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Perhaps you already doing your best to manage your warehouse operations and you think your Warehouse management system works quite well. Still without a proper audit, you will never know if your warehouse performance has peaked. We have prepared a professional checklist for Supply Chain & Logistics managers based on EU and US market benchmarks. Learn more about automated dock management system and identify ways to improve your daily logistics processes.
Warehouse docks often become a critical bottleneck for manufacturing companies and distribution centres as raw materials or product shipments are constantly late. Why? Because all trucks show up at the same time, or not on their scheduled time. They are queuing while waiting for their turn to unload or pick up a shipment. At the same time, they are creating multiple delays that cascade to production lines and deliveries to customers.
An efficient Dock management system and well organized dock scheduling process audit can identify reasons of the bottlenecks and suggest possible improvements. Most often increasing of loading capacity, improved planning, reduced driver waiting & detention times may solve all the issues Supply Chain & Logistics managers encounter daily.
The first step is to check whether you need improvements:
If you checked at least one of the above, it is an indication that your warehouse management system should be improved and that your dock scheduling process needs attention.
Using spreadsheets, calendars, and appointment booking tools is like hitting the nail with the handle (of the hammer). Developing own software is incredibly expensive and paper documents should be forgotten in the age of digitalization and sustainability. Dock scheduling platform (SaaS) is the way to go - for a fixed fee you’ll have access to the latest solutions in the market.
If you checked any of the first three selections, you receive information in a time consuming and slow way that is prone to human errors. In case you selected a Dock scheduling platform and any other option, you are losing part of the benefits that come from using a specialised platform. Aim to have 100% reservations done through the platform.
Providing dock details, driving instructions and other information manually isn’t very efficient. Working with an efficient warehouse management system and automating all communication with the dock scheduling platform is the most efficient option. After the supplier books a dock, his carrier, driver, and other stakeholders get automated messages/emails with all information - dock number, date and time, driving instructions, etc.
The Dock scheduling system optimizes the delivery process as a whole and provides additional functionality for transport logistics management systems. They not only provide more convenient management, but also save direct costs. Dock management systems can increase loading and unloading performance and optimize cargo delivery management by 30%. Besides that, these systems are easy to implement and onboarding can be done in a week. More about dock scheduling software's productivity read in our blog "OUR DOCK SCHEDULING SYSTEM GOT SMARTER!"
Most warehousing facilities are now in the transition process - trying to move away from manual to fully automated processes. Very often, they are also not sure what is the best way to do it. If this is your situation also, let’s have a chat. Our experts will advise you on how to best set up your dock scheduling process.