Senior IS executive: Kevin Drinkwater, CIO Reports to: Don Braid, group managing director
Size of IS shop: 15
Mobile PCs: 100
Hand-held devices: 570
Total screens: 1470
Industry: Transport and warehousing
PC environment: Windows XP, OEM Intel-based
Server environment: Windows 2003, HP
Address: 2 Railway Lane, Otahuhu, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: GPS tracking in vehicles; deployment of
rebuilt warehouse management system; VOIP; wireless rollout for
mobile devices on the dock; BI system; introducing Mainfreight
systems to US acquisition.
EFFICIENT SUPPLY CHAIN logistics is a competitive advantage
for many businesses and, as such, supply chain reviews by national
and international organisations continue to provide Mainfreight with
Mainfreight is a New Zealand owned and operated company listed on
the NZX. Thirty-six per cent of annual revenue for the next fiscal year
is expected to be generated from the United States, 35 per cent from
New Zealand, 24 per cent from Australia and 5 per cent from Asia.
CIO Kevin Drinkwater says ICT systems for Mainfreight’s operations
in Australia and New Zealand are located in New Zealand. New Zealand
also hosts some US and Asia Mainfreight systems.
Key ICT projects for this year include GPS tracking in vehicles, deployment
of a rebuilt warehouse management system, continuation of a VoIP rollout, along
with wireless rollout for mobile devices. Business intelligence system
implementation, online training for ICT and operational staff, and
integrating Mainfreight systems with those of new acquisitions in the
US are other projects on the agenda.
Mainfreight recently consolidated much of its Auckland operation
into a new 18,580-square metre building, tailored to embrace ‘green
options’. Emphasis has been placed on recycling and power reduction.
The data centre uses HP C-class blade arrays with a cooling system
built into the racks. Power savings have been estimated at 20 per cent
Drinkwater says Mainfreight customers demand information
on the progress of their goods through the supply chain, and the
company’s ability to provide visibility and velocity of information
through the web portal Mainchain is business critical, and has led to
significant new business in the past year.
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