Today, although the dispatch chain for letter and parcel consignments is almost completely automated, there are still gaps in the chain and thus there is potential for further optimization, which the postal companies can and should tap.
One of the most frequent and largest of these optimization gaps occurs in the yards of the distribution hubs of the pcstal companies. Although they have invested a lot of money in the sorting plants of their hubs, they have disregarded the yard, the movement of shipments from the gate to the loading bay.
The consequence is that whilst sorting and warehousing processes are fully automated and accordingly optimized, in the yard incoming and outgoing consignments are often managed using the traditional clipboard. The efficiency gains in the sorting plant are thus reduced by improvable processes, such as waiting times for trucks and shunting vehicles and cumbersome processing of paper forms often prone to errors.
This need not be. There are powerful and intelligent software solutions for yard management which can optimize these processes and thus remove a limiting bottleneck in the supply chain. In this way, growth can be initiated with limited risk. Available resources can be used more efficiently and volume can be significantly increased without the necessity for substantial investment.
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The Core Processes of Yard Management
In order to describe the potential, functions and mode of operation of state-of-the-art software for yard management, we will first consider the three core processes between the gate and the loading ramp: Pre-Gate Processes, Gate Processes and Yard Movements.
These core processes are embedded in the interacting overall complex of hub-functions, which also include loading bay management, loading and unloading and sorting as weil as the overarching hub control center. The Pre-Gate Processes relate to the organization before the arrival of the truck or other cargo vehicles such as trains and ships at the hub. The more information is available concerning incoming vehicles and their loads, and the faster this can be communicated to subsequent processes and systems, the more precisely and speedily vehicles can be allocated to the correct storing position at the gate for clearance.
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