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As the logistics industry moves into the new year, supply chain challenges still remain. Although yard operations serve a critical link, the yard can become a black hole if not managed properly. To meet the challenge, fleets are embracing technology to monitor loads, trailer switches and equipment. Several have developed proprietary yard management systems (YMS) to increase efficiency and manage assets.

Kevin Lage, area vice president of sales for Hirschbach Motor Lines, noted that there is a ton of technology and visibility on its trucks, but the yard can be marred by archaic methods. “Some are still running off of a CB [radio], and there are yards where they have someone driving around in a golf cart or a pickup truck doing a manual count. By the time they are done, it is already out of date,” he said

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