Archive for YMS

Terex AWP: New Yard Management System Works like a Charm

Terex is a global manufacturer of lifting and material processing products. The Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) business unit sells many of its products under the well-known Genie brand name. Genie customers are mostly equipment rental companies that purchase high-volumes of units on an annual basis. Terex AWP operates its largest Genie finished product transfer center in North Bend, Washington. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dirk Becker and Marsha Hudson of Terex […]

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How Pactiv Improved Its Yard Operations Across Twelve Facilities

Pactiv, headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of foodservice and food packaging products. The company’s typical warehouse has 300-400 trailers in the yard, with about 50 inbounds and 50 outbounds per day. This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Snow, the fleet manager for Pactiv’s Mid-West region, about the company’s recent yard management process improvement project and the benefits Pactiv obtained from implementing the system across 12 […]

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Bucking the 80/20 Trend: 4 Key Benefits of Adopting a Digital Yard

Also known as “the 80/20 rule,” the Pareto Principle states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. Management consultant Joseph M. Juran suggested the principle and named it after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who noted the 80/20 connection while at the University of Lausanne in 1896, as published in his first paper, “Cours d’économie politique.” The same 80/20 principle can be applied in the supply chain, where […]

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East Coast Warehouse Takes Yard Operations to the Next Level with Advanced YMS

East Coast Warehouse & Distribution (ECW) is an integrated temperature-controlled logistics provider to the food and beverage industry. The company’s primary site is at Port Elizabeth, NJ. This site is both large and complex. It is 60 acres in size, including about 14.5 acres for customs and 1.5 million square feet of refrigerated facility space. Furthermore, it spans six lots, three main buildings, and holds 1,100 containers and a large number of chassis. The services […]

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The Four Stages of Digital Disruption in the Supply Chain

Organizations continue to look for areas of opportunity and inspiration on the quest to improve the operational efficiency of their supply chain. While technology capabilities are plentiful, for many, it’s not immediately obvious where one should start. What I have attempted to do here is provide a staged view on how I would categorize significant technology enablement, with one category potentially building upon the other. Managed – The first place to start is to implement […]

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The Three Pillars of Supply Chain Execution

We all know that Supply Chain Execution (SCE) is composed of Warehouse, Yard and Transportation management components.  But have you ever considered the relative importance of these three components?  Even though organizations usually prioritize their Yard Management System (YMS) as the final component of this trio, implementing an enterprise YMS is just the beginning of the journey of engendering execution excellence across an organization’s supply chain. Below are the three key considerations that make the […]

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Yard Management Solutions Impose Control on an Inherently Chaotic Process

As Chris Jones from Descartes said in a Logistics Viewpoints column, the Forrest Gump quote — “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get” — applies to the challenge of managing a yard, particularly inbound dock operations. A yard management system (YMS) controls the yard attached to a warehouse or distribution center (DC). YMS functionality includes dock door scheduling, check in and check out, location of trailers in the […]

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How to Improve Yard Management

The benefits from Yard Management Systems (YMS) are driven by their ability to enhance five key processes within the yard. Here are some of the key benefits in those different process areas: On-Line Dock Door Appointment Booking A best practice, which is more common in Europe, is to have carriers book delivery appointments within a narrow window, the load is tipped on arrival, and the driver departs with an empty trailer. This practice is less […]

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