PINC Named 2020 Food Logistics’ Top Green Provider

Yard Management Sustainability - Green Award

UNION CITY, CA —July 16, 2020 — Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named PINC to the Top Green Providers list for 2020.

Food Logistics’ annual Top Green Providers recognizes companies whose products, services, or exemplary leadership is enhancing sustainability within the food and beverage industry. Each year, the criteria for earning a spot on the list become more stringent for applicants. For example, the editorial staff evaluates a company’s participation in such programs as the EPA’s SmartWay and other recognized sustainability programs; facilities that are LEED-certified, and/or feature solar panels, LED lighting and other energy-saving installations and retrofits that produce measurable reductions in GHG emissions, to name a few.

Founded in 2004, PINC is the number one provider of real-time visibility and automated yard orchestration to the food and beverage industry. PINC Yard Management System is deployed at hundreds of facilities worldwide. During one of the most challenging years of this century, PINC YMS has enabled the largest food and beverage companies to achieve their sustainability goals while improving on-time in-full deliveries, building stronger relationships with carriers, and reducing overall transportation costs.

“Our annual Top Green Providers award recognizes companies whose products, services, or exemplary leadership enhances sustainability within the food and beverage industry. From technology that reduces a fleet’s carbon footprint to software that helps shippers drive energy efficiency to systems and processes that help reduce the carbon and environmental impact of its customers’ supply chains, these top green providers continue to practice the ultimate in sustainability year over year,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics.

“We’ve been delivering on the promise of Sustainability since the day the company was founded,” said Matt Yearling, CEO of PINC. “Utilizing our automated orchestration capabilities, food and grocery customers have been able to dramatically impact their overall carbon footprint in their operations by avoiding empty miles, right-sizing yard truck capacity, optimizing refrigerated trailer utilization, and turning over-the-road drivers faster.”

About PINC:

PINC provides scalable software, hardware, and services that enable companies to identify, locate, and orchestrate inventory throughout the supply chain predictably and cost-effectively. The company’s cloud-based real-time tracking platform, powered by an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor network that includes passive RFID, GPS, computer vision, cellular, and other sensors, provides actionable insights and connected expert guidance that allow organizations to optimize their supply chain execution. Visit PINC at www.pinc.com. 

About Food Logistics:

Food Logistics is published by AC Business Media, a business-to-business media company that provides targeted content and comprehensive, integrated advertising and promotion opportunities for some of the world’s most recognized B2B brands. Its diverse portfolio serves the construction, logistics, supply chain, and other industries with print, digital, and custom products, events, and social media.

Practicing Social Distancing while Keeping Inventory Moving during COVID-19 pandemic

In these uncertain times, companies are turning to technology to help them comply with social distancing rules and to keep their workers and drivers safe in any conditions.

PINC Kiosk automated gate management

The global pandemic has thrown manufacturers, distributors, and retailers into a mode that most have never experienced before. While social distancing rules, shutdowns, and high demand for certain product groups are top-of-mind right now, employee and driver safety should also be factored into an organization’s overall pandemic response.

Research firm Gartner, Inc. sees technology as a key enabler for companies that are implementing new driver and safety measures. “As capacity continues to tighten and there are fewer drivers on the road, it’s a requirement to keep them safe,” Gartner’s Carly West said in a press release.

“While safety is especially important now, it should be a key issue for logistics leaders at all times,” West continues. “Fortunately, there are a variety of technologies available that increase driver safety and also help run more efficient operations now and in the world after COVID-19.” Gartner’s top options for companies looking to enhance employee and driver safety include:

Tech-enabled virtual practices enabling social distancing 

Technology solutions help reduce physical contact to a minimum. Routine procedures like gate check-ins and paperwork signing can move to the cloud via software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. Real-time transportation visibility platforms flag shipments carrying essential goods, so staff can already prepare with protective gear, such as face masks and be in place to retrieve or offload quickly,” West said. “Proactive alerts are also a good practice for the last-mile delivery to end consumers. Tracking technology allows them to see when the delivery is approaching their home, as well as when it has arrived.”

