Online Dock Scheduling Improves the Bottom Line and Is a Green Technology: Appointment-Plus Responds to AlixPartners Report on Green Practices in the Supply Chain

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Manufacturers, distribution centers, warehouses and other inbound facilities that implement online dock scheduling software can improve bottom lines and operate more 'greenly.'

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More and more facilities worldwide are implementing online dock scheduling software to help them streamline this challenging task.

Implementing online dock-scheduling software is not only a “green” practice beneficial to the environment, it also improves a company’s bottom line by automating a key component of the supply chain, according to Appointment-Plus enterprise scheduling software.

As reported in AlixPartners’ "2013 Executive Survey on Supply Chain Sustainability", most supply chain executives agree that while sustainability is increasingly important, cost still eclipses environmental impact in the decision-making process. In fact, 84 percent said lower costs were more important to customers than environmentally-friendly processes.

Bucking this mindset, however, are facilities utilizing cloud-based technology to automate their inbound delivery scheduling. By doing so, they’re operating more greenly, efficiently and profitably.

“More and more facilities worldwide are implementing online dock scheduling software to help them streamline this challenging task,” says Bob La Loggia, CEO of Appointment-Plus. “They’re not only improving their bottom lines by enhancing the supply chain, they’re also operating in a more environmentally-friendly manner.”

Enterprise scheduling software enables facilities to properly slot all inbound shipments by requiring carriers to schedule specific delivery times online. As inbound vehicles now have an exact drop-off time, the likelihood of long lines of trucks waiting for their turn to unload their cargo is dramatically reduced. This, in turn, significantly decreases the amount of emissions emitted into the air from idling vehicles.

In short, scheduling all deliveries through enterprise software lets drivers dock and unload quickly.

Creating an efficient and faster delivery process can also improve a facility’s bottom line by:

  •     Reducing missed or late deliveries.

Requiring carriers to schedule exact delivery times significantly decreases the number of missed or late deliveries. This keeps your supply chain in check, as time is money.

  •     Reducing detention fees.

Knowing exact delivery times lets facilities better schedule their dock staff. This ensures quick unloading times and reduces the likelihood of costly detention fees.

Additionally, an enterprise scheduling system can record arrival and departure times. This information is vital when disputing detention charges.

  •     Reducing staff overtime.

In addition to reducing detention fees, properly scheduling dock staff can dramatically reduce the likelihood of overtime pay. Facilities can plan ahead and schedule the precise number of employees needed for specific delivery times. This reduces the chance of a facility being short- or overstaffed.

Learn how Appointment-Plus can improve the delivery process at your facility. Call 888-772-6746.

About: Appointment-Plus is a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based SaaS provider named one of America’s fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine and one of the Phoenix metro area’s top software firms by the Phoenix Business Journal. It provides over 16 million people access to their online business management software, which specializes in appointment scheduling for customers, staff and resources.

For media and online journalists: Interested in interviewing our executives regarding future business-to-business online software technology or quotes for guest articles? Please email us at erichard(at)appointment-plus(dot)com.

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