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Spurned Linfox accepts subbie’s asking price

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

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By Brad Gardner

A subcontractor who walked away from Linfox after it cut his freight rate has returned to work for the transport titan – and he’s named the price.

Owner of Reedmans Retro Roadways Glenn Reedman refused to work for Linfox and publicly criticised the company last year after it reduced rates by up 10 percent under its contract with Carter Holt Harvey.

He feared he would be blacklisted at the time for speaking out, but he says Linfox approached him this year agreeing to pay his going rate. “I managed to broker a deal with Linfox at my price. I’ve been back with them for five or six weeks,” Reedman says.

Linfox faced an angry backlash from owner-drivers last December for reducing rates. Many complained the offer was unsustainable and pursued work elsewhere. Reedman says Linfox struggled to deliver enough trucks to fulfil the contract, prompting it to contact him.

He says it is important transport operators – subcontractors especially – understand their costs and only accept work at sustainable rates. “It’s a high turnover, low leftover business,” Reedman says. “If fuel goes up again I’ll be putting the price up again. If they cut my rate I’m out.”

Despite suffering a short-term financial loss after leaving Linfox, Reedman says he does not regret standing firm on rates. “People don’t realise how much bargaining power they have,” he says.

Under its contract with Carter Holt Harvey, Linfox will manage all transport from the timber company’s mills and distribution centres nationwide until April 2016. Reedman reiterated comments made last year that low pay leads to poor safety because truck drivers will need to work longer and harder to make a living.

If the Federal Government fails to establish its proposed ‘safe rates’ scheme, he says it must educate transporters on how to negotiate contracts.

With operators labouring under notoriously tight margins, Reedman says it is important they maximise profit where possible to remain viable. “I just want to keep doing the job I’ve done for years. It’s what I love. There’s nothing else I would rather do,” he says.

Source: ATN (

Linfox adds 17 Kenworths to its burgeoning fuel business

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Linfox Logistics, Asia Pacific’s largest privately-owned supply chain solutions company, has purchased 17 T408SAR prime movers – its first Kenworth purchase in more than a decade.

A proven performer in a variety of line haul applications, the new Kenworth trucks join Linfox’s expanding fuel distribution fleet, hauling fuels to 7-Eleven and Caltex depots and service stations along the east coast.

Ray Gamble, Linfox’s President, Fleet and Procurement, says his company is delighted to be working with Kenworth. “Linfox has built its reputation on delivering virtually anything, anywhere and at any time in the region,” Mr Gamble said. “We need trucks that we can depend on; trucks that will work hard – year in, year out – and under the most grueling conditions. That’s why we’re buying Kenworths.

They are highly productive and reliable vehicles that are built in Australia for Australia’s harshest operating environments.” Rated to 70 tonnes, each of Linfox’s T408SARs is configured for 19m fuel tankers and are powered by a Cummins 15-litre ISX engine, producing 500 hp and 1850 lb/ft of torque. The trucks also include an Eaton RoadRanger RTLO20918B 18-speed manual transmission, Dana D46-170 rear axle and Kenworth Airglide 400 suspension.

Mr Gamble says Kenworth’s classic-looking model, which features a set-forward front axle and short bumper-to-back-of-cab length, is a versatile workhorse that’s ideal for Linfox’s fuel business.

“The T408SAR has been intelligently engineered so that it has the maneuverability, visibility and shortened length of a cab-over as well as the improved cab access, serviceability and low-tare weight of a conventional bonneted truck.

“For us, that means a dependable and flexible truck that can handle long, heavy-haulage on interstate freeways just as easily as deliveries on metropolitan streets,” he explained.