Traditional dock appointment scheduling continues to add to freight spend and leaves significant opportunities for improvement available. Supply chain executives, however, can apply these dock scheduling and TMS automation steps to end the scourge of late arrivals and achieve more collaboration and operational excellence.
1. Recognize Limitations of Existing Dock Appointment Scheduling Software
2. Identify Causes of Problems or Delays in the Dock Schedule
3. Reduce the Rate of Dwell Time by Moving Freight Efficiently
Reduce the rate of dwell time by using connected systems and automation to communicate with drivers and mitigate late arrivals. In addition, the value of dock scheduling software, embedded within TMS automation functions, will further reduce dwell time by helping to prevent drivers from arriving too early as well. As further reiterated by Supply Chain 24/7: