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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

Forestry

From forest to mill on narrow roads

Transporting round wood may at first glance appear pretty straightforward. Find the timber, load it up and drive away. But, narrow roads to inaccessible sites in the middle of the wild demands some creativity.

Our biggest challenge in forestry is seasonality. Mills run all year, but the course of nature creates difficulties. During rain season roads might be inaccessable, making it hard for trucks to even access the forests. But the demand from the different industries is constant. Making planning very important.

Now, this is what we like the most. By operating your transport and looking at the whole flow, we can plan for different demand and availability. That way, we can reduce costs for both you and us.

This is where we start - Flow simulation

Initial planning

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 Forestry

First, we pick up the timber that has been fallen in the woods. The landowners place the timber close to a road, so we can access it with our trucks. The challenge is that there are often more than one loading point. These points are often located in rough environments that are hard to reach. The key is to have a close dialogue with the different landowners to schedule the route. That way we can make sure no trucks are half full. We also ensure that the timber isn’t exposed to insects or bad weather, which can damage the fibres in the wood. The timber is then transported to the paper mill if it is close by, which it usually is. If not, we deliver it to a port or a train that takes it to the factory.

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 wood logger, the production manager and the drivers.

Here we overlook the whole flow and monitor 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 round wood has been unloaded 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 round wood there will be for us to collect in the forest. 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.

Finding new ways together

Partnership

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

 

Arranging forums - 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.