2018 Freight Futures 2030

Shaping New Zealand’s logistics and supply chain for a sustainable future

Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Rod Oram, Business Journalist, Newsroom
Opening address: Priorities for New Zealand’s transport sector
Michael Wood, PARLIAMENTARY UNDER-SECRETARY to the Minister for Ethnic Communities; MP, Mt Roskill
Government Policy Statement 2018
  • Strategies to achieving the four factors critical to the Government Policy Statement – safety, access, environment, value for money
  • Improving freight connections throughout the country
  • Responding to (economic) growth in the country – how is the GPS accommodating changes in transport demand to match the growth?
Bryn Gandy, DCE - Strategy & Investment, Ministry of Transport
Morning break
Freight’s role in a connected New Zealand Transport System
Barbara Tebbs, Senior Manager - Regulatory & Transport Policy, NZTA
Leaders’ panel: Developing New Zealand’s infrastructure
  • Highlighting strategies to develop New Zealand’s infrastructure to manage growth in freight
  • Focusing on critical factors shaping infrastructure and helping efficiencies on the road – ease of movement; time versus capacity – what is causing congestion and delays?
  • Finding a balance between multiple modes of transport sharing infrastructure – minimising risk,  maximising efficiency
  • Challenges to overcome to present a sustainable, bright future for the industry
  • How will the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax impact the industry?
Ken Shirley, CEO, Road Transport Forum
Hamish Bunn, Group Manager – Integrated Network Planning and Sustainability¸ Auckland Transport
Alan Piper, Group GM Sales & Commercial, KiwiRail
Simon Beale, Deputy Chair, NZ Shippers Council
Lunch break
International keynote: Coles supply and demand chain

Optimising warehouse tracking and delivery – how does Coles achieve this?
Keeping up with the demands of Coles’ customers – tools used to keep track of warehouse items
Ensuring accurate delivery – right time, place and person – tips and tricks on how Coles achieves this

Kevin Gunn, GM Supply Chain, Coles
Laying the tracks – Is rail the future for New Zealand?

The Government is placing greater importance on rail in New Zealand and how it optimises the country’s logistics and supply chain.

  • Highlighting rail strategies going forward – how is New Zealand optimising the opportunity?
  • Implementing change – why is this necessary and how is it shaping New Zealand’s freight movement?
  • Shaping transport policies and maximising stakeholder engagement
Peter Reidy, Chief Executive, KiwiRail
Delivering technology in a ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’ business environment – from humble beginnings to a global logistics provider | Mainfreight

Mainfreight has over the last 40-years grown from a two-member start-up to a global logistics company. Innovative technology has been a big factor in aiding this growth. Mainfreight’s Global Applications Manager, Nilesh Bhuthadia shares some of in the ingredients in their ‘secret sauce’:

  • Understanding how Mainfreight has evolved technology to suit the business rather than making the business suit the technology
  • What does having total control over platforms mean to Mainfreight and how does that translate on a practical level?
  • How is Mainfreight shaping their technology to help them to continue to grow and face future challenges?
Nilesh Bhuthadia, Global Applications Manager, Mainfreight
Afternoon break
A sea of changes: Initiatives in 2018 and beyond for the global shipping community
  • Blockchain and shipping’s digital future – How blockchain and other technology innovations will provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade and digitizing supply chains.
  • Smart containers stay cool, calm and connected - Smart containers fitted with Remote Container Management (RCM) technology gives customers unprecedented visibility into their supply chains, offering real time data about the state of their perishable cargo. This unique product is a real differentiator in the fruit and vegetable segment.
  • The global and local market environment – What are the current challenges and opportunities in global shipping and how do we ensure New Zealand is at the leading edge of efficiency right through the supply chain.
Gerard Morrison, Managing Director, Maersk Line Oceania
Coastal shipping in the 2018 environment
  • Is the Labour-NZ First-Green government living up to the maritime hype?
  • What are the maritime opportunities available to New Zealand?
  • Impacts of low emissions requirements
  • Have we forgotten Kaikoura already?
Annabel Young, Executive Director, New Zealand Shipping Federation
Summary remarks from the Chair & Networking Drinks
Welcome from the chair
Using technology to support business governance within high-risk environments and applying this to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

Supporting your business governance and due diligence whilst ensuring that your staff, visitors and contractors return home safely at the end of their working shift is now more important than ever before under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

Advances in new technologies are enabling businesses to gain significant benefits and insights that help to protect and manage their business operation and governance whilst complementing security, health and safety particularly in high-risk environments.

