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LOTS Group AB (556593-3057)

+46 8 553 500 00
info@lotsgroup.com
P.O.Box 160, Vasagatan 16
101 23 Stockholm, Sweden

Agriculture

Reaching the factory regardless of weather

The biggest challenge within agriculture is the shifts in season and weather. The standard of the roads might vary from one day to another. Sometimes they make it impossible to access the fields. But the crops still need to reach the factory or storage facility. This creates a challenging situation when we try to make the flow more effective.

But, since we are quite sure this is not what makes you tick, we have made this our specialty. We can take over your operations and overlook the whole flow so you can focus on your business.

By being flexible and smart in the planning phase we cope with shifts in seasons. We look at the whole flow, from the demand at the factory, to the harvest at the fields and the vehicles on the ground. That way we can reduce lead times and stops. We make the flow more smooth, which results in lower costs of course.

This is where we start - Flow simulation

Initial planning

If you do want to read more, here comes the rest. Most transport companies set up their operations without thinking it through. A big mistake in our opinion. Our idea is to simulate possible scenarios already in the planning phase. That way we can foresee where the bottlenecks will appear and understand how to improve the flow. In this model we can also count on how much costs we could cut. It becomes a plan or a blueprint if you like, that we follow-up on while operating your transport.

From A to B - The Flow in Agriculture

The challenge in agriculture is that there are often more than one loading point. The farmers place the harvest on different fields in a large area. The field roads often have insufficient underfoot conditions for heavier vehicles leading to higher rolling resistances and making it difficult to operate more efficient truck solutions instead of smaller slower equipment. The key here is to monitor under which conditions roads are passable and improve often used road stretches and keep road maintenance on stand-by. But also, to have a close dialogue with the different landowners to plan the smartest route. That's how we make sure no trucks are half full and that the harvest isn't exposed to weather and insects longer than necessary. When the trucks are full they continue to the factory. If the factory is far away, we deliver the harvest to a port or train that takes it the last distance.

See the bigger picture - The Control Tower

The heart of the operations sits in our control tower. This is where everyone can at a single glance, stay up to date of what’s happening on the site. It is like a dispatch central between the farmer, the factory manager and the drivers.

Here we overlook the whole flow and follow all vehicles on the screens in real time. Our transport operators see how many vehicles and loads are in rotation. How long time the trucks stand still during loading. What maintenance is needed on the roads. How much fuel is used, how the unloading is done and if any material has been damaged.

We have direct contact with the drivers, who can report if there are any problems along the way. It could be anything from a flat tire, to a difficult dumping zone or an inaccessible road.

We collect and analyze all this data to understand where there is room for improvement in your flow. It could be to change to a more environmentally friendly fuel or to overlook the roads more often. But it could also be something tied to the whole flow. When we know what the demand is at the mill for example, we also know how much there will be for us to collect in the field. Then we can plan how many trucks to schedule and avoid unnecessary lead times and empty trucks. All this will ensure lower costs.

By constantly staying up to date and improving the flow, we don’t only make less impact on the environment and can help even out the seasonality, we cut our costs and yours at the same time.

More value for your money

Lean Operations

Making the best of your flow - We constantly trim your flow to make the overall quality better.

Taking full ownership of equipment - We take a total cost of ownership approach to our equipment.

Looking beyond where we stand - We look at the whole value chain to find key areas of improvement.

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Finding new ways together

Partnership

Coaching culture - We clarify expectations and responsibilities as well as acknowledge good performance.

Arranging meetings - We engage in problem solving and arrange driver/ transport manager/ industry meetings.

Performance based contracts - We use profit sharing on renegotiation processes based on performance.

Making data easy to act upon

Digitalization

Follow vehicles in real time - Our visual management system lets you know where the vehicles are in real time.

Reporting deviations - The drivers and our control tower report deviations enabling better transparency and communication.

Improving always - We provide results from operations through a KPI dashboard, making it easier to analyse and continuously get better.

Doing good for the greater good

Sustainability

Sustainable for environment - We negotiate better fuel, load smarter and take the best roads.

Sustainable for society - We take pride in making sure that our drivers have a good working environment through everything from fair wages to scheduled driving distances.