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AGCO Part Parts Distribution Center Near Kansas City, MO Now Full-Stocking

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AGCO executives and dealers celebrated the grand opening of AGCO Parts’ expanded Independence, Mo., parts distribution center which encompasses 900,000 square feet and now houses $100 million in parts inventory. From left to right, Hans Lehmann, vice president, AGCO Parts, NA; Brian Lang, Lang Diesel, Inc., Hays, Kan.; Bob Crain, vice president, general manager AGCO, NA; Steve Manzer, Manzer Equipment, Inc., Osmond, Neb. And Ron Regier, Regier Equipment Company, Madrid, Neb.

We announced the expansion of our current Kansas City, MO, AGCO Parts facility to a full-service parts distribution center (PDC). The facility (specifically, located in Independence, MO) covers 900,000 square feet and now includes $100 million of parts inventory, an increase of nearly 40 percent. To mark the official opening, more than 100 dealer representatives and customers toured the facility April 10 and 11 during Grand Opening activities.

Our effort to expand this center and increase our inventory is expected to improve order responsiveness, which means that parts deliveries that can arrive as much as two to three days faster than before. Changes implemented will result in faster delivery of in-stock parts and earlier delivery of emergency and priority shipments for nearly 90 percent of the dealers served by the Kansas City PDC. This is the third of our AGCO Parts PDC’s to be upgraded to a full-service facility in the last two years. Collectively, the upgrades offer significant benefits for customers to reduce shipping times, since now one-half (four of eight) of AGCO Parts’ North American PDC locations are full-stocking. These are just a few examples of our intensive efforts to improve parts availability.

“As growers continue to increase the size of their operations, the need to minimize downtime becomes increasingly important,” says Joe DiPietro, director, Supply Chain, AGCO Parts.

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Inventory in AGCO Parts’ Kansas City parts distribution center has been increased by nearly 40 percent which equates to approximately $100 million in total inventory and more than 98,000 different products or (stock keeping units/SKUs).

“Transitioning our Kansas City parts distribution center to a full-service location further illustrates AGCO’s commitment to support our dealers and their customers. This will provide faster service to our dealers and enhance their efforts to keep customers’ equipment in the field and performing at optimum levels. ”

With its central location at the crossroads of major Interstate systems, the Kansas City facility serves dealers in the Midwest, northern Plains and eastern Mountain regions which are all important markets for AGCO Parts. Parts for all product lines from tractors and combines to tillage and application equipment are stocked there, with shipments to dealers made daily.

Additional changes implemented by AGCO Parts across North America during the past three years that also are designed to improve customer experience include:
• an updated and reorganized inventory management system;
• increased dealers’ parts inventories
• revisions to online parts books, making it easier and faster to order the correct parts;
• PM360, a pro-active preventative maintenance program, designed to enhance machine uptime, resale value and operating efficiencies, as well as provide peace of mind and optimum machine productivity;
• extended customer service hours during planting, spraying and harvest seasons.

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For more information about AGCO Parts, our products, services and in-season promotions visit www.AGCOParts.com.

The World’s Longest Yacht Race – Heather’s First Update

A black sea merges with a black sky and is spattered with more stars than I have ever seen in my life! It is truly magnificent and makes me feel small.

The race start in San Francisco was just wonderful! Each boat moving in closer and closer for a good position…it almost looked as though the boats were going to hit each other being so close, it was intense! We sailed under the central span of the Golden Gate Bridge and I said goodbye to California.

It was a strange feeling… we watched as the boats dispersed and eventually disappeared off into the distance. It was interesting to go to bed with land in sight off our port side and a couple of boats around. When we awoke, there was no land, no boats…just us in the middle of the ocean.

My watch is in the middle of a 10pm-2am shift. I’m sitting down below in the Navigation Station, after just finishing a log entry. The sea is relatively calm, and we are able to fly the spinnaker, which is a large sail, as big as a tennis court, that catches the wind from behind and propels us forward.

We are somewhere off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. Our biggest concern for this race is staying in front of Visit Finland, which has the most impact for us in the overall Race stats. Another consideration is that as we near the tropics, the wind is expected to die down. We will sail hard and try to stay at the lead of the fleet.

As for now, duty calls: I need to get back on deck to take over trimming the spinnaker.

International Mother Earth Day, April 22

In this uncertain climate, farmers need technologies that boost productivity yet sustain the environmental conditions necessary to grow food, fiber and fuel crops. AGCO develops high-tech solutions to these agricultural concerns. Resource management is important to AGCO. In fact, efficiency and sustainability are essential for survival of the global agricultural industry. We have been tasked with helping farmers feed a world bracing for a population surge of 2 billion over the next four decades.

