Enterprise Logistics
System
Fostering
Expansion Across
the Southeast

Gulf Winds is a growing transportation company with 14 warehouses and yards around the Gulf Coast of the United States.  Today Gulf Winds operates over 2.3 million square feet of warehouse space and continues to expand though the acquisition of new port-based operations and organic growth. 

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Modern Technical and Agile Approaches

Gulf Winds managed their business with a complex monolithic software solution that controlled all critical aspects of their work. To support active growth, Gulf Winds needed to modernize their systems, but one massive challenge remained: how to break down such a large system and make meaningful changes in an incremental way?

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Analysis

Complex problems require unique solutions. Gulf Winds had already looked at off-the-shelf software and concluded they needed something custom. The first phase of the project included in-depth onsite discovery meetings talking to the stakeholders (executives and users), learning about their business, sketching out process flows, walking through the warehouse and observing operations firsthand.

Early Wins

While it was clear a completely new architecture would fulfill the long term plan, Mercury identified a couple “quick wins” to provide early value and integrate with existing systems. Solutions delivered include a real-time dashboard to replace manual reporting that was being done, and a Progressive Web App (PWA) to replace manual paper-based warehouse operation processes.

Hybrid Approach

As a next step we learned that Gulf Winds’ transportation scheduling process was both complex and largely manually executed. Mercury developed a new Scheduler Tool that is built in a modernized technology stack but takes its inputs from legacy systems. The Gulf Winds Scheduler Team can now work with a fully modernized tool to perform common tasks like what-if scheduling, collaborate with CSR’s on customer availability and finalize realistic plans. The new Scheduler tool automates the posting of all final dates back to the legacy system resulting in no impact to downstream systems.

Fully Modern

As the team’s momentum picked up, Mercury also gained more knowledge of the inner workings of both Gulf Winds’ business model and their legacy system. The team has proceeded to develop full replacement modules for existing code with fully modern modules giving Gulf Winds the freedom to define new business processes. Because new modules do not have to be compatible with legacy systems, velocity significantly picked up.

"The MercuryWorks team’s ability to conceptualize a long-term product roadmap is outstanding, not to mention their ability to collaborate with us on modernizing our legacy infrastructure and applications. They really get our business!"
Dustin Hebrank
CFO

Built Using

Business+Technology+UX Modernization

When Gulf Winds and MercuryWorks commenced our partnership, we both knew it would be an extensive undertaking and many sprints later, we have proof we were right!  With a high level of collaboration spanning business, technology and user experience the next-generation system is bearing fruit in operation.

As with any enterprise system of this magnitude, the end of the road is never quite reached but with Agile processes and the power and flexibility of a cloud solution, Gulf Winds is poised for the future.

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