CEVA opens new multi-user facility in Malaysia with on-site Customs
CEVA Logistics, one of the world's largest supply chain management companies, has officially opened a new multi-user facility in Penang, Malaysia.Read Now
Situated within the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone Phase IV, the 70,000 sq ft facility is only 10 minutes away from the Penang International Airport and 10 minutes from the Penang Bridge, connecting the island to mainland Malaysia.
CEVA has stated that the new multi-user warehouse delivers cost efficiency and flexibility through an optimised layout design and improved infrastructure to serve its customers. It includes a combination of temperature-controlled and ambient storage space, conducive and modern office space for in-plant customers, advanced materials handling equipment, advanced RF warehouse management system and Customs stationed on-site to facilitate on-time clearance.
This is also an integrated hub that will house under one roof CEVA's contract logistics and freight management teams for Malaysia as well as its global supply chain solutions control tower teams who support its 24 x 7 largest customers globally.
"CEVA continues to invest in its customer needs in Malaysia, this new facility which has doubled our footprint in Penang will continue to support our growth needs and positions us for future expansion in the market. With its strategic location in the northern part of Malaysia, coupled with the air cargo hub at Bayan Lepas airport, it aims to cater to a wide range of logistics and warehousing services and offer even greater value and benefits to our customers, " said CEVA's Elaine Low, Executive Vice President, South East Asia.
Fines for truck drivers – take your time to get off the fixed penalty hook
As new fixed penalty laws come into force in the UK, it may be a case of 'act in haste, repent at leisure' for many drivers who are stopped at the roadside.Read Now
Since 5 March 2018, the UK Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) are now permitted to fine drivers on the spot for any drivers' hours offences that have been committed in the 28 days preceding the stop.
The DVSA's traffic examiners' powers have been widened. They are able to issue fixed penalty notices for up to five drivers' hours offences in a single roadside check. As each fine is for a fixed sum of between £50 ($69) and £300, a single stop which identifies five offences at the highest level will result in a driver being fined £1,500.
Implications for a driver
Drivers should be aware that they will have 28 days to decide whether to accept the fixed penalty or not. If they do, then that is it – there is no appeal or further action to be taken, but the penalty is recorded against them.
If they do not agree with the assessment that an offence has been committed, or they are unsure and want to consider the issues further, they should decline the offer of a fixed penalty. This may result in a summons to court where reasons for the contravention and arguments for a lower penalty can be put forward. If the driver is found guilty, or pleads guilty, the fine and the costs are likely to be greater than the initial fixed penalty.
Fixed penalties count in the same way as convictions before a court. If a driver is convicted of drivers' hours offences, they could be called before the Traffic Commissioner for a hearing to consider whether any action should be taken against the driver's vocational driver's licence. This could clearly have significant financial implications on a driver who is prevented from working as a driver during a period of suspension.
The guidance provided by the Senior Traffic Commissioner indicates that a driver convicted of drivers' hours offences might expect to receive a suspension of their licence, ranging from a few days to a few weeks depending on the Traffic Commissioner's view of the significance or severity of the offences.
Implications for an operator and transport manager
Both the operator and transport manager are obliged to notify the Traffic Commissioner of any offences committed by drivers, including any fixed penalties.
An operator that engages a driver who commits drivers' hours offences needs to recognise that this can lead to the operator being called to a public inquiry which will consider any action to be taken against the operator's licence. In such circumstances it is likely that the operator will have to explain how its systems failed to prevent the offences. If the fixed penalties have just been accepted, there will be limited opportunity to discuss and consider defences and mitigation in relation to the issues concerned.
Traffic Commissioners are equally keen to ensure that a transport manager demonstrates continuous and effective control over the transport aspects of an operator's activities. Failures by drivers (such as by breaching drivers' hours rules) will reflect on the competence of a transport manager. Since a transport manager can also be called to a public inquiry to explain apparent failures in the carrying out of their responsibilities, they also need to recognise the implications for them of the actions of drivers in relation to any adverse check which might occur.
What should drivers, operators and transport managers do?
Operators, drivers and transport managers need to be aware of these new rules and ensure that if a roadside check involves a driver being offered a fixed penalty then this should not be accepted lightly or as just an easy way out.
At the very least operators and transport managers should require their drivers to make them immediately aware if a fixed penalty notice has been issued, and stress that they need to be notified by drivers BEFORE it is accepted. The driver's own licence, the transport manager's repute and the operator's licence may be affected by any fixed penalty. As a result, there can be serious implications for an operator's business and further cost in dealing with any fall out.
