Why we need trucks (and truckies)

And why rail doesnt work for all of us

Down on the orchard we produce stuff.  That stuff needs to be picked up from the orchard and taken somewhere.  Usually it’s to a packhouse. There’s not rail link between us to any of our local packhouses. We get a bill for the transport; all works out well.

This packhouse unloads the stuff, then plays around with it a bit and puts it into boxes.  Containers are then stuffed with the stuff stuffed in boxes and a truck comes and picks it up and takes it to the port. 

No here’s where it gets tricky.  The packhouse could load the containers onto a truck, the truck could then unload them at the railway station where rail could then load them onto a train, take them 5k’s down the road to the port and unload them…sorta, in our case I think we still need a truck after that?.  That’s an extra company, and extra set of hands, and an extra set of paper work and an extra set of things that can go wrong; oh and an extra bill, which we will pay to the government.

As it is we already load and unload our stuff twice to get it to port, why would we add another link (or two) in that chain. It’s called logistics and we are trying to eliminate as much cost as possible and increase our productivity; rail won’t help.

In fact this year we were quite excited by the fact that we put our stuff into bins on the orchard, loaded onto a truck and they took it straight to the port. We wanna do that again.

Remember trucks can do door to door; rail can’t, it needs trucks.  Government better listen to the truckies or the country will come to a stand still, rail or no rail.

Like I said it’s called logistics management and Wikipedia defines it as

Logistics management is that part of the supply chain which plans, implements and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers’ requirements.

Key words there are efficient and effective, and customers’ requirements

The word logistics originates from the greek term ‘logos’ which means calculation or reason; typical that this gummint don’t get it.

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