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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
61 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2012 X Company profile NICTA saves nearly 10 per cent of distribution costs in FMCG, for an ‘already optimised’ line haul business. NICTA – Australia’s leading technology research organisation – works with industry to develop technologies that generate wealth for Australia. In 2011, NICTA launched the Future Logistics Living Lab – Australia’s first ‘living lab’ for industry and research to work together to develop innovative technologies for the transport and logistics sector. ‘Working with industry leaders like George Weston (GWF), DB Schenker, Hamburg Sud and Linfox, enables us to deliver innovation that shapes the future of the international logistics industry,’ said NICTA CEO, Professor Hugh Durrant- Whyte. In 2011, George Weston Foods (GWF: $2 billion per annum turnover) approached NICTA to help optimise the daily delivery of fresh bread for their Tip Top Bakeries division. Tip Top Bakeries supply more than one million loaves of bread per day to approximately 20,000 stores, spending well in excess of $100 million in transportation costs. By applying NICTA’s newly developed optimisation software and algorithms, Tip Top identified an overall cost saving of 8.95 per cent (in variable transport costs) for an ‘already optimised’ distribution business. ‘Implementing this capability in the top 20 FMCG companies in New South Wales alone would result in an overall increase in Gross State Product of over $220 million per year, as well as reducing the number of kilometres driven and CO2 emissions,’ said Rob Fitzpatrick, Director, NICTA’s Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics Team. NICTA drives the technological breakthroughs that solve global transport and logistics challenges NICTA is Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence. NICTA’s primary goal is to pursue high-impact research excellence and, through application of this research, to create national benefit and wealth for Australia. www.nicta.com.au twitter.com/nicta Broadband and the Digital Economy Health Infrastructure Transport and Logistics Security and Environment CeBIT 2012_half page advert.indd 1 10/04/12 3:58 PM 321024AE_Nicta_1796.indd 24 24/04/12 12:05 PM 61 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2012