Mobiledock is an industry leading loading dock management and dock scheduling solution, deployed to industrial and city sites in many countries. Mobiledock is simple to implement, with most customers being up and running in days (not weeks or months). Adoption by your supply chain community is very fast, because Mobiledock is built with the network of suppliers and carrier in mind.
Scheduling of vehicles arriving to site, considering available dock spaces, and already booked arrivals, flattens demand for dock space, and hence the time at which vehicles arrive to your site. The result being reduced congestion, and in most cases, complete elimination of congestion. Both within your site, but also in the street/s leading to your site.
When you are able to control which vehicles with what products are scheduled to arrive to your site, you are prepared in advance. With this visibility, you are able to coordinate site resources, and also better utilise those resources. The right people and equipment can be deployed at the right time.
With scheduled vehicle arrivals, you reduce congestion, and you have organised site resources. Now there is no reason for drivers/vehicles to queued and waiting on your site. Which means there are no demurrage charges back to you for holdups or wait times, because there are none. It is that simple. The pay back on implementation of a dock appointment scheduling system can be weeks, and will be permanent.
With a controlled (scheduled/approved) number of vehicles on site at any one time, the outside street, yard and dock areas become a more controlled. There are less people and less vehicles, which immediately improves site safety.
All site managers are responsible for the security of their site. And to help with this, many sites have a gate office. At the gate office, the driver may be asked to identify themselves, which company they represent, and possibly what they are bringing in. This information might be recorded on an arrivals sheet, or spreadsheet. But should they be there? Are they authorised? Are they expected?
Through the use of a dock management system, parties who want to come on site must register, identify themselves, and be authorised… In advance of making a booking. Thereby providing advance notice of arrivals, and being able to check details of a vehicle/driver arriving, against the booked details.
There is frequently a visibility gap between issuing a purchase order (PO) for products, and those goods arriving to site. The gap can be partially filled with the implementation of advanced shipment notices (ASN’s). However implementing ASN’s with all suppliers is a large supply chain project, which can take years to fully deploy.
Where a dock appointment is made through a sophisticated loading dock management system which record PO/ASN’s being delivered against an appointment, and then (IMPORTANTLY) validate those business documents, then a tighter control of inventory is achieved, and a higher level of visibility obtained.
When this is done, then real-time integration with a warehouse management system provides critical inventory information back into your business.
In the retail business, providing a customer with the most accurate and up-to-date information is a differentiator. As previously described, a loading dock management system can fill a hole in your inventory data, and provide you higher quality data about when inventory is due into your facility. Your buyers will have this information to communicate to the sales teams. But equally, this information can be made available directly to sales and customer service personnel, to communicate with your customers.