December 9, 2021
No time to dwell

Manage demurrage, detention and storage costs effectively with increased supply chain visibility.

Over the last twelve months, widespread interruption to supply chains has hit the headlines in the UK and globally. Logistic network disruptions have led to increased dwell times and delayed deliveries. Some of the most frequent extra costs are demurrage, detention, and storage charges.

Now more than ever, real-time visibility and traceability of the container management lifecycle have never been more top of mind for customers.

In conjunction with its existing detention, demurrage and equipment positioning management capabilities, the TOPS container control module ensures that shippers, forwarders, road and rail operators have complete control of their container movements and the associated costs.

By positioning a free time demurrage and detention calculator on the traffic sheet, TOPS container control allows users to prioritise those incurring the highest cost and get more value from quay evacuation resources. Transparent reporting of container stock and cost control and intelligent projections based on accurate information harvested from integrated port systems enable TopsTMS® customers to make informed and proactive decisions about what containers to move and when.

In addition to the real-time visibility of off-dock storage, the container control tool automates the difficult task of managing the movements and storage fees of high numbers of containers.  As well as saving money by avoiding unnecessary costs, the TOPS container control module reduces time spent on data entry and paper handling, which eliminates human error and improves logistics planning efficiency.  The automation of stock management allows staff to spend their time on non-administrative tasks, increasing productivity.

TOPS container control boasts intelligent filters which enable the user to do SCAC (standard alpha carrier code) searches within the TOPS system saving time and increasing the accuracy of container-specific reporting.  With in-gate and out-gate dates coming directly from the container depots, TOPS on the go… and TOPS ePOD, transport operators know where the container is and what it is costing them.

Jim Slade, projects team manager at Fargo Systems, comments: “The container control module, used with TOPS existing detention, demurrage and equipment tracking functionality, gives clients the complete view of the container lifecycle management.  That means TOPS can offer 100% stock management visibility.  With real-time data, you can make informed and proactive decisions in the event of delays and mitigate demurrage, detention and storage fees.”