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The Opportunity Cost of Logistics Technology Inaction

To stay competitive in today's ever-changing global markets, shipping companies and transportation service providers incorporate logistics technology into their existing supply chain management systems. Recently, consumer demands have shifted, and the supply chain's logistics have scrambled at times to move and adapt.

Likewise, dock operations management has also discovered that the latest technology can help boost overall productivity. Everything from dock scheduling and management to driver interactions and load fulfillment can be improved upon by embracing new technology and innovations.

Unravelling the Connection Between Management and Logistics Technology Advances For Dock Management

Computerized shipment tracking and electronic logistics have become vital components of any decent supply chain management system. All modern-day supply chain technology exists to keep customers satisfied. Everything from management tools and platforms to logistics programs and insights improves service sand and keeps consumers happy. 

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Efficiency is the underlying connection that exists between supply chain logistics and dock management processes. The faster drivers can get through the docking process, the quicker they can complete deliveries, and the easier it is for shippers to make good on their delivery promised. Logistics technology advances such as paperless records and real-time communications can streamline the entire process and improve overall functionality, scalability, and adaptability.

Cost of Inaction and Failure to Embrace Logistics Technology and Dock Scheduling Innovations

Unlike some areas of business management, failure to embrace technological advances and inaction when it comes to onboarding new innovative processes can have significant repercussions for docking system management. According to Source Today, logistics managers will struggle to keep up with shifting market demands with a lack of scheduling innovations and no unifying platforms in place. But even worse, inaction can contribute to increased safety risks. 

As further explained by Material Handling & Logistics, “With heavy equipment moving continually both inside and out, loading docks are among the most dangerous places in any industrial operation. Finding the right equipment to keep workers and products safe is a good starting point.” Changes in capacity and availability, driver traffic flow and volume fluctuations, and other disruptions will create more problems as they become more challenging to overcome. By embracing logistics technology and digitization, dock scheduling and management becomes much simpler and more streamlined.  The cost of poor technology integration will affect every aspect of the supply chain network.

5_check_mark-35 Ways to Pinpoint and Rectifying Technological Issues Within the Supply Chain

Identifying potential issues within the supply chain networking and developing a plan to deal with disruptions when they occur is critical for ongoing growth and success. With the following tips in mind, technological advancements can easily be implemented:

  1. Practice effective onboarding of new technological systems and platforms well ahead of time to help with team member understanding and utilization.
  2. Embrace real-time data tracking and analysis to provide all involved parties with up-to-date, reliable information to work from and base their decisions. 
  3. Promote logistic technology by highlighting the benefits that can be seen and felt throughout the docking and shipping management lines.
  4. Streamline dock management processes with an automated system wherever and whenever possible throughout the supply chain network. 
  5. Use available technology and automated tools to pinpoint critical problem areas and collaborate with team members to address issues effectively.

Embrace Modern Supply Chain Technology and Tools With the Right Dock Management System

Logistics technology is changing the way managers look at and manage dock scheduling and general supply chain integrations. As more companies realize the benefits of supply chain management technology, the need for innovative dock management systems will also increase. Therefore, embracing automation and technology sooner rather than later and beginning the onboarding process now will help improve dock scheduling and management for the foreseeable future.

Request a C3 Solutions to learn more about how your team can ensure future-ready operations in all areas of dock management.

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