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Driver flow management solution for logistics warehouse
In the supply chain managementIt is essential to have a system that is able to regulate the access of trucks to the warehouse. IT solutions also exist. These include the WMS, or warehouse management system, a software solution aimed at optimising the rate at which trucks come and go, as well as the TMS. Very often, an application of this type is coupled with touch terminals, such as interactive terminals, which facilitate, among other things, the registration of arrivals for the truck drivers.
The challenges and benefits of managing the arrival of trucks in a warehouse
The optimisation of warehouse management needs to be monitored in several stages. Dockside operations, involving the organisation of truck access, play a crucial role in operations. This activity involves all stakeholders, from suppliers to customers to the carrier.
Good supply chain management means, first and foremost, ensuring that delivery deadlines are met by optimising loading/unloading operations. It is essential to prevent a truck from being stuck in the warehouse for a given period of time. Furthermore, it is also necessary to anticipate the occurrence of periods of congestion in order to minimise the risk of a lack of personnel to be assigned to operations. To do this, the manager must be able to optimise the human and material resources at his disposal to ensure that trucks are processed in a timely manner. Good warehouse management requires the implementation of a driver reception systemThe manager must be able to optimise the human and material resources at his disposal to ensure that the trucks are processed on time. Finally, the manager must have real-time visibility of the warehouse situation through a schedule.
How does driver flow management software work?
With so much at stake, the use of digital technology in the management of a logistics warehouse is more than essential. For this purpose, there are several solutions for managing docks, making appointments, etc. These tools make it possible to greatly reduce the complexity of operations. The driver can, for example, book access simply by using an application on a smartphone or through a touch terminal at the entrance of the warehouse.
The operation of a digital solution for the management of a logistics warehouse is carried out by a WMS. However, another type of application, known as a TMS or Transport Management System, can also be used. Xifab has this type of system, namely Q-Lib. The TMS is a management software solution that controls a number of terminals such as kiosks for making appointments and administration interfaces in the hands of the managers. It enables managers to have full control over the supply chain, from stock management to tracking packages.
TMS software generally controls three separate modules in the digital management of a warehouse: the touch-screen kiosks for booking appointments, the administrator module and the "supervision" module. The kiosk allows drivers to register and indicate their presence at the entrance. The latter will be given a ticket with QR Code The driver will be given a badge before entering a parking area while waiting to be called. The administrator module is used by the person in charge of the reception. An interface allows him/her to modify or delete an appointment, to call a truck through a display panel or to open a barrier remotely. Finally, the "supervision" module is another interface that tracks the list of trucks present on the warehouse site in real time.
Q-Lib: Xifab's solution for managing truck queues
The Q-Lib TMS has been developed by Xifab with the aim of optimising the supply chain to manage the flow of trucks into and out of the warehouse. It is an easy-to-deploy management software, whose main advantage is that it reduces the waiting time of drivers. Q-Lib also helps the warehouse manager to prevent congestion.
The operation of Q-Lib is quite simple. The driver registers at a reception desk to make an appointment. To do so, he must provide some information about his truck and the reason for his request to access the warehouse (loading or unloading). The terminal will then issue a ticket. If the driver wishes, he can also be notified by SMS of his access authorisation to the docks. For his part, the loading/unloading agent has a specific interface that allows him to call a truck and assign it a place on the dock. Via a tablet at the loading bay, he can then pass on to the next driver or transfer him to a queue.