According to a recent study by German consultancy SCI Verkehr, drivers spend on average about an hour waiting for their cargo. Why? Because of too narrow time windows and lack of flexibility on the ramps.
The waiting time at the ramp in Germany has not improved compared to 2018. 44% of SCI Verkehr respondents usually wait between 30 and 60 minutes to unload or load, while 46% of SCI Verkehr respondents indicated a waiting time of between 1 and 1.5 hours. This means that on average it takes about 1 hour to unload or load cargo in Germany.
It seems that those responsible for managing the ramp processes have not taken any further action to reduce waiting times, which could significantly increase transport efficiency, the report reads.
Reasons for long waiting times
As much as 89% of the respondents indicated time windows that were too narrow and the lack of flexibility as the reasons for the long wait. Last year, only half of the respondents indicated such reasons. As many as 67% of respondents claim that the situation on the ramps is due to an insufficient number of employees involved in unloading/loading operations. 44% of respondents to the survey complain about infrastructure deficiencies (too few ramps, too long roads in the facility, etc.).
According to SCI Verkehr experts, the results of the research indicate a serious need to implement a dynamic time window management system.
How long do you wait at the ramps generally? Where do you wait the longest and where the shortest?