PINC’s YMS solution, for example, offers functionalities like gate automation, appointment scheduling, real-time visibility in the yard, trailer movement automation, automated alerts and notifications, and enterprise visibility.

PINC offers two types of self-service gates PINC Kiosks and PINC Dropbox. PINC Kiosk includes a touchscreen kiosk with an optional PINC RFID tag dispenser for drivers to self-check-in or out. Shipment/appointments information can be automatically provided during check-in through integration with any system of record. Once the details are validated by the driver, he or she is presented with a drop location based on criteria (i.e., live/drop, type of inventory, type of equipment, load status, etc.). The gate arm opens automatically and the driver proceeds.

On the exit side, PINC Dropbox is an automated system for auto-check-out drivers and trailers from facilities. During check-out, drivers insert PINC’s RFID tags inside of a dropbox similar to a mailbox, and the driver and trailer will be checked-out in the PINC YMS, and the gate arm will rise automatically if all criteria are met.

Some of PINC’s customers are leveraging PINC Kiosk and PINC Dropbox to emphasize social distancing at their facilities and protect employees and drivers coming to these facilities. There’s no more the need for gate personnel or shipping and receiving office teams to interact with drivers at check-in and check-out.

“Allowing drivers to wait in their truck makes it easier for all of us to practice social distancing. Previously, the driver would be waiting in the lounge to talk to the DC after completing check-in.“ – L. M., Major Beverage Manufacturing company.

These automatic processes streamline gate procedures, increases the velocity of check-in and check-out of trailers, yard trucks, shuttle trucks, tractors, and drivers, and loads can be electronically reconciled with purchase orders or bill of ladings. The information to be captured at the gate during check-in or check-out can be customized in the YMS. More importantly, they enable organizations to keep truck drivers and their employees safe during this public health crisis.

Monitor and Locate Critical Items Moving Through the Supply Chain with IoT Sensors

For product safety, supply chain leaders should consider using sensors on products and trailers to keep products safe. Sensors can be used within trailers or products to track the movement of the product on the road and set alerts for deviations or issues,” Ms. West said.” Using technology to track critical and expensive products is a smart practice for companies to have better control on location and safety of their assets.” 

As we know, misplaced or stolen trailers and containers parked at facilities also cause a major disruption to the supply chain. We would like to add to West’s point that It’s also imperative that trailers, containers, and inventory are tracked not just over the road but also while these assets are parked at facilities across the U.S.A.   

PINC Real-time location system (RTLS) enables users to track and locate assets in real-time using passive RFID, GPS, and other sensors. All the information collected is presented online on PINC’s yard platform. Through PINC’s yard management application, users access real-time yard inventory lists, count, and history information eliminating the need for yard checks.

Information is readily available in the application in the form of reports, digital yard maps, digital whiteboard, and dashboards. Also, information can be filtered, and this functionality enables users to define, create categories of trailers, and group them to facilitate and expedite trailer search. Also, resulting matches can be used to feed other activities like recommending specific slots for where the assets should be parked, dock doors they need to be moved to, or displayed on the facility map.

PINC also provides the system of record to the assets (trailer, container, dry, reefer, …) on the yard to the customer’s systems such as WMS, TMS.

Our customers call the PINC YMS the “Google of trailers.” Because it’s easy a fast to find any information associated with a trailer or shipment in PINC’s yard management application.

PINC Yard Management System

Your Facility Live in 2 Weeks

PINC’s yard management system is highly configurable and modular. It is the only turn-key solution that can evolve from SaaS only implementation to SaaS + IoT Hardware and is scalable to enterprise-wide.

PINC’s automation engine enables facilities to simplify workflows and improve efficiencies by letting PINC YMS automatically check-in and out trailers, recommend a parking spot to drivers, notify a user about an event, notify a carrier about a load status, send an email informing about demurrage and detention fees, generate a report and share it, change the status of an asset, auto-create a move for an asset, and much more.

To help you navigate through these tough times, PINC has a dedicated team that can bring your facility operational in 2 weeks and our deployment and training can be totally virtual.

