AMCAP proudly supports The Wirrpanda Foundation
Striving to support the provision of education, employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, AMCAP is proud to be partnered with the Wirrpanda Foundation.
Established in 2005 by David Wirrpanda, a former West Coast Eagles player, the foundation aims to encourage and empower First Australians through mentorship and the celebration of their unique and remarkable culture. With 13 programs across Western Australia and Victoria focusing on education and employment, the Wirrpanda Foundation helped 323 job seekers find employment in 2020 alone.
At AMCAP, we’re thrilled to be partnered with Wirrpanda as we are dedicated to empowering First Australians through employment and business opportunities by hiring staff directly through the Foundation.
We seek to spread awareness of this incredible cause by donating a portion of sales from our maintenance kits directly to the Wirrpanda Foundation. Our customisable maintenance kits are distributed throughout industrial businesses throughout Western Australia. We paint the kits in the branding of the businesses’ chosen charity, whether it is the Wirrpanda Foundation or one of our other charity partners – further increasing awareness of the cause’s values and missions on-site. Click here to learn more about our industrial maintenance kits.
We encourage our staff to get involved in community causes they are passionate about, and Stephanie from our AMCAP Industrial team chose to spend time volunteering with the Wirrpanda Foundation last year. In December, she went for a trip to the Wiluna Community – a small community located 11 hours from Perth and home to the Martu people. Stephanie, who started working at AMCAP through the Wirrpanda program, joined other mentors and WAIS Hockey Athlete Renee Rockliff as part of the Remote Schools Attendance Strategy.
The group spent time with kids at the local school, playing games, sharing their stories and joining their families on a bush experience, before bringing the community together for games of football and basketball. We are so proud to have been able to support such an enriching experience and we can’t wait to see where this incredible partnership takes us in the future. Read this article on the Wirrpanda blog for more details of the trip to Wiluna written by Renee Rockliff.
If you’d like to learn more about the Wirrpanda Foundation, or how to make a direct donation to inspire and empower First Australians through education, employment and business opportunities, head to the Wirrpanda Foundation website.
AMCAP Maintenance Kits with a Purpose
AMCAP supplies customisable maintenance kits to industrial businesses throughout Western Australia. A portion of the sale of every maintenance kit is donated to organisations making a difference in the community.
Not only do AMCAP’s unique kitting services help businesses reduce their admin headaches, wait times and costs, they also distribute funds to important organisations making a difference for people in our community. To date, we have donated to three organisations we care about with other groups lined up to receive funding from AMCAP throughout the financial year. The containerised maintenance kits are also painted with the colours, logos and slogans of the causes, helping to spread awareness of the organisations’ missions when they are on-site.
AMCAP is a corporate partner of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, who provide funding for life-saving breast cancer research in Australia. Every day, 55 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer – a statistic the NBCF plans to reduce to zero by 2030. In the last financial year, we were ecstatic to present NBCF with a donation of $15,125 with proceeds from the purchases made by our loyal customers. This amount truly exceeded our expectations – and we are expecting our donation to be even greater this financial year.
Another organisation we proudly support is the Wirrpanda Foundation. Founded by former West Coast Eagles player David Wirrpanda, this foundation aims to lead the provision of education, employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, collaborating with and empowering individuals, families and communities. We have distributed containerised maintenance kits with the Wirrpanda colours and logos to help spread awareness, as well as donating a portion of the profits from the purchase of these kits.
The Blue Tree Project is another one of our chosen organisations – a project most people around Western Australia will recognise from the painted blue trees appearing throughout the region. The Blue Tree Project works to raise awareness around mental wellbeing and suicide prevention. One of our long term customers – BHP – also supports the project and has installed a welded blue tree sculpture at their Whaleback Mine Newman site to shed light on mental health in the mining industry. We supported their efforts with a special Blue Tree Project containerised maintenance kit for their critical spare parts and components store.
We’re excited about spreading awareness for these causes with our colourful maintenance kits and are pleased the funds raised can make a real difference in our community. Throughout 2020, we’ve seen the difference we can make by banding together in adversity – let’s continue with that mindset into the future. We’ll keep adding organisations to support to our list – get in touch if you want us to give to a cause close to your heart.
