Crown Equipment celebrates 75 years of innovation

Crown Equipment is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. With the help of some of the company’s senior executives from the Asia Pacific region, we look back on the forklift provider’s past and its goals for the future.

Doomsday demolition – will 3D printing demolish parts and spares inventories? – By Nigel Parry

Imagine a world where there is no parts inventory. Anywhere. Manufacturers make whatever they want, instantly, onsite or close by. Your washing machine repairer has the part they need ready to collect as soon as they tap the order on their smartphone, without it ever sitting on a shelf. No need for warehouses. Pretty scary, huh? Should we be frightened?

Optimising fulfilment for social commerce – By Paul Soong

Freight, transportation and distribution businesses already struggling to keep up with the rapidly evolving ecommerce landscape face a new challenge – the boom in social commerce.

The logistics of cybersecurity – By John Donovan

According to the latest (at the time of writing) Cert NZ quarterly report from 1 July to 30 September 2019, 562 organisation incident reports were made – up 16% from the previous quarter. This equates to more than $1.8 million in reported direct financial losses for New Zealand businesses in the quarter, bringing the total losses for businesses during the first three-quarters of 2019 to $4.4 million.

Air Chathams’ freight offering set to lift off – By Dave MacIntyre

An attitude of ‘if it fits in the door, we’ll carry it’ is behind a drive by Air Chathams to significantly expand its air freight profile in the New Zealand market, particularly in key regions and on its sole international route to Norfolk Island.

Key issues with coronavirus and the legal implications for our supply chains – By Chris Dann and Chantal Stewart

As the Covid-19 coronavirus continues its global expansion, the economic impact from the disruption to the supply chain is being keenly felt.

Sustainable awards triumph for Little Yellow Bird – By Iain MacIntyre

Corporate uniform and branded clothing manufacturer Little Yellow Bird has had its social and environmental-based business model championed at the 2019 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Weathering new technology
in Tonga

There are about 800 km between the southern and northern tips of Tonga and a lot of ocean. Many of this Pacific archipelago’s 169 islands are remote, exposed, sparsely populated and difficult to access. And when it comes to forecasting the weather in an area known for cyclones and also prone to drought, it’s a significant challenge. However, that’s all about to change.

Location, location, location

The working group charged with recommending a future strategy for the upper North Island supply chain has released its final report– but not everyone has welcomed its findings.

FOB, CIP, FAS, WT* – Incoterms 2020 explained – By Chris Dann

A new version of the ICC’s Incoterms – standard trading terms for domestic and international trade (Incoterms 2020) – took effect on 1 January 2020. In this article we summarise what the Incoterms are, what they do (and don’t do) and what’s changed.

How organisations can use data to be green without compromising on performance – By Mark Morley

Organisations today are increasingly under pressure to seamlessly handle huge volumes of goods passing through their logistics network, while striving to mitigate costs and risks and meet new consumer expectations.

Blue-collar labour market to see loss of skilled workers in 2020, predicts OneStaff

Income, skills and diversity are set to be the key labour market issues in 2020 according to OneStaff, one of New Zealand’s largest providers of temporary and permanent onsite staffing for the industrial and commercial industries.

John McKnight – “It was like the light went on”

John McKnight went back to school to affirm his beliefs that his gut instincts and decision-making were sound – and he didn’t let a major health scare slow down his progress towards his goal. This is his story.