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The NLR is being funded in 2022-23 as part of the Australian Government’s $21.7 million commitment to design and establish a National Freight Data Hub.

DIGITISING LOCATION DATA GS1 Australia, along with the Australian Government, is urging businesses to heed its call to action by attending webinars about the National Location Registry as a first step to learn about this new digital capability. Bonnie Ryan, Director of Freight, Logistics, and Industrial Sectors at GS1 Australia, together with a spokesperson from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, explain why it’s paramount that companies register with the National Location Registry.

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S1 Australia is encouraging industries to heed its call to action by attending 30-minute webinars explaining the importance of the National Location Registry and why they should register. This initiative involves digitising location data across the supply chain. The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications, and the Arts has provided strong support and cooperation in the creation of the registry, with senior government personnel chairing the steering committee and providing governance to the program. This piece of digital infrastructure is a mechanism that helps industry digitise

what is an important part of the supply chain management process. Location information is fundamental to a myriad of supply chain processes including movement of goods and traceability. Government and industry agree that commodities in all industries, whether they be food or building or pharmaceutical products, need to be tracked for the safety and efficiency of Australian supply chains.

WOOLWORTHS SUPPORTS REGISTRATION DRIVE Bonnie Ryan, Director of Freight, Logistics, and Industrial Sectors at GS1 Australia, says location data is critically important because companies

need to know where goods are, where they need to be picked up from, delivered, and stored. “We want to know the history of products and be able to trace them, so understanding where they are, where they’ve been, and where they are going is key,” Bonnie explains. She notes Woolworths’ planning for new DCs was an impetus for their callto-action for suppliers and logistics service providers to look at the NLR as an option for how location data can be effectively and efficiently shared. “Woolworths needs supplier location information,” Bonnie says. “At the moment, it’s very bespoke and inaccurate; the NLR presents a better MHD AUGUST 2022 | 41