Global Chemical Company Uses PINC YMS to Cut $1.5 Million in Detention and Demurrage Fees

The Chemours Company adopts a yard management system that has helped organize the chaos of managing a high-volume DC.

yard management system - chemical manufacturing

Founded in 2015 as a spinoff from DuPont, The Chemours Co., is a global chemical company that makes performance chemicals used by the oil refinery, agricultural, automotive, energy, and consumer electronics industries.

Based in Wilmington, Del., the manufacturer’s logistics operation includes 63 global warehouses and 47 contract manufacturing locations. Up until 2018, the company managed its yards and equipment using a mix of redundant, manual processes. As a result, it struggled with numerous logistical and supply chain issues, including no single source of truth for data and insights.

Finding the Right YMS

Starting with its Pass Christian, Miss., plant, Chemours investigated about 10 different types of YMS before selecting PINC YMS for an initial implementation at that location. “I whittled my list down to about four providers and then had our internal indirect buying group help map out our project scope,” says Paul Day, global category manager for warehouse and airfreight. “PINC won the bid by providing the biggest benefit for us.”

Chemours has since reduced detention and demurrage fees by about $1.5 million (for both ocean and truckload). With its YMS, Chemours can maintain and manage its equipment needs in almost real-time. It has visibility over its trailers and carriers and knows exactly how many assets are empty and where they’re located.

Organizing the Chaos

With one source of truth to work from and a less congested yard, Chemours has also improved its throughput with visibility across six total yards. “Once we could see our equipment across those six yards, it started to unlock other opportunities for continuous improvement,” says Day, whose team stopped using spreadsheets and cut down on the amount of redundant work that it was doing.

“We also eliminated all radios, so there’s no more having to call drivers to find out where they are,” says Day. “We all know what’s going on.” Chemours experienced similar results when rolling out PINC YMS at its New Johnsonville, Tenn., location in 2019. It’s now looking to replicate those wins at some of its other high-volume locations.

“The PINC project management methodology helped us look at our ‘as-is,’ compare notes with other companies that have done this before, and then pick and choose what option best suited us,” says Day. “For us, it was a slam dunk; a no brainer. Our YMS organized the chaos of managing a high-volume DC.”

PINC’s Matt Yearling named Rock Star of the Supply Chain by Food Logistics magazine

Matt Yearling - Food Logistics - Supply Chain Rockstar

UNION CITY, CA – April 6, 2020 — Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named Matt Yearling, CEO of PINC to its 2020 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award.

The Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain recognizes influential individuals in our industry whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped and attained milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity and innovation through the global food supply chain. From early pioneers and entrepreneurs to non-conformist thinkers and executive standouts, this award aims to honor these leaders and their contributions to our industry.

“The 2020 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain exhibits the true rock stars of the industry, those that go the extra mile, so to speak, to ensure their company’s supply chains are being operated in an efficient, safe and transparent manner,” says Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief of Food Logistics. “These professionals are a true example as to why today’s food and beverage supply chains are in a position to curtail tomorrow’s consumers’ demands, and why today’s youth should consider the supply chain and logistics industry as a possible path of employment.”

“We understand the important role we play in serving the global food supply chain industry and appreciate the trust our customers have in us for their yard management and inventory management needs,” said Matt Yearling, PINC CEO. ”This award is more of a nod to the entire PINC team. They are all rockstars for their dedication, especially during this challenging time.”

Recipients of this year’s 2020 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award will be profiled in the March 2020 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com.

About PINC
PINC provides scalable software, hardware, and services that enable companies to identify, locate, and orchestrate inventory throughout the supply chain predictably and cost-effectively. The company’s cloud-based real-time tracking platform, powered by aerial inventory robots™ (drones) and an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor network that includes passive RFID, GPS, computer vision, cellular, and other sensors, provides actionable insights and connected expert guidance that allow organizations to optimize their supply chain execution. Visit PINC at www.pinc.com.

About Food Logistics
Food Logistics is published by AC Business Media, a business-to-business media company that provides targeted content and comprehensive, integrated advertising and promotion opportunities for some of the world’s most recognized B2B brands. Its diverse portfolio serves the construction, logistics, supply chain and other industries with print, digital and custom products, events and social media.