Catalyst launches drag-and-drop scheduling solution

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Catalyst, a business unit of CDC Global Services, has announced the worldwide launch of a drag-and-drop scheduling solution for the SAP Yard Management System (YMS). This solution simplifies the process of yard management and delivers more effective administration, visibility, and control for yard managers.

The yard, often considered a blind spot where time and resources are wasted, is the first and last place products are examined in a distribution center. Time and resource delays in the yard can reduce productivity, impact customer satisfaction, and increase overall costs for the yard and warehouses.

The SAP Yard Management System (YMS) provides the visibility and control needed to simplify and accelerate all yard activities, thus extending warehouse management outside the physical walls of the warehouse, said Brian Thorn, vice president of sales and operations, Catalyst. Catalyst has drawn on its SAP experience to deliver a solution that simplifies this process even further and makes effective yard management more intuitive and easier to control.

With Catalysts new drag-and-drop scheduling solution, the operator can allocate specific trailers to precise docks by dragging an icon representing the trailer to the desired docking area. This allows the operator to instantly see which trailers are waiting to be allocated and which docking areas are available. Through integration with scheduling systems and advance shipping notifications, operators know in advance what is on incoming trailers and what goods are becoming available for dispatch.  Operators can save time and money by allocating resources in an appropriate and efficient manner.

Furthermore, this solution provides a real-time, three-dimensional view of the entire yard. By viewing easy-to-read, color-coded graphs, the yard manager can survey and evaluate all situations, allowing them to make proactive and critical management decisions directly.

Thorn concludes, In todays highly-competitive environment, a sophisticated supply chain solution needs to manage the flow of materials throughout the logistics and distribution process. Yard management has rapidly become a critical component of an overall supply chain solution. With Catalysts unique drag-and-drop scheduling solution, the SAP Yard Management System (YMS) becomes more powerful and easier to use, allowing the optimized management of the yard.

About Catalyst

Catalyst, Inc. is an SAP services company specializing in building and implementing business solutions for enterprise requirements in supply chain execution, planning, and management. Catalyst excels at helping organizations with complex distribution networks in the retail, manufacturing, life sciences, process, and consumer packaged good sectors; as well as parts distribution for the automotive, aerospace, and electronics industries. Catalyst serves hundreds of customers around the world from its headquarters in Newtown, PA, USA and its European headquarters in London, England.  

About CDC Global Services

CDC Global Services provides a full-range of IT consulting services including platform-specific services for Microsoft and SAP applications, as well as general services for project management, staff augmentation, managed services and off-shore/off-site application development. For SAP, CDC Global Services provides expert consulting services for high-volume logistics and warehouse management environments. For Microsoft, CDC Global Services specializes in BizTalk, SharePoint, desktop deployments, as well as Microsoft Dynamics (Axapta). 

The full- range of outsource and technology consulting services spans the lifecycle of technology investments and extends beyond software applications to address infrastructure, processes, and people. Customers rely on CDC Global Services as a trusted advisor that understands their specific challenges and is committed to on-time and on-budget completion of their most challenging IT projects.

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