Two Steps to Essential Visibility for Terminal Operators
For any business in today’s marketplace, visibility gives real-time awareness and big-time foresight. In addition to lending the ability to make a swift response to a situation, whether it is to fix the problem, or to seize an opportunity, visibility also gives you the power to predict certain outcomes to avert downtime or disaster, and also to seize opportunities.
It is essentially the difference between great decisions and poor ones.
In the container terminal business, where yard activities are complex and dynamic, full visibility, whether in 2D or 3D, is critical. For instance, smart Terminal Operating Solutions (TOS), today, give a clear view of cargo properties while advanced zoom functions provide important data to extend the limits of human eyes.
Where terminals once operated by manual entries, businesses today can no longer afford to do so. Having a clear picture of the yard operations is a bare essential to survival. For visibility to be available, there are steps to take to benefit from operational transparencies.
The First Step
The first thing to consider is standardization — streamline your processes, consolidate IT systems, centralized data sharing and automate core processes. By doing so, terminal operations and shipping companies can optimize real-time work. Standardization will lead to insights into daily shipping processes so you can monitor disruptions or exceptions, track cargo locations, adjust shipping schedules and eventually build stronger customer service. Information that points to inefficiencies can be quickly picked up to avoid potential disruptions as they are flagged out to operations personnel. Operations can minimize unnecessary costs, schedule delays and manage carbon footprint and pass on the benefits to customers.
The Next Step
As society grows more dependent on information sharing, therein lies the next step to develop best practices — engaging technology.
Other products such as CyberLogitec’s OPUS Logistics help terminal operators and logistics service providers to standardize and integrate all processes. Businesses can easily coordinate workflows, from bookings, inventory shipping and receiving, customs filing, accounting and performance reporting. Through a single-point platform, the solution supports process flexibility, improves shipment visibility and reduces costs.
The reality is, most business managers today do not have a comprehensive and clear idea of the power of the data and information they have in their hands, much less how it can transform their operations for the better. This lack of understanding blocks their visibility of what their operations and business can look like with full digital transformation.
How can companies effectively harness the power of technology? Naturally, concerns over security and privacy are also on the high priority in the productivity and integrity of any business. Indeed, digital transformation isn’t just about technology, artificial intelligence and automation. It will bring changes and new challenges not only to the structure but also the culture of the organization.
What’s a smart way to address this? Engage industry experts and solution consultants. Get an operational health check and some recommendations specifically for your unique business operations.
While change is inevitable, it should not be intimidating. The right knowledge and information will make it less so. it is practical to break it down into steps. Once you are committed to an envisioned desired outcome, every step will be a step forward, propelling the business and operations towards manifold returns on investment. So, take the steps today.