Proper pooling and routing Shift Efficiency into High Gear

Enable Operational Efficiency in Your Strategy

Make exceptional pool distribution part of your everyday strategy by identifying and executing advanced scenarios with dynamic pooling. You can optimize multiple connected intermediate points, including zone skipping to maximize shipping efficiency.

You can also consider several options, including fanning into a consolidation center, or transporting consolidated loads to distribution centers and then fanning out with deliveries in a single pass to see the full shipment lifecycle and avoid wasted space or added freight spend.

Tap Into Bottom-Line Value

Pool distribution allows you to take less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments and pool them to use fewer total trucks at your facility. Instead of having 12 carriers vying for space at the dock, pooling allows a single truck to load all shipments and address distribution without delaying your facility.

This is achieved by moving these pooled shipments to a single regional terminal or pool point. There the freight is sorted according to its final destination and sent on its way for local delivery at a significant total savings.

Zone skipping is the most common example used in shipment pooling and advanced routing. Rather than routing all shipments via air or more costly methods, zone skipping within the TMS is made possible. The MercuryGate TMS finds the most efficient route, switches the mode to ground when appropriate, and keeps all partners working in harmony within the new fulfillment model.

Proper management and insight into the process of route planning and pool scheduling is critical for continued growth and success in today’s volatile market, especially in high-cost modes, such as final mile.

Pooling and Advanced Routing Can:

Save money
Full truckloads always cost less than LTL shipments. Sharing at least part of the ride with other shipments distributes the cost for a greater overall cost savings. The TMS makes the process accessible and repeatable to make this a standard part of your transportation strategy.
Manage time
Achieve improved delivery times by pooling. Consolidating multiple shipments to a single long-haul truck sets up more consistent and reliable delivery. And shipments arrive sooner than a truck making stops along the way.
Improve service
Reducing the number of overall shipments makes for better supply chain management, which includes an additional check-in point to ensure freight is on track for timely delivery, all while reducing the handling of freight and opportunities for damage or loss across all modes, including final mile.
Be more sustainable
Pooling and advanced routing lets you use fewer trucks to decrease your carbon footprint, including leveraging more fuel-efficient modes, such as ground and rail when appropriate, while reducing the amount of fuel burned and limiting the wear on your equipment, all of which leads to less damage to the environment.

Empower Execution Using Advanced Pooling and Routing Strategies