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National location data registry launched for freight industry

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A new digital data tool has been launched as “a one-stop shop of pick-up and delivery location information” for truckies and transport businesses.

The National Location Registry is touted as a digital support tool to help truckies get goods from A to B, housing information that includes operating hours, weight and height restrictions for vehicles, entry points, driver amenities and safety requirements for each site.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce says the National Location Registry will make it easier and quicker for freight operators to pick-up and deliver goods.

“Every Australian, everywhere, every day relies on freight. The National Location Registry will benefit us all by backing a more efficient supply chain for our businesses and truckies,” he said.

“For farmers, manufacturers and distributors, the Registry will reduce some of the hassle and time it takes to get their products to where they need to go.

“Right across the country the collection and exchange of information about physical locations is all too often a manual process, which is costly to maintain and can lead to errors.

“The Registry solves this problem by creating one digital platform which supplies logistics providers with all the information they need.”

Joyce says the Registry “will make life easier for the more than 50,000 small businesses involved in Australia’s road freight sector.”

“These businesses can now encourage location owners to list their pick-up spots and other important information on this one Registry,” he said.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz adds that the Registry was kick-started by industry and for industry, with the support of the government.

“Industry participants are household names including Woolworths, Coles, Sanitarium, PepsiCo, Toll, Linfox and Australia Post,” he said.

“They have collectively brought centuries of experience in moving produce and goods to homes to make sure this Registry delivers real benefits for our truckies, farmers and businesses.

“For example, a farmer that diversifies their plots to different crops and sets up a new processing shed can put this shed on the Registry so transport operators know exactly how to get in and pick up the produce to haul to markets.

“This will take some of the stress off our transport operators to find the new shed, ensure the produce is picked up quickly and smoothly, and means the farmer doesn’t have to give this information each and every trip.”

As part of the launch, the registry will be free to join for the next two years.

Linfox delivers over $60 billion of goods each year globally. Linfox Logistics Australia and New Zealand CEO Mark Mazurek says he’s excited by the opportunity to work smarter by sharing collective knowledge and data with customers, the Australian Government and other transport providers.

“As a trusted national supply chain partner, our truck drivers visit thousands of sites, stores and locations around Australia to collect and deliver goods for our customers,” Mazurek said.

“The National Location Registry offers enormous potential to increase the efficiency of deliveries, and most importantly, increase safety for our drivers, our customers and our communities.”

The Registry will grow as supply chain participants add their data. Businesses are being encouraged to register their location and encourage their suppliers and transport providers to use the Registry as well.

The Registry is a key element of the Australian Government’s broader National Freight Data Hub project, a $16.5 million investment to make a range of data available to support the freight industry. This includes the recently launched Supply Chain Benchmarking Dashboard, which provides detailed and interactive modelling of Australian transport and logistics supply chains across 130 commodities.

The National Location Registry is managed by not-for-profit standards organisation, GS1 Australia, and is available at nlr.org.au.

More information on the National Freight Data Hub, and its initiatives, is available here.

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