s the first purpose-built integrated facility of its kind for the company. Last week, Toll Group Managing Director Michael Byrne …

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Woolworths announces new dedicated Fresh Distribution Centre

Woolworths has announced plans to develop a new multi-million-dollar distribution facility in Victoria. The new Melbourne Fresh Distribution Centre (MFDC) will store and deliver fresh produce, plus some chilled products, and will be in Truganina in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Co-located with Woolworths MeatCo, distribution will be dedicated to …

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