The collection of freight and logistics data is integral to assessing freight movement and gaining a greater understanding of the blockages to its efficiency. The IMEX Study commissioned by the Port of Brisbane (POB) and QTLC is now finalised and the summary report will be available on the QTLC website by the end of July .
The IMEX study provides robust data on:
- traffic volumes
- freight movement and flow maps
- trade volumes
The study aims to:
- Provide an understanding of:
- The landside movement of intermodal commodities including:
- All full and empty import and export containers through the Port of Brisbane (the Port )
- All full and empty containers moved through Acacia Ridge and the Brisbane Multimodal Terminal (BMT)
- And the landside movements of particular commodities, specifically
- Motor vehicles
- Bulk coal, cereals and grains
- Break bulk, in particular Steel, Project cargo (wide and heavy loads)
- The landside movement of intermodal commodities including:
- Map landside movements showing key routes and traffic flows
- Understand supply chains for each commodity type including restrictions or potential restrictions (industry pathway analysis)
- Establish current and contestable boundaries for each commodity and understand the barriers to entry
- Describe supply chain factors influencing freight volumes, movements and modal choice
The study highlights the importance of obtaining robust data on commodities and factors influencing modal choice and contestability.
The data collected on origin and destination of containers data provides a snapshot of what is occurring in the container supply chain and an overview of port export activity. QTLC, Chair Neil Findlay said Its virtual estimate of truck kilometres for carting containers into and out of the port could prove very useful for mounting an argument for greater rail utilisation.
The QTLC Operational Plan 2012-2014 commits to activities related to the collection of survey information on industry issues and concerns and freight and logistics data to inform QTLC activities and strategic priorities. The collection of survey information on industry issues and freight and logistics data is vital to informing the QTLC activities and strategic priorities.
As a result the POB and QTLC enlisted the services of the Victoria University to undertake the IMEX Logistics Chain Study. The aims of the IMEX study are to provide robust data on:
- traffic volumes
- freight movement and flow maps
- trade volumes
In addition to indentifying the land side movement of all full and empty import export containers through the POB, Acacia Ridge and the Brisbane Multimodal Terminal, the study will also capture landside movements of:
- motor vehicles
- bulk coal, cereals and grains
- break bulk, in particular steel, coal and project cargo (wide and heavy loads)
It will also take into consideration anticipated Port trade growth and the downstream on the network, truck movements and congestion.
The study, when completed will allow for a more informed assessment of freight movements and a greater understanding of impediments to its efficiency.
DecisivConnect previously featured a post which highlighted some of the advantages of cloud computing. Today we wanted to take the opportunity again to note the many benefits of a web-based service management platform and how it can facilitate a better experience for all players.
Happy Thanksgiving and we look forward to sharing more insights next week.
When it comes to technology, many of us don t care or understand how it works as long as it makes our lives easier, more convenient and maybe even more entertaining. This apparently holds true for cloud computing.
A recent survey commissioned by Citrix found that 51 percent of a group of nationally representative American adults believe bad weather affects cloud computing. And while more than half the respondents claim to have never utilized cloud-based services, some 95 percent of those surveyed rely on the cloud for banking, shopping, and social networking as well as music and photo applications.1
Kim DeCarlis, Citrix s vice president of corporate marketing, notes in a news release that significant market changes like this take time but the transition from the PC era to the cloud era is happening at a remarkable pace.
The most important takeaway from this survey is that the cloud is viewed favorably by the majority of Americans, DeCarlis adds. When people learn more about the cloud they understand it can vastly improve the balance between their work and personal lives.
With awareness growing, the trucking industry is also seeing just what the cloud can offer. A cloud or web-based service management platform helps the trucking ecosystem achieve a number of efficiencies and benefits by leveraging five fundamental elements: 2
Anytime, anywhere access: There are many players involved in keeping trucks on the road and moving freight. This includes operations, dispatch, breakdown, maintenance, and, service and parts departments along with the foreman, field service, field staff, and the corner office. These groups need to access their service management applications and information anytime and anywhere via the cloud not just at a desk or work station in an office, and not only during regular business hours.
Collaborative communications: Breaking down the natural communication barriers between operations and maintenance, fleet and service providers, parts and service, and, dealers and manufacturers is key. The cloud can provide a common workspace for all these players to get and stay on the same page using date and time-stamped messages, status updates, notifications, authorizations and electronic documentation.