Agricultural methods vary by country and region, but worldwide production generally faces the same challenges: Water scarcity, energy shortages and soil degradation. Population growth will eventually subside, but demand for agricultural crops will continue its upward trajectory (UN FAO). These resource requirements are high on the public and private sector agenda. They explain why industry must use high-tech sustainable solutions in the present to prepare for a world with more people and fewer resources come 2050.

We see that as an industrial manufacturing company, AGCO is uniquely positioned to facilitate efficiency and resource management at the convergence of two very different value chains. Through the Manufacturing Value Chain process, we manage global resource requirements from design, production, supply and disposal of our products. For our customers and farmers, we assist the Agricultural Product Value Chain by enabling better resource management of land, water, energy and labor by integrating overall farm productivity and profitability factors into our products.

One of the greatest resource challenges of the future is managing energy efficiency. Technology and human activity directly affect fuel consumption and, therefore, CO2-emissions through vehicles. We manufacture tractors that incorporate fuel-saving technologies such as the Selective Catalytic Reduction clean engine technology.Our technology products are improving farm productivity and they support work for the environment with less overlap, less soil compaction, high standards in production, and fewer transport costs. These technologies also enable soil health benefits. For example, tire pressure regulation systems combined with the large-sized tire options enable a very wide tire to ground contact area. The weight of the tractor is distributed better over the wide contact area, which reduces soil compaction. That means reducing the yield gap and less soil compaction for the environment.As the demand for food, fiber and fuel increase with the global population; there will be greater need for resource management. Resources to be managed will include energy, farm labor, water, soil health and land preservation, production efficiency and storage efficiency. As for competition for agricultural resources grow, technologies that curtail agricultural product waste will play a greater role.

For more information visit: International Mother Earth Day information site

Happy Birthday to the AGCO Blog

It’s the 2 year anniversary of the AGCO blog, and we feel it’s important to take a moment to look back at where we were in the beginning and where we are today. The goals of the AGCO blog are to provide fresh, relevant information to our customers, dealers, partners and fellow agvocates about our brands and AGCO as a company. Being a global organization it can be a challenge to produce content that is useful to our broad base of readers, but today we are proud to share that since inception, we’ve had visitors from 182 countries around the world.

In April 2010 the AGCO blog was 2-bloggers-strong. Today, we have 28 contributors from all walks of the company, including every major brand and region. Our topics range from farm safety, agriculture industry news and employee spotlights to information about new product launches, our valued dealers and customer stories. Our original single blog stream has grown to 8, all of which can be subscribed to via various RSS/readers and email.

More interesting stats about the AGCO blog on its 2 year anniversary:

  • Over 500 blog posts
  • Translated over 2,000 times into 148 languages
  • Nearly a half million views since January 2011

We hope our readers find content on the AGCO blog to be informative and our plans for the next year include continuing to grow our global contributors and bringing in more guest bloggers from other organizations to share their perspectives. We’d also like to see more comments: please share your thoughts, questions and perspectives on any of our posts and let’s keep the conversation going. Read on!

 

The World’s Longest Yacht Race

10 months, 40,000 miles of ocean racing and 450 people facing the challenge of a lifetime.

Heather Stephens, employee at AGCO Finance in the United States, has the great opportunity to participate in The Clipper Race! It is contested by ten stripped down 68-foot racing yachts all of them crewed by people like us. The yachts are also manned with 10 fully trained skippers, employed to lead the crews safely around the planet.

The race track is 40,000 miles long and will take eleven months to complete the circumnavigation.

The yacht and crew set sail on Saturday (14 April) 1400 local time, from the Jack London Squarein Oakland with many cheering them on in the warm spring sunshine, before heading out to San Francisco Bay for the start line escorted by US Coast Guard cutter Sockeye.

Leg 7 is divided into 2 races, totaling 5,500 miles. Race 10 takes our crew from California on the US West Coast to Panama Canal, where they will transit, before Race 11 begins onto New York.

“We were given a rousing send off from a large boat full of De Lage Landen members who came down to support us!” says skipper Stuart Jackson.

“After a great break ashore we are under way again heading down the west coast of the US to Panama. With the crew fully rested we enjoyed perfect conditions for the race start, so swiftly made our way out under the Golden Gate Bridge. Everyone has quickly adjusted back in to life at sea and the watch system. Thankfully the weather is looking like it may be kind to us for a few days as we are already enjoying a spinnaker run in around 20 knots of wind and enough swell to enjoy a little surfing.”

The first teams are expected to arrive in Panamaaround 7 May. We look forward to hearing from our Heather Stephens (AGCO Finance USA) onboard soon!

For more information visit the Clipper Round the World website.

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