‘How I grew my fleet from 2 to 26 trucks in just a year’

Through using the Ofload platform, founder and CEO of Brisbane Transport, Gary Badesha has experienced phenomenal growth – expanding from a two-truck to a 26-truck operation in just 12 months.

Badesha started his business in September 2021, with two trucks being used to cart ad hoc loads. That was until he signed up to the Ofload platform in February 2023.

Brisbane Transport now handles a variety of freight, specialising in FTL (full truck load) and LTL (less than truckload) linehaul work on the east coast.

“I originally found out about Ofload through another company I used to sub-contract to. It was a pretty easy platform to join. I only had two trucks at that point,” Badesha explained.

Ofload is a digital freight platform, connecting shippers and carriers. Launched in 2020, the founding team saw a huge opportunity to remove the inefficiencies affecting the trucking industry. Ofload now works with hundreds of customers who move freight across Australia.

Since joining Ofload, Brisbane Transport has shipped 7500 loads across a range of shippers, covering FTL and LTL, with contracts for companies like Kimberly Clark and other leading FMCG brands.

The modern truck fleet of Volvo FH16 Globetrotters and Mercedes-Benz Actros is complemented by 26 sets of B-doubles, including high cube trailers, drop decks and straight decks. 

Founder and CEO of Brisbane Transport, Gary Badesha, has experienced phenomenal growth since linking with Ofload. Image: Brisbane Transport

Badesha attributes his company’s phenomenal growth to the support he’s received from the team he works with at Ofload.

“They’re really good with communication and also gave me the confidence to buy specialised trailer equipment. They already had a contract with Kimberley Clark, which makes tissue paper, toilet paper and paper towels. As that contract expanded, they asked if we wanted to expand with it. So, there was that opportunity to grow with that contract,” he explained.

“Ofload is also really simple and easy to navigate around. Drivers are given a pin number for each job and when they key in that pin number, all the details for the job come up.”

In using the portal, Brisbane Transport has also been taking advantage of Ofload FastPay, a service provided by Ofload where its carriers get all invoices paid within 48 hours of submitting proof of delivery. This is instead of the usual 30-45 days and as a result, has strongly improved cash flow. They have now implemented this across the business and get two-day payments even for deliveries not made through Ofload.

From an administrative point of view, Ofload has cut out much of the paperwork too. “The technology has really helped us to get on top of our daily operations. The way the portal is set up saves us a lot of time in administration. Drivers can upload job details through the platform and then we can access all of those,” Badesha added.

Ofload has also helped Brisbane Transport secure truck and trailer financing, as well as cheaper fuel through the United Petroleum discount fuel cards.

“The fuel discounts are really good. They issue a fuel card through United Petroleum and all Ofload carriers can access that discount. Because Ofload is such a massive carrier, they were able to negotiate a better fuel rate for their customers,” Badesha said.

Looking ahead, Badesha says he’s hoping to continue growing the fleet.

“We want consistent and sustainable growth – which is mainly focused on customer service and compliance.”

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