The evolution of e-commerce into omni-channel has resulted in increasing challenges and opportunities for retailers. The distribution network has expanded immensely with increasing volumes of last mile delivery and returns adding to the complexity. This has also led to the need for retailers to control inbound supply chain. Enabling a seamless cross channel experience with a solid fulfillment capability allows retailers to provide differentiated customer service.

A Smarter, Stronger, Faster and Better transportation management solution will enable retailers to meet these challenges head on and achieve significant competitive differentiation through solid fulfillment capabilities that maximizes customer satisfaction.

Benefits

  • Reduce overall transportation costs with optimal freight procurement, planning and execution
  • Reinforce omni-channel commerce with a solid fulfillment capability and never lose a sale
  • Handle increased volume and complexity of distribution network with existing resources
  • Avoid over-payment to carriers and find needed capacity
  • Proactively manage network disruptions and reduce cost for expedited shipments
  • Take control of your inbound logistics and collaborate effectively with suppliers and carriers

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Capabilities

Utilize a Single Platform for all your Transportation Needs

MercuryGate provides a single platform for all modes including parcel enabling efficient management of shipments within a centralized system. Our solutions integrated inbound, outbound and reverse logistics to optimizes entire network, leveraging shipment consolidation, backhauls to reduce empty runs or allow for LTL/other modes when appropriate.

A key strength in MercuryGate TMS is its native support for parcel built in to core solution. Flexible delivery options enables store replenishment for in store-pick up via LTL/TL or home delivery via parcel.   Simple to use Mobile app allows signing and transmission of POD with the touch of a finger.

“And we’ve gone paperless–that’s been another big benefit to having the TMS system. Everything we have put on the table and worked together to achieve has gone really smooth.

Orscheln Farm & Home,
Transportation/Fleet Manager”

Leverage Optimization to Make Smarter Decisions

Industry leading optimization capability consolidates shipment across inbound/outbound, business units, location and customers. Next generation “what-if” analytics simulates different scenarios to evaluate backhauls, pooling, mode shifting, zone skipping and model real world constrains. Optimization provides decision support on carrier selection and use private fleet vs common carriers. Web services integration utilizes accurate and real world pricing information to optimize carrier selection.

Take Control of your Inbound Logistics and Collaborate Effectively with Suppliers and Carriers

MercuryGate enables retailers to manage inbound freight allowing them to collaborate with suppliers using a combination of electronic connectivity, supplier portal and proactive exception management. The retailer is provided complete visibility to the entire lifecycle right from Purchase order to receipt while suppliers have restricted visibility to only their orders. Customizable dashboards also provides KPI/metrics to monitor supplier compliance. Mojo transportation optimization additionally provides optimal inbound plans that can be executed with multi pick, multi drop, cross dock, pooling and other optimization strategies.

Manage Multi-Everything

One of MercuryGate strengths is its unique ability to support complex multi mode/leg/pickup/drop/customer shipments. Each leg of a multi-leg shipment can be optimized and rated separately to maximize service and minimize cost. All dependencies including any exceptions of one leg impacting other legs can be tracked at a granular and aggregate level of detail. Multi-leg shipments that will be repeated can be saved as a template and re-rated whenever necessary. All costs of complex multi-leg shipment are considered and recorded so the total landed cost is reported and available for analysis. Additionally the cost allocation across multiple carriers and customers/business units (if consolidation occurs) is also appropriately recorded.

Leverage Tools Used by Brokers to Find Capacity

Shippers can now access tools that brokers use to find capacity. Access to market-driven sourcing and spot buying via private and public bid boards. Intelligent tools to identify previous carriers and lane history. Quickly find carriers for backhauls as well. All these sources for capacity can be tapped while simultaneously comparing market benchmarks to ensure shippers are not paying too much.

Manage Globally, Execute Locally with Control Tower Visibility

MercuryGate provides cloud based solution with an integrated set of logistics partners enabling a holistic view of data, real time control tower visibility, and decision support. Management by exception and role based permissibility allows collaborative resolution of issues across suppliers, carriers and other partners. MercuryGate TMS offers an easy-to-use interface and the ability to use the reference number that’s available to locate items down to the SKU level.  If the item is packed in a carton, on a pallet, in a container, on a vessel in transit, you can quickly report accurate information about the current status and expected arrival time. The MercuryGate TMS offers the ability to explore available options based on current carrier and schedule data.  Collaborate with your partners in real time to find an acceptable alternative and to put the new plan into action.

Conduct Effective Freight Audits and Manage Fully Landed Costs

Whether the shipment is a simple point-to-point domestic move or a multi-leg, cross-ocean, cross-border load, all carrier and customs costs are accrued and accounted for.  The fully landed costs accruals include all fees and accessorials associated with the load.  When you are able to view fully landed costs, your accountants will be able to accurately allocate those costs to appropriate cost centers.

Your freight cost savings will continue after loads are delivered.  Unexpected charges, at the line item level, are automatically identified by the MercuryGate TMS.  Invoices that fall within your range of tolerance are automatically passed to Accounts Payable for payment.  The others are reviewed and disputed until they are also approved for payment.

React Quickly to the Changing Global Market

International shippers are constantly challenged by complex multi-leg multimodal loads, documentation requirements and global trade practices that can slow down the pace of the supply chain.  The MercuryGate TMS steps up to deliver management of these loads with its easy-to-use load planning interface.  Whether the load is inbound or outbound, each leg is optimized with the best carrier and rate.

Shippers manage freight like an international freight forwarder – producing necessary documentation for every load.  Automated filings to AES and ISF streamline the export and import processes.  Plus, easy access to the Denied Party Screening database screens every shipment to protect against an inadvertent breach of security.  Using the MercuryGate TMS, the changing global market is no longer a challenge.

Negotiate and Procure the Optimal Rate

Transportation costs savings begin with procuring the best available rate for every load, no matter the lane and mode.  Leverage MercuryGate’s advanced transportation procurement sourcing solution to effectively manage both long-term contracts and spot rates – all while keeping your eye on the market to be sure you’re in a good negotiating position no matter what. Standardize, automate and streamline entire bidding process from RFP creation to contract award and generation.

Of course, the “best rate” isn’t always the lowest rate.  There are other factors to be considered.  Information is readily available about your carrier’s on-time, safety and environmental records from outside sources as well as your own historical records held within the TMS.  The TMS will constantly collect carrier performance data and offer it back to you in a form that helps you always select the “best” available carrier.

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