Tasmanian breakfasts delivered by Streeflands Fuso trucks
Tasmanian freight firm Streeflands has been delivering everything required for a great breakfast since 1986 with Fuso trucks.
Newspapers, bread and juice are among the diverse products Streeflands delivers as part of its expanding operations in Tasmania and Victoria.
Rick and Theresa Streefland kicked off the business in 1986 and bought their first Fuso truck from Chris Saltmarsh at CJD Equipment. These days, their son Troy is in the driver’s seat of the company and the family is still buying Fuso trucks from Chris and the team at CJD.
Early on, the Streeflands team decided that rather than chase general freight work, they would work with a select number of clients and give them a higher level of service.
It’s a policy that has proven its worth throughout the decades.
Streeflands, which introduced an expansion program in 2008, now delivers for blue chip brands such as Coca-Cola Amatil, Cripps, Juicy Isle, Mauri and continues its long association with the News Corp Hobart Mercury newspaper.
Streeflands now runs a fleet of 50 vehicles including trucks, utes and vans and 14 of those are Fuso trucks, both Canter and Fighter.
The company has also inherited a range of older models when it has acquired other operations. Rather than ditch the older trucks, it keeps them on as standby vehicles which help Streeflands cover spikes in demand which can occur especially in the beverage market when the weather warms up.
Streeflands has one depot in Launceston and another at Latrobe, just outside Devonport, and also operates from client sites in Hobart and Melbourne.
Troy Streefland says the company has been able to rely on the Fuso trucks and the solid support from CJD Equipment.
“Dad’s first truck was a Mitsubishi (Fuso) and he just kept buying them,” he says.
“They are reliable and comfortable, the drivers really enjoy driving them and we know that CJD Equipment will always back us.”
All of the Fuso trucks Streeflands currently run are manual, but Troy says the company will likely switch to AMT transmissions, including the quick-shifting dual clutch Duonic automated manual in Canter models, to make it easier for drivers in future.
He says good drivers are important, but adds that it is not all about how they operate the truck. For example, Cripps bread delivery drivers are also responsible for filling shop shelves with the product and ensuring any old stock is returned.
“We are placing more and more emphasis on customer service when we employ drivers these days,” Troy says.
“Increasingly, it’s not enough to simply be a good driver.”
June 15, 2017
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