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VTFE throws support behind Global Data Standards adoption

Independent logistics specialist VicTas Freight Express (VTFE) has backed Austroads' recommendation for industry to adopt Global Data Standards (GDS) to improve freight visibility.

Following the release of the Austroads supply chain visibility report, the VTFE announced yesterday it was supporting recommendations in the report that encouraged small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to lead the way in supply chain efficiencies by embracing GDS.

Founded in 2010, VTFE, according to Anthony Tanner, VTFE Head of Sales, Systems and Strategy, was already using GS1 Global Data Standards in line with the Serial Shipping Container Code as specified in the Australian Freight Labelling Guideline to identify freight units like parcel, carton and pallet across its multi-modal and multi-operator supply chain.

“We are also leveraging the GS1 Transport Instruction and Status Notification electronic messages for communicating the movement of freight,” he said in a statement.

“This benefits our customers and transport partners as they can use a global standard instead of a proprietary standard when working with us.”

A not-for-profit organisation, GS1 is responsible for the development and upkeep of global standards and a common language to enhance efficiencies in business communication such as the barcode, to date its best-known contribution to the global economy.

It reaches 1.5 million users with nearly six billion transactions across 112 countries daily.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Inquiry Report released in March this year identified GS1 Global Data Standards as one of its priorities for a National Freight Strategy.

Michiel Ruighaver, GS1 Australia Senior Advisor – Freight, Logistics & Industrial Sectors said SME transport companies played a vital role in the movement and visibility of freight up and down the supply chain.

“We look forward to many other transport providers following the example of VicTas Freight Express and embracing GS1 Global Data Standards to deliver better outcomes for their customers and the industry as a whole,” he said.

According to GS1, SME supply chain partners who operate different information management systems are likely to experience a simplified supply chain process with the adoption of a common standard.

Last month the Australian Logistics Council were one of the first industry bodies to endorse through a policy statement that its members work towards the adoption of GS1 Global Data Standards across the Australian logistics industry.

“We are confident the implementation of GS1 standards is a great move for our business, customers and transport partners as it has simplified the visibility of the movement of freight and improved on what is already a great customer experience,” said Darren Smart, VTFE Sales & Marketing Director.

“We look forward to the standards getting wider adoption by industry.”

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