Transporeon takes dock scheduling to the next level

Transporeon has expanded its Real Time Yard Management (RTYM) solution with a new smart re-planning feature, which enables warehouse workers and managers to instantly react to short-term changes on the day of delivery or pickup. Customers can now effectively re-plan scheduled appointments (time slot bookings) to another time and/or another location on any given day. The re-planning feature saves costs caused by waiting times and prevents poorly synchronised assets and ineffective dock planning.

According to a survey conducted by Transporeon and ARC Advisory Group, more than one in 10 loadings (11%) at warehouses need to be rescheduled throughout the day. The survey also reveals a considerable technology gap in yard operations: Nearly two-thirds of respondents handle their rescheduling completely manually. Furthermore, 16% of respondents don’t have a digital time slot management application in place at all. As a result, these logistics professionals cannot account for trucks arriving ahead of time (“early birds”) or behind schedule (“late runners”), making peaks and delays of arrivals unpredictable.

With its time slot management (TSM) offer and real-time visibility (RTV) solutions, Transporeon supports customers to update loading and unloading sequences through automatic processes with instantaneous updates. On average, survey respondents were able to reduce their daily waiting times by more than one hour solely by using the TSM application. Additionally, RTYM users receive a continuously updated overview of incoming and outgoing transports, which contributes to more efficient planning in real-time.

Transporeon CEO Stephan Sieber explains: “Over the last few years, time slot management tools have been used to plan for loading and unloading. When the time slot is booked, that are usually hours, if not days, before the process happens, and in between, delays and changes can happen. When companies combine the planning aspect of time slot management with real-time visibility data, they can use the platform to update loading and unloading sequences to optimise these processes in real-time. This leads to benefits for all participants.”

Accordingly, the survey conducted by Transporeon and ARC Advisory Group identifies a “Lack of predictability and planning” to be the second biggest cause of wait times after “Peaks and throughs of arriving vehicles”. “Communication Problems”, which were a further issue identified by participants, could also be fixed by implementing RTYM. Furthermore, the solution proposed by Transporeon, a “Combination of time slots with real-time data”, was rated by respondents as the yard management technology with the highest potential in the future.

The full White Paper Leveraging Real-Time Data and the Network Effect for Next Level Time Slot Management 2022 with the survey results can be accessed here.

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