WA carter’s app statewide in 2018

Grain Central, February 22, 2018

BULLDOG clips and wads of dusty tickets floating lost on truck dashboards will be a thing of the past when Western Australia’s CBH extends it new digital “app” receivals transaction system in 2018, following its successful introductory testing with almost 19,000 truck-loads of grain at harvest 2017.

Delivery points at receivals points in the CBH Group’s Geraldton, Kwinana, Albany and Esperance port zones are set to offer the Carter’s Delivery Form (CDF) app.

How it works

  • Growers and truck drivers pre-submit information of their grain deliveries while on the farm and notify the CBH receival site of a coming delivery.
  • When the load arrives at site for sampling, the information is automatically transferred and once assessment is complete, results are immediately available in the CDF app. This enables the truck driver to choose and accept a grade and continue with the delivery or opt to deliver to another site.
  • Real time notifications are sent to the grower of sampling results, along with the driver’s arrival and departure from the receival site.
  • The app also shows which sites are open, which grains are being accepted at each site, and the approximate waiting time at the site.

CBH general manager operations David Capper said almost 900,000 tonnes of grain was delivered via the app in the 2017 harvest.

“The loads accounted for 32 per cent of all deliveries in the trial areas.”

Western Australian growers will receive real time notifications of grain deliveries for the 2018-19 harvest following the successful trial of the CBH Group’s Carter’s Delivery Form (CDF) app.

Real time communication

The app allows growers on the farm to see in real time where their truck is in the delivery process, as well as seeing sample and weight results in real time.  The app also speeds up a number of the processes involved in delivering a load of grain leading to improved cycle times.

Smartphone capture of new CBH receivals real time app (Source: CBH)

Farmer scheduling and decision-making would be made easier by having access to this digital information available via the web on multiple devices.

“It allows CBH to accurately measure the performance of sites during harvest including wait times before the sample shed, and all the following steps in the delivery process,” Mr Capper said.

“This will allow us to better manage cycle times during harvest and help prioritise investment in the network.”

Improved safety at sites would likely result, as fewer people would be working in the vicinity of trucks.

Most users rated their experience during trials of the CDF app as positive and preferred using the app over paper forms.

Source: CBH Group


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