Oz Logistics Council calls for smarter supply chains

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) — representing Australia’s road, rail, sea and air logistics providers — has released a discussion paper aimed at boosting the efficiency and sustainability of the Australian logistics industry. The report titled: “A Smarter Supply Chain — Using Information & Communications Technology (ICT) to Increase Productivity in the Australian Transport Logistics […]


The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) — representing Australia’s road, rail, sea and air logistics providers — has released a discussion paper aimed at boosting the efficiency and sustainability of the Australian logistics industry. The report titled: “A Smarter Supply Chain — Using Information & Communications Technology (ICT) to Increase Productivity in the Australian Transport Logistics Industry”, hopes to lead to implementation of measures to increase the efficient use of infrastructure, cut costs to consumers and reduce CO2 emissions.

“Transport & logistics companies hold a unique position in the supply chain because they are typically high users of existing and new information”, said ALC CEO, Michael Kilgariff.

“The most efficient supply chains worldwide leverage real-time information and ensure real collaboration between partners, whether this is within a closedloop, across the industry, or across the entire economy,” he said.

“Smart Supply Chains must be sustainable and it is clear that the enhancements that have most economic benefit come with efficiencies that will accelerate the reduction of CO2, but there is more that can be done to enhance the reduction of CO2 with innovative ICT applications.

“The ideal logistics system smoothly delivers goods where they are needed, when they are needed, with the least amount of cost, energy, carbon, pollution, noise, congestion and harm. This involves minimising wait time and handling during the transport of goods to their final destination.