New report identifies barriers to innovation in freight sector

By: Jason Whittaker


A new report identifies barriers to innovation in the freight and logistics sector in New South Wales. The report from FALCONSW,

A new report identifies barriers to innovation in the freight and logistics sector in New South Wales.

The report from FALCONSW, a group devised by the State's air freight and sea freight councils, was commissioned in response to the State Government Statement on Innovation and is the first in a line of projects the Council will undertake within its 'Path to Innovation' framework which is being conducted in cooperation with the Department of State and Regional Development.

Co-Chair of FALCONSW, Geoff Farnsworth, says the report the group has proved its worth in the production of the report.

"This innovation study demonstrates the strength of the relationship between government and industry in NSW," he says.

Daryll Hull, the Chair of the Council’s Innovation Implementation working group, says the report highlights the need to view freight logistics in NSW in a wider context of planning, economic activity, business transactions and community impact.

"It reframes the agenda for innovation and change in NSW supply chains," he says.

The Government's Statement on Innovation identifies logistics and its associated transaction services as a primary sector for investigation and focus for innovation.

The group says the report aims to provide a foundation for a series of innovation strategies and actions that, along with industry and government consultation, will assist innovation within the freight and logistics sector.

The report identifies barriers to innovation and efficiency and highlights actions that could be taken by Government to stimulate innovation both in the short and long term.

"It showcases the complex nature of supply chains and innovation and offers some further areas for study and analysis. It can provide important policy direction for Government," Hull says.

The Council plans to actively liaise with industry during 2008 through workshops and consultation in order to assist with the removal of identified barriers.

Hull encourages industry to take an active role when invited to contribute to the Council’s Path to Innovation projects.

"This report is the first step in a longer-term process of innovation and change in NSW freight logistics," he says.

"It shines a light on the right path, but it is up to industry to walk the path over the next few years."

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