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Samsara is a cloud-based fleet management solution that offers features such as GPS tracking, trailer tracking, dashboard camera, routing and dispatch, reefer monitoring and more. It is designed to help small and midsize fleet business... Read more
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Verizon Connect Reveal is a cloud-based fleet management solution suitable for small and mid-sized companies. Users can view all drivers on a map and automatically detect their behavior such as harsh braking, quick starts, hard corning... Read more
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WorkWave Route Manager is a cloud-based route planning solution that allows delivery and service providers to build routes, track drivers and stay connected. Route Manager enables users to plan around time-windows and customer requests,... Read more
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Organizations across North America turn to GPS Insight when they are sick of high fleet operating costs, worried about safety on the roads, and have inefficiencies that waste valuable time and money. GPS Insight partners with each... Read more
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Silent Passenger from Vehicle Tracking Solutions is a cloud-based fleet management solution that offers resources to track and manage moving assets and vehicles. It is designed to serve businesses of all sizes across construction,... Read more
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ProTransport is a fleet management solution suitable for trucking fleets of any size. Key features include safety, dispatch, accounting, reporting, driver communications and GPS tracking. ProTransport includes a live dispatch board,... Read more
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Locus Dispatcher is a fleet management solution that caters to midsize and large businesses across various industries such as e-commerce, 3PL, home services and retail. Features include dispatch management, driver management, maintenance... Read more
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OPT Runner is a fleet management system suitable for trucking and transportation businesses of any size. Both on-premise and cloud-based deployments are available. Key features include transport planning, fleet scheduling and vehicle... Read more
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Solocate is a real-time order, fleet and route management solution designed for small and midsize 3PL providers and businesses in e-commerce, retail, manufacturing and wholesale industries. Key features include route and delivery status... Read more
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Oracle SCM Cloud is a cloud-based supply chain management solution that offers distribution, manufacturing, inventory management and fleet management within a suite. The product features product development, which allows users to... Read more
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JFleet is a transportation management software for TL and LTL trucking and delivery companies. The software has dashboard and reporting functionalities that allow the user to view operations within the company and track processes... Read more
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High Point GPS Tracking and Dispatch is a web-based solution designed to help companies coordinate and track their fleet of vehicles in real-time. Each vehicle is installed with a tracking device with a constant satellite and cellular... Read more
ITS Dispatch by Truckstop.com is a cloud-based fleet management system designed with small to midsize fleets and freight brokerage firms in mind. It features a suite of fleet management applications, including dispatch and scheduling,... Read more
Fleet Complete is cloud-based fleet management solution for businesses of all sizes. The solution is used in a wide range of industries including oil and gas, government, construction, manufacturing and many more. Fleet Complete offers... Read more
Route4Me is a cloud-based fleet management solution designed for small, midsize and large businesses. Primary features include route planning and routing guides. It allows users to type-in or upload customer addresses and plan a route... Read more
Titan GPS is a cloud-based fleet management solution that helps fleet operators track and manage vehicles, equipment and mobile assets across Canada and the United States. GPS tracking hardware and tailored service plans are also... Read more
Tailwind Transportation Software offers a cloud-based transportation management solution built for small to midsize trucking companies and freight brokerages. Tailwind features a customer and vendor database, quoting and order modules,... Read more
eSpatial is a cloud-based mapping software that helps share, visualize and analyze multiple layers of data by transforming spreadsheets into comprehensible maps and graphs. Primarily catering small to large businesses, the software... Read more
Vehicle Fleet Manager is a fleet management platform that lets users create maintenance schedules, track vehicle expenses and monitor fuel consumption. The tool can also be installed on-premise and is suitable for various industries... Read more
BrokerPro is a cloud-based fleet management system designed for transportation intermediaries dealing in truckload and international transport logistics freight. The load detail module helps users build loads, assign carriers, enter... Read more
Operating a shipping yard is a delicate dance done within the greater supply chain management ecosystem. New containers come in, and they must be unloaded and placed strategically. Existing containers are located, loaded and shipped out. And in between shipping and receiving, yards have to manage access and security for each container.
Fortunately, a specific segment of fleet management software has broken off to address the needs of shipping yards. Yard management software offers dependable support for optimizing operations and ensuring containers are effectively tracked and moved through.
But not all yard management software is the same. Some systems might specialize in warehouse management or be a better fit for smaller organizations, while others would be better for larger operations.