Ecosystem interconnection: The connected world is here and the trucking ecosystem should be no different. This means connecting the truck to fleet and service provider systems via telematics, interconnecting fleet and service provider systems to each other, and integrating manufacturer and third party data sources. Every entity trucks, depots, fleets, shops, service locations and users has a profile known to other entities and every entity interconnects via standard interfaces, enabling an end-to-end service management process and flow of data.
Rapid introduction of new programs: Between outdated technology and lack of interconnection, it is a costly and lengthy process to roll out any new IT programs and business processes. This is true among departments, in company shops, within dealer and distributor networks, and across company shops and external service providers. Interconnect these players and their systems via the cloud, and you now have a platform for delivering and implementing new initiatives such as a CSA inspection program, contract maintenance, parts and service promotions, or a consistent service process.
Data aggregation and analysis: Breaking down the traditional silos of information among trucking ecosystem participants is critical. Build data, warranty information, part schematics, standard repair times and instructions, pricing, VMRS codes, and service history offer value when provided within the context of a given repair or service event. These details can offer additional insight on an aggregated basis and help to analyze breakdown data, inspection results, maintenance costs, downtime and performance metrics.
Service providers that have employed a web-based service management platform report a 10 to 25 percent boost in effective labor rates, increases in labor hours, additional part sales per repair order, a rise in technician productivity, and higher customer satisfaction.
Fleet owners and maintenance managers using a cloud-based platform report average reductions in downtime per service event of three hours and, in many cases, up to a 50 percent reduction.
The trucking industry seems to be seeing the light. Web-based service management technology is helping to advance the commercial assets market and deliver a better experience for all players even if some of the technology is a bit cloudy to the end-user.
After a successful debut the 52 Super Series is returning in 2013 and promises to be bigger and better with the introduction of a transatlantic competition and the 52 Super Series Atlantic Cup.
The series will open when competitors from Europe s 52 Super Series cross the ocean to compete against the best competitors in the US 52 Super Series in the Quantum Key West Race Week in January.
Arguably the highlight of the season will be the 52 World Championship, which takes place on March 5 to 9 and will be contested in either Miami or St Thomas.
The competition returns to the Mediterranean in May when the second 52 Super Series opens with the 40 Trofeo Conde de Godo in Barcelona from May 23-26.
Then the Royal Cup in Ibiza in July, followed by the Copa del Rey in Palma, Mallorca in August, before concluding in Porto Cervo with the Week of the Straits regatta in September.
As well as event and owner/driver trophies a new piece of silverware will be introduced, the 52 Super Series Atlantic Cup, The cup will be awarded to the team with the lowest overall score from the US 52 Super Series and the 52 Super Series.
Class manager Rob Weiland said several teams have already committed to competing in the US including Quantum Racing, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team and R n Racing.
January Quantum Key West Race Week
5 9 March 52 World Championship (location TBC)
23 – 26 May 40th Trofeo Conde de Godo, Barcelona
3 6 July Royal Cup, Ibiza
29 July- 3 August Copa del Rey, Palma Mallorca
10- 14 September Week of the Straits, Porto Cervo
Individual Event Trophies: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Owner Driver
52 Super Series Overall: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Owner Driver
The Overall Owner Driver Trophy will be the John Cook Trophy
52 SUPER SERIES ATLANTIC CUP Lowest Overall Score US 52 Super Series + 52 Super Series
Our Employee of the Month scheme has been running for 12 months now and over the past year, each month’s winner has received £210 to donate to a charity of their choice. The scheme has been a great success with our Employee’s of the Month donating £2730.00 to 13 different charities. Supporting charities and good-causes is something we feel very passionate about at Alltruck and through linking our Employee of the Month scheme to charitable donations, we have been able to do this while also recognising the achievements of our staff. You can see the full list of previous winners in the Employee of the Month section of our blog archive . The Employee of the Month intiative was initially devised to mark our 21 st year and following it’s success we shall continue the scheme into our 22nd year, with each month’s winner in 2012 receiving £220 to donate to a good cause. With that in mind, we’re taking this opportunity to look back at some of the donations our winner’s have made in 2011, along with