7 Tips to Improve Loading Dock Efficiency

Posted by PLS Logistics June 14, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Loading and unloading freight plays a crucial part in the overall transportation process. Inefficient dock procedures can lead to higher transportation costs, slower delivery times and customer dissatisfaction. It doesn’t matter the volume of freight you ship, efficiency at your facility is important.

Here are 7 tips to keep dock operations safe and productive:

  1. Prioritize equipment maintenance. Regular maintenance insures equipment will be working properly. Making sure levelers and forklifts are operational will lead to far less frequent delays. Having equipment that makes loading/unloading easier will also help decrease employee turnover.

  2. Use RFID technology. Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) allows you to track individual products, pallets and shipments. With RFID, loading dock employees can check shipment statuses and make sure the right freight is on the right truck, without having to search through the paperwork.

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How to Improve Loading Dock Processes

Posted by PLS Logistics April 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The loading dock is the access point for shipping and receiving. Well-designed loading dock procedures minimize delays, reduce damage to cargo and optimize productivity.

Here are 3 quick ways to improve loading dock processes:

  1. Enhance Dock Safety

Loading and unloading trailers presents safety risks for operators, attendants, drivers and employees. Injuries on loading docks account for 25% of all reported injuries within supply chain facilities, according to Material Handling and Logistics.

In order to increase productivity and reduce injury at the loading dock, follow these tips:

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