ACERTUS | June 22, 2022
ACERTUS, an omnichannel automotive logistics platform, was named the preferred vendor for vehicle logistics by the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA). This new, strategic partnership brings ACERTUS' comprehensive technology to thousands of NIADA members nationwide – giving independent automobile dealers access to enhanced services to seamlessly move, store, recondition, title and home deliver vehicles to compete in today's market.
Providing necessary technology to small and independent dealers is paramount to leveling the automotive retail playing field, allowing every auto dealer, no matter the size, to easily sell vehicles nationally and meet customers where they are without logistics or title and registration being a roadblock. The new dealermallUSA by NIADA provides association members access to a range of affiliated products and services supporting the needs of small and independent dealers, including ACERTUS' proprietary Transportation Management System (TMS), VINlocity. Through ACERTUS' platform, members can instantly connect to capacity of more than 7,400 carriers, 1,000 drivers, 66 hub and home delivery prep locations and title and registration processing capabilities in all 50 states, as well as get quotes, place and manage orders.
"Automotive retail has a long tail of small and independent dealers critical to meeting the current unprecedented demand for inventory,Through this strategic partnership we can deliver technology to thousands of dealers, empowering and enabling them to expand the markets in which they can sell and acquire inventory, meet expectations for faster fulfillment and upshift the customer experience all on our logistics platform."
-Trent Broberg, ACERTUS CEO
The partnership kicks off during the 76th annual NIADA National Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada bringing together independent dealers to learn the latest strategies, best practices, and emerging trends from the industry's top minds, subject matter experts, and peers.
Independent retailers are disproportionately feeling the effects of industry disruptions and inventory challenges,NIADA CEO Bob Voltmann said. NIADA members are calling for a solution to navigate these challenges and address the current gap between the independent dealers and the top 150 dealers and large digital retailers. ACERTUS provides a unique blend of technology, infrastructure and experience to empower our members to remain competitive.
ACERTUS has created the only completely comprehensive approach to automotive logistics with the ability to move, store, recondition, title and deliver vehicles anywhere in the country through one platform. With one company to handle the entire vehicle journey, this strategy dramatically improves efficiency and reliability for customers. Our people, process, innovative technology and relentless drive to deliver are just some of the reasons we made Inc. Magazine's list of the 5000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. For more information, call 855-ACERTUS (855-223-7887) or visit ACERTUSdelivers.com.
The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) is among the nation's largest trade associations, representing the used motor vehicle industry comprised of some 40,000 licensed used car dealers. Since 1946, NIADA has represented the voice and interests of used car dealers at the federal level in Washington D.C. Coupled with its state association network across the country, NIADA's grass-roots framework provides a dual layer of advocacy unmatched in the used motor vehicle industry.
For more than 75 years, NIADA has engineered programs and leveraged technology to fulfill its mission to advance, educate and promote the independent used car dealer. NIADA members subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics of duty, honor and integrity, and believe in the advancement of small business in support of the free-market system. More information about NIADA programs and educational opportunities is available at www.niada.com.
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Convoy | July 01, 2022
Convoy, the nation’s leading digital freight network, today announced an expanded partnership with MercuryGate® International, Inc., (MercuryGate), the largest independent Transportation Management System (TMS) provider, to help freight brokers automate the brokerage process, control costs, and access elastic capacity from more than 400,000 connected trucks through the recently launched Convoy for Brokers offering.Building upon a multi-year partnership between the two companies, the expanded agreement includes API integrations that give MercuryGate’s customers access to Convoy’s nationwide carrier network, along with numerous operational benefits. In the coming months, freight brokers will be able to seamlessly post loads to Convoy’s marketplace through MercuryGate to quickly view competitive bids and secure capacity.
Once loads are posted, Convoy’s technology automates pricing, load matching, carrier safety and compliance checks, appointment scheduling, GPS tracking, document management and carrier payment - allowing brokerages to increase efficiency and improve service quality while remaining the broker of record on their shipments.
