Cold chain in sun­shine

In­dus­try sum­mit airs ma­jor is­sues

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Jac­que­lene Brother­ton

COLD chain in­dus­try lead­ers headed to the 77th Re­frig­er­ated Ware­house and Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion at Noosa Pep­pers on the Sun­shine Coast.

Del­e­gates trav­elled from all over Aus­tralia, the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, In­done­sia, Thai­land and Sin­ga­pore to dis­cuss the ad­vances in con­struc­tion, tech­nol­ogy, au­to­ma­tion, ware­house man­age­ment and emerg­ing mar­kets in the tem­per­a­ture con­trolled in­dus­try.

We heard of the huge ad­vance­ment of the South African cold chain in the last few years when they moved from FISH to FIFO.

While ev­ery­one knew that FIFO meant First In First Out, when James Cun­ning­ham from Barpro Stor­age in South Africa asked if we knew what FISH stood for, there were no tak­ers.

He ex­plained, to the great amuse­ment of the del­e­gates, that it was First In Still Here.

Never a good thing in the ware­house in­dus­try!

There were great panel dis­cus­sions over the three days tack­ling is­sues fac­ing the supply chain.

One such panel was fa­cil­i­tated by Stephanie Kr­ish­nan of LogiSYM and the par­tic­i­pants in­cluded in­dus­try spe­cial­ists Ke­mal Mawira (MGM Bosco), Chris Cartwright (Emer­gent Cold), Karthege­san Bala­sub­ra­ma­niam (WLNA), Tjahjono Hary­ono (SEKAR Group) and Dar­ren Searle, (LO­GOS).

While ev­ery­one was dis­cussing au­to­ma­tion and au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles, it be­came ev­i­dent that there is an in­sis­tent and cru­cial is­sue in Asia Pac at­tract­ing hu­man as­sets; this in­cludes truck driv­ers es­pe­cially, but also fork­lift op­er­a­tors and other nec­es­sary work­ers.

As Stephanie Kr­ish­nan says “supply chain is sexy”. We just need to con­vince oth­ers that this is so.

There were two promis­ing fi­nal­ists for the Frank Vale Award, this is awarded ev­ery year to a per­son un­der 35 who has ex­celled in their role and is seen as a fu­ture leader in the Cold Chain in­dus­try.

The con­tenders this year both came from Emer­gent Cold and was won by An­thony Crowhurst, an IT In­fra­struc­ture Man­ager.

He will now rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the IARW con­ven­tion in the USA in April to com­pete for the GCCA ‘Next Gen Award’.

It was three full days with over 35 pre­sen­ters, panel dis­cus­sions, tech talks and fea­tur­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional thought lead­ers.

Look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the RWTA have in store for us next!

PHOTO: GRANT WESTON

EX­PERT ANAL­Y­SIS: Fa­cil­i­ta­tor Craig Bowyer with pan­el­lists Brett Wiskar, Dan Costello, Jeff Hog­a­rth and Ed­ward McKenna.

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