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PNL Consulting – EXOTRAC Real- Time Yard and Dock Management Solution for Major Manufacturers

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EXOTRAC Real- Time Yard and Dock Management “High- Tech” Solution for Major Manufacturers

“Understanding how leading edge Yard and Dock Management System provided major manufacturers a comprehensive competitive advantage by achieving operational excellence within their supply chain”

Table of Contents

1. Solution Overview – Manufacturer’s challenges create an opportunity to showcase Exotrac’s Yard and Dock Management Solution

2. The Exotrac Team – Solution Process – Cloud- based, feature- rich, best- in- class solution

3. Implementation Approach – Analytics ensures high- level execution and sustainability

4. Exotrac’s Solution – Seamlessly connecting the yard and dock operations with enterprise legacy systems (MRP, TMS and WMS)

5. Improved Supply Chain Efficiency – Exotrac Significantly Improved Efficiency and Reduced Overall Costs

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Exotrac Real- Time Yard and Dock

Management Solution for Major

Manufacturers

Solution Overview – Manufacturer’s challenges create an opportunity to showcase Exotrac’s Yard and Dock Management Solution

The Manufacturing industry is extremely volatile with many companies moving to offshore locations with cheaper labor and operating costs. This is being done in an effort to keep pace in the global marketplace. However, there continue to be many manufacturers who recognize that products can be made and distributed economically within the confines of the United States but economies of scale and high- level efficiency must work to neutralize some of the advantages of moving to cheaper operating confines. Staying competitive in the face of these strong pressures requires the optimization of just- in- time supply chain networks that achieve end- to- end visibility of transactions and the corresponding data.

The requirements to increase capacity within the same physical plant and manufacturing campus require that manufacturers innovate by employing best- in- class technology and cloud- based software to ensure sustainability. The latter is achieved by utilizing the expandability of the cloud combined with wireless technology melding the manufacturing physical activity with virtual data visibility. The result is fluid movement of raw materials and finished products, while at the same time reducing labor expense through the enhanced capability to plan and optimize effectively.

Exotrac’s Real Time Yard and Dock Management Solution (YMS) facilitates the proactive planning and orchestration required within the manufacturing campus. The system combines cloud- based software with leading edge wireless technology to achieve real- time visibility of all transactions and assets within the confines of the manufacturing campus including seaport, railroad yard, production and distribution facilities. All constituent groups view in real- time the transactions, shipment contents at SKU level,scheduled arrival, and dock activity being conducted throughout the manufacturing operation. This visibility provides the management team the ability to immediately react to issues that may impact the efficient flow of just- in- time raw materials, work- in- progress and finished product into and out of the manufacturing campus.

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Exotrac Real- Time Yard and Dock

Management Solution for Major

Manufacturers

The Exotrac Team – Solution Process – Cloud- based, feature- rich, best- in- class solution

Manufacturers engage Exotrac to ensure that the yard and dock operation became the portal through which they command and control the flow of a raw materials, work- in- progress (WIP), and finished products into and out of the manufacturing campus, all in real- time with actionable visibility. Manufacturers obtained a sustainable, cloud- based software system that, when combined with leading edge wireless hardware achieves real- time visibility of all transactions and the attendant data within the yard and dock operation.

Exotrac does not simply emulate current processes they re – engineer the processes improving them with best practices and real – time visibility. They analyze the current processes and local terminology employing their software and wireless hardware to create a seamlessly integrated solution with holistic benefits and sustainability.

The Exotrac yard and dock management system allowsmanufacturer’s to proactively plan, organize and optimize their supply chain. The result is supply efficiency, cost reduction and high- level customer experience all provided at an economical price.

Manufacturers achieve their goal and expectation of end- to- end supply chain visibility through their deployment of the Exotrac Real- Time Yard and Dock Management System.

“Exotrac helped us increase our production line throughput because we can now visualize and prioritize critical shipments that are necessary to keep our lines going. Being able to see what is on the property and plan for shipments that had not yet arrived gave us the competitive edge we were looking for.”

“Exotrac converted our yard and dock operation into an efficient regulator of raw material s and manufacturing support products into our production campus. The ability to see and understand the contents of every unit (trailer or container) supported our just- in- time philosophy.”

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Exotrac Real- Time Yard and Dock

Management Solution for Major

Manufacturers

Implementation Approach – Analytics ensures high- level execution and sustainability

The Exotrac Team uses analytics to understand “What is happening now?” They focus on retaining as much as possible of the current local terminology as well as other points of familiarity while at the same time improving the processes within the yard and dock scheduling operation. They are able to streamline the installationprocess as well as obtain buy- in from the local team ensuring collaboration.

As part of the preparation for installation, the manufacturing management team completed an operational task list documenting the current tasks being performed in the operation. They provide user- defined transaction logic facilitating automation of key functions.The Exotrac team works with the local staff ensuring comprehensive understanding of the solution process. Each intricate task in the process is reviewed, step – by- step to achieve the efficiency and control desired.

