Coordinating the logistics chain

Coordinating the logistics chain

Environmental factors

How much longer until rain interrupts the harvest? Are there already signs of soil compaction?

Time factors

What is the best time to use a specific vehicle? How can you quickly replace a broken machine? When can a combine harvester be sent out without having to wait – and when will it be finished?

Cost factors

Is the harvest process cost efficient? How can it be enhanced to lower costs?

Route-related factors

Where would it be best to deploy the vehicle? Which routes are best? And which should be avoided?

Coordinating the logistics chain

During the harvest, the entire fleet must work together in harmony, despite time pressure and multiple factors that need to be taken into account. A lack of visibility into the logistics chain and incomplete information prevent machines reaching their full potential.

Challenges

  • Time and cost pressure: harvest only lasts six weeks
  • Streamlining the time-intensive logistics chain: threshing, in-field logistics, off-field logistics
  • Imprecise information exchange due to need for time-consuming face-to-face or telephone conversations
  • Uncoordinated equipment usage increases mileage, diesel consumption, and damage to the environment
  • The mechanization and automation of agriculture is on the up – there are still new technologies to be explored
  • Rapid response to environmental factors such as rain or increased soil compaction.