February 3, 2014
One of the world’s largest retailers with a DC in Balzac, Canada found itself faced with a productivity issue affecting the time it took to ship product from the DC to retail stores in western Canada. First, trailers were spending too much time in the yard and at the loading dock. Second, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requires that food distributors have a trailer present and secured at their dock before opening the door. This retailer’s management was aware of the problems and the CFIA regulations; however, they did not have access to the data necessary to show the cause of these problems and provide an effective solution. The primary problem was trucks spending too much time in the yard after checking in as well as too much time at the loading dock after unloading was complete.
The retailer opted to install a 4SIGHT™ Yard and Dock Management System to source the pertinent data for optimizing logistics and comply with CFIA regulations. 4SIGHT utilizes a variety of sensors to gather this real-time data which allows the Balzac DC’s management team to monitor and manage every activity that occurs once a trailer arrives at the facility’s in bound gate. From trailer scheduling to loading dock door status, equipment usages and maintenance, 4SIGHT provides an accurate picture of their operations.
Prior to installation, management had no way to track dock utilization, the time the trailer is being loaded/unloaded compared to how long the trailer sat idle at that dock door. Once 4SIGHT was installed, the retailer was able to establish the utilization rate was at only 30%. After using the data they have seen a 66% increase in dock utilization, which means they are becoming more efficient with their dock door assets and gaining capability to reduce labor costs, trailer and personnel idle time, fuel consumption, detention charges, security or environmental breaches and maintenance.
Most importantly to the facility, the system’s yard and dock management capabilities provides optimal use of all of the loading dock positions and ensures compliance with the regulations developed by the CFIA. 4SIGHT guarantees that dock doors cannot be opened without a trailer triggering the trailer present sensor. It also provides detailed metrics that can be provided in the event of a regulatory audit.
Whether you are looking to stay compliant with government regulations or increase your utilization and productivity, 4SIGHT has the tools you need. For more information on these tailored solutions, please visit 4sightsolution.com to schedule an online demo.