Here Is How To Improve Transparency Through Yard Management Systems

By Logistics Tech Outlook | Monday, October 14, 2019

Yard management systems (YMS) attempt to fill the differences and improve the efficiency of the supply chain. 

Fremont, CA: Despite the storage crunches, operator shortages and new state laws are all forcing businesses to become "shippers of choice" for their carriers and logistics suppliers. More of these shippers are beginning to see their yards as valuable assets than only dumping grounds. However, the yard is practically the very first element an operator encounters when he or she arrives at the facilities, the region where the operation of the automobile has to be deliberately coordinated for maximum effectiveness, and the last location for a driver to communicate on the way out.

To many, transforming the yard into an efficient, respected supply chain connection means a massive reconsideration of how the factory and distribution center (DC) environment was handled for generations. That's because, businesses haven't spent a lot of time developing yard operations and developing in yard technologies, instead of pouring the most resources into managing yard property, minimizing driver holding time and adapting objectives for collecting and delivering volumes.

According to industry experts, low visibility and maintenance of the yard are quite common problems in the logistics industry. However, innovations can help fill these discrepancies into visibility and help the yard to be something more than just a "vortex."  Industries may not always understand what's out there; they certainly have a vague sense of it; they just don't understand where these resources are.

The solution - yard management systems (YMS), one of the least utilized tools in the technology portfolio for the supply chain. YMS incorporates sophisticated systems that integrate real-time, remote monitoring technology such as vehicle telematics, RFID and related technologies, varying from manual analyses to asset transactions entering and exiting the yard, Gartner states in its new Business Guide for Yard Management.

Completing the blanks

YMS streamlines the monitoring of property in a yard in its purest form. The software supports the process of identifying, managing, and transferring these resources effectively. The software, in effect, helps to make gate procedures, yard processes, and dock-door events more accessible.

YMS also provides a range of skills, as per industry professionals, dealing with management and operation implementation activities related to or affecting the freight yard or dock gates of an organization — factoring in the limitations of equipment, services, and personnel as well as request for service. Sometimes introduced as some of a warehouse management system (WMS)'s expanded features, YMS can sometimes be part of the wider range of a transportation management system (TMS). Companies such as PINC as a stand-alone remedy also deliver enhanced YMS technologies. Importers using the technology generally rely on it to further bridge gaps in their own backyards in the supply chain.

Deflating a great deal of excitement

Suppliers may have a closer examination at how to make their yards more effective, but that didn't necessarily spread awareness of YMS's need. There is some curiosity here, and not a whole lot of excitement, according to different research analyst. This illustrates how suppliers in this market have their niches and how corporations can cost an additional charge to manage very complicated yards.

Notice that SAP has an integrated YMS, which is sold separately from its expanded system for warehouse management (EWM). Since industries now have that records at their disposal, they collect on disturbing trends, like how carriers experience an average waiting time of five or six hours at some facilities. With companies seeking statistics such as dwell time, processing time, median waiting time, and other aspects that can influence their total cost of logistics, the YMS can solve a broad range of logistical problems. Following it as it is by truckers, it could lead to certain inefficiencies in the yard. Importers who neglect the need to handle a decent yard do so at their own risk. Just a few truck failures in the field can also hit the bottom line of a supplier.

Carriers pay processing charges, consumers need their orders immediately, and drivers back-the-wheel hours are restricted by the HOS law and more closely supervised by the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulation. Experts anticipate YMS providers to integrate more sophisticated technology and features into their products as more businesses try ways to make their yards more effective and carrier-friendly.

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