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Danish Crown

Reducing transport costs with AMCS

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About Danish Crown

Danish Crown, one of the world’s largest pork exporters, receives 14 million pigs a year in Denmark alone. In 2016 Danish Crown acquired a transport planning system from AMCS and made it available for all of their transporters. The goal was to reduce transport costs, have a real-time overview of the transport and to ensure a stable supply of pigs. Danish Crown experienced the need for matching the capacity of each slaughterhouse with the transport, thereby securing flow in the production. What they missed was a tool helping with matching capacity with deliveries and time windows.

25

Decreased planning time

5

Cost reduction

20

Increased quality of transport and delivery reliability

14

Pigs a year

Challenge

Transport planner with Dansk Grisetransport, Martin Damgaard Larsen says: "The many requirements for transporting live animals can be challenging in the planning."

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Challenge

The need for a planning solution

Transport planner with Dansk Grisetransport, Martin Damgaard Larsen says: "The many requirements for transporting live animals can be challenging in the planning.

There are requirements to the number of pigs a vehicle can contain depending on the sizes of the pigs, which pigs we transport due to risk of infection and to the documentation of the pigs’ origin. Often the farmers also have requirements to when their pigs are picked up. All of this affects the liberty for action in the transport planning which consequently has to incorporate many variables."

A challenge that Danish Crown was facing was how to ensure that the capacity on each slaughterhouse was filled, which is challenging with a large number of carriers. Danish Crown experienced the need for matching the capacity of each slaughterhouse with the transport, thereby securing flow in the production. What they missed was a tool helping with matching capacity with deliveries and time windows.

Solution

"With the system, we have reduced the time spent on planning and we have better calculations of time and economy."

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Solution

Integrated systems and processes

"With the system, we have reduced the time spent on planning and we have better calculations of time and economy.

Automatically, the system shows us the economy of the transport plan and the consequences of every change we make. That results in smarter planning and more efficient transport." Transport planner Martin Damgaard Larsen adds; "AMCS’ system sends the route lists directly to the drivers’ mobile devices and receives statuses back in real-time.

Subsequently, we have the option of following execution in real time and react on any delays. It’s essential for Danish Crown to secure a smooth delivery transport to the slaughterhouses, so capacity is fully utilized. Without the system we would not be able to plan the number of pigs we do today with the same flexibility and delivery reliability."

Results

Transport and logistics manager Henrik Ringskær: "Instantly, when we at Dansk Grisetransport got AMCS’ system we had an improvement in operations efficiency..."

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Results

Benefits and improved planning

Transport and logistics manager Henrik Ringskær: "Instantly, when we at Dansk Grisetransport got AMCS’ system we had an improvement in operations efficiency. Our goal is to reduce costs with approximately 5% a year and since 85% of our costs are in transport it is very important for us to have a powerful planning tool."

With AMCS’ solution suite Dansk Grisetransport has:

  • Experienced 15-25% decrease in planning time along with an increase in number of transported pigs
  • A powerful tool for constantly reducing transport costs
  • Increased quality of transport and delivery reliability for Danish Crown’s slaughterhouses
  • Created transparency for farmers, carriers, planners and Danish Crown

Anna Caspersen, Danish Crown, explains: "Our goal with acquiring AMCS’ system with all our carriers is that we across our transport will experience similar benefits to Dansk Grisetransport’s."

With AMCS’ solution you can plan you loads much faster and with more flexibility than you can without it. I believe that carriers as well as Danish Crown will experience great savings on planning and driving time, and time is money in this business.

Martin Damgaard Larsen, Transport planner with Dansk Grisetransport

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