When considering, procuring, and implementing new logistics/supply chain technology, here are three steps to take to ensure a smooth rollout.
Software-as-a-Service transportation management systems offer many advantages over enterprise software.
SaaS TMS solutions allow shippers, carriers, suppliers, and consignees to conduct business on a single platform.
The collaborative environment of a Software-as-a-Servivce (SaaS) transportation management system (TMS) enables connectivity and supports seamless collaboration with global supply chain partners, says Jon Kuerschner of LeanLogistics.
Transportation and logistics technology solutions such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) transportation management systems (TMS) enrich and empower the user community by integrating partners and aggregating data.
Access to transportation network data allows companies to benchmark with better business intelligence, enabling smarter decisions for continuous improvements, says Matt Ahearn, LeanLogistics.
With the improved visibility supplied by transportation management systems, shippers can leverage shipment data internally to generate top-line revenue, says Geoff Comrie, Transite Technology.
Software-as-a-Service (Saas) transportation management systems encourage collaboration so that all supply chain partners view the same permission-based data to identify mutually beneficial solutions and improvements.
Selecting a new transportation management solution (TMS), whether fully outsourced, hosted, or internally installed, requires much due diligence to pair functional need with strategic vision.
With so much complexity and volatility for the foreseeable future, it’s never been more important to be able to have a holistic view of your supply chain. An integrated TMS provides a single solution for planning, executing, and analyzing your shipments, both inbound and outbound.
TMS benefits are well documented, including routing compliance, cost containment, visibility, event management, and trade compliance. A cloud-based TMS with a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model can significantly accelerate the return on investment.
TMS solutions are increasingly important to improve visibility and communication, gain efficiencies, prepare for the future of a decentralized workforce, minimize risk, and improve workflows, safety, and sustainability.
By providing visibility to items in transit, working to optimize transportation networks, and streamlining processes, transportation management systems (TMS) check off all the boxes.
George Kontoravdis, president at Fortigo, discusses how the transportation management solutions provider adjusted its feature set in response to changing customer needs resulting from COVID-19.
TA Services' transportation management solutions helped MRC Global, a distributor of pipe, infrastructure products, and valves and fittings, improve visibility and enhance service levels.
Inbound Logistics offers this annual guide of some top TMS providers and solutions that can put you on the right road toward improved transportation management and performance, regardless of the business conditions. Take a look at our 2020 TMS Buyer's Guide.
Today’s Tier 1 TMSs can help you get work done faster, cut the need for calls and emails, reduce the number of screens and clicks, and increase your profitability.
The variety of transportation management systems available can make it difficult for shippers to target the solution that is the best fit for their organization. Experts say companies should strive to identify the features that will support their unique operation rather than falling into the trap of chasing options that will not provide a useful impact. The process for selecting a TMS should be marked by disciplined decision-making and a focus on the business case.
Transplace’s technology and expertise helps Brenntag streamline operations and realize greater visibility.
With BluJay’s Transportation Management solution, Ace Hardware has automated tasks and gained visibility of orders, shipment status, and costs.
To better serve customers, MD Logistics implemented a game-changing TMS and integrated it into its current WMS. The new solution allowed MD Logistics to find customers the most strategic carrier based on a variety of factors, including price, transit times, and retail compliance.
To get the most out of a TMS, professionals must identify and match operational requirements with the solution’s features. Joe Couto, chief operating officer at HighJump, outlines 10 tips for picking a TMS.
The days of EDI connectivity is quickly becoming outdated and replaced with real-time data feeds that benefit both shipper and their shipping partners.
Gelnius’ new technology platform has the ability to save money based on customers achieving reduced transportation cost and better management of administration overhead, as well as cost savings linked to visibility of all freight transactions on a single platform.
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Kuebix TMS greatly improved Holman Parts Distribution’s operations.
Transportation management systems (TMS) streamline the information exchange between shippers and carriers. Cloud technology makes them affordable for many small- and mid-sized firms.
The future of TMS systems is not only to monitor service in real-time, but to properly audit the carrier’s invoice through settlement.
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Ben E. Keith maximized freight management with help from ArrowStream’s Crossbow technology.
Your next transportation management system will soon serve as your company’s control tower with widespread visibility across all departments in your organization.
