Loading/unloading can be any extra point in the logistics chain, but let’s start with your warehouse. Usually, companies consider only two factors: how to get the raw material on time, and how to deliver goods to the customer on time. However, these factors, your logistics chain’s overall efficiency, and its final price are affected by other essential timestamps. Two examples of a poorly planned warehouse include:
- Truck queues/congestion at the warehouse because everyone converges as they want and when they want. Or your warehouse doesn’t have a clear plan for when and what to load; therefore, time-consuming improvisations begin.
- Your warehouse works significantly longer than needed, resulting in or exceeding the required human and technical support resources or inefficient use of them.
In this case, the warehouse loading/unloading time management tools help, and it is best to make them available to all parties (logistics manager, warehouse keeper, supplier, carrier, customer, etc.). Only in this way will you effectively plan the working hours of your warehouse and staff. It will be apparent to your staff when and what to prepare (including documents). Also, you will not pay downtime, as carriers will not have to wait in queues. The production department can clearly plan the receipt of raw materials and products’ production for optimal delivery. The Warehouse time slot system, which can be used as a stand-alone module or integrated with the TMS system or ERP you use, is perfect for these purposes.