Freight forwarders warn of critical shortage of shipping capacity

New Zealand’s freight forwarders are urging retailers and other importers to get sea freight space booked as early as possible – in the face of a severe shortage of shipping capacity.

Industrial equipment: The truth about counterfeits

According to the latest data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the trade in counterfeit goods now represents 3.3% of global trade. Unfortunately, this figure is on the rise, even as overall trade has declined. Here, John Young, APAC director at obsolete parts supplier EU Automation APAC, offers his verdict on the scale of the problem in the Asia Pacific region and what manufacturers can do to limit the risks.

New cradle containers revolutionise Kiwi log transportation

Leading shipping container supplier Royal Wolf and KiwiRail have jointly developed a bespoke logging container that significantly improves efficiencies and capacity when transporting logs to the Port of Tauranga for export.

Blockchain to create supply-chain checking app

Traditionally, consumers seek cheaper products at higher value, but now people are more aware of social and moral considerations. Concerns like child labour, sustainability and animal welfare mean the consumer’s need for transparency has increased, and so University of Canterbury (UC) PhD student Pouyan Jahanbin is developing a tool to give people real-time information on products at the point of sale.

The Tyre Collective: Capturing microplastic particles from tyres

The Tyre Collective, the International Runner-up of the 2020 James Dyson Awards, has produced an ingenious device that captures tyre-wear particles at the wheel of a vehicle, to be recycled for future applications.

World shipping slows decline amid COVID-19

The global shipping industry has played a vital role in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and demand for its services has limited the annual decline in maritime trade volumes to around 4.1%t in 2020, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in its annual report on the shipping industry.

Switched on: Technology delivers efficiency to southland transport company

The ability to see every vehicle at each stage of its trip, paired with full automation of their databases, has helped Herberts Transport to streamline their day-to-day operations and keep their fleet on the road.

Forklifts: Reducing risk in the materials handling industry

RCT’s Industrial senior business development manager, Grahame Don talks about the importance of reducing the risks in forklift operations and the materials handling industry.

World-first for NZ software company

Rfider, a cutting-edge New Zealand software company, is powering a next-generation digital supply chain for the Latin American coffee industry – a world-first, according to chief executive John Pennington.

Ports of Auckland to deepen Auckland’s shipping channel

Ports of Auckland has announced that it has been granted consent to deepen the shipping channel for the approach to the Waitemata Harbour, a move that will safeguard Auckland’s vital international supply line.

NZ produce industry aligning and improving its traceability systems

A consultation document seeking the input of New Zealand’s fresh produce industry has been released as part of a significant project to assess and improve traceability within the industry.

Average height of industrial buildings set to increase to accommodate robotic tech

Growing use of robotic technology in high-volume commercial and food production facilities will see the average height of new industrial buildings in Auckland increase in the next three to five years, according to an industry expert.

Transfreight expands into Tauranga

From humble beginnings 31 years ago, Transfreight has grown into a boutique provider of freight solutions, with customer service, technique and technology at the forefront of its offering.

Low-emissions options for heavy transport a step closer

Getting low-emission trucks on NZ roads is a step closer with the Infrastructure Reference Group provisionally approving $20 million for New Plymouth company Hiringa Energy to establish a nationwide network of hydrogen fuelling stations.

Five best practices for cold storage warehouse design and management – By Arijit Biswas

The two largest costs in a cold storage or deep freeze warehouse environment are labour and energy. As a global leader in automated warehousing and logistics technologies and systems, Swisslog has developed resources to assist companies planning on utilising automation to achieve efficiency benefits and cost savings in both areas.

Fieldays sets the benchmark for virtual events

Faced with cancelling the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event as New Zealand went into full lockdown in March, the New Zealand National Fieldays Society (NZNFS) set about building a wholly virtual event – one that would prove to be a resounding success and set the benchmark for future large-scale digital events.

Design build – purpose-built construction with early benefits

There’s a reason why design build is becoming the preferred solution for businesses looking for purpose-built warehouse and distribution facilities. Calder Stewart’s general manager of national clients and design, Adrian Mathieson, believes it comes down to better management of two things – complexity and risk.

A whole new world – how Kiwi SMEs are changing the way they work

New research reveals that New Zealand’s small business owners and decision-makers are taking a new approach to work – this comes as Kiwis navigate their way through an unpredictable year, which has seen the country move in and out of lockdown in the fight against Covid-19.

The business value behind the Ministry of Health Covid-19 QR code

Under Alert Levels 2 and 3, all businesses and services are required to display the official NZ Covid Tracer QR code posters in a prominent place at or near the main entrances to each of their premises. But how many people appreciate the technology behind the system?

To the Moon and Mars
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High-tech natural-fibre filter maker Lanaco has launched a protective mask product that incorporate its organic/hybrid Helix filter – a product that has been selected by NASA for use in its next mission to the Moon and Mars.

Dematic launches new high-accuracy TT Series AGVs

Dematic, an intralogistics innovator that designs, builds and supports intelligent, automated solutions for supply chain environments, has launched its new Table-Top (TT) Series of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), offering high-accuracy and agile navigation for improved flexibility within the warehouse.

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