Yard Management: A Supply Chain Make or Break

Logistics is so much more than just what happens in the warehouse or on the road in transport. Across all industries and verticals, yards at manufacturing plants and distribution centers are critical connection points between the warehouse and transportation. 

Shipments spend a lot of time in yards. In fact, logistics industry analysts report that shipment of one trailer from one facility to another takes an average of three days, and two and a half of those days (80% of the shipping time) a trailer is idling in a yard either loaded or empty. The idle loaded shipments mean idle inventory. This typically results from trailer status delays and inaccuracies the information is relayed along the supply chain. Inefficiencies like these in yard operations cause ripple effects for lost productivity and profitability throughout the supply chain. 

Some of biggest challenges to yard efficiency include:

  • Congestion at the gate
  • Lack of visibility when shipments arrive
  • Capacity to effectively locate empties needed to meet outbound load schedules
  • Delays in shipments to and from the warehouse 
  • Lack of shipment and trailer visibility necessary for efficient shuttling between plant and distribution centers 
  • Ability to monitor operations for safety and compliance violations 

More and more manufacturers and distribution centers are realizing the benefits of hiring a yard management partner to streamline their operations and optimize their supply chain. At 24/7 Express Logistics, we’ve been tapped by industry leaders to deliver yard management solutions for expansive midwest distribution centers. By leveraging our experience and know-how, they are able to focus on their distribution center operations while we expedite their yard logistics safely and efficiently. It is just one more way we are helping our customers move their businesses forward.

To learn more about 24/7’s yard management solutions, contact our team at sales@24expresslogistics.com or call 866.866.2477 today.

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