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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Swissport awarded Cargo Handling by Emirates SkyCargo for three airports in France

Swissport awarded Cargo Handling by Emirates SkyCargo for three airports in France

Swissport Cargo Services France, a subsidiary of Swissport International, the cargo services provider to the aviation industry, will handle cargo at CDG, LYS and NCE for Emirates SkyCargo, the largest cargo airline worldwide in terms of international freight tonne-kilometres flown.

Henry Schein Animal Health targets efficient and safe driving with Ctrack vehicle tracking system

Henry Schein Animal Health targets efficient and safe driving with Ctrack vehicle tracking system

Henry Schein Animal Health UK, a national distributor of veterinary supplies, has teamed up with Ctrack, an Inseego company, to develop and implement an advanced telematics solution for its UK van fleet.

TomTom Telematics surpasses 700,000-vehicle milestone

TomTom Telematics surpasses 700,000-vehicle milestone

TomTom Telematics has surpassed 700,000 subscriptions to its connected car and fleet management solutions (FMS). The company now has over 46,000 customers.

Route Genie partnership helps Volo Commerce customers to further streamline delivery processes

Route Genie partnership helps Volo Commerce customers to further streamline delivery processes

Route Genie, the advanced carrier management software, has agreed a strategic partnership with Volo Commerce, the multichannel ecommerce technology and services provider, to enable online retailers to modernise and streamline their delivery models.

Connecting worlds - logistics company Militzer & Münch counts on TimoCom

Connecting worlds - logistics company Militzer & Münch counts on TimoCom

TimoCom, the European transport platform, is known for more than just efficiently combining freight and vehicle space; it also simplifies innovative networks and digital operations.

Eddie Stobart replaces telematics solution with full Microlise rollout

Eddie Stobart replaces telematics solution with full Microlise rollout

Deployment has begun on a major upgrade of Eddie Stobart's telematics system which sees them implementing Microlise across their entire fleet of over 2,000 vehicles, including the deployment of in-cab ruggedised tablet devices.

MiX Telematics passes 600,000 subscribers milestone

MiX Telematics passes 600,000 subscribers milestone

MiX Telematics, global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as Software-as-a-Service (Saas), has announced that as at December 2016 it had accumulated over 600,000 active subscribers across its combined fleet and consumer customer base.

ESSential BI software improves efficiency and profitability for logistics businesses

ESSential BI software improves efficiency and profitability for logistics businesses

Enterprise Software, the IT and management information provider for the logistics industry, has used its ESSential BI tool to help Canute Logistics to improve its profitability by more efficient operation.

Maxoptra routing and scheduling software keeps Scot JCB engineers on track

Maxoptra routing and scheduling software keeps Scot JCB engineers on track

Scot JCB is rolling out the Maxoptra dynamic route planning and scheduling platform across its countrywide network of service depots.

WorldStores delivers optimised routes with Maxoptra

WorldStores delivers optimised routes with Maxoptra

WorldStores is using Maxoptra dynamic delivery route planning software to optimise its nationwide home delivery service.

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.