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Yard Operations

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The functions for planning, managing and executing activities of a yard determine the amount of value that a YMS solution brings to an operation. Yard software in the simplest form provides an inventory of trailers in the yard through manual yard checks using clipboards and spreadsheets. Higher functioning YMS solutions provide greater visibility and streamlined operations in yards, producing greater throughput of trailers over the same real estate at lower costs.


Since operations and backend systems differ from yard to yard, it is important that a YMS has enough con¬figuration flexibility to adapt to your needs so that customization can be minimized. Configuration includes a myriad of functions including the ability for users to modify report views, set equipment pool thresholds, create alerts, create standard forms for checking in trailers, checking out trailers, and updating trailers, set user and group privileges, and create business rules that direct trailers to parking locations, block unauthorized trailers upon check-out, and determine which trailers to pull to doors when doors become available. It is also impor¬tant for a YMS to include an industry standard API so that proper interfaces can be built between the YMS, Transport Management System (TMS), and Warehouse Management System (WMS).

Yard inventory reports containing pertinent information such as carrier, equipment type, load status, dwell time, customer, origin and destination help maintain a balanced yard. Automatic alerts are essential to maintain pool levels and request action on long dwell equipment. These reports can also measure compliance by carriers. Carrier report cards based on timely and accurate data result in productive conversations with carriers as to the expectations and results required for successful supply chain execution.

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Yard Management

The implementation of a yard management system (YMS) must result in operational excellence and bring value to the operation. The major segments of the yard…

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Gate Management

The Gate presents the first of many challenges a trailer faces when arriving at a yard. This is the point of initial interaction and communications between the carrier…

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Switcher Productivity

In higher functioning YMS solutions, trailer move commands are issued wirelessly to switchers using ruggedised computers mounted inside the switcher cabs…

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Dock Door Management

YMS solutions can have a significant impact on the cost of labour working the dock doors at supply chain facilities of up to 25% of the labour cost. This is accomplished primarily…

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