LTL Shipment Execution

With Less-than-Truckload (LTL) freight’s complexity and regulatory requirements, shippers are often challenged to reach an optimal level of execution for LTL shipments. MercuryGate TMS brings best-of-breed technology to LTL shipment operations by combining robust functionality with lightning fast workflow execution. With MercuryGate TMS, users manage end-to-end shipment lifecycles, with world-class efficiency.

Configured For Speed

There are many facets to LTL shipping all of which contribute to the total time spent managing each shipment. By automating the most time consuming tasks with dashboard portlets or by integrating ezClick technology, MercuryGate TMS users can execute more shipments faster than ever.

Unrivaled Load Building Technology

Load building is one of the most important and time consumer events in the shipment workflow. MercuryGate TMS gives load building a competitive edge by streamlining the intricacies of LTL shipments and allowing users to execute more shipments in less time. Standard features such as drag-and-drop data fields, user-preference customization, and template wizards to duplicate commonly scheduled shipments, position MercuryGate TMS as a tool for improving transportation processes.

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Commonly shipped freight can be pre-loaded into LTL templates; less common items can be pulled from a Master Item Catalog.

Robust Features, Efficient Workflow

MercuryGate’s process configuration empowers users to combine multiple workflow steps into a set of consolidated portlets. Key operational screen views and on-demand reports are a click away, giving each user a unique virtual workspace.

Reduce the stress on back-office resources by establishing pre-auditing standards. MercuryGate TMS provides definitions of line-items, displays options on what constitutes an invoice and contract “match,” and imposes limits on the authorization of extra services, such as lumpers or detention.

Designed to keep LTL shipments flowing quickly and as planned, MercuryGate TMS requires minimal human resources. Users are alerted when exceptions arise and MercuryGate TMS lets personnel know when to perform call checks, set appointments, invoice customers, and complete the shipment life cycle.

 

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Set default origin and destination locations, or choose from a location list.

The MercuryGate TMS Difference

Comprised of many different profiles and rate structures, the LTL shipping process lends itself to a high volume of automation. Consequently, the more users and contracts a company maintains, the more complex their workflows become. To best address these complexities, MercuryGate’s best-of-breed enterprise TMS couples powerful functionality with user friendliness – a rare combination in today’s transportation management marketplace.

MercuryGate TMS takes an innovative approach to LTL tariff management. By pre-integrating with the industry’s premiere pricing benchmark organization, SMC³, MercuryGate TMS streamlines the licensed rate configuration process.

Enjoy reduced hassle during contract setup and the resulting reduction in billing errors. By leveraging standard options such as configurable rate shopping and multiple levels of tariff visibility, MercuryGate TMS users can fully leverage LTL contract potential. What’s more, configurable data entry screens at each shipment phase – from quoting to settlement – guide the user through formerly time-consuming shipment execution steps.

 

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Quickly edit or check for quality before approving customer invoices.

MercuryGate TMS: LTL Features

  • Fully automated and built for speed
  • Default shipping and receiving locations
  • Default items, NMFC codes, freight class, and reference numbers to easily populate bills of lading
  • Simple load buy/sell rates process
  • Rapid new customer onboarding
  • New quotes retention
  • Historical quotes review capability
  • Quote expiration windows
  • One-click tendering
  • Automated quote acceptance or denial

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