Subscribe to Email Updates

Latest Blog Post

yard management, logistics, yard management system

Yard labor challenges: Turning to technology not your human resources' team might be the answer

Digital-yard-management

Labor is expensive. It’s also getting harder and harder to find good professionals right now, thanks to a recovering economy and brisk growth in certain sectors (like construction and information technology).

The average wage for a warehouse and distribution center (DC) worker is $11.82 an hour, CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly reports. “There has been speculation in recent years that businesses will be facing a chronically acute shortage of labor—especially e-commerce firms, which have experienced tremendous growth,” the Quarterly states, “and whose fulfillment centers normally employ twice as many workers as do typical warehouses and DCs. That figure spikes to four times normal during the peak holiday period.”

Paying Attention to the Yard

As a key part of any company’s logistics operations, the yard tends to be one of those places where firms elect to throw more human resources at the problems instead of applying technology, applications, and automation. And while the approach may seem logical at the time, in reality it can quickly eat away at your company’s profitability and productivity.

“Companies tend to throw people at yard problems because, on the surface, it’s relatively less expensive to do this,” says Matt Yearling, PINC’s  CEO, “versus actually fixing the problems in the first place.”

It’s time to stop the insanity and let technology not only solve the problems, but also ward off those challenges in the first place. By focusing on technology you will be able to:

  • Improve processes
  • Rely on information
  • Gain insights not available before
  • Allocate team members to more “core” tasks

"Thanks to advancements in technology including cloud computing, internet of things (IoT), drones, and mobile, the digital yard management experience is now real-time, data-driven, automated, integrated, and connected. It also provides immediate value to both warehouse and transportation operations and across the enterprise. We’ve seen that this is an important win in a distribution environment where efficiency, agility, and flexibility are a must." wrote Matt in his recent article Are your yards connected to the supply chain ecosystem?

Technology will enable your team to work more efficiently and your facility to reduce yard management expenses in 30% and increase overall yard productivity by 25%. Here are some of the benefits you can immediately reap

  • Labor Savings: Faster gate check-ins and check-outs, eliminate the need for manual yard checks, less search time for trailers by yard truck drivers, and no dock delays.
  • Improved yard truck staffing: Increased moves per hour, productivity monitoring and comparison, and better training.
  • Reduced demurrage and/or detention: Better collaboration and communication with carriers and electronic documentation of all movement, alerts, and reminders.
  • Reduced Shrinkage through visibility: Fewer incidences of spoilage, theft, and delays.

This is just a few examples of how applying technology in the yard can help reduce labor costs while increasing both visibility and productivity. So the next time you’re tempted to send a team member out into the yard to locate a specific trailer, check a reefer's thermostat, or see if a certain dock door is operable, turn to technology instead. Take this step and you’ll also alleviate one of the biggest pain points that today’s warehouse managers deal with on a daily basis:  knowing where all of the yard assets are at any given time.   

For more information, download PINC's Yard Management Solution Brief.

Download Now

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Jul 12, 2017 1:47:22 PM
   
Yard labor challenges: Turning to technology not your human resources' team might be the answer

Labor is expensive. It’s also getting harder and harder to find good professionals right now, thanks to a recovering economy...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Jul 12, 2017 1:47:22 PM
New Video by MHI: Inventory Robotics and Cycle Counts

Navigation, power, and safety. Learn more about these 3 technological aspects of indoor drones in this short video produced by...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Jul 6, 2017 6:06:17 PM
Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Jun 28, 2017 4:08:41 PM
Are Your Yards Connected to the Supply Chain Ecosystem?

By definition, an ecosystem is a group of interconnected elements, formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with...

Matt Yearling
By Matt Yearling
on Jun 21, 2017 6:14:13 PM
How Digital Yards Can Solve Supply Chain’s Biggest Pain Points

Most companies will admit that their supply chains are inefficient in at least some form or fashion. Sure they may have...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Jun 5, 2017 10:35:25 AM
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...

Matt Yearling
By Matt Yearling
on May 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM
2017 Trading Partner Alliance (FMI/GMA) Supply Chain Conference

When you bring together all sides of the value chain, you foster stronger relationships, streamline logistics, effectively...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Apr 24, 2017 2:29:58 PM
PINC selected by Inbound Logistics magazine to its 2017 list of Top logistics technology providers

PINC named TOP 100 Logistics IT provider for boosting supply chain performance and customer service while cutting overall...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Apr 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM
New White Paper - The Rise Of The Digital Yard

Thanks to advancements in technology including cloud computing, internet of things (IoT), drones, and mobile, yard management...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Apr 10, 2017 1:34:24 PM
80% of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Executives Say the Digital Supply Chain Will Be the Predominant Model within Five Years

IMAGE CREDIT: MHI

MHI announced during  ProMat 2017 the release of the fourth in a series of MHI Annual Industry Reports...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Apr 5, 2017 9:35:35 PM
Augmenting Your Logistics Operations with Digital Yards

Thanks to advancements in technology including cloud computing, internet of things (IoT), drones, and mobile, yard visibility...

Matt Yearling
By Matt Yearling
on Mar 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM
MHI to preview new report on next-generation supply chains during ProMat Keynote

MHI will preview the 2017 Annual Industry Report-Next-Generation Supply Chains: Digital, On-Demand and Always-On during the...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Mar 22, 2017 7:23:50 PM
A small town called ProMat

As we gear up for ProMat, we were asking ourselves about what kind of logistics challenges MHI and the event organizers will...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Mar 9, 2017 10:39:34 PM
Yep. This happens a lot.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)'s website, fall injuries are one of the top 5 injuries in...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Mar 5, 2017 10:10:27 PM
PINC nominated finalist for the 2017 MHI Innovation Award

PINC's inventory robotics solution, PINC Air, has been selected as one of the most innovative solutions of 2017.

ALAMEDA,...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Feb 21, 2017 6:00:00 AM
Matt McLelland discusses drones at SCM World Live Americas

This picture was sent to us by one of our customers, Matt McLelland, Kenco's Innovation Research manager. Matt is an expert in...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Feb 9, 2017 10:55:45 AM
2017 Top 10 Yard Management Challenges

Based on our independent research, the productivity of today’s complex warehouse and manufacturing operations will...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Feb 1, 2017 10:24:27 AM
RILA - Retail Supply Chain Conference 2017

Join PINC and Retail Leaders at RILA LOGISTICS 2017. PINC will be showcasing the latest trends in Yard Management Systems and ...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Jan 20, 2017 9:49:45 AM
PINC Named to Food Logistics' 2016 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers List

Leader in Yard Management and Inventory Robotics selected by Food Logistics magazine as Top Software and Technology Provider...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Dec 28, 2016 10:57:07 AM
Top 10 Talking Logistics Videos and Posts in 2016

After PINC's being named by Logistics Viewpoints as one of the top stories of 2016, Adrian Gonzalez' Talking Logistics has...

Rafael Granato
By Rafael Granato
on Dec 27, 2016 3:56:42 PM

Leave a comment

Written by
Written by Author