Port of Tauranga and Port Ruakura LP announce rail service partnership

Port of Tauranga and the Tainui Group Holdings subsidiary Port Ruakura LP have announced a long-term partnership to support the development of the planned Ruakura Inland Port at Hamilton.

Near-misses still taking their toll at level crossings

Close calls at level crossings are taking a huge toll on train drivers and those who narrowly miss death.

AS Colour supports significant business growth with advanced warehouse solution

Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has been selected by New Zealand based apparel label AS Colour to support the company’s significant business growth with an advanced materials handling solution for its new Auckland distribution centre.

Ports of Auckland buys world-first electric tug

In response to the urgent need to tackle climate change, Ports of Auckland has signed a contract with Dutch company Damen Shipyards to buy the world’s first full-size, fully electric port tug.

Waiheke Island bus network gets electrified

Auckland’s Waiheke Island community will see new electric buses on the island’s roads from the middle of next year, says Auckland Transport.

CBAFF welcomes Asia Pacific award for young freight forwarder

Phil Burgess, South Island manager of Burnard International, has been named winner of the Asia-Pacific region FIATA Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year award.

Almost half of Kiwi businesses restructuring to keep up with changing needs

The 2019/20 Hays Salary Guide, which surveyed almost 900 employers in New Zealand, has found that 45% are currently restructuring their department or organisation to keep up with changing business needs.

Are we really ready for the changes needed to get to ‘zero carbon’? – By Rachel Devine and Phil O’Reilly

The introduction of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Bill to Parliament is one of the most important milestones in New Zealand’s journey to net zero carbon by 2050. The bill has been a long time coming, but for all the right reasons.

Shaking up the logistics industry

In the latest of an occasional series, FTD talks to Nishan Wijemanne, CEO of Cohesio Group, a tech provider in the logistics space that is shaking up the sector with its smart solutions.

Forbes Magazine names Crown Equipment a ‘best employer’

Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest materials handling companies, has announced that it has been named among Forbes Magazine’s ‘America’s Best Employers’ for 2019.

Irish delegation visits MidlandPort to see new Combilift Xpress

Lyttelton Port Company and MidlandPort have welcomed Irish Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, and Enterprise Ireland CEO, Julie Sinnamon, onto their Rolleston site to see their new acquisition – the Combilift Xpress container straddle carrier – in action.

What’s your driverless car? – By Lynne Richardson

The buzz around telecommunications right now is all about 5G, the fifth generation of wireless technology which is set to enable transformative technology like automated vehicles and near-instantaneous virtual reality. And as the ad says, if you’re not thinking about how 5G could benefit your business, you probably should be – the question is, what’s your driverless car?

New Zealand buoyed by Japan hydrogen partnership – By Iain MacIntyre

A ground-breaking memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on hydrogen reached between the governments of New Zealand and Japan is expected to enhance mutual development and deployment of the alternative energy source, and potentially attract local Japanese investment.

There’s the hub – By Nigel Parry

A lively panel discussion on distribution hubs was a highlight of the recent Freight Futures 2030 conference in Auckland. Nigel Parry was there to report for FTD.

Biosecurity chief outlines plans to address processing delays

Roger Smith, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) chief operations officer and head of Biosecurity New Zealand, has acknowledged the challenges to freight forwarders from biosecurity processing delays and outlined measures to address this.

The importance of supply chain social networks – By Professor Paul Childerhouse

People and their relationships are the key to a supply chain. You can have the most advanced information systems and efficient processes, but if your staff lack good people skills, you won’t win business.

Owen Dance – “I thought I knew a bit about logistics”

Owen Dance describes himself as ‘a broken-down ex-policeman’ as his early career was spent as one of the boys in blue, but in 1994 he had to leave due to health problems and started working for an organisation that no one had heard of. This is his story.