Rust-Oleum selected Celtic International, Transplace’s intermodal business unit, to provide intermodal and over-the-road transportation services for domestic shipments between its own facilities as well to its retailer customers.
Leading logistics providers are driving change – rather than responding to it – by leveraging modern TMS solutions.
Get the most out of a transportation management system by ensuring it provides the following functions.
Digitization is no longer an option. It is a competitive necessity.
With no standard terminology in an already-complex industry, it’s not surprising that so many TMS buyers have trouble figuring out the differences between solutions and which one best fits their needs. Here's how to cut through the confusion.
From basic improvements like streamlining operations and increasing process efficiency to fully automating delivery trucks, technology is enabling much smarter, simpler supply chain management. Read about the three technologies making the most impact.
Data integration across systems can help optimize the supply chain and enable organizations to provide their customers with the best possible service from order to delivery.
Another year is upon us and with it comes a new opportunity to do things differently; to do things better. After all, if you are not evolving, you are dying.
More companies are relying on expedited shipping a regular part of their inbound transportation planning. However, intelligent systems are helping reduce the need for the Hail Mary emergency moves.
Deploying a cloud-based shipment execution system can promote a healthier ecosystem within the company, reduce costs, and pay big dividends via customer satisfaction.
As a first-time TMS buyer, educate yourself on what a modern TMS can do – and come to the table with high expectations.
Freight rail has become an integral part of many global supply chains, driving the need for complete visibility across modes and giving rise to a new suite of technologies. Shippers who know how to make effective use of these technologies gain an advantage.
An acceleration of mergers and acquisitions is causing dramatic changes to the supply chain. Are you prepared to manage through this changing environment while managing cost?
When evaluating your needs for a transportation management system it’s important to look beyond technology and consider who will manage planning and execution. Use this advice to determine if a managed service provider will deliver greater value than developing an in-house team.
Kuebix TMS and Managed Services take Weis Markets’ supply chain to the next level of excellence.
Your TMS is the perfect place to start making sense of IoT–giving you the ability to make smarter decisions faster.
This article looks at what’s new and interesting in transportation management systems (TMS).
By tapping into outsourced logistics support, shippers arm themselves with the technology, talent, and experience at a lower price than employed resources, which allow companies to invest and focus on their core competencies.
Savings from a TMS deployment can be significant. Here are the benefits of an incremental approach to acquisition.
The best solutions provide clear, regularly reported metrics not just to the shipper, but also to the carriers themselves.
Sapa Extrusions Americas achieves tremendous business benefits by implementing Cloud Logistics’ transportation management system (TMS).
A customized and strategic platform provides a company with a competitive edge over their competition.
When choosing a transportation management system, it’s important to ensure it will meet all of your requirements.
A real time tracking platform helps you revolutionize your logistics operations by improving service while reducing costs.
The expense of inbound vendor traffic and its impact on landed cost is overlooked. Use this advice to better managing inbound vendor freight.
Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service gives industrial buyers a preview of how IoT may impact procurement; Private label sourcing faces new headwinds; Cloud Logistics debuts the latest twist in TMS deployments; CMA CGM launches first smart connected container ship; Automotive parts buyers are leveraging omni-channel options
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Intelligent transportation technology provides new sources of competitive advantage through complete supply chain visibility.
3PLs tout IoT as top disruptive innovation in the supply chain; Hyundai and Accenture team up to design smarter ship; TMS use has tripled over the past decade; new sustainability web platform helps shippers assess key trends and best practices.
Understanding less-than-truckload shipping challenges is the key to overcoming them.
An Enterprise Logistics partnership helps improve companies by delivering customized applications to improve market advantage.
Using the data the TMS is already providing can help shippers improve their transport operations.
Cost reductions are uncovered from raw materials to end delivery, but companies must focus on its customers to keep them satisfied.
To help save money, shippers should build a strong relationship with their LTL carrier.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
Supply chain ‘modeling’ replicates real-world events; Retailers and manufacturers make the jump to RFID; U.S. trucking industry sees better utilization and financial results; Data analytics is a big growth market.
This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.
