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Mainfreight

Mainfreight

2007 ranking: Unlisted

Senior IS executive: Kevin Drinkwater, CIO Reports to: Don Braid, group managing director

Size of IS shop: 15

PCs: 800

Mobile PCs: 100

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 570

Total screens: 1470

Industry: Transport and warehousing

PC environment: Windows XP, OEM Intel-based

Server environment: Windows 2003, HP

DBMS: SQL

Address: 2 Railway Lane, Otahuhu, Auckland

Website: wwww.mainfreight.co.nz

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

growth opportunities.

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

to date.

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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