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Solution Brief: Yard Management System

Yards are the intersection between warehouses and transportation, they are a critical linkage in logistics management practices and have a significant impact on the overall efficiency of the supply chain. By PINC

July 18, 2018

According to industry leading analysts, on average, a trailer shipment, from one facility to another facility, takes three days.

Of that shipment time, over two-and-a-half days (80%), a trailer is actually in a yard idling either empty or loaded.

The loaded shipments represent idle inventory and this idle time is, usually, the result of trailer status information delays and information inaccuracies along the supply chain.

While corporations have made significant investments in managing their transportation and warehouse assets using transportation and warehouse applications, they now realize that without real-time, accurate trailer and shipment status information across their facilities, they cannot gain full value for these technology investments.

The productivity of today’s complex warehouse and manufacturing operations can easily be impacted by inefficiencies in the yard such as:

  • Delayed shipments to and from the warehouse
  • Lack of shipment and trailer visibility needed for efficient shuttling between plant and distribution centers
  • Unable to locate empties to meet outbound load schedules
  • Inefficient yard trailer management requiring higher spotter and shuttle spend
  • Gate congestion
  • Demurrage or detention charges
  • Truck driver detention
  • Higher trailer costs for dedicated operations
  • Inability to monitor operations for safety and compliance violations
  • Difficulty in reducing the carbon footprint without negatively impacting operations

It doesn't matter the size of your facility and the complexity of your operations. The yard is a challenging environment. 


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