Published on April 20, 2021 – Til Mattenklott, Consultant Yard Logistics at Westernacher
Eliminating pain points with optimization.
First of all, SAP Yard Logistics is able to systematically map a clean and detailed plan of the arriving and departing vehicles. This primarily includes booking a time slot at a specific gate to ensure that the loading and unloading capacities are used in the best possible way.
In Yard Logistics it is possible for this purpose to define gate groups, which combine an unlimited number of ramps with equal properties. For each ramp group, the length of the time window and the working time can be set. The combination of working time, time window length and number of associated gates results in a potential number of appointments that can be assigned for each ramp group per working day.
If the solution is to be even more intuitive and less time-consuming, there is the option of using the Westernacher Carrier Portal.
Because of this, your customers are able to establish a direct connection to your yard logistics system, so that their transport planning can be automatically converted into a yard logistics-specific document.
Data protection has also been thought of: Every freight forwarder only sees his own time windows. External appointments are marked as “booked” and can no longer be selected.
Internal employees of the retailers have access to all bookings and can easily change, move or even delete appointments using a drag & drop functionality.
Easy check-in with Westernacher’s app.
In the classic process, this is realized by an entrance barrier and one or more porters who have an overview of the yard and are thus able to send the trucks to the correct position on the site. As already mentioned, every minute of downtime costs money. In order to automate the check-in process and avoid waiting time, we have built the Westernacher Check-in App.
With the app, vehicle drivers can register themselves, for example on a terminal, in their respective national language. Of course, the Fiori-based application can also run on a normal desktop PC and smartphone, to make the use-cases as diverse as possible.
If the driver is registered on the factory premises with his truck, he can be sent to the next place using the SMS communication supported by the SAP standard, even without leaving the truck. This not only ensures efficiency, but also reduces the number of contacts to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Holistic overview and further process improvements.
Furthermore, exceptions such as damaged scales, terminals or lanes can be reacted to immediately in order to divert the following vehicles. The so-called Yard Cockpit was developed in a way that every employee can keep an overview of the vehicles which are currently on the factory premises. It is also part of the standard functionality and includes a 3D visualization of your location, among other things.
With the help of SAP Yard Logistics, the target temperatures can be recorded and documented in the corresponding document. The use of additional applications allows for checking and monitoring of temperatures to ensure that only correctly pre-cooled trailers are being loaded.
With the creation of additional inspection tasks, SAP YL can map and save damages, cleanliness and, if necessary, seal in the system, which creates legal security in addition to procedural visibility. SAP Yard Logistics not only increases the security at your logistics location, but also reduces the organizational effort and error rates. Court processes can be mapped digitally and without contact.
If you want to digitize your yard and take it to the next level, please contact our experts.
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