GMK Delivers in good times and bad!

GMK’s Brisbane team are currently partnering with Koala to deliver mattresses to some of the worst hit flood regions on the Australian East Coast.

Koala are a highly charitable business and the only Australian mattress and furniture retailer to be part of the 1% for the Planet organisation.

Koala quickly recognised the need for new bedding following the recent floods, particularly amongst those in remote communities.

They decided to donate over 300 mattresses and additional furniture and enlisted the help of GMK’s parent company, CTI Logistics, to transport them from around the country to GMK’s Brisbane warehouse.

GMK are warehousing and distributing the much needed products to affected areas in NSW and QLD at no cost.

A big thank you to our QLD State Manager, Craig Cullen and Depot Manager, Herman Verdeuzeldonk, for generously offering to drive the trucks and complete the deliveries in their own time over the last few weekends.

GMK Logistics Opens New Transport Service to the NSW Central Tablelands

GMK Logistics is excited to announce the launch of a new transport service to the Central Tablelands region of NSW including the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Bathurst and Orange.

After Burke’s Transport announced their pending closure in February, GMK has decided to take the initiative and commence a regular service to Orange via the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Bathurst.  This service will originate out of our Sydney depot in Gregory Hills.  Burke’s have been GMK’s agent for this region for over fifteen years and their closure has created a great opportunity for GMK to service the area directly and expand its already extensive NSW network.

The demand has been driven from the flooring industry’s need to have a specialist transport partner servicing their customers in this growing region of NSW.  There are a number of flooring retailers in the area, all committed and passionate about their business.  We look forward to providing them with an outstanding transport solution and developing new, long term relationships.

GMK Logistics has been delivering specialised logistics services to the flooring industry for nearly sixty years in Australia. We provide a fully outsourced warehousing solution, including carpet and vinyl cutting services, and will deliver your product on time and in good condition, anywhere in Australia.

Please contact Richard Maybank on 1300 796 208 for further information.

Delivery Delays – Flood Damage to SA Rail Infrastructure

We are pleased to advise that the ARTC have provided further information in regards to the rail closure. The track is scheduled to open on Tuesday 15 February with normal rail service to commence on Friday 18 February.

GMK Logistics are working closely with our rail provider to clear the back log of containers and we are expecting to be back to our normal service as of Friday 18 February.

Please contact you State Manager for further information.

Extent of Damage

GMK Logistics delivers Christmas Cheer to local families in need

This year, the team at GMK Logistics chose to support the Christmas Appeal for the Toys ‘n’ Tucker initiative sponsored by Anglicare.

Knowing there were many local families doing it tough, particularly during the uncertainty of the past year, we asked everyone to bring in a suitable toy or a food item to donate.

The result was overwhelming, with some amazing toys donated along with a range of food items that will make a real difference this Christmas for many local families.

Pictured above is Amy Burgin and Rachel Satara from our Sydney Depot, surrounded by the very generous donations from the GMK Sydney employees.

Anglicare are packaging our donations into hampers to be distributed to the local families most in need.

GMK is proud of its long history of supporting the local community and look forward to continue doing so for years to come.

GMK Opens New Transport Service To Ballarat

GMK Logistics is excited to announce the launch of a new transport service to the Ballarat region in the Central Highlands of Victoria.

Famous for the Eureka Stockade and its historic past, Ballarat has a population of more than 105,000 which makes it Victoria’s third largest city and also the third largest inland city in Australia.  Focussing on the transport of flooring products, GMK’s new service will commence on Monday 29 June 2020 from our Melbourne Depot, based in Laverton North.

The demand has been driven from the flooring industry’s need to have a specialist transport partner servicing their customers in this growing region of Victoria.  There are around a dozen flooring retailers in the area, all committed and passionate about their business.  We look forward to providing them with outstanding transport solutions and developing new, long term relationships.

For over 53 years the team at GMK Logistics has been delivering specialised logistics services to the flooring industry in Australia. We provide a fully outsourced warehousing solution, including carpet and vinyl cutting services, and will deliver your product on time and in good condition, anywhere in Australia.

Please contact Richard Maybank on 1300 796 208 for further information.

 

GMK’s New Cutting Machine Transforming the Flooring Logistics Industry

GMK has brought the future of carpet cutting to Australia.

GMK’s new Carpet Boss III cutting machine is now fully operational in GMK’s Melbourne depot and is fast transforming the flooring logistics industry. Built by Perpetual Machine Company in U.S.A., it represents a very substantial investment by GMK in its customers and the Australian flooring industry.

The Carpet Boss III is already helping GMK to better serve its customers. It is capable of an impressive 45 cuts per hour when running at capacity.  That is 342 cuts in a standard day shift, which includes check measure balances and doffing off.  It’s the most advanced cutting machine in Australia.

The Carpet Boss III is fully-automatic, with a Dual-Precision Measuring System which ensures carpet cutting accuracy.  It has a high speed, four blade, scissor type cross cutter with the added benefit of an adjustable single blade carpet slitter.

