Yard Management Solution
An advanced Yard Management Solution is just that, a solution to the problems and challenges faced in daily operation within the yard. This starts from when the loads are scheduled and follows the process from arriving at the gate, through the yard to the dock and back out again.
Gate operations can be significantly improved through the use of a Yard Management Solution. The biggest improvement seen by moving from paper and pen to intelligent software is coordination. A security guard can search an appointment number in an Android tablet and receive back all the pertinent information regarding the appointment: scheduled time, shipment/delivery number, BOL, even the location where they should direct the driver. On the outbound side, security is able to quickly pull up information to check the trailer and driver out and verify the shipment and seal number. This easy access to information increases gate velocity and eliminates one of the common bottlenecks that occur at many facilities.
In the yard itself, a good Yard Management Solution will allow users to easily take inventory of all the trailers in the yard. Typically, clients using one of our Yard Management System cut their yard check time in half versus the old pen and paper method. In addition, having move requests sent directly to driver devices saves time and increases accuracy. No time is wasted calling on the radio, looking for a pen, or writing down any trailer numbers. Furthermore, since drivers are given the exact location of the trailers they need to move, they spend much less time looking for trailers.
Benefits of using Exotrac’s Yard Management Solution
Yard Management Solution benefits don’t have to stop in the yard – they can extend to the dock as well. Dock managers have full visibility of all trailers in their yard, including location and any associated data such as carrier, appointment number, BOL and commodity. Since aging is calculated individually for each trailer on the yard, FIFO rules can be enforced automatically by the system leading to minimal detention and demurrage charges.
Managers value a Yard Management Solution for the information they get about their operation. Each action in the yard populates an historical report, so managers are able to see what went on during any given time period and identify bottlenecks or opportunities for improvement. Carrier on time performance, yard jockey productivity report, door cycle time, and accrued detention rates are just some of what managers can find to analyze the productivity of their site and drive improvements.
A Yard Management Solution may vary in its goals or execution among different verticals. For instance, a retailer importing a majority of their goods from overseas is very concerned about detention and demurrage charges. The retailer would look to their Yard Management System (YMS) to track detention and enforce FIFO rules, as well as send out alert notifications to concerned parties. The manufacturing environment depends on timely replenishment of parts to supply their production lines, so they need to know where their loads are and quickly request them to the correct departments.
Exotrac creates customized Yard Management Solutions for companies of varied sizes in many different verticals including retail distribution , manufacturing, automotive, food distribution and third party logistics.