The ports of LA-Long Beach are seriously congested. And, they are expecting higher volumes over the next several weeks/months. Access to containers is constrained by the availability of appointments, scarcity of chassis, locating misplaced containers, customs, and regulatory holds.
This scenario is playing out at ports across the United States and Canada with LA-Long Beach the most obvious example of Ports in crisis. The problems are not new, however, until now the ability to streamline the ports’ activities has defied a solution.
What does that mean for shippers/BCOs?
Best case scenario: Increased demurrage and detention charges.
Worst case scenario: Lost sales, interrupted manufacturing schedules.
What can the shipper/BCO do to reduce the impact of port congestion? For most companies, the best they can do is appeal to their customs broker and drayage operators to do more. But what does “doing more” mean? It means increasing the volume and urgency of the interactions with the customs broker or drayage operator to see what they can do to find and move the container.
Currently, BCOs have no way to work with their customs brokers or drayage providers to dynamically organize and manage the flow of containers at the ports/terminals to provide the optimal results for their organization.
The port is a place where supply chains are disrupted and cost incurred, often without an adequate explanation. The reality is, that for BCOs, the port is a serious point of disruption in the inbound supply chain with little or no meaningful visibility to the position and availability of containers..
If the answer to these questions is NO, you need a Port Monitor.
A Port Monitor provides BCOs with the essential visibility into the status of a container at a port or terminal, from the time it is unladed from the container ship, through its release process, and its return to the container yard.
Complete visibility enables BCOs to easily prioritize “hot” containers and coordinate scheduling of containers based on the demand requirements of the organization. The monitor provides context to the time and its impact on port-related costs such as demurrage, detention, and chassis charges.
The value of the port monitor is huge. When things go wrong at the port you need a resilient solution that allows you to quickly adjust your container delivery schedules to meet the immediate inventory needs.
It provides the ability to see port and delivery related charges in real-time. It improves decision support.
The port monitor presents a single view of port activity and provides the platform to share the information with internal stakeholders and external service providers. Everyone, with suitable permission, has direct access to the information they need --- when they want it.
Simply said, the Port Monitor provides you with all the information you need to do your work based on alerts and exceptions. No more needless data entry and searching for information. No more operating in the dark.
3rdwave’s unique and revolutionary Port Monitor dramatically reduces the drudgery and stress related to monitoring and managing containers at the port, scheduling and the delivery and returns cycles.
The 3rdwave Port Monitor gives you, your warehouse and extended service providers the visibility and availability status of the containers and products across your port network in a single view. With exception management the Port Monitor is able to quickly identify containers that need attention alert team members.
With the Port Monitor you gain time. Time to do what you are passionate about - real transportation management.
With the Port Monitor you gain a level of Last-Mile resiliency not otherwise possible.
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