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Hear it from the legends themselves
"The sound is amazing and the twelve hours of use makes for a long party!"
2014 was another big year for Mainfreight. What’s on the horizon for 2015?
Every year Mainfreight has its opportunities and 2015 will be no different. We will be expecting to find more growth as we continue to look for continued expansion and to satisfy more customers with great logistic services across the world.
Mainfreight seems to be continuously expanding, not just here in NZ but especially offshore. Do you spend much of your time travelling internationally?
We have always tried to travel to every branch no matter where they are. As we have expanded, now in twenty countries with 245 branches, that same philosophy applies. Yes it means travel, but there is no substitute for feet on the ground.
Many people pay tribute to Mainfreight’s level of service. We have felt this first hand. What’s the secret for employing such passionate team members?
Thank you for the compliment, we try hard every day to provide high quality service. There are times when we get this wrong and as long as we learn from those mistakes we will continue to get better. Employing good people who start on the floor and work their way through the business (we promote from within only) then we have a chance to be better and differentiate ourselves from our competitors. The more responsibility we can give to our team to make decisions, the better we will be.Thank you for your business, our team love dealing with you guys.
The “100 year vision’’ has been mentioned as a corner stone for Mainfreight’s growth, particularly off shore. How does one even begin to write/ picture such a plan?
We don’t think you write a plan for a hundred years. It is a belief and part of the culture. Therefore you make decisions as if you are going to be here for another hundred years. It is amazing how that takes destructive, value decreasing, short term decisions away.
You have spent many a good year in the logistics industry. Thinking back to the early days has the industry always been of interest to you?
It is an industry that captivates. When you begin to think how, why, where our everyday consumables come from it is an industry that is dynamic, exciting and interesting. It is a heap of fun every day.
You must have seen an immense change in the industry over the past 10 years? Are there any revolutionary changes you foresee happening in the next 10 years?
There is no doubt in our minds that the logistics sector will be very different from what we had and have today. The challenge will be to keep abreast of change and market expectations.
Tell us your definition of a good time?
Family, friends, great food, good wine, great music and plenty of boisterous conversation. Add the odd physical challenge or some sport and time flies.
Favourite chill out location?
Is music important to you and if so why?
Yes, it helps the occasion or the run, the ride or to relax.
What sort of music do you enjoy listening to?
Eagles, Rolling Stones, Foreigner, a bit of Robbie Williams and anything my daughters subject me to!
Have you played a musical instrument? If not is there one you would love to learn?
I tried through high school but sport took over. I wished I had learnt to play the guitar.
If you had to pick your favourite era of music what would that be and why?
Seventies for some of the best rock around and now music for some great lyrics and style of music.
Best live act you have seen?
Rolling Stones. We were lucky enough to be back stage with the band. They epitomise why you should never give up when you have something that is a success.
Why do you like our portable speaker?
The sound is amazing and the twelve hours of use makes for a long party!!! And by the way, don’t forget its good looks.
Please name three people you admire and why.
Bruce Plested because he gets Quality, Dion Nash because he gets competition, Al Brown because he gets food, Eddie Von Dadelszen because he gets style and Michelle because she gets me!
What are your top three tips for success?
Passion, Energy and Determination and if you get the chance destroy the bureaucracy.
Any advice you would give to entrepreneurs out there?
Don’t give up, think global (the market is bigger) and don’t sell the business for the Boat, the Bach or the BMW.
Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to slide in sideways, totally worn out shouting “holy shit…what a ride”
Any predictions for the cricket world cup here at home?
What a competition. The three Southern Hemisphere sides look odds on, a final where New Zealand will play Australia.
One song to finish up on what’s it going to be?
Rolling Stones “Start me up”