CLI launches new yard management system

Yard management system
Carrier Logistics Inc. has developed a new yard management tool for asset-based LTL trucking companies.
Carrier Logistics Inc.

A new yard management system has hit the market.

Freight management software provider Carrier Logistics Inc. (CLI) has developed the CLI Yard Management System, which allows asset-based LTL trucking companies to manage their yard operations at their terminals, dispatch trailer switches to yard personnel and maintain full visibility of each trailer at that terminal’s facility. The system aims to improve operational efficiencies.

“Yards are largely black holes of information, managed with clipboards and cell phone calls, which hampers efficiency,” said Ben Wiesen, president of CLI. “With today’s supply chain issues, enhancing the productivity of yard operations and providing full visibility of each trailer’s location is more important than ever. CLI’s new Yard Management System provides LTL carriers a computerized, organized solution and coordinates cross dock activity with required yard moves. The result is that LTL carriers immediately improve efficiency across their facilities and operations.”

As we previously reported, yard operations have traditionally been antiquated, but more carriers are moving toward autonomy with outdoor wireless systems.

This new system is designed to provide efficiency-boosting execution tools, reduce the incident of lost or delayed trailers and measure yard productivity, said CLI’s VP of operations John Cesario.

It is available with the company’s FACTS freight management software, which offers online customer shipping tools, dispatch and driver management, a rate engine, cross-dock management and a full back-office suite. The software includes a mobile app that dispatches to yard personnel trailer-move assignments, including dock-door and yard-slot locations. Once a move assigned in the app is completed, the system immediately notifies a supervisor that the trailer is available to be loaded or unloaded.

“It was developed because we had inquiries from several customers about this capability and because we saw a need in the market that CLI was perfectly positioned to address,” Cesario said.

It can be deployed as a stand-module integrated with FACTS as well as coupled with CLI’s dock management system and dock management board.

Angel Coker Jones is a senior editor of Commercial Carrier Journal, covering the technology, safety and business segments. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking, horseback riding, foraging for medicinal plants and napping. She also enjoys traveling to new places to try local food, beer and wine. Reach her at [email protected].