Planning ahead – preparing the Pacific for the next natural disaster

In recent years, tropical cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis have cut a swathe of destruction across the Pacific. Many millions of dollars and tens of thousands of humanitarian aid worker hours have been devoted to recovery efforts.

Forklift drivers compete for top honours – By Lynne Richardson

Forklift driving is a necessary part of running a distribution centre, and a national competition, supported by Crown Equipment, has recently put 12 of Woolworths NZ’s best operators to the test.

Online shopping transforming logistics operations

In a few short years – by 2026 – 83% of New Zealanders will be shopping online (up from about 66% now). That boom has already seen New Zealand’s online retail spending rise 10% year on year to June, according to Statistics NZ, but brings with it some major logistical challenges.

Rail’s future will be
customer-led
– By Dave MacIntyre

“A renaissance” … “no more begging bowls” … and “an open door to the government” … the optimism for the future of rail is overwhelming, judging by comments at the recent New Zealand Rail 2018 Conference in Auckland.

Is there going to be a blockchain revolution? – By Jeremy Chapman

One of the most talked-about technologies in supply chain, logistics and shipping today is blockchain. According to almost everything written, it is set to revolutionise our lives and disrupt almost every aspect of our industry.

Deep thinking - By Nigel Parry

Trucks, trains and ships – they haven’t changed much. But a small number of supply chain academics are pointing their logistical lens at what we’re doing, what could go wrong, and what we need to be thinking about. Nigel Parry spoke to two of them.

New mooring investment improves safety

Eastland Port has invested $1 million in new technology to reduce wharf-side vessel movement, helping to ensure the safety of linesmen, shore personnel, the vessel, and the port itself.

Bruce Wooller – “I suspect my next career change is not far away”

Bruce Wooller describes his varied logistics career in and out of the defence forces and in several countries around the world as a life of continuous change, lived at a fast pace, with no boredom and being inspired. This is his story.

Coastal Pacific train service to return from December

KiwiRail’s iconic Coastal Pacific scenic journey will roll again between Picton and Christchurch from 1 December this year, two years after the service was put on hold because of the devastating Kaikoura earthquake.

Rajax putting his paws up after six years

Customs detector dog Rajax is hanging up his harness and heading into a well-earned retirement after nearly six years on the job, during which he detected 75 kg of drugs and over $3.3 million in undeclared cash.

EVRoam launched – safe, reliable information for EV charging

EVRoam, a real-time database of public charging infrastructure launched by Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter in mid-July, provides one view of a safe, reliable and interoperable public charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) in New Zealand.

First look at the Manawatu Gorge replacement route

The NZ Transport Agency has released a computer-generated look at the indicative route for the new State Highway 3 replacement for the Manawatu Gorge.

Greenfield logistics site in East Tamaki to be developed

Amidst persistent and critically low industrial space availability in south Auckland, an opportunity for logistics and freight companies to design and build a facility has emerged at 27 Smales Road in East Tamaki.

Rio Tinto achieves first delivery of iron ore with world’s largest robot

Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest metals and mining corporations, has achieved a significant milestone with the first delivery of iron ore by an autonomous train in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

LOGOS expands into New Zealand

LOGOS has announced it is expanding its Asia Pacific business into New Zealand with the acquisition of a property in Auckland from Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure.

DHL Express unveils new freighter aircraft for trans-Tasman service

DHL Express, one of the world’s leading international express freight providers, has announced that it will utilise a Boeing 767-300F (Boeing 767) freighter aircraft which has 50% more cargo capacity for its trans-Tasman lane.

Whangarei leading the charge in the EV world

Whangarei, winner of the award for the most EV-friendly town in New Zealand at the recent EVworld NZ Champions Awards, has a big advantage over other regions.