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INFORM, a global leader in AI-driven automation, has published a transformative roadmap that will propel Australia's maritime and intermodal terminals into 2030 with a global competitive edge. Embracing the power of automation and AI-driven decision-making, this roadmap emphasises resilience, forward-thinking strategies, and sustainable practices. 


Matthew Wittemeier, Director of Marketing and SalesTerminal and Distribution Centre Logistics at INFORM Australia, explains: 

"During the pandemic's peak, global supply chains faced immense disruptions, leading to delays, shortages, and economic impacts. In Australia, terminal operations were not immune to these challenges. However, resilient terminals were better equipped to weather the storm. Those with forward-thinking strategies in place, capable of swiftly reorganising supply chains, adopting safety measures, and incorporating digital solutions, fared better than others. The lesson from COVID-19 is clear: Resilient terminals are better positioned to maintain essential services and keep goods flowing even during unforeseen and challenging circumstances." 


Our vision for Australia's terminals is underpinned by cutting-edge automation and AI technology. By analysing vast amounts of data, our solutions predict patterns and optimise operations, unlocking unparalleled efficiency. Through collaboration and thoughtful planning, Australia’s terminals will have the operational resilience to address challenges and become the global blueprint for intermodal and maritime terminal operation.” 


INFORM's roadmap consists of five crucial steps: 


  1. Prioritise Resilience: Building terminal resilience is paramount to ensure continuity even in the face of unexpected challenges. By incorporating adaptive strategies, robust contingency planning, and rapid response mechanisms, terminals can fortify their operations and safeguard critical supply chains. 

  1. Implement Forward-Thinking Strategies: Proactive planning and innovation are essential to maintain competitiveness in the rapidly evolving global transportation landscape. By embracing cutting-edge technologies, anticipating industry trends, and optimising processes, terminals can position themselves as industry leaders. 

  1. Employ Automation and AI-Driven Decision-Making: Automation and AI-driven decision-making offer transformative advantages to terminal operations. By using real-time data analysis, predictive modelling, and optimisation algorithms, terminals can streamline processes, enhance safety, and achieve unprecedented levels of efficiency. 

  1. Address Challenges in Implementing Automation: While automation brings substantial benefits, overcoming challenges is crucial for successful implementation. Terminals must tackle infrastructure limitations, plan for workforce transition, and adapt to evolving regulatory frameworks to seamlessly integrate automated technologies. 

  1. Take a Collaborative Approach: Adopting automation requires a collaborative approach. Terminal operators, government agencies, industry stakeholders, and experts must work together to develop comprehensive strategies and policies that address challenges while promoting innovation and sustainable growth. 


INFORM's roadmap to 2030 outlines a transformative journey for Australia's maritime and intermodal terminals. By harnessing the power of AI-driven automation, embracing resilience, and fostering collaboration, our terminals will lead the way in global transportation, setting new industry standards and ensuring a sustainable and efficient future. 

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