The New Zealand Freight Summit


Conferenz is pleased to announce its partnership with the The University of Auckland Centre for Supply Chain Management for the New Zealand Freight Summit 2012. The Freight Summit will take place at The University of Auckland’s Business School on the 15 & 16 February 2012. By partnering with the Centre for Supply Chain Management we are able to offer you highly strategic focused topics to discuss and debate the issues in the New Zealand freight sector. The sessions will be heavily focused on how New Zealand can achieve greater efficiency and collaboration within the freight sector.

  • Exciting case studies are on offer: Hear from Chris Greenough the CEO of Kotahi
  • User perspective panel -  exporter and importer challenges – Peter Morris, Fonterra and Mike Knowles, Zespri
  • Listen to David Warburton, CEO Auckland Transport discussing the impact of Auckland Transport Plan on urban freight efficiency
  • Hear from top CEO’s from different freight modes about the challenges they face and their solutions to overcome these.


Agenda: Day 1


Registration and coffee


Opening remarks from the Chair

Professor Tava Olsen, Ports of Auckland Chair in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Academic Director; Centre for Supply Chain Management, The University of Auckland Business School


The Productivity Commission inquiry into international freight transport services: draft findings and insights

New Zealand is the most remote developed country in the world and the way we get our products to and from international markets is critical to our success. New Zealand exporters and importers currently spend about $5 billion on freight each year. The Commission has been looking at whether these costs can be lowered and services improved. Better performance in freight transport could result in lower prices for imported goods, higher profits and wages in exporting industries, and quicker freight turnaround. The Commission’s draft report and recommendations for freight services will be released in late 2011. The issues it covers include:
Factors influencing the accessibility and efficiency of international freight services available to New Zealanders
Opportunities to increase the accessibility and efficiency of international freight transport services; including ownership models
The effectiveness of current regulatory regimes and the potential costs and benefits of alternatives
Changes to drive improvements in infrastructure investment, innovation and supply-chain coordination.

Murray Sherwin, Chair, Productivity Commission


National Infrastructure Plan perspective on freight challenges

The second National Infrastructure Plan, which was released in July 2012, highlighted some of the key issues New Zealand has with freight movement. Most freight in New Zealand is moved by road, while coastal shipping and rail provide alternative networks and most external freight is shipped. The Plan identifies more efficient freight supply chains as a key measure of success and considers the impact of land use decisions on the transport network.
The investment in transport infrastructure to support our export market
Plans around the golden triangle; dealing with the infrastructure implications of significant population growth
Transport and rail links and the resilience of our infrastructure
Supporting growth in Auckland

Brian Hallinan, Team Leader, National Infrastructure Unit


Morning Tea


The question of bigger ships

The efficiency, reliability and cost effectiveness of our international supply chains are particularly important for an island nation such as New Zealand. We are geographically distant from trading partners and our economic prosperity is highly dependent on the performance of our exporting sectors. New Zealand export trade is already being impacted by the consolidation of global shipping lines. If ports are not bigger ships capable within the next five years there will be serious consequences to the efficiency of our supply chains.
Recap on benefits and costs of larger ships calling NZ
Global trends on shipping services
Port and carrier activity regarding bigger ships
Government response to bigger ships

Greg Steed, Chairman, New Zealand Shippers Council


Coastal Shipping: New Zealand challenges

Coastal shipping in New Zealand has been somewhat dominated by international shipping companies carrying domestic cargo. These international vessels often run on their own time schedule, where the local needs are not taken into consideration. In many parts of New Zealand coastal shipping also play a role in security and civil defence when it comes to dealing with natural disasters.
New Zealand ports providing main emergency logistic links for relief supplies when coping with natural disaster.
The important role coastal shipping plays in the New Zealand freight sector
How can organisations further maximise coastal shipping

Steve Chapman, CEO, Pacifica Shipping




Introducing the Human Factor

Humans lie at the heart of all enterprise. We either do or do not collaborate, follow procedures and direction, and interface with technology. We operate ships, planes, straddle cranes, trucks and trains. If we want improved efficiency and productivity we need to place emphasis on the “human factor”, and better understand how to encourage and influence behaviour. Learn from a recent expert witness to the Pike River Royal Commission and specialist in human factors, as we focus on enhancing workplace performance and business efficiency.

