Cut Costs in the Warehouse by Becoming Transportation Friendly
(Boonton, NJ, September 2, 2009) Is your warehouse transportation friendly? If not, it could be costing you money, says Michael Del Bovo, senior vice president of logistics and transportation with Saddle Creek Transportation.
In the September issue of industry newsletter Distribution Center Management, Del Bovo provides readers with four practical ways to improve relationships with carriers and cut costs.
For example, there is plenty of new technology available today that can help eliminate some of the dwell time between the truck's arrival at the gate and its arrival at the dock door. Web-based online scheduling systems can streamline the inbound scheduling process, giving you flexibility to stay in constant communication with the carrier and get them to the dock door as close to the scheduled time as possible.
How will that save you money? "You have no idea how much a half hour reduction in a driver sitting on a dock can improve your pricing," Del Bovo tells Distribution Center Management. If your facility does 2,000 loads a day, he says, you can see annual savings of $1.5 million to the supply chain, just by increasing the velocity of trucks through your yard.
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