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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
118 FORUM 2016 Improving supply chain visibility and interoperability Bonnie Ryan from GS1 Australia began Day 2 of ALC Forum by officially launching the new Australian Transport Standards for Freight Labelling and EDI, which was developed by the ALC Supply Chain Standards Work Group. The initiative involves the development of one common label format to identify freight, and one common file format to exchange data throughout the freight transportation process. Based on GS1 global supply chain standards and best practice, the Australian Freight Labelling Guideline provides guidance to industry on how to physically identify and label logistic and transport units to support more efficient freight movements from point of origin to destination. The standards were needed, Ryan said, because a common complaint heard in the industry is that people cannot see what is going on in the supply chain at any one time. Chasing lost freight with a paper chain and incompatible labelling is costly and time-consuming, and affects customers’ brands. Currently, there are 40,000 transport companies, and multiple parties along the chain, but there is no standard way of tracking goods from start to finish. GS1 decided that a new standard label would help to remedy this. GS1 joined with ALC and industry members to develop the standards, which will help to prevent mistakes rather than fixing them when things go wrong. Ryan said that widespread adoption of the standards will improve connectivity, productivity and integration. Ryan said that to maximise the benefit of the standards, they need to be applied widely throughout the freight industry, and she encouraged a common approach to labelling being recognised in Infrastructure Australia’s long-term planning to improve freight efficiency. There are no reasons not to go forward, Ryan argued: consignors are adopting it, logistics customers are demanding it, and training and certification programs are ready to go. Discussion from the floor focused on the investments that companies have made in their own systems, which delegates said gave them a competitive advantage. In response, Ryan said that the minute companies go outside their four walls, no-one understands their standard. She said that companies can – and should – keep their systems, but if they connect to another party that does not have the same system, they should use the standard and not attempt to integrate their system with every new customer. Bonnie Ryan