The tasks related to warehouse slot management aim at reducing congestion and waiting times at the warehouses’ docks, tackling production bottlenecks, and controlling unnecessary costs caused by a lack of coordination between shippers and carriers.
Slot management provides both parties with the possibility to schedule appointments to load or unload at the docks, keeping in mind information such as supply volume, loading point capacity, production requirements, storage capacity, shipment priority, and the status of shipping material & resources. The more information known, the better the optimization can be.
Imagine organizing your warehouse daily planning on an excel sheet, having to take all these factors into account for every single appointment, and have to communicate with each carrier by phone or e-mail. Manual scheduling is prone to error, and unforeseen circumstances such as traffic, weather conditions, or an accident can negatively impact your planning and bring chaos into your warehouse.