Cold chain in sunshine
Industry summit airs major issues
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!
EXPERT ANALYSIS: Facilitator Craig Bowyer with panellists Brett Wiskar, Dan Costello, Jeff Hogarth and Edward McKenna.