Many logistics organizations rely on a Warehouse Management System and Transportation Management System to stay organized and ensure their company meets its goals. Similar to these, a Yard Management System (YMS) is focused on bringing increased visibility, organization, and efficiencies to the shipping yard.
Why is a yard management system important for your facility?
A yard management system provides a number of benefits for logistics and supply chain operations. First, it provides the ability to visualize trailers, shipments, and inventory in the yard. Next, a yard management system provides the ability to manage inbound and outbound appointments, providing you the ability to reduce dwell times. Finally, a yard management system can provide task automation, making it easier to accomplish tasks that might otherwise cost valuable time. For example, automating the gate check-in process or automating jockey/shunter move requests.
What facilities should use a yard management system?
Yard management systems are used by a variety of organizations and facilities throughout the supply chain. These include shipping companies, production facilities, warehouses, distribution centers, third-party logistics organizations, cold storage, bulk transloading operations, manufacturing facilities, chemical plants, medical organizations, military, rail yards, and more. Any facility that requires tracking product to/from a facility should will benefit from a yard management system.
When is the right time to implement a yard management system?
The best time to implement a yard management system is right now. The long-term benefits of using a yard management system far outweigh the short-term costs, creating a rapid return on investment for your organization. Plus, yard management systems can be implemented quickly, providing immediate benefits and savings to your operation.
What should I look for in a yard management system?
Robust yard management systems provide functionality to overcome challenges in all areas of the shipping yard while ensuring every aspect is customized to meet your operational needs. You should look for the following in a yard management system:
- Yard visualization / graphical depiction of a facility
- Ability to view multiple facilities simultaneously
- Gate check-in/check-out
- Automatic gate functionality
- Appointment scheduler
- Dock door management
- Jockey / Shunter / Driver / Shuttle functionality
- Yard check assistance
- Automatic alerts
- Instant search
- Automatically updated reports
- Visual dashboards for KPI and data tracking
- Automation - customized to your operation
- Custom user roles and profiles
- Ability to grant carriers and customers login credentials
- Ability to integrate with your WMS / TMS / other existing software
- All aspects updated live across every device
- Tutorials for training new hires
How long does it take to implement a yard management system?
Superior yard management systems are able to be implemented in six weeks or less. This timeline provides your organization time to ensure the yard management system meets your needs, while at the same time giving ample time for training all employees.
Ready to implement your own yard management system?
Yard Management Solutions provides the only award-winning yard management system on the market with best-in-class yard optimization and automation tools. Are you looking to take your yard to the next level? Schedule a live demo today to see our yard management system for yourself.