A transport contingency plan is a must in a country where natural disasters are a common risk, warned the Logistics Manager of a wine group who was impacted by the latest round of flooding.
Western Australia-based Fogarty Wine Group must move 20-30 pallets a week via domestic rail transport to the east coast.
But, in the event of a rail outage its logistics supplier has a backup, said its Production and Logistics Manager, David Ritchie.
Primary Connect+, Woolworth’s supply chain arm, will switch its transport service to road service in order to get to distribution centres on time, a service the wine group appreciates.
“Primary Connect+ provides the supply chain efficiencies we require to remain competitive in the packaged wine marketplace,” Ritchie says.
“They were able to offer road freight alternative to rail when the recent flooding occurred on the east coast.
“As a west coast producer, the rail link is crucial to our business and without this connectivity to the east coast, we cannot remain competitive.”
Fogarty wine group have been partnered with Primary Connect+ since 2020.