Clearly it is best to prevent such an issue arising in the first place but, if it does, those involved should know how to manage such an eventuality.
By Richard Wadkin, Partner at Shulmans LLP, and Clare Benger, Solicitor at Shulmans LLP www.shulmans.co.uk
Dana's next generation of Rhombus TireAnalytics provides new insights to maintenance issues
Dana Incorporated has introduced the next generation of its Rhombus TireAnalytics platform that enables commercial truck owners and fleet maintenance managers to capitalise on best practices for tire maintenance and tyre lifecycle management.Read Now
The unveiling was one of several exciting new product launches from Dana at the 2018 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition.
Rhombus TireAnalytics 2.0 is a cloud-based platform that identifies and analyses tire wear trends to predict maintenance issues that can be pre-emptively addressed to minimise downtime and establish optimal timeframes for scheduled replacement. For larger fleets, the next-generation Rhombus TireAnalytics platform also facilitates standardised tire inspection and maintenance practices across terminals.
Rhombus TireAnalytics 2.0 improvements include the ability for a technician to connect tire PSI and access tire PSI and tread depth devices wirelessly, thus reducing the possibility of errors and the need for excessive data input.
Tire serialisation is another addition offered with the new version. This provides the fleet administrator or manager with the ability to better manage the lifecycle of tires, tracking the current status as well as the history of each tire in the fleet based on its serial number.
Rhombus TireAnalytics launched in 2017 as the first-to-market platform of its kind. Feedback from fleet operators already using the original Rhombus version in the United States and Canada enabled Dana to develop the enhancements which have been integrated into Rhombus TireAnalytics 2.0.
"The Rhombus TireAnalytics 2.0 platform is a great example of the successful digital transformation of Dana, with our continued strategic focus on the customer," said Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Driveline Technologies. "Our team listened to our customers and upgraded the platform in many ways to enhance the robustness of information the platform provides while also making it more user friendly."
New DSV initiative to offer tailored logistics services to start-ups
DSV Start-Up is a new service that will be launched from Israel that will in time, based on the initial experience and learnings from the Israeli "pilot", grow to become a global DSV service with specialised DSV Small-Medium-Business (SMB) teams operating from global innovation hubs.Read Now
Many times, start-up companies fail, because the supply chain and distribution of their great new products is not given proper attention. DSV will be the first transport and logistics company to offer a tailored start-up logistics service.
DSV has said that: The idea is to help them grow and, as they grow, become their logistics partner of choice. Much like we have done in the past on a more ad hoc/local basis. Basically, we want to help and secure more start-ups like Rawbite, but managed from a central function, which will also offer Control Tower services.
Partnering with the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation (PCPI)
The DSV SMB team in Israel has been targeting start-ups for a couple of years and working on establishing a more strategic approach. Things really started to move after attending the Innovation & Start-ups conference in Tel Aviv 13 September 2017. Here, they met Chemi Peres who is the President of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation (PCPI). And the first talks of a partnership began...
As of 15 February, DSV and the PCPI became official partners in the DSV Start-Up venture. The PCPI will assist and guide DSV in their search for the right high potential start-up companies, so-called unicorns. And DSV will then try to negotiate an exclusive transport and logistics supplier deal.
(Pictured above, from left: Group CCO René Falch Olesen with Sigal Mannheim-Katzovich (MD, DSV Israel) and President of PCPI Chemi Peres)
Unipart's Claire Walters asks – are robotics the future of warehousing?
Claire Walters, Chief Commercial Officer at Unipart Logistics asks where should you start when looking to embrace automated warehousing, and what are the challenges you might face along the way?Read Now
An automated warehouse is a breathtaking sight: picture a circuit-board of activity as scores of box-shaped robots soar between pallets, scanning shelves and retrieving stock for delivery to a picking station.
This is just one of a variation of scenes depicting the applications of automated technology across the UK's warehouses. Automation itself is not new to warehousing operations or the wider supply chain, but with recent advancements in big data and the internet of things, it is reaching new levels of sophistication.
For businesses open to researching or developing robotic warehousing solutions, this means new opportunities to reduce labour costs, increase sorting capacity, and minimise human error.
'But where should you start when looking to embrace automated warehousing,
and what are the challenge you might face along the way?'
