Com­mon data set crit­i­cal for freight

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THE Aus­tralian Lo­gis­tics Coun­cil (ALC) has un­der­scored the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing a com­mon data set for Aus­tralia’s sup­ply chains in a new dis­cus­sion pa­per.

A Com­mon Data Set For Our Sup­ply Chain is the sec­ond in a se­ries of dis­cus­sion pa­pers be­ing re­leased by ALC to as­sist in the de­vel­op­ment of the Na­tional Freight and Sup­ply Chain Strat­egy, and ex­am­ines how the power of tech­nol­ogy and data can best be har­nessed to en­hance sup­ply chain ef­fi­ciency for busi­nesses and con­sumers.

“Plainly, tech­nol­ogy and data will play a piv­otal role in the fu­ture op­er­a­tion of Aus­tralia’s sup­ply chains, al­low­ing Aus­tralia to meet its rapidly grow­ing freight task more safely and ef­fi­ciently,” said ALC’s in­terim CEO Lach­lan Ben­son.

“How­ever, to make cer­tain that hap­pens, there is a sig­nif­i­cant amount of work to be done to im­prove the qual­ity and avail­abil­ity of data avail­able to pol­icy makers and in­dus­try par­tic­i­pants re­gard­ing the op­er­a­tion and per­for­mance of our sup­ply chains.”

He said the dis­cus­sion pa­per, which has been de­vel­oped with in­dus­try input through mem­bers of the ALC Tech­nol­ogy Com­mit­tee, set out a prac­ti­cal path­way for achiev­ing this out­come via a se­ries of rec­om­men­da­tions that ad­dressed cru­cial is­sues.

“Ac­tions in­clude im­prov­ing sup­ply chain vis­i­bil­ity, de­vel­op­ing a com­mon data stan­dard for Aus­tralia’s lo­gis­tics in­dus­try, en­hanc­ing con­fi­dence re­gard­ing the pri­vacy and own­er­ship of data, and align­ing in­ter­na­tional data stan­dards to boost ef­fi­ciency in global trade.

“These is­sues were all iden­ti­fied as pri­or­i­ties for in­dus­try dur­ing ALC’s in­au­gu­ral Sup­ply Chain Tech­nol­ogy Sum­mit ear­lier this year.”

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