Archive for MercuryGate

Competing in an Amazon World – Technology is the Key

One of the most discussed topics in supply chain management today is the “Amazon Effect.” Clearly, the Amazon business model has affected many industries, including retail, manufacturing and distribution. Consumers now expect — and get — free next-day or second-day delivery on everything from electronics to shoes. To ask your customers to accept anything less in an Amazon world would be like telling your teenager that their iPhone is going away, but they are welcome […]

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The Total Cost of Ownership Advantage of Cloud Solutions

The most important reason to go with a cloud solution is that is has a better total cost of ownership (TCO). These savings are driven by faster implementations, easier upgrades, better system longevity, and lower IT costs. Traditionally these advantages applied to public clouds, increasingly they now apply to private cloud solutions as well.

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Takeaways from the MercuryGate 2015 User Conference

Earlier this week I attended the first day of MercuryGate’s annual user conference at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV. The conference’s theme was “Smarter. Stronger. Faster. Better.” That is what MercuryGate is trying to make their customers, and the presentations I attended all hit on this theme. Since last year’s conference, there have been new product releases and upgrades to existing products with one goal in mind – to make managing your transportation easier. […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 6 – 12)

Last week I had the opportunity to speak with the team at MercuryGate (a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor) about their latest transportation optimization (TO) release. The company’s TO engine, named Mojo, had already upgraded to include multi-pool routing, a secondary costing model, and advanced green calculations. However, the newest release of Mojo has a new product set named Mojo Live. According to the MercuryGate team, Mojo Live is designed for smaller sets of data that are […]

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Managing Ocean and Air Freight in a TMS

The definition of transportation management systems (TMS) continues to evolve. In the early days of TMS solutions, the primary goal was to manage truck-based freight. Over time, point solutions were developed to support particular modes for particular industries such as ocean and air freight. At the same time, traditional TMS providers began to incorporate basic multi-modal capabilities into “truck-centric” solutions. Migrating from a truck-centric solution to a truly multi-modal solution is no small task and […]

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Guest Commentary: Is Your TMS Pulling Its Weight?

Can you name all eight of Santa’s reindeer (nine, if you count Rudolf)? I did an unscientific survey of those around me and found most could only name Rudolf plus three others. Everybody seemed to remember Dancer and Prancer but most couldn’t come up with Comet and Vixen. It’s a good thing Santa remembers them all because it takes at least eight reindeer to get him off the roof and around the world in just […]

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3PL Executive Insights from MercuryGate User Conference 2013

What is the path to building successful and lasting 3PL-customer relationships? That was the main theme of a panel session I led at last month’s MercuryGate User Conference 2013, which included the following 3PL executives: Shelli Austin, VP at Integrated Distribution Services (IDS) Michael Bartz, CIO at ReTrans Jane Sandifeer, VP Business Solutions at Advanced Shipping Technologies Brad Stewart, President at Rockfarm Supply Chain Solutions The panelists talked about the importance of trust and transparency, […]

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Supplier Relationship Management Functionality Comes to TMS

I was invited to the MercuryGate user conference this year. MercuryGate is a SaaS provider of transportation management systems (and a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor). What most struck me was an application the company calls Carma (Carrier Management). Carma has been out for a few years, but I had never done a deep dive on it. This, I believe, is differentiated functionality; I’m not aware of any other transportation management system (TMS) with similar functionality. TMS […]

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Guest Commentary: The Top 15 Signs You’re Ready for a Cloud-Based TMS

Since September of 1985, David Letterman of The Late Show has been amusing viewers with his Top 10 lists. Because we’re enjoying a holiday this week, let’s use that format to explore the technology tipping point for logistics companies. There comes a time when growing companies need to take a long look at their current state and their prospects for the future and ask themselves, Do we have the tools and the talent we need […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 17-21, 2013)

Summer is finally here, so let’s go right to the news…and then maybe the pool. C.H. Robinson Continues European Expansion with Istanbul Office MercuryGate International Inc. Announces Expanded European Presence Through Partnership JDA Software Announces Integrated Product Roadmap FedEx Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings Oracle Doubles Dividend; Cloud SaaS Revenues Up 50%, Engineered Systems Up 45% Infor Reports Q4 Double-Digit Growth Natural Gas Seen as Major New Transport Fuel (Wall Street Journal) EU, U.S. leaders […]

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