Australian transport and logistics solutions provider, TransLogix Software , has announced that its Sapphire Transport Management Suite has been chosen by The Woods Group to streamline operations and consolidate growth.
The Woods Group is an Australian, family-owned, diversified grain, seeds and stockfeed agribusiness. Its growing, marketing, milling and transport businesses are run separately but are all linked by common management and strategic goals. Woods Transport operates 25 trucks with a team of employed drivers as well as subcontractors for carting bulk grain and containerised freight. Its three key sites, at Port of Brisbane, Toowoomba and Goondiwindi, operate 24 hours per day.
Andrew Woods, Director of The Woods Group and Managing Director of WoodsTransport, said: “As our business has expanded, particularly over the past 12 months, we saw the need for a system which will allow us to consolidate that growth and pick up new clients through the provision of better service.”
The Woods Group was using multiple operational and accounting software applications and recognised the benefits of managing the different elements of its transport business with one flexible and user-friendly software program.
Woods Transport needed a complete logistics solution to efficiently automate its operations from on-farm pickups into storage, to delivery of finished product to overseas terminals, as well as being able to offer competitive pricing and timely service.
“After considerable analysis of what was available in the market, we selected the Translogix Sapphire Transport Management System (TMS) to streamline our processes. We needed operational fluency and full integration with our accounting requirements,” Woods said.
70 percent of Woods Transport’s current business is with internal Woods Grain customers. “The information produced by the new Sapphire system is now correct and transparent across the whole farming and packing operations through to what is visible to the grain trading business,” he said.
The business now has greatly improved productivity, accuracy and speed with the real-time system. Woods explained: “When we prepare vehicle operational instructions, we now enter all the details only once and they can be followed through from truck allocation to invoicing and the generation of a subcontractor’s pay. Under our old multiple programs we’d have to do the same entry up to three times.
“The time saved equals the equivalent of one administrative job – that’s $60,000 we saved straight off the bat,” he said.
Typical of the extremely complex operations of Australia’s SME logistics companies, Woods Transport runs Higher Mass Limit A, B Triple Road Trains under IAP into their Toowoomba hub where they change to B-Doubles or Single Trailers into the wharf.
Woods Transport will be using TransLogix Container Validation, 1-Stop Interface to provide visibility across the business of container arrivals, delays and releases to improve customer service and reduce costs.
Each container can now be tracked against a single release number from when it leaves the container park and produce one accurate invoice per release number.