The Sauce solution to Nestlé’s yard management challenge


Food and beverage giant Nestlé faced a significant business challenge to tackle complex yard management issues and improve operational efficiency at its UK confectionary business in York.

Specifically, it required greater visibility and tracking of vehicle and trailer movements.


We worked closely with Nestlé in order to gain a thorough understanding of the day-to-day operations, as well as the specific challenges it faced.

From there, we are able to develop a bespoke, flexible and scalable digital yard management system.


The in-house system would not only address the challenges faced at York, but also have the potential to be implemented at other Nestlé factories and warehouses.

It evolved over time as we developed the software, using our agile methodology, to ensure the technology exactly met Nestlé’s needs.

Driver using the yard management Application
Nestle Global distribution yard


Under the new multilingual system, delivery drivers now input their details digitally upon arrival at security. They then wait in a designated area where they can view a flight board – similar to an airport or train station information screen – enabling them to monitor the status of their load. When it has been loaded or unloaded, they can return to their vehicle and leave the site.

Shunter drivers also access the live information via a tablet in their cab, meaning they are fully aware of all movements on site.

The system has been such a success it will now be implemented by Nestlé and its strategic logistics partner, XPO Logistics, at an innovative new distribution centre in the East Midlands.


"The system has revolutionised our yard management, making us more efficient, and we are absolutely delighted with the results."

- David Walker, Logistics Transformation Projects Manager at Nestlé’s UK Confectionary Headquarters in York

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