Inbound Logistics’ annual Logistics Technology Perspectives offers market research to help IT buyers and users make better sense of what’s going on in the industry. And, the Top 100 Logistics Technology Providers list celebrates best-in-class innovators that are helping shippers revolutionize their supply chains.
To expand its footprint in the luxury accessories market, Royce Leather indulged in a solution that connects it to new customers and streamlines fulfillment. That’s how Royce rolls.
Tired of relying on e-mail blasts to place freight, L.B. Foster ups its game with a third-party solution that has transformed the enterprise.
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Shippers, carriers, 3PLs and brokers who are not fully utilizing their transportation management systems to secure capacity and manage global trade may be leaving money on the table.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
TAJ Flooring used a transportation management system to improve shipment and freight spend visibility.
With an integrated transportation management software (TMS) platform, service providers can gain complete visibility over their diverse and complex operations.
Managing supply chain partnerships strategically improves their viability and reliability.
A transportation management system with fleet management tools facilitates transportation planning for private fleets.
An automated transportation management system can improve efficiency, reduce costs, and create competitive advantage.
Using a TMS for carrier selection allows shippers to load standard business rules to achieve predicted outcomes.
Companies interested in automating their transportation management processes should examine their current capabilities.
Companies avoid common obstacles to successful TMS implementation by partnering with an experienced solutions provider.
Faced with long lead times and potential production delays, Badcock Furniture and More invested in a cloud-based tool.
Leveraging transportation management system (TMS) capabilities help shippers make better real-time carrier decisions.
Shippers’ needs dictate if a third party logistics provider or transportation management system is the best choice.
Mid-market shippers who use Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) transportation management systems (TMS) can improve visibility, access report data, and enable EDI carrier integrations while automating the transportation cycle, says Richard G. Piontek of 3PLogic.
Transload facilities find great benefits from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that deploy quickly, and easily integrate with existing systems to provide seamless inventory and operations management, and network transport coordination, says Erv Bluemner of RMI.
A rich and robust transportation management system (TMS) plays an important role in a company’s inbound transportation strategy.
Ralph Lauren’s transport operations team lacked the ability to dynamically route international air freight according to real-time best service and cost options, and it showed in inflated shipping costs. When a market search found no suitable transportation management system (TMS) for international air freight, the company decided to create its own, with help from solutions provider Acuitive Solutions.
C.H. Robinson and Menlo Logistics Worldwide streamline managed TMS services; Ohio, Wisconsin, and California transportation legislation; GE opens renewable energy DC; Order fulfillment process grows in complexity
CSA 2010 regulations inspire global cosmetics company L’Oreal USA to create a qualification program that holds its fleet of 80 carriers to higher safety standards.
When it comes to transportation management systems, a combination of SaaS plus managed services represents the next step in supply chain optimization, writes Jordan Kass, TMC.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers are bringing transportation management systems (TMS) to market.
Cloud-based multi-tenant supply chain technology solutions help companies achieve better execution, visibility, cost savings, and collaboration with trading partners across the supply chain.
Today’s new cloud-based transportation management systems empower companies to connect in real-time with their global supply chain partners, helping supply chain managers streamline their processes and save significant time, costs, and resources.
Move out of your comfort zone and into a multi-functional, cost-saving, online transportation management system.
Electronic data interchange (EDI) technology and infrastructure is adapting to help businesses more quickly and accurately share information within the corporation and across the supply chain.
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Supply chain strategies built around software-as-a-service (SaaS) or Cloud computing eliminate many headaches that often come with supply chain investments. They eliminate the need for presence overseas, cut the time spent integrating systems across internal departments, and greatly reduce the time spent integrating with hundreds of partners and suppliers.
Learn how to choose the type of technology delivery that best meets your needs.
Flexible transportation management systems empower shippers by integrating inbound and outbound transportation throughout the supply chain management process.
Transportation managements systems (TMS) have evolved into intelligent execution tools that add context, writes Steven Shoemaker, RateLinx.
Ongoing cooperation with value chain partners is possible with integrated transportation management software for optimal resource utilization, business efficiencies, and cost control, writes Scott Vanselous, TMW Systems Inc.
Tim Higham of Interstate Transport Inc. predicts that within a few years, many service providers will be offering free TMS technology to help their shipper customers move more freight.
