Transportation Management, TMS, Distribution Software

The management of transportation operations of all types, including tracking and managing every aspect of vehicle maintenance, fuel costing, routing and mapping, warehousing, communications, EDI implementations, traveller and cargo handling, carrier selection and management, accounting. A Transportation Management System (TMS) is a term mainly used to describe a software package that helps to optimise transportation activities within an organisation by maximising the efficiency of resources and reducing operational errors. A TMS system belongs to a software group that commonly fall under the category of Supply Chain Execution (SCE).

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Maxoptra partners TomTom at new commercial vehicle event

Maxoptra partners TomTom at new commercial vehicle event

Route planning and scheduling software specialist, Maxoptra, is one of a small number of specially selected partners joining forces with TomTom Telematics at the newly launched 'Let's Explore: LCV Fleet 2017' event, which takes place on the 4th July at The Vox, Resorts World, Birmingham.

MTB-3097 – 9.7" tablet PC for fleet management

MTB-3097 – 9.7" tablet PC for fleet management

Midas Touch's MTB-3097, a 9.7" windows tablet PC – with the power of an Intel Bay Trail 2930N or Intel Core i5/i7 processor – is designed specifically for fleet management.

CEO of independent 4PL to share insight into Industry 4.0 at Barcelona logistics summit

CEO of  independent 4PL to share insight into Industry 4.0 at Barcelona logistics summit

The CEO of Europe's largest independent 4PL has been selected to share his views on the fourth industrial revolution at the EMEA Supply Chain & Logistics Summit & Expo.

Details of UK IoT transport initiative – and how oneM2M standards accelerated project – to be revealed

Details of UK IoT transport initiative – and how oneM2M standards accelerated project – to be revealed

The UK is taking a leading role in delivering real world Internet of Things (IoT) applications, with initiatives such as InterDigital's oneTRANSPORT project providing a blueprint for future smart city applications.

Communication breakdown - the big mistakes that can make negotiations in the logistics sector fail

Communication breakdown - the big mistakes that can make negotiations in the logistics sector fail

A study from Huthwaite International, specialists in sales and negotiations in the logistics industry, has revealed the five most common errors negotiators are making that can risk both parties walking away from the table dissatisfied, unhappy, and in some cases, without a deal at all.

Michelin to acquire NexTraq, a telematics provider, from FLEETCOR

Michelin to acquire NexTraq, a telematics provider, from FLEETCOR

Michelin has agreed to acquire NexTraq, a US provider of commercial fleet telematics, in an all-cash transaction. Based in the Atlanta area, NexTraq is a subsidiary of FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc., a leading global provider of fuel cards and workforce payment products.

Isotrak expands international presence with new office in Canada

Isotrak expands international presence with new office in Canada

Isotrak has announced the opening of an office in Canada, with Andrew Dunne appointed to the role of Canada Product Manager. The new office sees Isotrak expand its footprint into four regions, with headquarters in the UK and current regional offices in Australia and the US.

Transdev and Delphi announce commercial partnership for autonomous transportation

Transdev and Delphi announce commercial partnership for autonomous transportation

Transdev, the global provider of mobility services, and Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH), a global leader in developing automated driving solutions, has announced a commercial partnership to develop a global, fully automated, mobility-on-demand (AMoD) transport system.

Carbon footprint monitoring in the logistics chain: The next step towards sustainable supply chains

Carbon footprint monitoring in the logistics chain: The next step towards sustainable supply chains

Arviem AG has launched its new service, real-time carbon footprint monitoring in the logistics chain to support sustainability initiatives of clients. Unlike other solutions on the market, Arviem's carbon emissions reporting is calculated based on effective transport data instead of the less accurate planning data.

Ideal Shopping Direct deploys Route Genie to drive growth and boost customer experience

Ideal Shopping Direct deploys Route Genie to drive growth and boost customer experience

Ideal Shopping Direct, the multi-channel home shopping retailer, has signed a five-year contract to deploy Route Genie, the advanced carrier management software, to help facilitate the next stage of its growth across the UK and overseas.

Transportation is the process of shipping or moving people, animals and goods from one location to another. Freight forwarding and distribution is carried out by air, sea and land on roads, railways, airways, waterways and canals.

 

5 elements are needed for transportation to occur: infrastructure or accommodation (including terminals or ports), a vehicle (body or technology), Energy (fuel or pulse), an Operator and Support Services which allow the transportation to occur safely.

 

A Transportation Management System (TMS) is a software system designed to manage transportation operations of all types, including tracking and managing every aspect of vehicle maintenance, fuel costing, routing and mapping, warehousing, communications, EDI implementations, traveller and cargo handling, carrier selection and accounting.

 

TMS are one of the systems managing the supply chain. They belong to a sub-group called Supply Chain Execution (SCE). TMS, whether it's part of an Enterprise Level ERP System or from an integrated "Best of Breed" Independent Software Vendor (ISV) has become a critical part of any (SCE) Supply Chain Execution and Collaboration System in which real time exchange of information with other SCE modules has become mission critical. A TMS can optimise and transform a supply chain network by planning and executing inbound and outbound transportation processes.

 

A Transportation Management System can reduce costs through improved load planning, routing and mode selection, and create the optimal carrier mix based on routing guides. It can connect you to a collaborative logistics network of carriers, shippers, and customers and assist with automating the entire transportation management process. It can raise service levels by providing real-time visibility into shipping processes and increase productivity by eliminating manual transportation processes. Collaboration with carriers, vendors, and customers will improve on time delivery through better co-ordination.

 

Transport management systems are available “Software-as-a-Service” (SaaS), meaning fewer IT resources, no upgrade costs, easy connectivity, and low total cost of ownership

 

Transport planning allows you to plan and use a traffic & transport infrastructure intelligently. It is about preparing, assessing and implementing policies, plans and projects to improve and manage a transport system.

 

There are a number of software solutions available to cut transport costs, improve efficiency and raise customer service levels.

 

Route planning software is designed to plan the best and most efficient route between two different geographical locations.

 

Route scheduling software enables you to import your data, geo-code your orders and optimise. You will then be able schedule the lowest cumulative miles to carry out your workload, at the most economical cost and with the greatest vehicle utilisation. Time windows, quantity, fixed visit duration, capacity, costs, skill set, working time directive and speed are just a few of the parameters that are taken into account when producing results.

 

Route optimisation software is a more simple form of scheduling, designed to help fleets conduct runs in the best logistical order or redefine set routes for greater efficiency.