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An agile supply chain delivering supply continuity

CHEP Logistics delivers transport solutions in a smart and sustainable way

Sydney – May 2022 – So far in 2022, Australia has seen many significant weather events – including floods, storms, and fires – which have challenged Australia’s supply chains. 

To ensure that CHEP equipment keeps moving, CHEP Logistics, which provides customers with national transport solutions for equipment, including pallets, bins, reusable plastic containers (RPCs or crates) and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), has been building resilience and agility into their Australian linehaul network.

“We reviewed our existing network with the aim of building greater resilience and flexibility into our logistics network. We did this by deepening partnerships with existing carriers and unlocking exciting opportunities with new carriers, creating a multi-modal agile supply chain,” said Robert Bacci, Logistics Operations Manager at CHEP Australia. 

This increased resilience proved its worth! In early February, the Trans-Australian railway line, which crosses the vast Nullarbor Plain, linking east with west, was closed after major flooding caused landslides, severely damaging hundreds of kilometres of the rail line.

Whilst a 5-week trans Australian rail outage severely impacted many other Australian businesses, the initiatives undertaken by CHEP logistics ensured that the business was able to continue servicing this route, providing continuity of supply to key customers.

Adding more pressure, during early March, the east coast was hit with an historic one-in-1000-year flooding event, significantly impacting road and rail transport links between Brisbane, Sydney, and the entire NSW coastline. 

Within days, five additional freight carriers were engaged to work around the flooded regions. This included lengthy inland detours where rail and main freeways were heavily damaged or made impassable by floodwaters. 

This ability to build relationships with freight carriers combined with a deep understanding of the Australian logistics landscape has helped CHEP Australia create an agile supply chain, whilst enabling continuity of service to customers.

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