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International airfreight – Are you ready to collaborate as one?

Last Saturday, I was fortunate to discuss the current and future activities of IFAM with the International Freight Coordinator-General, Mr Michael Byrne. Particularly, as IFAM will operate with Tasmanian exports by air this coming summer.
Despite the excellent role being undertaken by Michael and his IFAM team, all exporters will have to work together as one to get their product to overseas markets. I congratulate those in government and industry in Tasmania who have already been planning and considering options.
Irrespective of the way you look at it, air freight to major markets - such as China - will be difficult to access and more expensive. Even allowing for the financial support from IFAM and our government it will cost more and may well take longer to get to major destinations.
We have arranged for Michael to be a guest presenter at our next “THE OTHER SIDE” webinar which is open to everyone. Details are as follows...

Freight – What will be the impacts for Tasmania next season?

July 27

International air freight assistance has been extended to Feb 2021, global sea freight capacity is shrinking, and these will impact on export supply chains.
Hear what three industry-respected participants are considering and their expectations.

Brett Charlton – Agility Logistics & Chair - Tasmanian Freight Logistics Council
Michael Byrne – International Freight Coordinator General - IFAM
Peter Liddell – Partner - Asia Pacific Head of Strategy & Operations at KPMG

Click here to register

The Power of One – How to make a facemask

Just watch Kay! Check out the video at the end of the newsletter...


Food Transparency – Tracing | Tracking
Provenance – A valuable tool

Readers will be aware that we have been working with stakeholders on our THE OTHER SIDE Project.

We undertook to map out a number of issues raised at our first webinar. One was to better understand the impacts of digitalisation on Provenance, Supply Chain Traceability and Biosecurity.

Our first publication looks at “Food Transparency” and explores the tools and resources available to help tell the story of your products. Click the button below to view it at our website.

Seasonal Labour

Will you miss out on Labour?

An excellent piece from our colleagues at vegetablesWA. Tasmania must be in a similar position. Worth the read.

Workforce access during the COVID-19 pandemic – AUSVEG Advocacy

One of the biggest issues facing growers in this difficult time is labour and the looming workforce shortage for horticulture. Working Holiday Makers have declined significantly since the start of the pandemic and currently sit at around 85,000 still in Australia. This is down from the 141,000 backpackers in the country at the start of the year.

On top of this, feedback from multiple growers is that Seasonal Worker Employees are now considering returning home after extended stays in the country.


New Zealand Horticulture releases their post-COVID recovery strategy

New Zealand Horticulture has released the following strategy to re-establish domestic and export markets post-COVID19.


C.H. Robinson joins forces with Microsoft to digitally transform supply chain

C.H. Robinson and Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced they are joining forces to digitally transform supply chains of the future by combining the power of C.H. Robinson’s Navisphere®, Microsoft Azure and Azure IoT to meet the changing demands of evolving global supply chains. Through this alliance, the companies aim to enable real-time visibility for C.H. Robinson customers.

Supply Chain

Next generation supply chain: Supply chain 2020

McKinsey report dated 27 July 2013 – Yes, 7-years ago - had the following key trends for 2020.
See how they align with what we know today.

Supply chains as a gateway to future optimisations

Post-coronavirus, it seems inevitable that supply chains will be different: too much disruption has been caused; too many weaknesses exposed; too many lessons ruefully learned.
This DHL white paper provides their perspective on how businesses can recover from the current crisis into the “new normal”. And do this by using their sophisticated supply chains as a gateway to future optimisations.


China Remains our largest market taking 43.7% of all Tasmanian exports

ABS reports as follows:
Further information contained in the detailed pack produced by Dr Julian Amos of TASMS. Contact myself or Julian – - for further information.

Hort Innovation

Introduction to the Hort Innovation Extension Team

The objective of the Team is to increase the on-ground impact of levy investments that help growers deliver their competitive edge. Hear Team Leader Jane Wightman explain the way in which she and her team will interact with growers.


Agribusiness and Food News from Austrade

Jam packed with information, case studies and webinars that provide valuable support and insight for COVID-19 recovery. Also info on EMDG, and other support for businesses. Don’t overlook this one.

The Power of One – How to make a facemask

Just ask Kay - this is a great tutorial. Will you need Band-Aids, patience, a bottle of wine and a sewing machine too?

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