Direct Freight Express’ growing operation
Efficient logistics are fundamental to the success of most modern businesses, and the ‘just in time’ requirements of modern management mean that suppliers need to turn to specialists such as Direct Freight Express to streamline their distribution methods.
Jason Elliott has been National Operations Manager at Direct Freight Express (DFE) since 2000. Overseeing the handling of tens of thousands pieces of freight via the company’s network of 20 national depots, he is well aware that only the most efficient transport businesses will be able to benefit from Australia’s growing freight task.
“The biggest challenge for me is keeping up with the organisation’s growth rate,” he says. “It’s a combination of added business plus the growth of our existing clients.”
DFE’s on-going growth is courtesy of Managing Director Joe Catania, who established the company in 1993. Today, it operates more than 400 company-owned vehicles ranging from two-tonne vans to line haul B-triples and handles up to 80,000 individual pieces of freight each day, using state-of-the art handling infrastructure combined with high-tech tracking to provide the level of service key clients such as Myers and Bunnings expect.
Freight care and security are among the top priorities for Jason’s division. DFE has invested in the latest technology – including telescopic loaders that convey the parcels right to the specific load area of a truck – to minimise physical labour and almost eliminate the prospect of damage. Part of Jason’s job is to make sure the system works efficiently.
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