One of the world’s largest fertilizer companies was planning a major expansion into the global market. This required them to prove their capacity to significantly increase the quantities shipped from their Allan mine in Saskatchewan. Senior management knew that to achieve this, they would need to be fully in control of transporting their product to market. However, like all too many rail users, the company was not communicating effectively with its rail providers. Senior executives were determined to turn the situation around. They called in their trusted operations improvement partner, Maine Pointe, to analyze the company's rail logistics. Were they optimized and top quartile for performance? What sustainable measures could they put in place that would ultimately improve efficiency and effectiveness?
Our team quickly ascertained that, in their current state, rail logistics would not be able to meet the required increase in shipping quantities. Leveraging our deep experience of working alongside North America’s Class 1-rail carriers, we put together an action plan that would:
As a direct result of Maine Pointe's work, our client and its railroad partner were able to appreciate exactly what they each stood to gain by developing a more collaborative and flexible approach. Our client was able to: