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.

2020 GMK Holiday Season Closure Notice

Dear Customer

The holiday season is fast approaching and GMK would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued loyalty and support throughout this difficult year. We look forward to serving you in 2021 and wish all our customers a happy and safe holiday season.To assist our customers plan deliveries during this time, GMK advises the following closure period:

GMK will be closed: From Thursday 24 December 2020, 3.00pm

GMK will reopen: On Monday 4 January 2021, 8.00am

During the closure period, skeleton staff will be on call for emergency purposes only. Should deliveries be required over the closure period, GMK will be happy to assist; however it will need to be on a ‘pre-arranged basis’ and special charges will apply.

For your reference, a schedule is attached showing transport lane movements up to Thursday 24 December 2020. Please read carefully, as this schedule shows the final cut-off date in order to achieve delivery before Christmas for our major transport lanes.

If you have any questions, or wish to discuss deliveries required in the holiday period, please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or your State Manager for further assistance.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Yours sincerely

DAVID KNAGGE
General Manager – Operations

2020 INTERSTATE CHRISTMAS CUT-OFF DATES

FROMTOGENERAL SERVICEEXPRESS SERVICE
SydneyMelbourneTues. 22nd DecWed. 23rd Dec
SydneyBrisbaneTues. 22nd DecWed. 23rd Dec
SydneyAdelaideMon. 21st DecTues. 22nd Dec
SydneyPerthTues. 15th DecFrid. 18th Dec
SydneyTasmaniaTues. 15th DecWed. 16th Dec
MelbourneSydneyTues. 22nd DecWed. 23rd Dec
MelbourneAdelaideTues. 22nd DecWed. 23rd Dec
MelbourneBrisbaneMon. 21st DecTues. 22nd Dec
MelbournePerthTues. 15th DecFrid. 18th Dec
MelbourneTasmaniaWed. 16th DecThur. 17th Dec
AdelaideMelbourneTues. 22nd DecWed. 23rd Dec
AdelaideSydneyMon. 21st DecTues. 22nd Dec
AdelaideBrisbaneFrid. 18th DecMon. 21st Dec
AdelaidePerthThur. 17th DecFrid. 18th Dec
AdelaideTasmaniaTues. 15th DecWed. 16th Dec
BrisbaneSydneyTues. 22nd DecWed. 23rd Dec
BrisbaneMelbourneMon. 21st DecTues. 22nd Dec
BrisbaneAdelaideFrid. 18th DecMon. 21st Dec
BrisbanePerthFrid. 11th DecFrid. 18th Dec
BrisbaneTasmaniaMon. 14th DecTues. 15th Dec
PerthAll StatesTues. 15th DecFrid. 18th Dec
SydneyNewcastleTues. 22nd DecWed. 23rd Dec
NewcastleNorth CoastMon. 21st DecWed. 23rd Dec
NewcastleNorth WestTues. 22nd DecThur. 24th Dec

All above dates refer to December 2020

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.

 

New Corporate Logo For GMK Logistics

We are proud to announce the launch of our new company logo as part of the ongoing evolution of the GMK Logistics brand.

Our business has grown and evolved over the last 53 years, and now that we are part of the CTI Logistics group, we felt it was time for a change. We have refreshed our logo to reflect who we are today and to symbolize our exciting future. This wasn’t a decision we made lightly. We are proud of our history and that’s why our new logo retains the core elements, including the familiar chevron symbols.

The selection of the new logo took into account the following objectives:

  • to preserve our overall identity, in particular to retain the GMK Logistics name;
  • to assume the CTI Logistics corporate colours; and
  • to be functional and easily identifiable on the sides of vehicles and elsewhere.

In the coming months we will be updating our building and vehicle signage, marketing materials, online presence and stationery with the new logo. We are aware that changing a logo is a process that involves many steps and takes time, so we will adopt the new logo gradually and without unnecessary expense.

One thing that won’t be changing is GMK’s total commitment to providing the highest possible levels of customer service. We take this opportunity to thank our customers for their great support over the years and we look forward to working with you, and helping you grow your business, well into the future.

 

Construction of New Sydney premises for GMK continues on schedule

GMK has operated from its current Sydney depot in Smeaton Grange, near Campbelltown in Sydney’s south west, since 2008. The facility has been a great base for GMK throughout that time. However, with the growth of our national operation over the last couple of years, and the prospect of securing a number of new 3PL customers it became a necessity to look for a larger facility.

Following an extensive search of potential sites the decision was taken to build a purpose built facility in nearby Gregory Hills.  Whilst the new site will be approximately double the size of the current Sydney facility it will still be smaller than our Melbourne warehouse at Laverton North, which reflects that Melbourne continues to be home to many of Australia’s major flooring companies.

Construction of our new Sydney home is now well advanced and we are pleased to report that we are ahead of schedule and within the project’s overall budget.

The facility is due to be completed in December 2015 and boasts:

  • A 16,000 sqm integrated transport and warehouse facility
  • The capability to extend the warehouse by an additional 4,000 sqm
  • Specialised racking for carpet rolls, vinyl rolls and palletised product
  • Two laser cutting machines for carpets and potentially another for vinyl floor coverings, subject to customer demand
  • A fully integrated security system with over 40 security cameras
  • 16 transport docks, all equipped with dock levelers
  • A single flow traffic management plan with two street frontages, each with a separate entry and exit point
  • A weighbridge, fully operated from the dock office
  • A significantly larger and more efficient office layout
  • 92 car parks with a separate entrance and exit

This is a very exciting project and is GMK’s first ever purpose built facility.  The recent gain of Cavalier Bremworth’s warehousing business has already confirmed the need for the new facility and, with other solid new business prospects, the depot is likely to be well utilised within its first year.