As different countries implement both security and trade-led initiatives around the world, it is critical to improve global regulatory knowledge and visibility, writes Tom Barnes of Integration Point Inc.
For most shippers, the routing guide handles 80% to 90% of all shipments—essentially, all contracted moves. But while the routing guide works well for certain lanes, it can fail spectacularly in others. There’s a better way.
Transportation management systems are key to managing Supply chain disruptions, shifting capacity, fluctuating fuel costs and demanding e-commerce customer requirements.
Transportation management systems (TMS) are key to managing disruptions, capacity shifts, fluctuating fuel costs, and evolving customer expectations. This guide can put you on the road to improved performance during all types of business conditions.
Deploying the RateLinx supplier portal and TMS, water solutions company Pentair gained transparency, visibility, and control over its entire freight spend.
With an on-demand shipment-quoting tool with reverse auction capability, shippers can receive quotes within 30 minutes to 72 hours, depending on the mode, from transportation providers.
With a wave of overseas supplier disruptions due to COVID-19 and resulting supply shortages that bottlenecked operations across the supply chain, many companies are considering nearshoring to Canada and Mexico to minimize risk and potential disruptions.
Today's technology empowers brands to offer a range of diverse, quality products, as well as customizable delivery or omni-channel fulfillment options to their customers.
Companies in the logistics space are responding to the crisis by providing free goods and services.
Partnering with a 3PL that offers a comprehensive transportation management system can help your enterprise take control of the LTL spend.
Take a look at some of the newest services and solutions in the supply chain industry.
Better matching demand to supply and adjusting contracts, tendering, and invoice auditing strategies can help shippers control transportation costs as rates rise in 2020.
By leveraging Kuebix and an integration with NetSuite, equipment parts importer Summit Supply ensures every order is shipped with the quickest, least expensive option to maximize savings and service.
A lack of oversight can cost a company tens of millions of dollars in unnecessary freight spend. A transportation management system (TMS) with an integrated freight approval tool could stop these kinds of problems before they occur.
For those involved in the management of freight movement, selecting the best Transportation Management System or TMS is a crucial decision. Here are 10 tips on evaluating a TMS for your firm.
Deploying a transportation management system (TMS) can be time-consuming. Here's how to save time and money.
Shippers and intermediaries of all sizes can benefit greatly from the increased functionality and simplified processes offered by a TMS.
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How to overcome the challenge of data management—integrating multiple data sources in a transportation management system (TMS)
Integrated WMS and TMS solutions increase visibility and communication and optimize the movement of goods.
Here’s how a transportation management system will completely transform the efficiency of your supply chain.
Today, software underpins many warehouse functions, giving leaders a new source of productivity and efficiency insights—and a new concern for corporate security. Here’s how to boost all three: productivity, efficiency, and security.
At its core, a TMS is charged with moving an order through your system and settling it in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Regardless of your specific needs, today’s challenges require a new approach for evaluating which TMS is best for your organization.
Here are some of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that companies can use to improve supply chain visibility, cut transportation costs, and improve parcel shipping service.
Cloud-based deployments can remove IT obstacles and accelerate the launch of supply chain initiatives. However, are the advantages of cloud deployments for supply chain solutions real and worthwhile?
DLS Worldwide President Thomas Griffin reveals the 3PL efficiencies in highest demand as shippers face capacity constraints in 2017.
Transplace helped Huhtamaki reduce costs while improving customer service.
Use these five points to help find a transportation management system
Organizations are turning to third party logistics providers and enhanced transportation management technology to deliver the velocity, visibility, predictability, and control they need.
Shipment planning, optimization, spot auction, carrier data integration with a centralized track & trace visibility platform and freight audit and payment, will enable Allen Company, Inc.’s overall growth strategy.
Shippers can track inbound shipments until delivered and know if they may be delayed or delivered with damages or shortages by enlisting the assistance of a 3PL.
Now more than ever before, shippers should consider working with an experienced managed transportation service provider that has a large, dedicated network of carrier partners and deep relationships with these partners.
Chemical company BASF Corp. improves real-time visibility of its transportation operations and moves towards predictive supply chain activities with Transplace and Descartes’ MacroPoint solutions.
Shippers are turning to managed transportation services (MTS) to help address logistical challenges. Here are the advantages.
