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Lower your carbon impact across your entire supply chain

The High Cost of
Inefficient Transportation

One of the greatest wastes when it comes to fuel consumption and pollution is trucks running empty miles and sitting idle during long wait times at shipping and receiving locations. This may sound like a problem for carriers to address, but in the end, it hits shippers’ bottom lines too. Long story short: waste is everyone’s problem. 

As consumers become more socially conscious, there is greater demand in the freight transportation industry to minimize carbon emissions by deploying both daily operational changes and developing long-term strategies for sustainable supply chain practices. A TMS can help with both.

Carbon Impact Shipping

where our TMS Fits In

Identifying Trends

You can review and analyze current data for patterns in fuel consumption, dead head miles, commonly used lanes, and numerous other metrics to uncover efficiency gains. Use these reports in your next RFP to assess carrier sustainability practices as part of your bid awards.

Taking Early Action

Once you know where to improve, you can take proactive steps. Our TMS can help you share data across users and vendors and develop forward-looking plans for operational improvements that can reduce your carbon impact.

Planning Ahead

Efficient routing can not only eliminate empty miles, but also minimize backtracking. This is especially prevalent in final mile delivery where re-routing is constant due to new order or return pickups. Using street-level dynamic re-routing in the TMS can greatly reduce mileage caused by poor route planning.

Filling Available Space

Avoid additional costs and carbon impact by filling empty miles and unnecessary idling. Digital freight matching capabilities can find loads for available trucks to prevent running empty, and load planning functions can maximize space utilization in containers and trailers to reduce the number of shipments.

Preventing Waste

Whether it’s mismanaged time, overconsumption of fuel, or too many miles being logged for a shipment, getting ahead of waste helps you maximize the efficiency of every touchpoint. Advanced visibility tools available in the TMS can help you reduce waste before it becomes a major issue.

Earning Social Equity
As consumer expectations for sustainable operations become more of the norm, a TMS can help quantify and report out on carbon emission reduction activities to create transparency and trust with customers.

Taking a Big Picture View of Carbon Impact

Beyond specific operational changes, the TMS can help you look holistically at your entire transportation network – from planning to final delivery, product returns and everything in between – and reduce your carbon footprint in total.

Reduce Carbon Emissions with the Right Mode Mix

Where can I save on fuel costs and reduce mileage? Can I meet my service requirements if I switch to a more environmentally friendly transportation mode?

These are the kinds of questions a MercuryGate TMS can help you answer. Whether your goal is to find cost savings or to meet new requirements from your customers for reducing carbon emissions, considering a variety of modes and analyzing what modes or mode mix yields the best results can reveal new possibilities for efficiency.

Learn how your profits can soar when you cut your carbon impact