For more information about our Maintenance Kits, give us a call today or head to our website: www.amcap.com.au/services/kitting-assets/
Giving Hands to Zonta House Refuge Association
A group of AMCAP staff spent a full day assisting Zonta House Refuge Association with maintenance work at one of their properties. Gardening, rubbish removal, cleaning, painting and pruning were some of the work done to the property. Zonta’s maintenance person only works 8 hours per week and to do the amount of work completed in one day would have taken weeks to schedule and complete.
“It all went pretty well. We all did a good job, and everyone was busy doing something. At the end you could definitely see the improvement on the house” said volunteer Liliana Arbelaez.
Well done to all the volunteers (left to right): Cindy Zhang, Liliana Arbelaez, Neil Jensen, Zac Holbrook, Elaine Tomlin, Paul Cutiar, Stacey Grace and Adam Hilton for going the extra mile to our community.
Annual Business Planning & Strategy Workshop
Team building & the importance of openness, honesty & straight talk at work were some of the topics of discussion at this years annual business planning & strategy workshop. AMCAP & Skipper Transport Parts management participated in a two and a half day event co-hosted by Malcolm Dix from The Bullshift Company. The highlight of the event was a team building exercise which saw the team supporting Kinship Connections and Ngalla Maya who work to inspire and commit former inmates to training and education opportunities that lead to employment. AMCAP’s management team were challenged to work together to build 5 children’s bicycles which were donated to the 2 charities.
Merry Christmas and Happy 2018
The team at AMCAP would like to thank you for your support in 2017 & wish you a safe and Merry Christmas.
Going the Extra Mile – from City to Surf
AMCAP kicked off their GEM “Go the extra mile” Health and Wellbeing program last Sunday with an energetic team participating in WA’s biggest community sporting event the Chevron City to Surf.
The City to Surf is Activ Foundation’s major fundraising event and a state-wide demonstration of personal achievement and community support.
Kevin Yap (GM Mining & Industrial), and his wife Anita and young child Xavier, joined Laszlo Harsanyi (Manager Digital Platforms & Product Marketing) and his partner Holly Byrne, along with Phil Pledger (Product Manager) and Sai Alla (IT Analyst ) to take on the 4km leg of the event.
“In order for AMCAP employees to perform at their best, we recognise the importance of work life balance and encourage a healthy and less stressful lifestyle, said Jason Mance, HR Manager.
As part of the program AMCAP subsidises entry fees into sporting events, provides healthy food choices at their onsite cafeteria and offers mental health support and counselling services to staff.
“We are really proud of our staff and their families for taking part in this iconic sporting event and also for their fundraising efforts that will help the Activ Foundation provide necessary support to people living with disability to live the life they choose”, said Jason.
Pictured: Pictured L-R: Kevin Yap, Maria Kumar, Xavier Yap, Anita Yap, Holly Byrne, Laszlo Harsanyi
Supply Chains Going Green
Making your processes environmentally friendly
Supply chains are critical links that connect an organisation’s inputs to its outputs, which is why organisations should consider sustainability in this process. The benefits are often highlighted as reduced carbon footprint, reduced energy usage and reduced resource consumption. If you’re looking to implement sustainable strategies, you need to understand what supply chain sustainability is.
Three tiers of sustainability
In 2008, The Future Laboratory produced a ranking system for the different levels of sustainability being achieved by organisations. This was called the ‘Three Tiers of Sustainability’:
- Getting the basics right
Simple measures are employed such as switching lights and PCs off when not needed, recycling paper and using greener forms of travel, with the purpose of reducing your company’s day-to-day carbon footprint. Some companies also employ self-service technologies such as centralised procurement and teleconferencing.
- Learning to think sustainably
This is where the company begins to realise the need implement sustainable processes within their business. By assessing the ecological impact across a range of operations, companies can see exactly how their practices impact the environment on a local and global level. Changes in supplier management, product design, manufacturing practices, and shipping and distributing happen at this tier.
- The science of sustainability
This goes beyond the obvious, or the observable, and includes a full-scale audit of how things are run and how they can be run. At this level, companies map out a plan for long-term sustainability and establish milestones and markers to assess their progress over time. This assessment plans in depth, how implementing sustainability over time warrants adjustments to cost, agility, flexibility and efficiency. The regulation of several types of businesses by government agencies, along with the overall cost savings of going green in the long run, is a major push for companies to achieve this final tier.
