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The Future of Yard Management Technologies

Yard Management Technologies

Yard management has closely mirrored warehouse management for years, but it lacks behind on the use of new technologies to reduce delays, improve productivity, and decrease risks. Yard management technologies have the potential to change how small and large yards operate. Take a look at the top four yard management technologies that will impact your organization soon, if they have not already.

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  1. Costs of Yard Management Technologies Are Expected to Decline

Traditional costs of yard management technologies have trended toward expensive systems, upgrades, and maintenance costs. Today, new yard management technologies are becoming focused on small and medium-sized enterprises through software-as-a-service (SaaS) and low-cost pricing models, explains Greg Braun.

  1. Wireless Technology Will Simplify Yard Management

Part of the problem with traditional yard management derives from the need for extensive wiring to track and manage yard assets. The creation and widespread use of wireless technology is poised to simplify yard management. According to Bridget McCree of Logistics Management, wireless technology-powered systems and equipment, such as autonomous forklifts, will push the boundaries of effective, efficient yard management. The use of low-energy, low-cost sensors, such as Bluetooth-enabled sensors, will also drive this trend. Automated identification and data capture (IDC) will improve oversight of the yard and reduce risks associated with manual entry of data, explains Matt Yearling of Talking Logistics.

  1. Standardized Systems Integration Will Reduce Data Silos

Traditional yard management faced many challenges when moving data between a warehouse execution system (WES), a warehouse management system (WMS), and a respective yard management system (YMS). These systems have blended to a point where information collected in one system can be passed along to the other system without loss of data integrity or inaccuracy. In many cases, these systems are merging into a centralized, comprehensive warehouse system, inclusive of YMS as well.

  1. The Internet of Things (IoT) Will Reduce Downtime and Improve Operations

The IoT allows for the connectivity between information systems and equipment. Devices powered by the IoT can communicate their current status, identify potential areas of concern, and instruct technicians and warehouse workers on repairs or activities necessary to reach a certain point of efficiency or operability. In the yard, the use of the IoT can enhance asset visibility and reduce equipment downtime, says Frank Dorval. Increasing communication between drivers in the yard, waiting at the gate, or leaving with a shipment for the IoT will also enhance inventory tracking and reduce delays in delivery.

Look to the Future of Yard Management Technologies to Drive Efficiency in Your Operation

The future of yard management technologies is bright, and the next opportunity for increasing productivity in the yard might just be around the corner. Take the time to understand these top four trends in the future of yard management, and start work to deploy these technologies today. For help in setting your yard up for success, contact Veridian online or by calling 1 (770) 225-1750 today.

Jason Rosing

Jason Rosing

Co-Founding Partner & WMOS / EOM Subject Matter Expert at Veridian
Founding partner of Veridian; a valued Manhattan Associates partner and technology leader specializing in user-friendly, robust and flexible automated testing and configuration management solutions designed to meet the ever-changing challenges of the omni-channel landscape.
Jason Rosing
Jason Rosing
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