INDUSTRY body the Australian Logistics Council and GS1 Australia have announced a move toward the adoption of global data standards to improve freight visibility and supply chain efficiency.
The ALC Board has endorsed a policy statement that “ALC and its members work towards the adoption of GDS by all participants in the Australian logistics industry”.
This decision was driven by Austroads’ Research Report released in March last year, followed by the Report of the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities released in May 2018.
The Report encouraged “the adoption of global data standards and collaborative electronic platforms across all freight modes to streamline the exchange, comparison and understanding of data within the land, sea and air freight sectors.”
ALC interim CEO Lachlan Benson said, “ALC, its members and the industry will now work towards adopting and promoting the Australian Freight Labelling and Transport data exchange guidelines, an extensive body of work that was developed by industry in consultation with the ALC Supply Chain Standards Working Group and GS1 Australia and launched in 2016”.
GS1 Australia senior manager – freight, logistics and industrial sectors, Bonnie Ryan said, the Austroads’ report examined industry pilots across multiple complex logistic supply chains.
“Based on the pilot findings, the economic benefit to Australia could exceed $1 billion,” Ms Ryan said. “GS1 supply chain standards enable parties across the supply chain to operate more efficiently with improved freight visibility using a common standard for identifying, labelling and sharing data relating to the movement of freight units.”
The ALC Technology Committee is now working to develop a proposed timeline for the adoption of the standards to be presented to the ALC Board for approval.