Another key feature is the heavy duty, 4 metre accumulation table for staging rolls before they are automatically wrapped. Each roll is securely wrapped in plastic with core inserts at each end that seal the carpet for added protection and provide excellent presentation to the receiving customer.

GMK has also recently rolled out the Jaix Warehouse Management System [Jaix] which incorporates full RF scanning capability.  All carpet rolls are scanned upon receipt at GMK, which makes the carpet immediately available to order.  Outbound and cut rolls are scanned out of storage when ordered. If a roll requires a cut, it is scanned into the cutting machine location, which is capable of housing up to 10 mother rolls, where they are scheduled for efficient cutting.

The Carpet Boss III will be set up to talk directly to Jaix and automatically update stock records with accurate carpet measurements after each cut.  The system also has the smarts to foresee any opportunities for a second cut from the same roll, which reduces double handling.  GMK shares this efficiency with its customers. Jaix will also generate a customer report at the end of each day summarising all cuts and providing visibility of work completed, work in progress and all balances.

This new machine, along with the new Jaix IT solution, puts GMK right at the cutting edge of the Australian flooring logistics market. Customers utilising the GMK outsourced warehouse solution now have a number of distinct advantages over their competition, including:

* speed to market, with immediate access to GMK’s extensive national transport network
* world class equipment and IT solutions, with full product visibility
* the ability to focus on their core business without the distraction of a warehouse operation
* no warehouse WHS or HR compliance issues, and
* reduced capital investment and improved cashflow.

For further enquiries or to arrange a viewing of the new Carpet Boss III, please contact GMK on 1300 796 208.

 

GMK Logistics delivers Christmas Cheer to local families in need

The team at GMK Logistics decided to do something a little different this year to help celebrate Christmas.

Knowing there were many local families doing it tough, we asked everyone to bring in a suitable toy or a food item to donate.

The result was overwhelming, with some amazing toys donated together with a range of food items that will make a real difference this Christmas for many local families.

Pictured above is Amy Burgin and Rachel Satara from our Sydney depot, presenting our donations to the nearby Salvation Army depot.

The Salvos are packaging our donations into hampers to be distributed to the local families most in need.

GMK is proud of its long history of supporting the local community.

GMK Completes Major Extension To Sydney Warehouse

GMK’s new Sydney warehouse in Gregory Hills was opened in January 2016. At 16,300 square metres it was more than double the size of our previous depot at nearby Smeaton Grange.

Despite this significant increase, the new facility was soon at capacity with two of our largest customers entrusting us with the care of their high quality product in our modern, purpose built facility. Accordingly, in 2017 we commenced construction of a 6,100 square metre extension with racking for both rolled and palletized flooring products.

This extension was completed in April 2018 and has already achieved strong uptake from new and existing customers. However we still have space available so if you have any warehousing requirements please do not hesitate to contact our NSW State Manager, Sarah Rigby, on 1300 796 208.

GMK Logistics switches to Euro

GMK Logistics have chosen to add the new generation Mercedes-Benz Actros to its fleet, instead of going for another American-style prime mover.

The Mercedes-Benz Actros 2651 runs the 13-litre engine and has a power output of 510hp and a torque peak of 2500Nm (1844lb-ft), with a fully automated 12-speed transmission and boasts a number of integrated safety features.

With this being first time GMK and parent company CTI Logistics have purchased a Mercedes-Benz, the company is delighted at seeing a big fuel economy shift after only a few months on the road.

“The fuel economy figures they are getting represent a 25 per cent improvement in fuel economy over the old truck,” said CTI Logistics Commercial Manager, Glenn Brown.

“That is significant. We are very happy with our decision to go with the Mercedes-Benz,” he said.

The 2651 Actros has been put to work hauling a B-Double trailer set delivering floor coverings around Sydney during the day with one driver, before setting off on the Newcastle run at night with another driver.

GMK Logistics General Manager of Operations, David Knagge, says the truck has been well received by the drivers.

“They love it,” Mr Knagge said.

“It is a big improvement and the drivers really like the comfort, the vision and all of the safety features.”

Mr Knagge says the integrated safety features, which include a radar-based emergency auto brake feature, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control are a big plus.

“Safety is extremely important to our company, not just for our drivers but also the community,” he said.

The new acquisition complements the more than 650 vehicles for parent company CTI Logistics, which range from courier vehicles to triple road train combinations.

GMK Sydney has moved!

We are pleased to announce that GMK’s new Sydney premises at Gregory Hills is now fully operational.

To minimise disruption to our normal scheduled services the move was completed during our usual Christmas shut-down period.

The old Sydney facility at Smeaton Grange is now closed.

The contact details for our new Sydney warehouse and Head Office are:

Address:

82 Rodeo Road
Gregory Hills NSW 2557

Phone:                       

1300 796 208 (unchanged)
(02) 9308 8500 (new and operational now)

Office Fax:

(02) 9094 2213 (new and operational now)

If you have any questions about GMK’s move, or if you would like to organise a visit to our purpose built 16,000sqm facility, please call Ann Lamont (Customer Service Manager) on 1300 796 208.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your wonderful support in 2015 and we look forward to working with you in 2016 and beyond. We wish you and your families all the very best for the festive season.