C3 Yard allows replicating the yard and breaking it down in various types of zones (e.g. building, slotted and unslotted parkings, gate houses, etc.). Zones can be enabled, disabled, renamed and their capacity can be updated on the fly. As for business rules, destinations can be computed based on the vehicle’s current location, its content, its owner, and various other properties in order to send it to the proper destination.
C3 Yard is all about real-time visibility and providing users with the latest information in order to improve efficiency. C3 Yard’s Yard View provides a clear representation of the current yard’s state but can also be used to move trailers (e.g. drag and drop) and automatically create a task for the yard drivers. The Yard View is updated in real-time which means that, as trailers are moved to/from locations in the yard, the screen will update to show their current location and other information such as loaded/unloaded, etc. You can also configure the color coding for trailer profiles, trailer status (e.g. loaded, empty, etc.), trailer load types and numerous other attributes.
The nature of C3 Yard is that it is an application that is totally configurable at all levels. Therefore, user-defined rules and business logic are essential to the configuration of C3 Yard. All of the business logic is driven by our customers' requirements and in essence all of the rules in the system are user-defined.
C3's yard management and dock scheduling solutions are offered on the same platform. Via our C3 Reservations module, customers can also have access to our best-of-breed dock appointment scheduling solution and offer a scheduling web portal to their suppliers and carriers.
C3 Yard includes a flexible built-in reporting tool to which users can be granted a read-only, edit or admin access. The C3 Yard report generator provides a flexible environment where virtually any type of yard report can be built. These reports can involve simple tabular type reports to sophisticated pivot tables.
Dock assignments are based on several factors. If an inbound schedule exists there will already be a plan, which was built to indicate how many trailers of each type could be received by the operation for a certain shift, taking into consideration all of the operational constraints.
As trailers actually arrive, the gate application will then associate the trailer to the scheduled inbound shipment and the system will then determine if a door is available. If a door is not available, a set of rules exists to determine the best parking spot for trailers destined for that area.
If an inbound scheduled item does not exist for a particular vehicle arrival, a set of rules exist to establish where these trailers are to be parked.
Using the business rules and priority levels set up by yard controllers, C3 Yard constantly analyses the pool of work in order to assign drivers the most optimal tasks. Shunter drivers will receive clear instructions via a mobile application that they use to track their execution;
In C3 Yard, you can configure email alerts to highlight time-sensitive events requiring your attention (e.g. idle shunter drivers, late arrivals/departures, refused shunter tasks, trailers sitting at door for too long). Also, the system alows configuring email notifications at any step of the way to ensure all concerned parties are notified on specific business events.