In an existing yard, manual checks are usually done by an associate who goes trailer-by-trailer to check fuel, temperature set-point, and ambient temperature. Making notes on a clipboard, they are usually at the mercy of hoping that a trailer is in the right spot, that each trailer was checked recently, and that if a load is in jeopardy of being lost it’s not too late to do something about it. Entrusting the company’s reputation and compliance to a paper-based process is risky, especially when sophisticated technology to track compliance in a warehouse and in the supply chain can also be used in the yard.
Digital process management is all but required as your yard matures. As mandates like the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the United States signal a continued pattern towards stricter compliance guidelines for cold chain shippers, having a process that intelligently schedules trailer checks can help mitigate safety concerns, compliance gaps and solve lost inventory.
Tools like YardView Pro allow yard managers to know which trailers to check and when. The goal here is simple: prevent spoilage in the yard. This prescriptive task assignment keeps each trailer in check while digitizing the audit trail for the inventory’s entire stay. YardView Pro can also monitor trailers equipped with reefers by tapping into the unit directly, eliminating the need to manually monitor each unit. This not only helps ensure compliance, but it also comes in handy when determining liability for shipments that may spoil along the cargo journey.
If you’re like the thousands of shippers who are dealing with warehouse space issues, the idea of storing sensitive cargo in the yard may feel like a last resort. Rather than paying premiums to overflow into temporary locations, using a yard management system with product protection features transforms idle capacity in the yard into warehouses on wheels. This opens thousands of cubic feet of space, leveraging the yard capacity you’re already paying for while diligently monitoring equipment with a digital solution.