Challenges during supply chain sustainability implementation
This includes lowering costs, ensuring just-in-time delivery, and shrinking transportation times to allow better reaction to business challenges. However, the increasing environmental costs and growing consumer pressure for eco-friendly products has led many companies to look at supply chain sustainability as a new measure of profitable logistics management. This shift is reflected by an understanding that sustainable supply chains frequently mean profitable supply chains.
Many companies are limited to measuring the sustainability of their own business operations and are unable to extend this to their suppliers and customers. This makes determining their true environmental costs difficult and reduces their ability to remove waste from the supply chain. However, progress has been made in defining supply chain sustainability, and benchmarking tools are now available that enable action plans to be developed and implemented.
Sustainability is more than just a fad. By thinking sustainably, your business should be analysing the value you stand to gain through implementing sustainable initiatives.
Contact AMCAP Distributors to find out more about sustainable supply chain management solutions.
GEM Community kicks off with Zonta House
AMCAP has a performance driven culture in which the company strives to go the extra mile in everything it does, driven internally by the GEM culture. GEM Community is part of this culture. On Friday 28 July AMCAP hosted a morning tea to refocus the company’s values and introduce one of our new charity partners, Zonta House.
Zonta House is a not for profit organisation supporting women who have experienced family and domestic violence, mental health, homelessness and other life crises.
Staff were encouraged to support the company values of passion, honesty and integrity, teamwork and drive for results and help make each other accountable on a daily basis. We were also reminded of AMCAP’s purpose which aims to improve our customers business guided by our mission to grow profitably by being a respected solutions provider with a strong focus on customer service excellence while creating a culture where our employees thrive.
Through our four pillars of culture and leadership, operational excellence, customer service excellence and profitable growth, our company will continue to grow and succeed.
Each month AMCAP and the Skipper Transport Parts division will host an event where staff gold coin donations will be passed onto one of our charities of choice with this month’s recipient being Zonta House. Angie Perkins, Service Delivery Manager said “We are so pleased to have AMCAP on board as a charity partner to work towards helping make a difference in assisting women to lead more independent, safer and fulfilling lives.”
Geoff Bailey said” We are proud of our staff and their community spirit to help raise much needed funds for companies such as Zonta. Our staff are also encouraged to use their paid charity leave entitlement to support a charity or any registered not-for profit organisation based on their own values and interests and I hope that they are inspired to connect with Zonta to donate their time this year.”
Pictured L-R: Geoff Bailey, Angela Perkins (Zonta House), Hans Francis, Jason Mance at the GEM Community Launch in the AMCAP Welshpool warehouse
Find What You Need, When You Need It
Inventory management solutions that can work for you
To effectively manage a warehouse, you need an inventory control system that will ensure smooth inventory flow and warehouse efficiency. Not only will it ensure that your warehouse is always in mint condition, but you’ll be able to keep an eye on the ball with regards to asset tracking and stock availability.
Needless to say, efficient inventory control is crucial to effective warehouse management. Need more convincing? Let us break down the benefits and explain how efficient inventory management solutions can benefit your business.
What is considered best practice when it comes to inventory management?
If you’re managing a warehouse, then you want to avoid delayed customer orders, inaccurate stock data and high return processing costs. This is why you need to take a look at inventory management best practices. What does this entail?
Well for starters, you need to consider the review system that best suits your business model.
- You would use a continuous review system if you order the same quantity of goods each time. With this system, you can continuously monitor inventory levels. If it drops below a set level, you replenish.
- If you order goods at the same time each period (perhaps you order your stock every three months), you would use the periodic review system. At the end of each period, you determine how many items are needed based on quantity levels at the end of each period.
Another best practice is quality control. Implement a process that ensures that quality is monitored. Ask employees to help with the following:
- To report any signs of product damage
- Ensure that the product information is identical to the description on the purchase order
- Pricing and terms of sale
If you’re all working towards the same standards of quality, you’ll eliminate unnecessary hitches in your inventory management.
Last but not least, you need to implement demand forecasting. This will ensure that even with minimal stock levels, you never run out of stock. To accurately forecast demand, it’s important to involve both marketing and sales.
Now that we’ve covered best practices, it’s time to look at the benefits.
How can your business benefit from inventory management?
