In the news
- PINC’s Advanced Yard Management System Selected for Implementation at Daimler Trucks North America Saltillo Manufacturing Facility:
- PINC Solutions recognized as 2013 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider by Inbound Logistics Magazine
- Logistics Management Magazine: RFID streamlines yard management, enhances visibility.
- Jean Murphy, Editor Emeritus of SupplyChainBrain, interviews Dr. Aleks Gollu at RILA Logistics 2013
"Supermarket operator Supervalu is keeping a close eye on trailers at its Lancaster distribution center, via a radio frequency identification solution that tracks their locations without the use of any fixed readers. The company gathers its location data from passive RFID tags mounted on trailers and interrogators installed on yard trucks. Since its installation 18 months ago, the Yard Hound system, provided by PINC Solutions, has enabled the firm to reduce its fleet of trailers by approximately 70 vehicles, while also decreasing labor by 80 hours per week."
Five must-have features in a YMS
"Do you have a trailer logjam outside your distribution center that's slowing down operations? Are you using the trailers parked in your yard for overflow storage? Are you unable to quickly pinpoint which trailer has the goods that must be unloaded right away to fill an urgent order?" "...PINC Solutions, that use location technology to provide up-to-the-minute information on the whereabouts of a trailer."
The 5 features listed in the article are
1. Appointment scheduling.
3. User-defined rules.
4. Task management.
5. Event management integration.
DC Velocity does an excellent work educating the industry about the most current challenges and solutions. The five points mentioned in this article are definitely key when selecting a yard management solution. Industry experts have also been pointing out that without real-time visibility to trailers and shipments, companies will continue having time consuming yard audits, yard truck (“shunters”) drivers will continue wasting time trying to find where trailers are in the yards, and If the data entered in the system is not accurate, you are dealing with useless information, or as they say it in the industry “garbage in garbage out.”
Basic yard management systems, such as those that come with some WMS & TMS, or traditional yard management systems, such as the ones installed on-premise, are primarily focused on appointment scheduling and managing moves of trailers in the yard. It’s proven that these capabilities alone don’t solve the real challenges managers face in their yards. Additionally, in larger facilities these systems break down, since you simply cannot rely on user input alone to track the location of trailers and the status of shipments.
In larger facilities it is necessary to leverage data gathering automation, such as real-time location systems (RTLS), RFID and GPS, to increase velocity, push driver productivity, and to retain control over trailers and shipments. These systems have proven to be cost-effective, have low total cost of ownership, and provide rapid time to benefit.
Furthermore, if the goal is managing trailers and shipments, not just in one yard, but across the network and trading partner facilities to shorten cycle times, avoid manufacturing outages, avoid shrinkage, reduce inventory carrying and transportation costs, a hosted solution with automated data collection becomes imperative even in the smallest yard.
Lastly, enterprises like Kraft Foods, Kimberly-Clark, Exel, DSC Logistics, Supervalu, and many other Fortune-500 companies have realized that the yards, where trailers and shipments are dropped, were their last mile of the visibility gap in the supply chain. While they have made significant advances with their transportation and warehouse management systems, they have also realized that in the absence of real time, accurate trailer and shipment status information across their facilities, they could not really get full value for their investments.
The webcast is the second of a series focused on supply chain visibility.
ALAMEDA, CA – September 25th, 2012 - PINC Solutions launched today a thought provoking webcast featuring Gartner analyst and VP of supply chain research, Dwight Klappich and Chief Technology Officer and founder of PINC Solutions, Dr. Aleks Gollu. The webcast is called Transportation Myopia and is the second webcast of a series focused on supply chain visibility.
According to independent research, an average trailer shipment takes three days to move from one facility to the next with only eight hours on the road. Simply put, for 80% of the shipment time, the trailer is idling at a distribution center or manufacturing plant. This idle time typically results from trailer status delays and information inaccuracies along the supply chain. Gartner lead analyst, Dwight Klappich, and PINC’s CTO, Dr. Aleks Gollu, will discuss how taking a wider view of the transportation function can help shippers and trading partners unbundle hidden savings and inefficiencies.
Viewers will learn how enterprises are focusing on transportation assets across their entire network of facilities rather than just on the road; how companies are closing the loop in shipment planning and accelerating order fulfillment cycles; and how trading partners are collaborating to reduce information latency about shipments resulting in lower transportation costs.
To watch the webcast, please visit pincsolutions.com/transportation-myopia
About PINC Solutions:
PINC Solutions is North America’s leading supplier of supply chain visibility and advanced yard management solutions with Fortune-500 customers in the manufacturing, retail, logistics, and transportation sectors. PINC has pioneered the development of cost-effective real-time location systems (RTLS) using passive RFID technology that minimizes capital investment required in the infrastructure. PINC’s award-winning products are designed with a scalable architecture for businesses of any size, and are expandable with modular components as customers needs grow. Available as turnkey solutions and delivered through a Software-as-a- Service (SaaS) model, these systems haveproven their value through immediate efficiency improvements in customers daily operations, typically generating positive ROIs in less than a year. To learn more about PINC Solutions, please visit www.pincsolutions.com.
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The article is called "Supervalu feasts on yard visibility". According to the magazine, one of the nation's largest food retailers turned to technology to streamline its yard operations, improve docking capabilities, and shave a significant number of man hours from its daily processes-all while adding a critical layer of supply chain visibility.
This year, the National Truck Drivers Appreciation Week (NTDAW) celebrates September 16-22. During this week, America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy's most demanding and important jobs.
In the US there are nearly 3.5 million professional truck drivers logging over 400 billion miles a year delivering the goods that U.S. consumers need every day of the year.
PINC Solutions team would like to thank all the US truck drivers as well as spotting drivers at distribution centers and manufacturing plants for keeping America moving forward.