John Deere

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John Deere & Company manufactures and distributes agriculture equipment as well as a broad range of construction and forestry equipment. The company is partnered with FedEx in order to maintain the logistics flow involved with the company’s transactions. FedEx is responsible for providing outsourced transportation services to 11 Deere facilities across the US and Canada. The 11 Deere facilities have different service agreements with FedEx in terms of cost and service depending on the type of business unit. With different prices and services across the facilities, management is trying to identify opportunities to standardize costs and services across the business units. The goal of this case study is to update Deere and Company’s logistics by recommending solutions to cut logistics cost by 69 million over 3 years Analysis and Recommendations

At the moment, all 11 Deere & Company facilities operate under a different level of on-site transportation service. The onsite transportation services and associated costs shown in Exhibit 2 (OSTMS, OSRF) vary for each facility indicating lack standardization. Inflated costs may arise from local managers having individual operating principles that are not reflecting the best interests of the corporation as a whole. Confusion among employees may result because similar objectives are being dealt with differently at each business unit. Time and money is lost, as workers will need time to organize and communicate information from facility to facility. Unproductive costs are incurring which need to be resolved though consolidation of on-site transportation service. On-site transportation service is currently favorable with managers at Deere’s plants and could be improved by standardizing the service contract. This will allow Deere to leverage an economies of scale contact with Fedex and be able to manage and set performance measures of the service provided by Fedex which are level amongst all Deere’s plants. Managers may be...
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