Optimizing Sugar Cane Harvesting and Delivery

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Over 1,000,000 Tons of Sugar Cane Delivered by Dauber and SCGC

Dauber partnered with Belle Glade, Florida-based Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida (SCGC) to bring visibility into their sugar cane harvesting and delivery operations. This first-of-its-kind partnership will lead to optimized truck usage and a streamlined process between SCGC’s various field management and accounting systems.

SCGC runs between 120-200 trucks per day, seven days a week during harvest season to support nine harvest teams, called ‘units’.

Given the long distances between the fields and plant and the variable burn/cut rates of their units, SCGC often found two common issues prior to their partnership with Dauber: There were either not enough trucks at the field to keep up with the unit, or issues in the field led to too many trucks sitting idle, waiting to be loaded.

To overcome this obstacle, SCGC relies on Dauber.

Dauber’s daily assignment planner and AI-based dispatching system helps allocate trucks more efficiently and reduces the amount of time a truck or unit sits idle. The Dauber platform also allows haulers and growers the ability to track the yield of their efforts in real-time, and with customized views and reports.

The next steps for Dauber and SCGC are to fine-tune the truck optimization and integrate Dauber with their other systems, including John Deere and Quickbase.

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The Dauber Process

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Drivers

The first step to optimizing a trucking system is Driver Engagement.

  • Dauber’s easy-to-use mobile app helps drivers track loads with simple, safe prompts.
  • Dauber can provide remote bilingual support.
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Data

Once drivers are engaged, Dauber’s system continuously collects data.

  • Track travel time, routes, load time and plant times.
  • Dauber’s system adjusts to data in real-time to allow for automated changes to truck dispatch needs.
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Transparency

All stakeholders benefit from increased visibility.

  • Share truck locations with haulers and growers. This gives added confidence that trucks are moving, nearby, or being productive.
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Optimization

Dauber’s system analyzes and learns about operations.

  • AI-based algorithms can allocate trucks to reduce wait times.
  • Custom business rules (i.e. minimum trucks needed for a field) can be adjusted to meet customer needs.
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Integration

Dauber has an open API and can integrate with any third-party system.

  • Get started with simple tools (i.e. spreadsheets, Dauber Assist) then automate processes using existing tools.

Site Contractors: There is Not a Truck Shortage

Before founding Dauber, I was a construction project manager for 20 years. I’ve heard every excuse imaginable as to why a project was running behind.

One excuse that seems to be in vogue lately for Site Contractors not hitting their production rates is the “truck shortage.” From foreman to managers to owners, this excuse has been accepted as true and the reason for projects to finish late and to pass on opportunities for new projects.

There is Not a Truck Shortage! There is a Leadership and Technology Shortage.

Did you know that dump trucks are driving loaded only 35% of the time? The remaining 65% of their working hours are spent driving empty back to pickup, or waiting on site to be loaded or unloaded.

The good news is there are several opportunities to turn a truck’s empty or idle time into productive movement of materials through technology based accountability and optimization.

Accountability

Hold drivers, suppliers and field personnel accountable to the efficient use of truck time.

Drivers

Using technologies, like Dauber, dispatchers and site contactors can track drivers current location and historic routes. Compare turn around time between trucks to identify drivers who may be taking longer than necessary or taking breaks when they should be working.

Suppliers

It seems everyone is busy these days that includes material suppliers. Help your suppliers service your project better by tracking load times at pickup. See trends throughout the day to plan the best time to get loaded.

Field Personnel

Is your field team operating at maximum efficiency? Give them visibility into truck locations in real-time, so they can be prepared to unload quickly, or if trucks are several minutes away, work on other tasks.

Track unloading times across several days to measure improvements.

Optimization

Traditional truck dispatching has basically been unchanged over the past 80 years. Dispatchers communicate with drivers via phone (now text messages) and tell them the list of loads for the day.

Technology now makes it possible to reduce empty drive by finding backhauls, space trucks to prevent caravans and queuing, create an optimized next-day plan in minutes and adjust to changing conditions automatically.

Backhauls

Perhaps the biggest opportunity to increase truck productivity lies in the time a truck drives empty. Most projects operate in a silo, meaning a truck will work one particular project at a time.

Savvy dispatchers and site operators will look for backhaul opportunities. Backhauls from human dispatchers tend to be obvious when observed on a map.

Technology can provide deeper analysis of daily loads to find hidden partial backhauls and combinations of three or more projects to make efficient circuits.

Caravans & Queuing

Several minutes per day are wasted by caravanning trucks. Drivers tend to be social and prefer to drive in packs. This leads to delays as trucks wait on one another to load or unload.

An optimized planning tool, like Dauber, can be set to limit the number of trucks on site at a time, thus staggering deliveries.

This also increases field productivity as trucks arrive at a more consistent rate. Technology can help avoid the problem of having several trucks on site to start the day, and the resulting echo effect of truck caravans.

Assignment Planning

Dispatchers typically spend several hours every afternoon and evening to determine the best truck assignments for the next day.

With technology, a better plan can be found in only a matter of minutes.

Automatic Change Adjustment

The only thing certain about a trucking plan is that it will change before the sun rises.

Stuff happens. Trucks don’t show up. Orders increase. Projects finish early.

Instead of leaving loads undelivered or sending trucks home early, use technology to automatically adjust to changes throughout the day.

There is Not a Truck Shortage

You can do more with the trucks available. Dauber customers increase productivity between 10%-20%.

As a Site Contractor, how much more money could you make this year with a 20% improvement in truck productivity?

I often hear contractors wish trucking companies were more professional. The only way for that to happen is to treat them like professionals. Lead them to a better future. Provide for them or require that they use technology to improve productivity.

And stop using the “truck shortage” as an excuse!

Breaking Down the Hauling & Logistics Industry

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Working in the hauling and logistics industry is more than a career choice – it’s a lifestyle. The seed was planted way back when you were just a little tyke. It’s part of who you are, regardless if it was instilled by a lineage of truckers or if you were led here by your desire to challenge yourself to work in an energizing, innovative industry. 

To appreciate where we stand now, we have to recognize where our trucking ancestors started. 

The Impact of the Industry

The hauling and logistics industry came to life in 1912, with 10,000 trucks as their lifeline. Today, there are around 40 million!

The trucking industry employs 3.9 million commercial driver’s license holders as of 2018, according to the  American Trucking Associations. These drivers deliver 70 percent of all the freight carried throughout the United States. Their contributions and dedication have helped the industry itself reach a value of $11.5 trillion with $791.7 billion in gross revenue.

Saying we’ve come a long way is an understatement.

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Hauling & Logistics: Then & Now

Take a second to remember the good ol’ days, when winging it was the norm. Finding your next job and destination took initiative and proactivity – Now, they come to you so you can keep your schedule full. Once you got to your destination, you had to pull out a flimsy piece of paper to keep track of tickets and document extremely critical data, then hope it made it to the next stop with you – Now, all you have to do is take a picture of the ticket, upload it, and input the rest of the data into your phone. No more lost data, no more gaps – life is good.

Perhaps we’ve been spoiled by the innovative resources and technology we use and abuse today, but they do make our past processes look like a bad joke. It’s hard to imagine functioning in such a demanding industry without a proper tool belt.

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With Dauber’s Hauling & Logistics App, you can...
  • Track loads and manage trucks
  • Coordinate schedules
  • Optimize routes with GPS
  • Digitally document loads

A major plus? Since everything is done online, invoicing and accounting are completed way more efficiently so you can focus on the fun parts of your job instead of the tedious, confusing paperwork.

Optimizing the Industry Through Innovation

It’s no question that implementing technology into the hauling and logistics industry was a necessary move, but it’s not often that we take time to look at the before and after and thank our lucky stars that someone out there was staying ahead of the game. Now, we get to reap in all the benefits.

Dauber Applications is just one contributor to the improved workflow, but we take great pride in knowing our input has been monumental for our partners in the industry. Find out how we’re changing the game from the lens of one of our partners, Manatt’s Inc. by clicking here.