March 24, 2015
As the global supply chain continues to grow in complexity, facility managers and warehouse executives face a unique set of challenges.
While many issues and costs associated with moving materials and products might seem out of one’s control at times, working toward optimizing processes—from the gate through the yard and to the dock, as well as the warehouse itself—can in turn increase operational and logistics efficiency.
Historically, yard and dock management has presented its own set of specific challenges that are still evident to this day in many operations. Yard and dock management has traditionally been inefficient and labor-intensive. On top of that, managing yards and loading docks has produced a fair share of asset tracking and security problems, as well as communications issues, that all impact bottom line profitability.
The simple answer is actually “yes”
When faced with so many complex challenges and problems, the critical question that every warehouse executive must ask is, “Is there a way we can cost-effectively systemize our yard and dock management practices and guarantee a sound return on our investment in a short time period?” The simple answer to that question, is “yes, and often in as little time as 12-24 months.”
The newest 4SIGHT Logistics Solution white paper: Doing More With Less: Yard and Dock Management From an ROI Perspective, is an important analysis for anyone faced with logistics problems in the yard or at the dock, such as costly detention charges, inefficient processes and security issues. Other yard and/or dock logistics issues include difficulty controlling expenses, outmoded communications methods, idle personnel, and high labor costs.
Real companies are using the “less is more” approach
The white paper also provides an overview of several yard management system (YMS) and dock management system (DMS) solutions and approaches that will not only solve the aforementioned problems facing on-site logistics operations, but that will ensure a timely ROI using a proven and automated “less is more” approach. And backing that up are examples of three companies in North America that are either currently experiencing or anticipating significant improvements in cost savings, customer service and productivity with automated yard and dock management systems.
When confronted with what might first appear as an insurmountable challenge, it’s always good to rely on the optimistic viewpoint that every problem indeed has a solution. Such is the case when facing the final realization that your current approach to on-site logistics is causing a major problem—or even a series of problems—and is in critical need of its own unique, tailored solution.
In this case, rest assured that doing more with less through automation will result in the best possible outcome.