Transforming Inbound Logistics: Trends Point to an Increase in Dock-Scheduling Software at Distribution Centers, Inbound Facilities

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An increase in the number of distribution centers, manufacturing sites and warehouses using Appointment-Plus online scheduling software signals a shift from traditional scheduling methods to more efficient and effective Web-based solutions.

Appointment-Plus Online Appointment-Scheduling Software

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Our premier scheduling application improves the process for both dock staff and inbound trucks, making it the perfect solution for locations of all sizes and scope of business

More and more distribution centers, warehouses, manufacturers and other inbound facilities are turning to Appointment-Plus online scheduling software to better manage their carriers and deliveries, signaling a shift away from more traditional methods of scheduling these shipments to a more efficient and effective online solution. The worldwide experts in online scheduling solutions and creators of the most flexible and feature-rich system have experienced a significant increase lately in the number of signups from facilities looking to improve their dock-scheduling processes by allowing carriers and drivers to schedule their own delivery times online.

Appointment-Plus expects this trend to continue as dock supervisors and managers at these sites look for ways to automate, streamline and improve this important link in the logistics supply chain. High performance levels are a must when it comes to inbound logistics, and the traditional methodology of scheduling deliveries over the phone, by fax or by e-mail is simply not feasible. Plus, the widespread adoption of Internet-connected devices makes Web-based dock-scheduling software the ideal technology for managing this tedious and time-consuming task.

Offering unmatched functionality, unique services and the industry’s top customer support team, Appointment-Plus online appointment software is the clear choice for these inbound facilities.

“A simplified method for scheduling carriers and their shipments can have a dramatic impact on overall operations, as many dock personnel are quickly realizing,” says Bob La Loggia, CEO of Appointment-Plus. “Our premier scheduling application improves the process for both dock staff and inbound trucks, making it the perfect solution for locations of all sizes and scope of business.”

Configuring the perfect scheduling application can be tricky, which is why most online scheduling software providers fall short in their functionality. As the global leader in online appointment software systems since 2001, Appointment-Plus has the expertise and knowledge to customize a scheduler that fits the specific needs of the distribution center, warehouse, manufacturing site or other inbound sites. The application is especially suited for Fortune 500 companies, enterprise-level organizations, corporations and large and medium-sized businesses, thanks to such unrivaled services as:

  • A highly scalable system that allows organizations to easily accommodate increases in workload, users and growth.
  • Web services, including integrations with existing software systems.
  • The most configurable scheduling software system available.
  • 24-hour support from its headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Dedicated business and support contacts.
  • “Turnkey”, existing solutions that are instantly ready to go live.
  • Custom graphic user interface (GUI) development.
  • Robust reporting capabilities.

Organizations that currently utilize Appointment-Plus for their dock-scheduling needs include ConocoPhillips, Crescent Crown Distributing, EcoLab, Pepsi Bottling Company and Sonoco.

In addition to the aforementioned services, Appointment-Plus provides every client with the popular standard functionality that has made it the premier online scheduling program for improving dock-scheduling processes. This includes online driver self-scheduling, which enables carriers to book their own delivery times online and at their own convenience, 24 hours a day; automated e-mail and text message reminders sent prior to scheduled drop-off time; and robust record-keeping and reporting capabilities.

Many dock scheduling operations that use Appointment-Plus online appointment scheduling software have reported significant monetary and time savings, as dock supervisors and managers can better schedule their staff hours and reduce the likelihood of missed or late deliveries. This includes reduction in overtime pay, which previously was commonplace as dock personnel was oftentimes unaware of the precise carrier arrival time and, therefore, unable to adequately plan workers’ schedulers.

“Appointment-Plus dock-scheduling software is quickly spreading among facilities nationwide and throughout the world,” La Loggia adds. “It’s one trend that’s here to stay.”

To learn more about Appointment-Plus online appointment software, click here.

About Appointment-Plus: Appointment-Plus is the worldwide leader in online scheduling solutions for growing businesses, enterprises, higher education, government and logistics. With over 15 million end-users and 75 million appointments booked since its inception in 2001, Appointment-Plus is one of the fastest growing cloud-based services in the world. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., organizations ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses use Appointment-Plus to book an average of 2.5 million appointments monthly.


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