Kathleen Callaghan, Director of Human Factors Group, The University of Auckland


Collaboration in the New Zealand supply chain - User perspective panel: New Zealand exporter and importer challenges (Panel)

Supply chain management from a New Zealand perspective comes with some challenges. Not only is New Zealand currently facing a weak US dollar which is painful for our exporters but also the year on year issue of lack of enough ships in our ports during peak season. There is no policy to change this scenario for New Zealand exporters nor has there been any adjustment from the large international shipping companies during our peak season.
What role can New Zealand ports play to encourage more ships to our ports?
What strategies can the shipping companies employ to alleviate this problem?

Mike Knowles, Shipping Manager, Zespri International
Mark Harrison, NZ Ocean Freight Manager, DHL Global Forwarding
Paul Bradburn, Supply Chain Manager, Mitre 10


Case Study: Re-thinking the supply chain: Kotahi (Case Study)

By Fonterra and partnering to form a new freight management company there is potential for it to ultimately become a transparent market driven exchange for freight. On the other side of the idea behind Kotahi; the ability to consolidate and broker in an efficient manner could potentially be a market making mechanism for domestic freight.
Freight management innovation to create efficiencies in freight supply chains
Coordinating freight needs to match seasonal fluctuations
Integration of the entire supply chain
What Kotahi could mean for the New Zealand freight industry

Chris Greenough, CEO, Kotahi


Afternoon Tea


Urban planning for greater freight efficiency - The impact the Auckland Transport Plan could have on freight efficiency

Auckland Airport, Ports of Auckland, the region’s motorway and arterial road, rail and public transport networks constitute a multi-modal transport system for effective movement of goods, services and people. Better integration of land use, transport planning and urban design all leads towards greater efficiency in the freight sector. Currently more than $33 billion of goods are carried annually on roads within the Auckland region. With freight movement expected to double in number over the next 25 years, what is Auckland doing to offset the over crowding of road and rail systems that restrict freight movements?
Managing the use of the road networks as primary movers of freight
Reducing journey times for movements of freight – exports to key port hubs both airport and sea hubs
Linkage of national routes to local routes ensuring high level connectivity and access to markets.

Dr. David Warburton, CEO, Auckland Transport


Improving productivity, sustainability and safety with telematics and real time traffic

Ten years ago the time cost of traffic congestion in Auckland alone was estimated at around 1 billion dollars a year. It hasn’t improved, but technology and data collection has. Fleet Management solutions have become more sophisticated and most of New Zealand roads have been remapped to sub 1 metre accuracy. Real time traffic congestion and incident data is now available for all major and most arterial roads throughout New Zealand (and Australia) and historic data is now available for those same roads going back to April 2010. Mapping, Fleet Management and Car Navigation companies are now developing new solutions using this data including:
Eco-routing based on road inclinometer and implicit turn restrictions
Driver safety alerts where the camber of a corner has degraded and is not consistent with the current signage and the truck may therefore be going too fast for the conditions
Route optimisation solutions that take real time traffic into consideration
Long haul trip planning based on historic traffic conditions
Spatial business analytics without the need for a GIS system

Luigi Cappel, Sales & Marketing Manager, GeoSmart


End of day one closing remarks from the Chair


New Zealand Freight Summit Networking Drinks

Agenda: Day 2


Welcome back from the Chair

Professor Tava Olsen, Ports of Auckland Chair in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Academic Director; Centre for Supply Chain Management, The University of Auckland Business School


The New Zealand maritime and ports sector in the 21st century

Taking steps to positively improve the productivity of our ports is fundamental to achieving efficient national supply chains to handle the increase in freight volumes and freight movements projected for the future. Ports of Auckland Limited has a major role to play in aligning with the performance and customer service of other ports in the Asia-Pacific region. Review some of these challenges faced in changing times including:
• Lifting performance with effective strategies to enhance competitiveness at our ports and meet obligations to our shareholders
• Productivity issues and their implications from a strategic perspective and shared vision
• Understanding the bigger picture issues, challenges and opportunities facing ports

