Hancock Forest Management (HFM) Turned to Trimble Forestry to quickly Implement Paperless Load Ticket Processing When COVID-19 Hit

Hancock Forest Management (HFM) has worked closely with its long-standing technology partner, Trimble Forestry, to implement paperless ticket processing, an important safety measure to help reduce the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, relying on Trimble Forestry Logistics, there is no longer any exchange of paper documents between loaders, haulers, and scale sites. HFM is leading the industry to provide contactless supply chain operations to protect its employees, trading partners, contractors, and the communities in which it operates. 

“Safety is a core value throughout Hancock Forest Management (HFM).  When the virus hit, we were instructed to transform our log supply chain to a paperless process…and get it done quickly,” said Chris Bailey, HFM Distribution Manager.  “Working closely with the Trimble Forestry Logistics team, we were able to get everyone in our supply chain on board and trained, and transition successfully to fully paperless ticket exchanges in a matter of weeks.”

On any given day, HFM approximately 50 logging crews in the field, producing logs transported by more than 150 trucks per day and delivered to more than 30 separate customer sites.  The result is nearly 150,000 load dockets created per year,  in order to successfully harvest and deliver 3.5 million logs annually throughout New Zealand.  

“Our operations touch nearly every part of the North Island.  It’s important to do our part to avoid the spread of COVID-19, and going paperless was a key way for us to help keep our employees, trading partners, and ultimately all New Zealanders safer,” added Bailey.

HFM relies on Trimble’s Connected Forest™ Logistics solutions to execute its weekly harvest and delivery wood flow plan.  Trimble’s Operations and Dispatch team monitors in-forest log production and log inventories and schedules the haulage fleet.  CF Logistics technology facilitates logging production and haulage activity for optimized loaded mile productivity and efficient delivery of customer’s log orders.  

To learn more about Trimble’s Connected Forest Logistic solutions, visit forestry.trimble.com, email forestrysales@trimble.com or call Rotorua, New Zealand at +64 7348 0308.  

About Hancock Forest Management:

Hancock Forest Management NZ Ltd (HFM NZ) was established in 2004 to manage forests on behalf of Hancock Natural Resource Group’s clients. We currently manage approximately 235,000 hectares (581,000 acres) of plantation forests on behalf of three clients—Taumata Plantations Ltd, Tiaki Plantations Company, and OTPP NZ Forest Investments Ltd.  Our client’s forests are located in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Horizons (Manawatu Wanganui), and Hawkes Bay regions. HFM NZ is actively committed to providing a safe working environment and to being good stewards of the environment.

About Trimble’s Forestry Division 

Trimble’s Forestry Division offers SaaS and enterprise software to improve the productivity and sustainability of the world’s most recognized integrated forest product companies, forest managers, conservation organizations, government departments, finished product manufacturers, and the partners that connect the global forest supply chain. Trimble’s Connected Forest™ solutions manage the full raw materials lifecycle of planning, planting, growing, harvesting, transporting, and processing. For more information, visit forestry.trimble.com.

About Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity, and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety, and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware, and services are transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation, and logistics. For more information about Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB), visit: www.trimble.com.

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