3 ways we can support your agricultural supply chain in Australia
The agriculture industry is vital to Australia and depends on reliable delivery of agriculture machinery to dealerships and farmers. Here’s how our integrated ocean and logistics solutions can improve your supply chain.
1. Our ocean and land-based services support a seamless supply chain
“With up to six inbound sailings per month, we’re able to provide crucial support across the agricultural supply chain, ensuring equipment reaches Australia on time to meet seasonal demand,” says Paul Johnson, vice president Oceania sales, Wallenius Wilhelmsen.
Our regular ocean services are complemented by equipment processing centres (EPCs) operating at and near our Australian port calls, offering further support and greater visibility across the supply chain.
“By working across both ocean and land-based operations we are able to deal with operational complexity while keeping the end-to-end solution and communication channels simple for our customers,” says Karen Radford, vice president of Australian equipment processing operations, Wallenius Wilhelmsen.
A connected network also supports a more flexible supply chain, enabling agricultural OEMs to adapt and respond to changing market conditions and seasonal shifts.
2. Port-side processing centres speed up time to market
In close proximity to all our major port calls, our expansive network of equipment processing centres serves as a hub offering easy access to technical services such as safe assembly and preparation of equipment, paint work and modifications.
“Technical support is on hand from the moment a unit arrives on the terminal in Australia. If units arrive in containers, they can be unpacked at our EPC and various levels of assembly, from wheel fitments to complex builds, are catered for,” explains Radford.
With full electric, mechanical and engineering capabilities, units move quickly and efficiently through the processing centres, where our highly-trained team of engineers are on hand to apply the finishing touches to the product before it begins the final leg of its journey to the dealers and end customers.
“Our national expertise in handling heavy equipment in Australia is driven by a dedication to the highest quality of service, allowing our customer’s brand to exceed expectations in the market place,” says Radford.
For OEMs looking to store inventory, our secure storage facilities also offer a flexible hub to cope with fluctuating demand.
“Getting the correct mix of stock per region is one of the biggest challenges for equipment manufacturers, particularly when it comes to larger units which are costly to move interstate,” says Radford. “Our EPCs offer secure outdoor equipment storage and indoor parts storage solutions, while also supporting preservation cycles to keep units ready for sale, giving customers the ability to keep their stock accessible over multiple locations,” she adds.
3. Digital capabilities to provide visibility
As customers require improved visibility of their products as they flow through the strategic points of the supply chain, and greater access to real-time data, the use of technology and digital tools is key to delivering seamless supply chain solutions.
“Integration with our customers’ own systems helps to provide greater visibility and control,” says Radford. Cloud-based solutions help to improve sharing of information and provide mobile access, while tablets and digital forms help to provide detailed condition reports, including photographs at each handover and survey.