NY403 - Increased Productivity in Nursery Dispatch

This research project defined the basic requirement for the national trolley interchange system, defined standard sizes for production nursery pots, established the effect of nursery layouts on labour cots and identified the major limitation to the efficient operation of plant dispatch within the Australian nursery industry, and made positive steps to rectify the situation in several areas. The investigation of dispatch revealed that considerable productivity improvements can be achieved in dispatch operations. These are based primarily on improvements to work practices and planning, rather than attempting to make staff work faster in an inefficient system. The results of the project can be quickly and efficiently adopted by the industry if appropriate techniques and procedures are demonstrated to the industry members by selecting an existing nursery to act as a real life example.