Yard Management Solutions is proud to have been featured in a recent article from Inbound Logistics. Read below for a short excerpt (full article by Karen Kroll available here).
If you think of the supply chain as a giant digital jigsaw puzzle, most organizations are missing a piece: a yard management system (YMS) that connects warehouse systems with transportation systems. This "operational blindness" can cost organizations both time and money, says Jeff Papadelis, senior partner with Yard Management Solutions, a YMS provider based in Suwanee, Ga.
While many companies have invested heavily in warehouse management systems in an effort to squeeze every ounce of efficiency from those operations, that's often not the case when it comes to truck and rail trailers and containers. In the yard, manual processes are still the norm, notes Michael Maris, senior director of transportation logistics with Zebra, a tracking technology and solutions provider based in Lincolnshire, Ill.
A yard management system can act as the link between a company's warehouse management system and transportation management system. It manages shipments and their containers from the yard gate to the dock. A YMS can provide real-time visibility to trailer location and contents. By doing so, a YMS can drive efficiencies, reduce detention fees, and improve decision-making.