Realising the scope of potential in automated warehousing
The most apparent reason for using robotics over any other form of warehouse automation is cost. When properly implemented, it reduces the amount of labour required by warehouse operations, enables higher productivity, and creates the potential to better utilise building space.
Looking more closely, many enterprises identify opportunities as a result of warehouse efficiency analysis. Robotic applications can provide greater agility and responsiveness when integrated with smart data and integrated systems.
Take critical cut off times for example, a warehouse might receive an order at 18:00 and need to ship it by 18:30. It is essential that this order can be rapidly processed or it will not ship on time. This can have repercussions as far reaching as the end customer, impacting service levels.
When properly implemented, it reduces the amount of labour required by warehouse operations, enables higher productivity, and creates the potential to better utilise building space
Another trigger, which many enterprises often overlook when considering the applications of robotics, is health and safety. Warehouses are typically hazardous environments, requiring that businesses go to great lengths to ensure the health and safety of its operators.
Automated solutions can augment the human element in certain tasks, removing health and safety risks and limitations completely. A great example of this is a stock take. By using a small drone with a camera, you can easily go into the air and inspect a pallet stored 12m high. No more safety harnesses. No more special lifts. No more risk.
What are the latest technologies to emerge for the supply chain and how should businesses be approaching them? Find out by downloading Unipart Logistics' recent white paper on the topic, go to http://unipartlogistics.com
How do robotic solutions actually integrate into a warehouse?
Within warehousing, robotics solutions can be split into several areas. You have robotics for storage purposes, which includes all types of cranes or so-called automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS). A forklift vehicle would struggle to reach pallets stored 16m from the ground for example, so an automated retrieval system gives a better utilisation of height. And because the robotics system can be incredibly precise, the retrieval process takes less time per operation.
Outside of this fully automated perimeter, any warehouse vehicle can become an automated guided vehicle (AGV) by installing a robotic module. The benefit is these machines work in existing warehouse installations, meaning they can be introduced relatively quickly and don't require a complete overhaul of existing processes.
What new challenges does robotic warehousing introduce?
One of the potential downsides is that robotics are much more sensitive to tolerances. By definition, an automated vehicle is set to follow pre-programmed instructions. A human can deal very easily with an uneven floor, for example. For an AGV, this could cause a significant problem.
Imagine you're managing a warehouse and you're receiving pallets from your suppliers. If the pallet is loading inside a fully automated system or handled by any form of AGV, it needs to be within certain criteria. The wooden pallet itself should be in good condition, there shouldn't be any nails protruding from it, and its contents should be secured.
Manually, these issues can be managed on a case-by-case basis as people identify, react and adapt to situations. Using robots, they can be critical failure factors. You could find yourself in a situation whereby you need to carry out a great deal of work to bring the pallets up to the quality standards required by the automated system or to be able to present them to AGVs.
Businesses can either manage this process with suppliers, which can be tricky, or put in extra labour to do this rework, which will cancel the benefits in terms of labour savings from the AGVs.
How are businesses already preparing for the future of warehousing?
The potential savings made possible by robotic warehousing are huge, especially at enterprise level, but it is important to realise there are hidden details that should be sorted out before a business even gets to a trial stage.
If you introduce AGVs before you have identified the challenges unique to your supply chain, and then encounter an issue you can't easily overcome, you will have to postpone the launch while you reinvest into working it out. Preparation through mapping, simulation and process trials is vital.
'The potential savings made possible by robotic warehousing are huge,
especially at enterprise level'
Many companies are exploring these options because they promise an increase in warehouse efficiency that translates into direct savings. But we're not just talking about warehouse efficiency measures; robotics also promises a level of supply chain agility that either cannot be achieved today or is very costly.
Think about robotics as essentially free, through-the-night labour. This makes it incredibly appealing, especially to enterprises with escalating distribution costs due to the need to react quickly to customer orders or variance in demand.
Integrating robots picking, packing and handling products with an online ordering system, a 'chatbot' for customer support and the appropriate level of analytics to manage across a complex supply chain is the dream of many FMCG companies.
But developing these integrated systems requires careful detailed analysis of the entire supply chain and demand cycle. Robots moving pallets are the thin end of the wedge when it comes to the benefits that can be delivered by integrating automation into a truly intelligent, agile supply chain.
Surfacing the potential issues and achievable benefits with supply chain experts who can plan the end-to-end system is the essential step in getting your supply chain ready for robots.