In logistics and order fulfillment, a yard is the link between the distribution and transportation of goods and the warehouse. With the rising importance of e-commerce and supply chains focusing on customer-centricity, increasing the speed of fulfillment is the greatest challenge in logistics.
To address this demand, a seamlessly integrated flow of goods throughout the entire supply chain must be ensured in order to significantly reduce lead times. The yard is an important part of the overall network – it is more than just the parking lot of a distribution center. It serves as a connection point of inbound and outbound process flows as well as a storage location for containers, trailers and other means of transports. In the yard, high priority shipments can be identified and handled accordingly to prevent delays or even stock-outs.
By effectively controlling the physical movement of assets in the yard, the overall utilization of scarce resources can be increased. Companies who run their yard on paper, or use Microsoft Excel, face the problem of creating a lot of time-consuming manual work. In response to this problem, SAP has developed a new yard solution to enable customers to move to more efficient digitalization of yard operations.
The yard system also enables customers to move to the new age of digitalization by providing interfaces for the Internet of Things (IoT). SAP Yard Logistics is a cross-industry product from SAP, which can be used for chemical yards, car yards, container yards and warehouse sites, to name a few.