Many organizations, with distribution centers or warehouses, have taken the time to implement outbound shipping solutions. Those solutions improve resource utilization, reduce or eliminate unnecessary paperwork, and create efficiency in the internal supply chain. But, what happens when your cargo is ready for shipment? And are you taking care of your inbound supply chain as well as your outbound?
Carriers, suppliers and distribution centers are always pointing fingers at each other for missing pickups or deliveries. Inventory is not available for shipment, corridors get blocked. Overtime is being paid to employees who have to stay late to manage shipping or receiving. Shipment arrivals are not being prioritized. Drivers are spending unnecessary time waiting for dock doors to become available, potentially affecting hours of service. All these unnecessary delays cause disruptionsthat are easily preventable. Whether inbound or outbound, it comes down to visibility, reliability and effective planning.
All parties involved
One of the most effective ways to plan, is to get all parties involved in the planning process. Using technology for automatic confirmations, notifications and alerts throughout the supply chain can make all the difference. IDS Dock Scheduling enables shippers, carriers, and consignees to schedule dock door appointments online. Appointments can be automatically scheduled based on facility, orders, or business constraints, streamlining your operations by distributing the responsibility for scheduling from your warehouse staff to carriers and suppliers. IDS Dock Scheduling ensures all supply chain partners are involved in the process and have visibility into requested, scheduled and rescheduled dock appointments.
Do you want to end your congested docks for good? Our Business Development Manager Arno Spoek is happy to help. You can contact him on: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 6 31 90 20 88.