Toll SPD: Case Study
Toll SPD, a division of the Toll Group, is an industry leader in multi modal (road, rail and sea) full container load transportation between Australian capital cities and the larger regional centres.
In Brisbane, Toll SPD offers a warehousing and distribution centre service, for its major retail and industrial customers.
Toll SPD run a transport operation to their warehouse facility.
This operation includes shuttling full container loads of transported product to and from the warehouse plus the Brisbane rail yards and the Port of Brisbane. This service utilizes approximately 25 trailers as well as 5 prime-movers all owned by TOLL.
There are typically 30 container moves each day on average. 1 move is a round trip, either an empty container taken to the rail yards or the port, a full container to the warehouse or a full container to the rail yard or to the port, and finally an empty container back to the warehouse.
At any time, there could be 20 trailers sitting in the warehouse yard with either an empty or full container on it, waiting to be moved to the loading dock, or waiting for the container to be emptied or filled.
The prime-movers would arrive from the rail yard or port, drop off a trailer and container combo and then re-hitch and take away a different trailer and container combo.
A yard based prime-mover would then shuttle waiting trailer and container combos to and from the loading dock and the warehouse yard to be worked with.
This operation focuses on long-haul transport with full container loads, to and from the warehouse and the larger regional centres of Australia.
There are typically 10 container moves each day on average. One move is described as either an empty container coming in and a full container going out or a full container coming in and an empty container going out.
In tone of these moves, the prime-mover will wait (on avg. 3 hours) with its trailer and container combo, in the warehouse yard, with the other trailer and container combos, until it is time for them to be moved to the loading dock to be emptied or filled.
The TOLL loading docks could handle two trailers at a time. The warehouse operated for 12 hours each day and approx. 4 containers were cycled through the loading docks each hour based on the fact that it took about 30 minutes to empty or fill a single container.
Toll SPD could see that they had three main problems that they wanted to resolve:
After discussion with Mobicon Systems about the solutions that a Two Tower Mobicon Straddle Carrier could provide, Toll SPD implemented a new Mobicon System. This enabled Toll SPD to:
For any transport from the rail yards or the port, the Mobicon would remove the container from the trailer, regardless of it being empty or full, and re-load a new container for transport back to either the rail yard or port, either empty or full in the same cycle. This eliminated the need for extra trailers as expensive container stands.
At the same tocken, for any long-haul transport from the large regional centres, the Mobicon Straddle Carrier would remove the container from the trailer, either empty or full, and re-load a new container for transport back to the large regional centre, either empty or full again in the same cycle.
This eliminated the need for the prime-mover to wait to be unloaded or loaded at the loading dock.
The Mobicon Straddle Carrier can also move containers from the yard off the ground to the loading dock, where it can place them on loading dock stands.
The initial financial case included the following:
After buying the Mobicon, and selling the trailers and the yard prime mover, there was a Capital Surplus of AUD$70,000
Direct Cost Savings (Annual Ongoing Reduction to fixed costs) included:
Total Saving per annum AUD$70,000
Indirect Cost Savings (Annual Ongoing Reduction to variable costs):
Total Productivity Improvement per annum AUD$506,250
Associated benefits from the purchase of a Mobicon Straddle Carrier:
“TOLL SPD originally acquired a Mobicon in 1999 as it was the only container handler available on the market that had the flexibility to handle all sized containers, including 48’ curtain-siders, and is designed with ideal wheel loadings suitable to our yards. We have since purchased another 4 Mobicons for our various depots, as this unit is still the only handler on the market capable of minimising on-site congestion as well as keeping our handling costs down.”