Transportation Planning and Forecasting

Optimization at the speed of business

Exceptional Logistics Planning And Forecasting Capabilities

Optimize rates, routes, loads, and networks to create competitive advantage and significant cost reduction. Advanced functions maximize efficiencies throughout your transportation supply chain. Your organization realizes the most cost-efficient freight rates to boost profitability. The all-in-one logistics planning and forecasting functionality comes with a wizard-driven interface, along with task-specific, on-demand training. These functions help newer users achieve faster, better ROI.

Optimization With Tactical And Strategic Expertise

MercuryGate’s industry-leading logistics planning is easily applied, from straightforward static moves to the most varied and dynamic routes. Simple design allows users to run the optimizer to accommodate loads with last-minute changes, without ever needing to adjust any of the parameters. Also, the built-in scripting feature allows companies to customize the tool to overcome specific constraints.

Schedule complex intermodal, global moves that may include drayage, ocean, rail, less-than-truckload (LTL), truckload, and cartage all at once. Consolidate shipments across locations, and even measure the amount of C02 emission you reduced as a result. Use actual contract rates, even from carrier application programming interfaces (APIs). The opportunities are as extensive and varied as your business model.

Accurately Factor For Real-World Constraints

Through decades of expertise in managing the nuances and multimodal complexities of logistics, MercuryGate developed the industry-leading advanced planning technology to consider real-world constraints, risks, and conditions. Elements that can affect desired outcomes are part of the planning equation. This sets our clients up for success while setting us apart from the competition.

Even experienced logistics planners find it challenging to manually plan a small number of shipments while taking all constraints into account. MercuryGate’s transportation planning and forecasting automatically identifies the best transportation options given a variety of considerations, such as dates, vehicles, drivers, routes, freight, services, carrier capacity, facilities, pooling, and asset types. You can even determine the impact of potential changes, such as fuel surcharge increases, on future costs over a baseline for a better understanding moving forward.

Enabling freight optimization during planning can lead to profitability and continuous Improvement

The best logistics forecasting in the business

Key planning functions set MercuryGate logistics planning and forecasting apart in the industry.
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Actual Rates
The optimizer tool enables both benchmarking and optimizing of actual rates in real time. Users can also import external shipping data (i.e., from a prospect) and combine with existing loads to do a “what-if” analysis and demonstrate savings.
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Hypothetical and Executable
Planning and forecasting technology helps users model potential loads or move actual loads. Hypothetical models can be stored and later used in execution. Users may also re-optimize historical shipping data to test “what-if” scenarios for facility planning, contract impact analysis, profitability analysis, or post-audit analysis.
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Analysis

MercuryGate easily processes historical analysis and interrogation requests to explore and evaluate how the optimizer has reached a solution. Users evolve beyond a simple analysis through the optimizer, analyzing the factors affecting given shipments, such as product compatibility. The optimizer further shows the feasibility of time windows, reflecting the ability of the supply chain to meet your planned loading and unloading schedule.

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Portability
Our optimizer produces a simple Excel workbook that permits cross-customer cooperation and collaboration. Create and share optimization packages with settings, rates, shipment data, graphs, and other types of data, giving users the option to further refine functions and use.
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Wizard-Driven Solution

Other optimizers tend to either have limited options or require significant programming. Our wizard-driven interface allows a wide range of capabilities to set up a robotics process automation (RPA) – with no programming skills required.

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Optimizer Script
For companies that need custom logic, our script allows end users to take a rich optimization solution and add custom logic for very advanced scenarios. Easily move from tier 2 to tier 3 operations, making MercuryGate a future-proof solution for all companies.
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Pooling and Advanced Routing
MercuryGate’s experience helps companies address advanced scenarios with relative ease. Optimize for multiple connected intermediate points and multiple options, consolidate loads, and fan in any direction to different distribution centers.
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Multimodal

Multimodal moves are heavily varied and dynamic, and consolidation isn’t always the right answer. Our optimizer’s functionality provides for multimodal optimization, as well as simple consolidation, ensuring true end-to-end cost efficiency and savings.

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Static and Dynamic Routes

The MercuryGate optimizer meets the full spectrum of needs to produce static, dynamic, and hybrid routes. The optimizer leverages route guides, including those of your company and supply chain partners, to continuously improve inbound operations.

MercuryGate Transportation Planning and Forecasting Offers Strong Advantages

Move freight across your network and reduce costs

Find out how your team can leverage cutting-Edge logistics planning and forecasting to advance your business objectives