Richard Pearson, Chairman, Ports of Auckland


Applying Best Practice US Freight Planning to New Zealand

In June 2011 the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration released a template for States to prepare a multi-modal freight plan. In this presentation we look at the components of best practice freight planning and examine the implications for freight planning in New Zealand:
Freight Characteristics
Mode and Infrastructure Profiles
Safety, Security, Congestion, Land Use and Environmental Considerations
Performance Measures and Planning.

Matthew Ensor, General Manager Transportation, Beca


Morning Tea


Road vs rail

New Zealand freight is dominated by road transport with around 80% of our freight being transported in this way. What is the reality today in the comparison between road and rail? Trucking is able to respond to a change in demand very quickly, but what are the options for rail?
Reducing transport times to boost trade
Road vs rail efficiency
Rail in the remoter regions; accessibility and speed into remoter regions
Costs and investments in road vs rail
Interchange between the two modes

Richard Paling, Director, Richard Paling Consulting Ltd


Case study: Technological advances that impact on dependency on heavy transport (Case Study)

Companies can use technology to be smarter about freight and reduce volumes. These savings comes from better use of technology, IT, information. And from product innovations that reduce product size and weight.
Technology can be used to reduce dependence on transport while maintaining productivity and growing the country’s economy.
Technological advances are impacting supply chain management and costs

Gary Hartley, General Manager Sector Development, GS1




CEO Perspectives - CEO Perspective: Road transportation

The capacity of New Zealand’s roading network is unlikely to keep pace with the current rate of overall traffic growth, especially in large urban areas. This would mean that the growth of road freight transport might be constrained by congestion in some urban areas in the future. The current trend for transport to and from increasingly large distribution centres may mean further increased transport growth in the future.
Usage of large trucks to increase productivity of vehicles
Key areas/regions and growth industries the road sector supports
Meeting future demand

Ken Shirley, CEO, Road Transport Forum


CEO perspective: Rail freight

Rail freight increased from about 150,000 tonne to 320,000 tonne in Southland in the past 12 months because of the boost in rail use from dairy, timber and coal sectors. This increase in usage brings with it a strain on the current infrastructure that is in place.
An update on the KiwiRail Turn Around Plan
Current and future Infrastructural upgrades and investment
Future demand on rail freight

Iain Hill, General Manager, Freight


CEO perspective: Airfreight

Airfreight’s role in the domestic and international supply chain has been shifting in the past few years. There are questions surrounding sustainability as well as environmental concerns.
What does the future hold for airfreight in New Zealand on both a domestic and international scale
The impact of the regulatory environment

Irene King, CEO, Aviation Industry Association


CEO perspective: Shipping

As shipping companies are trying to become more profitable, particularly after the financial crisis we have seen far less shipping services out of New Zealand. Vessels also tend to run at slower speeds as shippers try to save on fuel.
Coping with less shipping services: can we change the expensive cost structure we currently have?
Gaining even freight volumes and presenting large enough quantities in some ports to encourage bigger ships into New Zealand
Port ownership – what’s the right mix of ownership?
New Zealand’s vulnerability to changes in shipping patterns
The mix of coastal shipping versus deep water; what impacts will this have in the future on our total number of ports?

John Robinson, President, Shipping New Zealand & Chairman


Afternoon Tea


CEO multi-modal Panel with Q & A: Freight New Zealand (Panel)

Greater integration and communication between the different freight modes can only bring about greater efficiency in the marketplace. How do these speakers see the future of freight developing in New Zealand? We encourage questions from the floor as we bring all our CEOs together to close the conference.

Ken Shirley, CEO, Road Transport Forum
Irene King, CEO, Aviation Industry Association
Iain Hill, General Manager, Freight
John Robinson, President, Shipping New Zealand & Chairman


Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference


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