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Transforming Yard Management: A Case Study Review

Efficiency and visibility are paramount to make container yards efficient and safe. Mismanagement and delays can lead to substantial financial losses and decreased productivity. Recognizing these challenges, Yard Spot, powered by Splice, offers a state-of-the-art yard management solution that integrates various data sources to provide a real-time operational picture.


This innovation has set a new standard for numerous organizations, including a major warehousing and trucking company in the Mid-Atlantic region. By leveraging Yard Spot, they have transformed their operations, improving efficiency, visibility, and overall productivity.


The Challenge: Managing Eight Yards over 1.5 Miles


The Mid-Atlantic warehousing and trucking company faced significant operational challenges. Spanning over a 1.5-mile stretch of highway, the company managed eight different yards. On a monthly basis, they executed over 2,500 yard moves of containers and dry vans. However, they lacked full visibility into the timing, locations, and productivity of these movements. This lack of insight resulted in inefficiencies, including delays, misplaced equipment, and suboptimal utilization of resources. Without a clear operational picture, coordinating such a high volume of movements was a daunting task.



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The Solution: Implementing Yard Spot


To address these challenges, the company turned to Yard Spot. By integrating data from multiple sources such as GPS, electronic logging devices (ELD), enterprise applications, supply chain partners, and both fixed and mobile cameras, Yard Spot provided the comprehensive visibility that the company desperately needed. The system’s ability to centralize and display real-time data from these disparate sources was revolutionary.


  • GPS Integration: By incorporating GPS location data, Yard Spot enabled the company to track the precise location and status of each container and dry van. This real-time tracking eliminated the guesswork, allowing for quick and accurate equipment location.


  • Supply Chain Data: Yard Spot’s integration with existing enterprise applications ensured that all operational data was up-to-date. Additionally, data from supply chain partners was included, providing a holistic view of the supply chain and facilitating better coordination and planning.


  • Location Data: The integration of fixed and mobile cameras offered visual confirmation of yard activities. Managers could monitor operations in real-time, ensuring everything was running smoothly and addressing any issues promptly.


Results: Enhanced Visibility and Efficiency


The implementation of Yard Spot led to dramatic improvements in the company’s operations. The ability to locate equipment quickly and prioritize dispatch operations transformed their yard management. Here are some of the significant benefits they experienced:


  • Improved Turn-Times: With real-time visibility into equipment locations and statuses, the company was able to reduce the time it took to locate and move containers and dry vans. This improvement in turn-times meant that loading and unloading operations could proceed more efficiently, increasing overall productivity.


  • Enhanced Coordination and Communication: The centralized platform provided by Yard Spot facilitated better communication and coordination among team members and with supply chain partners. This improved coordination resulted in smoother operations and fewer delays.


  • Increased Productivity: With Yard Spot, the company could prioritize dispatch operations based on real-time data. This optimized movement of equipment within the yard, ensuring that the right resources were in the right place at the right time, significantly boosting productivity.


Real-World Impact: A Case Study


Let’s delve deeper into the real-world impact of Yard Spot on this Mid-Atlantic company. Before implementing Yard Spot, the company faced frequent bottlenecks and inefficiencies. Misplaced equipment and delayed moves were common, leading to frustrated staff and drivers, as well as increased operational costs.


After deploying Yard Spot, the company saw immediate improvements. For example, during peak hours, the system’s real-time data allowed managers to identify potential delays and reallocate resources swiftly, avoiding bottlenecks. The visual data from yard checks provided an additional layer of verification of the assets location.


In the first three months of using Yard Spot's workflow management module, the company reported over 2,500 moves monthly. Tracking yard operations enhanced their operational efficiency.


Strategic Advantages: Leveraging Data for Future Growth


Beyond the immediate operational benefits, Yard Spot also provided the company with valuable data insights for strategic planning. The system’s analytics capabilities allowed managers to identify trends and patterns in yard activities.


The data revealed which yards were operating at maximum efficiency and which ones needed improvement. This insight enabled the company to implement targeted strategies to enhance performance across all their yards. Over time, these strategic adjustments contributed to sustained growth and operational excellence.


Conclusion


In today’s competitive logistics environment, the ability to manage yards efficiently and effectively is crucial. Yard Spot, powered by Splice, offers a transformative solution that integrates multiple data sources into a single, real-time operational picture. For the Mid-Atlantic warehousing and trucking company, Yard Spot has been a distinct advantage, leading to smoother, more efficient yard operations, reduced costs, and increased productivity.


As more companies recognize the value of such advanced yard management systems, Yard Spot is poised to become an indispensable tool in the logistics industry, setting new standards for efficiency and effectiveness. Its underlying cloud technology and integration capabilities will take yard management from a nuanced capability to a powerful data-providing operation that helps optimize the whole logistics chain.

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