The Future of Delivery Begins in the Classroom

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In today’s job market, students need every advantage they can get – not just a college degree, but an understanding of real-world problems and appropriate solutions. At MercuryGate, we’ve been solving transportation problems for leading shippers and third-party logistic companies since 2000. Not only were we one of the first to offer transportation software in a SaaS model, but we now support over 90,000 users – 75% of which are logistics service providers with their own customers – a day on our applications.
Now we’re taking on a new challenge with our MercuryUniversity Collegiate Program, which is designed to promote the use of leading edge logistics tools in classrooms around the world and train tomorrow’s supply chain leaders. MercuryUniversity Collegiate Program puts the full suite of MercuryGate’s transportation management system (TMS) —including our route optimizer— into the hands of students and teachers for modeling and solving realistic business challenges.
Educational institutions across the globe that are currently using our software are seeing increased critical thinking and analytical skills being developed in their classrooms. These are the outcomes we envisioned when we launched MGU in 2013. Students are actively engaged, solving real transportation issues throughout their coursework; learning how to effectively use technology to manage the lifecycle of a load, route optimization, finding capacity, important terms in logistics and supply chain and much more. It’s all made possible through hands-on labs that expose them to the same software being used MercuryGate clients. Essentially, students who are immersed in the software gain confidence, knowing that they are armed with the experience and knowledge it will take to hit the ground running after graduation: undoubtedly, making them assets to their future employers.
Here is what one student from Central Washington University said about their Collegiate Program experience:
“Earlier this morning, I was offered an internship with Accenture for a supply chain management position. At the interview, I talked about the tutorials we have been assigned in this class and how we are learning about incorporating such a system in the real world. This set me apart from the other candidates and became one of the main ways that I was competitive and allowed me to get the internship!”
The software, free of charge to participating schools, enables students and faculty alike to work various projects while gaining hands on experience- using advanced technology to solve real world problems. MercuryUniversity provides training and helps you to configure the software to support your syllabus.

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