The cold chain is a mix of science and technology facing different challenges other industries don’t have to worry about - understanding the chemical and biological processes linked to perishability down to the materials used for temperature controlled construction. When referring to cold storage you might just think of food, but candles, film, plants, lipstick, and medicine can all last longer or prevent damage through cold storage. From manufacturing to transportation, the cold storage supply chain involves a lot of parties and one area in particular – yard management – plays a critical role in getting products safely to customers. Below are three challenges cold storage manufacturers are faced with and how a yard management system plays a significant role for the safety, lifecycle and visibility of products.
More than ever before, it’s crucial that our global supply chain is doing everything possible to streamline the, deconsolidation, fulfillment, distribution, and delivery processes. With so many software solutions available, it can be challenging to differentiate between what will work best for your company and where you might need to streamline your operations. Have you considered the impact of your current yard management processes? Do you have a yard management software solution? If not, there are several areas to consider. We’ve narrowed down four areas 3PL providers should look for when shopping around for a YMS (Yard management system).
Embracing change in the chemical manufacturing industry is just what is needed to keep up in such a volatile and dynamic environment. With so many challenges facing the industry, how do manufacturers stay productive? Below are challenges facing the industry today and how manufacturers can embrace digital transformation.
The automotive supply chain is a network of suppliers working together to manufacture cars, trucks and other vehicles with the help of automation and robotics. Minimizing costs and ensuring parts are tracked and arrive on time is just one of many challenges of automobile manufacturers. How exactly can you ensure parts arrive on schedule? How many are there, and where are they located? The global nature of the automotive industry makes this particular industry very complex and several software systems are necessary to manage the end to end process.
Outside of the warehouse or distribution center is a yard full of trucks and trailers. A yard management system monitors the movement of trucks and trailers in the yard and tracks important data including who brought it in, who owns it, where it is, what’s on it, how long it’s been there, where it’s supposed to be and when. Yard management just might be the most expensive mile in transportation.
Grocery stores and retailers are exploring new ways to reduce labor costs and create an overall better customer experience including new ways to display price information such as Electronic Shelf Labeling (ESL), sometimes referred to as the digital price tag. Large retailers such as Target are even encouraging shoppers in-store to use the mobile app to scan items while shopping to receive the best prices. Both the use of mobile apps for in-store checkout and ESL’s have been successfully implemented in Amazon Go stores and it’s clear these changes are providing a better customer experience.
The last mile in your supply chain may be the most expensive if operations are disorganized leaving gaps and inefficiencies that are costing you. Do you know what areas are negatively impacting your bottom line? Take a look below at the top ten challenges impacting yard management today and how a yard management system (YMS) can help.