Shipper Solutions Primary Functions
With your MercuryGate Shipper Solution, you can perform these primary functions:
- Manage carriers & rates
Quickly load all your carrier information in one place. You can maintain contact & insurance information, manage contracts and define service areas. It's easy to procure bids and convert winning bids from carriers to contracts and set up reusable templates. You'll be surprised at how quickly you're operational and seeing big savings.
- Optimize loads with Mojo
Find the most cost effective way to move your freight – across all modes, international and domestic. Mojo will point out every possible opportunity to consolidate shipments that will minimize miles, costs and CO2 emissions. Then it will send the loads to the TMS for rating and tendering. Imagine that; a software tool that saves you money and makes you "green" too. There is more information about Mojo in the Products section. Click here to read more about transportation optimization.
- Select carrier - Ship freight
Ensure that you are selecting the right carrier, regardless of mode, based on rate, service, and/or route guide. Identify carriers by looking at similar loads in the past, by carrier service area or preferred lanes and capacity. Post loads on public bid boards electronically and remove them once the load is covered. Tender loads to selected carriers one at a time or automatically, it's your choice. If you have small package freight you can use the TMS to plan and execute those shipments along with your other modes. Click here to learn how.
Manage your inbound freight by posting Purchase Orders on your vendor portals to determine inbound carrier compliance. Optimize across multiple vendors into multiple facilities to minimize transportation spend. Managing inbound freight allows for greater visibility of inbound SKUs.
- Track shipments
Shipments on all modes of transportation can be tracked by any known reference value, down to the item level, so you don't have to maintain a complex cross-reference table for your users. The responsible parties have several ways to enter status information, including an automated EDI process. Status information is used to create reports on in-process shipments and carrier performance. You can also elect to view real-time exception reports so you'll always have your finger on the pulse of your shipments.
- Settle loads and allocate costs
When the carrier sends you a freight invoice, the enterprise TMS will match it against the rated shipment definition. If there's a match, it can be automatically sent to your accounts payable system for payment. If it doesn't match, it will show you the differences and let you resolve them. Costs can be allocated to cost centers at the individual line item level and shared costs can be allocated based on a method of your choosing (# of items, mileage, weight, etc).
- Connect to carriers, suppliers and customers
The MercuryGate TMS will make sure every company you share information with is connected so your project can succeed. Companies that are capable of sending and receiving EDI messages are easily integrated to the TMS. The TMS will map inbound messages and manage the communications process so that data can flow seamlessly between you and those companies.
Companies that aren't EDI capable can use email messages or the TMS web portal tool to exchange information with you. They can receive load tenders, send ship notices, and view reports with no additional infrastructure (or costs) on either side.
- Provide transportation intelligence
With a single end-to-end global transportation management system in place, you can create operational reporting such as day-to-day shipment management, exception reports and audit reports. You'll be able to leverage operational, tactical and strategic information in real time – night or day. You can have reports automatically sent to you or you can click to view current data at any time.
With summary reports, you can drill into categories of interest to explore the details. Downloading any report to a spreadsheet for further analysis is a simple one-click process. The options for reporting are as varied as your imagination, but easily implemented.
- Implementation flexibility
The MercuryGate TMS is easily configured to fit your business processes. The workflow engine within the application adjusts so you can continue to use proven practices for your enterprise. By integrating the enterprise TMS with your other core applications, data flows in accordance to the guidelines you've established for your company.
Choose the best deployment method for your company. You can select from a hosted service (SaaS) or a fully deployed application on your site. Either way you do it, you'll have the most robust, end-to-end transportation management system available.
All of these functions may be supported by a robust, configurable workflow management tool. This enables our shipper customers to set up and control complex shipment processes as well as implement recognized best practices across the organization.