Real-time Scheduler Delivers Greater Efficiency
Navis Yard Solutions help companies such as Pep Boys take charge of its DCs by providing real-time visibility of inventory, centralized management of transportation assets and Scheduler, reporting and performance monitoring. Being able to book appointments into a distribution centre allows for a steady flow of inventory moving in and out of the yard, alleviating bottlenecks of trailers stocked with inventory. Or even worse, trailers sit stagnant in the yard while operations tries to figure out which trailer needs to go where. Any successful retail business - such as Pep Boys - that relies on a steady flow of products into its stores needs greater efficiency and inventory at every touch point in its supply chain.
"Navis Yard is such a robust system," added Derrick. "All three components (Yard, Scheduler and Visibility) provide us with the real-time information and insight that we need to reduce the time trailers spend at the DCs. We have much better visibility into what is out there, whether it's parts, tires or accessories."
The suite of Navis Yard solutions goes beyond what is just happening at Pep Boys' five DCs. Because the Scheduler is accessible via a user-friendly Webbrowser, shippers, truckers and suppliers can schedule their own drop-offs, reviewing available times online, which prevents too many trailers from coming in at the same time, or lulls in activity. Scheduler automatically looks at Pep Boys' appointments to determine optimal yard capacity, giving the yard hostler real-time information.
This has minimized idle time at the DCs, streamlining inbound and outbound flows and increasing trailer utilization. And since the yard hostler can access real-time information about which trailers are coming to the yard, Pep Boys distribution centres has been better able to prioritize inbound and outbound flows, thereby eliminating unpredictable peaks and valleys in trailer traffic at the DCs.
"This has really freed up the hostlers to do their job," said Derrick. "Instead of flipping through spreadsheets trying to figure out what is where, they have the information ready at their fingertips. This has streamlined our receiving, shipping and returns processes. We're not blindly picking and choosing which trucks to bring to the door. We always know which trailers have been out there the longest, and which ones are priorities."