the letters and certificates they have received in response. Rachel Deacon (February) – Donation made to Beautiful Day Trust Rachel received the below letter after making her donation to the Beautiful Day Trust Beautiful Day Trust letter Ben Fullylove (May) – Donation made to LOROS Ben won the award for May and received the below certificate following his donation to LOROS. LOROS certificate Wayne Nicholson (August) – Donation made to British Red Cross Wayne split his £210 between Wishes 4 Kids and the British Red Cross following his award, see a letter he received back from the Red Cross below. British Red Cross letter Alex Rees (October) – Donation made to Leicestershire Parents Group of Diabetes UK Alex received the below thank you letter explaining where his donation would be spent LPG Diabetes UK letter Sleaford Workshop Team (Team of the Month October) – Donation made to Wear it Pink The Sleaford Team made their donation to Wear it Pink to add to the money the wider organisation had raised by “Wearing it Pink” Wear it Pink certificate
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Employee of the Month in 2011
The Oscar nominations were announced this week – recognising the finest achievements of the year from films, directors and performers. But there is one glaring omission for the Oscars list of awards – not a single mention of trucks or commercial vehicles! So, to restore some justice to the world, we thought we’d go back through the film archive and create our nominations for the ‘Truck Oscars’ – recognising outstanding achievement by trucks and vehicles in films. The panel have discussed, debated and deliberated and the nominations are in! Best Picture Maximum Overdrive – 1986 – Dir. Stephen King Based on Sephen King’s short story Trucks – Maximum Overdrive is a film about machines coming to life and becoming homicidal (I know, I can’t understand how it didn’t ever get nominated for a real oscar either!). In amongst out of control electric carving knives and bad-mouthed cash machines, the film focusses on a group of people stranded in the Dixie Boy truck stop as a herd of trucks plot their demise. Will the trucks take-over – will the inhabitants of the Dixie Boy find a way to fight back?! They don’t make them like this anymore… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqz2rejJS6M Duel – 1971 – Dir. Steven Spielberg A salesman out on the desert highway finds himself relentlessy stalked by a truck for the duration of the film; with suspense, thrills and collisions ensuing. The chilling thing throughout the whole film is that the driver of the truck remains unseen throughout – raising the question for the viewer – who, if anyone, is driving it?! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MtAMc4i8OA Convoy – 1978 – Dir. Sam Peckinpah An all-time trucker classic inspired by a song of the same name, Convoy follows truck driver ’Rubber Duck’ as he leads a growing fleet of truckers as they attempt to out-run and out-wit crooked cop Sheriff Wallace. A road trip adventure at its finest with plenty of CB Radio banter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5RI30RJIPk&feature=fvst Smokey and the Bandit – 1977 – dir. Hal Needham “Bandit” needs to transport 400 cases of Coors beer 1800miles from Texas to Georgia in just 28hours. Cue a rip-roaring game of cat and mouse between Bandit and Sheriff “Smokey Bear”. Trucks and Burt Reynolds have never been so cool! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH5KNcFRZLQ Speed – 1994 – dir. Jan De Bont A wildcard nomination as it’s not strictly a truck that features, but a bus. But we won’t let this detail stand in the way of a worthy nomination. A bus is armed with a bomb that will detonate if the bus drops below 50mph. A simple premise – an outstanding film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk4A1AY10U0 – Best Performance by a Truck in an Motion Picture “The Spooky Truck” – Jeepers Creepers – 2001 Before the evil protagnist is revealed to be a big monster and spoils the whole film, “the spooky truck” puts in a show stealing performance as it pursues a terrified brother and sister innocently making their way home. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7uiQdfppCA&feature=related ‘Mutts Cutts’ Van – Dumb and Dumber – 1994 Its a rare treat that a comedy performance receives an oscar nomination, and although not a truck – the ‘Mutts Cutts’ van puts in a majestic showing throughout Dumb and Dumber and would have earnt a nomination for the leg lifting scene at the petrol station alone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isbAgdfJkFo Peterbilt 281 Tanker Truck – Duel – 1971 The only film in our shortlist to receive two nominations in separate categories. To keep the viewer second-guessing throughout the entire film if the truck has a driver or not takes a special performer – so hats off to the Peterbilt for pulling it off. