Cloud-based or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications are quickly gaining in popularity across a wide spectrum of businesses. And as they gain in acceptance they also have to overcome the biases of those who believe that computing in the cloud can compromise security.
Determining whether your yard operations are optimal is similar to when an athlete needs to examine his game - you need to look at the basics.
Independent of the volume of trailers and containers in your yard(s), companies of all sizes are realizing that a Yard Management Software is a critical supply chain execution system that can tightly integrate with WMS and TMS applications.
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Is your loading dock an operational bottleneck?
Are you short shipping product because your suppliers can’t get appointments?
Are you paying detention fees because you can’t turnaround drivers quick enough?
Are late shipments costing dock overtime charges?
Operators often come to us with questions like “Does my operation warrant a yard management system?”. In the past, before the advent of cloud computing, justifying a yard management system required a significantly large operation (i.e., at least 4-5 dedicated yard drivers). Therefore the answer to this question was rarely straightforward.
Cloud computing has completed changed this situation.
As we mentioned in our recent Whitepaper: Understanding Chain of Responsibility in the Supply Chain, all supply chain partners bear responsibilty for transportation safety. The potential legislation of Chain of Responsibility (COR) related laws risk to have a profound effect on all areas of the supply chain.Taking the time to consider what your business needs to make it the most responsible business partner it can be can pay dividends in efficiency and safety for all.