Scheduling software is a booming business, according to Appointment-Plus, and its web-based dock-scheduling software for distributors, manufacturers, and warehouses is among its fastest growing software offerings.
“On paper, the delivery process seems fairly simple and cut-and-dry, but this typically is not the case, as any dock manager or staffer can attest to,” said Bob La Loggia, CEO of StormSource Software, the developer of Appointment-Plus. “That’s why an increasing number of inbound facilities are turning to Appointment-Plus to automate this important piece of their supply chains.”
Appointment-Plus offers carriers and drivers the ability to schedule their own drop-off times online, providing a more accurate picture of delivery times. A facility can also, according to the company, add a “Book Now” button to a website or online portal, or distribute the scheduler’s unique URL link to their carriers. The carriers and drivers can access the online scheduling software on the web, and the software will indicate to the driver available delivery times and docks as well as any special instructions.
The software also offers automated e-mail and text message reminders, record-keeping and reporting capabilities.