Business Optimization

Helping your organization improve performance involves analysis of many existing processes. From asset assessment to strategic planning, the team at Land O’Lakes can help your cooperative align business practices. Through detailed analysis and interaction with your customers and employees, the SAM team will partner with you to find improvement opportunities in your business, develop solutions to problems in your business, estimate the financial and non-financial benefits from executing changes and creation of execution plans to turn ideas into reality.  Find out how our team can help you optimize your business and stay ahead of the ever-changing agricultural industry. 

Marketplace Analysis

The SAM team will analyze your position in your marketplace including trends in your market share and strengths and weaknesses relative to your competition. 
  • Develop market share estimates for your trade area
  • Conduct detailed financial analysis including benchmarking of relative metrics to your peer set
  • Partner with you to assess strengths and weaknesses of your company along with your competition 
  • Analyze continued evolution of your marketplace including changes in your customers, suppliers and regulations

Operational Assessment

Are your assets meeting the needs of your customers and the organization? Where are the bottlenecks in your processes and how could they be alleviated? Are you utilizing your assets efficiently?

Asset assessment
  • Perform on-site assessments of your locations to address their ability to handle current and future business volume along with employee safety considerations
  • Analyze trade area coverage and potential rationalization and/or growth opportunities ​
 Operational assessment
  • Analyze capacity and utilization of equipment relative to industry standards. What are the trade-offs for cost management and customer service?
  • Where are areas of operational inefficiency in your business? How could inefficiencies be addressed? What tools or organizational changes should you consider implementing?

Customer and Employee Insights 

Customer surveys may be conducted to assess customer needs and satisfaction level. Where are you under delivering? Where are you over delivering?
  • Full survey execution including survey design, statistical analysis, coding and tabulation
Employee interviews conducted within all levels in your operation from senior management to location level employees. 
  • What are the goals of the department?
  • What changes would you like to see?
  • Do you have the necessary tools to do your job?
Insights from employee interviews will give you a better understanding of your operations and practices as they’re working on a day-to-day basis.


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