Case Study

Agriculture — unattended, overnight delivery of multiple order types
(Emergency, Daily Stock Order, Special Terms & Completed Goods)

Client Challenge - Agricultural parts distribution is unlike any other parts distribution systems, Farmers have a very tight window of time available to do field work. Our client was having difficulty consolidating and delivering multiple parts orders coming from multiple manufacturing sites then distributing to dealers as one consolidated order across wide geographic regions.

Client Risk - Ability to integrate IT resources to track thousands of parts coming from multiple manufacturing sites

Client Solution - Dealers order agriculture parts throughout the day and Lanter Delivery Systems picks up from Regional Parts Distribution Centers and delivers multiple part order modes (emergency, daily stock order, special terms & completed goods) with one consolidated delivery during the night across a wide geographic region. By knowing your critical parts and stock replenishment will be there before the start of the work day, service improves, inventory levels, work delays and interruptions are all reduced! Prior to start-up, LDS visits each dealer to exchange vital information and gain a clear cut understanding of their unique delivery characteristics. LDS provides our client with an end to end real time scanning solution that can track & trace shipments throughout the entire supply chain. Lastly, as part of the overall solution, LDS was able to include the pick-up of return parts back to our clients remanufacturing and PDC sites.

Lanter Solution

1. Agriculture line haul trucks – En route line hauls from multiple manufacturing sites in North America to strategically placed LDS Cross Docks

2. Lanter Cross Docks Employee with hand-held scanner – LDS Cross Docks scan, sort, segregate freight from multiple manufacturing sites and load 26’ Straight trucks for night unattended delivery to the dealer network

3. Lanter 26’ Straight Truck - Equipment of choice to make speedy, safe and consistent dealer deliveries

4. Handheld Scanner – Driver Intermec handheld scanner records delivery time, date and freight ID.  Return packages are scanned.

5. Agriculture dealer – Parts are delivered in secure location at the dealer by 0800 next day.

6. Agriculture Parts Distribution Center – Returns are consolidated at LDS Cross Docks and transported to  remanufacturing sites

Client Benefits

  • End to end tracking & trace of parts throughout the entire supply chain
  • Improved customer service and productivity to dealer network by consolidated delivery of all order modes
  • LDS ability to cover wide geographic region eliminated the need to open additional Parts Distribution Centers
  • Reverse logistics solution helped reduce overall landed cost while improving return parts flow back to remanufacturing  and PDC sites
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