New SPOT module Time Slot Management
Cloud-Based Supply Chain Management Platform SPOT Receives “Time Slot Management” Module
The SPOT Visibility & Collaboration Platform has been equipped with an additional module that enables simple time slot management for loading and unloading windows, thereby reducing waiting times and optimizing ramp utilization.
The cloud-based supply chain management platform SPOT was developed in 2000 and has since received numerous enhancements and innovations. The application began as a simple tracking tool and over the years has evolved into a comprehensive transport management system with various modules ranging from “Purchase Order Management” and “Transport Management” to “Warehousing”, “Parcel” and “Reporting”. The latest addition is the “Time Slot Management” module, which increases efficiency in the planning and organization of loading and unloading windows at warehouse locations.
Time Slot Booking
With SPOT Time Slot Management, forwarders can book their loading and unloading time windows themselves or receive a period from the warehouse during which they can select the window that is best for them on the respective ramp. It is also possible for the warehouse to allocate a specific time window. The available loading times are calculated and determined on the basis of the actual load of the truck. The allocated loading ramp depends on the load as well – for example, dangerous goods may only be loaded at specific loading docks.
The warehouse staff at the respective ramp receive a forecast of the daily volume, and the system displays the progress after confirmation of a discharge activity, such as “50% done for today!” or “75% completed!” Finally, warehouse staff can provide an individually configurable evaluation in order to more easily monitor factors such as cleanliness or condition of the truck, load condition or load safety. Users of the module can view all activities directly in SPOT for control purposes or have a forecast sent to them by email.
Thanks to precise information about pickup and delivery time slots, ramp utilization can be enhanced, leading to higher efficiency. Finally, the occupancy of loading gates can be optimized by blocking certain docks or tagging them for certain activities, such as “only pick-up/delivery”, “short-notice deliveries” etc.