Experts debate freight sector

21 May 2012


Efficiency and collaboration were the hot topics at the 2012 New Zealand Freight Summit at the Business School in February.

Under the theme, “Current supply, future demand: Bringing efficiency and collaboration to the New Zealand freight sector”, supply chain and freight experts talked about issues affecting the sector.

They focused on how to achieve greater efficiency and collaboration and used case studies, experiences from export and import activities, challenges for different freight modes and their solutions.

Ports of Auckland Chairman Richard Pearson gave his views on the New Zealand ports sector in the twenty first century, including the importance of improving the productivity of New Zealand ports and the implications of the significantly increased forecast for freight volumes.

Other speakers included Productivity Commissioner Murray Sherwin, National Infrastructure Unit Leader Brian Hallinan, New Zealand Shippers Council Chairman Greg Steed, Road Transport Forum Chief Executive Ken Shirley, Aviation Industry Association Chief Executive Irene King, Shipping New Zealand President John Robinson, Auckland Transport Head David Warburton and several prominent chief executives.