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COVER STORY | THE TORO COMPANY
www.thetorocompany.com / Revenue: $2.4 billion / HQ: Bloomington, Minn. / Employees: 6,800 / Cabrini Brandl, managing director of supply chain: "When
we have conversations with our supply base they know we are fair, which is based on our relationship foundation and that helps us to move forward."

Mowing Down Inefficiency
Toro is focused on maintaining
continuity across its operations
and brands while growing its
footprint and serving a global
customer base.

Toro restructures its supply chain to eliminate silos and improve
collaboration with suppliers. By Tim O'Connor

Most people don't think of
large lawn equipment as something they would buy online, but
just as e-commerce has grown everywhere else, The Toro Company
has seen an increase in its online
shoppers. That presents specific
challenges to the transportation
and logistics team, which must
figure out how to efficiently deliver
lawnmowers directly to customers' homes.
"We're used to shipping equipment to our dealers, our distributors and our retail partners," says
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Cabrini Brandl, managing director
of supply chain. "As we anticipate
an increase in online sales based
on buying behavior, you'd be
surprised that people want to ship
a 50-inch riding mower to their
house." Solving that logistics challenge of the shift toward e-commerce required Toro to rethink its
delivery methods to accommodate
the speed online buyers demand.

Global Network
Brandl began her career with
Honeywell before joining Toro as

a sourcing director nine years ago.
In 2010, Brandl was asked to manage Toro's four northern manufacturing plants - a role that included
overseeing advanced manufacturing processes and continuous
improvement efforts.
Five years later, she became
managing director of the company's supply chain, a newly formed
position responsible for sourcing,
customs and trade compliance,
finished goods distribution centers, worldwide service ordering
and transportation and logistics.



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