August 14, 2018
No one likes the thought of losing money, especially when it comes to business inefficiency. And neither do the 3.5 million truck drivers who move 71 percent of the nation’s freight by weight in what is a $739 billion trucking industry.*
In fact, according to a recent report based on an Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Transportation audit, truck drivers not only lose a considerable amount of money (individually up to more than $1,500 annually) due to unexpected wait (detention) times at loading docks of two hours or more, they also put themselves at higher risks for accidents. As a whole, the report also states that detention time costs truckers in the U.S. up to $1.3 billion in annual income.
In addition, trucking data firm DAT Solutions conducted research in 2016 which revealed that 63 percent of 257 surveyed carriers and owner-operators who were surveyed indicated that they or their drivers spent more than three hours at a shipper’s dock waiting to load or unload.
Shortening on-site time
The most obvious solution is to shorten the amount of time that a truck driver is on site. Key to achieving this is to effectively track all your yard activity and become highly efficient with all of your onsite systems. While there is a multitude of things you can do to make sure loads are handled as quickly as possible, highly effective gate, yard, and dock management can rectify the more common delay points.
In the latest 4SIGHT Logistics Solution white paper—Eliminate Unnecessary Delays from Your Gate to the Dock: How you can avoid risking the reputation as a slow and inefficient facility—you’ll gain a better understanding of how transportation and operational delays from your facility’s gate to your dock affect the relationship between you, your carriers and drivers.
And in relation to the congressionally-mandated Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule, we take a close look at how a best-in-class YMS (yard management system) can substantially streamline activity at your gate, drive efficiency improvements in your yard and optimize the loading/unloading process at your docks.
Improving the operations/transportation interaction
Ultimately, better gate, yard, and dock management relies on the improved interaction between operations and transportation—both inside and outside of the warehouse—so that each department understands why trailers aren’t being loaded or doors turned fast enough.
Two challenges that operations and transportation might complain about most is that transportation doesn’t have enough trailers, or transportation might claim that operations is too slow loading and moving trailers away from the dock doors.
Improved interaction between operations and transportation will also help to eliminate doubt on the part of a driver who might be wondering whether he has enough time left in his HOS (hours of service) for that day to enter a yard and get his load. That’s because once a driver clears the gate and enters the yard, he has no control of where he’ll be told to park, when a specific door will become available, how long it will take to start and complete the load and how long it will take to get the paperwork.
To learn more about how a best-in-class YMS can drive efficiency improvements in your yard, download the newest white paper from 4SIGHT Logistics Solution: Eliminate Unnecessary Delays from Your Gate to the Dock: How you can avoid risking the reputation as a slow and inefficient facility.
*Statistics acquired from American Truckers Association.