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jx-h45TTko&feature=related Ensemble cast – Die Hard with a Vengeance - 1995 A silent and sinister performance from all 14 tipper trucks as they make their way out of New York with a deficit busting $180 billion dollars worth of gold. A valiant effort from the tippers as they take the acqueduct rather than the bridge – but ultimately, they are no match for Detective John McClane – but then again, no-one is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e8dzxU926s (clip contains strong language) Harrington Coach – The Italian Job – 1969 Again, not a truck – but they’ve taken all the seats out so it qualifies! The coach that Charlie Croker and his band of merry men use to escape in is reposnsible for one of the most iconic scenes in film history. Flying around sharp mountain bends, the coach clings to the road as the gold and passengers in the back fly from side to side spilling champagne as they go. But then the coach spins out of control and hangs perilously on the edge of the cliff. As the future of the coach, passengers and gold hangs in the balance, Croker utters the immortal words in the film’s closing sequence: ”Hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea”. Cinema gold. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XeEGJP-Huk – Best Performance by an Animated Truck “Packer” – Bob the Builder Inspiring a generation of truckers for the future, Packer is part of the team who can always fix it - “Pack me up and watch me go-go” is Packer’s catchphrase and we’ve got nothing but respect for that kind of can-do attitude! http://www.bobthebuilder.com/uk/meet_packer.asp “Mack” – Cars Mack (a Mack Superliner) is the fallable but ultimately loyal companion of Lighting McQueen and puts in an endearing performance in this Pixar smash hit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wozh2KiEF4c “Butch” – Thomas the Tank Engine While Thomas and the trains take centre stage and all the plaudits, let’s take this moment to recognise the achievement of Butch – the Sodor Heavy Recovery Unit – and all the great work he does in the backgrond. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqniiO0XLQc “The red car and the blue car” – The Milky Way advert OK, so they aren’t trucks – they’re not even buses or vans. But the red car and the blue car had a race…and what a race it was! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4drNFXd6dw Tow Mater – Cars 2 Rewarded for his outstanding work in the first film, by being given centre stage in the sequel, Tow Mater delivers a heartwarming performance that will make you laugh and cry in the under-rated follow-up to Cars 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuYGxka4HEs — And there we have it – our nominations for the Truck Oscars! So, what do you think? Have we missed any films? Any you don’t agree with? Any additional categories and nominees you’d suggest? We want to hear from you! Please post your comments below.
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The Truck Oscars
We blogged in December that Alltruck employee Sue has been selected as an Area Manager for the London Olympics . So, we’ll be using our blog to follow Sue’s progress in this role throughout her Olympics adventure; getting behind the scenes information and opinions. In this blog Sue gives us the lowdown on her first day of training to be an Olympics Area Manager, which took place on Friday 19th January… “Day 1 of training was a full day session held at London City Halls. The day started with a video message from none other than Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, welcoming us to the Olympics process. It was great to hear from Boris and it got everyone energised for the day ahead – hopefully we’ll get to meet him in person further down the line! At this session, we found out what specific area we would be reponsible for during the Games – and my designated zone is Hyde Park, where I’ll be managing a team of about 20 volunteers. I was delighted to find out I’ll be based here because there is going to be lots going on in Hyde Park during the Games including a large screen and loads of entertainment, so it should be a fantastic atmospshere. We then began to get into some of the more practical details of what will be required of us as Area Managers over the course of the Games such as managing our teams, co-ordinating with the emergency services and so-on. A lot of what we need to do will be presented to us in a info-pack which we will receive in the next couple of weeks – so I’ll be reading that a fair few times between now and the Olympics!! A big part of our role will be motivating and leading the team of volunteers we will be managing, so a large portion of the day focussed on that. We were lucky enough to hear from Paralympic Gold Medallist Tim Prendergast - who gave us a really motivational talk on the importnace of perserverance and not giving up under adversity. Building on this, we ended the day by taking part in a number of group activities where we shared ideas on how we could best motivate and get the most from our teams in a number of challenging and unusal scenarios. Overall the day was fantastic and has made me even more excited than I already was for my role at the Olympics – roll on July!!” Sue’s next training session is in March – so check back to the blog then to hear more about her Olympic journey. And of course we’ll be following Sue’s progress throughout the summer once the Games begin.
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Sue: Olympics Update