Transportation Optimization

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Optimize Your Distribution Network

There are strategic opportunities undiscovered in your transportation data. Our rigorous process reveals those opportunities, models the benefits, and provides the ROI to win alignment in your organization. With decades of expertise helping both shippers and 3PLs, we can cost-effectively take your distribution network to the next level.

Are you letting your TMS do the heavy lifting? Whether you’re using MercuryGate, 3PL Central, or any other TMS software, we can be the transportation expert you wish you had on your team. We can help unlock the value of your investment, whether through TMS selection, implementation, strategic optimization, custom portals or analytics solutions (We call this Supply Chain Glass™).

Are you optimizing every load for least-cost mode?  Inbound and outbound transportation make up two-thirds of your logistics costs, so your profitability depends on controlling these. We’ll have you optimizing daily or weekly with Mojo for MercuryGate (or comparable).

Negotiating lower transportation rates has its limits. Go to far and you’ll trigger carrier fallout or quality issues like damage and delay. Uncover lasting savings by mining your historical data and performing strategic analyses of your transportation network.

TMS Optimization

for 3PLs

Our disciplined approach to optimizing your clients’ delivery networks can seamlessly complement the services you’re currently offering. And our innovative analytics platform, Supply Chain Glass™, is a game-changer that will differentiate you from your competition.

Could you win new business if you could offer “continuous supply chain improvement”?
Is customer satisfaction with deliveries where you would like it to be? Do you have the technology you need to model and manage your customers’ supply chain? Can you model a new supply chain concept for prospective customers based on their historical data?

  1. Get clear and complete data for informed decision-making:

    • Generate ongoing savings as opposed to one-time cost reductions.
    • Always select the least-cost mode while at the same time improving delivery performance.
    • Automate certain functions so your employees can focus on higher value activities.
  2. Offer your customers Transportation and/or Warehouse Management Software and correctly implement it.

    Automate your customers’ supply chain with affordable, on-demand software that requires no upfront investment and yet can reduce labor and shipping costs dramatically.

  3. Seize opportunities to improve on-time shipping while at the same time lowering your costs.

    Improve turn rates by generating reports of slow moving items. Provide better operation ratios for your transportation carriers and lower your costs by using your TMS for route optimization, leaving the carrier where reloads are possible.

  4. Win customers and retain them.

    Our coaches can help you develop a process for driving a customer solution from initial contact through a multiyear agreement. We’ll ensure you avoid chasing illusory savings such as cuts in transportation costs that result in deliveries missed and clients lost.

We don’t just leave you with a set of recommendations and a hefty bill. Our supply chain coaches not only show your managers how to improve your operation and your clients’ supply chain but train them, on the job, so that they develop the expertise to make continuous improvements and adjust to changes such as new product lines and route expansion or contraction.

for Manufacturers, Retailers and Distributors

Whether you’ve engaged a 3PL or are looking for solutions your own team can carry forward, Supply Chain Coach can be your strategic partner. Your supply chain may be the only place left in your organization where you can extract savings without cutting assets or resources- we can help you find those savings. And our innovative analytics platform, Supply Chain Glass™, can unlock the value of your logistics data to drive continuous supply chain improvement.

  1. Get clear and complete data for informed decision-making,

    so that you can

    • Generate continuous savings, not one-time cost reductions.
    • Source and acquire components with granular visibility and on-time delivery that closely keeps pace with the demand for your products.
    • Avoid large inventories of components due to lack of visibility into raw material freight. High tech components can have as short a shelf life as perishable foodstuffs.
  2. Benchmark your company’s supply chain performance against competitors and industry averages

    in a range of areas, from warehouse performance to on-time delivery to cost-per-pound to cost-of-transportation-as-a-percentage-of-sales.

  3. Improve your cash flow by saving on inbound and outbound freight expense, reducing distribution costs, and reducing inventory levels.

    • Make use of new low-cost on demand software that requires no upfront investment.
    • Avoid illusory savings such as cuts in transportation costs that result in deliveries missed and clients lost.
    • Lower or eliminate labor costs through implementing technology and streamlining processes
    • Pre-negotiate costs of transportation to customers so that you can invoice customers immediately with all costs instead of waiting to learn shipping charges.

Our supply chain coaches not only show your managers how to improve your supply chain but train them – on the job – so that they develop the expertise to make continuous improvements and adjust to changes such as new product lines and expansion or shifts in your distribution network.

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Supply Chain Coach is a MercuryGate Referral Partner
but we can help you regardless of which TMS you’re using.

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