Australia’s largest transportation and logistics event will take place in Melbourne to tackle some of the most significant issues for the supply chain industry.
Industry members will gather at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre for the MEGATRANS event, which will occur on May 10 to 12 in 2018. It will aim to tackle relevant trends for the industry such as congestion, demographic changes, urbanisation, population growth and sustainability, according to Simon Coburn, the event’s director.
Coburn said that freight transportation and logistics no longer focus on shipping cargo from Point A to Point B. The industry’s constant development means that services have become more complex, amid the sector approaching a logistics revolution, he added.
As technology continues to evolve, the industry would soon cater to new markets that could quickly render other sectors as obsolete. As logistics closely connects with every other industry in Australia, the MEGATRANS event will seek to find ways on how to address these changes.
Participants will comprise of stakeholders, from different transportation companies to suppliers of freight composite strap products. Xpak.com.au added that this means good business for everyone.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has requested for feedback on the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, as the country will invest $75 billion in logistics infrastructure in the future.
The input will help in determining how the planned investments, including the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail and the Western Sydney Airport, can further improve the country’s freight infrastructure network, according to Chester. Those planning to participate may also list certain challenges that await the industry. The ministry will accept public input on the discussion paper until July 28.
Australia’s transportation and logistics significantly contribute to the country’s economic growth, which is why the Australian government and the private sector do what they can to keep the industry afloat.