As more brokers add shipment volume to Convoy’s marketplace, carriers also benefit from access to additional quality loads while continuing to realize the benefits they’ve become accustomed to from Convoy, including hassle-free detention, in-app feedback on their bids, Convoy QuickPay™.
“MercuryGate is always looking for ways to provide our customers with more transportation capacity and real-time competitive rates. At the same time, we know that for them to grow sustainably, they need to digitize and automate manual processes across their business, We are excited to expand our partnership with Convoy and provide our freight brokerage customers more tools to gain a competitive edge.”
-Jeffrey Varon, MercuryGate Chief Strategy Officer
Launched in November 2021, Convoy for Brokers is part of the company’s commitment to building a future of freight based on collaboration and transparency. Industry-leading freight providers are using the new program to tap into Convoy’s elastic capacity and expand their carrier bases while doubling the productivity of their brokers through automation.
“Convoy’s mission is to transport the world with endless capacity and zero waste. The only way to achieve that mission is by partnering with other technology platforms and freight providers to share the benefits of a digital freight network, With today’s announcement, we’re making it easier for MercuryGate’s broker community to source elastic capacity from our carrier network and make the brokering process more efficient.”
-Brooks McMahon, Chief Business Development Officer at Convoy
Convoy for Brokers is available to freight brokerages nationwide. Learn more at www.convoy.com/brokers.
MercuryGate provides powerful transportation management solutions proven to be a competitive advantage for today’s most successful shippers, 3PLs, brokers and carriers. The comprehensive Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product suite (TMS, Final Mile and Claims) natively supports all transportation modes and segments, generating value for its users through improved cost, productivity, and efficiency by using artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and connected technologies to adapt and automate transportation management functions. MercuryGate makes shipping intelligent, simple, sustainable and transformational for customers. Learn more at www.mercurygate.com.
Convoy is the nation’s leading digital freight network. We move thousands of truckloads around the country each day through our optimized, connected network of carriers, saving money for shippers, increasing earnings for drivers, and eliminating carbon waste for our planet. We use technology and data to solve problems of waste and inefficiency in the $800B trucking industry, which generates over 87 million metric tons of wasted CO2 emissions from empty trucks. Fortune 500 shippers like Anheuser-Busch, Procter & Gamble, Niagara, and Unilever trust Convoy to lower costs, increase logistics efficiency, and achieve environmental sustainability targets.
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Klearnow | June 02, 2022
KlearNow Drayage, a cloud-based marketplace that allows importers and drayage partners to negotiate and close drayage business on a single platform, was launched today by KlearNow, a smart Logistics as a Service (LaaS) technology firm. The AI-powered, digitalized infrastructure allows for near-real-time container tracking from point of origin to point of destination, increasing shipment visibility and data connectivity.
Companies across industries are keen to speed up and streamline the movement of goods to market as global supply chain issues persist. KlearNow is the only LaaS firm to include drayage fulfillment and visibility into its existing customs platform, providing exporters and importers with unprecedented shipping transparency. KlearNow bridges the gap between customs clearance and drayage, providing supply chain stakeholders with complete control over the final mile.
Shipping lines, ports, terminal operators, truckers, warehouses, and cargo owners must all communicate in order for commodities to flow. While these various companies have begun to digitize their internal operations, information is not easily transferred as cargo goes through the supply chain, causing costs to rise, confusion to arise, shipments to be delayed, and customer relationships to be jeopardized.
International shipments must cross customs at each border along the way, using documents such as invoices, packing lists, bills of lading, arrival notices, and more. Document management and data entry have always been laborious, manual tasks for the customs brokerage team. KlearNow Customs, the company's first marketplace, uses AI and machine learning to digitize papers and extract all the necessary information, sending correct, validated data to customs brokers for clearance.
Drayage and trucking businesses lack clear carrier and port visibility once a shipment arrives at a port, making it difficult to plan pick-up timing and keep drivers waiting, unpaid, and accruing demurrage penalties.