A lot check is a term that all yard operations personnel are very familiar with. Since operations during peak periods can have their inventory turned over multiple times daily, it may lead to producing inaccurate counts of what’s in the yard. If inaccurate commodity information is passed across the yard, that can cause a massive interruption and potential failure in the entire operation.
Conducting a lot check is an essential next step to ensure a yard operation collects accurate data, verifies a correct number of commodities in the yard, analyzes what’s inside the units, and counts how many available units are empty.
It’s self-explanatory. Without conducting routine checks, you won’t have accurate yard inventories. Without accurate information, your operations will eventually crumble. There’s a problem if you don’t know how many empty containers you have, when you don’t know what is occupying different spaces at your operations facility, if you’re running low on visibility, or are uncertain of any raw material counts. If you stay on top of what’s happening in the yard, you’ll remain one step ahead.
Typically, Yard Drivers are the ones who would normally perform lot checks within their designated areas. To verify they did an accurate job, a Yard Manager (the boss of the Yard Drivers) or an additional security yard worker, would review the lot check and verify proper inventory inspections were completed and information is accurate. It’s always beneficial to have a second set of eyes to prevent mistakes from occurring.