Operator Profile: SRT Logistics

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi, Photography by: Stephen Dwight


Specialists in refrigerated transport in Tasmania and Victoria, SRT Logistics has invested heavily in its own culture.

 

Finding skilled people is one of the main challenges transport operators in Tasmania face.

Refrigerated food carrier SRT Logistics says it has had to look internally and develop its own people to stay ahead of its competitors.

SRT Logistics General Manager Robert Miller says the company has grown its staff from the bottom up.

"It’s difficult because you don’t have a very wide net to cast – there’s only three to four major players and that’s it," Miller says.

"Unless you hire from one of them and incorporate their culture, it’s hard.

"Traditionally we have tended to avoid that and try to develop our own people within our own culture. Looking after them is a mixture of finance, flexibility, keeping them interested and moving and don’t letting them stay at the same job for too long."

SRT’s approach has been successful, with the company expecting to reach $42 million in turnover this year. Turnover at the firm has grown by around 20 per cent each year.

"Over the last few years we have averaged a reasonable major contract maybe every two years," Miller says.

"The simple philosophy in how we run the business is that it hasn’t always been a straight bottom line, it probably never has been, but we always run it day to day and every decision is about improving the business and improving it for the long term."

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