Exotrac engineers configured the ‘mapping’ to accumulate the inf ormation required for the web portal setup pursuant to the customer’s requirements. This entails capture of pertinent information about the manufacturer, vendors, carriers, and manufacturing campus location. Exotrac creates a geo- location virtual map of the campus geography. Testing is done on premises to ensure that all functions are operating properly.

The Exotrac team arrives at the manufacturing campus to perform on- site execution of the sustainable software system and activate the android scanners to “go live”. The team conducts classroom, hands on and on the job training sessions to ensure that all usershave a firm grasp of both the overall process and their specific task. The focus is high- level efficiency delivered with as little disruption to the current operation as possible.

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Exotrac Real- Time Yard and Dock

Management Solution for Major

Manufacturers

Exotrac’s Solution – Seamlessly connecting the yard and dock operations with enterprise legacy systems (MRP, TMS and WMS)

Exotrac’s system captures data from the MRP system, which is matched with the TMS system’s scheduling attributes to create real- time visibility for the manufacturer, allowing proactive planning and optimization within the manufacturing campus.Android capture of inbound trailer/container information seamlessly connects with Yard Jockey’s on demand dispatch move capability ensuring speed of processing, sequencing events for the production operation. The interoperability of thesystem architecture requires little, if any IT resources from enterprise. The flexibility gained from the ‘cloud’ hosted solution keeps storage hub operations independent from enterprise IT, which expedites both the installation process and operations in general. Conversions timeframe ranges from four to six weeks.

The system empowers the manufacturing management team with android graphics and real- time visibility of all activity into and out of the manufacturing campus. This aspect of yard and dock control facilitates rapid decision- making ensuring fluidity of transaction and activity within the manufacturing environment. Exotrac provides a reporting mechanism including automatic alerts as well as management reports on Key Performance Indicators ensuring the management team’s ability to drive continuous- improvement processes. The result is high- efficiency accomplished through pre- planning and the immediacy of issue resolution in real- time.

Exotrac provided a yard and dock operation that performed as a conduit effectively connecting the critical supply chain elements into an end- to- end visible network driving efficiency and economies of scale allowing our customers to compete effectively in the global marketplace. The sustainability of the cloud – based system provides ongoing benefits resulting from the flexible and adaptable platform features and benefits.

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Exotrac Real- Time Yard and Dock

Management Solution for Major

Manufacturers

Improved Supply Chain Efficiency – Exotrac Significantly Improved Efficiency and Reduced Overall Costs

Our manufacturing customers achieved greater control of their supply chain through the improved efficiency of their yard and dock operations within the manufacturing campus. The real- time visibility fostered greater efficiency empowering the front line management with critical information necessary in this rapid paced environment, creating a competitive advantage.

Exotrac Manufacturing Customers Realized:

• A yard and dock (appointment) system that performs as an enabler of higher efficiency and reduced costs.

• Increased production line “up- time” due to the pre- planning and exception management capabilities achieved through real- time visibility.

• Visibility, status and condition of all road/rail/sea trailers and containers within the manufacturing campus.

• Real- time visibility of all containers from port and railroad yard into and out of the manufacturing campus allowing just- in- time processing.

• Return on investment delivered in months rather than years.

• No impact to the capital budget as Exotrac is fee based rather than capital.

• Reduced fuel consumption on company- owned trailer fleet and yard tractors.

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Exotrac Real- Time Yard and Dock

Management Solution for Major

Manufacturers

• The ability to pre- plan door moves in multiple facilities to optimize staffing and proximity within the manufacturing campus.

• Reduced overall handling costs because all movements of products into and out of the manufacturing campus optimize efficiency in real- time.

• Better yard and dock utilization within the manufacturing campus increasing the longevity of the manufacturing yard campus geography and physical plant.

• Cloud- based technology that provides the ultimate in flexibility requiring little or no corporate IT involvement.

• A significant reduction of detention and demurrage fees.

• Reduced error rates as data is immediately uploaded from the android scan rather than key entry.

• Improved carrier on- time efficiency resulting from Exotrac’s carrier reporting attributes.

• Greater flexibility to adjust to changes in volume as well as raw material and component availability.

• A yard and dock operation that performed as a conduit effectively connecting the YMS with the TMS, WMS and MRP (Manufacturing Resource Planning) eliminating the data visibility void in the supply chain.

• Reductions in overall transportation spend because carriers are simply more effective managing their business when their customer is more effective managing their business.

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Exotrac Real- Time Yard and Dock

Management Solution for Major

Manufacturers

• A Web dashboard that provides instant access to data via computer, smart phone, tablet or any wireless device allowing instant reaction to exception situations.

• A reporting mechanism based upon Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) empowering both managers and executives to take immediate corrective actionwhere necessary.

• Improved visibility, transparency, accountability and communication throughout the supply chain resulting from real- time data visibility.

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