2019 marks 30 years of business for 3PL Sunset Transportation. The future is bright as the 3PL starts its 30s with a new facility and innovative new solutions.
By utilizing nVision Global’s Impact TMS, a shipper saved more than €34,000,000 by avoiding expedited freight costs. The company improved transportation planning, optimization capabilities, workflow management, and exception handling.
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A client looked to PLS Logistics for a way to drive real-time visibility, performance and cost savings to allow each of its 200+ office locations to operate effectively.
With an integrated TMS platform, customers can feel confident that they will get a variety of shipping options and correct pricing based on where they are shipping to.
Use this advice to navigate the process of selecting and deploying a TMS solution in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional solutions.
With so many choices available, shippers must truly understand what they want a Transportation Management System to accomplish in order to make the right selection.
There is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to managing transportation operations, so each shipper needs to carefully consider each option before making a decision.
Managing transportation has become increasingly challenging as customers grow more demanding and the driver shortage constrains capacity. Consider these three innovations, which can deliver short-term return on investment:
Simply generating supply chain data doesn’t eliminate waste, reduce costs, or improve service. Shippers should implement systems that give managers insights behind the data. Find a TMS that is available as a customized solution to incorporate your unique industry and supply chain requirements.
Capacity is getting tighter across the board. Some carriers may not be willing to commit capacity in lanes they were previously happy to do so. What’s a shipper to do? Should companies use the spot market less?
In order to drive sustainable, impactful change within your organization, it’s important to have the tools and expertise to turn data into actionable business intelligence.
Businesses face many challenges when it comes to mobile technology in their supply chain, from application selection to ongoing support. Here’s how to get with the mobile program.
Managing a business for sustained growth means finding and implementing innovative solutions to the challenges of complex supply chain logistics. To achieve lasting, repeatable innovation, check out these real-world solutions.
Volatile demand, shrinking lead times, and new consumption patterns have impacted transportation systems in many ways. That makes it ever more important to maintain an agile, flexible supply chain to gain a competitive advantage.
Here are five simple steps shippers can take to reduce the environmental impact of supply chain operations.
Ben E. Keith maximized freight management with help from ArrowStream’s Crossbow technology.
Chemical company BASF Corp. improves real-time visibility of its transportation operations and moves towards predictive supply chain activities with Transplace and Descartes’ MacroPoint solutions.
Celestica improves visibility, controls costs and seeks greater logistics flexibility with MercuryGate’s transportation management system solutions.
Retailers and manufacturers are beginning to seek a solution to eliminate supply chain silos and transcend the restrictions of traditional TMS static rules and rates that lead to customer disruptions and cost inefficiencies.
No hype here. These three technological innovations are already enhancing effectiveness, lowering operational costs, and increasing customer satisfaction in supply chain management.
Supply chain technology ecosystems are evolving as once distinct processes for executing TMS, WMS and YMS functions converge. Is the best path forward stitching together a trifecta of best-of-breed technologies, or going all-in on a single instance, single platform for all three?
Shippers with solid TMS platforms in place can save money not only in terms of freight rates, but also in terms of cost avoidance and labor expenses.
It’s time to make inbound freight a priority and begin reaping the benefits of a program that creates win-win rewards for all supply chain partners.
All fleets will have to adopt electronic logging devices (ELDs) starting Dec. 18, 2017. The result will be a tightening of capacity for shippers. Here’s how to prepare.
Lengthy, months-long selection processes are a thing of the past. For roughly two-thirds of shippers, the focus is on improved efficiencies, execution, and visibility. For these companies, a modern TMS can be live and saving money within weeks or even days.
Transportation Management Systems’ have the ability to help you be more environmentally responsible. Here are the top five ways a TMS can help your supply chain go green.
Warehouse management systems provide organizations with a boost to their operations and help them keep up with the growing demands of their customers and partners. Still, implementing a WMS is a complex process that requires extensive planning, study and patience. Experts point to a number of key factors to consider when shopping for a system for your organization.
By collaborating with a knowledgeable third-party logistics (3PL) provider, shippers can add both scale and visibility to their supply chain.
Visibility is a key issue in the management of supply chains. Introducing transparency throughout all aspects of your business will bring about remarkable results. Here's how.