Improve efficiency, control demurrage and increase visibility with Dock and Yard Management System
Does your dock facility deal with hundreds of inbound and outbound shipments every day and does it stress you out? Then you should invest in a yard management software. Our dock scheduling software integrated with our yard management system can be used in various facilites ranging from warehouses, factories, fulfillment centers, distribution centers, airlines cross-docks to track and record movement of shipments and schedule loading/unloading of goods.
How will your Business Benefit by Using a Dock Management System?
If you have hundreds of trucks entering and leaving your yard on a single day, imagine the amount of manual work involved in checking the schedule of each truck, assigning the truck to a dock and scheduling workers to load/unload the shipment. This one software takes care of all these tasks and more. It increases visibility, reducing the need to doing a daily yard check.
The software allows you to approve dock bookings, allocate docks to trucks, track carrier movement, reducing manual effort for all these tasks. As all the data is available in the system, it reduces the need for spotters to move around the yard or mangers to personally check every dock, reducing human movement in the yard, thereby improving safety. The yard management software also enhances security as it lets you keep track of all the trucks that enter and leave the facility.
How does the Dock Scheduling Software work?
Our dock management system creates a common platform that brings together the vendor (supplier), transporter (carrier) and the warehouse manager (owner).
The supplier makes a dock appointment to deliver the shipment. The warehouse manager can schedule the appointment based on the availability of the docks and the size of the shipment. Once the dock is booked, the vendor contacts the carrier and organises for the shipment to be delivered to the yard at the time the booking has been made. In case, there are any delays in supplying the goods or transporting the shipment, the warehouse manager is updated regarding the status, so that necessary arrangements can be made at the dock. The software not just streamlines communication among all the stakeholders, but also helps streamline the entire inbound shipment process.
Our software platform allows warehouse managers to schedule dock appointments with carriers and update the shipment information to the wholesaler or distributor. Once the carrier collects the shipment, the details are sent to the wholesaler who can then arrange to collect the shipment and organise for its storage or distribution. As all the supply chain partners are on the same platform, communication becomes easy and process becomes more organised.
The factors that affect the velocity of your dock
1) Number of docks in your yard
2) Number of labourers to load or unload products
3) Average time required to load/unload the trucks
4) Availability of equipment for loading/unloading or moving goods
The software considers all the above features and other customised options to help you schedule the process.
Features of Queueme Dock Management System
1) Online dock appointment scheduling of inbound and outbound shipment
2) Stagewise TAT capture for controlling demmaurage and reducing quarrels
3) Central Dashboard for a quick real time overview of all locations
4) Real-time updates on the status of the shipment though SMS/email to the supply chain partners
5) Approval for dock appointment booking and approval for un-scheduled visits.
6) Historical data, daily / weekly / monthly reports and analytics
7) Compliance tracking for on-time and late pickup and drops
8) Track trucks and trailers entering and leaving the yard
9) Track loading and unloading time for better scheduling
10) Cloud-based infrastructure that enables seamless operations across different geographical locations and time zones
11) Customized and configurable feature additions / deletion and report fields additions / deletion.
Queueme Dock and Yard Management System
Our dock management software has an intuitive user interface that makes it easy for anyone to work on it. Queueme dock scheduling software has a self-serve vendor facing platform that makes it easy for suppliers to book appointments, update shipment details and do more. The warehouse manager platform allows the stakeholders to get an overview of the number of trucks in the yard, volume of shipments and availability of labourers at any point of time. Based on the movement of the carriers, the security at the gate can anticipate traffic and direct the trucks accordingly. Also, the software can be customised to indicate which gate in the yard the carriers need to use during drop or pick up the shipment. It will help reduce congestion at the gate and allow for smooth movement of vehicles.
Streamline your yard management and enhance the efficiency of your supply chain with Queueme Dock and Yard management system. Contact us for more details.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Dock Scheduling?
Dock scheduling helps you organize and streamline your inbound and outbound shipment based on the number of docks, manpower available and time and equipment required to load/unload goods in a facility. Online Dock Scheduling enables the shippers to book from available capacity from an online form. Many times, an approval process may be required by the facility before booking confirmation. Confirmations, rejections (by facility) and cancellations (by shipper) are sent over via emails and/or SMS. Facilites could be warehouses, factories, thrid party warehouses, airlines cross-docks, fulfillment centers, distribution centers, etc.
2. What are the benefits of a yard management system?
A yard management system helps you keep track of the trucks and trailers that enter and leave the yard. Questions like the following can be answered in real time by using a yard management software. Has the carrier reported at the gate? What goods does it contain? Which docks are free now? Which trucks are at which docks? How long has a truck been waiting? How long did it take to load or unload a truck? A yard management software integrated with dock scheduling software also allows you to schedule loading/unloading based on the availability of docks, manpower, equipments and estimated time to load or unload a vehicle. Combination of yard management system and dock scheduling helps control demurrage and helps bring important data, communication and transparency in your supply chain ecosystem. The scheduling also helps prevent trucks and trailers from waiting outside your facility for loading or unloading. It also helps ensure that the shipping schedules are met.
3. How will yard management system help in warehouse management?
The yard management software can be integrated with inventory management system that can automatically update the products stored or removed from the warehouse based on the shipping details.
4. How can I be sure my business data is safe?
You can be completely assured of your data security. Only stakeholders who have the login credentials can access the data stored on the platform. We also employ best practices to make our platform robust to malacious attacks.
5. Will you train my team to use this yard management system?
Yes, we do provide the training sessions online for your team to use the yard management system.
6. Can I get a free demo of Dock Scheduling Software?
We will be happy to give you a demo of our dock scheduling software. Email us or fill up the form with your requirements for a quick demo.
The essential features of appointment booking software are discussed in an earlier blog post. This blog post talks about the features that can take the software one level up in terms of feature richness.