Who We Are
Supply Network Limited is a listed company operating trading entities in Australia and New Zealand under the Multispares brand. Each trading entity has its own management team and its own operating focus within a broad market definition of replacement parts for road transport equipment.
In simple terms we sell truck and bus parts. In practice we sell a range of services including parts interpreting, procurement, supply management and problem solving. Through the skill we apply to these services we add considerable value to a growing range of products.
Our Business Principles
The Australia-New Zealand market for trucks and buses is among the most diverse and competitive in the world. Vast distances, sophisticated operators and an open economy drive significant diversity in vehicle makes and models and present many challenges for replacement part suppliers. Our business has evolved around these unique characteristics of our local markets.
First and foremost we operate at the "quality" end of the aftermarket. The cost of product failure in our markets is high so we have built our reputation around long-term relationships, reliable products and lowering fleet operating costs. We often tell our customers, "there is nothing that we sell that we couldn't buy for less, but we don't compromise quality."
The diversity of vehicle makes and models and the concentration of certain vehicles for particular tasks sets up considerable difference in the demand for replacement parts from one region to another. In order to deal with the complexities of regional market demand we have developed a decentralised management structure with a strong regional focus. We actively build depth in our branch network to improve local decision-making and strengthen support for local requirements.
The breadth of our product range, significant regional differences and a strong regional structure does add to our operating cost. However we are an organisation with substantial scale, which allows us to buy products well and many of our operational and administrative activities are highly efficient. This keeps us competitive while our branch network keeps service levels strong.
Our Code of Conduct states:
- We value initiative and independent thought but work in teams for a team result.
- We show respect for other stakeholders including staff, suppliers and customers.
- We obey the law and through good business aim to make a positive contribution to local communities.
In many ways this Code embodies our organisational culture. In a business with thousands of daily transactions, dealing with thousands of different products, we rely on our staff to operate professionally, to interpret requirements and serve customers. They can't do this alone and in every location our success depends on the strength of the local team.
In the background we build organisational strength to support decision making and to streamline as many transactions as possible. Our staff thrive on the challenges that come from local empowerment but also appreciate the strong business and social ethics that bind us together.
Our organisational culture is a strong factor in our ability to compete and to grow in this industry and has laid a strong platform for growth in the years ahead.