Agristo’s Fleet Seamlessly Enters the UK Post-Brexit with Help from a Digital Workforce
Blue Prism is helping our employees to do more intelligent work. We can carve out the less interesting things that no one wants to do.Martijn Mennen CIO
Founded in Belgium in 1986, Agristo has quickly become a global leader in the supply of frozen potato products. Today, the company serves clients in 130 countries with a fleet of 41,000 trucks. The company values its employees and strives to work as one team with one common goal, and to have fun while doing it. So, after Brexit, when employees found themselves mired in many critical but manual tasks, Agristo looked for a way to free up their time. Ultimately, the company deployed a Blue Prism digital workforce to support its staff and meet post-Brexit compliance standards.
Like many manufacturers, Agristo’s goal was to gain business efficiency, while improving employees’ daily work experiences. At the same time, however, pressures—of which the company had little control—still existed outside the business. As a Belgium-based business, many of Agristo’s customers were located across Europe, as well as in the UK. But when the UK voted to exit the European Union, several new regulations were established for companies doing business in and with the UK. Under these new conditions, the task of completing customs declaration forms became critical. Simply put, Agristo had to get it right or their trucks couldn’t enter the UK.
Today, Blue Prism digital workers manage an automatic document flow that eliminates the need to print documentation and avoids the risk of trucks leaving their base without the necessary documentation. With a digital workforce, not only was Agristo able to comply with the new regulations on time, one of their trucks was the first to drive into the UK, post-Brexit. Digital workers ensure that Agristo can properly complete customs declaration forms for 1,000 trucks every month.