Farmers Business Network (FBN) has announced a major improvement to its delivery services, revolutionizing the way farmers access essential supplies. The global AgTech platform and farmer-to-farmer network now offer 3-day delivery or less on the majority of member orders, ensuring farmers receive their products quickly and efficiently, even during busy periods.
This enhanced delivery service is made possible by FBN’s world-class logistics network, which comprises 30 logistics centers across North America. In the United States, more than 84% of growing acreage is located within a 250-mile radius of an FBN logistics center, while in Canada, 97% of growing acreage falls within that same radius. This strategic positioning allows FBN to serve farmers promptly and effectively.
Jack Cox, the VP of Global Fulfillment and Logistics at FBN, stated, “Every day we’re working to ensure our farmer members get what they need when they need it. Our expanding network now powers deliveries of 3 days or less on the majority of orders. That speed, transparency, and reliability are especially critical now, as growers need inputs rapidly during the in-season period.”
Farmers often face the challenge of obtaining their supplies in a timely manner, particularly during the crucial in-season period. FBN’s commitment to addressing this issue is reflected in its pledge to deliver products to farmers’ doorsteps within three days or less. By providing predictable and rapid delivery, FBN enables farmers to plan accordingly and optimize their operations, contributing to their overall success.
To achieve this level of efficiency, FBN has implemented breakthroughs in delivery optimization intelligence. Their systems now possess real-time awareness of inventory positions, allowing for scenario analysis using millions of data points. Each time a delivery time is shown to a farmer, the system automatically identifies the fastest alternative available throughout the FBN network, not just the closest location. This advanced technology ensures that farmers receive their orders as quickly as possible.
In 2022 alone, FBN successfully completed over 28,000 deliveries, demonstrating its commitment to providing farmers with reliable and efficient service. Additionally, FBN offers farmers to pick up their orders at designated sites, catering to their individual needs. By offering optimized and transparent delivery options, FBN aims to redefine convenience and accessibility for farmers, making accessing essential supplies more convenient and efficient than ever.
One satisfied FBN member, Eric McKee, an Illinois farmer, expressed his appreciation for the rapid delivery service, saying, “If we run out of something or we run into a situation where we need a different product, I can go to FBN that evening, make a purchase, and the product is usually there within 36 to 48 hours. That’s what I like about FBN Direct.”
Moreover, FBN has introduced a new feature that allows farmers to access financing at checkout, offering additional flexibility in managing their cash flows. After completing an order online, farmers can utilize FBN’s online tracking system to monitor the progress of their deliveries in real time, providing them with certainty about when their products will arrive at their farms.
FBN’s mission is to power the prosperity of family farmers worldwide while working towards a sustainable future. With its Farmers First® promise, FBN has attracted over 55,000 members who share the goal of helping farmers maximize their farm’s profit potential through data and technology-enabled direct-to-farmer commerce, community, and sustainability offerings. Covering more than 117 million acres of member farms in the United States and Canada, FBN combines Midwestern agricultural roots with Silicon Valley technology. The company has principal offices in San Carlos, CA, Chicago, IL, and Sioux Falls, SD, along with significant warehouse and logistics facilities and a network of remote and field employees across North America.