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A yard management system (YMS) is a software system designed to oversee the movement of trucks and trailers in the yard of a manufacturing facility, warehouse, or distribution center. YMS provides real-time information on the location of trailers in the yard and allows yard employees to move trailers from staging to docks to fill orders in an efficient manner.

YMS is often used in conjunction with warehouse management systems (WMS) and transportation management systems (TMS). It may also have radio frequency identification (RFID) technology built in for faster and more accurate tracking.

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Why Yard Management


Everyone using RACO’s Yard Management Solution has access to what is on the yard through their web browser. No need for phone calls, faxes and e-mails. Users have the information when they want it.

Eliminate “lost” trailers

Track trailers through alerts and reports by Time In Inventory or Time In a Loaded status. Get product in and out of the warehouse.

Seven Ways Yard Management Will Improve Your Business

Minimize detention and demurrage expense

RACO’s Yard Management Solution automatically calculates time in and accrues detention and demurrage charges. GUI and e-mail alerts remind you the clock is ticking.

Reduce inter-department queries

Stop relying on the guy who keeps the Yard spreadsheet up to date for information. Users spend 90% less time making inquiries, sending faxes and sending e-mails. Yard Director can also be used to provide online information to their customers.

Eliminate yard spreadsheets

Improved accuracy, improved information sharing. Quick  historical look ups, stop miss-moves and save hours compared to paper-based searches.

How have customers using real-time yard management received an ROI in as little as 6 months?

Real-Time Visibility & Control

RACO’s Yard Management Solution combines RFID and GPS technologies with the most advanced business rules and processes to automate workflow and events across yard operations. This merging of technologies, coupled with our cloud-based software, offers real-time locating and management of yard assets and operations at a cost that can achieve an ROI in 12 months or less.

  • Real-time visibility and locating capability that monitors all yard assets and their status
  • Automatic identification of equipment entering and exiting the gate, and throughout the yard
  • Communication between the yard server, yard jockey, guard shack and all other yard components and users
  • Complete implementation services for all elements of the yard management solution

Quick, Easy, Accurate, Organized

How have customers using real-time yard management received an ROI in as little as 6 months?

  • Faster gate processing, which gets trailers to the dock quicker and moves goods more efficiently
  • Exact trailer locations, which eliminates timely yard searches for specific trailers or trailer types
  • Automatic yard inventories performed by yard jockeys during their regular yard movements
  • Reduced time & labor whether inputing trailer data, looking for trailer information, monitoring carrier schedules or other arduous tasks
  • Eliminate human error when processing trailers, moving trailers, etc.

Nothing compliments a state-of-the-art solution better than state-of-the-art hardware. RACO partners with best-of-breed hardware manufacturers for dependable auto-ID readers and tags that are known throughout the industry for their rugged construction for field environments like those that exist in many yards. They offer power and performance in a compact, durable construction with a reliable, proven solution, but also at a cost-effective price.

Contact RACO to see how our solutions can benefit your business.