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Today’s post-pandemic business climate has left many industries at the mercy of the global supply chain. While companies have little control over bottlenecks and shortages, at least one thing they can fully control – for better or for worse – is their loading docks.
“Loading docks are often a source of significant time loss due to inefficient truck, yard and warehouse management,” said Patrick McGartland, co-founder and executive vice president of business development at Milwaukee-based IT company Renaissant.
Through its digital platform Dock|C2, Renaissant helps warehouse and logistics companies improve loading operations. The tool organizes warehouse and transportation management system data in one place, allowing companies to
visualize their operations. It then optimizes shipping and receiving schedules based on weather, traffic patterns and other variables incorporated into its machine learning algorithms.
McGartland and chief executive officer Tom Dean founded the company in 2018, initially to provide schools with a safety platform to micro-locate people and events. Then the COVID-19 pandemic shut down its primary market.
“While we are solving a different problem today at the loading dock than when we first started; many of the same principles apply,” said McGartland.