  • Understanding resources and new technology that is available to improve business, health and safety processes to deliver due diligence in the transport and freight industries
  • Understanding proven solutions that operate in a live environment which manage the safety of staff, visitors and contractors 24/7 and that ensures continuous improvement of performance whilst reducing the risk of serious injuries
Kevin McAfee, Founder & Managing Director, HealthSafe NZ Limited
Rod Oram, Business Journalist, Newsroom
Ikhlaq Kashkari, Director, Supply Chain Training & Consulting
Impact of autonomous vehicles on the freight industry
  • Addressing the driver shortage – are autonomous vehicles the answer?
  • Managing the transition to autonomous vehicles
  • Benefits of autonomous vehicles – cost savings, improving road safety
Martin Knoche, CEO, Northland Innovation Centre; N3T
Data driven supply chain in New Zealand

Achieving efficiency in supply chain
Understanding the benefits and challenges of disruptive technology – how can New Zealand overcome the challenges?

Shane Kavanagh, Consulting Director, Stellar Consulting
Case study: Weigh Right Programme | NZTA

The NZ Transport Agency’s Weigh Right Programme will reduce heavy vehicle overloading.

It will level the playing field for the transport industry, improve productivity and road safety, and ensure that heavy vehicle operators pay their fair share of road maintenance.

It will also install road side technology and develop intelligent software to direct potentially overloaded vehicles into 12 weigh stations throughout New Zealand. To do this, four existing weigh stations will be upgraded and an additional eight will be built on new sites.

To support weight compliance, the programme is building a heavy vehicle permits system. It will be easy for customers to use and will process and manage heavy vehicle permit information efficiently.

Robert Brodnax, Director Transport Access Delivery, NZTA
Fleet management in supply chain
  • Highlighting tools available to monitor fleet across the supply chain
  • Monitoring fatigue – how is this achieved and what responses are available?
  • Utilising data – how is the data received and how can it be used to ensure better fleet performance?
Andy Slater, Managing Director, Cloud Vehicle Technology Ltd
Morning break
Logistics panel: Integrating modes of transport
  • Tracking freight along the supply chain and across transport options
  • Leveraging resources to optimise delivery
  • How is disruptive technology helping major exporters perform better across the modes of transport?
Richard Marshall, Supply Chain and Distribution Manager, Douglas Pharmaceuticals
Courtney Ireland, General Manager – Marketing Supply, BP
Reinhold Goeschl, General Manager Supply Chain, Ports of Auckland
Lauren Salisbury, General Manager - Digital and Innovation, Coda
The future of trade documentation | Fonterra

Fonterra’s trade documentation journey began as a highly paper-based environment and over time has evolved into a largely electronic process. Rachael Ireland will share insights on how Fonterra is constantly evolving and how they plan on utilising new technologies to fully automate these processes by 2030.

  • Sharing Fonterra’s 40-year journey from 1990 to 2030
  • Highlighting challenges that Fonterra has overcome – culture v/s technology
  • Learning from experience – what worked and what didn’t?
Rachael Ireland, Manager Trade Documentation Specialists – Documentation Centre, Fonterra Co-Operative Group
Case study: Wiri Inland Container Port
  • Improving economic growth by creating a more efficient movement
  • Improving reliability of network
  • Understanding the value of an inland port
  • Understanding the growth of inland ports in New Zealand
Dave Butler, General Manager, Conlinxx
Panel: Supply chain management for exporters
  • Balancing supply for both domestic and international clients – how do they achieve this?
  • Tracking movement from order to delivery
  • Managing data backlog – best practice on recognising and reacting to data
Josh Fagan, GM Operations, Kotahi
Allyson Wood, Senior Lecturer, Manukau Institute of Technology
Richard Marshall, Supply Chain and Distribution Manager, Douglas Pharmaceuticals
Lunch break
Achieving a carbon neutral freight line
  • Understanding how carbon footprint can be reduced across the supply chain
  • Relying on outcomes to better optimise their fleet
  • Achieving transparency – sharing data on their optimisation with their customers
  • Benefits of reducing carbon footprint
Dr. Ann Smith, CEO, Enviro-Mark Solutions
Container Management Systems for Exporters
Mark Taylor, Managing Director, Tru-Bilt Industries
Lean tools for the logistics industry
  • Understanding how lean tools can be applied in the logistics sector
  • Motivating your people to identify and implement internal cost savings
  • Highlighting lean tools available for the logistics sector
Keith Robinson, Managing Director, Dharma Advisory Services; President Elect & CILT
Improving supply chain performance
  • Aligning strategic and operational goals and performance metrics
  • Highlighting key performance indicators
  • Analysing performance and utilising data to improve supply chain performance
Ikhlaq Kashkari, Director, Supply Training & Consulting
Afternoon break
Extended session: Preparing for the road ahead | What to expect and not to expect moving forward?
  • Highlighting current and disruptive technologies and how they are shaping transport and supply chain
  • What the government direction is within regional transport investment and manufacturing – impact on the freight task
  • Discussing factors shaping the industry
Allyson Wood, Senior Lecturer, Manukau Institute of Technology
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
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