Zebra YMS reduced the average trailer check-in time by 80%. Consolidating systems results in faster check-in, drivers no longer have to wait as long in line at the gate, which also saves fuel costs. Faster check-in and trailer drops means reduced labor and dwell time—ultimately enabling faster product movement to the retail floor.
Gate operators now have customized handheld capabilities for streamlined mobile check-in/out. Before loaded trailers arrive, Zebra YMS receives inbound appointments through an interface with the retailer's TMS. The handheld automatically matches on the driver's appointment, which reduces the amount of data entry. The gate operator then collects driver information, performs a seal check, and inspects the trailer. This data is all captured by Zebra YMS, where the information is used for reporting, alerting, and parking assignment purposes.
Zebra YMS prints a gate pass for each check-in, which serves several purposes. First, it provides instructions to the driver on where to park the trailer and where to pick up an outbound trailer. Next, it serves as a security document because it shows when the driver arrived, what they brought to the yard, and what they are expected to remove from the yard. Last, it expedites the checkout process by scanning the barcode on the gate pass upon driver departure.
Upon leaving the yard, an automated audit occurs, verifying that the driver is leaving the yard with the right equipment. A variety of business rules help yard staff control the flow of trailer moves between the gate, parking spaces, and dock doors. This powerful feature minimizes the travel time and distance of trailers and switchers, boosting overall yard efficiency. Zebra YMS gets the right trailer to the right dock door at the right time, improving supply chain velocity.
The retailer integrated Zebra YMS with their systems across 19 DCs, enabling them to pull yard operational data and generate reports for each site and region. Zebra YMS provides actionable information decision makers need for creating a more efficient, agile business. Management uses this data to compare and report site performance, giving them deep insight across all the DCs from an enterprise perspective.