Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice has helped shipping and receiving yards of all sizes find the right yard management software for efficiently managing shipping yard operations.

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Samsara

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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WorkWave Route Manager

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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Verizon Connect Reveal

Verizon Connect Reveal is a cloud-based electronic logging device (ELD) and fleet management platform that provides GPS fleet tracking to help businesses gain a 360 overview of all fleet management operations. High-resolution maps... Read more

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FreightPath

FreightPath is an all-in-one dispatch and transportation management software built for trucking companies, carriers, and freight brokers to handle dispatch, track & trace, collaboration, and digital paperwork. It gives you the tools... Read more

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Mobiwork MWS

Mobiwork MWS is a suite of field service solutions that features GPS tracking, inventory management, billing and invoicing, work order management, electronic forms, scheduling and dispatch and contact management. It offers cloud-based... Read more

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Rose Rocket

Rose Rocket’s transportation management software (TMS) platform helps companies improve communications with systems, customers, and the people who move freight. Its open platform makes it easy to connect to the software that runs... Read more

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EcoTrack Fleet Management

EcoTrack Fleet Management is a real-time GPS tracking solution designed to help service, freight, and construction businesses increase route efficiency while reducing costs and maintaining vehicle life. This solution can be used to... Read more

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Trimble TMS

Trimble TMS (formerly known as TMW Systems) solutions help carrier companies—large, small, and mid-sized— to keep their costs and services competitive while delivering significant value every day. Trimble TMS helps businesses with... Read more

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FleetLocate

FleetLocate by Spireon, is a GPS-based fleet tracking software that provides actionable business intelligence with real-time monitoring of assets and workforces to enable timely, informed decisions that allow you to optimize resources,... Read more

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Axon

Axon is a cloud-based and on-premise platform that helps small to large businesses in the transportation industry monitor and streamline fleet operations including maintenance, dispatching, billing and fleet accounting. It provides... Read more

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IntelliShift

IntelliShift, a division of VTS, is disrupting multi-use fleet management with a next-generation unified platform. IntelliShift provides an end-to-end cloud-based solution tailored to each customer's operational goals. Solutions include... Read more

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Locus Dispatcher

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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Fleet GPS tracking by High Point GPS

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

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Wise Systems

Wise Systems builds autonomous dispatch and routing software that uses machine learning to continuously improve fleet efficiency and customer service across last-mile operations in food, beverage, courier, energy, field service, and... Read more

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Trimble Fleet Mobility

Trimble Fleet Mobility (formerly PeopleNet) provides solutions for fleet compliance using electronic driver logs (ELD) and vehicle inspection, back-office fleet management, fleet GPS tracking, routing integration, oil field mapping,... Read more

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DispatchTrack

DispatchTrack is the leading end-to-end software for last mile logistics, and services over 60 million deliveries per year for companies ranging from 3 to 3000+ trucks. Companies in industries such as furniture/appliances, 3PL, building... Read more

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JFleet

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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Cota

Cota is a cloud-based dispatch management system designed specifically for small trucking companies, most users have between 1 and 10 trucks. The simple, easy to use design includes a drag-and-drop interface, no unnecessary fields,... Read more

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Milkman Tech

Milkman is a cloud-based last mile consumer-centric Delivery Orchestration platform designed to help organizations improve operational efficiency, while providing customers more choice, control and transparency.  The software platform... Read more

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Route4Me

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

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: September 18, 2020

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

What Is 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:

  • Schedule inbound and outbound shipments and accurately plan for all the daily tasks required in the yard.
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  • Update manual gate procedures (e.g., spreadsheets and written logins) to a digital system that uses GPS tracking for transparency into arrival times.
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  • Reduce operating costs associated with inefficiencies and inaccuracies in maintaining shipping container inventory.
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  • Improve communication between yard crews to provide task updates and check-ins on progress and bandwidth.
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  • Ensure yard security is present and accounted for while also setting protocols on who can access container seal codes.

Warehouse and distribution centers benefit greatly from these processes. Third-party logistics operations can also benefit from the transparency this software provides.

Common Features of Yard Management Software

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.

inbound scheduling in yard management system C3 Solutions
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.

Inventory management in Yard Management Software

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.

trailer management screen in yard management solution UltraShip TMS

Source: UltraShipTMS

What Type of Buyer Are You?

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.

Benefits of Adopting Yard Management Software

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.

Market Trends to Understand in Yard Management Software

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.