Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

East Coast Warehouse opts for cloud-based yard management

Steve Rogerson
November 19, 2015
East Coast Warehouse & Distribution, a temperature-controlled logistics provider in New York and New Jersey, has launched a cloud-based yard management system to help manage imports and exports for its food and beverage customers, and US Customs & Border Protection centralised examination station (CES) and container freight station (CFS) services.
Through the system, each container moving in and out of East Coast Warehouse will be given a magnetic RFID tag that will track its location using RFID readers and GPS sensors mounted on spotter trucks. This will enable both employees and customers to have visibility into the status of containers, including whether they are in transit, arrived at the facility, in process of being loaded, unloaded or have been emptied and checked out. The technology comes from California company Pinc Solutions.
“Pinc’s yard management application will play an integral role both across our campus and for our customers,” said Jamie Overley, CEO of East Coast Warehouse. “Having instant visibility into container locations will boost our operating efficiencies, help reduce errors, risk and exposure, and allow customers to have a clear window into our operations. We believe this will be a successful partnership with positive results for our organisation and that of our customers.”
The cloud-based yard management system automates yard operations including check-in, yard moves and checkout, and provides automatic asset tracking to ensure a continuously updated yard situation. Electronic tasking, reefer checking and spotter monitoring increase efficiency and yard safety.
“Pinc is delighted to have East Coast Warehouse as a customer,” said Matt Yearling, Pinc’s CEO. “We integrated our advanced YMS to the existing TMS and WMS in order to further streamline shipment management and yard operations at this large facility. I am pleased to see the system is already delivering significant value.”