Logistics management in agriculture

Agriculture carries much of our food produce from farm to wholesale centres and requires advanced efficiency in supply chain to keep costs low. Learn how to do this here.

Logistics management in agriculture

At SmartRoutes, our team has experience in supporting the unique transport needs of the industry when it comes to feed, grain & fertiliser deliveries and milk collection. With in-depth market knowledge, we’ve worked closely with some of Ireland and the UK’s leading Agri & Dairy Enterprises to maximise the efficiency of their transport operations. SmartRoutes has been proven to reduce distances travelled by up to 30%.

In the drive for sustainability and viability, SmartRoutes is your trusted partner.

What are agricultural logistics?

Agricultural logistics management ensures the flow of goods from suppliers to customers. The logistics function, once working efficiently, guarantees that a customer's needs are met on time. In doing so, the customer must be proactively contacted when orders are due to be made again.

Let’s take a look at what’s involved:

Agri Route Planning

By using a route planner, you can plan and optimise routes for bulk, mini-bulk and bagged deliveries collectively. You can manage routes for all vehicle types, from tankers to tippers on one interface. By using automation software to plan your routes ahead of time, you can ensure that vehicles that are leaving the depot will be sent out at full capacity. Allowing you to get out more deliveries per day and as a result, reduce cost of sale.

Your visibility will increase across the organization with a birds-eye view of operations from office to road. This make it easier to spot inefficiencies on routes in progress which can then be improved on in the future. Back office staff can even make update to live routes and drivers will receive a push notification in realtime via the driver mobile app. With route planning software you can establish a comprehensive knowledge database of road networks and yards.

Delivery Experience

Logistics management software can allow you to create customizable delivery windows for customers based on their own schedules using the customer portal. You can keep customers updated with real-time ETAs via SMS. These notifications can also include a live tracking link which will give the customer access to a live map where they can check for the location of their delivery in realtime.

Driver App

By giving your drivers a delivery driver app, you are providing your drivers with industry leading-navigation. The routing algorithm will utilise Zipcodes, GPS Co-Ordinates, Postcodes, Eircodes & What3Words to accurately identify drop-sites and these routes will be automatically assigned and sent to drivers ahead of time. Within the app, drivers can leave notes or view dispatch notes for specific requirements on certain delivery drops. Via the mobile app, drivers can take electronic proof of delivery using e-signatures and photos.

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Admin team using the SmartRoutes route planning software

Sales Team Visibility

Sales Teams can see orders allocated to geographic areas. They can fill part-loads by pro-actively contacting customers when vehicles are due in their area. This will improve fleet efficiency by entirely eliminating part-loads. Thus maximising your sales & delivery operations with intelligent software.

To see how this was achieved with our customer Grennans, view our case study.

"The SmartRoutes team have been exceptional. They have helped us greatly reduce our carbon footprint and transport costs through better route planning, while at the same time reducing our yearly admin by over 800 hours."

John Grennan, Owner, B. Grennan Transport

Implement Agricultural Logistics Software, Today!

If you're looking for agricultural logistics software for your business, you can try a 7-day free trial of SmartRoutes or book a demo to discuss your needs. We can get you up and running in minutes and help you to make the most of it from the outset.