Having a well-oiled management plan will help you, your employees and customers. Which is why you can’t ignore it. This is how you stand to benefit.
- Increased efficiency
Imagine for a second what it would be like if you ignore the best practices of inventory management. Employees would have to rummage through files and spreadsheets and run around each time someone asks about stock availability. There is a better way. With a good inventory management system, you and your employees will now have more time to focus on business growth and customer satisfaction.
- You’ll know exactly where stock is
This is good news, especially if you have warehouses in multiple locations. Instead of getting on the phone and trying to call the other warehouse, you can pull up real time data, which can track the stock’s exact location.
- Close that deal!
The owner at the bakery just ran to the back, promising you that slice of chocolate cake you’ve been craving. He comes back empty handed because he just found out they’re out of stock. Naturally you’ll find another bakery right? Well the same will apply to your customers if they find out that an item they were promised is out of stock and you’re unable to tell them when you’ll restock. Inaccurate inventory management can lead to lost sales and ultimately lost customers.
Finding the right partner when it comes to inventory management
Whether its personal or business, when it comes to finding the right partner, there is one important aspect: having the same goal in mind. This is why AMCAP works with you to understand your specific needs, ensuring that we deliver you the most suitable strategic logistics model.
Our warehousing and logistics solutions provide increased capacity, lower costs and higher service levels. Tailored advanced technologies are deployed throughout our state-of-the-art facilities to handle all requirements.
Whether it’s in our facilities or a client warehouses, we provide hardware and software solutions to increase the productivity and efficiency of all warehouse operations. We identify strategies and implement them to assist production, inventory flow and time management.
AMCAP’s warehousing and storage solutions help manage resources as well as people in a safe and secure environment.
Improve accountability today. Contact AMCAP Distributors today for more information.
How Logistics Warehouse Management Works For You
Rest easy knowing your goods are being managed effectively.
Dysfunctional warehouses are a nightmare for everyone, including visitors and clients who don’t work there and only have to look at the chaos. The idea that a business owner would entrust their products to a provider who places crystal glasses in a box under the heavy-duty audio products, is a prime example of bad planning – and it would turn anyone a shade of grey.
A good logistics warehouse management system should streamline the packaging, transportation and deliveries to clients, without a hitch; and the crystal should be nowhere near the audio equipment.
Here are several reasons why logistics warehouse management works for business owners and their clients:
A good warehouse management system (WMS) will track operations throughout the warehouse and indicate where it is going well and where it needs work. Various teams oversee different departments, each of which feed into one another, so all operations need to work seamlessly together.
A logistics provider is able to effectively track products and team performance, negating the need for round-the-clock supervision of picking and packing, invoicing and distribution. This reduces your need for staff and by extension, reduces costs.
Badly managed logistics warehouses need a large undertaking of staff, whereas, the right operations and systems call for fewer staff to perform the same duties, cutting costs for the company.
Streamlines and increases productivity
Warehouse management systems take the sting out of labour-intensive chores like manually recording data, locating stock, creating invoices and finding payments. Staff productivity is increased due to streamlined processes, faster order fulfilments and less errors.
Detailed stock control
Leaving manual stock control in the dust, computerised stock control is the only way to ensure the correct management of warehouse stock.
Logistics providers use WMS to automate their inventory processes, and all the details pertaining to taking delivery of products, storing them and accounting for their movements from warehouse to consumer. The system keeps track of where items are along the production line and advises management when a client’s stock needs to be replenished.
This may not fall within the management of the system, but it is the primary reason why logistics exists. Customer satisfaction creates and drives businesses. Logistics management organises, distributes and transports products to clients. This simple exercise can make or break a company’s consumer experience.
Companies want to know that they are entrusting their products, distribution and delivery to a logistics provider that puts them first; it’s what keeps satisfied companies (clients) and their consumers happy. Satisfied customers are the bottom line, which is why the correct logistics warehouse management is so essential.
Outbound logistics is the way of the future for companies who offer online shopping, which is why companies want to know that they are using logistics providers who are on top of their game.
For a company that drives innovative logistic solutions for the commercial and industrial auto sectors, contact AMCAP Distributors today. Logistic warehouse management is the foundation on which AMCAP’s 3PL and 4PL services are built. Clients are privy to tailored logistical solutions that work for them and their businesses.