MTD Products is a leader in outdoor power equipment, including lawn mowers, chain saws, leaf blowers, log splitters, and tillers. With over 80 years’ experience, MTD is based in Valley City, Ohio, and sells products internationally. The company culture supports growth, innovation and entrepreneurship.
MTD’s operations group has facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, China and Australia, while shipping approximately 3,000 inbound and 2,500 outbound containers to these locations annually. Shipping volume for the first six months typically is 45,000 loads, which is about 300 million pounds of freight. Because of the global nature of its business, MTD has a huge need for information visibility from all over the world.
Business Process and Problem Definition
MTD faced many transportation challenges, including lack of visibility of shipments, many manual processes, limited supplier collaboration, lack of metrics and a very reactive process. The company also hoped to improve cost effectiveness across all facets of logistics. MTD decided that implementing a TMS was the best answer to optimize supply chain costs and resolve its transportation challenges.
Goals for the TMS implementation included:
- Create a seamless supply chain domestically and internationally
- Provide visibility of product and global regulations paperwork
- Increase collaboration amongst facilities, suppliers and customers
- Automate processes to improve productivity
- Gain access to real-time, accurate data for analytics and better decision making
“As we continue to grow globally, our focus is to develop a seamless supply chain,” said VP Supply Chain for MTD Products. “It also means that we have thousands of employees worldwide that need to view shipping information, follow shipments all over the world, gather information and view regulation paperwork on those shipments.”