We've created this Buyer's Guide to help you evaluate which yard management system is right for your needs. We'll discuss the must-have capabilities and review key benefits you can gain from adopting yard management software. This guide should be used as a starting point to ensure you choose the best system for your operation.
In this guide, we'll cover:
What Is Yard Management Software?
Common Features of Yard Management Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Benefits of Adopting Yard Management Software
Market Trends to Understand in Yard Management Software
Yard management software systems are a combination of scheduling and inventory management tools. They automate and optimize the flow of inbound and outbound assets, helping yard operators more easily plan, execute, monitor and audit shipping loads.
The goal is to to start tracking inventory when it enters the gate rather than when it hits the dock for unloading. Detailed inventory tools go as far as classifying containers based on crucial characteristics such shipment type, load type, storage requirements and capacity, as well as labor and/or equipment requirements.
At the highest level, yard management software enables yard operators to:
Warehouse and distribution centers benefit greatly from these processes. Third-party logistics operations can also benefit from the transparency this software provides.
Yard management software systems combine inventory tools, scheduling capabilities, task management and other features. Nonetheless, there are still some must-have features that most yard management systems provide. These include:
|Inventory management||Track trailers and their content. Know the number of empty trailers in the yard. Track employees as they enter and exit.|
|Dock management||Monitor the equipment, containers/trailers and schedule for a given week on the shipment dock.|
|Carrier scheduling||Work with carriers to set appointment times for shipping and receiving. Track the status of shipments to make daily adjustments as needed.|
|Task management||Manage the daily and weekly task requirements of the crew and each crew member. Monitor the status of shipments coming in and going out.|
|Gate management||Get a snapshot of everything coming in and out of the gate. Set alerts to notify operators when all or designated trailers arrive and depart.|
|Seal management||Record and track trailer seal numbers. Require validation for unsealing and resealing a trailer. Flag discrepancies with unsealed trailers.|
|Shipping optimization||Optimize packing and unpacking of trailers by ensuring they're being unloaded on the correct dock at the correct time.|
We've included a few screenshots of yard management software to give you an idea of what these tools look like:
Inbound scheduling screen
Highlights the organizational benefits of yard management software systems. Each inbound shipment is labeled with numerical identifications and color codes. This information, combined with the additional details found in each arrival slot, provides a quick and easy snapshot for users.
Source: C3 Solutions
Inventory management screen
Maintaining an organized yard is key for a successful operation. Inventory capabilities give operators a bird's-eye view of their yard. With this view, they can assess their capacity, pinpoint any empty trailers and direct necessary jockeying on the fly.
Source: Yard Management Software
Trailer management screen
Yard management software systems provide a holistic approach to your operation. You not only get a bird's-eye view, but you're able to drill down to individual trailers and other assets. This screen gives details on the inventory packed within a container, such as whether the inventory needs refrigeration, is highly perishable, or when it's due for shipping out.
Small operation. These buyers often work for single warehouses or third-party operated yards. They're likely moving from manual methods to more automated, dependable processes. Scheduling and inventory management tools should provide these users with a burst of operational efficiency.
Midsize to large operations. These buyers work for larger warehouses or distribution centers. They need scheduling and inventory management plus additional capabilities, such as gate management, so they can keep tabs on and set permissions for arrivals and departures.
Enterprise operations. These buyers are working for enterprise retailers, manufacturers or other large-scale business. They need all the previously mentioned capabilities, as well as specialized tools for trailer workshop management, shipping optimization and detailed operational reporting.
There are several ways yard management technology can benefit your business. Most will be specific to your individual operational pain points, but there are some general benefits you're likely to find, including:
Greater efficiencies. Adopting yard management software saves time previously spent on paperwork and manual data entry. Schedules can sync automatically with carriers, and notifications can alert all involved parties of updates in shipping status.
Improved productivity. Automating inventory updates will free up back office and yard jockeys to get more done in the day. Greater communication abilities will lead to more productive collaboration among team members.
Internet of things (IoT). Much of the efficiency and automation afforded by yard management software systems can be attributed to onboard sensors and personal devices. These sensors and devices make up a connected ecosystem (i.e., the internet of things, or IoT) that records and transmits valuable performance data. This data will lead to greater operational efficiencies for yard operators.
Security. With advanced protocols and an emphasis on real-time inventory, yard management software systems provide users with greater yard security than ever before. This can be seen in gate management tools that track everyone entering and exiting the yard, as well as seal management tools that track trailer codes and only allow designated personnel to retrieve the codes and enter trailers.