Whether retail, wholesale or mail-order, Mercareon Time Slot Management for Retail has been specially developed for deliveries to central warehouses, distribution centres or cash & carry depots. Retailers can plan and control deliveries more effectively and better utilise capacities at the loading docks. Carriers book suitable delivery appointments themselves online, directly on the Mercareon platform, cutting downtimes and processing times and reducing empty trips. Standardised and optimised processes save a lot of time for everyone and reduce process costs.
Higher productivity in receiving
Better planning of vehicle arrivals and smoothing out of peak times increases unloading capacity by more than 20%.
Shorter waiting times
Vehicle arrivals at the loading docks are orderly and balanced throughout the day. Delays are communicated through the system automatically, so they’re managed better. Waiting times are reduced by 20-40% on average.
Optimised processing times
Knowing exactly when each delivery will arrive allows you to better plan receiving staff. Vehicles are unloaded more quickly and can get back on the road faster.
Reliable delivery planning
Allows for optimal control of the flow of goods and faster shelf availability.
Interfaces to third-party systems / order number imports
Standard and custom interfaces to databases as well as in-house systems and hardware at the storage site. Order numbers and details from your database / ERP system can be imported.
Dynamic time slot calculation and varying time slot lengths
The time slot length is automatically calculated in the booking based on information such as number of pallets, goods or product category, and can be adapted to your needs.
Internet-based unloading appointment planning with capacity comparison
Control of time slot bookings according to the logistics requirements of the storage site, such as vehicle type, cold chain, assortment, product group or article.
Generation of booking receipt / mobile delivery receipt
Shipping documents for the driver, including route directions, security instructions, required forms and QR or barcode as access control. Booking data can also be sent directly to the driver’s mobile phone.
“Traffic light” delivery status visualisation
On the day of delivery, the current status of the Mercareon time slot (e.g. vehicle arrival, unloading, departure) is visualised and documented within the software using a red-yellow-green traffic light system.
Reserving, splitting and combining of orders
Time slots can be blocked for carriers, suppliers or supplier groups. It is also possible to combine different orders into one time slot booking or divide large orders into several time slots. Consolidated cargo deliveries can be specially managed.
More efficient warehouse processes and better on-shelf availability
We know exactly what’s happening on our loading docks... We now have excellent wait times of markedly below 20 minutes at two storage sites.”